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Little Red Dress

My fabulous dealer Barb of Windy City Dolls sent this lovely lady to me last week and I finally had a moment to get her out of the box and in front of the camera.  She does not disappoint.   The fabric of the dress is nice and soft.  Very feminine. 

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I had heard some concerns from other collectors regarding her hair.  The promo shots showed an elaborate updo.  The question was…how will this translate to actual production ?  Will the hair look like the promo shot or will it be “one hot mess” when it arrives?  I opened the box and am happy to report that the hair does in fact closely mimic the promo shot, or at least mine does.  I also love the honey highlights in this hair. 

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

And really the best side of this coiffure…

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I am not going to lie, I had to make one little adjustment to the hair.  One of the curls in the back was not as tight as it could have been and it stood up too high for me.  I solved it with some hair gel and a pin.  If I were braver, I would give her a little bit of a bang trim too.    There are visible rubber bands in this coiffure …not a particular favorite of mine… but given the ornateness of the design, I am willing to live with it. 

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The grey eyes with a hint of yellow are fabulous!  The smoky eye liner goes very well with the red lipstick, hat and gown.  I ADORE the fact that there are earrings with this one.  Perhaps the last set of earrings we will see on a Silkstone ( or so it would seem by the promo shots)

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

©2015 Inside The Fashion doll Studio

I am very pleased with this latest BFMC effort by Robert Best.  I mean come on…how can I not love a Silkstone in a Dior inspired dress .  Photos below are both 1950’s Dior dresses. christian-dior-1950s-dresses-i5

source: http://hellomydearblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/j-dior.html

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source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/110197522106507198/

-Rebecca

Reigning Grace

Ok WClubbers and anyone interested in 1/6 fashion dolls, here is Integrity Toy’s first indication of what this years convention and convention collection will give us.  Information was released for public consumption on the doll that will be available to all WClub members.  Integrity Toys convention attendees will get a special price on this fashionista.  The first look, however, or the feel of this years convention theme would indicate “Nirvana” for those who appreciate classic Hollywood history and costuming.  Needless to say, this first look into the convention has activated the “pavlovian “response in this collector.  I believe I am wearing a bib while I type this post to control the drool…I am that stoked based on a mere sketch of a doll.

Reigning Grace

Eugenia Perrin Frost Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2015 Cinematic Convention Upgrade
Limited Edition Size: TBA
Delivery Date: Approximately Late October 2015

Reigning Grace Eugenia

Sketch by Jessy Ayala.  Source for photo WWW.Interitytoys.com

WClubbers, check your email for the link to purchase this exclusive.  If you are not in the club, Ebay will be your best choice after this baby is released at convention. 

Thanks to Travis and Veronica of the WClub, we are directed to the influence for this lovely fashion and a window( yes…pun intended) into the upcoming convention’s inspiration.  This dress is a dead ringer for one of Grace Kelly’s costumes in Rear Window designed by Edith Head.

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Classic “Cinematic” styling and influence.  If this is what is in store for us at IT convention, I will be apoplectic with glee.  I know it is just a sketch of a doll and I know that it may not mean a whole lot but the promise of a convention that will pay homage to historic Hollywood design and costuming is absolutely buoying this post.  I.T. , you are setting a high bar.  I am hopeful you will meet and exceed it.

New Silkstones Available at Barbiecollector

Finally Mattel has released these beauties for purchase.  They are available at your local dealers and at Barbiecollector.

Little Red Dress Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designed by: Robert Best

Release Date: 4/15/2015

Product Code: CGT26

No more than 9100 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  $75.00

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And….this one has earrings!!!  It will be interesting to see how the hairstyle stacks up with the promo shots on this one.  Will report on that once I have one in hand.

Bouclé Beauty™ Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designed by: Robert Best

Release Date: 4/15/2015

Product Code: CGT25

No more than 9700 units produced worldwide.

