Weird Barbie, Post Malone & Harley-Davidson & Walmart Doing Their Part: Fashion Doings For August

As we try to do every so often, we scoured online feeds for fashion items, cool latex news, or alt. fashion reveals. As ever, we found some serious, some silly, but all interesting nuggets to report for the beginning of August.

As the world seems to be taken by Barbiecore fashion and Margot Robbie’s star turn as everybody’s favorite doll, Mattel announced that they are producing a limited-edition “Weird Barbie” doll, along with lots more products based on a character seen in the new Barbie movie. The new doll, modeled after Kate McKinnon’s character, is wearing a puffy-sleeved pink dress accessorized with green snakeskin boots. As Mattel says in their press about the new Barbie, she has “short tousled hair” and “markings on her face to emulate a doll that’s been played with just a little too much.”

Still within the Barbie-verse…

The Erve licensing and branded apparel and accessories company has launched a Barbie collection at the British mega store Harrods. Located on the 4th floor in Harrods’ childrenswear section, Erve is looking to fire the imaginations of all-age buyers to their sixteen items featured in the new in-store pop-up.

Coming close to alt. textile and materials in the news this week, as part of Harley-Davidson’s H-D Collections, featuring lifestyle apparel brands honoring the HD’s “heritage and values,” the company announced their Post Malone x Harley-Davidson Collection. Celebrating the Grammy-nominated artist’s love of Harley-Davidson, this first-time collaboration features a ‘Chrome Malone’ t-shirt, pants, and hoodie, as well as studded vest and leather gloves.

This last item shows how fashion can benefit the planet:

Walmart has signed to manufactur and brand pilot agreements with Rubi Laboratories. Rubi uses a patent-pending biochemical process powered by enzymes to “eat” carbon emissions and produce “carbon-negative, resource-neutral textiles.” Capturing and converting CO2 from the waste of manufacturing plants into cellulose, the byproduct is then used to create lyocell yarn. This resultant ‘textile’ can be used, as Walmart is hoping to produce apparel made from carbon emissions.

So, some good news all around for these dog days of summer.

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