Let's talk about Barbie again. When I was a teenager the collector dolls always excited me. I would eagerly look forward to the catalogs that Grandma got, and when they arrived I'd pour through them looking for Bob Mackie's latest creations, or for ballerinas or redheads, or the latest I Love Lucy doll, or one that might look like some member of my family. Back then it was fun to get a new catalog, but nowadays the creations seem...well, they seem a bit "blah." With the exception of the new Tokidoki Barbie, Claudette Gordon Barbie, and the zombie bride, nothing sets my world aflame. The new Hunger Games dolls are monotonous, the Christmas doll is dressed in red for what seems like the millionth time, and even the Fashionistas are humdrum, with the possible exception of L.A. Girl, whom everyone seems to have fallen in love with.
I agree with those who have fallen for L.A. Girl; you don't run into too many Barbie dolls with partially shaved heads (a la Venus McFlytrap), and her face is to die for. She's proven to be elusive, but I can do to wait for now, as close as it is to Christmas. While I agree with the masses on L.A. Girl, I strongly disagree with the same masses on Moschino Barbie. This is Moschino Barbie in black and in white.
Mutya and Claudette Gordon are both more affordable than Moschino is, and they're more colorful! I particularly love the color combos on Claudette; she's black with auburn hair, and she's wearing a blue flapper-style dress. In my opinion, Carlyle really knocked that one out of the park. I can't wait to see what else he has planned.
Of course I mean no ill towards those who like Moschino Barbie. Tastes vary, right? Thus why we have dolls as radically different as Moschino, Tokidoki, and Mutya are. Something for everyone. But I am simply unimpressed by Moschino. Her outfit is very plain, her face is one that we've all seen (several times over), and the accessories don't impress me. If she looked more like one of these models I'd be more impressed. That's more in tune with the over-the-top designs that big shot designers make...and it also makes me hopeful that Jeremy Scott will design a Barbie in the future. His Warhol-esque designs are humorous, colorful, and fun, and that would be perfect for Barbie.