Final week, I got here to the conclusion that tradition was experiencing a declining curiosity in Margot Robbie’s Barbie. That’s as a result of most individuals have seen the movie and most of the people have outlived its months-long advertising plan. But it surely was additionally as a result of the SAG strike had ended and Robbie had been seen wearing brown—a colour which feels spiritually against pink—on the crimson carpet. For a short second, it appeared as if we had outlived the time period “Barbiecore”… however I used to be mistaken.
Final weekend, Warner Bros held a particular Q&A screening of the Barbie film—for the few folks on earth who had not but encountered it—which meant Robbie wore pale-pink feathered pajamas and doll-like Manolo Blahnik heels. She then attended a panel dialogue on the Director’s Guild of America—the place, in a surprising flip of occasions, she mentioned Barbie—wearing a cherry-printed shirt and turned-up denims from Bottega Veneta: itself a simulacrum of the Cherry Pie Picnic Barbie from 2015. I think about it took some effort for Robbie to revisit the plastic optimism of Barbie in spite of everything these months.