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From Dua Lipa to Megan Fox, see how celebrities are pulling off pink, Barbie-inspired looks this summer

The colour pink has lived many lifetimes in the history of fashion: it appeared as soft, powdery hues in the ballgowns of Christian Dior, it shocked through a satin gown worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and then it became a symbol of 2000s decadence, popularised by Paris Hilton and the iconic Tina Fey chick-flick Mean Girls.

In 2022, celebrities are not just wearing pink on Wednesdays. The colour has become the official hue of the summer, thanks to a trending aesthetic dubbed “Barbiecore”.

As the name suggests, the look owes much to Mattel’s fashionable doll, who has recently been brought to life by Margot Robbie for Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. The film isn’t out yet, but photographs of Robbie in bright, bubblegum looks have already sparked a sartorial shift that has even been seen on celebrity goth girl, Megan Fox.

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We also have Valentino to thank for fuelling interest in a shocking shade that was once a signature of Else Schiaparelli. For the Italian fashion brand’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli doused his looks in a fuchsia hue that Pantone officially christened as “Valentino Pink PP”. Since then, it has conquered red carpets like the Met Gala and become the preferred pink of stars like Zendaya, Gigi Hadid, Nicola Peltz and Anne Hathaway.

You don’t have to be a Barbie girl to adopt a “think pink” attitude. In fact, you don’t even have to be a girl. Below, we spotlight how celebrities have been working fashion’s latest colour craze in their own way.

1. Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa has been wearing eye-popping ensembles for all of her Future Nostalgia tour, and this Balenciaga catsuit was no exception. Its skintight fit allowed the popstar to get Physical, but without mirroring the campy, aerobics-inspired aesthetic of Olivia Newton-John’s music video of the same name. Instead, the singer glams her looks up with a pair of pink gloves—an accessory to consider the next time you wear an LBD.

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2. Megan Fox

Megan Fox went all out to support her husband Machine Gun Kelly’s new film, Life in Pink. In fact, the actress embodied its philosophy by wearing a fuchsia two-piece set and dyeing her hair in platinum pink, transforming into a Barbie doll with a Bratz attitude. Instead of a red carpet premiere, you can take Fox’s bombshell look to the beach by opting for metallic pink swimsuits.

3. Anne Hathaway

Is pink your favourite colour? Say it with sequins like Anne Hathaway, who glittered at Valentino’s latest haute couture presentation wearing the Italian fashion brand’s hot pink peplum minidress. The actress also wore matching accessories—a handbag and platform pumps, both by Valentino—making a monochromatic outfit to remember.

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4. Hailey Bieber

For your next date night, take a page out of Hailey Bieber’s style playbook and choose a little pink dress, or LPD. The model paired her pink dress with diamonds, offering a take on Marilyn Monroe’s iconic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes look that is suited for the Instagram generation.

5. Kim Kardashian

Put an expensive spin on Barbiecore like Kim Kardashian, who channelled Regina George’s mother in Mean Girls by opting for a luxe version of the latter’s pink tracksuit look. The Skims founder’s outfit, courtesy of Balenciaga, swapped sweatpants for sleek, skintight pantaboots, and came complete with a crystal-embellished Hourglass bag.

6. Lewis Hamilton

In 2022, the colour pink is freed from gender associations by fashion-forward men like Lewis Hamilton. The Formula One star recently attended the Miami F1 Grand Prix in a typical athleisure-inspired outfit—oversized tee, baggy pants, sneakers—except that it came in hot pink. Of course it was from Valentino, but Hamilton made the look all his own with his inherent bravado. Hopefully that inspires other men to do the same.

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