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BFMC Cocktail Dress

Finally photos have been released to retailers so I can share them here.  Remember back in August, I obsessed about the Mattel Atelier Video and posted a still from the video that I and pretty much everyone else felt was sure to be one of the releases for 2013.  https://insidethefashiondollstudio.com/2012/08/23/the-bfmc-2013-atelier-collection-a-peak-into-next-year/

2013 Atelier Sneak Peak 1

And….here she is….a beautiful platinum blonde with blue eyes.  Retailers are showing price at approximately $90.00 and delivery around April of 2013.  Take this information with a grain of salt folks.  Mattel may up and decide this one will be the Barbie Fan Club membership doll and therefor only available to BFC members. She is feeling like a club doll to me but I may be wrong.  We will know more when Mattel announces information about the 2013 Barbie Fan Club in February.

**Photos used in image below are property of Mattel, Inc.**

Cocktail Dress Silkstone copy

I also reported back in September that Robert Best had stated a “platinum” Silkstone was in the works for 2013 (https://insidethefashiondollstudio.com/2012/09/21/new-silkstone-info-for-2013/).  And…here she is.  It would appear he meant platinum HAIRED not EDITION.  Thanks for the word play Robert !  I think he just wanted to see us all frothing at the mouth at the idea of a platinum edition( no more than 1,000 produced) Silkstone.  To be completely honest, I am thrilled there won’t be a platinum edition Silkstone.  It means I don’t have to get into the mud pit to get one…fun as it would have been { Rebecca’s arched eyebrow is raised with extreme sarcasm}.  I could not be happier with this platinum haired lovely.  She is on my “must buy” list.

And since I think this might be the 2013 BFC doll, and last year we received a silkstone mannequin with our membership

BFC membership mannequin

…I think it would be perfect if we could receive a set of these chairs with our BFC membership….

BFC 2013 membership wish chair

Or a chair like this in 1/6 scale….

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drooling emoticonA girl can dream….a girl can dream.

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Gala Gown is Here!!!

It feels like I have been waiting for this lady for a year…it has been since February when sketches started to circulate within the collector crowd of a redhead in a divine yellow ball gown.  Now she is “in da house!” and I could not be happier.  She is better than the promo shots in my opinion folks.  She feels like a return to the grand ball gowns of “In the Pink” and “Provençale”

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Here is a view inside the reveal.  Claudia of Pink Ponytail always wraps your purchase so you feel like you are receiving a birthday present….LOVE IT and her. (www.pinkponytail.com)

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Gala Gown debox 2

Gala Gown debox 1

Gasp!!

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Gala Gown 2

Gala Gown 1

A word of caution when deboxing this lady….the hairstyle is set but moves easily ( doesn’t have hard caked on gel with this one) so be very, very careful removing the hairnet.  I ended up carefully cutting the hair net off so as not to disturb the coiffure.  She came out perfectly!  And these are all taken with my quick point and shoot.  Can’t wait to get her into the studio.


Evening Gown Silkstone Barbie®

I have been busy the past few days populating my Pinterest “Inside The Fashion Doll Studio” board with photos from the archives and I realized…I don’t usually photograph my dolls in what they came dressed in originally.  I guess I always figured Mattel and Integrity photographers do such a beautiful job  with their promo photos that I didn’t need to redo it.  That whole philosophy changed this year with Robert Best’s Atelier Silkstone collection.  I believe I have photographed each one this year in the outfit she came in…then went on to redress.  I guess you could say I am just thrilled with the Silkie offerings this year.  Evening Gown is the next one to land in front of my camera.   Designed by Robert Best, she became available to collectors on 06/14/12.  You can find her at your local dealer or at www.barbiecollector.com

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The BFMC 2013 Atelier Collection: A peek into next year?

