By Allen Voivod
It's hard to believe, but it's true: After an incredible 20 years and producing more than 100 inimitable instances of haute couture, the doors of the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection's atelier are about to close. Before they do, we'd like you to welcome Barbie® Best To A Tea™ Doll, the second of four in this final series of dolls featuring classic styles with a contemporary twist!
The 2020 BFMC® kicked off with a late 2019 release of Barbie® Best in Black™ Doll (also available now in the online shop), giving collectors one last take on the "little black dress" that's an essential part of the well-dressed woman's wardrobe. In fact, this entire 20th anniversary series is designed to honor the glamour, sophistication, and timeless elegance of fashion created by Robert Best over the past two decades.
In the case of styles suitable for afternoon tea, Best's first BFMC® design was for the High Tea and Savories™ Barbie® Doll Giftset in 2006, part of a British-inspired series that year. Now, Best takes the world's most recognizable fashion icon out for one more very proper social occasion with Best To A Tea™ Doll. "High Tea and Savories" was part of a whole series that was a love letter to London and all things British," says Robert Best, Senior Director of Barbie® Design. "Best to a Tea is more of a clever play on words that happens to define a beautiful classic suited doll, in the final year of this collection. It also would look incredibly chic and fitting – if you were to have afternoon tea!"
As you'll see from the photos, Barbie® doll exudes elegance in a cream-colored bouclé suit ensemble, a ruffled blouse, and a chic fascinator with just the right pop of color. Sleek details include delicate black gloves, tights, and stylish booties. Her brunette hair is swept back to reveal a gorgeous vintage face sculpt and faux pearl earrings. Colorful eyeshadow and a peachy pout perfect her look.
"I wanted to do a very ladylike classic suit with accessories like the fascinator so there you have it!" Best says. "The main thing was looking at all of the dolls together, and without giving away anything, I think that the full range in this final year feels like a collection that pays tribute to some of my past favorites over the 20 years I’ve designed this line."
The Gold Label® Barbie® Best To A Tea™ Doll arrives in specially designed packaging that commemorates the 20th anniversary of this landmark series. It's ideal for display, but should you want to remove her from the box (and honestly, we couldn't blame you for doing it!), she also comes with a doll stand and features the posable Silkstone® doll body, for endless posing possibilities.
Barbie® Signature Platinum members will have the first opportunity to pre-order her, followed by Gold members, and then the general public. (Not a member? Learn more and join here!) Since this is the final series of the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection, you won't want to miss out on your chance – get her now in the online shop!
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