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Barbie's Sexy New Wardrobe

Newspaper article International New York Times

Barbie's Sexy New Wardrobe

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When the lights went on and the music amped up at Jeremy Scott's first full collection for the brand, my spirits couldn't help soaring.

Flattened like a panini by the large crowd waiting to get into the Moschino show at the Palazzo Serbelloni on Thursday evening, I was reminded of the notorious Black Friday stampedes at Walmart.

"Can this possibly be worth it?" I thought. As the model Coco Rocha came through, fans screamed and advanced for a closer look, compressing strangers into positions more intimate than those shared by some spouses. I have no doubt that if a truly famous person had arrived, as the pop star Katy Perry did, almost an hour late last season, there would have been a fatality or two.

When we finally broke through and took our seats, the big-box store analogy made more sense: There were Moschino-branded Barbie dolls on the front-row seats, and hot-pink hand mirrors for hoi polloi.

My hopes weren't high. But when the lights went on and the music amped up (including "Two of Hearts" by Stacey Q, 1986), my spirits couldn't help soaring.

Jeremy Scott's first full collection for the company had likewise drawn on American symbols of instant gratification -- McDonald's, SpongeBob SquarePants -- but the one he chose this time had the advantage of being unequivocally, if not uncontroversially, sexy. You might not want your daughter playing with Barbie and feeling woebegone about unrealistic body proportions, etc., but why can't Mommy, who has worked through all that, have a go?

Certainly a pussycat-bow blouse covered with hearts, a toweling turban or a black-bordered tan miniature trench could all be wardrobe picker-uppers. Even if we're not quite ready for the return of the pouf skirt (really more like a pincushion here) or a Juicy Couture-style pink sweat suit recalling the Hilton sisters circa the turn of the millennium, or to roller-skate down the runway of life like one model, Charlotte Free.

As they say in comedy, Mr. Scott committed, and his production, if not flawless, was certainly poreless. …

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