A Dose of Fashion Week at Barbie’s Dream Closet

One of the many perks of blogging is the events that I’m invited to.  From time to time, my children are also extended invites to these events.  I’m quite careful about the events that I choose to attend, for so many reasons.  For one thing, I live in Westchester and it’s not easy to take my children into Manhattan. While I love going in, I choose what I bring them to as it is a good chunk of the day.  For another, I want to keep the thrill of going to these events very much alive and special.

But when I get an invite that I know is going to mean something to them, I don’t dare decline.  It was pink and glittery and very Barbie official.  Plus, it was for Fashion Week event, something I had never taken part of, and called “Barbie’s Dream Closet”.  Irresistible.

We headed into the city early on a Saturday morning to Lincoln Center which was buzzing with Fashion Week events.  As we entered a very large pink room at the David Rubenstein Center, we were handed glasses of champagne and swept away to have our nails done.  Then my daughter had her hair done while we munched on gorgeous appetizers like smoked salmon sandwiches and grilled cheese dipped in tomato soup.  All the while, we were surrounded by walls and walls of pink shoes, Barbie outfits and real life models dressed up wearing Barbie’s favorite clothes.

Barbie's Dream Closet

Barbie's Dream Closet

Then we wandered into rooms with augmented-reality mirrors where my daughter could try on some of Barbie’s favorite outfits and visualize herself dressed in them.  This was a huge hit withher and she had 5 or 6 of her favorite choices printed to bring home as memories.  Over her head were the models  leaning over balconies from their Barbie like rooms.  Yes, it was incredibly surreal and magical.  Heaven for a little girl like my own. Her head was spinning in delight.

The room was pink and vibrant and full of fashion writers, fashionistas and celebrities.  We got glimpses of Kelly Rutherford and Brooke Shields as they explored the room with their (extremely adorable) children.  My daughter made several outfits for her Barbies, with help from an actual couture designer from the Barbie brand and she tried her hand at designing her own Barbie clothes via marvelous colorful sketches.  Needless to say, we stayed at the event for 3 hours.

For a first Fashion Week event (for both of us!), it was very impressive, truly the ultimate event for my little tween.  We were both given bags of Barbies on the way out.  I received a Collector’s Shoe Barbie and I love it.  Who says we have to grow up?

Disclosure: I was a guest of One 2 One Marketing and opinions expressed are my own.


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