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Barbie Fan Club Membership Renewal Starts Today

2015 BFC membership

If you were a member last year, you can renew your membership starting today 1/7/2015.  If you want to sign up as a first time member, you will need to wait until 1/14/2015.  The BFC has sold out for the last couple years but it has taken a while to do it so don’t know if you need to rush for this one.  It looks like there will not be an “official” club doll this year.  There are, however, a number of club exclusives that make it worth my interest.

Here are some of the fun perks of the club this year.

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

Adorable redheaded St Paddy’s day doll!!  I will be adding this one to the collection. 

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

This may be another platinum offering like the previous black and white collection offerings but don’t quote me on it.  If this will be a platinum offering, I predict this one will go fast like the others.  I may actually enter the shark tank for this one Winking smile

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

Aaaaahhhhh!  Do my eyes deceive me??!!  A pink Silkstone offering for 2015?!!!  Ummm…no brainer…I’m in.  Please oh please don’t make this a platinum offering.  If it is, I would not only enter the shark tank…I would bring a honkin’ harpoon with me.  Just sayin’ it up front people.

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

This would be the adorable preview we saw at convention this year I believe.  I will be adding this one to the collection too.  I mean come on…the picnic basket alone is worth it.

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source:  www.Barbiecollector.com

Added to these exclusive goodies you also get:

-Up to $80 in BarbieCollector.com Online Shop rewards – $20 per calendar quarter*

-Quarterly “Designer Videos,” sneak peeks at upcoming releases, downloadable goodies, and access to the exclusive Barbie Bulletin Board

-First access to audio interviews, collector spotlights, Fun Facts, and looks “behind the glam” with the passionate people on the Barbie® Collector team

If you are a current member and want to renew, you can click on any of the official Mattel photos above and it should take you to the membership renewal purchase page.  I don’t know when they will open the links today but I am betting it will be sometime between 9AM and noon PST.

 


A New Poppy Plus Silkstone Sneak Peeks

I received the new “That Holiday Feeling” Poppy Parker a couple of days ago.  Usually I get a shipping notice but not this time.  It was a nice surprise.  Here is her promo shot again

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Source:  Integrity Toys, Inc.

And here is the actual photo

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The hairstyle is quite a bit different than the promo shots.  The bangs needed some work to get them into a pleasing shape but a little bit of gel goes a long way to solve that dilemma.  The rest of the hair while different is very pretty.  Her face is sublime.  Classic Poppy Parker.  The dress came out of the box fairly wrinkled hence the tight in shot but that can be ironed to fix.  The fabric of the gown is nice and the cape is adorable.  I hope those lucky enough to win the chance to purchase get her in time to enjoy her over the holidays. 

In other exciting fashion doll collector news recently, new Silkstone Barbie photos!!!  Mattel shared  information on two new Silkies to be released in 2015.

Fashionable Floral Silkstone Barbie

Available February 2015

Suggested Retail: $59.00

Photographer Paul Jordan
Stylist Mary Jordan

source:  Mattel, Inc.

Hold the phone people!!  If this price point is right… $59.00 is a steal!!  I adore the little side chignon on this one.  This one screams “gentleman caller” to me.  She has to be from the south with an elegant hat like that.

 

Boucle Beauty™ BARBIE® Doll

Available April 2015

Suggested Retail:  $110.00

Photographer Paul Jordan
Stylist Mary Jordan

Source:  Mattel, Inc.

Oh the Chanelness of it all!!!  This one is a no brainer for me.  I hope the actual production doll has a shorter bob haircut like this.  She is going to look fabulous next to my Preferably Pink Silkstone.  I am noticing that there are no earrings with either one of these Silkstones.  I guess this is one way to alleviate the “green ear” issue.  This girl desperately needs a pair of pearl earrings to complete the look.  I mean come on…what fashionista is going to leave the house without earrings….not this one.

-Rebecca


Karl Lagerfeld Barbie Announced

WWD announced today that a Karl Lagerfeld Barbie is in the works and set for release later this year.

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source: WWD.com

Hope she won’t be too limited of an edition.  I will be interested to see the actual doll photos.


