Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tweed in the City

2017's Barbie Fashion Model Collection heads back to the atelier. At the very least, this year's line is serving dollectors a well-thought out menu of delights. Starting with the beautiful brunette version of "Classic Black Dress" and now moving into a timeless fashion staple: the tweed suit. "Black and White Tweed Suit Barbie" forecasts an elegantly beautiful spring with its dose of high glam.

The double-breasted jacket and skirt are accompanied by a coquettish and perfectly scaled polka dot bow.

Accessories abound: a white straw hat, golden pearl cabochon earrings, black gloves, black leatherette purse with golden lock charm, and a new shoe design adorned with gold painted chain.

Barbie is a redhead in this iteration. A simple pulled back hair style ends in a short ponytail gathered neatly by a matching hair net.  Barbie's make-up is lush: creamy coral lips and joyful Caribbean cyan eyeshadow complement her brown eyes.

To Dolldom, "Black and White Tweed" Barbie is a total look doll, not unlike its predecessor "Walking Suit" Barbie. But undoubtedly, dollectors will redress and restyle this eye catching, fully articulated beauty.

Black and White Tweed Suit Barbie

Sunday, March 19, 2017

East Meets West

Dolldom celebrates the announcement of JAMIEshow's 2017 convention. Lucky collectors may again get ready for the fun and beauty organized by George González and his team as they host another elegant affair.

This year's theme - East Meets West - promises to be nothing short of breathtaking. In addition, for the first time in five years (not since 2008's The Girls of Dream City, when Oona made her mysterious appearance), special guest Mel Odom will introduce a new character to his line of JAMIEshow Gene Marshall dolls.

Rumors are flying rampant as to who this new star of Monolithic Studios will be? Could it be studio exec Reuben Lillienthal? Or Erik von Sternberg, the director who discovered Gene? Or perhaps Cora Harper, gossip columnist extraordinaire? Maybe we are in for an even greater surprise!

To make the wait until June 23-25 more bearable, Dolldom presents an East Meets West fantasy starring Gene Marshall. Inspired by the art direction and fashions of the Kar-Wai Wong 2001 unforgettable masterpiece In the Mood for Love, starring Maggy Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Dolldom features "Hollywood Canteen" Miss Gene Marshall in a pure silk qipao by Canadian designer Kristoff.

Mr. Kristoff explains: "This Chinese inspired sheath is made of vintage Chinese silk brocade and lined with deep purple silk. It is slit to the upper thigh on both sides so you can pose your doll a la "Jolie". Small weights are sewn inside the corners of the front and back hem so that the dress hangs properly."

A raven bouffant wig by Time of Doll and golden hoops by Joy Jarred complete the circa 1962 look.

Do not miss "East Meets West" in Chicago on June 23rd through the 25th at Chicago's historic Allerton Warwick Hotel, with special guest Mel Odom.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The New Blonde

Much has been written about Alfred Hitchcock's obsession with the blonde actresses who starred in many of his films: Grace Kelly, Kim Novack, Janet Leigh, Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren...all of them were meant to exemplify mysterious sophistication via their hair shade.  The result: a body of work integral to the history of cinema populated by blonde characters. We at Dolldom dare to ask: was it all due to unresolved childhood issues and untreated misogyny? You be the judge.

The Hitchcock blonde, reserved, cold, ambiguous, walks alone along Fort Point, beneath The Golden Gate Bridge...

Who plays the cliched blonde in this recreation? Well, there's even more drama to this story.

"Making an Entrance Karolyn Stone" was to many the disappointing NuFace doll given out at the Long Beach Cinematic Integrity Convention as the convention doll, a spot usually given to Agnes Von Weiss dressed in a Jason Wu original. As a result of this daring company move, the new character in the line, dressed in what could be summed up as a most geometric black gown with protective face mask, became almost immediately persona non grata for her wide face, high forehead, and hairstyle.


But her wide face (a mesaure of her generosity of spirit) , high forehead (clear metaphor for intelligence) , and hairstyle (simple, no fuss) were, in essence, the features that Dolldom's editors saw in Miss Stone as pluses, not negatives. Behold a quintessential Integrity Toys' character sculpt (translation: not an idealized beauty) with a to-scale chignon, one whose style allows her the flexibility to model both contemporary as well as vintage fashions. In short, the perfect doll to bring forth a new era of blonde heroines.

As The New Blonde, Karolyne Stone is a woman in possession of herself and her image. To prove the point, Miss Stone took charge of the production of this feature: from choosing the wardrobe to photographing the spread herself. Miss Stone explains: "When The New Blonde decides to expose her back is not because she is playing to anyone's fantasy but, because as a result of her physical training and conditioning, she can guard it herself. Sorry Hitch, now the blonde does her own thing.

