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All Dolled Up with Barbie by Patricia Field

Renata Espinosa
November 14th, 2007 @ 5:58 PM - New York

Stylist, entrepreneur and Emmy award-winning costume designer Patricia Field is in the business of dressing dolls – mostly of the adult, real-life variety, from the guys and gals who are loyal fans of her downtown New York boutique, to, most famously, the characters of "Sex and the City," where "Manolos" and "Louboutins" were brought into the lexicon of millions of viewers thanks to Carrie Bradshaw's shoe fetish.

But now, Field has partnered with the most famous doll of them all, Barbie, to do a new collection of Barbie-inspired sportswear, handbags and jewelry to be sold at Macy's, Hot Topic and Field's own House of Field boutique in New York.

The line, which she launched in a pink neon-light hued House of Field on Nov. 13, ranges from the vintage inspired – leopard print capelets or a sexy stretch-satin '50s sweetheart dress – to more contemporary grafitti print hoodies and t-shirts emblazoned with phrases like "I Want My Dream House." Accessories range from Barbie logo nameplate necklaces and earrings to faux-crocodile embossed patent black and metallic handbags, clutches and wallets with Barbie silhouette gold logo plaque.

"Mattel approached us and it was really interesting because I'm into big brands, because I'm little," said Field. "Everyone knows Barbie, more than anyone knows Patricia Field, so I was like, okay, I'll go with Barbie! She's like this pop icon. And we're kind of like little mini-pop icons. So, we thought, we can make this work. So, we went with it. Hopefully we're not making a tremendous mistake that could knock us off the mountain, and maybe, you know, this is just the beginning."

Field said she wasn't a Barbie collector herself growing up ("I'm not in the Barbie era – I'm not in the doll era. I just dress the Barbies in my adult life – from the real ones and the dolls. But, mostly the real ones."), but she was excited about the one-of-a-kind Barbie of herself that Mattel produced especially for the launch of the collection.

"I told them, you need to make this doll! I think it's the best Barbie I've seen in a long time."

Richard Dickson of Mattel said they'd been fans of Patricia Field for years, and were excited for the chance to work with someone whose work they deemed legendary.

"Her sense of style is visionary," said Dickson. "I think Barbie is all about relevance, and we like to think of ourselves as on the cusp of everything relevant from a cultural perspective. There isn't a better, more relevant stylist in the world than Pat Field. And her sense of style can work with anything, from the most conservative, to the highly eclectic, and really, that is what Barbie is. She's elastic, she's plastic, and she's able to represent all sorts of different looks."

In addition to Barbie by Patricia Field and her duties as costume designer for the "Sex and the City" movie, currently being filmed in New York, Field is also busy at work as the costume designer for Darren Star's latest television series "Cashmere Mafia," about four high-powered female executives in New York, which premieres Nov. 27.

"I'm loving working with the girls. They're four individuals, so I'm developing a style for each one of them. I'm making it as organic as I can, just trying to find the essence of the actress and the character, and try to bring them together without losing either one of them."

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