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how to dress like a barbie girl

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photo by michael kozak

bts of our barbie-inspired shoot

My obsession with Barbie started as a young fantasy fashion crazed child; I would spend hours brushing, styling, and braiding her California blonde hair and dress her up in whatever her job title was of the moment (my favorite was the '90s tight purple Pucci style print long sleeve mini dress—I know you remember!). Ironically I feel I still am doing this, only now in real life with real models and real dream clothes. My childhood Barbie days may have been spot-on foreshadowing, or perfect training for the future me. That being said, I’ve always wanted to do an entire Barbie tribute story ever since I can possibly remember. And with Jeremy Scott’s Moschino SS15 Barbie Girl Squad collection, there was absolutely NO better time to do it but now.
 
For my April fashion feature story, 'Plastic Fantastic',  I wanted her to be exactly what she is: BARBIE!—the dream blonde California girl who lives in her Malibu mansion, has amazing (all pink) designer clothes, shops her days away in Beverly Hills and on Rodeo Drive in her pink convertible, and chills in her mansion dialing Ken on her pink dream phone to make plans for a glamorous night out in Hollywood. I tried to represent a little bit of every favorite era and moment of Barbie in my story: a bit prom, a bit princess, a bit '80s, a bit '90s, a bit rich kid.
 
Take some easy spring styling notes from the story and learn how to dress like Barbie any day:
 
Head-to-toe pink: Wear any shade of pink (ideally hot pink or fuschia) and do what Barbie would do: Mix and match all your pink shades.
80‘s light wash denim: We all know Barbie loved her acid wash/light wash denim moments. Throwing on a vintage Levi’s light wash denim jacket or high-waisted jean will give you that early '90s Barbie vibe.
ALL Pink Accessories: If you can’t make the actual full clothing commitment to pink, do it in your accessories—bags, shoes, sunnies, jewelry, necklaces, cell phone cases... whatever! 
Bold statement piece:  A pink faux fur stole or jacket (think Tommy Hilfiger SS15), anything with sequins, a pink bag (House of Holland and Shrimps have some cute options), and platform printed shoes, with socks of course.
 
I took my Polaroid with me on the Beverly Hills set to take some behind-the-scenes snaps of my fantasy dress up pink Barbie world. Click through the gallery below and transport yourself to a plastic world.
 
Also, make sure to pick up the April issue to see the entire Barbie Dream house story come to life! <3<3<3

photo by michael kozak

Behind the scenes with model Mathilde Frachon checking her #selfie game in her Moschino Barbie pink dream phone case ;)

Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO] www.youtube.com

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video) www.youtube.com

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House www.youtube.com

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.

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"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."