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First Silkstone of 2017 Coming Soon

It looks like these images are up on the Barbie Collection website so I will share them here too.  The first Silkstone of 2017 will be available tomorrow!!  While I am not a fan of this articulated body, I still love the look of this first offering.

I find it very interesting that these images are available but no news on the Barbie Fan Club for 2017 is up and available yet.  Word is 03/31/2017.  Let’s just say, I will believe it when I see it.  In the mean time, there are images and a price point for this silkstone to mull over. 

Black & White Tweed Suit Barbie® Doll

Gold Label

Designer:Robert Best

Release Date: 03/27/2017  ( release doesn’t always mean available people…just sayin’)

Price: $75.00

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

©2017 Mattel, Inc.

Love the redhead!  Love the suit and Hermes inspired Kelly bag.  The hat…hmmmm…will have to see.  Happy that this lady has earrings!  I have to be honest…I am shocked we don’t have any new information on the BFC yet…just some vague information that it would be coming out by 03/31/2017.  I will be adding this beauty to my collection, club or no club. 

-Rebecca


Happy Holidays from ITFDS

Sorry for the obscenely long break between posts.  I realized I have not posted since IT convention in October and my only excuse is that life hit hyper drive since then.  I had WAY too many projects come up at once.  I need to do a big shout out to Rogier Corbeau of The Dutch Fashion Doll World who graciously and beautifully handled the blog during the Integrity Toys convention.  You rock!!  I could not have left ITFDS in better hands during convention. 

Back in July, I began some holiday shoots that I had planned to make into holiday cards.  Great idea but not enough time to turn it into reality.  Oh well, there is always next year right?   Since I don’t have time to send these, I thought I would just put it on the blog as one big digital holiday card to everyone.  I am so very grateful to all my readers for your support.  It means the world to me.  I hope to continue my photography series in the year ahead and I am looking forward to bringing more consistent content to the blog.  I hope this post finds you all happy, healthy and in anticipation of some really great dolls under your tree or in your stocking. 

Model:  OOAK Silkstone by Jon Copeland-Childers SeloJSpa

Gown: 2010Chizhik on Ebay

Fur Cape:  Integrity Toys “Flight of Fancy” outfit

 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Happy Holidays from ITFDS

 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Happy Holidays from ITFDS

Holiday photo #2 up tomorrow.


Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

I have shown you a little bit of what Hilda is bringing to The Integrity Toys convention this year.  Now, I can show you a  little bit of what Rogier and I are bringing to Wednesday’s event and the Friday night sales bazaar. 

From Inside The Fashion Doll Studio:

1. Nudes, Nudes, Nudes…and only in a tasteful way.  I mean nude dolls people.  FR, FR2, NuFace, Monogram and Dynamite Girls.  I have over 60 dolls to sell.

2.  A few boxed dolls.

3. Silk scarves for your dolls

4. Doll jewelry

5. Designer shopping bags

6. **NEW This Year** Flowers for your dolls

We won’t be putting anything on hold so if you want anything you see, show up early. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

NOTE!  Purse not for sale!!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

And from the very talented Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World:

Minis!!!!!!!!!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Accessories, Accessories, Accessories

Look for time and room number of the Bellissima Couture , Inside The Fashion Doll Studio and Dutch Fashion Doll World event at convention.  It will be posted on the sales boards


Hudson’s Bay Barbie!

Sorry to start this blog post out with some snark but here it goes.  When you are a company the size of Mattel…and you say you are going to have something for sale on a certain date at a certain time….you would think they would honor that.  Nope.  But then again, this was the same company that advertised a doll for $50 then raised the price 50 percent an hour into the sale to $75.  Snark over…for now.  Winking smile

All this being said, Mattel released a highly anticipated doll today ( about an hour and a half later than they said they would but released it they did)…whaaaaat…how did that extra snark get in there?

Seriously  though..Carlyle has a new girl to show off at Mattel and she is a beauty!  Well done Carlyle!!!  Also important to note…for once Canadian collectors can buy directly and get this one shipped to their homes.  She is also available at Hudson’s Bay online.

Hudson’s Bay® Barbie®

Silver Label®

Designer: Carlyle Nuera

Release Date: 10/5/2016

Retail:  $49.99

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

She’s purrrrty.  And…There is a poodle!!!  The latte cup and cell phone are a bonus too eh? Winking smile

-Rebecca


More Silkstone News!!

So right after I posted yesterday, Mattel posted new images of the BFC exclusive Silkstone for 2016.  We have all had a gander at the sketch for many months and many of us had a chance to see the doll in person at the NBDCC 2016.  Here are a few images I took of her at NBDCC

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

And here is the information and official pictures

Glam Gown Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designer: Robert Best

Release Date: 10/12/2016

Retail: $100.00

  • Body Type: Posable Silkstone®
  • Facial sculpt:
  • Fashion Sewn On: No
  • Fashion:  Pink satin gown with flowing organza train
  • Accessories:  Black satin opera gloves, chandelier earrings

She is a BFC exclusive which means you need to be a BFC member to purchase.

