From a giant Barbie house on the Marc Jacobs runway to the Karl Lagerfeld collaboration with Mattel, Inc., the iconic Barbie doll is clearly enjoying some sort of revival. Jeremy Scott‘s collection for Moschino last night cemented that idea with a 56-look tribute. In the 21st century, Barbie’s influence is as strong as ever, and whether this is a good thing or a bad thing – as in the case of Valeria Lukyanova who has transformed herself into a human Barbie with plastic surgery and a diet of light and air – the iconic figure has proven her staying power.
As speakers around Corso Venezia 16 blasted Aqua’s never-forgotten “I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world,” models erupted in a celebration of Barbie in her many iterations – there was Travel Barbie, Workout Barbie, and Beachside Barbie – presented in skimpy, colorful looks that touched on her costumes. A fun-loving mood radiated from the Moschino runway, with models prancing, rollerskating, and lifting barbells as they walked the runway. There were sexy athletic two pieces, fully sequined skinnies, and skirt suits studded with crystals or printed with paperdoll outfits. Malibu Barbie was present in terrycloth beachwear looks and branded swimwear, which were lavishly accessorized with silk head scarves, oversized sunglasses, plastic peace-sign chain belts, neon bags, and peep-toe slip-ons. As a series of purposefully ridiculous, eighties prom dresses closed the show, you could literally hear the cash registers ringing in the proceeds from yet another cult collection from Scott.
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