Bizarre Barbie and Ken Living Dolls

Have you ever seen Barbie dress like this? Vancouver-based photographer Hayden Wood has a found a new look for the iconic doll in his fashion photo series known as Living Dolls. It may not be the real Barbie, as manufactured by Mattel, but it certainly is inspired by the blonde toy figure, who is accompanied by her fictional male counterpart, Ken.

Barbie has undergone several looks from Malibu Barbie, fashioning swimsuits and summer wear, to Holiday Barbie, ornamented in puffy gowns. We’ve even seen her and Ken range in professions, and yet Wood’s re-imagining of them is something new and previously unseen from the wholesome line of dolls. There’s a modelesque edge to the series as created by the photo manipulation skills of the New Zealand native photographer with the aid of stylist Meagan Therese Squire. If there was only one word to describe this series of Barbie, it would probably be Attitude.

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November 29, 2016

Klimt-Inspired Golden Map of Manhattan Celebrates the Bright Lights of New York at Night

Though designer Rafael Esquer has lived in New York City for 20 years, he’s still in awe of its bright lights and buzzing nightlife. As the founder of Alfalfa Studio, a branding and graphic design house based in Lower Manhattan, he creates pieces inspired by his enlightening experiences in the Big Apple. His latest project, a shimmering map entitled Iconic New York Illuminated, captures the magic of Manhattan after dark.

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