A Dulcissima Bride

If you look up the translation for Dulcissima it says “Sweet” or “Sweetest”.  I think this recent addition to the BFMC Alta Moda collection comes off as more sultry than sweet.  However you see this one..sweet or sultry, she is a beauty.  While her original Dolce and Gabbana inspired outfit may have not been my thing, dressing her in this Joe Tai bridal fashion definitely suited me and my collection.

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-Rebecca


Principessa Bride Silkstone Is In The House!

I really don’t know what is going on with Mattel marketing this year.  I have never received a doll before the promotional photos are out.  I wonder if this will be the norm to follow.  Anywhoo…my fabulous dealer Barb of Windy City Dolls emailed me and said she had this beauty in and I jumped at the chance to get her. 

Normally, I put a link in my blog post to Barbiecollector.  Since Mattel doesn’t even have a promo shot out on this one yet let alone a way to purchase this beauty…no link to you Mattel.  I will link to my dealer instead. 

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She comes with a little bouquet, a small prayer book and white slingback pumps.  She has a little tiara veil and short gloves.  One notable omission….no earrings or jewelry of any kind.  What bride goes to her wedding without some bling?  Just my humble comment but geez guys…you would think over $100 bucks would give you at least a pair of pearl earrings.  Just sayin’.  I plan on adding my own.

Here face is really pretty.  I wasn’t really sure about the glitter at first but I must admit…it is kind of growing on me.  I think it will work really well for redressing.  And…redressing will be happening here.  The dress, while cute, is just not working for me. 

The hair is different on this one too.  She has a braid under the veil…

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The braid is just kind of left there on the right side of her face…not tucked in or anything.  I will have to do something with that when I redress.  I will go into that in a future post.  After deboxing her, the appeal of this one is increasing.  She really is quite pretty.

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Then I pulled out the big camera and liked her even more Smile

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Pastel Fiorella

I just had to rip those black bows off.  I adore the face paint on this one but the black bows, dress and knee socks had to go to another doll.

Model:  Fiorella™ Barbie® Doll

Dress:  Bellissima Couture

Hat:  by the fabulous Judy O of Aponi Designs

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New 2014 Silkstone Barbie Sneak!

Pictures are starting to show up on retail sites without the watermark so I can finally show them here.  As I hinted at in my last post, another of the Silkstone offerings for this year is, I believe, inspired by a look strait off the D&G runway.

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source: www.style.com

Here name is Dulcissima and she is due out later in 2014.  I have heard many different price points for this one.  The average guesses put her around $75.  Mattel does not have her formally listed on their site yet so until they do, we won’t know for sure.  She is designed by Robert Best and the name means “sweet” in Latin.

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source: www.amazon.de

Dulcissima e Bellisima….sweet and beautiful.  I like the look of this one better than Fiorella.  Come on….the boots alone are worth a second look.  SmileMany Silkstone collectors are thinking this one will display nicely next to the Russian collection, Alexander McQueen inspired Darya.  I agree with them.  These two will display very nicely next to eachother.

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BFC also gifted collectors with a spotlight video about the first installment in the Alta Moda inspired Silkstone collection this year.  The set is sublime and the video is adorable.  Nice work Lars and Zlatan!! 


Sneaks for 2014!

Finally Mattel ( or apparently Mattel marketing) has given us a look at upcoming dolls from 2014.  A number of items were sneaked to the BFC members a couple of days ago.  Here are the public images ready for our greedy collector consumption.

It’s a Girl Barbie® Doll

Designed by: Bill Greening
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $29.95

 

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source:www.barbiecollector.com

Adorable right?!!  Shug…if it’s a girl…I am sending you one of these Smile 

 

The Wizard of Oz™ Fantasy Glamour Wicked Witch of the West™ Doll

Designed by: Linda Kyaw
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $100.00

Direct Exclusive from Barbiecollector.com

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source:www.Barbie collector.com

Wow!!  I thought WOZ dolls were totally overdone…until I saw this one.  Linda, I salute you.  She is a beauty!

Bob Mackie® Princess Stargazer™ Barbie® Doll

Designed by: Robert Best
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $100.00

Directly Exclusive from Barbiecollector.com

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source: www.barbiecollector.com

Ummm…..I could be diplomatic and say this doll is unique.  I have to be honest though and say this doll creeps me out.  No disrespect to the amazing talents of Robert Best but…I find nothing  compelling about this doll.  No stargazing for this collector.

