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Kristin Booker • February 8, 2010

Legendary Style: The CFDA Barbie Basics Tweet-Up and Doll Collection

We get a lot of invitations as fashion and beauty bloggers but there are some that make you giddy for days. Especially when they involve the world’s most famous doll. I received a pretty pink invite for one of fashion’s legends and dropped everything to be there. Oh yes, folks, we’re talking about original style icon: Barbie.

The CFDA had twelve designers create their version of the eponymous LBD (Little Black Dress) as part of the Barbie Basics collection in collaboration with Mattel. In order to mark the occasion, fashion and beauty’s bloggerati arrived dressed in Little Black Dresses to honor our favorite doll. We had a chance to view the swoon-worthy dolls in person and if you’re a lifelong fan of the Barbie like me, you’ll pass out. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Kate Spade’s Barbie has her legendary uptown chic style and it comes with a fabulous necklace.
The Lorraine Schwartz Barbie is covered in almost $10,000 worth of diamonds, including the insignia “B” pendant and diamond insteps on her shoes? And you thought your shoe collection was expensive.
The Devi Kroell Barbie comes with sequined leggings and a signature bag by the designer. As a HUGE Devi Kroell fan, I came close to passing out.
My favorite Barbie of the night was from one of my all-time favorite accessories designers, Justin Guinta, who happened to be on-hand at the event to discuss the doll he designed for his line, Subversive. I even had a chance to speak with him briefly about his Barbie and he essentially translated his mixed material luxe style into something that his customer, Barbie, would wear. It was a dream come true for the designer and, of course, if you buy his Barbie, it comes with one of his signature necklaces. More from Justin coming soon. I feel you need to know more about this designer and his magical confections.
So many other designers, so little time! Betsey Johnson, Phillip Crangi, Alexis Bittar, Isaac Mizrahi and others donated time and efforts to design these amazing dolls. Unfortunately,the auction has ended but it’s not too late to get your hands on a Barbie Basics doll for yourself or a budding fashionista you might know for just $21.99, available at Toys-R-Us locations around the country. The dolls are amazing and come in different skin hues, hair lengths and cute LBDs. 
What a night: LBDs, Barbies and my fellow fashion and beauty lovers. It was an occasion that was worth getting all dolled up for.

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