So I’ve been planning this post for a couple of months but never quite managing to get it quite right or shoot it quite right.
Well, it’s Friday so I figured I’d give you something for the weekend.
When we were in Berlin in November(!) we went to an amazing Helmut Newton exhibition at the photography museum.
I’ve always been a fan but this show really cemented it for me. He remains one of my all time favourite photographers. Shall we look….
As it combined three of his most famous shows including Big Nudes and as it was erm, Helmut Newton, there were a lot of boobies on display. Not unlike BOTD Towers to be fair, as when the dolls are not posing in front of my camera they are usually lying in a box lounging around completely starkers.
Which led me to…
Nipples. Did you know that some of the very early Barbie dolls had nipples?
When I got home I googled Barbie Nipples. A dangerous google search perhaps, but one I was drawn to. Now I wouldn’t recommend an image search as you will come up with all sorts, but sure enough on the web search I came across a lovely Californian lady called LaVonne (amazing name alert) who made me very happy with this quote…
You’ve probably heard me say this before – I enjoy saying it all the time especially when I am being interviewed for TV or the newspaper – but I’ll say it again now:
Nipples Are My Specialty!
OMG! I love LaVonne. She continued…
I have perfected altered barbie doll nipples. And it’s your lucky day because I am about to give you my nipple knowledge right here in an OOAK Barbie Nipple Tutorial! It’s my first tutorial on the blog!
Well I was obviously hooked! Here is the tutorial in full. Should you feel inspired.
With a fair bit of practice and colour matching I’ve managed to create some great nipples but using nail varnish instead. So many colour options! So many nipples.
But WHY? I hear you ask? Barbies are toys. They don’t need to be sexualised by giving them nipples bla bla bla.
Well they’re not like toys to me. They are fashion mannequins. They are fit models for the clothes I design and the photoshoots I style and if they were full size models they would have nipples. I’ve seen Kate Moss’ a lot!
And what’s more. I like nipples. I have two of them myself. I’m guessing you do too. (And your children may even have them shhhhh).
So some have my dolls have been given nipples too. Not to make them sexier, though I love seeing a nipple under a t-shirt sans bra on a girl or boy (yes boys don’t wear bras. Don’t get smart with me, doll lovers) but because it’s real. We have nipples and see them all the time. It’s not that shocking or it shouldn’t be.
Is it so crazy to see a nipple in a perfume ad?
On the beach?
At the SuperBowl?
On BOTD? I’ll let you decide.
How much do you wish your wardrobe looked like that?
Obviously with your own clothes in it. In the right size and stuff. But how beautiful is that wardrobe?
I would absolutely love for my wardrobe too look like that. So neat. So ordered.
And I would love the doll’s wardrobe to look like that too.
As it is, it’s stacked plastic boxes, shoe boxes, old jewellery boxes and former Glossy Boxes.
I long for a future of travelling wardrobes with vast vintage Louis Vuitton cases, closets and hat boxes (you never know) but the dolls’ current mobile wardrobe looks a lot more like this….
Well I can dream can’t I?
The super shiny wardrobe of love is available at Barbie Collector and although the clothes aren’t included, it does come with some super cute coat hangers. I think I’ll need about 25.
Are you all shopped out yet?
Were you one of the crazies braving the high street scramble for bargains galore?
I am “luckily” in a galaxy far far away, where the only shopping is for pyramid keyrings, scarabs, alabaster statues and papyrus. However. The lovely people atTopman, Mr Porter and asos keep emailing me, demanding/commanding/begging me to go crazy in the sales. Compounded with the “You bought that so you probably neeeeed this” emails from my crack dealer eBay, shopping online has never been so easy.
Should I give in?
Wouldn’t it be nice to return to London to a pile of “gifts” without having to push shove and queue?
What do you think of the dolls above? Should I put them on my wish list?
Both are known as the City Shopper™ Barbie® Doll and form part of the brand new 2013 “The Barbie Look™” collection. Click click click!
Doing New Year in style.
The resolutions will have to wait.
Today is a day of rest. And if you’re as smart as us you will be doing it poolside.
Yes of course that’s a bottle of water, though we may have to order a Bloody Mary later on.
And yes, the flash has made Barbie’s bikini a little see through. But when you read our resolutions you will realise that this year is only going to get sexier.
