Barbie is luckier than Paris Hilton when it comes to celebrating milestone birthdays. While Paris celebrated her 21st birthday with 5 celebrations in 5 different cities, fashion icon Barbie has already had three celebrations for her 50th and shows no signs of stopping (it’s only March, eight more months of 2009 to go). To kick off this momentous year, there was the grand runway show in New York City at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2009 in February. Then she invited a slew of celebrities to party at her infamous Malibu beach house earlier this month. Now she’s added Toronto to her list of party hopping destinations. Barbie opened Toronto LG Fashion Week with a runway collection from another fashion icon, Canada’s own David Dixon. Barbie lent her name to help spread some buzz to another milestone, Toronto Fashion Week’s 10th anniversary.
In this montage video from blogTO for the runway show, the influence of Barbie is undeniable in Dixon’s limited-edition collection. “She was an aspirational figure for me and the women I design for are people who inspire me, so really, Barbie became that,” Dixon said backstage following the show. Dixon channelled contemporary and classic looks with a mix of both refined and bold prints as black, ivory and Barbie’s signature pink prevailed as the dominant color story in the collection. The dresses ranged from the traditional shift style to bias ribbon dresses and gowns which closed out the collection featuring bountiful folds cascading down the length of the dresses. Each outfit was accessorized with zebra-striped and fuchsia party shoes from the new Barbie by Town Shoes collection, which in the manner of Christian Louboutin’s trademark red, boast hot Barbie-pink soles. Now every woman can embrace their inner Barbie from head to toe, by picking up her complete look at The Barbie Signature Shop at The Bay and at Town Shoes.