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July 19, 2006
'The Barbie Guy'


Tonight, "Project Runway" enters week two of its competition, with 14 designers remaining. One of them is a guy after my own heart - Robert Best, who I call "The Barbie Guy." That's because, having worked at Mattel for years, Best has his own line of Barbie dolls.

I personally still have most of my Barbie-doll clothes from the 1960s, including a red velvet coat with white satin lining, so I'm definitely rooting for Best to make the finals.

His darling white dress with the red sash and built-in necklaces fashioned during last week's rip-up-the-apartment competition screamed "Barbie" to me, from the front and the back.

If you're a Barbie collector, Best's Milan Barbie, Monte Carlo Barbie and South Beach Barbie (shown below) will debut this month at A couple of the dolls also will be available at KB Toys and Target. Each is $34.95.

So, which of our intrepid designers can do something about Ken's look?

"Project Runway" airs at 10 tonight on Bravo (Channel 68). And, according to, the winner of this week's competition will dress Miss USA for the upcoming Miss Universe competition. Tiara and all!


-- Leigh Grogan

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