Yves Saint Laurent Barbie dolls - a dream come true

We had been teased for quite a while with images of the Yves Saint Laurent dolls, mainly from the instagram account @barbiestyle . At the beginning they were supposedly OOAK dolls, then it emerged that they would enter production. And now, finally, they are here. Available to buy at Barbie.com (only the pink and black gown available) for $150,00 each and, in Paris, at the department store Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (not online). The release is in collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

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Let’s see what Mattel says about the collaboration:

With a shared passion for personal style, Barbie® honors French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent (b. 1936 - d. 2008), for his vast impact on women’s 20th century fashion. One of the greatest names in fashion history, Yves Saint Laurent invented the modern woman’s wardrobe: the pea-jacket and trenchcoat in 1962, the first tuxedo in 1966, the safari jacket and the pantsuit in 1967, and the first jumpsuit in 1968.

While constantly in search of simplicity, each collection was also a chance to bring his dreams to life. Fascinated by different cultures, nostalgic of a ‘lost time,’ he came up with dresses that transported the public to an imaginary elsewhere, from Russia to China, from India to Morocco. He also developed numerous garments directly referencing the artists he admired such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Vincent Van Gogh, and of course Piet Mondrian.

And now the dolls, one by one:

 

Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Doll Mondrian dress

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Paying homage to the visionary designer, Barbie® models Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Mondrian dress from the Autumn-Winter 1965 collection. The multi-colored knit dress recalls the Dutch artist’s sense of geometry, while a seamless patchwork and sleek back zipper reflect the designer’s keen attention to detail. Black heels with silvery buckles and pearly earrings finish the timeless look. This beautiful doll is presented in collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

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Collection: Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Dolls

Label: Platinum Label®

Designer: Linda Kyaw

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Body Type: Model Muse

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Fashion: Multi-colored geometric knit dress, pearly earrings, black heels

Eyelashes: Painted

Fashion Sewn On?: No

Included with doll: Earrings, dress, shoes, doll stand

Doll Stand: Yes

Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 16/9/5

Package Weight: 5.0706 lbs

SKU #: GCM97

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I have been writing it time and time again but nothing changes - and it does not seem it ever will. Charging $150 for non-articulated dolls is preposterous. If Mattel cared about collector dolls, I mean really cared, they would have created a good articulated body, an evolution of their early pivotal one for example, to use for special dolls like these, that could be made to pose elegantly in a variety of poses as befits their high fashion style. Instead, one gets the Model Muse body, immovable, frozen like a statue, doing no service to the exquisite clothes it is wearing.

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And yes, this is a gorgeous dress, not only being a miniature YSL dress but being faithful to the original. It is made of separate pieces making up the Mondrian pattern instead of a print, just like the real one was. The dress is lined and the quality is good. The detailed earrings and specially designed shoes complete it perfectly. More about the gorgeous box at the end of the post.

 

Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Doll Safari Jacket

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Paying homage to the visionary designer, Barbie® models Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic 1968 safari jacket. This garment was specifically created for Vogue (Paris) for a spread in their magazine. The desert-hued, front-laced safari jacket, which is inspired by clothing of westerners in Africa, includes a stylish hip-hugging O-ring belt. It’s a fresh, modernized look that features black knee-length shorts, jaunty sueded boots, and is topped with a floppy, fringed bush hat. This beautiful doll is presented in collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

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Collection: Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Dolls

Label: Platinum Label®

Designer: Linda Kyaw

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Body Type: Model Muse

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Fashion: Safari jacket, knee-length shorts, suede boots

Eyelashes: Painted

Fashion Sewn On?: No

Included with doll: Hat, earrings, boots, belt, blouse, shorts, doll stand

Doll Stand: Yes

Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 18/7/11

Package Weight: 5.0706 lbs

SKU #: FJH71

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What a gorgeous rendition! The jacket is almost perfect, a fantastic recreation of the original, made famous in the iconic Verushka image, photographed for Vogue in 1968 (photo by Franco Rubartelli). Attention to detail is again good, with fabric boots and hat. Pity the Karl sculpt is not a match for Verushka’s face - I think each doll should have had a different sculpt.

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Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Doll Paris gown

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Paying homage to the visionary designer, Barbie® models Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic ‘Paris’ evening gown from 1983. A ruched pink satin bodice culminates in the back with an oversized pink satin bow, while luxurious black velvet drapes to the floor with an elegant slit. Black pumps, red and black rhinestone bracelets and earrings, and an iridescent statement necklace are the finishing touches to this glamourous look. This beautiful doll is presented in collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

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Collection: Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Dolls

Label: Platinum Label®

Designer: Linda Kyaw

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Body Type: Model Muse

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Fashion: Evening gown with a ruched pink satin bodice, oversized satin bow, black pumps

Eyelashes: Painted

Fashion Sewn On?: No

Included with doll: Bracelets, earrings, necklace, doll stand

Doll Stand: Yes

Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 18/7/11

Package Weight: 5.0706 lbs

SKU #: FPV66

The Paris gown photographed by Gilles Tapie in 1983

The Paris gown photographed by Gilles Tapie in 1983

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This is the only doll still available at the Barbie.com shop, so run if you want it. For me it is the least desirable from the trio, but still want to get it. Would have liked to see another iconic YSL dress though, from his later years, or even better the “Le Smoking” tuxedo.

