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Ayumi is a Total Betty

The actual name for this doll is Totally Betty Ayumi.  If you have never watched the movie Clueless you may have missed the meaning of the reference.  Per the Online Slang Dictionary, the definition of Betty is

noun
  • an attractive female; "hottie". 

Oddly enough, the citation for this definition is the movie Clueless.   Well..whether or not the movie coined this term and it’s meaning, this Ayumi is definitely a stunner.  The outfit she came in was perfect for the urban and hip look.  My collection runs more towards the elegant and sophisticated so I wanted to transform this current Ayumi with an outfit I had recently received.  I suspected she would fit into “elegant and sophisticated” without a problem….and I was right.  This also gave me a chance to use one of the amazing screens I recently picked up on Etsy.

Model and jewelry:  Totally Betty Ayumi

Shoes: FR2 shoe pack

Suit and faux fur: HOANG ANH KHOI on Etsy

Screen: Customdollhouse on Etsy

Tulips:  Available soon at ITFDS

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Ayumi is a Total Betty

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Ayumi is a Total Betty

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Ayumi is a Total Betty

I absolutely adore the soft facial screening on her!!  A number of collectors have said she bears a striking resemblance to Chrissy Teigan.  I can totally see that!

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-Rebecca


Sparkle Poppy Sparkle!

And sparkle she does!  I realized I had not given any love to this particular convention Poppy for well over a year.  Not good.  She was part of the 2015 IT convention collection.  Here she is in her original outfit and jewelry.  She is however, sporting a new set of hands that were a recent find on Ebay.

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio. Sparkle, Poppy, Sparkle!

Check out the teeny, tiny acrylic nails!!  I found them on Ebay.  Don’t know if this vendor offers them up regularly or if they were just a short term thing but this is where I got them.

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio. Sparkle, Poppy, Sparkle!

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio. Sparkle, Poppy, Sparkle!

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio. Sparkle, Poppy, Sparkle!

Love the facial screening on this one.  While nails like this are not something I normally go for…I think they do add a very glamorous look to this Poppy.

-Rebecca


Recklessness in the Studio!

I received the lovely dolls I ordered from the “Reckless” collection from my fabulous Integrity Toy’s dealer  this past week and I have to say…I am not disappointed at all.  The facial screenings are delightful and the fashions and accessories exceed expectations on most levels.  My only complaint is that the choker necklaces on both Ayumi and Erin needed to have adjustments.  On mine at least the choker was too tight a fit and I ended up adding another bigger jump ring so it would close around the neck.  I know some people are just popping the heads off and putting the necklace on but that seemed like too much work to me given how often I redress these models…so the jump ring was a good solution for me. 

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Recklessness in the Studio

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©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Recklessness in the Studio

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Recklessness in the Studio

The braids were a surprise to me and apparently a lot of other collectors.  They didn’t show these in the promo shots so I made sure to showcase them in these pictures.  Definitely a Moschino influence with the burned edge bow.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigital.tv

Moschino 2016 RTW

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Recklessness in the Studio

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Recklessness in the Studio

Jessy Ayala did a marvelous job with the modern day “Clueless” inspired collection.  It’s young, its hip, it’s edgy and it also manages to be fun.  I am looking forward to photographing different looks.

I also ordered the Erin but did not get individual shots of her so I went ahead and did a group shot of the girls I did order.  I will be adding Lilith and hope upon all hope that I can add the Eden to.  Please shine down on me oh Lottery Gods.

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Recklessness in the Studio

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Recklessness in the Studio

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Recklessness in the Studio

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Recklessness in the Studio

And…because, as Jessy explained to us at the last IT convention, this collection was inspired by the movie Clueless…I just had to do this.

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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. 

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

The judges convened for a decision

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

First and Second Runner ups..

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Congratulations Rogier!!

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

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

There were some fabulous table centerpieces!

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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.

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

 

©2017 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

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

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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–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.

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

 

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

©2017 MadKenPhoto

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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!

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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.

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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!

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

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

©2017 Jenny Kim OOAK Doll Festival

 

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.

©2017 MadKenPhoto

©2017 MadKenPhoto

Oh….My….Word!!!!

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

©2017 Magia 2000

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


2017 WClub Registration Begins!!

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc

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. 

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc

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.

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Riviera Drama Agnes

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.

Popster!
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

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc

©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

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc Majesty  Giselle

©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

©2017 Integrity Toys, Inc POPUP! Diorama popup

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


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.


Oh so Chanel

For those of you who follow me on FB and Instagram, you received a little sneak peek of today’s post this past weekend. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Oh So Chanel!

Tomorrow, I am flying to Chicago for the 2016 Integrity Toys Convention.  Hilda Westervelt of Bellissima Couture and I will be having an event on Wednesday evening to sell fabulous OOAK clothing creations by Hilda and a variety of 1/6 items made by me and my fellow blogger Rogier Corbeau of Dutch Fashion Doll World.  For place and time, check the boards at convention.  We will be placing signage as soon as we have a room number.  We will also be at the sales bazaar on Friday evening. 

Here is a small sample of some of the Chanel inspired yumminess that Hilda will have available for convention attendees.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Oh So Chanel!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Oh So Chanel!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Oh So Chanel!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Oh So Chanel!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Oh So Chanel!

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - Oh So Chanel!

If you are in the market for some exquisite 1/6 couture for your dolls and are attending IT convention this year, come attend the event.   Room number and time will be posted at convention.

Blog post on accessories and other 1/6 items available will be up later today Winking smile


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!!!


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