Retail:  $100.00

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Ok…looks like we sacrifice earrings for bows on the shoes ( which are really cute), necklace and gloves.  No Chanel inspired purse or earrings.  Now you tell me people…what Chanel fashionista is going out without a pair of earrings in this outfit.  If you are going to spend the time emulating Chanel, a pair of pearl studs is MANDETORY in my opinion.  Just my humble opinion.  No pearl studs with this is a CRIME and charging $100 for this without the pearl stud earrings is crime with malice.  Ok, maybe over the top but Chanel and pearls are synonymous in my book.  We did get pearl buttons with this outfit though, nice touch, and perhaps we can snip those off and put them in her ears {Snort!}  {rant over…well for now anyway}  I’m going to find an extra pair of pearl studs now so this lady can be completed when she arrives.  Yes, pearl studs aside, I am still buying.

The other concern here is nobody is quite sure what her hair is going to look like.  These promo shots show curl in her hair whereas the 360 degree feature at BC.com and earlier promo shots show her with no curl, just straight hair.  My bet is on the curl.  We will just have to see.

-Rebecca

**photos used in this post are © Mattel**

2015 Integrity Toys Convention is Announced …

…and the only words I can give you if you are not a WClub member are:

“You can’t touch this!”

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Last year, the Integrity Toys convention sold out in 48 hours.  The information for signup was given first to WClub members yesterday around 1PM PST.  There were 500 spots open for the three day event and they were “gone baby gone” by yesterday evening.  The unprecedented sellout speaks volumes about this company and the growing popularity of their products.  It will be interesting to see if I.T. decides to open this convention up to a bigger audience.  I am on the fence about it.  On one side I would love to see the event grow to accommodate all who wish to attend.  On the other side, I don’t want to lose the intimate family reunion feel of this collector weekend.  Clearly, Integrity Toys is doing something right if their conventions are sold out within hours of announcing to  their most preferred customers.  Way to get people to sign up for your WClub next year guys….well done!  Lesson learned…if you want to attend an I.T. convention…you really do need to be in the club…the WClub that is.  If you would like to join the wait list for this event go to the Integrity Toys website or FB page.  I would post the link but as of this posting, they have not updated their site or FB page.  Just keep checking back, I am sure they will have a link for the waiting list soon. 

Convention will be October 21-24th in Long Beach California.  The theme is “Cinematic” and according to the literature it will be a mix of Fashion Royalty old Hollywood glamour mixed with Nu Face current brat pack red carpet Hollywood chic.  This year Integrity Toys is celebrating 20 years of being in business so who knows what they have in store for convention goers.  They have also changed up things a bit by offering a special bonus cocktail party and souvenir doll to people who signed up for the “early bird” registration.  This type of registration requires you to pay your registration fee of $475 up front instead of in installments( installment method requires payment of $500 over a couple months).  It is basically a perk for people who pay all up front.  It is a smart business move on Integrity’s part because they get money with which to pay their convention costs earlier rather than later.  They also let their WClub members know a couple weeks in advance that they would be announcing the convention registration.  This was thoughtful on a couple of different levels.  It let people know that it was coming up so nobody should have been blindsided with a big $500 fee out of nowhere .  It  also said “We care about our preferred customers equally”.  It said “we want everyone who really wants to go to have an equal chance of grabbing a ticket.  Lastly, it rewarded the people who have saved up to go to this event and could pay everything up front.

Another big change this year and in my humble opinion a good one was the removal of formal proxies for convention.  A proxy is when you pay someone to attend a convention for you.  In a typical “proxy” situation, a collector will pay the registration fee and possibly hotel and travel charges for someone to attend the convention for them and then they get all the convention goodies( gifts, dolls and convention collection) at convention prices without actually having to attend.  Given the secondary market prices of some of these limited and rare convention goodies, many people did this.  I always wondered why Integrity Toys would even allow themselves to act as the intermediary in these arrangements.  In the past, you could register under your name and your “proxy” would pick up your stuff.  The bookkeeping alone on these arrangements must have been a nightmare.  From a legal standpoint, these arrangements are lawsuits waiting to happen ( calling all lawyers to jump in here with your opinions).  If someone legally registers to receive a product and you deliver that product to their “proxy”, then their “proxy” doesn’t deliver…who is on the hook for the product?  By my estimations, because Integrity Toys put themselves in the middle of that one…they are left having to satisfy both parties.  WHAT A NIGHTMARE.  From a business standpoint, they are smart to get out of the business of  proxies all together.  People can still proxy but it is a private agreement between two individuals.  I.T. is not involved.  As far as they are concerned, they give product ( convention goodies) only to the person registered for convention.  Smart, simple, clean.

