We never got an American Girl as a child (unless you count the Marilyn Monroe by Warhol poster from Hanukkah '95). Still, we have half fond and half jealous memories of Felicity, Kirsten, and Samantha, the historical dolls whose every adventure, friendship, and fashion accessory were relentlessly chronicled and sold by the Pleasant Company. Felicity in particular was huge with our friends, probably because her Colonial time period allowed her the most extravagant dresses and also, she looked a bit like Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap. There was just one issue - with the exception of a few frilly gowns, the clothes were anything but great for these dolls. We could hole up for hours dressing Barbie in trash bag couture and wrap-dresses invented from our mother's old scarves. But the American Girls? Oh, they needed a Little Fashion House on the Prairie. This season, things are changing. The company just introduced two new dolls named Julie and Ivy who are both from the '70s (okay, Felicity was from the 1770s, but that doesn't count). Along with Title IX and Nixon, the girls are also learning about caftans, bell bottoms, and mood rings. The cynical part of Fashionista worries this is all American Girl needs to start an overpriced denim line to go with their overpriced dolls. The rest of us thinks if girls start thinking tunics and disco dresses are cuter than Juicy Couture and the Cheetah Girls, this is a very good step.
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Fashionista Turns Five! Fashionista's First Editor, Faran Krentcil, Takes a Look Back
Believe it or not, Fashionista turns five years old this month. Which is, you know, pretty old in blog years. To celebrate our big bday, we've asked all of Fashionista's former editors (in chronological order that's Faran Krentcil, Natalie Hormilla, Abby Gardner, Britt Aboutaleb, and Lauren Sherman) to reflect back on their time at Fashionista from the highs (seeing a Chanel show) to the lows (being chewed out by Arianne Phillips for leaking her fashion week plans and costing her a client). First up, the girl who started it all, the inimitable Faran Krentcil, who is now Nylon's digital director. To Begin With: Everything. Some people think I started Fashionista from my bedroom with a pinch of magic, an overdose of ambition, and some Skittles. That's not really what happened. Not even close.