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2018 NBDCC–Magia2000 OOAK Event

On Tuesday, Magia2000 unveiled their convention collection and it did not disappoint.  This collection paid tribute to couture collections and designers of the past and present.  All of the big couture houses were represented…Dior, Valentino, Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, YSL and the list goes on.  The collection sold out in the hours it was up for bid and purchase.  Many lucky collectors whose numbers were called early walked away happy campers.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

Mario and Gianni also included inspiration photos next to each doll.  I always love to see what inspires an artist to create.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

The attention to detail by these two artists is really amazing!  It is a treat to just see these pieces of art let alone be able to purchase them.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Magia2000 OOAK Event

The complete set of photos will be up on my Flickr account(link in the side bar to the right) in about and hour.  I will be uploading after this post.  Hope you all enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed viewing this collection and photographing it.

-Rebecca

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2018 NBDCC–Matt Sutton and Matt Trujillo OOAK Party

©NBDCC 2018

©NBDCC 2018

Hello all!  I know….long time no see.  I have been busy busy making products for NBDCC 2018.  I am here again at National Barbie Doll Collector Convention to report and send photos from as many events as I can attend while still selling product Smile.   Will send another post tonight with more information on room sales.

The first event I attended was the Matt Sutton and Matt Trujillio OOAK party and boy..it did not disappoint. 

A taste of Matt Sutton’s lovelies!

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

These are just a few of my fav’s.  The whole set of photos can be found on my flickr..link on the right in my sidebar.

Matt Trujillo had some amazing work as well!!

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

© 2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Again…go to my flickr for the full set of photos.

Will be photographing OOAK parties all day today so will try and get the photos out over the next couple of days. 

-Rebecca


Reign of the Redheads

I have a special affinity for redheads.  I have always been drawn to the vibrant hair color and often, this hair hue is what I gravitate to when I want a model for a dramatic shot.  Red hair and freckles run in my family of origin and while I was not lucky enough to get the red hair ( the freckles…I did get) I was thrilled that my son was born with strawberry blond hair.  So…in honor of those redheads, I did this shoot.  The exquisite gowns are a recent acquisition from the talented Rimdoll on Etsy.

Models: (from left to right) 2016 Japan Barbie Convention doll, Black and White Tweed Suit Silkstone Barbie and 2016 Paris Fashion Doll Festival Barbie

Gowns: Rimdoll on Etsy

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

Still not a  fan of the articulated bodies on these silkstone Barbies.  It is very limited articulation and it irks me that you cant bend the hand at wrist joint to put it fully on the dolls hip. 

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

Love this elegant Black and White Tweed Suit Silkstone’s facial screening though. 

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

Gorgeous blending of hair colors on this Japan convention exclusive

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

This vibrant red hair color is my absolute favorite…especially when it’s paired with a green eye.  Yummy!

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

And these gowns were so perfect in these fabulous pastel shades.  Adore.

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Reign of the Redheads

-Rebecca


BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

This morning the Barbie Collector website was updated to release images of this new addition to the Silkstone BFMC 2017 collection.  Now..here is where I would say “BFC members were given a sneak peak of this one a month ago” but…I can’t say that as there is no official Barbie Fan Club as of the posting of this blog report.  Let’s face the facts folks…the BFC may not be coming back.  This makes me sad but I can’t pretend I and many others didn’t see the writing on the wall a long time ago.  With all the troubles on their website, crazy no win treasure hunts, questionable business practices ( {cough}, camel coat, {cough}) the demise of the BFC doesn’t surprise me at all.  Oh and there is also this little factoid.  Mattel stock fell off a cliff a couple weeks ago due to abysmal earnings.  Way worse than what was expected…never a good thing for a publically traded stock. 

©2017 MSN Money

This is just me speculating here but..all of these bits and pieces point to  bad news for the Barbie Fan Club and the future of Barbie Collector.  How much longer before the current Barbie Collection website is rolled into the new Mattel website?  Bye Bye collector forums.

So, with that “Debbie Downer” opener, lets talk about the latest release Mattel DID in fact give collectors today.

Blush & Gold Cocktail Dress Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designer: Robert Best

Release Date: 5/08/2017

Retail: $100.00  !!! yes, you saw it correctly

©2017 Mattel Inc. - BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

©2017 Mattel Inc. - BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

©2017 Mattel Inc. - BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

©2017 Mattel Inc. - BFMC Blush and Gold Arrives

That is one hefty price tag for a shorter dress and basic accessories ( no jewelry folks and a plastic purse).  I am also not wowed by the facial screening in these images.  I do realize however that she may look a lot better IRL so there is always that hope.  But..as they say….a picture tells a thousand words.  Do these images sell a $100 dollar doll?  Not too sure about that.  I think more than anything, my question for Mattel’s Barbie Collector BFMC personnel is “ Does your lack of communication, perks for your customers(BFC), and general disorganized product roll out encourage collectors to want to buy?”

Debbie Downer out….


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.