Zuhair Murad Barbie® Doll

Designed by: Linda Kyaw
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $75.00

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source: www.barbiecollector.com

Well Linda, you have given us another home run!  I adore this doll.  I love the gown, the facial screening and the elegant updo.  She will be joining the collection for sure.  Thanks to the super sleuthing of fellow blogger Rogier of Dutch Barbie World, we have the inspiration for this fashion

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source:  www.wwd.com

And last but not least….we have a look at the Alta Moda theme for this years BFMC Silkstone line.

Fiorella™ Barbie Doll

Designed by: Robert Best
Release Date: 2/13/2014

Retailing for $50.00

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source:  www.barbiecollector.com

It pains me to say this but…I am not a fan.  First of all, I don’t care for this particular facial screening.  I think it is the big spiky bottom lashes.  Secondly, the black bows have GOT to go.  Are we going for the school girl look with the knee socks and hair bows?  Thirdly, I am not a big fan of large floral jewelry.  As a rule, I am not a big floral person period so perhaps that is what is coloring my whole dislike of this look. I have to say though that the $50 price tag is very reasonable for a dressed Silkstone.  Thanks again to our super fashion sleuth Rogier, we perhaps have a look into the inspiration for this look.

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source:  www.Style.com

BFC members were also given a sneak of the second Silkstone in the 2014 lineup but those photos are not yet public.  The look however is taken almost directly from this same D&G fashion show above.  I confess, when Robert Best announced that the 2014 Silkstone theme was going to be Alta Moda, my mind went to the beautiful couture of Eliza Schiaparelli or vintage Valentino so I was eagerly anticipating something like these

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I am thinking….we are not going to see that.  {Rebecca heaves a big sign of sadness}.  I seriously would die if that pink striped number were produced.


The Doll Room Goes On Display: Part II

Yesterday I explained why things have been a little crazy at Inside The Fashion Doll Studio.  I have been working well over a month and a half ( since Fashion Royalty convention really) to get our house ready for a charity holiday tour that included the doll room.  The same weekend the tour happened, I was also contracted to photograph my daughter’s dance schools dress rehearsal of The Nutcracker.  We also needed to  attend her performances.  I also hosted a ladies holiday tea for about 50 ladies and to top it off…it was my birthday in there somewhere.  There was LOTS going on the weekend of December 6 – 8th.

I left off in part one of this post explaining my anxiety at opening up the doll room to the public for this holiday walk.   I was anxious to see what people would think.  I was fully prepared to answer a few questions and field comments like “Are you crazy?’.  What I was not prepared for was to be fully occupied the three hours Deanna, Hilda and I proctored the doll room area with comments, questions and exclamations of joy and wonder.  I called the evening “better living through Barbie”.  I think the thing I heard the most as people came up the stairs to the doll room area was their surprised gasps of “ OH MY GOD!!” upon seeing some of the collection for the first time.  It was an exclamation of an unexpected positive experience.

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The collection was not what people were expecting and the look of amazement when they looked around warmed my heart.  When I questioned people “ Not what you were expecting was it? You were expecting the Barbies you see at Target right?”  They would reply every single time “ Yes!” with a wide-eyed expression.  I received thank you upon thank you for sharing the collection.  There were lines to get up to the doll room area.  At some points during the day, there were lines just to get into the house let alone the doll area.  The Assistance League of the Eastside had told people that there would be some Barbie experts on hand from the hours of 4-7pm to answer questions.  People came back!  They came back and brought their mothers, their daughters, their sisters and some even brought back their husbands.  I think that was the biggest surprise of the evening for me.  These husbands not only came into the doll area but they spent time looking AND ASKED QUESTIONS!   I was completely amazed and overwhelmed at the outpouring of interest.  I enjoyed hearing the rich tapestry of stories and Barbie memories that unfolded throughout the evening.  Sisters recounted playtime memories with each other, Grandmothers and mothers remembered sewing or crocheting for Barbie and the granddaughters and daughters remembered learning how to sew through Barbie.  Many remembered the first experiences of self expression through cutting their Barbie’s hair. 

