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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


Eden Wears It Better

No disrespect to the fine talents of Mr. Best and Mattel but…I think Eden from Integrity Toys wears this one better. 

© 2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Eden Wears It Better

© 2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Eden Wears It Better

© 2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Eden Wears It Better

© 2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Eden Wears It Better

© 2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Eden Wears It Better

And yes people…this silkstone’s shoes will fit the Nu.Face model here….barely but it works.  I am still trying to figure out if I like the swirl curl bang thing on her forehead.  Winking smile

-Rebecca

 


Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

My trusted dealer Barb of Windy City Dolls sent one of these lovelies out as soon as she received them.  She isn’t even up on the BC website yet.  It looks like she will retail for $100.00

©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

So what am I thinking??  Hmmmm.  Well, I like the gown and the little pearl embellishments are delightful.  Her face is sweet and I like the silvery lilac eye shadow.  The lashes seem a bit spikey to me but not a huge problem.  I love the little pearl drop earrings.  The hair on mine was a bit of a fixer upper.   The curls on top are soft so when you remove the hairnet, you will get some flyaway hair.  Not super crisp curls but not a deal breaker in my opinion. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

The dress is a strapless gown with a little crop top overlay that snaps in the back.  She comes with a white slip underneath too.  Considering the quality of some of the other outfits we have seen from BFMC lately, this one is pretty good.  I mean we get earrings, pantyhose, a slip and a fairly well constructed dress.  It’s up to you as collectors to decide if that is worth the price.  I have to be honest and say, I am not a fan of this new body.  The flexibility ( or lack thereof) in the wrist joint is a major problem.  I do, however, love the elegant pose of the hand.  I just wish it bent so I could comfortably put her hand on her waist.  My other issue with this doll are the very flimsy shoes.  The heal is very pliable so it bends under the weight of the doll when she is on her stand.©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

©2016 Inside The Fashion doll Studio Classic Cocktail Dress Arrives

Is Miss Classic Cocktail Dress a keeper at ITFDS?  Time will tell.  I am anxious to see how she redresses then I will make my final decision. 

-Rebecca


Barbie and Oscar

No, Barbie isn’t stepping out on Ken but she has been spending a whole lot of time with Oscar de la Renta recently.  In the past week, Mattel released the ODLR Bride Barbie through dealers and their Barbie collection website.

Oscar de la Renta Barbie® Doll

©2016 Mattel

©2016 Mattel

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©2016 Mattel

This past week, Barbie has also been exhibiting an definite Oscar de la Renta affinity.  If you are a fan of the @Barbiestyle Instagram account, you may have noticed quite a few  ODLR designs making an appearance.

This one is my favorite….

©2016 Mattel

Wish we could get this suit produced!!  Here is the inspiration I think.. Oscar de la Renta PreFall 2016 collection

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As Barbie enjoyed the Tribeca Film Festival this pastt week….

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And from the Oscar de la Renta Pre Fall 2016 collection

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Barbie also enjoyed some time in New York City prior to the the film festival…

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And another look straight off the catwalk, from the ODLR spring 2016 runway.

Oscar-de-la renta spring 2016 RTW

Last but certainly not least…this weekend at Grant a Wish Convention, the 2016 Silkstone BFMC exclusive was debuted.  Her name is City Chic Suit.  Here she is…  A big Thanks to Aleshia Hunley for letting me use her photos {Hugs}.  No information on when she will be available or what her price will be.

©2016 Aleshia Hunley

©2016 Aleshia Hunley

©2016 Mattel

Hmmmmmm….not sure about this one folks.  The drawing is divine.  The production…not so much.  I guess it will depend on the price point but I’m thinking…..Pass.  The inspiration for this one also seems to also be Oscar de la Renta.  This time we go to the 2016 Resort collection of ODLR.

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-Rebecca


The Silkstone Dream

Ok so maybe this is just my Silkstone Barbie dream but I know a number of other collectors share this one.  Have you ever seen one of Robert Best’s sketches and thought to yourself…ohhhhh, I wish they had produced that one.  I know I have said that on numerous occasions.  For us redressers out here in collector land, many times it’s a “ I wish they had produced that outfit!” 

Well collectors, I have what might be a real treat for some…how about the ability to put some of those longed for outfits on Miss Debut Silkstone?  Would that be something people are interested in?  I know I was!!  A huge thanks to Miss Missy and her delightful blog Miss Missy Paper Dolls for adapting this sketched doll and outfits from Mr. Best’s original works.

Paper doll set by missmissypaperdolls.blogspot.com

I made the picture above by combining a number of parts of the paper doll set on Miss Missy’s blog and a Photoshop brush by Elbereth de Lioncour on deviantart.  You can find the entire set of paper dolls here or I have posted another link at the bottom of this blog entry.  I had so much fun playing around with the combinations in this set. There are 18 different outfits in all!  I really liked the outfits that were never produced but that we have enjoyed through Robert Best’s sketches. 

Paper doll set by missmissypaperdolls.blogspot.com

 

Paper doll set by missmissypaperdolls.blogspot.com

I am going to post the link but first…read this!  These works are derivatives of Mr. Best’s work but still under his copyright.  This means…YOU CAN NOT COPY AND SELL THESE PEOPLE. These paper dolls and all corresponding images are for personal use only! 

link to paper doll set

-Rebecca


Paris Fashion Week

It sounds like collectors are finally receiving their classic black dress silkstones after ordering them back in February.  I thought it was time to bring this lady out and showcase her in a setting that touches on what is going on currently in the fashion world…Paris Fashion Week.  Hope you enjoy!

