Barbie for big girls.

Fashion Royalty

You’ve Got a Friend

I have a friend who is going through a hard time right now.  I always say that one of if not the most amazing things about the collecting community is its strength and ability to support its members.  This friend is a doll collector and in the midst of the gauntlet she is walking right now, she still thought of others and helped out a few collector friends this week.  Her grace and strength humbles me.  My friend…this one is for you.

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Models:  Fascination Monogram, Breathless Veronique FR2,Sweet Smell of Success Veronique FR

Gowns:  Illumination Monogram, Fine Romance Eugenia FR, Dressmaker Details After the Ball

Set:  Suzy Goose Piano

Flame brush:  http://firebug-stock.deviantart.com

 


Time for a Spring Fling…

…with Poppy Parker.  As the light gets better in the Pacific Northwest of the US, it is imperative to take advantage of it.  We had a few sun rays the other day so I had to grab my camera and a few models ready to show off some spring colors.

Model:  Sweet in Switzerland Poppy Parker

Shirt, Skirt, belt and shoes:  Fashion Royalty Spring Forward Eugenia

Hat:  Barbie Basics hat that I refashioned into something completely different.  {You have to imagine John Cleese saying that}.

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© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Quick behind the scenes look

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio


A Wonderful Evening

Evening in Montreal Victoire has arrived and she is a stunner!  I knew I was going to love this lady by her promo shots.  The actual doll does not disappoint.  I shared some quick shots of this lady on my Flickr account but managed to take some better shots yesterday in the sunshine. 

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

I adore this magnetic pin!  It makes it sooo much easier to place AND no chance that it will leave a hole in delicate fabric.  Smart choice Integrity!


The Hollywood Issue

I am a subscriber to Vanity Fair.  Every year, before the Oscar’s, they have an issue called “The Hollywood Issue”.   I am always impressed with the cover photography of these issues and never fail to feel inspired after viewing it.  Last year, I was inspired to do my own cover and this is what I ended up with.

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

This year, I was inspired to try another one and Integrity Toys’ newly revamped Fashion Royalty products were my muses.

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Models:  “Evermore” Vanessa in her original outfit, Workshop Elise in Mattel Hervé Léger by Max Azria, “Bellissima” Natalia in her original outfit, “After Tonight” Eugenia in Mattel “Hollywood Cast Party”, “Baby It’s You” Chip, “Black Orchid” Vanessa in Bellissima Couture gown and Jakki Peters hat.

 

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Now…are we all set for the Oscar’s?  I think so.  Smile


Evening in Montreal Victoire

I have to admit, I am a bit behind on reporting Integrity Toys(IT) news for the first part of this year.   A few weeks ago, The WClub announced a new IT direct lottery for the popular character Victoire Roux.

Evening in Montreal
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
IT Direct Exclusive
Limited Edition of 600 Dolls

Body Type: IT/Victoire
Head Sculpt: Victoire Roux™
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Platinum
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

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The Lottery was held today and I believe most all who wanted a chance to purchase her in the WClub were able to get her.  It is really nice when that happens.  It means IT is accurately gauging the demand of a product and providing an adequate supply.  Everybody walks away happy.  When I first saw this lady, I thought “ Oh man….not another black cocktail gown!.”  She is ,in fact, wearing chocolate brown.  That makes her more interesting.  Mostly, however, I like the facial screening with the platinum updo.  I was hoping to win the chance to purchase and am a happy camper with my fellow WClub members who  are all celebrating our chance to purchase her.  She is due to hit peoples doorsteps as early as next week.  Smile


Jason Wu and Integrity Toys partner with Montaigne Market

Is there any better way to help celebrate Paris Fashion Week?  Nope…I didn’t think so.  This stunning beauty will be available only through the Parisian boutique Montaigne MarketAccording to Integrity Toys, she will have an edition size of 300 and will be up for sale on Montaigne market’s website in early March.  No specific date is given.  Suggested retail is 150 Euro plus shipping and handling.  Montaigne Elise Jolie 1

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This one is straight from Jason Wu’s Spring 2014 RTW line

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Montaigne Elise Jolie 2

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Montaigne Elise Jolie 4

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Montaigne Elise Jolie 3

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Montaigne Elise Jolie 5

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Montaigne Elise Jolie 6

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I Die!!!  Will be trolling the Montaigne Market website for this one definitely.  See the full article with Jason Wu about this here http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/jason-wus-designer-dolls-7345261?src=rss/fashion-scoops/20140109


Hello 2014!

Ok, so the craziness is mostly over in our house.  I don’t think I have entertained that much during the holidays in a very, very long time.   Now the daunting task of taking down all the holiday décor is ahead of me.  I did not think about that today though.  Today, I grabbed my trusty point and shoot, one of my favorites from the Fashion Royalty convention and an outfit by a dear friend that I have been wanting to shoot since I got it.

