Tim Gunn, the popular mentor of “Project Runway” who made “Make it work” a national catch-phrase, has an all new celebrity client to add to his list. Barbie, America’s most over achieving fashion doll, has gotten a chic, modern, urban makeover from fashion icon Tim Gunn.
The fashionable Barbie dolls will be sold at Target and at BarbieCollector.com starting August 1. If other Target celebrity collections are any indication get to the stores early that morning or expect to have to head over to eBay and pay collectors prices for the dolls.
The Tim Gunn designed Barbie dolls will retail for $30 each and there will also be $25 accessory packs available. There are several versions of the doll, all in fashion forward mix and match separates. The dolls feature everything from a shiny black mini-trench and ankle-high boots to skinny jeans and a cute yellow blazer.
“Project Runway” has long had ties to Barbie. Heidi Klum has had her own Barbie in the past. Season two of “Project Runway” even featured a Barbie challenge. On top of that the limited edition dolls are certainly not Gunn’s first foray into adding fashionable fun to nostalgic kid’s lines. Tim Gunn starred as Henri in last summer’s blockbuster “Smurfs” movie and the “Project Runway” franchise that catapulted him to being a household name has had a dress Miss Piggy challenge in the past year.
Gunn, who is Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne and a best-selling author, is currently in the midst of taping and starring on “Project Runway: Season Ten” as mentor to the show’s beleaguered fashion designers. This tenth anniversary season of the series kicked off with a live runway show in Times Square and has been dubbed the hardest season of “Project Runway” yet once it was conformed that rumors of designers quitting the show due to stress were confirmed. The most recent episode of the show tasked the designers with creating fashion forward looks created from the contents of Dylan’s Candy Bar, a candy store owned by fashion designer Ralph Lauren’s daughter.
When not in New York City to tape “Project Runway” Gunn travels the country dispensing fashion advice and promoting Liz Claiborne. Gunn has become a vocal proponent of promoting fashion at any age and any size. He is known for being outspoken while on the promotional circuit and has sparked more than one celebrity feud over his opinions. Gunn’s popularity has spawned a host of related merchandise, most of which features his catch phrase, “Make it work.”
“Project Runway: Season Ten” and Tim Gunn can be seen Thursday nights at 9:00 on the Lifetime Television network.
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