I have a slight confession to make. Playing barbies wasn't always about the clothes for me… For me, Barbie was all about the animal sets. Polo Barbie with her horse? Check. Mermaid Barbie with shells and fish friends? Duh. Vet Barbie with vet building and animal friends? Jackpot.
One fateful day however, in the wonderful New York City, my family decided to go to FAO Schwarz. I was immediately lost in the jungle of stuffed animals directly right of the door, but my mom urged me to go upstairs.
I agreed, and we started to ascend up the escalator. Lego dinosaurs peered down at us, and Star Wars ships loomed even higher above. I was an over stimulated 9 year old who could do nothing but stare.
Finally, the escalator started to straighten out, and on either side of the escalator stood a cylinder fish tank with bubbles and thousands of hot pink and yellow Barbie shoes. Ahead of the escalator stood four of the original fashion Barbie dolls from the fifties. I had never seen dresses so tiny yet so glamourous. They were perfect.
Ever since that trip, I switched from caring about how many Barbie dogs I had to caring about what jeans would go best with my Barbie's color-changing-crop top. That Christmas I received the Barbie Fashion Designer computer game. You were able to design complete outfits based on the event and then choose to print a coloring page of your art, OR you could print it on fabric paper and cut out designs for your doll. Oh, the fabric paper also worked with color or you could print it in black and white to color on your own. This game eventually led me to taking fashion design classes at the Academy of Art in SF (while in High School).
So you can probably guess I'm pretty stoked that my first pull into the fashion world is being represented by the most creative Creative Director: Kimberly Gordon. You can check out her blog "I Love Wildfox" here , her artwork here (my favorite thing she does), her photography here, and shop her designs here.
Anyways, without further ado, I give you the brilliantly wonderful new Wildfox Lookbook: Welcome to the Dream house… at home with Barbie. (photos from MTV.com.uk)
What pieces are you dying over? Share your Barbie memories and which pieces your dying over below!