©2016 Mattel, Inc. 

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

Things to take note of….The IRL doll at NBDCC was sporting pink shoes not black and the fabric on the IRL doll did not show the same kind of fabric as the promo shots are indicating.  Just trying to keep it real folks and set expectations appropriately.  You be the judge but to these eyes, the ruffle material on the promo shots looks like it lays very nicely, whereas the IRL doll at NBDCC did not.  The beading also looks very different but there are always differences between the promo shots and the actual production doll.  The difference here is that the production doll was actually seen BEFORE the promo shots so, it feels kind of humorous to me.  It’s like saying “ Yeah…this is what we could have done…but….we didn’t”

All else being held equal, I’m still buying the doll.  She is a platinum updo with a pink gown…of course I’m buying.  Whether or not I feel very good about it is another thing.  I have a hard time supporting a company who is making some really unfortunate decisions regarding their collector line.  I find it hard to plug a product in this blog when I have a very real concern for the direction of this Mattel division. 

-Rebecca


New Barbie Look and Silkstone News!

There has been a bit of a Barbie drought in this collectors house for a while but that may change in the coming weeks. This morning, The Barbie Collection added a few items for preorder that has some collectors very interested. 

First up are a couple of new Barbie Look dolls.

The Barbie Look™ Barbie® Doll – Park Pretty

Black Label®

Designer: Bill Greening

    • Body Type: Articulated
    • Facial sculpt: Millie
    • Fashion Sewn On: No
    • Fashion: Floral dress paired with yellow peep toe shoes
    • Accessories: Doll, fashion, shoes, sunglasses, bracelets, purse, phone, coffee drink, Miss Honey, dog tag

Release Date: 9/30/2016  **** Caveat…don’t be fooled by the date people, it says release but in actuality, this one won’t ship until 11/11/16**  Just keeping it real.

Retail:  $29.95

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

I love the accessories this one comes with.  Honey the dog is always a plus ( did you know this dog has her own Instagram account!) and the phone and iced coffee drink is adorable.  It looks like this doll also has a semi ‘made to move’ body.  The knees at least look that way and one would assume its so Barbie can sit very easily on the picnic blanket while she is at the park.  Nice work Bill.  I like this one.

The Barbie Look™ Barbie® Doll – Pool Chic

Black Label®

Designer: Bill Greening

Release Date: 9/30/2016

  • Body Type: Articulated
  • Facial sculpt: Karl
  • Fashion Sewn On: No
  • Fashion: Floor-length aqua blue halter dress with gold detail
  • Accessories: Doll, fashion, shoes, earrings, bracelet, purse, phone, compact with pom pom, lipstick

Release Date: 9/30/2016  **** Caveat…don’t be fooled by the date people, it says release but in actuality, this one won’t ship until 11/11/16**  Just keeping it real.

Retail:  $29.95

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

Very elegant and I love the accessories again.  Bill…you have this collector’s attention.  I am really liking these Barbie Look collections so far.

Classic Black Dress Barbie® Doll (Brunette)

Gold Label®

Designer: Robert Best

  • Body Type: Posable Silkstone®
  • Facial sculpt: Vintage Silkstone
  • Fashion Sewn On: No
  • Fashion:  Little black dress
  • Accessories:  Boots

Release Date: 9/30/2016 **** Caveat…don’t be fooled by the date people, it says release but in actuality, this one won’t ship until 01/31/17**  Just keeping it real.

Retail: $40.00

 

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

OK…first off I am really happy that a brunette version of the adorable blonde classic black dress silkstone will be available to collectors now.  The price point is very attractive too!  However, this doll is eerily similar to a couple of the convention dolls given in Europe this past year.  If I were an attendee for one of these conventions and I saw this, frankly, I would be a little pissed off.   Those convention dolls are supposed to be super exclusive, a perk for going to them.  Now Mattel is offering up a doll so similar it’s uncomfortable.   Here is the Milan convention doll…

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Odd choice Mattel.


The Power of Pink Rises Again

I can’t describe the power of this color in my life.  It is a color that just makes me happy.  I confess, if I see a dress or gown in this color, I am immediately drawn to it.  I seem to fall for the pale pinks more so than the more vibrant hues but If it is pink, I’m interested.  For those of you who follow my instagram feed ( and soon to add Instagram stories too!!), you will have seen that I added these babies to my shoe collection.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

The color just makes me happy.  So it will come as no surprise that I recently took receipt of some pink gowns.  They are from a relatively new designer in the doll arena and I am pleased to be adding his pieces to my collection.

