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Barbie Exhibit to Open at Les Arts Décoratifs Museum

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Barbie Exhibit to Open at Les Arts Décoratifs Museum. Images & Source Via WWD

Barbie is capping off Paris Fashion Week with her own exhibition. The doll is the subject of a sprawling show simply named “Barbie” at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris, which opens on Thursday.

The 16,150-square-foot show includes some 700 dolls, scale models, videos, art pieces and fashion treasures from the museum’s collection, including from Carven, Thierry Mugler and Chanel, plus loans from Maison Margiela, Jeremy Scott and the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent. (Saint Laurent himself had created a doll for BillyBoy’s Nouveau Théâtre de la Mode sponsored by Mattel, Barbie’s maker, in the Eighties.)

“The doll was conceived as a fashion toy, not to play mother with or cuddle with, but to be dressed and undressed,” explained Anne Monier, curator of the museum’s toy department during a walk-through of the show that was still under works. “When Ruth Handler created Barbie in 1959, she had the full wardrobe in mind. The doll itself isn’t very expensive, so that girls can get the clothes, accessories, shoes, handbags, etcetera.”

“We looked at Barbie and fashion through different lenses — Barbie’s adoration for fashion, the collaborations between designers and Barbie and finally, how Barbie has inspired designers. The circle is complete,” Monier said.

“Parisian couture inspired fashion worldwide. As Barbie was a miniature of the ideal [woman, her wardrobe] necessarily took inspiration from Paris,” said Golbin. “It’s not an exact copy. But the spirit, fabric, color — everything is there to give the impression that it’s Parisian couture.”

The exhibit sheds the light on the more than 150 professions the doll has represented over the years, including fashion photographer, fashion editor, computer engineer and U.S. presidential candidate. One doll dating back to 1992 even bears an odd resemblance to Hillary Clinton. However, the main fashion highlight comes as the grand finale that includes a moving fashion show. Here, dolls are either wearing clothing created with the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, Moschino or Sophia Webster and mass-produced by Mattel or unique creations conceived by designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Sonia Rykiel, Paco Rabanne and Christian Lacroix.

Four recesses in a wall are dedicated to some other facets of the Louboutin collaboration with Barbie, including a pair of signed striking pink shoes. The doll’s impact on designers is also shown, as seen in looks from Jeremy Scott’s spring 2015 collection for Moschino and pieces from Maison Margiela in 1994, when the label played on proportions in line with Barbie’s.

“Barbie,” which will be held in the same part of the museum as other fashion exhibits, including “Dries Van Noten: Inspirations,” runs through Sept. 18.

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The FashioniStyle Curates Luxury

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The FashioniStyle Curates Luxury IFB by Fashion Merchandiser Yanessa Alvarez-Bowser

We are extremely proud to have been featured in IFB Independent Fashion Bloggers in their IFB Pro Blogger Spotlight.

TheFashioniStyle is your daily fix for everything from luxury fashion to interior design. You’ll find the latest trends and product launches in beauty, can’t-miss sales, Salazar’s favorite high-impact accessories and more.

You won’t find a slew of outfit photos here. Instead, she scours the deep corners of the internet’s luxury offerings so you don’t have to. It’s the perfect combination of everything you need to be inspired, therefore a great add-on to your daily reads.  I know I’ll be adding TheFashioniStyle to mine. Below she shares a little about her journey in the blogging world.”

