Iconic shoe maker Christian Louboutin has teamed up with Mattel, the marker of Barbie to give the 50-year-old doll a makeover.
The collection consists of three dolls, inspired by Nefertiti and Marilyn Monroe, packaged in Louboutin shoe boxes. Each doll comes with four pairs of Barbie-sized Louboutin heels.
The dolls will be released separately, with the jewel thief-themed doll in December, the safari-themed in February and the Barbie who goes to the Cannes Film Festival in May. They will retail for $150 each and will be sold at BarbieCollector.com and at net-a-porter.com. The sites will also offer a Christian Louboutin Barbie shoe collection of 12 pairs for $40 in September.
Additionally, Louboutin will star in a photo diary with Barbie called, "My Year in Paris With Christian Louboutin." The book will come with the jewel thief Barbie and will also be sold separately for $40 in December.
Louboutin recently received criticism from the blogosphere when he said he found Barbie's "ankles were too fat." He tried to redeem himself with a new statement:
"Barbie’s foot has always been shaped less ‘curvy’ than the rest of her perfect body. I just added my little science to Barbie and I’ve been proud to serve her. But fat ankles she didn’t have, she just could have had thinner ankles. That’s all. She needed great shoes, a thinner ankle and, to me, as I’m obsessed with feet, a foot more curved."
Fat ankles or not, Barbie's still the luckiest doll in the world!