Model:  2016 NBDCC Convention Doll

Gown and earrings: Rimdoll on Etsy

Shoes: 2016 NBDCC Convention Doll

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Oh the yummy pink sparklyness of this!!  By the way, I completely blame Wholeeah for this gown ( follow her on Flickr or Instagram) because it was her phenomenal pictures of this dress on a Matt Sutton OOAK that got me running to buy it.  This gown came with a little gift of earrings.  Always a nice touch and it is well tailored and shipped very quickly.    I have more of this designer’s work to show you! 

** note** The sleeves are a little long on this model because this dress was made to fit the FR2 body.  I just decided I wanted a Silkstone to model it first.

-Rebecca


The Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention–Day 3 The Salesroom

The last day of convention is full of lovely sales room goodies Smile  But before we get into those, I wanted to show the promotional images from two of the auction items displayed last night.  These items will be auctioned off on Ebay in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned to Rogier’s blog for information on when those items are up and available for bidding.

Carlyle Nuera released these images on his Instagram and FB page of the glorious design he did.

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

And here is one for the Magia2000 auction item.

©2016 Magia2000

Now on to the Madrid Fashion Doll convention sales room!

Artist Creations brought some beautiful dolls.

 

And Magia2000 brought some stunners as well.

I believe this beautiful lady went home with someone we know.

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And many, many more talented people exhibited their wares

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Brani Mladanov

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Amazing hats and outfits by  Cisca Durieux

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Creations Cotho

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Marcelo Jacob

And so many more….

 

And with these final images, I pass the baton back to Rogier for Dutch Fashion Doll World.  Rogier will be blogging for me in about a month as I travel to Chicago for the Integrity Toy Convention.   Wishing you safe and easy travel back to your home my friend.  It has been a pleasure and honor to sit in the editor chair these past few days.

-Rebecca


The Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention–Gala Dinner continued…

I forgot to mention a few things about the centerpiece in the previous post.

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

The gold Indian inspired 3D frame around the doll was designed and fabricated by Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World.  The mandala carpet beneath the doll was made by Maria Vergara Bea.   This entire centerpiece was sponsored by Douglas Martinez from the Harrisbourg doll Club.  Beautiful work everyone!!!

The Gala dinner by all accounts was a glorious and fun affair.

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

And then it was time for the presentation of the Mattel convention doll!!

Brunette Classic Black Dress articulated Silkstone.  Gorgeous!!!

Limited Edition of 221

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Mattel, Incl

And the convention was not done handing out the gifts! From the Madrid Fashion Doll Convention organizers:

“Bollywood nights in Madrid”

“This doll is made to celebrate our fourth convention. She has been designed and made by Mon-Lew Designs.   She has a rich combination of fabrics and colors.

A special embroidery was made for her.

She is wearing all kinds of Jewelry.

In Bollywood more is the best so she has it all.

The box was designed by Brani Midlanov”

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Manuel J. Rodriguez /Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

©2016 Manuel J. Rodriguez /Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

©2016 Brani Midlanov/Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

©2016 Manuel J. Rodriguez /Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

And, as extra extra bonus, a helper doll was given to some of the instrumental people who collaborated and helped bring this fabulous convention to fruition.

MUMBAI TRAVELLER

Made By Mon-Lew Designs to thank collaborators and helpers.

She is a limited edition 30 units

©2016 Manuel J. Rodriguez /Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

Tomorrow is salesroom day!!  I am sure Rogier will have lots of amazing pictures for us of the bounty available at the Madrid Fashion Doll Show.  Stay tuned tomorrow.


The Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention–Gala Dinner

After presentations were over this afternoon, there was one workshop put on by the talented member of  Artist Creations Guiseppe de Bellis

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Then it was time for the really big party…The Gala Dinner!!!  Here are a few images from the dessert table.

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

The centerpiece doll

“Bolliwood Diva 2.0”

She was an originally designed by Marcelo Jacob, now redesigned by Lewis and made by Joana Costa “Squistish”

 

©2016 Madrid Fashion Doll Show Convention

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

And the tables themselves incorporated many of the beautiful colors of India.

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Rogier’s table gift.  Wish I were at his table!!!

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Gorgeous!!

There were beautiful auction items as well.  Here are just a few….

Magia 2000

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Here is beautiful image Magia2000 shared on their instagram

©2016 Magia2000

Artist Creations

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

Mattel done by Carlyle Nuera

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

©2016 Dutch Fashion Doll World

 

So, Gala dinner is happening right now.  We should have images of convention doll very soon.  As I write this, Rogier is sending me videos of some major dancing going on…Bollywood style.  LOVE.  What a fantastic party!!

-Rebecca