Barbie of the Day is officially three years old today. 3!
Much like Jesus and Carol Vorderman, this blog’s birthday is swallowed up by Christmas. No presents for us. Boo hoo. (Feel free to send us things in the new year, even if you get it in the sales!). But it’s easy to remember for me, as the blog was born on my other half’s birthday so if I can remember him I can remember the dolls.
We celebrated the 1000th post back in October but three years feels like a pretty significant milestone too.
To celebrate I have brought the team together for a sparkling family portrait.
BOTD hasn’t made me millions (yet) but it has brought me, and I hope you guys too, a lot of pleasure.
I’m frequently told how much better it is to give than to receive(!) especially at this time of year, so when I got an email about a charity auction this morning I suddenly thought of all the lovely things you might like to give me and what I might like to receive. All in the name of charidee, sweeties! Project Angel Food is a charity on a mission, and I quote, “to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County, acting out of a sense of urgency because hunger and illness do not wait.”
Their annual auction offers Barbie super fans the chance to get their hands on some seriously amazing dolls at the same time as supporting the charity. Pretty neat!
So let’s see what’s in the catalogue, shall we?
Lot number 3318013, the Jennifer Lopez Dance Again Tour JLo Barbie™
Bizarre! Current bid $1600.
Lot number 3318012, Barbie® Adores Adam Lambert, well who doesn’t?
OMG! It’s me!
Or Adam Lambert, I guess.
I love him. I want him. I need him. He would look so cute on the arm of Barbie.
Current bid… Eek $3000. But maybe that’s one of you guys bidding to buy it for me?
The dolls at the top are by Robert Best. I love him. He works at Mattel. He was on Project Runway 100 seasons ago. He stole my life. He’s brilliant at what he does. I love all his dolls. They ooze glamour! How chic are this couple?
One more lot to look at before I leave you to browse the entire catalogue.
Lot number 331804, Barbie™ Locks of Light Chandelier by Chris March (another Project Runway alum).
A chandelier made of hair. Oh my. Oh yes. Oh Santa. Pretty please. I’ve been such a good boy all year!
The auction runs until next Tuesday (18th) so get bidding. And I know what you’re thinking. Next year there should be one of my own couture dolls in the auction! Feel free to email their press office!
I think Liz and Dick would have made an excellent title for a show in which I interview the queen about her love of Barbies.
As it is, Liz and Dick is the new Elizabeth Taylor biopic showing on Lifetime in the States tonight. Previews suggest that the Lindsay Lohan vehicle is pure car crash telly. I can’t wait. Thank you illegal streaming sites!
Mattel have decided to cash in re-release their Violet Eyes (above) and White Diamonds dolls in her honour. Elizabeth’s honour rather than Lindsay’s. I think she sold hers shortly after Mean Girls.
The dolls are amazeballs and Liz even approved them before she popped off to the big diamond shop in the sky. Buy them here. And watch the trailer… Here.
Part two of my Marc Jacobs love affair.
With the Louis Vuitton show today, I figured it made sense to show my appreciation of all things Marc. This mainly involves wearing lots of MJ jewellery, buying gifts (not just for myself) from his shop in Mayfair, wearing his perfume and melting at the sight of him in a skirt.
This MJ gift is in fact, a miniature gift box. What could be cuter? Unless there was maybe a mini miniature box inside, Russian doll style. Fingers crossed there is a little top, a blouse or even a bra for this top mo-doll.
What started as a drunken brilliant idea, turned into a serious commitment, producing daily dolly shots not to mention creating the clothes, doing the hair and make up, finding locations, sourcing props, editing the photos, writing high-larious copy to accompany each shot.
Endless photo shoots with so many top mo-dolls.
Cool collaborations with photographers and other bloggers. Support from my HandPicked family. More makeup than all of Essex. A ridonculous amount of backcombing, hair extensions, hairspray and wind machines. A footwear collection to rival SJP and more couture than Daphne Guinness.
I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the site, followed me on Twitter, left comments, sent me tiny Louboutins, offered me advice, offered me dolls….
Yeah. This is where I live. Nice, right? Well if it makes you feel any better it is going to rain next week but until then we’re catching some rays on the beach. I think I need a Barbie sized Do Not Disturb sign.