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Karl Lagerfeld to inspire Barbie's next style incarnation

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Barbie has been a style icon for over 50 years, so it makes perfect sense that her next look would be modelled on one of the most influential individuals of the fashion world – and who better than the one and only Karl Lagerfeld?

Yes, the Chanel creative director is soon to be immortalised in Barbie form, after being invited by Mattel to collaborate on a design for a collector’s edition doll which, naturally, will echo Lagerfeld’s own signature style, right down to the ponytail. Barbie Lagerfeld’s sharp black blazer, crisp white high-collared men’s shirt, black satin tie and fitted black jeans will be accessorised with those distinctive black fingerless gloves, black boots and a black leather clutch with metallic accents (see the illustration here).

Kim Culmone, Vice President of Design for Barbie Products at Mattel, said ‘Working with Karl Lagerfeld for this unique creative collaboration has been an incredible honour. It's not every day that Barbie dresses like the world's most famous fashion designer.’

Of course, Lagerfeld and his designers had a hand in the design and, according to Pier Paolo Righi, CEO and President of Karl Lagerfeld, ‘it has been great fun for Karl and the team to dress Barbie in this iconic style.’

The exact details of when Barbie Lagerfeld’s release date and price are yet to be revealed, but it is known that the doll will be on limited edition sale under the Barbie Collector line. Will she be cooler than her older sister, 2009’s 50th Anniversary Barbie, styled in Chanel by Lagerfeld himself? If Barbie Lagerfeld’s temperament is anything like that of her namesake, it could well be Chanel 2.55 flap bags at dawn for these two…

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