May 20, 2010

Celebrate 10 Years of Fashion Fabulous

“From the start, this collection has always represented how Barbie® doll is transformed by the power of fashion — whether the subject is a 40s siren singing in a cabaret or a model on the streets of Paris.” — Robert Best

Just 10 short years ago, Mattel designer Robert Best conceived a BIG idea.

Inspired by the great fashion houses of the world, Robert wanted to create a line of dolls using fine fabrics, classic lines, and feminine details with a touch of whimsy. He also wanted to combine the best of 2 worlds — a vintage Barbie® face from the late 50’s and early 60’s with a modern, high fashion look. And so he set to work bringing his vision to life.

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May 17, 2010

Much Thanks to Guest Blogger Robert Best!

I’m fabulously thrilled that Robert was able to share his stories and pictures from Rosemount Australian Fashion Week!

May 15, 2010

Guest Post: Designer Robert Best Hits Australian Fashion Week Pt. 5 - Final!

Shows, shows, shows… It has been so incredible getting such great insight into the Australian fashion design scene. Local designers are very adept at translating the local culture into wearable, stylish fashion designs.

May 14, 2010

Guest Post: Designer Robert Best Hits Australian Fashion Week Pt. 4!

The Jayson Brunsdon show was so beautiful, so elegant, so lady-like, so Barbie. Jayson's muse is Audrey Hepburn, a great lady who I think Barbie definitely looks to for inspiration.

May 13, 2010

Guest Post: Designer Robert Best Hits Australian Fashion Week Pt. 3!

Woke up last Tuesday, May 4th, and the weather was quite overcast and cloudy. This was a worry as we were planning an outdoor launch!

May 11, 2010

Guest Post: Designer Robert Best Hits Australian Fashion Week Pt. 1!

I was super excited to arrive in Sydney last Sunday to help launch the new range of Barbie Basics as part of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week! As soon as I landed I picked up an issue of Grazia Magazine that had the most adorable Barbie Basics fashion spread. You can see all the behind the scenes action here.

May 3, 2010

'Barbie® by Stefano Canturi'

To coincide with the launch of the Barbie® Basics Collection in Australia, Mattel has engaged internationally celebrated jewelry designer Stefano Canturi to create a world first, the rarest and most expensive Barbie ever made!

Valued at over $AUD600,000 and featuring a rare Australian pink diamond, Stefano has created the ultimate accessories for Barbie in his signature Cubism style. Barbie is decorated with a stunning Canturi neckpiece made up of 3.00 carats of white diamonds surrounding a collectable 1.00ct square emerald (cut) pink diamond. A diamond Cubism ring sparkling on her right hand completes the jewelry set.

The pink diamond was especially hand-picked for & inspired by Barbie and is a registered tendered stone from the Australian Argyle mine. The 1.00ct square emerald (cut) diamond, notable for its distinctive purplish pink hue, is a rare and unique collector’s item, and it is substantially more valuable than its white diamond equivalent. A style icon such as Barbie commands a rare, unique pink diamond such as this one.

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May 1, 2010

BFC Fun Fact: May 2010

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