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Black is the new pink for Barbie
by Farhana Syed Nokman

KUALA LUMPUR: Dreams will come true for women who grew up wanting to dress like Barbie. Mattel, in collaboration with Malaysian ready-to-wear clothing brand Salabianca, has launched the Little Black Dress collection for women and girls.

Twelve limited edition Barbie dolls in little black dresses will be sold at department stores in Kuala Lumpur at RM99 (S$41).

The dresses are designed by Salabianca.

To fulfil the fantasies of women, Salabianca offers the same little black dresses in adult sizes.

Called Barbie Loves Salabianca, the collection of dolls and dresses was launched at a fashion show at Skybar, Traders Hotel, recently.

Salabianca designer Tino Soon said 12 variations of the classic LBD (Little Black Dress) were created.

"The designs are inspired by Barbie, with full skirts, frills and the 1950s influence. It's what we think Barbie would love to wear."

Soon said it took eight months to design and make the little dresses for the doll collection.

"It's not easy to produce miniature dresses when one is used to making clothes for adults. Everything, from beads, pleats and Velcro straps, has to be super small," he said.

Soon and the other designer behind the Salabianca label, Allan Chan, have also been inspired by Barbie to create a separate and more colourful collection.

The range includes a Barbie doll in either a tube dress with toile frill or a 1950s dress with pleats and full skirt, a black "bling-bling" T-shirt with the Barbie logo and a transparent reusable bag splashed in pink, the doll's signature shade.

Prices are between RM89 and RM499. The collection is available at Salabianca outlets.

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