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Fashion Royalty

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

Fashion Explorer Vanessa composite

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

Image source:  Integrity Toys

A Touch of Frost Eugenia 3

Image source:  Integrity Toys

A Touch of Frost Eugenia 2

Image source:  Integrity Toys

A Touch of Frost Eugenia 4

Image source:  Integrity Toys

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.


Delphine Poppy

I had a few moments to shoot some photos before I left for convention so I have some new material to share.  This particular Poppy has been a muse for me many times and I knew this shade of blue would look fabulous on her. 

Model:  The Happening Poppy parker

Gown:  Delphine Silkstone Barbie

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

I am using a slightly different lighting formula on this one.  I have been looking for a small spotlight that was inexpensive and easy to use.  I  found some really great mini spot lights with magnetic feet that snap right onto my photo tent…the problem was…they are LED lights and turn everything pretty much blue.  How do I get a LED light to look like a warm soft box light?  Easy…add a filter.

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

The only thing tinged blue on this shoot was la tour Eiffel behind Miss Poppy….and that was on purpose.

Smile


2013 IT Convention Thoughts and Reflections

Now that the dust has settled…just a bit…and the bags have been unpacked (still waiting on boxes though), I am sitting back and reflecting with my cup of morning coffee.  What did I think of this year’s convention?  First and foremost, I think I need to say a huge “Thank You!” to the Newsum family and the staff at Integrity Toys for an incredible experience.  Integrity Toys is owned and run by the Percy Newsum but it looks like the entire family comes to help out at these conventions.  The family-owned and run business is a dying breed in our fast-paced eBay-buying, Amazon-downloading world of consumerism.  All of the designers are also present and mingling with people.  IT Marketing Director Alain Tremblay and Carol Roth who are often the voice and face of Integrity — especially during the company webinars — are ever-present emceeing the events and working the crowd.   I can’t even quantify how lovely it is to  interact with the people who actually help bring this wonderful product to our homes.  It is a connection that makes me feel good about buying the product and that is just not something you can buy in this world market.  It is carefully cultivated and, in my opinion, it is smart business.  You leave these conventions feeling like you are a very valued customer and an honored guest.  I have to give a shout out to table 22 here as well.  This lovely group of ladies and one gentleman hosted by the fabulous Hilda made my daughter and I feel like honored guests too.  A big “Thank you” from the bottom of my heart for making my daughter’s first IT convention super special and fun.  Words cannot express how wonderful you were to her {sniff, sniff} and that means more to this Mom than you know.

I also want to thank my readers..many of whom came up to me at convention and gave me a verbal and actual hug when they said  how much they enjoyed the blog, flickr photos and/or youtube videos.  I really appreciated and loved the comments from people as I posted and I will endeavor to be better about responding to blog comments in the future. 

My college degree is in business and finance so the evolution of this business is infinitely fascinating to me.   It is the Disney model of business: bring people in, give them a happy and fun experience and they will open their pocket books.  Give them an exceptional experience and that pocket book opens wider.  This event was extremely well organized.  This convention, in my opinion,  had one of the strongest convention collections I have seen.  There was something for just about everyone.  The looks were elegant, strong, edgy in places and sublimely vintage couture in others.  The accessories…jewelry, shoes etc…were excellent as well.  The shoes in particular were a big bonus because every exquisite pair was another choice of shoe the FR2 body foot could wear.  Collectors of the FR2 line have long lamented the need for more shoes for this body type.  Because there was an extra meal event this year, most conventioneers had the opportunity to purchase at least two centerpieces…some even had the chance to purchase three.  Three out of the four events had an absolutely beautiful gift doll given as a gift.  I realize that this year was special being the 10 year anniversary and this kind of swag is not de rigueur for conventions going forward but WOW was it nice to receive.  The quality of these gifts was really exceptional.  This was not your average convention, folks.  I think we all walked away with that feeling. My only negative comment and it is a minor one, was the discovery that the “Black Orchid” Vanessa’s dress is not easily removable.  This was a centerpiece doll for the final dinner and she was dressed in a Jason Wu runway design.  It works out great if you want to leave her in this dress…not so great for us redressers.  Hilda was able to snip a strap and fashion a fix for me.  The only way to remove the dress without snipping a strap is to take the doll’s head off.  I was just too chicken to do that with this doll (afraid I would mess up the amazing updo). 