Integrity Toys is doing something else different this year as well.  They are giving a special convention doll to the WClub…not just convention going WClubbers but all WClub members if they are interested.  It is a nice way of saying they value their customers and a nice boost to those who want to go to convention but just can’t swing it.  Let’s face it, not everyone can go to these events.  I feel lucky and blessed to have been able to go these past couple of years.  You have to give it to a company that understands their customer base and is trying to speak to it’s ever changing and growing needs.  Maybe I am being too philosophical but I liked the way they are handling it this year. 

So…did I manage to snag myself a ticket in the free for all yesterday???  What do YOU think? Winking smile

Cherry Pie Picnic

Bill Greening and Mattel have given the collecting community a fabulous start to a new series of dolls.  The series will be called “Willows, WI”.  It is a tribute to classic Americana and you can’t get more American than Apple or Cherry pie.  This one may be worth it for the little picnic basket alone…adorable!

Cherry Pie Picnic Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designed by: Bill Greening

Release Date: 4/1/2015

Product Code: CGT29

No more than 4700 units produced worldwide.

She is a Barbiecollector direct exclusive so only available there.  She retails for $75.00.  Kind of pricey for vinyl.  She is cute though.

Photos in this post courtesy of BarbieCollector.comCherry Pie Picnic 1

 

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Poppy’s in Petal Dresses

As many of you know by now, I adore Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture.  Her work epitomizes what I love to collect.  Her gentle spirit and friendship have been and will continue to be a treasure to this “sister friend”.  This past December,  Haute Doll Magazine approached a number of OOAK doll clothing makers to submit work for their Spring issue.  As with all publication submissions, you never know which photos will be accepted for an issue.  Here are some of the photos I shot for Hilda that did not make it into the issue.  If you have not had a chance to check out Haute Doll’s spring issue, you should.  There is a treasure house of OOAK doll clothing makers in it…including Ms. Hilda’s work.

Models:  Especially For You Poppy Parker, Elegant Evening Poppy Parker, To The Fair Poppy Parker

Gowns:  Belissima Couture

Love this “especially for you” Poppy!  When I was setting up the shoot, I got carried away with all the shabby chic pinkness and it was too sweet.  I had to throw this red lipped siren Poppy in black to cut the cotton candy in this shot.  If she was the vixen of the piece…she could not be sipping tea.  She needed a DRINK.  You will notice that her glass is empty Winking smile.

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

For more Haute Doll Magazine news, check out their Facebook page.

The Perks of Being a Shipping Buddy

If you are a doll collector outside of the United States, it is sometimes very handy to have a shipping buddy within the U.S who can combine a bunch of your purchases  and send it in one big box to help save on the shipping.  If you are a BFC member that lives outside the U.S., you need a shipping buddy to receive your purchases from BarbieCollector as they do not ship outside the U.S. ( grumble, grumble…really?!!).  It is also a treat when you share the same collecting habits of your shipping buddy and they allow you to photograph some of their purchases.  I have to give a big shout out to my friend and fellow blogger Rogier of Dutch Barbie World for allowing me to photograph and share one of his recent OOAK purchases.  She is a beauty!! 

Model:  Repainted and re-rooted 45th Anniversary Silkstone by Xiaolan.  Here is her Facebook page.  Here is her Ebay store.  She does beautiful work!

Dress:  Bellissima Couture.  Love the little dragonflies in this print!!

Shoes: Mattel

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© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

The doll came with a certificate of authenticity.  Nice touch.

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

The Art of the Vignette

Thank you so much for the response to my last post “The Fashion Doll Vignette”.  I have been toying around with doing a regular segment on the blog for a while that is devoted specifically to the small sets or dioramas that I use in my photos or displays.  In particular, I want to share some diorama items and furniture that I have obtained over my years of collecting.   I look forward to sharing these “vignette” or “diorama” posts on a more regular basis in the future.

The word Vignette has multiple meanings.  In photography, to vignette is a verb meaning to darken or lighten the corners and edges of a photo in a way to highlight a part of the photo.  I use this technique on many of my photos.  It helps to bring the focal point to a part in the picture that you want everyone’s eye to travel to…typically the center.  Vignette used as a noun can also mean a small pleasing grouping or portrait.  When I photograph things, many times I like to use a small diorama with it.  Sometimes it is elaborate and sometimes it is just a small piece or two.  For this set of photos, I used a number of pieces. 

