Despite the recession, Barbie is having a great year (wish I could say that for the rest of us lol). She turned 50 and kicked off her birthday this year by premiering at New York Fashion Week for Fall 2009, wearing 50 looks by 50 different designers; some being Alexander Wang, Betsey Johnson, Diane von Frustenberg, Michael Kors and Rachel Roy who all created something special for Barbie to wear for her birthday and highlighted the progression of Barbie over the past 50 years.
Even better news for the woman we all loved growing up, she’s now going to be featured in Vogue Italia, the Black Issue this upcoming year. Last year Vogue Italia featured models like Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn for this issue to highlight black heritage but because of Barbie’s iconic birthday, they decided to do something more creative. I think this is great because of the portrayal of diversity in the fashion world and how far our society has come. (I wonder why America has never tapped into this, especially since we are labeled the “mixing bowl”?)
The first black doll made by Matell was created in 1967 and was later followed by the first “Black Barbie” in 1980. She started off as a friend of Barbie named Francie and eventually got her own identity. This fall Matell will have a collection of black Barbie dolls called the “So In Style” dolls which will portray the dolls with more black authentic features such as a wider nose, fuller lips and curly hair.
The Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Italia, Franca Sozzani, stated “Barbie has been an icon for whole generations which is why I really wanted to give a strong sign in step with the times, and dedicate the anniversary issue to Black Barbie.”
Ms. Wintour, you might wanna catch up to Italia, they’re doing big things across seas.
P.S. Rihanna is said to be the cover of a future Vogue Italia and that’s supposedly why she cut her hair. Can’t wait to see how that all plays out…stay tuned 🙂
Photo Credit: NY Mag
Not really, but it kind of seems like she is. Everyone seems to be cutting their hair recently. Not only cutting it but shaving half of it off as well. These ladies are crazy. But I guess you can do that when you have a lot of money and can get extensions put on if you really wanted to. Whatever the case may be, I appreciate what God gave me and I think I’ll just leave it be. However I do like Ciara’s hair, I think it’s cute. But she’s borderline looking like Rihanna right now…hmmmm. What do you think of Ciara’s new ‘do’?
Like I’ve said before, one of the most annoying things to me is celebrities who try to venture into the fashion world without having one lick of fashion knowledge. I gave my props to Kanye because he is actually trying to learn the business inside and out while also doing his own thing as a rapper. But some of these lame celebrities need to keep at what they are here for — acting, singing, just standing there, whatever.
When The Fashion Show on Bravo first aired, which is hosted by Isaac Mizrahi (a great designer) and Kelly Rowland, my sister and I thought, why the hell is she hosting?? What’s her credibility?? And as I watched the show all she could really account for as her background was the fact that she attended fashion shows…? Okay, and?
But now, another non-fashion-forward-go-getter is trying to get in the fashion biz. Lindsay Lohan. Okay, I’m definitely not a Lindsay Lohan hater, I actually really like her and think she’s a great actress; keyword, actress. But I definitely don’t think I would ever want to listen to her about fashion. First she created a spray tanner, then leggings (please leave that to American Apparel they are doing a great job), and now her and her business partner Kristi Kaylor are creating a production company, Unforgettable Productions. They are supposedly making a show called Faux Real which is suppose to be somewhat like Entourage but with a fashion spin. Come on.
No doubt would I watch the show just to see what it’s about but I wish that everyone would stay in their fields unless they:
A) have some background knowledge
B) have a keen sense of style, or
C) could just dress!
Not gonna lie though, if Rihanna, Teyana Taylor or Lady Gaga made a show, I might not be that mad 🙂
What do you think..Do you watch these celebrity fashion shows? Do you even consider celebrities when it comes to fashion?
So me and my editorial intern friend, Williette, always joke about wanting to see Rihanna walk out of a building here in NYC since it always seems she’s here and we’re nowhere to be found. But this past weekend, I’m not too sure if I would have wanted to see her walk out of anywhere. Rihanna was spotted at Tao, a nightclub in Las Vegas, wearing nipple pasties instead of a shirt….? I am definitely one who absolutely LOVES Rihanna’s style but once again….?
And she doesn’t seem like the only one rockin this new trend either. Lady Gaga (who is fly as ever) wore pasties under a sheer shirt and Britney Spears wore them during her Circus tour. It seems like more effort to put on pasties then just wear a shirt, but whatever floats your boat. I definitely don’t think I’ll be wearing these anytime soon….