Sunday, September 10, 2017

Homenaje a Frida Kahlo

The magic of genius. What would the world be without the intellectual energies that produce art? Frida Kahlo is one of the 20th century's magnificent powers and Dolldom pays tribute to her work and legacy.

Julian S. Kalinowski and Liz Cole join forces and geniuses to give birth to this most sensational creation: a Sylvain doll - painted, coiffed, and dressed to honor the Mexican painter in some of her most iconic self-portraits.


“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.” - Frida Kahlo


“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” - Frida Kahlo


“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s - my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.” - Frida Kahlo


“Traté de ahogar mis penas... pero las condenadas aprendieron a nadar.” - Frida Kahlo


“No moon, sun, diamond, hands —
fingertip, dot, ray, gauze, sea,
pine green, pink glass, eye,
mine, eraser, mud, mother, I am coming.”  - Frida Kahlo


For more information on Sylvain, contact Mr. Julian Kalinowski
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Monday, September 4, 2017

Kitchen Cabaret: Find Out What’s Cooking with Julian Kalinowski’s S-Girls

Wilkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! 

It’s show time, ladies and gentlemen. And British doll maker Julian S. Kalinowski has quite the surprise for us waiting from behind the red velvet curtains. For his new line of hard plastic hand painted dolls, named the S-Girls, features three different face sculpts creating three distinct characters whose names all begin with S: Sable, Stella, and Sylvain. With them, Mr. Kalinowski, whose Séverine doll is now sold out and becoming much sought after in the secondary market, continues to prove that there is a whole sea of possibilities, completely unexplored, to express via dolls. 

But who are these women? Well, just like a master chef who knows who to marry the right herbs and spices to create a perfect sauce, Mr. Kalinowski has concocted a complimentary trio of sweet and savory personalities. But these characters transform via hand painting and are never one and the same. The Julian Kalinowski doll is always a OOAK creature as the artist works on each separately and never following a set face-up design. Each doll contains the essence of the moment in which the artist conceptualized and realized her. 

Mr. Kalinowski's dolls speak about being imperfect creatures with vices, virtues, disillusions and dreams, and as such, they show it in their unique hard vinyl selves. Join Sable, Sylvain, and Stella as they enact favorite fantasy scenarios- some sweet, some spicy, but none ever bland - all played out in their vintage eat-in kitchen. It’s the perfect recipe for fun. 


So What?
Chrome yellow blonde Sable wears a marabou peignoir by Debbie Farne Sang to fetch herself a Pop-Tart and a glass of bubbly.


Maybe This Time
Stella ponders if her special guest will come finally in a see-through blouse and black velveteen skirt by Liz Cole for Retros. Swarovski crystal belt by Joy Jarred.


Don’t Tell Mama
A platinum Sylvain leaves a tempting caramel cake on the table before going out in a sheath by Liz Cole for Retros. Gold gloves and scarf by Rosina Haskell.  


Mein Herr
Sable serves her homme du jour in playful chiffon and organza apron and bloomers by Clare Duncan. 


Tomorrow Belongs to Me
Raven haired Stella plans an impromptu getaway in a Tania Lawrence suit with faux fur collar and matching hood.


It Couldn’t Please Me More
Stella, in her signature side part bubble cut, checks her coconut flan for doneness in a flirty mini dress by Clare Duncan.  


Two Ladies
Before riding her steed, equestrienne Sylvain has a word with her well-suited twin sister. Jodhpurs by Tania Lawrence. Suit by Rosina Haskell.


Perfectly Marvelous
Sable contemplates her tea-time options in a colorful jersey sheath by Liz Cole for Retros. 


Close toYou

Why do birds suddenly appear
Every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you

Why do stars fall down from the sky
Every time you walk by?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you

"(They Long to Be) Close to You"by Burt Bacharach/Hal David

Dedicated to Anouk: Series 3!































Anouk: Series Three by Nav Sikand! 
Contact: Nav Sikand


Sunday, August 20, 2017

A Hopeful Type of Girl

La poupée mannequin Anouk continues to expand her world of fashion and fun. Her creator, Mr. Nav Sikand, shared news of her "Series Three" with Dolldom and we could not be happier to present the new and very fashionable "En vacances" collection. The concept is that Anouk, a French girl, in high school in London, is on her first tour of Europe and the clothing and doll designs are meant to evoke the glamour and excitement of her life.


Mr. Sikand explains: "Anouk "Series Three", while continuing in the classic tradition of Anouk as a re-imagining of a 60s toy, also sees a significant updating of the doll. Her sculpt and production remain the same, but her facial screening is very different. Her brows have been darkened and extended considerably. The blues of her eyes are more contrasting. The major change is her mouth, which is a much darker and vivid fuchsia pink. Anouk also has a Bardot-esque pout, giving her a slightly sultry look. Though she remains the charming gamine that all of her fans love. Anouk has two new hairstyles and hair shades: a side-part do and a top-knot ponytail and a new raven black and a platinum blonde with silver highlights. "Series Three" also marks the return of the long-haired Titian Anouk, absent from "Series Two". The black dolls also now sport the new raven shade." 


As for Anouk's message, Mr. Sikand adds: "I feel that in these turbulent times in which we live, there is something very important and appealing about things that remind of a simpler and relatively easier time of life. I try to project this optimism through Anouk and the context in which I present her."

Dolldom agrees that dolls like Anouk can bring enjoyment, solace, and delight to those lucky to collect them.

For more information, please visit Anouk's blog or contact Mr. Sikand.


Nothing like being on vacation. Anouk enjoys her tour of Europe!


"Rome" #0044 is a darling dress. Her rose heart necklace adds a sweet touch.


Time to enjoy nature and a delicious lunch al fresco and capture nature with her camera!


"Pique-nique" #0039 will be fantastic for a day at the ocean too!


Grand monuments from times-gone-by!


In "Sortie" #0045, Anouk is both elegant and comfortable.


A little maritime fun!


"Vacances" #0042 comes with binoculars and white cat eye sunglasses with blue lenses.


Mountain air!


"Helsinki" #0040 with its turtleneck and tights keeps Anouk warm and stylish.


City explorations!


"Cherbourg" #0037is a grand set comprised of coat, dress, and ever so delicate yellow hose and gloves.


Daytime elegance!


"Lycée a Londres" #0041 is classic 1960's style. Anouk is very fond of her silver necklace.


Sophistication in faux fur! Anouk is an animal lover!


"Frissons de Moscou" #0038 is another winner offering options for play and display.


Côtes du Rhône for all!


"Cocktail" #0046 is a must for any occasion requiring black!


Sparkling evening!


"Berlin" #0043 will take Anouk from theater to boîte de nuit!


Miniatures galore!



For more information, please visit Anouk's blog or contact Mr. Sikand.