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It finally happened: Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated Barbie film has dropped. The response (and red carpets) were intense, but considering some fans proclaimed when the film's trailer was released last year that a brief clip of Margot Robbie’s doll-like feet in a pair of pink pom-pom heels was the reinvention of cinema itself – who's surprised. After 12 months of memes, catchphrases and – most importantly – looks, the film's anticipated release has confirmed what we all knew to be true: we’re all living in Barbie’s world and smack-you-in-the-face pink is the official uniform.
After the debut of Maison Valentino’s Pink PP collection, the fashion house proved not only the colour’s versatility but also its immense star power. From fuchsia maxi dresses to marabou feather coats, the bright hue was adorned by everyone from the queen of pop, Lizzo, to the queen of Genovia, Anne Hathaway. Similarly, Versace showed its love for hotter-than-hot pink with towering doll-style Medusa Aevitas platform pumps while Balenciaga proved that even streetwear exists in the Barbiecore universe with neon Lycra looks.
Outside of the high fashion space, Barbiecore became all about embracing hyperfemininity, with the new generation dismantling the criticism and gendered rules historically attached to the colour pink. From Y2K nostalgia to the rise of #bimbotok, Barbiecore has become bigger than a pop culture moment. It's a movement made by and for the girlies, balancing fierceness, playfulness and just a sprinkle of 'empty head' energy. In a world filled with bad news and burnout, Barbie girls put fun first.
For anyone feeling hesitant about styling the bubblegum shades IRL, we're here to prove that bright pink can be worn for (just about) every occasion.
Barbie girls might not like spending too much time on their feet but they'll gladly make an exception for a festival or two. Pink and practical is a great stage-side shout with crossbody bags, co-ords and flat footwear. Keep things fun with face gems and neon pink eyes.
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When it comes to dressing for the heat, Beach Barbie must always be cool and comfy. Think: pink tie-dye swimsuits, tinted shades, neon slides and crochet bucket hats for ultimate vacay vibes. Don’t forget your Barbie-approved SPF.
Date Night Barbie
Even Barbie girls need to blow off steam sometimes. If you’re heading out to the dance floor (or the front room of your next house party), why not combine fancy and fierce with a saucy mini and opera gloves to match? For added sparkle, opt for a pair of head-turning heels like these blinged-out sandals.
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Wedding Guest Barbie
While you might not be attending Barbie and Ken’s nuptials this season, plenty of us have tickets to one or two weddings (at least) this summer. Do guest dressing in style with pink satin and matching pouch purse. Your all-important accessories have to include a super cute scrunchie, too.
When rollerblading on the boardwalk à la Margot and Ryan, incorporate this hot hue in every facet of your 'fit with bold cycling shorts, faded oversized tees and vibrant accents on sporty trainers. Soft accessories are there to dial up the girlie vibes (and break your fall!).
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