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The fashion was another big topic of discussion.  There were many conversations about particular designer influences and most everyone enjoyed the 1/6 scale purse tree in the actual doll room itself.  I had a buyer for Federated Department Stores come up to me and say how much she loved how everything was displayed.

© 2013 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio  The most common questions of the evening were:

1.  How long have you been collecting?  Since my daughter was 3 so a little over 10 years.

2.  Why did you start collecting?  My daughter received a collector Barbie when she was 3 and my first thought was “ Great!  who gives a 3 yr old a collector Barbie?  She is going to trash it!”  But she didn’t so I thought maybe collector Barbies would be something we could do together…you know…something for Christmas and birthdays.  I started to do some research on collector Barbies and started looking at Barbiecollector.com and was blown away by the collector doll offerings.  I essentially went down the rabbit hole at that point….and have not come out yet.

3.  How many dolls do you have?  I currently have around 600 and that is most likely as big as it will get.  I am maximized right now which means…if something comes in…something has to go out.

4.  What is the most expensive doll?  I never really answered that question…instead I would point to some of the rarer items that are in the collection.  I have a BFMC display case that is a treasure in my collection and I managed to procure a City Smart Silkstone Barbie through a great doll friend a couple years ago.  I also have a set of 1/6 Bespaq bedroom furniture that is very rare and I treasure that as well.

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Some of the new displays for this year are as follows:

I adored the garden scene I shot so much that it became a permanent display in the doll room

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I also picked up some amazing 1/6 scale furniture pieces in Paris this past year.

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Elizabeth Taylor joined the work room display

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and the nightclub scene

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New Fashion Royalty convention additions

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And a new treasure added for the walk.  A stunning pink silk and French lace gown by Hilda of Bellissima Couture.  She made me this for my birthday…and I just about cried when I saw it.  Stunningly beautiful beyond words!!  Love ya Hilda…Mwah!

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The entire day of participating in this home tour and showing this collection was a completely amazing experience and the fact that it helped raise money to support local and very necessary programs made it that much more meaningful.  In this season of giving, I am so very grateful to all the people who opened their hearts, minds and pocketbooks to support the Assistance League of the Eastside.  I also want to thank those who came up to me and personally commented on the collection.  As an avid collector, It was a complete joy to see the love of this doll expressed and for some rekindled. 


Ball Gown Silkstone Official Photos

Finally released!  Geez…took long enough.  I think many people have already received theirs but here are the official photos of this one.  I wont have mine in hand for a bit but I am excited to see her up close.

Ball Gown Barbie® Doll

Retails for $100 and is available now

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Imogene Gets a Boater Ensemble

It was no surprise that when Integrity Toys released their Funny Face line of dolls, I was all over them.  My particular favorite was “Think Pink!”.   I also have a particular fondness for suits so it was time to put these two favorites together for a photo shoot.   Also, as Imogene dons her “boater ensemble” and takes some time to perhaps jet off to some glamorous destination, Inside The Fashion Doll Studio will be posting a little less for a bit as this blogger/photographer takes some time to do a few other things.    Doll posts should continue every Friday but don’t expect much more than that. Smile

Model:  Funny Face “Think Pink!” Imogene

Suit, hat and shoes:  Boater Ensemble Barbie® Doll

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AA Ball Gown Silkstone-First Look

Okay Mattel…I get it…you want to save the first look of this beauty for the Barbie Convention goers.   But, if you are going to do this, why ship the dolls off to Asia for retail BEFORE convention??!!  I’m left scratching my head and asking myself, “ And I spent how much on a BFC membership so I could get the first look at product?”  {grumble, grumble, grumble}.  I am assuming that the lucky dogs going to convention in New Orleans will get to see this fabulous lady up close and personal.  I am assuming she will be displayed in the sales room just like Gala Gown was last year.  Make sure you take some stellar photos attendees.  Just a reminder, I won’t be at convention this year but will point people to some Flickr accounts that will be covering the festivities as we get closer to the event.

Here is the first look!

source: http://www.toywizard.net

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It looks like someone has pirated the video shown at the Italian Doll Convention and added their own music.  You can find it by searching for “Barbie Fashion Model Collection” but I wont post the link here because it’s not authorized through Mattel and frankly…its PIRATED so not my thing.