First and foremost, I used another Carolyn Grentz exquisitely painted OOAK bombe chest in 1/6 scale.   Still in talks with her to see if she has room in her commission books for more.

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

 

The two side chairs were found on Ebay.  I was able to get them marked down and even at that price, in retrospect, they were kind of pricey.  If they came down to say, $65, they would be a better purchase I think.  The floral arrangement was made by me and I used various artificial flowers that fit with the scale.  Many of the flowers are scrapbooking elements of some kind or picks you can find in the boutonniere making section of your local craft store.  The purse is slightly big for 1/6 scale but it works as say an over night bag or oversized bag for the playscale girls.  It is a Kate Spade keychain/coin purse

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Model:  Victoire Roux workshop doll from The Premiere Convention

Dress and coat:  Bellissima Couture

Shoes:  Mattel

Hat:  Floral Scrapbook element

The coat of this beautiful ensemble is out of fabric that is a map of Paris.  Too cute!!

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Here are some more photos of that fabulous bombé chest.

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© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

NEWS FLASH: 2015 National Barbie Doll Collector Convention Doll

Last year at convention, we were told that Mattel would be taking over the design as well as manufacturing the convention dolls for all official conventions.  While I was sad that we would most likely not see the collaboration with OOAK artist that I so loved, I understood the business decision behind it.  Conventions are becoming a big deal now ,I believe, and the convention doll is one of the main perks of the entire convention.  There were rumors after the last U.S. Barbie convention that the dolls for all conventions (U.S., Japanese and European) would be the same but with perhaps some small variations.  The Japanese Barbie convention is this weekend.  I was excited to see the doll they were given as it might be an indicator of what we would be receiving this year at NBDCC.  This morning, the NBDCC committee released a photo of this years convention doll on FB.

To say I am surprised is an understatement.  I had not realized how much I enjoyed the anticipation and the final “reveal” as part of the convention experience.  While I understand the reasoning behind releasing the photo…these photos were going to be out there anyway as of the end of this weekend…I am not sure how to feel about having this information early.  It’s weird. 

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source: NBDCC

How do I feel about the doll?  She is a fabulous representation of theme I think.  I love the whole Marlene Dietrich vibe.

Marlene Dietrich, 'Morocco', 1930

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How do others feel about the release of this information so far in advance of the U.S. convention??

Sound off….

The Fashion Doll Vignette

I think you can tell by now that I love collecting fashion dolls.  I also love photographing my collection and sharing those photos with you all.  Another thing I really enjoy doing is displaying my collection.  Some of the most popular images I share either here or on my flickr page involve some kind of diorama.  To me, it is infinitely more interesting to share a scene rather than just a fashion image of a doll and outfit.  One is editorial, the other shares a story.  The second you add items and accessories, it becomes a scene and scenes have stories.  Do I have a story when I set a scene?  Sometimes, yes, sometimes, no. 

This vignette started with the following youtube video.  This is where I imagine all of my Silkstones live LOL!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETxufpX8yFc&list=UUonF9muPaQugKknkbQfQ2iw 

 

In this diorama there are a number of amazing pieces.  First and foremost, there is this exquisite suit, hat and gloves from Matisse.  It is worn by Ballgown Silkstone. 

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The other treasures in this diorama are the 1/6 terrarium, 1/6 garden cloche and the OOAK painted 1/6 bombe chest.  The plants are all miniature scale plants found on Amazon.  The picture above the chest was a find on an antiquing trip to a local shop.

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I don’t know if these little terrariums are available anymore but they are too adorable.

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The miniature cloches can be found in most fairy garden supply stores.  I have added a link for some at Amazon.  Just click on cloches.

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Let’s talk about this amazing bombe chest for a moment.  It started life as a plastic jewelry chest.  I have dear friend ,Carolyn Grentz, who is an amazing artist and she transformed this plastic jewelry chest into a 1/6 French baroque treasure.  I am trying to talk her into doing a few more to sell at Barbie Convention.

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2015 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

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