Barbie Takes Ken Back On Valentine’s Day

Ken Menswear Meets Art Exhibit at Christie's

Oh happy, happy Valentine’s Day! It’s official: Ken and Barbie are back on after a seven-year hiatus and Barbie’s romp with a surfer named Blaine. While it’s a wipeout for Blaine, it was quite a victory for Ken, who has been pulling out all the stops in recent weeks leading up to Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day with custom cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery, billboards, magazine ads and plenty of texting for the public’s support in helping to woo his gal.

Today Ken tweeted:

“Happy Valentine’s Day everbody! Lucky for me, it seems Cupid’s arrow has struck @Barbiestyle…we’re back together!”

Note to guys: See, all this wooing really does work!

There were Kens aplenty last night at Christie’s auction house for the Menswear Meets Art exhibit.

Beach Ken at Menswear Meets Art exhibit at Christie's

Beach Ken "dressed" by Yigal Azrouel

Swooning female party goers posed throughout the event with various iterations of live Ken models dressed by CFDA designers Yigal Azrouel, Billy Reid, Robert Geller, Nicholas K, Michael Bastian and Simon Spurr. Each model was paired against pieces curated from Christie’s first open post war and contemporary art sale.

Fittingly, Beach Date Ken — dressed (well, more like draped) by Yigal Azrouel in denim shorts and a linen short-sleeve, double-breasted knit cardi — stood in front of an April Gornik oil on canvas, titled “The Wave.” The painting is priced between $12-18,000.

DJ Paul Sevigny (yes, brother of Oscar-nominated actress Chloe) deftly DJd for the event, looking ironically smart in his navy suit and tie — the Connecticut native’s wink to a former life as a commodities trader and money manager. Definitely, not the kind of profession we see Ken taking up anytime soon. Sorry big guy. But don’t worry, you still got it!

The parting gift: Magnolia Bakery’s Barbie cupcakes. We happened to have had one before we left L.A., but took one for good measure last night to see if the NY version was just as good. Uh, that would be a yes.

Fashion Trends Daily was there to capture Ken and his messages of love for Barbie. Check it out…

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Author:Michelle Dalton Tyree

Fashion Trends Daily is the brainchild of Michelle Dalton Tyree. She is the former West Coast Retail Editor for Women’s Wear Daily, Fashion Editor for The Japan Times, and founder of former L.A. luxury boutique Iconology. Michelle is frequently quoted about fashion retail trends in major media outlets such as NPR, KPCC, The Inside Source and the New York Times. She has developed content for many luxury brands and retailers and has written for Allure, Worth Global Style Network, Footwear News and other media outlets.