So what was the total take away swag you might ask…well…. the doll haul from this event broke down like this.  **Note:  The list below does not include style lab dolls.  I don’t collect these dolls so  I did not attend the style lab.  Sorry :-( **

The Doll Haul

$ – denotes you had to spend money above what you spent on convention package

25 possible Dolls, two outfits, one shoe pack

Convention collection –$    (dolls that you were able to purchase as an attendee)

October Issue Agnes
Paparazzi Darling Adèle
Bittersweet Eugenia
Breathless Véronique
Brazen Beauty Natalia
Bewitching Véronique
Star in the Making Poppy Parker

 

IT Direct Hard Metal Lilith
IT Direct Anja
IT Direct Tricks up her Sleeve Poppy
IT Direct Tulabelle
IT Shoe Pack

Centerpiece Dolls –$  (dolls you were able to purchase via lottery)

After Tonight Eugenia Perrin-Frost™
Elegant Evening Poppy Parker™
Bellissima Natalia Fatalé
Story Of My Life Victoire Roux™
Black Orchid Vanessa Perrin™

Workshop Dolls –$ (dolls purchased as part of workshop package)

Victorious Glamour Victoire Roux™
Poppy’s Makeup Makeover Poppy Parker™
Shining Star FR: Monogram™
W Cosmetics Hair Care Fashion Royalty®

 

Convention gifts  (dolls that were given as gifts)

Interlude FR: Monogram
Nightfall Agnes Von Weiss™
Especially For You Poppy Parker™
Dangerous To Know Kyori Sato™
Night at Ciro’s Victoire Roux™ ** outfit**
Completist FR: Monogram™ Accessory Pack **outfit**
Midnight Star Elise Jolie Convention Doll

Not a bad haul eh?  About this time, many collectors complain about the steep markup many of these dolls sell for in the secondary market (eBay or doll boards etc.)  Keep in mind that conventioneers paid around $425-450 a ticket to get in.  Many if not most also had hotel and airline/travel cost in addition to this.  There is also the issue of time spent standing in line to get into the sales room for extras and money spent shipping or incurring extra luggage fees getting all this loot home.  I think it is just downright silly to expect conventioneers to sell convention items for the convention purchase price.  The simple price of the centerpiece doll they purchased is not the total out of pocket cost for that doll.  If you think the markup is too high, don’t buy it.  Just sayin’

I also just have to add that when it came time to figure out how to get all of this loot home, Integrity was all over it.  What I could not fit in my luggage, I had to ship.  I flew out later in the afternoon Sunday so I went down to Integrity Toys’ shipping center around mid-morning.  I had three boxes to ship (Hey!…no judging!!) and I was in and out of that shipping room in 10 minutes.  A professional UPS store could not have done any better.  It was fantastic!!

“So which ones are your favorites Rebecca?” {said in a television interviewer voice}…..

…Well…that is a really tough question.  I would have to put Kyori high up on the list as well as the workshop and convention Elises.  I am also a huge fan of the new FR2 body but am NOT a fan of the funky stands they come with.  I am glad I have a large supply of stands from previous years. 


Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 3

And on the third day there was rest.  Well…kind of.  The hectic daily pattern that is convention slowed down on Saturday to basically two events.  The WClub luncheon and the final dinner.  I managed to get myself out of bed early enough to finish up the blog posts for the previous day and then all my good intentions of being on top of blogging went out the window.  I am now home and finishing up LOL!

The WClub Luncheon

The WClub luncheon is an event that you sign up for separately and have to be a member of the WClub for.  This year, it was announced that it would be a Victoire Roux event.  In years past it has been a FR2 event.  For this event, it is a sit wherever you want.  Our table of 10 quickly filled up with some great people that I was not able to see at some of the other events. 

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

 

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

The centerpiece was STUNNING!  And…even better… we all had a chance to purchase her!

Story Of My Life
Victoire Roux™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive

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Photo source:  Integrity Toys, Inc.

We also received a Victoire outfit as a gift with our meal.

Night at Ciro’s
Victoire Roux™ Fashion
2013 Convention Exclusive

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Photo source:  Integrity Toys, Inc.

Chris Stoeckel talked about his love for 1950’s fashion and how it inspired his designs for Victoire.  He also shared a sneak peak photo of the next Victoire coming down the pipe.

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It says IT Direct so get ready for the possibility of a lottery people.

Once the luncheon was over, it was time to go upstairs, rest and attempt to start boxing up the insane amount of loot accumulating from this convention.  Integrity Toys really spoiled us this time around.

The Red Carpet Gala with Jason Wu

By this point in the convention many conventioneers realize “ Hey wait….we get a convention doll too!!”.  Somehow, I always get to Saturday afternoon and I realize that the big reveal is yet to come LOL!  It ALWAYS sneaks up on me then I spend the afternoon hours thinking “ I wonder who she will be?”  We were so overloaded with amazing swag at this point that anything was going to be complete gravy on a plate of steak, lobster and chocolate decadence.

