I never played with dolls. And I’m not saying that to get a reaction out of you. I literally never played with them. Not a Barbie, not a Ken, not even a mouse. I liked solving puzzles and playing board games and dancing in my bedroom to “Rock Around the Clock,” which I owned on vinyl because didn’t all kids?
I was faced with this Mattel void later in life when, during a babysitting job, I was asked by a 5-year-old girl if we could play with Barbies. “Sure, that sounds fun,” I responded, unsure of what I’d actually agreed to. I then ran into the kitchen, picked up the receiver, and phoned home for help.
Last week a pair of Jeffrey Campbell’s Stride Bright, Stride Far Wedges (that’s them above) landed on my desk. Well, someone else’s desk. But I grabbed them before they had a chance to pull them out of the box and said, “I need to see these immediately.”
There’s obviously a bit of shock value at play — and the sight of a body-less Barbie stuck inside a pink fashion accessory sparks some pretty interesting conversations about the deeper meaning behind the design — but I just wanted to play with the six-inch dollhouses. Finally, right?
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