Like many other little girls, I went through a Barbie phase. My two ladies (and their generically attractive shared beau, Ken) lived, loved and lost their hair in an elaborately decorated house fashioned out of a cabinet shelf in my bedroom. I don't remember their names or how they occupied their time (with clothes or work or boys?), but I doubt they lived anything but a relatively modest life of egg breakfasts and romantic walks on the carpeting. For sure, their existence would have had little in common with the high-shine glamour afforded to the newest member of the Barbie family, who fills her nights with red carpet premieres and little jaunts down the runway, all while dressed in custom-designed Hervé Léger by Max Azria bandage dresses, gladiator boots and harness belts.
Set to retail for $150 at Hervé Léger boutiques, select Neiman Marcus stores and online at BarbieCollector.com (the website also features dolls wearing outfits designed by The Blonds, Stephen Burrows, Coach and Trina Turk), the Hervé Léger doll is available with two looks, both constructed of the same materials (and manufactured in the same factory) used to produce the main collection. Conceived for the so-called "Adult Collector," life-sized versions of each one of Barbie's fashion item will also be available through the Hervé Léger by Max Azria collection.
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