Not your child's plaything
Retailing at $150 USD (and higher in secondary markets), this Gold Label Barbie® Collector doll is a far cry from the loud, saturated pink, glittery, and cheaply mass produced aesthetic of the contemporary Barbie® dolls for children that line shelves at toy stores and other big box retailers.
There have been complaints about the new minimalist Barbie® Collector boxes, which I love, but this Hervé box hits the sweet spot for everyone. It doesn't make the doll look like a child's plaything, but it's not too stark or plain. The black-and-white backdrop of a pack of photographers with flash bulbs going off is a clever nod to the many celebrities who favor the signature Hervé Léger bandage dress, which flatters a woman's sensuous curves.
Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie® wears a figure-hugging red bandage dress, which she accessorizes with gladiator boots, a harness belt, and a gold-trimmed box clutch. Of course, her body doesn't need the "sculpting" provided by the dress, but that's just another advantage of being made of vinyl. She also comes with a second complete outfit--a sexy black-and-white jacquard mini dress, open-toe booties, and a studded clutch.
A huge selling point of this doll is that the fashions are sewn at the same factory as the human sized Hervé collection. The dresses are also constructed out of the same yarns and materials as their life sized counterparts. They truly are Hervé Léger dresses in Barbie® scale! To drive this point home, instead of having the usual Barbie® Collector tags inside the dresses, they have Hervé Léger tags. The apparent high quality of the fashions and impressive array of accessories has made this a must-have for many collectors, especially those focusing on designer label and high fashion dolls.
True to her origins
This iteration of Barbie® follows a long line of collaborations with illustrious designers, labels, and fashion houses: from Givenchy, to tokidoki, to Hanae Mori, to Versace and beyond. This is not a departure for the 11.5-inch global superstar. Barbie® was originally marketed as a "teenage fashion model" in her 1959 debut, after all. She has since reached iconic status--becoming a far-reaching (some might say universal) symbol of femininity. Love her or hate her, no one can deny that this doll rocks a Hervé Léger bandage dress like no other.
Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie® Doll is by far my favorite doll of 2013. It is also among my all-time top five favorites. Every detail is perfect; the subtle and sophisticated facial screening, the chic hairstyle, the wonderfully crafted fashions and accessories, and the elegant packaging. This exquisite doll exudes class and high style.