Okay…so you all know I am a little obsessive compulsive when it comes to Silkstone Barbies right?  I was so excited when I learned that Robert Best was continuing the design aesthetics of the 1950’s and early 60’s for his 2013 BFMC collection.  This was the “heyday” of the haute couture design houses and for many epitomized glamour.    I absolutely adore that time in fashion so it stands to reason I am anxious to hear about and see sneaks with what we can expect next year.  As I stated in my previous post, I believe we received a very solid sneak of one doll.  It would appear that she will be blond, possibly platinum blond, with a back ponytail hairstyle.  I can’t tell if she has bangs or not.  To me, it kind of looks like “Movie Mixer” with black bows but I could be completely off on that one so don’t hold me to it.  It would also appear that she has a cream boat necked cocktail gown with black tulle overlay and accent lace at the bottom. There is black bow detail at the bust and waist.  It also looks like she is wearing white gloves.There was a most deliberate shot in the video of him working on this sketch and dipping his brush in water and releasing a light blue paint.  There has to be some blue in this lady somewhere I am thinking ( blue bows?? blue accent somewhere).  It looks like she will have bows on her black shoes as well…how cute!.  Now….before I get going full force on my speculation train here folks…please realize these are all guesses.  I have no information from Mattel save the video that we all can see so …take everything I say with a grain of salt.  Disclaimer ended.  We do know however, that Mr. Best’s designs for next year with have a flavor of Spring.  He shared that at convention.  So I am thinking lighter colors and softer fabrics.

** pictures are from video from Mattel therefore owned by Mattel.  Please don’t copy or reproduce**

2013 Atelier Sneak Peak 1

The other shot from the video that was intriguing me yesterday is this one…yes, I know it’s blurry but it was the best I could do.

2013 Atelier Sneak Peak 2

 

There was another scene right before this one that showed him removing a piece of fabric from a sketch of a doll in a dark colored ( blue maybe?) suit with hat.  The sketch said specifically Atelier part II so I am thinking we may see another day suit with a hat.  Yippee!!  I will never be upset about more suits with hats.  It also looks like there is a sketch with a redhead in a soft palette suit with pink/peachy turban style hat.  Oh My Word!!  My hat fetish just started doing the rhumba.  There is also a sketch to the left there of what appears to be an evening gown with feathered type headpiece…kind of Gloria Swansonish.  Again, I have no idea if any of these sketches will be produced but they are far enough along to have detail sketches and fabric swatches.  I smell….production. 


Behind the Scenes of the BFMC Atelier Collection…

And a possible Sneak Peak at one of the dolls for next year!

When I attended a pullout session at Barbiecon in July, Mattel shared a video with Robert Best explaining his thought process behind the current Atelier Collection for the BFMC.  It was absolutely delightful and I was hopeful they would share it on the Barbie Collector website.  They did that today and I wanted to share it with all of you.  Pay particular attention to the sketch of a platinum blond doll in black cocktail dress in the beginning of the video and again towards the end.  I am guessing this is one of the new offerings for next years continuation of the BFMC Atelier Collection.  Can’t wait to see if I am right but in the mean time…here is the video…Enjoy!


Time to put on your Party Dress…..

I had a slight hiccup with this lady.  She came to me with some blue marks on her legs and I thought she would be going back to Mattel for an exchange.  Turns out the marks rubbed right off with water so no problem.  Once the marks were dealt with, I decided to shoot her in front of one of the fantastic acrylic display screens my friend Sheree makes.  I use these in my doll displays and they work nicely in photos as well.  Info on where to purchase is below.  I love the hair on this lady and the cute little lace dress with aqua shrug is adorable.  So refined and girly with the gold lace.  Here face makeup is quite dramatic as you will see with the close-up but I like it.  I am still going over redress possibilities but those photos will be for another day.  Just a side note, I did have to mess with her hair just a bit to get the curls to lie just right.  I ended up putting a pin in one of them to get it to lie properly.  On with current photos….

Model:  Party Dress Silkstone Barbie

Set: Acrylic backdrop by Sheree http://www.ebay.com/sch/sh7ly7ma7/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686.  Chandelier is a locker chandelier by Locker Lookz.  You can find them on Amazon.

 

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