I couldn't decide if the opening-song choice of Courtney Love's "Doll Parts" for Saturday's Barbie fashion show was spooky or brilliant. The show, put together in honor of the plastic fashion plate's upcoming 50th birthday, was loosely organized into three sections -- retro, modern and future Barbie.
The first real-life doll was an hommage to the original, which debuted at the New York Toy Fair wearing a black-and-white zigzag swimsuit, remastered here by designer Rachel Roy. With her blond pony tail swinging, she stepped her pink peep-toe shoe onto the glittering runway. Not every lassie was blond and white, but they all wore cat-eye sunglasses or cat eyeliner. Purrrrrrr.
The show read like the greatest hits from the spring season, with many designers contributing pieces from their spring collections. Nicole Miller's was 1960s-inspired, a black-and-white checkerboard dress worn with white tights with red hearts. The modern-day section had Barbie in a Tory Burch tunic and jeans and a DVF wrap dress, dragging a rolling suitcase behind her.
Futuristic Barbie was hit or miss. The shimmering gold Mackie gown and feather headdress was thrilling, especially since, next to Cher, Barbie may be the designer's all-time-best client. But the plasticky turbans and see-through capes (which looked as though they could have been cut from garment bags) were puzzling.