My last hurrah!! I hope you all adore this collection, I worked so hard on designing it and re creating the Valley of the Dolls. I feel it is so Wildfox, and really back to the roots. Dreamy!
Well, my childhood dream came true, and here it is.
Photos: Mark Hunter
Makeup: Carlene K
Hair: Tyron Dupre
Barbie: Merethe Hopland
Christie: Kirby Griffin
From LA weekly:
- Wildfox's new Barbie line is the perfect thing to wear while nursing that hangover.
In the midst of a serious Barbie backlash, one L.A. fashion designer is taking Barbie's side — by attempting to bring back her pastel-colored, jazzercise-ready wardrobe of the early 1990s.
The new fashion collection, designed by the West Hollywood-based women's brandWildfox, is called "Welcome to the Dreamhouse: At Home with Barbie," and it looks exactly like what you'd imagine: star-spangled leotards, mesh sweatshirts paired with acid-wash jeans, turquoise bike shorts with leg warmers and plenty of pink sweatsuits and swimsuits for every occasion. And yes, they're made to fit life-size, adult women.
Wildfox co-founder and creative director Kimberley Gordon says Mattel proposed the collaboration in an attempt to re-vamp Barbie's image and "get people our age thinking about it and make her cool." It's one of several recent Barbie fashion collaborations, including a line of Barbie tops and sweaters from Forever 21, a line of nightgowns and sleepwear from the New York-based retailer Lord & Taylor, and Jeremy Scott's high-fashion Moschino collection, which hit the runway at Milan Fashion Week in September with lots of blonde bouffants, bubblegum-pink rompers and polka-dotted prom dresses.
"I know there's so much controversy around her being a bad role model," says Wildfox's Gordon, a blonde 31-year-old who fondly remembers designing her Barbie dolls' taped-together outfits out of toilet paper. "I don't remember being a little girl and thinking about her body. I just remember her long blonde hair or the long black hair and the cute little smile and just having tiny clothes." The new Wildfox fashion line is intended as a reminder of that nostalgia, "about that time period that was so fun, and all about dress up."
But can fun adolescent dress-up translate to modern women's wear in 2014? Sure, if you're the type of woman who has the distinct privilege of spending her days climbing the Stair Master, juicing cucumbers, sipping cocktails by the pool or lounging in a jacuzzi with her BFF. These are all scenes from the "Welcome to the Dreamhouse: At Home with Barbie" fashion shoot, which features a model that could be mistaken for Malibu Barbie and another that looks exactly like Tyra Banks in the 2000 movie Life-Size, in which Banks plays a doll, fittingly enough.
While Moschino's Barbie-inspired line featured big-shouldered party dresses and sequined ball gowns, Wildfox's line is readymade for L.A. lounging.
"Barbie's done everything. She's a doctor, she's a lawyer," says Gordon. "She's a go-getter." And yes, sometimes she even gets hungover and just needs to lounge in her sweats like the rest of us.
To illustrate Barbie's "billion different jobs," Gordon designed a Wildfox t-shirt with Barbie's resume printed on the back.
I played with Barbie until I was, like, 14 so this was incredibly fun and incredibly STRESSFUL! I felt so much pressure to cast this perfectly, design and style it, to get a more realistic dream house, like where they really might have lived in the early 90's (my favorite era of Barbie) and what they really might have owned! This was my task, real life Barbie! When I went to Mattel to meet the team I was overwhelmed with happiness!
One of the most fun things at Mattel is they say, "Everybody has a Barbie story" and it's totally true! I have about 100, I mean from my brothers obsession with my Barbie, to sexual explorations between Barbie characters, Barbie's trips to the "pool"... but now my Barbie story is this, and I am humbled and incredibly lucky to tell it!!
Please tell me and everyone in the comments,
What is your Barbie Story??
(Don't hold back.)
Kids for WIldfox is up on our site!! I had SO much fun shooting Milla and Violet, they have been best friends since their mothers were pregnant together, they were just like sisters! We played a lot, we ate lots of sweets, we hung out with super model mom, Kirsty Hume, we got grumpy, we danced, we got hyper, we got bossy, we brought in the dog, and here it is!
Photo & Styling: Kimberley Gordon
Models: Violet & Milla
Check out the new pastel essentials! So adorable, especially in the really baby sizes!!
Something about the 70's was just so care-free. It was a decade that celebrated gimmicky entertainment, rainbow colors, Rock and Roll music, and especially bombshells. Farrah Fawcett in that red swimsuit, fanned out hair and beautiful smile, Charlie's Angels rushing to fight crime while still looking sexy in a bikini... these are the girls we wanted to portray with our resort collection, a time before photoshop, a time for really natural sex appeal. Our collection is filled with fun, bold 70's sayings and colors, and our muses are the 3 Angels… but this time on vacation. These girls are bold, smart and super stylish, they are the girls who can plan grande scenarios and dedicate themselves to pulling them off, they are the girls who can always make you laugh till it hurts, they are the ones every boy wants and every girl wants to be. We really felt the seventies this season, from Daft Punk and Flight Facilities new hits, to a movie about Liberace, and straight onto the runway, how could we not embrace this fantastic groovy lifestyle?
Rainbows and disco balls please!
Shot by Mark Hunter
Edited By Kimberley Gordon
Assisted by Steven Meyers
Modeled by Avery Tharp, Amanda Smith and Dioni Tabbers
Make up by Carlene K
Hair by Anna Lee Fiorino
MEREDITH LEYERZAPH, LEILANI SHIMODA, CASEY
WISDON, MEGAN FEELY, KATHI ILKER, EMILY SIEGEL
Still life photos by Kimberley Gordon
All Clothing by WIldfox
Executive Producer Jimmy Sommers
In her purse...
How young and Fresh! I am really impressed...
"The French girl": she is the muse of the Resort collection by Julie de Libran for Louis Vuitton; a woman with a cosmopolitan and bohemian style, sophisticated and therefore confident in her charm with no need whatsoever to show off. She wears clogs or flat shoes; she can dress denim up and tweed down. She combines floral dresses with egg oversized coats. Fur becomes a T-shirt to be worn nonchalantly with a pair of cotton shorts
mini, midi and maxi
denim blue, sky blue, navy blue, mango yellow, foliage green, frosted chestnut brown, black, wax red, anthracite grey, aquamarine, rust, cyan, beige, dove
denim, cotton, fur, tweed, knitwear, silk, appliques, nylon, satin, tulle, lycra
flared, straight, slim, kimono, trapeze and egg-shaped, oversized
textile peaked hats, patchwork clogs, denim clogs, flat ankle-strap sandals, leather shoulder bags, slippers decorated with tassels, patchwork pump shoes with ankle strap, thin leather belts, SC bags in pastel colours, wicker hats, patchwork handbags, retro sunglasses
If there is one thing all the new resort collections have in common it's baggy pants. THANK GOD!!!!!
I cannot wear skinny jeans, and I'm so sick of seeing everyone in them...
Chanel did the electric blue liner I have been dreaming about! So great. I love this look on Lindsey Wixson
This up-dated, ren fair looking collection has me actually sweating. I want all of it, all the time.
In case you didn't know, the granny resort collection is available now on our site, and there is so much more than we shot for the campaign. I love the beanies and the sweat suits. You can buy all these now :)