Y'know, there are those who say that Bryant Park has gotten a little too...shall we say, democratic in the last few years and all too often are renting out tents to groups with only a peripheral presence in the fashion world. We tend to agree. On the other hand, the Barbie fashion show was just plain fun and besides, is there a woman anywhere more fashionable than that little plastic bitch?
"The iconic doll celebrated 50 years with a runway show featuring looks created by 50 American designers, including Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Anna Sui and Diane von Furstenberg. The world’s top models brought the doll to life in three themed wardrobe sets. The first looks were a tribute to the retro dolls of the '50s and '60s, followed by a Malibu Barbie-inspired crop with big hair and tanned skin, and the finale featured edgier looks with clear plastic toppers that gave the audience a peek into Barbie's bright future."
Some of these looks are just plain adorable and we salute the designers who really got what this show was all about. Some (Malandrino and Burch, we're looking at you) just didn't and threw any old look on a model and called it Barbie.
Diane von Furstenberg
"Barbie represents a confident and independent woman with an amazing ability to have fun while remaining glamorous," said Diane von Furstenberg.
“Barbie is everything that an All-American gal should be… sporty, smart, sophisticated and sexy,” said Michael Kors.
“The Flag is the ultimate dress for the most famous American icon,” said Catherine Malandrino.
"I'm a Barbie girl, in a Betsey world," said Betsey Johnson.