Monday Muse: Barbie Bring’s Coach Heritage to Life
Only one fashion icon can make Imelda’s shoe collection seem minuscule and Hamish Bowle’s collection of couture seem like nothing more than a pittance. She plays muse to couture designers and at-home designers-in-training, and she’s only 11.5 inches tall, making her too short to be a runway model, though she’s walked the runway for many a catwalk regular. She’s also a doll. Barbie has been inspiring little girls and fashion designers alike since her debut in 1959. And since she first graced toy shelves, she’s had custom made outfits from the likes of Bob Mackie, Juicy Couture, Christian Louboutin, Donna Karan and more. This year, she’s teamed up with Coach for a new spin on the brand’s modern classics.
In addition to her high fashion tastes (lest we forget, she’s also inspired limited edition couture from Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and Ralph Lauren), Barbie has seen more outfits than even the most seasoned fashion editor. She’s gotten designers like Calvin Klein and Cynthia Rowley to design her work wardrobe and plenty of evening wear from the world’s top designers filling the closets at her Malibu dream house. The Coach collaboration, however, includes a first for her, even with over 50 years of fashion behind her.
The Coach Barbie, which retails for $95, is outfitted in the brand’s Tattersall trench, which is a pattern that die-hard fans of the brand will recognize from the lining of many of the brand’s bags. The brunette babe pairs the trench with a preppy striped sweater — a nod to the Madison Avenue roots of the American luxury juggernaut — and an ultrasuede skirt that’s embellished with turnlocks, one of the brand’s most iconic signatures.
The first, however, lies in Coach Barbie’s accessories. She’s been given a real-leather handbag and all of the trappings that go along with it, including a dustbag. Coach started out as a leather goods company, and still prides itself on the quality and craftsmanship of their signature leather pieces, so the heritage and attention to detail that’s evident in Barbie’s leather duffle is no surprise. The duffle includes working buckles, Coach’s signature brass lozenge hangtag and a swingy tassel that appears on the bag in its real-life incarnation. It’s crafted from the same glove-tanned leather as all of the other handbags in the Coach Legacy collection, so if you have one of those in your handbag arsenal, Barbie’s matches it exactly.
To round out her outfit, Coach included special edition Patty sunglasses that match her red duffle and she also managed to get the first pair of shoes from Coach’s new Legacy shoe collection, which combines classic Coach signatures with their ever-expanding collection of shoe silhouettes. The colorblocked Tristen sandal is an exact replica of the soon-to-be-released shoe, right down to the turnlocks, tassels and stacked heels.
Coach has teased Barbie fans and it’s own loyal legion of fanatics with a few extra snaps of other miniaturized bags, including the now-classic Legacy Penny bag, a Hamptons tote and more, they’re not included in the first release of the doll. We don’t know for certain whether or not they’ll be released later, but knowing how Coach fans can’t get enough of the brand’s bags and Barbie collectors love to outfit their dolls in the latest offerings from any fashion label, we wouldn’t be surprised if Barbie’s handbag collection grows with each passing season.
Coach Barbie is available now at Coach.com