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OOAK Doll Festival–Saturday Night Dinner

After the excitement of the mornings design challenge, festival attendees had lunch on their own and an afternoon to shop some more in the sales room or have some well deserved free time.  We were all anticipating the final evening event of the festival – The Diamond Jubilee diner featuring a tribute to Ninimomo.  The super talented Ninimomo team of Nik Moronese  and Marie Lebreton shared a fun video of their design process and a tribute to their loyal fans. 

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Then it was time to vote, judge and announce the winner of the “Make your own OOAK” design challenge. 

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The judges convened for a decision

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First and Second Runner ups..

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And the winner….drum roll please…was our own Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World!!!! with this stunning entry…

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Congratulations Rogier!!

Another highlight of the evening was the collection of past Ninimomo OOAK dolls brought by collectors. 

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Attendees were asked to vote on their favorite….and here she is.

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There were some fabulous table centerpieces!

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And they were all slightly different….same outfit but different dolls for each.  I thought that was really inventive and cool.

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After a fantastic diner, it was time to unveil the Ninimomo convention doll.  Each attendee received this one too.  Yes people!!  TWO official dolls for this festival.

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Rocky received a special much deserved OOAK gift from Nik and Marie as well.

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It was an amazing evening and total icing on an already amazing cake of a doll festival.  Recap and final thoughts and thank-you post coming up tomorrow.

Rogier and Rebecca

OOAK Doll Festival–Saturday’s design challenge

Saturday morning dawned with a new challenge for festival attendees.  Our design challenge was to embellish a simple black dress.  Here is what we all started with.  A HUGE shout out to Judy O’Connell of Aponi Designs who donated all the accessory sets for this event.  Wow Judy!!!  You rock!

 

 

There was also a centerpiece doll at this event that 10 lucky attendees walked away with.  She was designed by the talented duo of Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture and Maryann Roy of Welcome Home.  I donated a couple of accessories to their fabulous creation.

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With so much creativity and talent in that room…this event was sure to please.  It did not disappoint.  I had a whole lot of respect for the attendees of this festival going in but after this event…I was blown away by the talent in the room.  It was an honor just to be a part of it. 

We were all given a pick of a variety of accessory sets.  These were just too cute for words.  I picked the grey.

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And a variety of materials to use in our embellishing.

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And people could bring items that they brought from home or had purchased at Mood and M&J Trimming the previous day.  It was Project Runway workroom…times 10…and it was fabulous.  Mario of Magia 2000 and many other judges were there to offer encouragement, guidance and a “Tim Gun” comment if needed.

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It was a fun room of designers all following their own vision.  A creativity extravaganza!  How glorious!

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After a few hours of embellishing, the judges walked around and selected roughly 20 designs that would compete for the winner of the “Make your own OOAK” competition.  There was some serious talent in that room people. 

Here are some of the designs that moved on to the final round of competition.

Do you have a favorite?  The winner would be voted on and announced at the evenings dinner.  Anticipation was very high for this event.

Rogier and Rebecca

OOAK Doll Festival–Friday Dinner

After the sales room frenzy of Friday afternoon, many attendees headed to Mood Fabric in the garment district and if they had time, stopped off at M&J Trimming.  I did not attend that outing but many did and had a marvelous time.

The evening event was the Platinum Party Dinner where we all paid tribute to the amazing and creative talents of Gianni Grossi and Mario Paglino who make up the stellar team of Magia 2000.  Here they are with Rocky Schmidt the fabulous organizer of this truly one of a kind festival.

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There was a table centerpiece…which all of us wanted but only 10 lucky ducks won.  Yours truly and her blogging cohort Rogier…were not lucky ducks this evening Sad smile

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There was also a collection of Magia 2000 creations that were brought and shared by various attendees.  It was such a treat to see so many beautiful creations from Magia 2000 past collections.  Wish I had time to photograph all of them in the studio!

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Once you stopped salivating over the Magia’s…it was time to vote on your favorite “unconventional material” OOAK dolls.  Each attendee was given a ticket to vote on their favorite Magia and their favorite unconventional material doll.