Model:  Classic Black Dress Barbie® Doll

Dress:  Bellissima Couture

Hat: Scrapbooking element from Joann’s Fabric

Jewelry:  necklace made by me

Shoes: Mattel

Gloves:  Have absolutely noooooo idea.  I don’t think they are Mattel.  They may have come with a DEA fashion.  They fit this new articulated body very snuggly though.

Set:  Ornate wall made by me, gold chairs obtained through special order, flooring is checkerboard contact paper.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio Paris Fashion Week

 

-Rebecca


2016 Silkstone News!!!

Well, well, well.  Thanks to Rogier and Dutch Barbie World’s super sleuthing, we have some new info on the 2016 articulated Silkstone line.   Many collectors have known for a while that there would be a Trench Coat silkstone and a Glam Dress silkie but no images.  Today that changed when these images were posted on a European sales site.  I was hoping for some released info ahead of Toy Fair this week and it looks like the European market has obliged.

**Note, these images are prototype only and no indication of actual product**

Disclaimer out of the way, they look like valid promo shots to me so I will share them.  Keep in mind that Mattel has not “officially” released information on these but then they have been slow as molasses to release any information so…make up your own minds.

Trench Coat Silkstone

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

Glam Dress Silkstone

©2016 Mattel, Inc.

EEEEEEEEEE!  In a puddle with pure delight right now.  A couple of weeks back, I was chatting with my friend and fellow blogger,  Rogier over at Dutch Barbie World, and we were both discussing an outfit we had seen on Instagram and how much we liked it and how we were hoping it would be produced.  I think I might have even joked “ Wouldn’t it be perfect if this was on a Silkstone?!”

©2015 Mattel, Inc.

Anywhoo…and it appears to be coming true!!!  Thank you Robert Best!!!  Best of all people…this girl has some jewelry!!!!


Articulated Silkstone Now Available to Order

But she won’t be shipping until March 1st folks.  If you want her sooner, look to the dealers, they appear to be getting them first.  I like this idea of giving the dealers first dibs on shipment.  It makes sense to me and it helps support those dealers that have been loyally selling Mattel’s collector products for all these years.  I called my trusty dealer Barb of Windy City Dolls the moment I saw these ladies showing up on Ebay ( not happy that this is where the first ones showed up but not surprised either).  She sent one over as soon as they arrived at her shop. 

Classic Black Dress Barbie® Doll

Gold Label®

Designer: Robert Best

Release Date: 2/1/2016…hmmm…this is what the site says but they also clearly state that shipping won’t start until 3/1/2016.

Retail:  $40.00 at The Barbie Collection©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

©2016 Mattel, Inc

So…what do I think?  I think the face on this first Silkstone of 2016 is a winner.  It is one of the best facial screenings I have seen in a while from the BFMC.  Very soft, and pretty.  The black dress is basic.  The material is nice and of a good weight…but basic.  The boots are…basic.  They are plastic people and almost impossible to get off unless you use the hot water trick **see below.   No jewelry, purse with this one nor undergarments..yep that’s right…Barbie is going full commando. 

The bigger question I think is what do I think of the body of this doll.  First and foremost, the dimensions are NOT the same as previous BFMC Silkstone bodies.  The bust is most definitely smaller.  Clothing does not fit exactly the same which surprises me as I believe Mr. Best said that the body was going to be the same proportions in the video announcing the articulated bodies.   I am not saying the body is bad…just different dimensions and for us redressers, that will be an issue.  The material feels weighty and solid which is nice and the joints appear to be solid and stay where you position them.  It is basically ok…but not great.  Here is why:  1) The articulation on the joints is minimal except for the legs.  This girl can do the splits if she wants but she cant rotate her hand enough to fully bend it one way or the other…it only goes a little bit one way or the other.  She can just barely put her hands on her hips.  Compare the functionality with Integrity Toys dolls and you will find that IT bodies are loads ahead as far as flexibility.  The new Silkstone body can however, do the splits whereas IT dolls cannot.  Not sure how that is something I will utilize unless I get the letch to do Gymnast Barbie, or Pole Dancing Barbie or perhaps contortionist Barbie.  You never know…it could happen.  I am hopeful that the next iterations of this body will beef up the bust size and include some additional rotation in the joints.  My other big concern with these new bodies are the rough edges and seams that show.  The knee joint on the one I received had a big ugly rough edge at the seam right above the knew joint.  Some may argue that you will hardly ever see that…maybe but in the dress she came in, it was VERY evident.  It’s not worthy of sending back, it’s just sloppy work on the part of the factory.  Am I expected now to file down the seams of Silkstone dolls that I receive? 

On the very positive side however, the doll is only $40.  That is an extremely low price point for a Silkstone Barbie doll.  So…messy seams and all, this doll photographs beautifully.  I admit, I had to pin the gown on her so it fit more securing up top.  It was made to be worn by the older body.  She does look good though and I guess each collector will have to decide for themselves if she is a good fit for their collection.  I am keeping mine for the present and still hopeful for the year ahead for the BFMC.  I think it will be a very much paired down year but time will just have to tell on that one.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

Beatuiful dress was made by Hilda of Bellissima Couture.

Oh..and as an added not to my loyal readers…After filing multiple DCMA claims with various accounts on Pinterest and Instagram all of which were cutting the watermark off my photos and passing them off as their own, I will have to start putting even larger and more intrusive watermarks on my photos.  Not my choice people but there you have it.  Sometimes…I just don’t understand some people. 

**Hot Water Boot Trick**  To help get those pesky black boots off, I heated up a cup of water to almost boiling then stuck the legs and boots in for about 30-35 seconds.  Using a towel because they will be hot, boots should slid right off.  If not, put the legs with boots back in the water for a bit more.