Come on Barbie, Let’s Go Party

Michael Bastian's Picnic Ken Doll (image via

Ever since I was a little girl, I have LOVED Barbie (can you blame me? I am blonde,  LOVE fashion, and, in fact, was called Barbie the other day while walking down the street). I had a closet full of Barbies (I am pretty sure my favorite was Western Barbie- who wore a TURQUOISE cowgirl outfit complete with hat and boots- a look, I can assure you, I have never tried out) and her accessories as well. Between my older sister and myself, we probably had every new doll that came out for a span of 5 years (mine were the slightly more destroyed ones as I liked to cut their hair). Although I loved playing with my Barbie dolls, and even Skipper from time to time, I really didn’t care much for Ken. He had no fun fashions, so wasn’t he merely an accessory as well?

Flash forward to New York Fashion Week Spring 2011. Ken finally has stolen the attention of the public eye- he showed in fashion week! Kind of. Sunday night at Christie’s Auction House, six menswear designers dressed up their version of a Ken doll and live men stood on pedastals as eat doll offered a different type of date to win Barbie’s affection. The designers involved in the showcase were: Yigal Azrouel, Billy Reid, Robert Geller, Nicholas K, Michael Bastian and Simon Spurr.

Unfortunately for Ken, Barbie was a no-show that night but FORTUNATELY, Ken is now the fashionisto he has always deserved to be.

Nicholas K's Rocking Ken Doll (image via


Fashionably Late

As promised, I am finally writing my post about New York Fashion Week. I realize I meant to write this a few weeks ago, but my big event is only three weeks away (if you still want to donate, click here: or if you still want to register for the walk, click here: and you can join my team ) so needless to say, I have been a bit busy. Better late than never, though, and I don’t actually feel that bad as Fashion Week (s) are still going on. Currently, Paris Fashion Week is taking place. Unfortunately, I am not there.

Luckily, I was able to attend a show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City and not just any show, but the first ever show held at Lincoln Center (MBFW moved this year from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center). Now, the shows are invite only, but I happen to be fortunate enough to live below a fashion designer who was nice enough to invite me.

The design house is Nicholas K and is run by a sister and brother team, Nicholas and Chris Kunz. Their clothes are ready-to-wear and feature LOTS of hooded sweaters (a staple of mine for the winter months). Many of the looks sent down the runway appear both fashionable and cozy, a great mixture in my book- isn’t it absolutely fabulous to be able to look effortlessly chic?  On that note, I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the show. Enjoy!

A Male Look at Nicholas K

Finale at Nicholas K

A Look Inside "The Tent"