Click the link to see the full article! The FashioniStyle Curates Luxury

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Weekly Fashion News Minute

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Weekly Fashion News Minute Photo: Karl Lagerfeld/ Courtesy of Chanel Via & Kendall Jenner Via

Marc Jacobs first spring 2013 ad hit the web today, starring Ruby Jean Wilson, who also opened and closed his show. [Refinery29]

Iris Apfel’s guilty pleasure is (predictably) pretty tame. “Caviar is my drug of choice,” she says. “Yum yum.” [Advanced Style]

Is Kendall Jenner Changing the Face of Fashion? “Dazed” Magazine Says Yes. []

In her new book, Kate Moss says she only landed the Calvin Klein campaign that ended up launching her modeling career after Vanessa Paradis turned it down. [Vogue UK]

Roberto Cavalli Talks Christmas, New Year’s Plans. [WWD]

Pharrell and Cara Delevingne Star in a Wonderful Historical Fairy Tale for Chanel. [ELLE]

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Oscar de la Renta Dies

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The world is suddenly a lot less glamorous…

“Oscar de la Renta, who died this evening at age 82 after a long battle with cancer, was fashion’s favorite ladies’ man. His Latin-lover good looks, fascination with feminine style, strong color sense and impeccable social skills — a wonderful sense of humor among them — made him a court dressmaker to a large portion of the international set and a designer for First Ladies from the time of Betty Ford. He was a particular favorite of three of the last: Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush — and Michelle Obama recently donned one of his dresses at the White House event for fashion students.

While de la Renta could design clothes that were editorial darlings, his genius was in making women, regardless of their own intrinsic pulchritude, look and feel beautiful. Romantic, glamorous styles were his signature: tastefully extravagant, Paris-influenced, with an undercurrent of Latin pizazz. He was best-known for his designs for the Ladies Who Lunch, the likes of Babe Paley, C.Z. Guest and Marella Agnelli, along with a glittering constellation of other aristocrats and socialites, performers, broadcasters and top executives, who often became, not just customers, but friends. Yet de la Renta always remained current and in recent years, a younger set — who included actresses Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Garner and Lea Michele — fell under his spell.

De la Renta was born July 22, 1932, in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. (As he once put it, “I am the only Third World designer.”) At 18, he went to Madrid to study painting at the Academy of San Fernando. There he began sketching for top Spanish fashion houses; before long, he was working with the legendary couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga. De la Renta’s next stop was Paris, where he became a couture assistant to Antonio Castillo, then designer of Lanvin. As de la Renta recalled in 1979, “When I worked in Paris, Castillo and Balenciaga always had evening dresses inspired by Spanish peasants, flamenco; dresses taken from paintings by Goya, Zurbaran, Zuloaga; the bullring colors; the Princess of Eboli [a 16th-century Spanish beauty with an eye patch]. Balenciaga’s dresses never looked ethnic, like costumes.”

These descriptions also evoke the styles that made de la Renta’s name.” Source: By

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Anna Wintour Vogue Interview

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Anna Wintour Vogue Interview73 Questions for Anna Wintour via Vogue

Anna Wintour Vogue Interview: From her least favorite word in fashion to why she always has on her Chanel shades, Vogue’s Editor in Chief shares the 73 things that make her Anna Wintour. The editor is the latest subject of the magazine’s “73 Questions” video series, and in the lightening-fast interview, she shares her opinions on a number of relevant topics, including selfies, tennis, Apple and Brooklyn. In reference to her job, she shares the one fashion word she wishes everyone would stop using, and her favorite thing about working at Vogue. As a bonus, there’s a cameo by Karlie Kloss, as well as a guest appearance by Oscar de la Renta via speakerphone. Here are some of the questions:

The biggest difference between Brits and Americans? Humor.

Country she’s always wanted to visit? India.

The one fashion word she wishes everyone would stop using? Journey.

The least true rumor about you? They’re all true.

What phone do you have? flip.

What is the greatest invention of all time? Anything by Apple.

Other things that we learned about her?

She wakes up at 5am

James Corden is her favourite comedian

She’d never ever wear head-to-toe black

Pride and Prejudice is her favorite book…and she wishes she’d written War And Peace

She hates horoscopes

She’s afraid of spiders

She’d consider getting into basketball

Homeland is her guilty pleasure

She doesn’t drink

She’s never taken a selfie and she doesn’t plan on getting involved now!

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