I am blonde, hear me roar!

Miss Stone is the bridge between the old and the new. In her Katy Keene suit by Integrity Toys and a stole by Retros, she breaks into the scene and gives The Golden Gate a run for the money.

Court appearance. And definitely not to defend the man that the script says that she loves. Miss Stone goes ready to fight and win another unconstitutional immigration case. Suit by Integrity Toys.

A well-defined back, developed in many a kick-boxing session, takes center stage in a remarkably vintage-inspired cocktail dress by R&D Exclusives.

Miss Stone put together this ensemble of black turtleneck by Integrity Toys and mermaid skirt by Mattel as her version of traditional men's black tie wear.

For a fund raising event to benefit the teaching of foreign languages in public education, Miss Stone selected a luxurious silk qipao dress by R&D exclusives. Hat by DAE Originals for Vivette.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Naturally Warm

A respite from the rain allows Viktor to head out into the garden.

His new sweater, made with love in Madrid, will keep him warm and in harmony with his natural surroundings.

Handmade with soft acrylic Turkish angora wool in pink and green tones, this handsome garment evokes a rich palette of mosses, lichens, and young blossoms.

Quite the treat from Bruno Farfallo pour Homme for young Master Dreary!

Bruno Farfallo pour Homme on Etsy

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Just One Look

Just one look and the world recognizes a fashion icon.

Norma Desmond, so aptly played by the iconic Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard, donned a black dressing gown with leopard accents in one of the movies pivotal scenes - the monkey burial arrangement.

Mel Odom's Miss Gene Marshall, in her "It Happened on Fifth Avenue" iteration manufactured by JAMIEshow Dolls, agreed to evoke the look for Dolldom's photographers.

An icon herself, Miss Marshall chose a dark navy blue pinstripe suit by Robert Tonner and a turban and cape set by Liz Retros to recreate the fashionable screen moment.

But it is in Technicolor that Miss Marshall redefines the look and makes it her own.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Choosing a Hat!

Mel Odom's Gene Marshall has been spotted on Fifth Avenue posing in what secret sources state is a 1950 Pierre Balmain design. 

The fashionable look features a new iteration of the famed Miss Marshall in a platinum white pulled-back curled chignon.

The ensemble is finished off with a spiffy boater hat...

...that along with Miss Marshall's very new face-up palette make up for an unforgettable look.

Fashion icon alright!

But wouldn't it be crime to limit a suit of this beauty to just one hat? After all, a classic nay blue suit is such an absolute fashion staple. Why wear it only once?

Dolldom's editors were elated when Miss Marshall agreed to pose for thier cameras modeling different hats to show off the versatility of her "It Happened on Fifth Avenue" suit. 

First off is a Peter Pan black velvet cap adorned with iridescent feathers. The Mike Basala design defines adorable.

For making an entrance that will make everyone forget all other entrances, Miss Marshall poses in a black satin platter hat borrowed from her timeless Lucky Stripe fashion.

Integrity Toy's-produced Cocoa Crisp was issued with a flowered bandeau that, according to Mr. Odom, makes Miss Marshall smile. It's offers an organic counterbalance to the architectural strength of the suit.

Tea Time at The Plaza's bandeau adds a good measure of authority to Miss Marshall's ensemble.

To close, a classic straw chinois by Richard's Originals gives the look a more relaxed feel and perhaps reveals that Miss Marshall is now enjoying the warmer climate of Hollywood. Sunglasses help the star go incognito everywhere!

To find out more about "It Happened on Fifth Avenue Gene Mashall, visit her page at JAMIEshow Dolls. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

3-D Wigstock

Joey Versaw's Mary Magpie, the very first 3-D printed fashion doll, invited Dolldom to her wig shop. Mary is known for always being perfectly groomed and for being the only fashion model in the world whose hair stays in place during photo sessions. For her wigs, like her, are 3-D printed too and hand painted by Mr. Versaw to complement the specific make-up palette of his dolls.

Dolldom was in awe of the displays. Marta Wigstand models a Waves wig in sunny blonde.

A Magpie wigstand wears a classic Bob in black.

This Bettie wig in Mr. Versaw's signature yellow blonde tempted Mary so much that she decided to model it.

Mary is a blonde!

The Bettie wig in a deep red wine shade is the definition of seductive.

Mary modeled the style in a deep dark chocolate...

and then in a milk chocolate shade.

But then there was blue! Indigo blue!

And Mary modeled it too.

As we exited we noticed yet another wonderful style beckoning us to return to Mary Magpie's wig shop very soon.

To acquire your very own Mary Magpie doll and a wardrobe of 3-D printed wigs, visit her beautiful boutique. 

Mary Magpie wears jewelry by Joy Jarred's fabulous line Exsyntrik.