Christian Siriano shrinks some of his most famous dresses to Barbie’s size

Christian Siriano, probably the only Project Runway alumnus who has made a name for himself, is the latest designer to collaborate with Mattel: he translated some of his most famous dresses in Barbie size. Known for his inclusiveness, he did not shy away from using every available Barbie body type and different skin colours for the dolls wearing his one of a kind creations. The five ensembles are below.

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Four of them were worn by famous stars on the red carpet or for a photo shoot, while the fifth one is from one of his latest collections. Let’s check them out one by one.

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First Up,is the red number he did for Leslie Jones, when no one else would give her a gown to wear for the Ghostbusters premiere in July 2016. Siriano graciously accepted to dress her and wou can see the real outfit below the doll photo. Pity thatbthe Doll does not have the same jewellery or bag Ms. Jones was wearing. It is an OOAK doll people, pile it on! Jones photo from Elle UK.

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Next is a gown worn by Sarah Jessica Parker for a photo shoot with Marie Claire. Boring does not even begin to describe it. She was photographed by Tesh for the US edition in September 2011 and it was also in many international editions of the magazine that Fall, making the cover in South Africa and Hungary. Parker photo from Siriano’s website.

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The third dress is again a red carpet appearance. The actress Sarah Hyland wore it at the 2014 Emmy Awards. It reminds me a lot of Mizrahi outfits but without the chutzpah. Hyland photo by Peoples Choice.

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The fourth outfit looks like a variation of the previous one, different skirt colour and material. This is the most recent one, from the designer’s 2018:resort collection. Fashion photo courtesy of Christian Siriano.

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And last, but not least, anothervred caret outfit. This one was worn by Solange Knowles at a gala during Art Basel 2016. Easily the best of the bunch, both in Doll and human size.

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Apart from the Solange outfit, the rest look like something any little girl can do with fabric scraps found at home. No design, no shape, no style. It does not help that the real fashions on which the doll clothes are based are devoid of any kind of style or inspiration themselves. Simplicity is hard to design and even harder to translate to doll size.

All doll photos courtesy of Mattel.

Alta Moda Karolin Stone by Salvador Lopez Arriaga

During last year's Supermodel Integrity Toys convention in Chicago, the Official Integrity Toys Advanced Design competition took place and the winner was the very talented Salvador Lopez Arriaga with "Alta Moda" Karolin Stone™. Now, that creation is becoming available to everyone for purchase through the W Club (for members) and IT Direct (general public). The original design has undergone adjustments to make it fit for production while preserving its original spirit. W Club Members get a special pricing of $135.00 US versus the general public, who will be able to purchase this doll for $145.00 US. Furthermore, Club members can preorder earlier and as many dolls as they want. The link will be available soon. Deadline is 19th of September.

Update: link to preorder for the public:  http://www.integritytoys.com/shop20/alta-moda-public-pre-order-link.html

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Item #82089

Alta Moda

Karolin Stone™ Dressed Doll

The NU. FACE™ Collection

2016 Design Competition Winner

Edition Size: TBD

Estimated Delivery: Spring 2018

W Club Only Retail Price: $135.00 US + Shipping and Handling

General Public Retail Price: $145.00 US + Shipping and Handling

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Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt: Karolin Stone™

Body: NF 3.0

Foot Sculpt: High-heeled

Skin Tone: Japan

Hair Color: Platinum Champagne Mix

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No 

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Karolin Stone is a 12.5-inch fully articulated fashion doll with rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes. Karolin wears a creation by design Salvador Lopez Arriaga, the winner of the 2016 Integrity Toys Design challenge. The ensemble is composed of a two-piece suit that features a structured waist length jacket, cut in an oversized houndstooth pattern and black trousers. The look is completed with an oversized bow-shaped headdress, custom-made houndstooth jewelry, spiked heels and a contrasting red purse. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.

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It hink the original looks better (see below), especially regarding the cut of the jacket at the top of the sleeves and the shape of its front. I also think she needs red strong lips with this black and white style - remember Opium Ayumi? Other than that she looks great and if I was in a better financial state I'd grab her. Maybe later. I love her jewellery set, it is always great to see new designs used. Salvador should be proud. Congratulations to him!

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Alain Tremblay from Integrity Toys did an interview with Salvador, in which we learned that the inspiration for this design was Salvador's mother in the 80s but updated for now. He wanted versatility with mix and match pieces. Although one would not guess from this outfit, his favourite era in fashion is the 70s with their luxurious hair and glamorous fashions. He says Olivia Newton-John rocked the era's look and that made me like him that much more. His favourite IT characters are Nu Face models like Karoline but he's beginning to shift to Fashion Royalty ladies now.