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There were many creative entries for unconventional materials.  In the end…Rogier was 2nd runner up for his masterful concoction.  The winner of the competition was an adorable whimsical design and excellent use of pastel confetti material!

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The winner of the favorite collector Magia 2000 was this one.  Breathtaking!

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After a lovely dinner, it was time to unveil the Magia 2000 official convention doll.  Each attendee received one!  She was an instant favorite.  Her name is Manhattan Premiere.

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Oh….My….Word!!!!

Here is a sketch that Mario and Gianni share with Rogier and I. 

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Rocky received a OOAK version of this beauty.  A beautiful OOAK lady for a gentleman that put so much time and effort into making this festival happen.  You deserve this and so much more for all your work Rocky.  We love you!!©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

Saturday’s events posts coming up..

-Rogier and Rebecca

OOAK Doll Festival–Friday’s Day Events

Friday started with a new and interesting activity.  The Unconventional Materials Challenge.  Attendees were challenged to create a OOAK dress using things you don’t normally use in couture.  Think, plastic, food, paper etc.…  We all started with the same basic white short sheath. 

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We were given a couple of hours to creative a OOAK using these unconventional materials.  I have to be honest…this is not in my wheelhouse but let me just tell you…this was definitely in Rogier’s wheelhouse and many other attendees. 

See the master at his craft…

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Rogier’s final creation that made it into the final!  Keep reading to see how he did.

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Here are some more creative entries for this event.

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A handful of OOAK designs were chosen by a talented panel of designer judges.  The final winner would be announced at dinner that night.  Anticipation was high and this had to have been one of the most joyful events I have attended at a convention.  As you created, you chatted and joked with your tablemates and those of other tables.  It was such a fun and creative way to spend the morning with fellow collectors.

This was not the only creative challenge that would be asked of festival attendees.  At this unconventional challenge we were shown the doll we were all going to be customizing at another OOAK competition on Saturday.  To get us ready for this challenge, the festival held a workshop to show us some techniques

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It was led by the talented duo of Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture and Marie Lebreton of Ninimomo.

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After lunch on our own, it was time to shop in the sales room!

-Rebecca and Rogier

OOAK Doll Festival–A Sneak Peek at the Sales Room

After the fabulous Opening Gala, it was time for attendees to take a look at what would be available in the sales room on Friday.  Many OOAK doll artists were present.  Festival attendees were not allowed to purchase at this event but they could have things set aside for purchase when the sales room officially opened on Friday.

Magia 2000:  Attendees drew numbers to select some of these amazing beauties!!

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Créations Cotho Corinne Thorner

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Lantis Kelly

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Bellissima Couture, Inside The Fashion Doll Studio and Dutch Fashion Doll World

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And some amazing acrylic display walls by Sheree

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We think there was definitely something for everyone in this sales room!

OOAK Doll Festival–A Sneak Peek at Live Auction

Just a note of explanation to start of the rest of the blog posts from this amazing festival.  Rogier and I work well together as a team.  For the past year I have reported for him while he was at European conventions and he has reported for me while I was attending the events in the US.  It is a brilliant system.  We learned quickly that when we are both attending the same event….not so brilliant of a system.  We apologize for the lateness of these reports as the festival ended less than a week ago but it was simply too busy to edit the images and report on events in a timely manner.  Added to that….I had to go and catch the plague. 

Now that I can breath again without hacking up a lung, We can finally report on events.  Thank you all for being patient and understanding.

Now, at the opening gala of this festival, attendees were also able to view all of the amazing live auction items that would be available to bid on at Friday nights dinner. 

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From Judy O’Connel of Aponi Designs

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From Matt Sutton

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From Ninimomo

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From Carlyle Neura of Mattel

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From Magia 2000

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And from the team of friends Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World, Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture and Rebecca Berry of Inside The Fashion Doll Studio… a diorama of one of our favorite places!

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–More coming of the sales room sneak peek….

I’ve Got a Golden Ticket

Today was the first official day of the OOAK Doll Festival! 