Can’t wait for this beauty to join my collection!


Sweet,Swiss and Provencale

The title of this post sounds like a new bistro sandwich LOL!  The earlier gowns of the BFMC Barbie line are the favorites of many.  This gown from a Barbie called “Provencale” with it’s delicate blue and white pattern was originally worn by a short haired redhead. 

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I have never warmed to that particular doll in that dress.  I love the dress and I love the doll…just not together.  This dress, since it entered my collection, has graced the form of French Maid Barbie.

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For a time last week, this gown was beautifully worn by the newly released red haired Poppy Parker.  Hope you like the photos.

Model:  Sweet in Switzerland Poppy Parker

Gown and Jewelry:  Provencale™ Barbie® Doll

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Bogue’s Vogues Vendredi

It was definitely time for another BVV!  I pulled these images from my stock pile of candid shots to share today. 

Model:  Walking Suit Barbie® Doll

Gown and hat:  Bogue’s Vogues

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To Sir, With Love

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This song practically screams 1965 to me and apparently many others because it is listed in the top 5 songs of 1965.  Love the movie, love the song and loved playing it while I shot these. 

Model:  Irresistible in India Poppy Parker

Gown and earrings: Palm Beach Coral Silkstone Barbie

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This outfit by Robert Best for the Silkstone Barbie line looks to be inspired by vintage 1960’s Valentino.  Beautiful and so appropriate for Ms. 1965 Poppy!  Those nails though…Yipes!!

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source:  ganzomag.com

I hope you have enjoyed this walk through the mid 1960’s with Ms. Irresistible in India Poppy Parker.  This is not a style I photograph that often so it was fun to pop in some oldies but goodies and revisit the 60’s for a bit.


A Glimmer of Inspiration

Many of you may remember the platinum edition BFC exclusive Glimmer of Gold™ Barbie® Doll.  I was lucky enough to be able to get this one.

 

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While engaging in my favorite pastime  {cough} obsession {cough}, I came across a photo on Pinterest (Thank you Ana Labato!! http://pinterest.com/anaquell/the-world-of-fashion/)that showed me a likely inspiration for this doll design.

sources:  Style.com and barbiecollector.com

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Cool!  And since I know a friend of mine is anticipating the arrival of the platinum edition AA Golden Gala into their collection, I took some photos with her in the Glimmer of Gold fashion.  And it’s in THE window. Smile

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Milan Boating Season is Open

The Italian Doll Convention was held in Milan this past month and the reports from this event spell out a most fantastic time.  The reports are so glowing that I am seriously considering a trip to Milan next year to experience some of the fun.  Like the Paris Fashion Doll Festival, a variation of one of the BFMC’s Silkstone Barbies was given as the convention doll.  She is being referred to as “Milan Boater” and is a honey blond version of the 2013 BFC club doll “Boater Ensemble”

Source: Dutch Barbie World

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Thanks to a very generous and lovely friend, I had the opportunity to obtain a “Milan Boater” and I love her. 

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Mermaid Gown Silkstone…

…is now available at BarbieCollector.com.  She has been available at dealers for about a month now but finally BFC members can collect on that quarterly reward and order this baby at a discount.

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A  new promo photo showed up on the Barbie Collector sight as well.  I am always amazed by Lars Auvinen’s work.  He is the model and set builder for the BFMC ( Barbie Fashion Model Collection or in another word…Silkstones) promotional photos.  I had the pleasure of hearing him speak and chatting personally with him at the last National Barbie Convention.  He puts 100% into his craft and it never fails to inspire me.  The detail he goes into on these sets just boggles the mind.   My dream would be to sit in the corner and just watch while he creates.  My other dream is to sit in the corner and watch the photographer , Paul Jordan, as he photographs the set. 

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(Photo credit:  Mattel, Inc.)

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(Photo credit:  Mattel, Inc.)

If you want to know more about her story, visit www.Barbiecollector.com


Platinum Violette

Okay…this one is for the Silkstone lovers.   I could not let this diorama go without putting one of my favorite Silkstones within its shabby chic yumminess.  Robert Best’s “Violette”, in my opinion, is one of the most feminine doll designs of his career at Mattel.  She embodies gentility and spring to me.  Perhaps it’s the lilac print on her gown, the large flowing design or the flowers in her hair…I don’t know…but put it all together and I feel the pull of springtime.  It’s just so girly!  She is also a platinum edition Silkstone which means she is not photographed often.

