The limited-edition Barbie hit luxury online retailer net-a-porter on Monday morning and by 5.00 a.m it had sold all 999 dolls at £135, €200 and $200 each. However, for those who were not lucky enough to get their hands on it, they are already being re-sold on eBay with bids reaching more than $3000 (approx. £1850) –if you’d spend that much on a doll.
This comes as no surprise though, as the combination of “Karl Lagerfeld” and “limited-edition” seemed to be a must-have amongst fashionistas.
Barbie Lagerfeld is part of Mattel’s Barbie Collector series and the doll sports Kaiser Karl’s signature grey pony tail, black finger gloves, a white collar shirt, black tie, tailored jacket, big sunglasses and carries an iconic Chanel handbag.
"It's not everyday that Barbie dresses like the world's most famous fashion designer," said Kim Culmone, global vice president of Barbie product design, back in July when the launch was announced.
This, however, is not the first time that the legendary designer has been made into a toy. Earlier this year Fendi presented a pricey portable furry Lagerfeld in the form of a crafted pom-pom handbag charm. The ‘Bag Boy Karlito’ had 600 customers on its waiting list despite its hefty cost of $1,685 (approx. £985).
Also last year a Japanese cartoon version of the designer was created as part of a capsule collection for Tokidoki, which was available for a slightly more reasonable £130.
Karl Lagerfeld's memorable quotes
Karl Lagerfeld's memorable quotes
1/15 On his fashion obsession:
'I'm kind of a fashion nymphomaniac, but who never gets an orgasm'
2/15 On tattoos:
'I think tattoos are horrible. It's like living in a Pucci dress full-time'
3/15 On his ego:
'I'm very much down to Earth. I'm just not from this Earth'
4/15 On Pippa Middleton:
'I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back'
5/15 On Conchita Wurst:
'We have all heard of 'bearded ladies' but no one has ever seen a bearded man posing as a lady... This brings new meaning to the term 'drag''
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6/15 On Coco:
'What I've done, Coco Chanel would never have done. She would have hated it'
7/15 On sweatpants:
'Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants'
8/15 On his cat, Choupette:
'She's like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table with her own food. She doesn't want to eat on the floor'
9/15 On vanity:
'Vanity is the healthiest thing in live'
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10/15 On fat people:
'The hole in social security, it's also [due to] all the diseases caught by people who are too fat... no one wants to see curvy women on the runway'
11/15 On Michelle Obama:
'I adore Madame Obama, I love her. But there is a news reader at LCI which has this haircut...Frankly, this doesn't suit her. The fringe was a bad idea, it's not good'
12/15 On his infamous sunglasses:
'They're my burka'
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13/15 On fur:
'In a meat-eating world, wearing leather for shoes and even clothes, the discussion of fur is childish'
14/15 On ugly people:
'What I hate is nasty, ugly people... the worst is ugly, short men. Women can be short, but for men it is impossible'
15/15 On Heidi Klum
'I don't know Heidi Klum. She was never known in France. Claudia Schiffer also doesn't know who she is'