Mattel has launched a dynamic, unprecedented partnership between the Barbie model and French luxurious vogue label, Balmain. Developed as a celebration of each Barbie and Balmain’s mixed impression on vogue and higher tradition, the 2 manufacturers are launching a ready-to-wear vogue and equipment assortment. Collectively, the 2 entities are additionally dropping three one-of-a-kind NFTs of distinctive Barbie and Ken avatars.
Styled in full appears from Balmain’s designs, every is accompanied by a one-of-a-kind bespoke set of Barbie-sized Balmain items, creating a novel digital and bodily artwork assortment, Mattel stated in a press launch.
These Barbie x Balmain NFTs shall be out there completely via Mattel Creations, through an internet public sale hosted on mintNFT, guaranteeing patrons a novel place in vogue historical past because it strikes into the digital realm. Barbie, with over 62 years of historical past, is a globally recognised affect and arbiter within the worlds of vogue and popular culture, creating an intersection between the model, artwork and collectability. In 2020, Mattel launched Mattel Creations, an e-commerce platform that connects Barbie — and Mattel’s iconic catalogue of IP — with a community of world makers to supply limited-edition creations the place toys are a canvas for artwork, and artwork is impressed by toys. With the speedy growth of the metaverse, Mattel Creations has turn out to be particularly resonant within the digital house and is an thrilling new platform for digital artwork deliveries.
Mattel has launched a dynamic, unprecedented partnership between the Barbie model and French luxurious vogue label, Balmain. Developed as a celebration of each Barbie and Balmain’s mixed impression on vogue and higher tradition, the 2 manufacturers are launching a ready-to-wear vogue and equipment assortment. Mattel is an US-based toy manufacturing agency.
To mark the partnership, Barbie and Balmain have launched a digital marketing campaign, which depicts the ready-to-wear and equipment assortment on Barbie avatars. The promotion was conceptualised and styled by Charlotte Stockdale and Katie Lyall and photographed by Norbert Schoerner.
The Barbie x Balmain ready-to-wear and equipment line takes the established aesthetic and opulence that Rousteing has so efficiently constructed up over the previous decade and filters it via a Barbie lens. From a nostalgic 1990’s-era Barbie emblem to a “Barbie pink” Pantone to Barbie’s iconic packaging, Rousteing and the Balmain groups’ 50+ piece assortment intertwines the toy’s signatures with the label’s hallmarks, like its marinière and Labyrinth patterns. Barbie and Balmain share a penchant for vibrant, optimistic iconography, and right here, they arrive collectively in a balanced and wearable homage to the ebullient legacies of each, based on Mattel.
“Collectively, Barbie and Balmain are creating a brand new chapter within the legacy of the toy and vogue industries. As a vogue home dedicated to innovation in surprising and joyous methods, Balmain, below Olivier Rousteing’s inventive course, is the right accomplice to translate the iconography that’s distinctive to Barbie into a contemporary iteration of digital artwork and bodily vogue,” Richard Dickson, president and chief working officer of Mattel stated in an announcement.
“As our marketing campaign pictures make very clear, Barbie and Balmain are embarking upon a distinctly multicultural, inclusive and at all times joy-filled journey. For this collaboration, we’re constructing upon the brand new French type of Balmain’s most up-to-date collections, as soon as once more displaying that Balmain is impressed by the actually various and thrilling magnificence discovered on at this time’s Parisian boulevards and avenues. This assortment additionally rejects any arbitrary gender limitations—that is an virtually 100 per cent unisex assortment,” Rousteing stated.
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