I have to give credit to my daughter Megan for this one.  She took one look at the diorama I was working on and said “ Mom, you should put the doll in the purple gown in this one”.  She was right!

 

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What the set up looks like when I have to pull the big lights out.  It’s a much more involved shoot…which is why you may see this diorama for a while. Smile

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Mermaid Gown Arrives..and Bewitches ITFDS!

When news and promotional photos were shared of this one, I was beside myself with excitement.  I mean come on…she was all in pink!  I have been waiting patiently for this one to arrive and my lovely Barbie Collector dealer Claudia of Pink Ponytail made sure my Ms. Mermaid Gown was shipped promptly to me.   Typically, I will photograph a doll upon receipt in what’s come to be known as ( yes, Rogier…you have named it) putting her in THE WINDOW.  I like to take photos of a new doll in natural light without enhancing anything ( no Photoshop!) up against a soft white window sill so people can get a good idea of the actual coloring of a doll.  These are the photos I took of Ms. Mermaid Gown just after she came in the door.

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Her gown is the softest crepe de chine in a dusty pink.  Her skin tone is “Silkstone peace”  which means she is very, very pale.  I am not sure what the back of her hairdo was “supposed” to look like but I had to do some reconstructive surgery to get mine to look something other than a hot mess.  It wasn’t difficult but it did take some work and some hair gel….just sayin’. 

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I am very, very happy with her though.  She is a beautiful addition to the 2013 Silkstone Atelier line.  And now…the studio shots!

 

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And…because Rebecca was having WAY too much fun with Photoshop today…. Kind of had a Bewitched moment didn’t I?!  I almost looked for a witch on a broomstick outline to put in the sky…

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…almost .Smile

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Barbie Fan Club 2013 Renewal Registration Opens….

Today at 9:00AM PST for current members.  Registration for new members opens one week on later 2/13.

Here are some of the Fantastic things in store for members this year.

  • The opportunity to purchase four (4) Club-exclusive dolls, as announced** (doll purchase is NOT a requirement of membership)
  • Up to $80 in BarbieCollector.com Online Shop rewards – $20 per calendar quarter*
  • A surprise gift with your membership, Quarterly “Designer Videos” with the creators of Barbie® Collector dolls, sneak peeks at upcoming releases, downloadable goodies, and access to the exclusive Barbie™ Bulletin Board

Important dates to remember

  • Club Renewal Starts 2/6
  • New Club Spots Open 2/13
  • Card and Welcome Letter Ships Starting 3/15
  • Membership Gift with Purchase Silkstone® Dress Form Ships Starting 7/12

** Photos are courtesy of Mattel, Inc.**

And the 2013 Barbie Fan Club doll is…..

Boater Ensemble.

ADORE!!!  The  little Chanel hat on her is to die for!

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Three remaining club exclusives are

Black and White collection

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Tailored Tuxedo Ken

Squeeeeeealllll!  I wonder if this is a Silkstone Ken??!!  No clarification on this yet.

And gift with purchase of membership is another mannequin but this one is black.  The verbiage on the Barbie Collector website stipulates the dress form won’t start shipping until 7/12.  Wellll….that’s a bit of a wait.  They will serve no noir dress form until its time apparently.  Ah well, it will give all of us diorama enthusiasts a chance to build that perfect shop window scene to showcase this baby.