We walked into the ball room and were hit with a very edgy Jason Wu designed dress on a beautiful Vanessa.  This one was a straight of the runway design by Jason. 

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Black Orchid
Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive Centerpiece

Black Orchid Vanessa 2

Black Orchid Vanessa 3

Photo source:  Integrity Toys, Inc.

We also received a completer outfit for our convention Monogram gift doll

Completist
FR: Monogram™ Accessory Pack Giveaway
2013 Convention Exclusive

Completist Monogram

Photo source:  Integrity Toys, Inc.

The competition winners were announced and the winner of the Advanced Design competition will have their design produced!  Congrats Lisa Ramsammy!!

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Jason Wu also made a special call out to my fellow blogger Shuga Shug .  It was very deserving recognition for an amazing and inspirational doll blog.  Shug, you rock it girlfriend…every post and every picture are an inspiration and I thank you.

Finally, the big moment of the evening had come and the convention doll was revealed.  It was another straight off the runway gown by Jason Wu and apparently a particular favorite of Jason’s.

Midnight Star
Elise Jolie Dressed Doll
2013 Official Convention Doll

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Midnight Star Elise

Midnight Star Elise 3

Photo source:  Integrity Toys, Inc.

Holy Shitake mushrooms people!!!  Now THAT’S a convention doll. We filed out of the ballroom happy little campers with our loot and wonderful convention memories.  The real work began upon returning to our rooms….how the heck were we going to get all this convention swag home??!!!

 

Convention…The aftermath, and final thoughts coming up tomorrow Smile


Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 2 Part III

The Fashion Royalty Feud Game Show Dinner with Mark Tinkey

 

Well put the blame on Mame honey!!  If you love Rita Hayworth, you will love this one.  This is the centerpiece that greeted us upon entering the ballroom for Day two’s dinner event.

Bellissima
Natalia Fatalé
2013 Convention Exclusive Centerpiece

 

Bellissima Natalia 1

 

Bellissima Natalia 3

Bellissima Natalia 4

And if a visit from Rita Hayworth wasn’t enough, all the conventioneers were gifted with this lovely lady.

Dangerous To Know
Kyori Sato™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive Giveaway

Dangerous To Know Kyori 2

Dangerous To Know Kyori 3

Gorgeous!!

The evening wrapped up with a fairly humorous and at times groan worthy game of Family Fued in which two teams(picked at random from the audience) battled for points while answering Fashion Royalty questions.  I learned that I can’t remember any names from previous years collections and am not able to name more that two convention dolls.  Scary.


Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 2 Part II

Raffles and Workshops

I spent the afternoon looking at amazing raffle items competition entries.  There are so many creative and talented collectors at this convention.

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Competition entries for diorama:

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Competition entries for design:

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My favorite, a beautiful creation by my dear friend Hilda of Bellissima Couture

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Incredible OOAK Raffle items:

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Where all my raffle tickets went….. An amazing OOAK Victoire by Chris Stoekel. 

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My daughter and I also took an informative and hands on workshop with Matt Sutton where we all learned how to repaint Poppy’s face. 

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Many of us ( myself included) decided to just practice on paper instead of the doll.   I had the pleasure of sitting next to the witty and talented John P. in this class.

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When the workshop was over, it was time to get ready for dinner and another fabulous centerpiece doll to drool over……  Day Two, Part III coming up shortly.


Integrity Toys “The Premiere” Convention Day 2 Part I

The Poppy Parker Luncheon

For many of us who collect Barbie and Fashion Royalty, Poppy Parker is perhaps the perfect in-between road between the two.  Many Barbie collectors have come into Fashion Royalty collecting through Poppy Parker so it can come as no surprise that the Poppy Parker luncheon is a highly anticipated event.  We expected a stunning centerpiece and boy oh boy did Integrity deliver. 

Elegant Evening
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive Centerpiece

photo source:  Integrity Toys, Inc.

Elegant Evening Poppy Parker 1

Elegant Evening Poppy Parker 2

Elegant Evening Poppy Parker 3

Elegant Evening Poppy Parker 4

After a somewhat eclectic and interesting buffet lunch, Integrity Toys went above and beyond by gifting everyone with an absolutely stunning Poppy Parker doll.

Especially For You
Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
2013 Convention Exclusive Giveaway

Especially For You Poppy Parker 1

 

Especially For You Poppy Parker 2

Thank you David Buttry and Integrity Toys!!!!


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