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Note: Please note that the doll, clothes and accessories pictured in the photos are prototypes and as always, final production colors and textures may vary slightly. 

All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2017 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. NU. Face and all other character marks followed by ™ or ® are trademarks of Integrity Toys, Inc. Chesapeake City MD USA 21915. All rights reserved. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.

Doll Photography by Jayme Thornton

Layouts, Graphics and 3D renderings by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

Metamorphosis - the second W Club doll from Integrity Toys

Yesterday the W Club members received news of the second (of five) Club doll of the year. Everyone was happy to discover that it was another addition to the extremely popular Heirloom Nu Face collection, designed by the talented Jesse Ayala. Metamorphosis Erin Salston is a gorgeous doll with two outfits. The first, a flowery print flowing gown, reminds me a lot of Giambattista Valli's couture dresses, with the asymmetrical skirt, the butterfly crown (that's the heirloom) and the flower print. The second one is a more minimal and streamlined look by Alexander Vauthier's Spring/Summer 2017 collection that juxtaposes casual (jean shorts) with glamour (long asymmetrical dress). I think that Jessie combined elements from two Vauthier tops in this one. Photos from possible inspirations accompany the respective outfits. Remember, preorder for W Club members ends on September 8th!

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Item # 82088

Metamorphosis

Erin Salston™ Dressed Doll Gift Set

The Heirloom Collection

2017 W Club Exclusive

Edition Size:TBA

Estimated Arrival: Early Spring 2018

Pricing: (Limit of one per W Club membership) $175.00 US +S & H

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The gift set is gorgeous. I like Erin's sculpt and I do not yet own a brunette one so she will be the one. The face screening and ski tone match perfectly and the braid is stylish yet versatile. The outfits are both gorgeous and with their original inspirations coming from very favourite designers, which is a plus in my book. The only thing missing is a bag. For this price, it should have been included.  

Giambattista Valli Couture Autumn/Winter 2017. Photo: Yiannis Vlamos/indigital.tv

Giambattista Valli Couture Autumn/Winter 2017. Photo: Yiannis Vlamos/indigital.tv

Giambattista Valli Couture Autumn/Winter 2016. Photo: Yiannis Vlamos/indigital.tv


Giambattista Valli Couture Autumn/Winter 2016. Photo: Yiannis Vlamos/indigital.tv

Giambattista Valli Couture Autumn/Winter 2015. Photo: Yiannis Vlamos/ indigitalimages.com


Giambattista Valli Couture Autumn/Winter 2015. Photo: Yiannis Vlamos/ indigitalimages.com

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Doll Tech Specs:

Head Sculpt:ERIN 2.0

Body:NU. FACE 3.0

Foot Sculpt: HIGH-HEELED

Skin Tone:HUNGARIAN

Hair Color:MIDNIGHT BROWN

Eyelashes:Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch:No

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Sinuhe Guzman pointed out to me that the upper part of this Giambattista Valli Autumn/Winter 2016 Prêt-à-Porter dress looks like the one Erin is wearing. 

Sinuhe Guzman pointed out to me that the upper part of this Giambattista Valli Autumn/Winter 2016 Prêt-à-Porter dress looks like the one Erin is wearing. 

 UPDATE: Stephanie Daniel-Walker from the W Club found another dress that looks a lot like Erin's: it is a Monique Lhuillier dress from her Resort 2018 collection: 

Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuiller

Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuiller

Erin Salston is a 12.5-inch fully articulated fashion doll with fully rooted, long braided hair. This gift set includes a layered custom printed chiffon gown and a second outfit composed of a one-sleeved white satin top that features a floor-length train, coupled with  denim micro-shorts. The set also includes a golden butterfly crown, jewelry and two pairs of shoes. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included. A W Club members-only exclusive. 

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Alexander Vauthier Spring/Summer 2017 Couture collection  - photo Marcus Tondo /indigital.tv from Vogue Runway

Alexander Vauthier Spring/Summer 2017 Couture collection  - photo Marcus Tondo /indigital.tv from Vogue Runway

Alexander Vauthier Spring/Summer 2017 Couture collection  - photo Marcus Tondo/ indigital.tv 

Alexander Vauthier Spring/Summer 2017 Couture collection  - photo Marcus Tondo/ indigital.tv 

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Please note that the doll, clothes and accessories pictured in the photo are prototypes and as always, final production colors and textures may vary slightly. All doll photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2017 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.

NU. FACE and all other character marks followed by ™ or ® are trademarks of Integrity Toys, Inc. Chesapeake City MD USA 21915. All rights reserved. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.

Doll Photography, Layouts, Graphics and 3D renderings by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

Gene Marshall is being retired - again!

