MF: Double Design Trouble
Okay, so here’s the skinny, Vanessa and Angela Simmons, the daughters of Rev Run of Run DMC, have their own shoe line (of course) and tap the Chris March team to come up with some Barbie-inspired looks for their launch party. This seems to be a running theme: shoe launch parties. Apparently, shoe designers (or “designers”) all have Chris on speed dial for their shoe launch party dresses.
Once again, the episode is refreshingly drama-free, as the team basically says “Alrighty, then” and gets to work.
There is some question as to whether the girls are going to be difficult and even though this is a question asked every episode with virtually no payoffs, we did kind of fear that they were going in the wrong direction with these designs.
It seems to us that most women do not really want to look like a drag version of a Barbie doll, even when they say “I want to look like Drag Barbie!”
When faced with the reality of Barbie clothes – namely, that they’re pretty tacky – most ladies would run screaming in the other direction. Especially when they’re faced with such faithful reproductions of the Barbie aesthetic. These aren’t “like” Barbie clothes; they’re exactly Barbie clothes, scaled up to human proportions.
We thought feather Barbie (don’t expect us to remember which one is which) had the better dress, both because she claimed to be a wild dresser herself and it really did have some rock and roll sassiness to it; Barbie by way of Cyndi Lauper.
But that highly flammable neon pink animal print could have gone either way. Either you accept it as the Barbie-true fabric it is, or you better just get off the train.
But the skirt really did look amazing and the whole look came together – as Barbie looks so often do – when the jewelry came out.
It was the sparkly black Barbie dress that had us concerned. First off, she didn’t seem to love it when she first saw it.
The pink Barbie look was fun, but this look had some serious drag qualities going on. Especially once the wigs came out. Poor Izzy. No one wants wigs anymore. Although we couldn’t blame the girls. Izzy did great work, but they both looked better with their hair down.
And if you give a girl a crown, she’ll happily go out in a drag dress for the chance to wear it. Still, that bodice is awfully big, no? We suspect that – and the gloves, since she was fidgeting with them a lot – is what she liked the least.
To be honest, we thought the shoe bags looked pretty goofy. Masterfully made, but the girls didn’t look like they couldn’t wait to show them off. They look more like something you’d pack for a slumber party.
But Team March pulled it out again. It’s rare to see someone get the Barbie aesthetic exactly right, but they nailed it. Then again, why wouldn’t they? Barbie might as well be the Mad Fashion team’s patron saint.
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