February 2, 2011

Russian Fashion Hits The Runway, BFMC Style!

If you’re a true Barbie® fan, you know that designer Robert Best is famous for the gorgeous dolls he creates in the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection, his signature line. And you most likely also know that each year, Robert’s dolls embody a particular theme. From celebrated career girls to stylish gals on the social scene, Robert infuses each and every doll with his own love for chic style and high fashion detailing.

In 2011, Robert may just have outdone even himself in this collection. After traveling to Russia and discovering the emerging fashion market there, he returned to America and set to work on the 2011 dolls in his signature collection.

Taking inspiration from the city’s rich history, its colorful and cultural landmarks, and of course the FASHION, Robert created an entire collection of stylish and exotic dolls that embrace and embody the country’s unique heritage. One look at this collection, and we’re sure you’ll be adding them to the top of your wish list!

In 2011, we’ll be unveiling all of the delightful dolls in the collection. For now, here’s a sneak at three of Robert’s Russian beauties.

First, there’s Mila Barbie® Doll. Blond, adorable, and oh so stylish, this doll wears a fashion forward ensemble that pays homage to Russian nesting dolls.

“I particularly love this doll’s face. It is a very sweet, dolly face and kind of a departure from the usual more vampy make-up I prefer. I also love the Matroyshka doll print because of course Russian nesting dolls are a ubiquitous item found at every tourist spot in Russia,” Robert explains.

And then there’s Darya Barbie® Doll. Sleek and sophisticated this breathtaking beauty embodies Russian elegance. Wearing a striking red dress with golden detailing and black stiletto boots, she’s sure to turn heads wherever she goes.

“If there is a color I associate with Russia, it would be a brilliant, regal red. But red is nothing without a little gilt to dress it up, so I love the golden embroidery on Darya's short dress. There’s a throne room at L'Hermitage that reminds me very much of the details of this dress and of course it is red with gold accents,” Robert says, adding, “I also particularly like that the dress is short as it is typical to expect an evening look to be a long gown, but the short dress feels fresh.”

When you think of definitive Russian glamour, you can’t forget the country’s must have fashion accessory – the Ushanka, or stylish faux fur cap with ear flaps.

Verushka Barbie® Doll wears an oh-so-stylish Ushanka atop her blond locks. Her chic ensemble also features a detailed black coat, faux fur trimmed boots, with plenty of fashionista attitude!

According to Robert, “The doll's hat is particularly great because it’s basically a trapper hat, but done in black fab faux fur with luxe details like a silvery chain chin strap, and of course Barbie keeps things glam with a blinged out hatpin.”

To check out each of the dolls in this year's Barbie Fashion Model Collection, as seen on their fully designed sets, come back to BarbieCollector.com each month for updates.

Now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of these three Russian beauties, which one tops YOUR wish list? Share your faves here.

AND…stay tuned. There’s more to come from the Barbie Fashion Model Collection in 2011. Until then, stay stylish!

Want to go behind the scenes of a Barbie Fashion Model photo shoot with Robert Best and his team? See what inspired his bevvy of Russian beauties in this amazing video!

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