We had regencywith Bridgerton corsets and turtlenecks, and cottagecore, with plaid and seersucker peasant dresses, and all-black gothcore, but photos of Margot Robbie filming her next movie mark the beginning of the Barbiecore era. There’s also co-star Ryan Gosling, pulling out all the stops for Kencore on the set of director Greta Gerwig’s upcoming movie. Barbie film to be released next July.
Wearing matching neon aerobic outfits, fluorescent green roller skates and visors inspired by the 1994 Hot Skatin’ Barbie doll, Robbie and Gosling blur the lines between wardrobe and current trends. It’s a little Malibu with a generous touch of ’80s Surfer’s Paradise and lots of fun for adults.
Robbie’s costumes have the same playful edge as Kim Kardashian on social media in skintight Balenciaga tights and a cropped pink bomber jacket, actress Lana Condor at the MTV Awards in Valentino tights with platform heels that would defy the bent feet of Barbie and Megan Fox at an LA premiere of Nensi Dojaka’s minidress documentary. Gosling has surprisingly tough competition in Kencore from Fox partner Machine Gun Kelly, wearing a pink and blue crop top by Asian-American designer Chet Lo.
British Fashion it has been declared by a barbie core summer in the northern hemisphere and Australian designers are set to bring the energy of living dolls to their collections in the coming months. A australian fashion week designer Mariam Seddiq heavily peppered her sprawling show with pink Barbie suits and dresses.
“I’m a tomboy, so Barbie doesn’t resonate with me personally, but I’ve certainly dressed a few Barbies in my time,” says Seddiq. Along with Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Jessica Mauboy in the lodgesSeddiq has worked with The voiceby Rita Ora and Delta Goodrem. “When Rita Ora wore my candy pink two-piece, it was definitely a Barbie vibe.”
“When people ask me about the Barbie treatment, it’s about helping them look like they have a magically rolled up waist. It’s moving away from the androgynous look towards something feminine, with prettier silhouettes, cinched-waisted blazers, and celebrating that hourglass silhouette.”
While it’s impossible to avoid using the term “pretty” when talking about pink, Seddiq says there are ways to celebrate Barbie’s strength and intelligence while embracing the trend. After all, Mattel recently released Barbie versions of former tennis champion Naomi Osaka. politics julie bishop and the Queen, who wear pink sparingly.
“For me, it’s about making sure the pink looks have a twist so they’re not cloyingly sweet,” says Seddiq. “I would love to dress Barbie in one of my well-padded shoulder outfits. She would probably add a tie and pocket chain to really push things up.”