 Gene Marshall, the gorgeous and iconic creation of Mel Odom, has had a long and tumultuous history since her debut in 1995. From her Ashton Drake decade to the short but beautiful Integrity Toys evolution to the resin reincarnation at JAMIEshow dolls, Gene Marshall has always shined as the bright star she is, bringing joy to many fashion doll collectors with her district style and elegance. Unfortunately, in the latest JAMIEshow newsletter, we got the news that next year she will be retired again. Below is the text, announcing the 2018 convention in Palm Springs, which contains the news.

Photograph and styling by Tom Logan from The Glass Of Fashion - JAMIEshow doll. Wig by Ilaria.

Photograph and styling by Tom Logan from The Glass Of Fashion - JAMIEshow doll. Wig by Ilaria.

JAMIEshow Dolls PALM SPRINGS 2018 Convention  A Fashion Retrospective & Farewell to Gene

Join us in February 2018 for the 5th JAMIEshow Convention in beautiful Palm Springs, California.

Join us for a Fashion Retrospective celebrating the glory days of Palm Springs’ movie society.  Along with a dazzling JAMIEshow line we will be celebrating Gene and Friends in different decades throughout the 20th century.  We will also be saying a farewell for now to Gene, as she retires once again to her home in Italy.  This will be the last production of JAMIEshow Gene Dolls offered and a not to be missed event.   Although JAMIEshow will continue to produce accessories that can be worn on Gene and Friends, including wigs, shoes, outfits and accessories there will be no more regularly scheduled dolls after this event.  A planned museum retrospective in the foreseeable future might happily be the exception to this rule. 

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You can visit the website for more information, like the schedule below:

CONVENTION SCHEDULE

  • Registration includes, one convention doll, you will choose at registration whether you want the Gene Family or JAMIEshow Family Convention doll, the other will still be availalbe to you to purchase at the event.  It also includes.

  • Cocktail Party "At the Cha Cha"  Opening night cocktail party where we will all meet mingle and dance the night away!

  • Pool Party, thats right a Pool Party for those who want to take a dip or just sip a drink and mix and mingle.

  • Tour of Modernism and Architecture.  This tour will be available for sign up at the event.  Participation not required. Extra fee may apply.

  • Sales Room with lots of offerings including new wigs, and new dolls!  All dolls will be available to take home at event and are limtited to small quantities.

  • Grand Banquet Dinner "A Farewell to Gene"  as we say goodbye to Gene, Mel Odom who will be our guest throughout the event share his thoughts on and the future of Gene.

  • Breakfast in the Garden, a buffet breakfast poolside at one of the fabulous outdoor restaurants.

  • As always our special guest Mel Odom will be joinging us for the weekend.

JAMIEshow photo

JAMIEshow photo

It will be nine years from her previous retirement, when she is retired for a third time next year. Will it be for good? I hope not. Gene Marshall is a very important part of the fashion doll,history and I would like to have her with us for many more years to come.

Barbie and Missguided team up to sell out!

Barbie has collaborated many times with fashion brands in order to sell clothes or cosmetics - hey, they even sell their own fashions! Their latest collaboration is with global brand Missguided. It launched with the Barbie x Missguided collection, featuring jeans, cameo and millennial pink.  As Missguided mentioned on their website: "Barbie is THE ultimate female icon and her message is that girls can be anything they want. Our #babesofmissguided’s possibilities are endless, this is for the badass babes who can do anything".

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The collection sold out in the first 24 hours - all 43 pieces of it! The company announced they will be re-stocking soon, so if you are interested, go to their website and sign up,for their newsletter.  

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Of course they could not pass by the opportunity to make some Barbie sized outfits as well! No mention anywhere if theaw dolls will be released for sale, but after the success of the real clothes, who knows? Let's see the dolls one by one, as each has a distinct look, character and role in the Missguided team. The dolls were created by the super talented Magia2000 duo, Mario Paglino and Gianni Grossi.

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The Artworker Barbie is the art director of the bunch. Looks appropriately creative. 

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The real life version of Artworker. 

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Photographer Barbie, best of the bunch. Love the hair and sunglasses. She does have a camera, which makes her the only one of the team with appropriate tools for her trade. 

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Real life version very close to the doll one. 

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PR and Events Barbie looks a bit too teeny bopper for this kind of job.  

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The real skirt looks much better than the miniature version. Plus jewellery! 

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Social Media Barbie  does not have any kind of mobile device to justify her title. How is she going to post on Instagram with those headphones?

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Her real life counterpart does not seem to care about posting on social media either. 

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Creative Conceptualist Barbie gets so thirsty when thinking about campaigns and promotions that she has a water bottle with her. 

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Would you like to see these dolls get a commercial release? 

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All photos courtesy of Mattel and Missguided.