New York Fashion Week is no stranger to divas. Yet on Saturday afternoon, it played host to the biggest diva of all. Or at least the most plastic. Barbie, that icon of young girls everywhere, celebrated her 50th birthday in suitably glamorous style. Forget Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen — this was the show to see! There were at least 1,000 breathless fans crowded into the tents at Bryant Park waiting to see the styles of the notorious Barbie.The runway show squeezed in a 50-designer runway tribute to Barbie’s varying looks over the decades. Most of the big names in American fashion were represented here — Vera Wang, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein Collection, Donna Karan — and lesser-known designers got into the act, too, including standouts from Peter Som, Nanette Lepore and Yeohlee.
Associated PressDesigner Naeem Khan understands that Barbie — and the girls who love her — adore sparkles so the model’s makeup consisted of sequence and sparkles. These slender, real-life runway models didn’t exactly share Barbie’s infamous proportions, but through the magic of hair and makeup, most of them channeled Barbie’s updos over the years, from her bouffants of the ’50s, the swinging ponytails of the 70s, and best of all, the big hair of the ’80s. A few of my personal favorite outfits will be put up here this afternoon.