Even before the very first images from the sets of the movie hit our screens, it was Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection for Valentino–where everything from clothes, and beauty looks, to the show set, were washed in a special ‘Pink PP’ shade of pink–that really got the ball rolling. Now, the ‘Barbiecore’ trend–as it has been dubbed–is dominating our closets, and even royal ladies aren’t exempt.
Yes, international royalty–including the Princess of Wales, Queen Rania, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar, among others– have received the Barbiecore memo. From internet-breaking power suits and fresh off-the-runway looks to archival designs, the Barbiecore trend has been reigning the regal wardrobes of royal ladies around the globe.
Over the past few weeks, we have spotted Kate Middleton in not one but three different powder pink outfits. The Princess of Wales flaunted her take on the Barbiecore trend when she stepped out in a candy-pink Alexander McQueen suit paired with a statement white pearl-buckle belt and white pumps.
That’s not all; the chic royal was spotted at the Jordanian royal wedding in a stunning baby pink Elie Saab gown before she changed into a dazzling rose gold Jenny Packham number for the banquet dinner that followed.
At the same event, Princess Iman of Jordan made a head-turning entrance in a shimmering soft pink Giambattista Valli Spring 2023 Couture gown. Speaking of the Jordanian Royals, who can forget Queen Rania’s spectacular head-to-toe pink Zimmermann Resort 2023 look that she wore during an official trip to Japan earlier this year? Adorned with delicate appliqué flowers, Queen Rania’ modest blush-pink dress served as an ultra-elegant take on the Barbiecore trend.
More recently, the Queen was spotted in a plum-and-pink-colored Johanna Ortiz number at her youngest son’s high school graduation ceremony, while Princess Salma chose an eye-catching hot pink blazer for the occasion.
One cannot possibly talk about the stylish Middle Eastern royal ladies without mentioning Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Missned of Qatar. A fashion icon known for her impeccable modest style, Sheikha Moza attended the Jordanian royal wedding draped in a statement-making pink Valentino Fall 1989 Couture coat elegantly layered over a black gown.
Westward, the Spanish Royals have also embraced the trend. Last month, Queen Letizia attended the Coronation of King Charles III in a fabulous bubblegum pink Victoria Beckham skirt suit set paired with a matching clutch and shoes.
Further, for Princess Sofia‘s Confirmation ceremony, the ruling family of Spain presented a breathtaking display of pink. Princess Sofia herself wore a stunning fuchsia pink jumpsuit, while Queen Letizia opted for a soft pink blouse paired with white pants. Together, the Spanish Royals showcased a range of captivating pink hues.
In the Netherlands, Queen Maxima gave her nod of approval to the Barbiecore trend as she stepped out for an engagement in a vibrant pink co-ord set.While the Barbiecore trend has dominated the trend charts for over a year, the seal of royal approval will undeniably solidify its status on the sartorial landscape. From the halls of Kensington Palace to the opulent courts of the Middle East and the Royal households of Spain and the Netherlands, the power of pink and the charm of Barbiecore have transcended boundaries, making it the defining trend of the year.