Three quintessential London labels take on America’s plastic fantastic first lady. If you ever wanted to see Barbie in a Nasir Mazhar tracksuit, now you can…
Remember crying and begging your parents to get you every single variation of Totally Hair Barbie? This is kind of how we feel about these new Barbie one-offs.
To celebrate the launch of Selfridges London’s Toy Shop this week, Barbie has asked Fred Butler, Nasir Mazhar and Sister by Sibling to dress five one-off dolls that will be sold as exclusive collectables. It’s not the first time Barbie has visited the Sister by Sibling studio – she was photographed for its AW12 collection – but we daresay the Sibling trio of Cozette McCreery, Sid Bryan and Joe Bates have gone even bigger than before. And because they’re thoughtful like that, they even outfitted her dog.
Fred Butler, on the other hand, has eschewed the big, comfy knits and gone full-on conceptual (above) – which is only appropriate, given that she used to practice her design skills on a Barbie. “I basically spent the majority of my childhood playtime making outfits for my Barbie,” she says. “When I was given a little boutique set for her, I had died and gone to heaven. The fascination never went so when I eventually studied fashion design, I used to create mock-up shapes on a Barbie.”
Meanwhile, Nasir Mazhar has recreated his London Collections: Men debut collection for Barbie, decking her out in his cult box peak cap and his classic waistband logo. “I never realised how intricate it would be to recreate my collection in miniature for Barbie,” Mazhar admitted. As for the doll in his infamous bucket hat, it’s none other than Ken. “It was good to include Ken too so he could chaperone her.”
Real talk, though – where she’s going, Barbie doesn’t need no chaperones. After all, not every lady gets to be President, astronaut and CEO in their 50 year career.
Words: Zing Tsjeng (Follow Zing on Twitter @misszing)