Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale is the first movie in a trilogy of Barbie movies concerning magical creatures (Flairies, Fairies and N/A) featuring Barbie as an animated actress (and later director) playing characters in movies (All previous Barbie movies, maybe). This one begins with Barbie in her latest movie, The Princess and The Pea, but has some creative differences with the director of the movie. He promptly fires her, sells the story to the Gossip Blogs, and then Ken breaks up with her.
When Grace and Teresa suggest that she take some time away from it all, Barbie decides to spend the last few weeks of summer vacation visiting her Aunt Millicent (her mom's sister), who lives all the way over in France—Barbie explains that Millicent's a fashion designer with her own fashion house in Paris, France and she remembers how much loved visiting her aunt as a little kid and how much she's always looked up to her.
But after arriving at her aunt's fashion house in Paris and meeting Millicent's assistant, Marie-Alecia (or "Alice" for short), Barbie learns very distressing news: Millicent's business hasn't been doing so well, so she's planning on shutting down her fashion house and moving to the countryside. Not wanting Millicent to give up her passion/business, Alice tells Barbie the legend of the magical creatures that have helped fashion designers over the years. They complete the ritual to summon them and discover that the Flairies (as they're called) get their power from the fashion house itself—if it's torn down, they lose their powers. So Barbie and Alice team up with the Flairies to design new pieces and hold a fashion show in order to save Millicent's business.
Meanwhile, it turns out that Ken's "break up" with Barbie was orchestrated by her rival Raquelle—Grace and Teresa tell Ken that if he wants Barbie back, he has to go to France and make a "grand romantic gesture" to her in person. Ken does just that, but he gets into some rather...interesting situations along the way.
This movie provides examples of:
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Sort of, in the overture scene. This movie was one of the first Barbie movies with a modern setting and themes, and no inspiration from fairy tales anymore. Because, certainly, it was required from Mattel. Judging from Barbie's argument with the movie director, the writers were not too happy about it. Thus the obnoxious director distort the story of a fairy tale because of "fashionable" elements and refuse dialogue to the point of firing Barbie, while the latter tries in vain to calmly explain that the really cool tale is going to be lost.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Teresa, who believes the internet is run by Underground Mind Control Experts.
- Continuity Nod: Barbie once filmed the Three Musketeers.
- Costume Porn: A Barbie standard, but in this film it extends to everything.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: The entire point of the Flairies.
- Expy: Lilianna Roxelle's basically just a nicer version of Wilhemina Slater.
- Barbie, after a point, starts to sound like Sora with the inspirational speeches.
- Fan Dumb: In-Universe, Barbies fans.
- Fashion Designer: Barbie's Aunt Millicent is a fashion designer with her own fashion house in Paris, France (the fashion capital of the world)—and her biggest rival, Jacqueline, has a fashion house just across the street from Millicent's.
- High School: In this movie, Barbie and her friends are established as being teenagers who're still in high school.
- Idiosyncratic Wipes: Several of these occur throughout the film.
- Le Parkour: Shows up briefly as one of Millicent's hobbies.
- Madness Mantra: Kens Grand Gesture starts to sound like this.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Discussed by putting zombie peas in a Princess and the Pea adaptation.
- Orbital Kiss: Barbie and Ken have one near the end.
- Our Fairies Are Different: These ones help make clothes and also don't have wings (but are still able to fly).
- Pimped-Out Dress: Several of the designs are fancy dresses.
- Product Placement: Twitter is used in the film.
- Everybody loves zombies!
- Millicent is taken from Barbie's full name of "Barbara Millicent Roberts."
- Rule of Three: The Flairies are a group of three.
- Running Gag: Before she, Barbie and Alice are able to save the fashion house, Millicent tries finding a new hobby to occupy her time (the first is rollerblading, the second is paddle-boarding and the third is Parkour).
- Thematic Theme Tune: Get Your Sparkle On.
- Toyless Toyline Character: and Fashions, no Millicent dolls were released. And no fashions either. Such a missed opportunity.
- There was one release of Marie-Alecia in her Finale dress alongside Barbie's Finale dress doll and Ken's Doll.
- Transformation Sequence: Barbie ends up having one when Glimmer discovers her power to change an object's appearance.
- Truth in Television: The fashion industry tends to jump on the bandwagon of any potential trend considered cool in the moment, and calls whatever isnt in at the particular time, out (as in, out of fashion) even if its good.
- What the Heck Flairies?: Hanging around in a store with one wall entirely made of windows so the entire world could see them.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Each day is marked by a new outfit for every character apart from Ken (Which is justified since he hasnt changed since the beginning of the movie).