I’ve thrown a little shade at Barbara Millicent Roberts — better known as Barbie — over the years. But that isn’t because I don’t LOVE Barbie’s style and wish I too could have a pink Caddy, dream house, and a veritable battery of lucrative and fun occupations. I’ve just had a hard time finding a Barbie within my price range, who also has the kind of features and style a bella like me can truly relate to.

Which is why the just-launched Barbie Basics collection is giving me EVERYTHING right now.

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Bellas, behold designer Philip Crangi’s one-of-a-kind Barbie doll. She is part of a collection of 12 fabulous dolls, who each are sporting their unique designer silhouette of the classic little black dress. Not to mention – these Barbies can be customized with “ultra-chic accessory packs, including shoes, scarfs, jewelry and more.” Oh. My.

My inner child has been awakened, and thankfully this LBD-loving Barbie Basics line is also for a fabulous cause!


To celebrate the launch of the LBD-loving Barbie Basics line, twelve CFDA fashion and accessories designers, including Isaac Mizrahi, Kate Spade’s Deborah Lloyd , Tory Burch, Rachel Roy and Monica Botkier, created one-of-a-kind dolls spotlighting their unique points-of-view. Starting January 28 at 10pm EST through February 7, these individually styled pieces of art will be auctioned off on eBay with the entire net proceeds directly benefiting CFDA education initiatives and scholarship program. The opening bid begins at $100.

So you too can own the fiercest Barbie you may have seen thus far — here she is at the regular price of $27.90 (but she’s on backorder till March!) and here she is in her full Philip Crangi LBD glory! *Snaps in a Z*!

Click here for the EBAY auction, and click here to find out more about the Barbie Basics line.



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