New Barbie Basics Doll is All About the Accessories

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Barbie Basics accessories let you customize your doll's look. Credit: Amazon.com

Is there a pint-size accessorizer in your household? Do your daughters play hair dresser and wardrobe stylist to their dolls? Do you constantly find yourself telling little Suzie to put the scissors away? If so, it's time to check out the recently released Barbie Basics dolls.

Dressed in a simple Little Black Dress, Barbie's accessories are totally customizable and give girls permission to play dress up. Available in 12 different faces sculpts, hairdos and LBDs for $20 each, you add your own accessories -- available in $15 packages that include purses, belts, scarves, laptops, sunglasses and even coffee cups and compacts.

And since Barbie is so fashion-conscious, it's no surprise Mattel has joined forces with the Council of Fashion Designers of America in launching the new doll. Each Barbie Basics box features a quote from a CFDA member ("The Little Black Dress is all you ever need..." says Betsey Johnson), and, Women's Wear Daily reports, 12 CFDA members have accessorized the dolls -- with some even creating their own tiny LBDs.
The designer dolls will be auctioned on eBay Jan. 28 through Feb. 7, WWD says, with an opening bid of $100. All net proceeds will benefit CFDA's educational initiatives and scholarship program.

In the coming months, BarbieCollector.com reports, customized Barbie Basics dolls from some of CFDA's most respected members will be revealed.

Desingers participating in the acution include Isaac Mizrahi, Rachel Roy, Justin Giunta, Lorraine Schwartz, Alexis Bittar, Monica Botkier, Deborah Lloyd of Kate Spade, Albertus Swanepoel and Devi Kroell, WWD reports. Some of the looks, according the site:

  • Tory Burch: "I love something sparkling for evening. It can be a simple silhouette, but with unique details like sequins or beadwork. Of course, add a bold necklace."
  • Philip Crangi: He gave Barbie her own Giles chain necklace, some oversize rhinestone bangles and tiny nailhead stud earrings.
  • Betsey Johnson: "... I took inspiration from the impractical hoopskirts that I love to use every fashion show. She's a mix of a punky devil and a pretty mistress."
Related: What Would Barbie Wear?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.