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Artist Creations

Artist Creation brought some real beauties from Italy to Houston. And the fans were lining up to get a good first look and chance to buy one off their creation.

A lot of creations in fine lace and soft pastels.

for more information: http://www.artistcreations.it


Magia2000

O wow it felt like Christmas morning when Rebecca send me her pictures from yesterdays Magia2000 Ooak party. What an amazing gift to see so much beauty and details in this collection.

The space theme from this years convention would not be my theme. But wow, now I see how Fashionable Barbie can be in Space. What I always love about Magia2000 is that  their collection has a theme. And especially this year the inspiration is so diverse inside the theme. But it all comes beautiful together in one collection. From modern Couture inspiration by Ralph & Russo and Chanel, vintage Balenciaga, Lady gaga, and vintage Star Wars and Star Trek Icons.

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So sit back am enjoy this amazing collection.

for more information: http://www.magia20000.com


Gilly Gals

Yesterday Evening during roomshopping Rebecca went to Gilly Gals. The Ooak Artist Angie Gill brought some amazing Ooak Genies and Belly Dancers to Houston.

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I am loving all the details on the dolls. How  cool are these shoes !!!

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And these dolls can dance.

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For more information: http://www.GillyGals.com


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


It’s Party Time

Everyone in the fashion world has their eyes turned toward Paris right now for the culmination of the 2017 Spring Summer Ready to Wear shows and I thought, “what does one do at the end of fashion week?”.  If it were me, I would want to celebrate so that is the inspiration behind this group of photos.  Well…that and a killer sparkle dress from Rimdoll. 

Here is the mood board I posted on Instagram.

Dress:  Rimdoll on Etsy

Shoes:  Integrity Toys Cold shoulder Eugenia

Earrings:  Integrity Toys Fabulous Fields Luchia

Glassware:  Facets by Marcia

Fur Wrap:  Pottery Barn wine bottle adornment ( yes!!  seriously!!  I know right?!)

Champagne bottle:  origins of which are lost in the quagmire of my mind….

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

There was another item besides the gown that I was inspired by.  Those of us who attended last years Integrity Toys convention were a bit hmmmm…lets just say underwhelmed by the convention doll last year.  Her name was ‘Making an Entrance’ Karolin Stone and she was a severe looking lady with a major broad forehead.  Not the most attractive look in my opinion. 

©2015 Integrity Toys, Inc.

I really liked her facial screening but I was all ready to sell this one when I saw an image of a restyled Karolin on Rimdoll’s Etsy site.  I decided to change course and see if I could soften her look a bit.  Here is what I ended up with and I have to say…I am very happy Winking smile

She still has the wide forehead but at least it’s softened up by the roll of bangs. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Welcome to Fall everyone!

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And before you say it…YES I know there is no such thing as a pink pumpkin.  They are there to remind all of us that it is breast cancer awareness month people…so do those self exams and get those mammograms!!!


The Royal Tea

Ok..so this series of shots were inspired by the outfit I posted on Instagram.  As with many images, what looks good on an idea board does not translate to a model or doll.  In this case, the hat that looked good on the board did not translate well to actual model.  And…as much as I wanted to use it, the teapot did not make it into the final shots either.  Sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn’t.  The post is called “The Royal Tea” because the dog is wearing a crown .Winking smile

Here was the Instagram inspiration:

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You will notice a little bit of a color cast difference between my Instagram shots and the other images I use in the blog.  The reason behind this is a difference in camera.  Most if not all of the outfit boards that I post are shot with…wait for it…my IPhone.  If I ever get around to doing my next photography installment you will learn more about that.  Suffice it to say, as good as these new phones are these days, they still have a long way to go as far as color balance.  Ok…geek photography moment over.

I am sharing snippets of the photo process on some of these posts on my instagram stories so feel free to follow that if you want.  They disappear in 24 hours so they are there and then they are gone.

I am totally in love with this doll.  She is Rare Appearance Dania Zarr from Integrity Toys.  She was a WClub exclusive for 2014.  Still one of my favorite models.  The dress is a new acquisition from the talented Gwen of Gwendolyn’s Treasures

Model:  Integrity Toys Rare Appearance Dania Zarr

Dress:  Gwendolyn’s Treasures

Hat:  Bogue’s Vogues

Gloves: Integrity Toys IT Airways Poppy Parker

Necklace: made by me

Dog:  Mattel

Shoes: Integrity Toys Sneak Peek Eden

Perfume bottle:  Purchased at 2016 Barbiecon from Hande.  If you ever go to Barbiecon… her sales table is a favorite of mine.  Great minis!  Sorry, no website or Etsy store yet.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Royal Tea

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©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Royal Tea

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Royal Tea

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Royal Tea

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Royal Tea

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Royal Tea

-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.


Fall Fashion Week

Milan fashion week wrapped up day before yesterday and I was inspired by the Instagram feeds.  I posted a photo of an outfit I felt would have worked at Milan fashion week and brought in the colors of the season. 

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 The next step was to find a model to put it on and shoot. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Fall Fashion Week

Chanel purse is DollhouseAra on Etsy .  Outfit is Barbie Look Urban Jungle

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Fall Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Fall Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Fall Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Fall Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Fall Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Fall Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Fall Fashion Week

Many of you may have already figured out that I have started posting preliminary images on Instagram of upcoming outfits or behind the scene things.  I am also sharing on Instagram stories.  The stories will include some videos of the doll room and new diorama or display items.  If you are on Instagram, come and join the fun. Follow me to see the stories.

Rebecca