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You’re Never Too Old to Wear Barbie

2 Comments 12 February 2009

True you might be at the point in your life where you are a little too old to be playing with Barbie, but what about wearing her? From high end boutiques to hand made on Etsy designers are still showing the love for their favorite childhood doll. It is Barbie’s 50th and Mattel and Naughty Secretary Club are celebrating.

The first person that came to mind when I thought about wearing Barbie was the amazingly talented Margaux Lange. You can find her one of kind work on Etsy or her website. Margaux explains her love of Barbie by saying: Barbie™ was immensely important in fueling my creative life as a child, and ironically continues to be such for me as an adult. My “Plastic Body Series” jewelry stems from a desire to re-purpose common materials in combination with metals. I am inspired, terrified and fascinated, first and foremost by humans. Whatever her rationale I’m just thankful for the rad jewelry.

At first I thought fashion designer Jeremy Scott seemed a bit subversive for Barbie, but then I recalled his love of Care Bears and thought maybe not. March 9 – 28 if you just so happen to be jet setting in Paris stop by the colette store and check out the special Barbie™ boutique featuring a capsule apparel collection “Barbie™ by Jeremy Scott”, which will include Scott’s iconic trench coat, dresses and tees, all done in fun Barbie® patterns and iconography. Additionally, colette has commissioned additional Barbie™ accessories for “grown up” Barbie® girls including a mobile phone, luxury jewelry, stationery, candles and cosmetics.

Fuchsia haired jewelry maven Tarina Taraintino partnered with Barbie awhile back for a line of fun girlie jewelry. There are tiaras, chunky rings, charm necklaces and more. She even has her own pink haired Barbie, sometimes life is just not fair.

Barbie gets all “doll’d up” with Stila with a limited edition spring collection of beauty cans and a talking palette (yes I mean really talks you through your eyeshadow)! Apparently there is a larger collection of makeup and a Barbie hair dryer coming this fall available at Sephora. If that hair dryer is Barbie pink I am totally ditching my current gray model.

So what if your house wanted to wear Barbie? Well my favorite designer in the whole wide world Jonathan Adler is about to make that exact thing happen for one lucky house in Malibu, CA. That’s right kids the Barbie Dream House is fer realz! Jonathan Adler Loves Barbie™ – For Grownups is a capsule collection of “Jonathan Adler Loves Barbie™” décor pieces, including designer pottery, pillows, decorative objects and more – available at one of Adler’s nine stores or on his website. Additionally, Jonathan Adler and Barbie® will partner on an ultra stylish Barbie® Collector doll, which comes with coordinating doll-size furniture (of course!). These chic creations will hit retail shelves in the U.S. in September 2009. OMG I can hardly wait to see!

Last but not least I wanted to celebrate Barbie and her impeccable personal hygiene in my own special way. I gathered up my supply of Barbie hair brushes, a few plastic flower petals, chunky beads and made a little necklace magic. This necklace is an ode to Totally Hair Barbie.

Once I selected just the right supplies I used my Dremel to drill holes in the tops of the hair brushes. From here I wire wrapped them using eye pins so that they would hang from my jewelry wire. I also wire wrapped my flowers with eye pins. Once this was all done I strung everything up with a combination of fun vintage beads, added a clasp, crimped up the ends and my masterpiece was ready.

I think Totally Hair Barbie would like totally appreciate this necklace. Consider it a gift from me to you on your special day Barbie. Happy 50th from Naughty Secretary Club.

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Jennifer - who has written 37 posts on Austin Craft Mafia.

Jennifer Perkins can see decorative possibilities in almost anything. If it can be drilled, painted, glued, or bent, she will make it into a piece of jewelry. She got her start selling earrings made from fishing lures at family garage sales in her home town of McKinney, TX. Today she still scours the lure aisle for treasures to add to her line of one of-a-kind revamped vintage pieces for her successful online shopping site Naughty Secretary Club.

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  1. Manda Manda says:

    Cool necklace!

  2. Anissa Mayhew Anissa Mayhew says:

    Those are seriously kickass! Great post.

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