Model:  Interlude Monogram

Suit and hat: Bellissima Couture ( adorable little cameo was added by Hilda too )

Purse:  Re-ment…..yes…it is absolutely true….Re-ment

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2014 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio


Fashion Inspiration

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope this year will be full of new and interesting fashion doll news that we can talk about and share here.  Fashion Inspiration is always a fun thing to speculate on when a new set of dolls is released from Mattel or Integrity Toys.  There are some very good fashion sleuths in our collecting community that post possible inspirations for these new and old fashion dolls.  I don’t know if it is the history lover or the fashion lover in me that enjoys this information.  I guess it doesn’t really matter..I just think it is fun to see the possible inspiration that designers at Mattel or IT use to design a particular doll.

My friend Hilda of Bellissima Couture found a fashion and posted it on Pinterest the other day.  It was a dress by Jason Wu and I instantly recognized it.  It was a gown I had seen on a Fashion Royalty doll.  It was not surprising…given that Jason Wu designed the doll for Integrity Toys. 

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Typically,  a doll is released and  I love to look  back in history at fashion shows of popular designers to see if I can spot an inspiration.   It started me thinking…Jason Wu started as a doll designer…was there inspiration coming the other way?  In other words, could we look back at previous doll designs and see inspiration for the amazing designer he was to become.  I think I may have found a few.

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Whichever way inspiration goes, from the fashion world to the doll design arena  or vice versa, that connection with fashion past and present is a big part of collecting for me.  It is so interesting to me to see how they influence each other. 

I am looking forward to another year of fashion inspiration and doll collecting.  I hope you are too Smile


2014 W Club Registration is Open!

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Registration opened this evening for the 2014 W Club. Registration closes 9:00 PM CST (Chicago Time) on January 21st, 2014.  If you like Integrity Toys dolls,  this club is a doll collecting MUST in my book.  Through this club, you receive exclusive information and access to products that you will not have if you don’t sign up.  I have been a member for the past 5 years and have never regretted a single year that I signed up.  There are multiple levels of memberships so feel free to read through the entire pamphlet on the different levels here:

http://www.integritytoys.com/wclubforum/2014club.pdf

**note..don’t freak out if all you see is a black screen when you download it…just scroll down until you hit the purple W**

If you are just interested in seeing the dolls Integrity is offering up to entice us all to join here you go….

Fashion Explorer
Vanessa Perrin® Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2014 W Club Exclusive Deluxe Upgrade Doll

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: FR 2013
Head Sculpt: Vanessa 3.0
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Brunette
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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The Girl from I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y.
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
2014 W Club Exclusive Upgrade Doll

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: Poppy Parker®
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker®
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Caucasian / FR White
Hair Color: Raven
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

The Girl from I.N.T.E.G.R.I.T.Y

Countess Danielle Du Voisin™
Adult Collectable Doll
The JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection
2014 W Club Exclusive Upgrade Doll

Doll Tech Specs:
Body Type: JEM / Color Infusion
Head Sculpt: Minx
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Caucasian / FR White
Hair Color: Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand Applied

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It will be interesting to see where Integrity Toys will take us next year.


The Last WClub doll of 2013

Helloooooooo subscribers!  No, I did not fall into a hole although it kind of feels like I did.  I have multiple blog post devoted to what I have been up to coming up in the next week and there will be pictures.  Suffice it to say…things have been a little crazy Inside The Fashion Doll Studio for the past two months. 

Now that I have given you that little teaser, I need to share the photos and information that Integrity Toys released about the last WClub doll for 2013.  They saved a beauty for the last one.  If you are WClub member and have not purchased this one yet, you need to be quick.  Your window of opportunity closes tomorrow December, 16th at 11:00AM EST.

A Touch of Frost
Eugenia Perrin Frost Dressed Doll
2013 W Club Fashion Royalty® Exclusive
Limited Edition Size:  TBA
Special W Club Suggested Retail Price: $120.00
Estimated Shipping Date: Approximately Late Spring 2014 

Doll Tech Specs:  

Body Type  FR 2013  (revamped FR2 body) 
Quick Switch Feature  No 
Skin Tone  Japan
Hair Color  Raven
Eyelashes  Yes, Hand Applied 
Package Dimensions  6" X 16" X 3" 

A Touch of Frost Eugenia 1

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A Touch of Frost Eugenia 3

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A Touch of Frost Eugenia 2

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A Touch of Frost Eugenia 4

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I love the facial screening on this one.  It is very neutral and soft…definitely my preference.  I adore the accessories, especially the shoes.  The dress…well…I will add my comments to what some of my fellow bloggers have already said and say it gives off a very generic pink label Barbie feel.  Maybe it will improve upon in hand inspection but I am just not feeling it.  I think I would have been much happier with a hemline that wasn’t asymmetrical and tricked out in ruffles and tulle.  To me, this lady calls for something way more sophisticated and classic.  Just my humble opinion.  Does it mean I am not purchasing this one?  Oh please….now what do you think?  LOL!  I believe the key word here will be REDRESS.


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