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.
Red carpet, black carpet. Enough! When they rolled out the (actually quite fantastic) jubilee print carpet for the BAFTAs last night, I shuddered slightly. I’m done with the carpets for a while I think, but had one last piece of couture to show off. A chocolatey confection, nude on Tyra. I never get that. Because nude on Naomi and Joan Smalls and Michelle Obama is clearly not the same as nude on Kylie or Britney. And what about nude on Longoria and Lopez? And nude on TOWIE stars is a whole other… Okay you get the idea.
Another day, another pair of fabulous boots. We may be in the middle of a heatwave here on the Côte d’Azur but we’re obviously thinking about what to wear next season. Having done a spot of shopping already, our autumn/winter purchases look too tempting sat on the shelves of BOTD Towers. Unfortunately it’s too hot to wear anything else with them!
It’s Naked Thursday! Not a dress code I’d advise to adhere to if you have a grown up job or public transport to consider. But this morning at least, Queen B is soaking up some sun in private. Excuse the mental weave, folks. It’s all part of a huge and hairy project.
We’re heading out to a Wimbledon party this afternoon but I think we will probably opt for the more traditional tennis whites. The BOTD girls however, have taken a (fig)leaf out of some super hot models’ books. Inspired by a super hot Patrick Cox campaign from way back when, these girls have turned up the heat so much they needed to strip off. The first person to tweet me the names of the original models will win an “amazing” BOTD prize. Don’t forget to follow us @barbieoftheday
Having begged BOTD to design her wedding dress then ditching us at the last minute for McQueen (you win again Miss Burton,) we were slightly reluctant to work with Princess Blow-Dry again. Nevertheless, the girl wanted something fierce to wear for meeting the Obamas so we were the obvious call. Sexy, youthful and nude were just some of the words we threw at her and she seemed happy when we suggested rubber as a fabric choice. Off it went in a sexy BOTD box and yet… Somehow our dress was intercepted and replaced by a frighteningly similar “copy” from Reiss. Reiss! Come on, Queeny, if you didn’t like the rubber we could have switched it for something a bit more palace friendly.
Another day, another pool party! Today’s BOTD looks like it was found on the cutting room floor of the Playboy Mansion’s editing suite. Naughty but nice, with a vintage porn feel, this bikini babe is gonna make sure that Ken has no tan lines.
A colour burst of bold floral print to brighten up your Tuesday. Big hair courtesy of the BOTD wind machine and a pair of nude slingbacks to make this super tight bodycon dress acceptable for the office. Oh go on, we dare you!
With the Academy Award nominations announced yesterday, the pressure is on to start thinking about the big night and who will be wearing what. Let’s not pretend that awards season is about anything other than the red carpet. As ever, BOTD will be ready with our glue gun and stapler (!) and sewing sequins and feathers late into the night to bring you the hottest looks from Hollywood.
On a day like today, it feels very good to be back in France. There is something so magical about swinging open the shutters of BOTD Towers and letting the sunshine pour in. All dressed up with nowhere to go, today’s BOTD sports a vibrant purple latex and fringed dress, with towering nude patent slingbacks and gold chain detail clutch. So what if it’s more appropriate for stomping the red carpet than strolling to the beach?