She’s been creeping onto the scene for a while now, but thanks to Jeremy Scott’s fashion explosion on the Moschino catwalk, Barbie is now a bona fide style icon.
That’s right, Milan Fashion Week couldn’t possibly have expected the plastic fantastic invasion, which was the follow-up to Scott’s debut homage to McDonald’s (who can forget Anna Dello Russo wearing those golden arches loud and proud?). But this time, there wasn’t a fry in sight as a troupe of life-sized Barbie Dolls sashayed (and roller skated) down the catwalk in a collection of sugary pink, eye-poppingly bright, sequined outfits our six-year-old selves could only have dreamed about.
There was double denim, Moschino’s obligatory printed co-ords, metallic-gold trench coats and even a biker jacket made of terry cloth. Initial 60s silhouettes featuring high-waisted bikini bottoms and cute kick-flare sundresses eventually gave way to the unapologetic excess of the 80s, including quilting, gold chains and a whole lot of puffball skirts. Gold fishtail dress? Check. White tuxedo? Check. It’s the wardrobe we always wanted.
Clearly, Scott’s tribute to Mattel’s most famous lady is no coincidence, as the end of the month brings the release of Barbie Lagerfeld, complete with starched white collar. Monsieur Lagerfeld’s plastic doppelganger will be available to buy on Net-a-Porter.com, although you’ll have to part with £135 in order to become a proud owner. We wonder if she gets her own little Choupette?
In the meantime, we’ve rounded up the best ways to channel Barbs on the high street right now, which will make you look as if you’ve just walked off the Moschino catwalk. So while you’re waiting to see street-style pics of Anna Dello Russo dressed up as Barbie (please let this happen soon), put on some pink and backcomb your hair. Because if anything, it’s nearly the weekend. And Jeremy Scott told you to.
By Hannah Banks-Walker