Fashion News: Moschino x Barbie
Every girl (and some boys) had a Barbie doll at some point. Whether you treated her like a princess and kept her in the box or cut her hair off and colored the ends with nail polish... Well, that's a different discussion. But Moschino's Spring 2015 RTW collection designed by Jeremy Scott definitely brought me back to the days of the little pink convertible and trying to free Barbie's comb from the impossible to take apart packaging.
Whether you love Jeremy Scott's eccentric designs or can't stand them, you have to admit that he knows what he's doing, and he's definitely created some almost cult-like fads, from the winged adidas Originals to the adidas teddy bear sneakers to the Moschino McDonald's iPhone cases that almost every fashion blogger and street style enthusiast was photographed in this past year.
This season for Moschino is no different. As much as I was not a fan of the whole McDonald's theme, I love this Barbie inspired season -- maybe it's my love of my pink, maybe it's the 90's kid in me, who knows?! Even though some of the gowns remind me of Dynasty, I was definitely a fan of many of the separates and the accessories. I just can't resist all the pink!
Starting with their opening look, I'm pretty sure this was the outfit that my Barbie came with at some point. I've seen a lot of criticisms about the messy hair but I think that was part of the appeal -- they were supposed to look like they were dressed by little girls! If we're looking at all the pieces together, all at once, this is (as my coworker would say) "a lot of look." But let's take the pieces apart and think about them separately. Let's pair the leather jacket with some jeans with a white tee. Or let's pair the same tee with the skirt. The shoes, I could do without -- they actually look like the plastic shoes that came with Barbies. The bag that's shaped like a leather jacket comes with a pretty hefty price tag -- $1,695. But it's already sold out on Net-A-Porter! I am always talking about creating a wardrobe and investing. As much as I think the bag itself is adorable, with that price tag, you'd be able to buy a great leather jacket and a pair of boots if you shop wisely.
The majority of shoes that were shown with these looks were cowboy boots and mules. Like I mentioned above, I'm definitely not a fan of the shoes. The top and clutch, however, I love! The cut up sweatshirt looks totally 90's and would be adorable with a pair of jeans (as styled here), with some sneakers for a casual look. The pink trim on the jeans has been growing on me -- I think it's just my love of pink! But you have to give Jeremy Scott the credit that he's paid such detailed attention to even just the trim of the jeans. Do we see the little hand mirror the model walking away is holding in her hand?! How cute is that?
I was just talking about getting roller skates the other day! Would I ever wear this outfit to workout? Probably most likely not. The headband? Maybe. Honestly, I think Jeremy Scott didn't make this collection to be wearable -- just as the McDonald's collection (I, for one, don't want to look like Ronald McDonald) -- but then again, how many of us will actually wear the gowns or love every single piece that Dolce & Gabbana or Oscar de la Renta or any of our favorite designers show on the runway?
If you're a Barbie fan or just a 90s girl at heart, check out @BarbieStyle on Instagram. You'll be jealous of the little plastic doll that gets to travel the world and be seen with the people that you'd love to be seen with. (There's a picture where she's dressed as Uncle Karl, next to Uncle Karl.) But I digress... She(/he/whoever runs the Instagram account) posted the picture on the right five days ago to help promote the Moschino collection. I have to give it to Jeremy Scott -- he really did his research and really made it wearable on a real human being (minus the halter.) He nailed it! From the giant pink sequins, to the colors, to the sash around the waist. I also have to give some credit to Mattel as well -- we may not all remember every single outfit that we had put on our Barbies, but involving social media, and knowing the age bracket of what age is on Instagram -- well... they're really making me wish I could run somewhere and buy a new Barbie doll.
And to close the show, Jeremy Scott is in a cheeky tee shirt that reminds all of us how old we've gotten since we've played with Barbies last.
I think Jeremy Scott gets a lot of criticism for not coloring in the lines or following the "rules" of the fashion industry. But he knows what he's doing.
Barbie, herself, is a controversial topic as of the last couple years. This is just a quick search on Google with the terms for "Barbie unrealistic":
- Barbie's mutated proportions are even more unrealistic than we thought (April 2013)
- Barbie, Meet 'Average Barbie' (July 2013)
- Barbie's Lead Designer Defends Barbie's Crazy Proportions (February 2014)
- Barbie Exec Reveals The Real Reason For The Doll's Impossible Proportions (February 2014)
And here's CiteLighter's roundup of Barbie's Influence & Controversy. The topic of body image is a topic of discussion for another time but my followers and friends know that I promote a healthy mental and physical lifestyle.
Jeremy Scott definitely isn't oblivious to the controversy that surrounds Barbie. And he knows that he's become known for a tongue-in-cheek, ironic take on the fashion industry. It almost reminds us to not take ourselves too seriously. In an industry where people can't even have a hair out of place and everything has to be strategically set, Jeremy Scott reminds us to be a little silly and throw away all our preconceived notions about the fashion industry and have a little fun. We don't always have to follow the rules that have been set by someone else. So maybe you're not a fan of this season or of the teddy bear adidas sneakers... But you definitely won't forget that Jeremy Scott was the man behind it all.
> Disclosure: I am in no way affiliated with Moschino or Jeremy Scott. I was also not compensated or paid in any way to write this post. Any and all opinions are my own and are not a reflection of the company.