Who’s That Girl: Introducing the New Barbie “Fashionistas” Lineup

origBarbie has been a style icon for nearly six decades, but just when you thought you knew her, she’s seriously switched things up. Mattel’s latest iterations of the beloved doll — AKA the 23-strong Barbie Fashionistas line — serve up a refreshing dose of diversity, from the new variations in skin tone (eight, to be exact) and hair (signature blonde and way beyond) to the snazzy footwear developments (at long last, flats!).

And the outfits? Obviously, Barbie’s got those covered: Each Fashionista doll comes decked out in a perfectly of-the-moment look — think sporty graphic tees and print-splashed rompers — complete with knockout statement jewelry and a trendy handbag.

Get to know four of the dolls (and their signature style) below, then shop our assortment, stocked with Barbie Fashionistas dolls, inspired outfits for real girls, and lots of constantly coveted toys, from Dreamhouses to hot pink convertibles.

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Paddington Producer David Heyman on Nostalgia for the Beloved Bear

 

It’s completely normal to get sentimental over the past — especially when it involves cherished childhood stories of iconic (and fuzzy) characters. Just ask David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter series and the new Paddington movie, hitting theaters January 16. The adorable live-action film follows Paddington — rendered in stunning CGI — from his home in the Peruvian jungle to countless misadventures in London with his adoptive family, the Browns, who offer him shelter from a sinister taxidermist. Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville, and Sally Hawkins headline the all-star cast, with Ben Wishaw providing Paddington’s charming voice.

Check out the video above and share in Heyman’s long-standing nostalgia for the beloved bear, then join the celebration of Paddington’s big-screen debut with our sale of props from the film, classic stuffed toys, and more — available exclusively on Gilt.

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Little Clothes, Big Impact: aden + anais & (RED)™ Link Up

origThe holiday season is the perfect time to give back to those in need, and today, it couldn’t be easier thanks to the efforts of (RED)™ and the Global Fund. Their exclusive brand partnerships and product offerings provide the funds to help in the important fight against AIDS in Africa.

Luckily, one of our favorite brands, aden + anais, has joined this life-saving initiative with exclusively designed linens in their aden + anais (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Collection, available now on Gilt. Your layette purchases count for something extra-special: 10% of the retail price goes directly to the Global Fund to finance programs that supply treatment options to mothers and babies living with HIV.

Shop our mix of super-soft swaddles, blankets, and bibs, stamped with distinctive red prints — they’ll make the ideal big-hearted gift.

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Flower Power: Marimekko’s Unikko Print Turns 50

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Sunny prints and Marimekko go hand in hand, but one of the Finnish mega-brand’s most recognizable motifs almost didn’t see the light of day. In 1964, despite founder Armi Ratia’s company-wide ban on florals, trailblazing designer Maija Isola was inspired by the flower power revolution of the times and rebelled to create the classic Unikko pattern, celebrating its 50th birthday this year. The striking poppy graphic has made its mark on everything from double-decker buses and Finnair jets to super-cute clothes for baby and kids. Want to get your own little ones in on the festivities? Shop our mix to score this signature set and soft cotton onesie stamped with Unikko blooms, plus more colorful picks for pint-sized wardrobes.

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