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First ever collection of Barbie apparels from Jaspal
by William K.C. Kee

Jaspal has come up with the first ever collection of Barbie-inspired women’s apparel and accessories.

IF you have always envisioned dressing up like a doll, more specifically Barbie, here’s your chance to take it up a notch.

Jaspal, the Thai fashion label, has collaborated with Barbie to create a limited edition line of clothing and accessories to commemorate the doll’s 50th anniversary.

“For five decades, Barbie has inspired girls of all ages to dream, discover and celebrate their girlhood from fashion to fantasy, in a world without limits,” says Viseth Singhsachathet, the assistant managing director of Jaspal. “We feel honoured to be part of Barbie’s 50th anniversary celebration and hope the Barbie by Jaspal collection, captures the essence of today’s fashion,” adds Viseth.

“A lot of effort was put into designing this special collection. We were truly inspired by Barbie’s innate fashion style through the years, and felt strongly about using this inspiration to design a contemporary collection of clothing and accessories for the modern woman to enjoy.”

Jaspal, which made its debut in Malaysia last year, is the only brand outside the United States to do a Barbie-inspired collection. Last February, a fashion show that paid tribute to Barbie was held in Bryant Park, New York, featuring designs by 50 couturiers including Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Rachael Roy, Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui.

The Barbie by Jaspal collection consists of six mini capsules:

Glamorous Barbie

This range includes Jaspal’s classic dark denim high-waisted skirts and hot pants. To be worn with black T-shirt with lace puff sleeves, the collection features a screen-printed logo and sequined graphics.

Jet Set Barbie

The nautical-inspired capsule is perfect for summer outings. Featuring red, blue and white stripes and placement prints, the pieces can be worn with a white knotted belt with a dangly anchor pendant.

Sporty Barbie

Inspired by sports, this capsule include hooded velour jumpsuits in hot pink; T-shirts with 50th Barbie Anniversary logos and grey marle cotton fleece tops with colourful miniature prints.

Vintage Barbie

The vintage-inspired capsule is romantic and glamorous. Fabrics are printed in multi-colour designs using a wet-on-wet technique. When dry, it is reprinted again with different coloured designs ranging from diamonds, stars to ribbon-inspired graphics.

Rock Barbie

This essential 1980s punk rock-inspired capsule include a black tank top and a white printed cropped off shoulder T-shirt, worn over bleached jeans and finished off with a classic studded leather belt and heels.

Classic Barbie

Featured in this capsule is a short sleeveless, cotton satin puff-ball dress with pleated folds at the bodice. It is worn with a crystal encrusted bow belt.

Besides the clothes, there are also Barbie accessories. Choose from handbags made of mock crocodile skin and colourful shiny leather, or casual shoes with Barbie’s signature logo. -The Star/ANN

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