Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Barbie á la Louboutin

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Loretta reports:

This is my Deadline Barbie. She quite accurately captures my state during the last stages of a book. As many know, I am a Barbie devotee. My favorite ones are the early ones, like this one, when she still retained evidence of her European origins . . . based on a German cartoon prostitute.

As part of our ongoing diligent research into shoes, alert Nerdy History Girl Susan sent me the latest news from France about Barbie. She’s had a makeover courtesy Christian Louboutin.

One of the many things we love about Louboutin is of course the red soles, which remind us of the hot red heels of the 17th century, like the ones King Louis XIV is wearing.

But we were fascinated by the transformation Louboutin wrought. He’s made Barbie French! Ooh la la!


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I bow before Louboutin and NHGs. While I didn't realize the Pink One was based on a German Fille de Joie -- but remember dressing her as one for GI Joe -- I couldn't be more thrilled with what Mssr has done here. Even Ken looks better. Sure, Barbie would look nice w/a little meat on her bones. But the shoes, the shoes, the shoes!!!

Oh. I heard Kate Spade's got a Feminist Barbie line coming out soon. Just kidding.

Lucy said...

Barbie has always been my favourite..sadly my 8 year-old prefers Bratz and others. And as for 'Loubou'- I fantasize about his shoes (as I trudge around in flats these days...) Great link-loved to read this while sipping my tea early this morning:)

Elizabeth Kerri Mahon said...

I'm still bummed that I never bought the Marie Antoinette Barbie when it came out. I'm still trying to find that on eBay. Love Louboutin's but somehow can't justify spending $600 on shoes.

Isabella Bradford/Susan Holloway Scott said...

Love it!!
Now, since those red heels were reserved for nobles-only in 17th c. England and France, can we conclude with best TNHG logic that Barbie in her new red-soled Loubies is really the long-lost-secret-daughter of a distant prince or duke? My Lady Barbie!

Loretta Chase said...

Michelle, I totally agree that she needs more meat on her bones. I know he made her ankles tinier (must have done that under a microscope), but she does seem awful skinny. OTOH, her face is fabulous. Ms. Lucy & Elizabeth: it's pure fantasy for me. Once upon a time I would have worn those shoes happily (and saved for months to buy them), but gee, having to use a walker to get around on them would kind of defeat the purpose. Not that I wouldn't try them on, next chance I get, just to say I did.

Anonymous said...

I went through an obsessive Barbie-collecting phase about five years ago (I've had several manic doll collecting periods). I never purchased the Queen Elizabeth I Barbie, nor Madame du Barbie, which I regret. I have a friend who has both of these Barbies on a shelf, and I turn pea-green every time I'm at her house. Those dolls are hard to find and very expensive if you *can* find them!!

Nice to know that other women still remember Barbie fondly!

Vanessa Kelly said...

Michelle, I'm ashamed to admit that I not only dressed Barbie for GI Joe, but that she ended up in his sleeping bag!

Well, Barbie dear no longer has cankles, that's for sure! The shoes she's wearing as a cat burglar are hilarious.

But she is beautiful.

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