Styling You's Nikki Parkinson meets Barbie at MBFWA

The Fashion Week outfits 2013: Day 1

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty, Everyday Style, Fashion 23 Comments

Day 1 of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia* and I’d been given the heads up that my first assignment would be meeting Barbie.

Yes, as in the doll.

We shall not speak of my childhood without her in my life but we shall speak lots of my meeting her.

Yes, we will.

She was frocked up in Camilla & Marc, gifted to her to wear prime position front row.

Barbie stops by the Maybelline NY hub at MBFWA

Loved her frock but don’t think the sandals and socks look is for me.

Sock or no socks, the only other person more excited was Maybelline NY Australia makeup direct Nigel Stanislaus, who immediately went into mani and lippy application mode.

For those out of the loop, Barbie is touring Australia this week. And yes, she comes with a team of stylists.


Barbie travels with her team of stylists and stops by at the Maybelline NY hub for a photo shoot

Knowing that I’d be getting up close and personal with the childhood glamour doll of my dreams, I figured when it came to what I was going to wear … it was definitely a day that called for pink (well coral-pink!).

No doubt about it.

About the outfit

To make things a whole lot easier this week, I’ve once again gone with a bit of a uniform for my fashion week outfits.

See, while there are plenty of young lovelies strutting their stuff at the new venue, Carriageworks (BTW that strutting is called “peacocking” … fashionistas walking around fashion week venues hoping to be photographed by street style photographers), I am not young and definitely not peacocky.

I’m here to work – backstage getting make tips from Maybelline and sharing them on the blog and then sitting watching the show come together front of house.

You are on the go all day and I learned last year that outfits that combine a good deal of comfort with a dash of style will serve you well.

So my uniform this week consists of: black ponte pants (some with a bit of leather), over-sized shirts, statement necklace and boots.

It meant I stepped off the plane and into the action without a hitch or wardrobe malfunction.


MBFWA outfit Day 1: Mela Purdie ponte pants, Mela Purdie shirt, Red Phoenix Design necklace, Zoe Kratzmann ankle boots

** Mela Purdie shirt @ Zambezee Boutique | Mela Purdie heavy ponte leggings @ Zambezee Boutique | Red Phoenix Emporium necklace (from upcoming autumn-winter collection) | Zoe Kratzmann Rider ankle boots

Beauty note

The other part of my uniform? A pop of lippy of course!

Maybelline NY has collaborated with designers We Are Handsome to release three limited edition Color Sensational Vivid lipsticks. Today, for me, it was all about Shocking Coral (available at Woolworths and Coles until June, 2013 $16.95).

I think Barbie approved.

Styling You's Nikki Parkinson meets Barbie at MBFWA

What do you think? 

**These items have been loaned or gifted to me for editorial consideration in accordance with my disclosure policy.

* Maybelline NY has engaged me as its official blogger for MBFWA 2013.

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Comments 23

  1. It’s a good look for you Nikki & one I think I just may adopt! But please explain what ” ponte” leggings are? Is it a brand or a style?

  2. That is such a lovely colour on you and you look comfy and chic,just what you need for those long days at fashion week,I find the Barbie Idea a little whacky but I think it is her 50th Birthday this year ,she is holding up very well,and yes I agree she looks lovely in her Camilla and Marc outfit,No to the sock and sandals from me either.Get us lots of tips from the experts please.I do think you deserve a “peacock” moment Nikki have fun ,I love those bright lippies Maybelline are one of my faves,Enjoy!

  3. That is such a fab look Nikki, I’m so pinning that to remember!

    I’m not sure how I feel about Barbie, seeing that she represents an unrealistic beauty ideal in terms of body shape and size. But then again, I’m not sure what I feel about the Bratz dolls either. I think about what they represent to young, impressionable girls.

    I had a Barbie myself when I was a little girl but think as I might, I can’t remember if I had actually asked for it, or was given it as a birthday present. I wrecked her hair. I was such a tomboy. I preferred my horse figurines and various animal plush toys.

    1. I just feel she is a bit of fun … my very PC before her time mum banned them in our house which made me obsess about them any more. Gave plenty to my daughter and she wasn’t too interested at all … possibly a lesson there 😉

      1. Good point. Not all girls are interested in the same things or same ideals. I ponder the conundrum on body image a lot because someone dear to me suffers from both anorexia and bulimia nervosa. It makes me want to blame something even as I know the situation is rarely as simplistic.

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