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We all received these personalized bags at registration. How cute are these!!

The first event was the Golden Gala Opening Reception.  Each attendee received 21 golden tickets that they could enter into a raffles for a variety of OOAK dolls.  Here is what was raffled off.

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Festival attendees ended the evening with a sneak peek at the sales room for tomorrow.  Many artists from around the world are selling in the sales room tomorrow.  Rogier and I will be bringing you images of the designer collections and more images from many of the artists and their offerings.

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A Sweet Sneak

Sooo…as many of you know Rogier of Dutch Fashion Doll WorldDutch Fashion Doll World and I are attending a special convention this week.  We are in the vibrant metropolis of New York City this week to attend the OOAK Festival. 

One of the first places we visited upon arrival in this beautiful city was Ladurée.

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Rogier, Hilda of Bellissima Couture and I all love this Pâtisserie .  It can come as no surprise that this was an inspiration for us as we collaborated on an auction item for this festival.  

This festival has an amazing lineup of artists contributing auction items up for bid at the Friday night auction. 

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We have been given permission to share a sneak of our auction item for the blog readers!    You are getting to see this image even before the convention attendees!! 

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-Rebecca and Rogier

An Unexplained Absence….Explained

Hey all!  So many of you have noticed that I have been absent from the blog for a while.  The holidays were definitely one excuse but I have also been working on a big project that has taken a fair bit of my time.  The project is doll related!  Let me explain…

In a few days collectors from all over the world will be converging on the bustling metropolis of New York City for a very special doll convention. 

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And…as a bonus….my fellow blogger and dear friend Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World and I will be attending and reporting from the event!!!  We will be posting on both blogs during all of the festivities so we can bring the experience to all who wish to participate. 

As participants of this festival, Rogier, Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture and I combined our efforts to produce a  One of a Kind item that will be up for auction at this event.  We will be excited to share the images of this project at the convention so stay tuned for that.  This project went beyond what any of us could have anticipated and we are all very excited to unveil our work.  It has taken a chunk of my time over the past 2 months though and explains my absence from blogging.  But believe me folks….it will be so worth the wait when you see the pictures of our finished project.

There will be many opportunities to obtain One of a Kind items at this festival and over 20 different artists are donating items that will be raffled off to attendees.  There will also be a live auction with some amazing entries from artists such as Magia 2000, Ninimomo, Carlyle Nuera and Mattel.  It’s sure to be an amazing event.  Please feel free to click on the festival logo above and read about all the particulars. 

Also…note to all New Yorkers and surrounding area.  There will be a sales room open at this festival and…it will be open to the public!!  Public sales day is Saturday, February 18th from 1-5PM .  There are sure to be some amazing products available so if you have the time and interest…it might be worth a look and I believe it is free entry to check out the wares.  The sales room will be at:

Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan ( Broadway Ballroom Acts 3/4)
1605 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

The festival coordinators have been generous with Rogier and I.  They have sent us a few sneak peeks to share with you all of the Golden Ticket raffle dolls that will be available for attendees to win

First up is “Perfectly Posh” by the talented Judy O’Connel of Aponi Designs

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©2017 OOAK Doll Festival Golden Ticket Judy O'Connell

©2017 OOAK Doll Festival Golden Ticket Judy O'Connell

And next is entry from the talented Pam Seeman of Paintbox Designs

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©2017 OOAK Doll Festival Golden Ticket Pam Seeman

Rogier has more images of two more raffle entry lovelies from Thomas Soderberg and Rob Thompson  over on his blog at Dutch Fashion Doll World so go take a look. 

Stay tuned to the blog for more information and photos from this amazing event.  Also, see what I have been making in my workshop to sell Winking smile

-Rebecca

2017 WClub Registration Begins!!

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While some other clubs {cough…BFC…cough} have deferred  their opening, Integrity Toys has just announced open enrollment for their 2017 WClub.  Integrity Toys never fails to pull out the goodies for their WClub and this year is no exception. 

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Let’s start with the upgrade dolls!  There are three this year and if you sign up for all three…there is a gift involved!!

