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Last night on Mulberry Street, a small parade of women in little black dresses funneled into an event space to get up close and personal with the 12 one-of-a-kind Barbies dressed by CFDA accessory designers. Officially it was the first Barbie tweet-up, to celebrate both Barbie's arrival to Twitter (@BarbieStyle) and the launch of a collection of 12 "Barbie Basics" dolls, which are essentially the pared-down version of these designer creations, ethnic diversity and all.
For now, the unique gussied-up ones are up for auction on eBay, and someone is getting a serious deal on the Lorraine Schwartz Barbie, who sports $25,000 worth of diamond accessories on her little frame and yet is only at $4,050 in the auction.
Currently, the cheapest is the Albertus Swanepoel doll at $248, although we thought this one of the best in the collection. The favorite of the evening last night however, the Betsey Johnson doll, is selling for $660. Personally, we'd have to go with the Subversive by Justin Giunta doll which includes a stunning necklace for the buyer as well; Justin even made an appearance last night.
The designers who are taking part in this CFDA collaboration with Barbie are: Kate Spade (with necklace), Devi Kroell, Subversive by Justin Giunta (with necklace), Philip Crangi, Isaac Mizrahi, Tory Burch, Alexis Bittar (with cuff bracelet), Botkier, Lorraine Schwartz, Albertus Swanepoel, Betsey Johnson and Rachel Roy.
There's four days left on the eBay auctions and then these one-of-a-kind dolls get separated and sent to new homes. We guess we won't be seeing them placed around the fountain during Bryant Park Fashion Week, like the kind of Barbie presence there was about two years ago.
· CFDA Barbie auctions [eBay]
· Barbie continues to have better clothes than real people [Racked]