Menswear Designers Play Dress Up With Real-Life Ken Dolls

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Fern Mallis with two Ken models.

At the "Celebrating Ken" party thrown by toymaker Mattel on Sunday, some of the guests were having a difficult time distinguishing the doll from the real-life Ken models stationed around Christie's auction house.

“I’ve been handled more times than I can count," said one of the models in near desperation.

Each of the Kens, representing signature looks like "Beach Date Ken" and "Picnic Date Ken," were dressed by designers like Yigal Azrouël, Michael Bastin, and Billy Reid. Reid dressed “Winter Date Ken” in herringbone pants, a double-breasted sports jacket, and wingtips.

“When are we going to see a gay-marriage Ken?" we asked the Mattel spokesperson on Sunday. She replied, cryptically: "The Ken doll can be anything you want it to be."