Meet Barbie’s Cousins: Cliche and Ruche!
We just cannot come to an agreement on this one, kittens. Lorenzo thinks it’s girly and fabulous and beautifully made and perfectly Barbie.
But Tom thinks it looks like a cliche and he thinks it’s notable that it, more than any of the other designs, looks a little silly on the model. Too much of a fantasy dress. This seems more appropriate for a fashion doll aimed at the 6 and 7-year old market rather than the tweeners.
It looks marginally better on the doll but we love how such a big deal was made out of the requirement that they make a dress in doll-size and then the results looked so outrageously shitty and glued-together that the judges never even mentioned them.
That’s our reaction to every garment she makes. Both a proper name and a description of her style. She should consider making the exclamation point a permanent part of her name, like she’s a Broadway musical or something.
To be fair, we don’t hate this dress. We actually like some parts of it. It’s thankfully way toned down, the silhouette looks chic and flattering and the color is sophisticated. Those are the good parts.
The bad parts: once again, every element is so haphazard, seemingly without purpose or statement. It’s still the “throw it against the wall and see what sticks” school of fashion design. The ruching looks like she just kept throwing the garment at a running sewing machine again and again to see what would happen. And if there’s anything worse than wearing leg warmers on your arms, it’s wearing a leg warmer on one of your arms.
Worst of all, does anyone look at this and think of Barbie? At all?