Riviera Drama
Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection
2017 W Club Upgrade Doll
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)

Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Agnes Von Weiss
Hair Color: Raven (Black)
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled / Traditional
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: Cream

So…this year Integrity Toys and the WClub did things a little differently.  They basically polled the 2016 WClub members to see what face mold, skin tone and hair color combination they would like to see in a club upgrade doll.  They gave members a little over 2 weeks to vote and here are the results.

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It would appear that the majority of members voted for a cream skin toned, raven haired Agnes.  This was actually my vote so I’m kind of stoked to see the actual product.  I have to admit…I am a little nervous about ordering a doll that I have only seen a sketch of but it is what I voted for so I’m in.

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Poppy Parker Dressed Doll
2017 Club Upgrade Doll
The Swinging London Collection
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)
 
Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker
Hair Color: Warm Brown
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: PP 1.5
Foot Sculpt: Traditional / Original Poppy Parker Feet
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White

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©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Popster! Poppy Parker

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Popster! Poppy Parker

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Popster! Poppy Parker

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Popster! Poppy Parker

As David Buttry told us at the last IT convention, Poppy is headed to London in the 60’s.  This lady certainly embodies that!  I love that she has this lovely brown hair.  While the 60’s are not a time period that I like to collect fashion wise, I can still appreciate the design and aesthetics of this Poppy.  Love her white gloved hands and jaunty hat.  Thumbs up David!

Majesty
Giselle Diefendorf™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face Collection
2017 Club Upgrade Doll

Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)
 
Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Giselle Diefendorf
Hair Color: Soft Bronze
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-Applied
Body Type: NF 2.0
Foot Sculpt: Traditional NF Feet
Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone: FR White

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©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Majesty  Giselle

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Majesty  Giselle

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Majesty  Giselle

Oh…my…Word!!!  You had me at the Fabergé egg purse people!!!  Don’t even get me started on the shoes.  Modern day spats is what I am seeing…and me likes.  I love this look.  It is feminine and modern at the same time.  I love that the Integrity team has found fabrics and trims that fit in so beautifully in this scale.

But wait there is more!!!

If you order all three upgrade dolls, the WClub is throwing in a bonus.  Dioramas people…Dioramas!!

POPUP!
Diorama Playset
2017 Club Upgrade Diorama
Approximate Ship Date: Summer 2017
Edition Size: TBA (Determined by the total amount of orders received)
 
Tech Specs:

Approximate Width:  14" Wide
Approximate Length: 13" High
Approximate Depth:  6" Deep
Material: Cardboard / Stock and Acrylic Parts

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This can be purchased separately as well but if you order all of the upgrade dolls they will send this to your for free.  Nice little enticement I must say.

Ok…so what are the perks this year?…besides the upgrades dolls and bonus options?

  • The option to purchase at least 5 exclusive Club-only dolls, including 2 Fashion Royalty dolls (which may include NU. Face), 2 exclusive Poppy Parker dolls, and 1 additional exclusive doll, plus additional surprise items!
  • Coupon!  Each W Club membership that you purchase will automatically add a special $25 coupon to your IT Direct Coupon Wallet that can be used towards ANY IT Direct shopping cart purchase of $99 or more online only during the 2017 W Club year! No more restrictions to W Club exclusive items– as long as your order is above $99 before shipping and tax, you can apply your coupon towards any order of your choice!  {this is subject to restrictions..please refer to WClub for further information}
  • Special priority for JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS™ Collection products
  • You’ll get access to our MEMBERS-ONLY exclusive online events where the IT design team unveils their latest creations.
  • Special online ‘right to buy’ lotteries
  • First crack at Convention tickets before it’s released to general public ( worth the membership alone people…I’m serious!)

I have said this for many years and I will say it again.  This club membership is a MUST HAVE for me.  I have signed up for many years now and have ZERO regrets on this. 

Registration is from now until 9:00 PM ET (New York Time) on February 21st, 2017.

Information about the club and link to registration can be obtained at http://integritytoys.com/w-club/

Let…it…Begin!!!!

-Rebecca