Harlem style legend Dapper Dan creates three bespoke appears to be like for Mattel’s Ken doll and we find it irresistible

Who’s acquired swagger? That could be a query Mattel doll Ken can reply with confidence. For his 60th birthday celebrations, Dapper Dan, Harlem’s style kingpin, has given Ken the New York kind swag makeover, and the appears to be like are to die for.  

Kenneth Sean Carson was named after the son of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler. Ken hit the markets on March 11, 1961, as Barbie’s higher half. Ken has developed through the years and so has his model.

There at the moment are 9 totally different skin tones, three physique varieties, 10 eye colours, 27 hair colours, and 20 hairstyles of Ken dolls and he now not wears simply the enduring purple swim trunks with a yellow towel hanging round his neck.

Legendary designer Dapper Dan, born Daniel R. Day Ken, made a reputation for himself within the ’80s making bespoke items for the hip hop royalty like LL Cool J and Bobby Brown for almost a decade from his Dapper Dan’s Boutique. A style line with Gucci in 2017 noticed him open his second retailer and atelier Dapper Dan’s of Harlem in 2018.

Because of an epic collaboration with Dapper Dan, Ken now has three customized appears to be like that epitomize the New York road model uniquely fitted to make it drip with swag and proceed to set traits.

For his 60th birthday, the Ken doll had new clothes designed by Harlem’s fashion kingpin, Dapper Dan.
The Ken doll has a makeover from Harlem’s style kingpin, Dapper Dan. Photograph: Mattel

“With each look that I design, you get a powerful sense of the wearer’s character, and Ken’s customized appears to be like are not any totally different.

“I created three appears to be like that had been daring and daring due to who Ken is in the present day – he defies expectations, units traits, and is a real unique,” Dapper Dan mentioned of his creations in an announcement from Mattel to Paper magazine.

In keeping with Daily News, there’s a two-toned purple parka with a fur-lined hood paired with wheat-colored boots and an identical bucket hat; a recent slim monogrammed black go well with accompanied by a golden trimming and an identical ascot; and a extra informal ensemble with a multicolored motorbike jacket, sweatpants, and sneakers.

“Our mutual potential to reply to and replicate folks’s pondering is what has given us each longevity. Ken’s appears to be like are match for a brand new age, that includes high-impact- tailoring, a play on logos, and highly effective shade combos,” he added.

Mattel will reveal the three new appears to be like on Barbie’s world platform on March 14 and 15 or you possibly can test it out on Barbie’s Instagram alongside the opposite dope styling by designers Tan France in addition to Berluti Artistic Director Kris Van Assche for the 60th birthday celebrations.