Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Let the Cat Fight Begin… M-e-o-w!

Hello Kitty is taking on Barbie for the title of most fashionable plaything.

Who's the bigger fashionista?

Barbie, who turns 50 next month, is having a runway show on Feb. 14 in Bryant Park, with Barbie-inspired clothes by a group of designers.

Hello Kitty with a sinister streak lurking behind that sweet, beautiful fade is set to show off looks by yet another group at a party this Thursday night given by MAC, which has also created a new Hello Kitty cosmetics collection.

Barbie of course is the perfect Diva. Hello Kitty… well, I think she may have the perfect poker face but not much else.

Of course, Barbie is the bigger diva. Born Barbara Millicent Roberts on March 9, 1959, in Willows, Wisconsin and has been the ideal role model for years… that is until body image became a "buzz" topic. Hello Kitty on the other hand was Designed by Ikuko Shimizu, as a vinyl coin purse, and was introduced in Japan in 1974.

Manufacturer Mattel estimates that more than a billion fashion items have been created for her, and for her show during Fashion Week will include looks from 50 designers. But as Hello Kitty, who is 34, would say if she even had a mouth, Barbie is a lot older (m-e-o-w!).

Let's put it this way: Barbie is to Cindy Crawford what Hello Kitty is to… I am not sure… Tyra Banks? I love that there is an innocence about Hello Kitty, but she's not sexy.

Let the catwalk fights begin.



1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Professor Kalamut,
As a high school student in creative advertising, my teacher, Diana Prior, recommended us to you and it is very interesting to read the numerous blogs you have posted.
After seeing this post, it is very interesting as I am shamelessly a Hello Kitty fan and have known many people who have asked me where I have purchased a particular Hello Kitty product. As for Barbies, they are indeed gradually fading into the past as an old trend, perhaps a fad, if you will.
I believe the reason why people take interest in Hello Kitty as a means of calling it "cute", and a positive role model for girls because Barbie has distorted people's mentality that being blonde and slim like Barbie is the way to standing out in the media. Hence, the blonde stereotype.
Both have come a long way since they were made, but it appears as though the older a product gets, the less appealing it is to the public.
What information you have supplied here on your blog is very interesting and it is brilliant that someone, such as yourself, has taken the time to point out the change in the public interest for certain products, and nthe numerous falsehoods of creative advertising.

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