Silkstone Dress Form

For more information and a link to renew your BFC membership, click below

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Getting Ready for the Oscars

When I was doing  multiple posts on award show fashions, I was thinking wouldn’t it be fun to do a photo of Barbie getting ready for the Oscars.  I needed an appropriate background and Mattel provided that with their amazing new Barbie Look Wardrobe.  It also needed a bigger than life dress because it is…after all…the Oscars. Who better than Jason Wu and his talented team at Integrity Toys could do that?!  Finally, I needed the prefect model for the dress and I wanted someone who is not seen that often.  Since I am a deboxer, I have the luxury of redressing a rare or low production number doll.  For this photo shoot, I decided to use Pinch of Platinum.  She is a platinum edition doll which means there are no more than 999 of her in the world.  I also felt , given the pain and aggravation of her entry into my collection https://insidethefashiondollstudio.com/2011/05/25/pinch-of-platinum-how-about-a-bucket-of-valium/ , she deserved her moment to shine.  No valium necessary with this one .wink

Model, earings, shoes:  Pinch of Platinum Barbie

Bracelet:  Showgirl Silkstone Barbie

Gown:  Dark Romance Giselle NuFace Fashion Royalty

Set:  Barbie Look Wardrobe, Horsman pink chair and scroll side table, Jonathan Adler side table,  Randall Craig zebra rug and too many little items to name individually.  If you have questions on any item, just ask .

Stylist:  ITFDS

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How about this fabulous closet and it’s potential!  When it comes to diorama pieces folks…it doesn’t get any better than this.  My only complaint is the price.  It is pricey ( $70!!).  I purchased this one on sale and received $20 off.  That definitely made it more palatable.  It comes with three interchangeable backgrounds ( I love the black and white one!) and you could make your own too I suppose if you had big enough paper.  Oh, and drawers open and it comes with a bunch of hangers.  Someone mentioned on the doll boards that it would be great if Mattel could offer an extra set of hangers on their website.  Excellent notion!

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And… because Rebecca loves her macro lens…a few more shots of the doll and her accessories.  Love those shoes!  If you click them together three times and say “There is no place like Mattel” do you think you could be transported there?

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Music from the shoot…..


BFMC 2013 Mermaid Gown BARBIE®

Oh my word people!!  Would you get a load of what the BFMC and Robert Best has in store for us this May!!!

“In 2013, the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection will continue with the theme of couture fashion introduced in 2012. The designs capture the style, detail and beauty of the great fashion houses of Europe. Ladylike, enchanting, yet over-the-top glamorous, this pale pink gown makes a striking statement with its mermaid silhouette. A sprinkling of pink, iridescent and clear sequins and beads embellish the strapless gown. Accessories include a tulle stole and elegant gloves – creating a flawless evening look..”

Available at dealers for preorder.  She is ranging from $145 to $150 depending on the dealer and is set for a May delivery. 

**Photos are courtesy of Mattel, Inc.**

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{THUD} Would someone revive Rebecca….she just fainted……

I DIE!!!!!!!!!!

 


Luncheon Ensemble Silkstone Meets Yankee Doodle

Finally some photos are showing up on dealers sites so I believe I can share them here.  This 2013 Silkstone was sneaked back in September to the Barbie Fan Club ( BFC )https://insidethefashiondollstudio.com/2012/09/21/new-silkstone-info-for-2013/.  She is one of the Silkies whose drawings can be seen in the Atelier video by Mattel .  I was lucky enough to see it at this summer’s National Barbie Convention and I posted a link to it in the blog back in August https://insidethefashiondollstudio.com/2012/08/21/behind-the-scenes-of-the-bfmc-atelier-collection/  

** Photo is property of Mattel, Inc.**

 

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Anywhoo…what do I think? I love pink. I love redheads. You would figure a slam dunk right? Hold on to that basketball folks. I love the doll. The outfit is leaving me kind of …”meh”. I think it’s the turban. I just can’t get past the big rose on it. Unlike Yankee Doodle ..you can’t just stick a feather/rose on it and call it macaroni/fashion.  I am also not so sure about the print.  I would love to see the hairstyle of this silkie beneath the turban.  LOVE the little curls on her ears.  I am dying to see if she has an updo underneath that “wrongly rose-adorned” turban.  Also, putting a redhead in pink??…. always a risky venture.  Change this doll’s ensemble to a green, blue or teal…then we are talking!  Am I buying this doll?  In a heartbeat.  At this point and without seeing her in real life, this doll will be redressed faster than you can say “Silkstone”.  The turban will be the first to go.  I reserve the right to completely change my mind once I have seen her and have her in hand LOL!  Have I hedged all my bets sufficiently?  I think so. 

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Becca Berry went to dealer just to buy a Silkie, ripped the turban off her head and called her fashion beauty”