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David Dixon’s Barbie collection

Photo by Jenna Marie Wakani

A cocktail dress from David Dixon's Barbie collection (Photo by Jenna Marie Wakani)

Before David Dixon’s Barbie show, the famous “Think pink” scene from Funny Face was projected on the walls. The reference was fun but unnecessary: who doesn’t think pink when it comes to Barbie? More interesting is Dixon’s take on the buxom doll; his blonde is no bimbo, and the clothes are more suited to the office and after-work drinks than the beach.

Like last season, Dixon added pops of black and white and did twists on the same silhouettes. We saw updates of voluminous skirts, cocktail dresses, slim-cut pants and coats with large buttons. These aren’t for the executive boardroom, but they are polished and professional. The line’s retail price point—slightly pricier than Banana Republic’s work-friendly offerings but still affordable—is smart, as is selling the line at the Bay at Yonge and Queen Streets, where cubicle dwellers pop by on their lunch hour to stock up on staples.

See the full collection after the jump.