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Special mention goes to the box design, with the logo of the museum at the front and the Yves Saint Laurent info and photo inside, plus the fabric ribbon tie (like the Poppy Parker older boxes). Great job Mattel. I wish I could afford these. 

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Integrity Toys Luxe Life 2018 Convention: the W Club luncheon

Saturday always begins with the W Club luncheon. Club members got to see the Lilith Blair centerpiece doll (and many the chance to buy her) and received her twin sister Eden Blair doll, both designed by Jessy Ayala.
Carol Roth hosted a Q & A panel on stage with the Integrity Toys design team, where Club members' questions were answered.


Item # 82106

Afterglow

Lilith Blair™ Centerpiece Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

W Club Luncheon Exclusive

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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Am I the only one that not going gaga every time the twins make their ubiquitous appearance either as a club exclusive or a convention doll? Probably so. I love the brows on this one, combined with the tan skin tone they make her look fab. 

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 Item # 82107

Public Adoration

Eden Blair™ Giveaway Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

W Club Luncheon Exclusive

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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Saint Laurent vibes. Not crazy about the pink hair. They look washed out. 

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All dolls pictured in these photos are prototypes; final colors and textures may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2018 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

Integrity Toys Luxe Life 2018 Convention: the highly anticipated Menswear Collection Launch did not live up to the hype.

Friday afternoon at the convention continued with more shopping and workshops, but many convention guests (and many more not attending the convention) were eagerly anticipating the Menswear Collection Launch Event and Party. The new Hommes body and line have been in the pipeline for many years (five if I’m not mistaken) so everyone that collected the Male Integrity Toys dolls were holding their breath. The importance was such that the reveal had  replaced the very popular Friday night bazaar and masquerade ball.

Unfortunately, even thoug guests got to hear about the design and inspiration behind the newest line, named The Monarchs, from Integrity Toys designer Vaughn Sawyers. All attendees received the Undercover Declan Wake Male Doll. !More information on this hot new line will be revealed to W Club members by email, and some prototypes were shown on a slideshow, with one also sent by email to Club members that is under strict no-show order. There was no centerpiece for the event, just an empty acrylic base with the new line logo, that was raffled instead. One can imagine how disappointed people were, as they were expecting to be able to purchase a dressed male doll from the new line, as the convention package mentioned. The doll was nowhere to be seen. Because of that mishap, the unveil lasted only a short time and the only information people managed to get out from Vaughn was that attendees would get first dibs on a dressed male doll sometime soon.


Item # 21008

Undercover

Declan Wake™ Fashion Figure

The Monarchs™ Homme Collection

2018 Luxe Life Convention Exclusive

Edition Size: 500 Dolls

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The doll shown was offered to everyone who attended the launch event for "The Monarchs". The formal introduction to the new line will take place later this winter, with a full reveal of the new storyline, characters and looks.

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So this is the body that took Integrity Toys five years to redesign. Other than making it skinnier and more defined, I do not see an actual improvement over the old one. No improved articulation, no better neck joint. Cosmetic changes are all nice and well, but real redesign should have made for a better articulated body, with a neck allowing male dolls to move their heads better and make them look more expressive.

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None of the old, first wave of Hommes will be part of the new lin up: no Pierre, Francisco, Darius or Takeo. Which is a pity to hear, as they are very special and beautiful sculpts. I’m a Declan fan but this looks like his best ever version too much to be considered great. His hairstyle does not help - it looks like some third rate Mediterranean lover boy would sport while out cruising the tourist traps. Easy pass. And no, having a semblance of a penis will not make a doll better. Nice bag though - the big one. The other can simply disappear into the eighties it came from.

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 All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2018 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

Integrity Toys Luxe Life 2018 Convention: Poppy Parker Luncheon

Friday began with shopping and workshops. Then, it was time for the annual Poppy Parker luncheon. Guests were greeted with the Snow Stopper Poppy Parker as the centerpiece doll. And, as is the norm, everyone received Lemon Frost Poppy Parker. Let’s check them out.

Item # PP144

Snow Stopper

Poppy Parker™ Centerpiece Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Table Centerpiece

Edition Size: 450 Dolls

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Apart from the over the top coat, the rest of the doll looks amazing. Great colours (except the orange eyebrows) and make up for the doll, nice outfit with gorgeous accessories as well. 

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Item # PP145

Lemon Frost

Poppy Parker™ Giveaway Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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Again I’m not too crazy about the coat but dress and doll look beautiful. Attendees also got lots of information about next year’s Poppy Parker line that will be a new wave of spy Poppies, this time in Brazil.  

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All dolls pictured in these photos are prototypes; final colors and textures may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2018 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing

Integrity Toys Luxe Life 2018 Convention: Style Lab

This year's Style Lab concept centres around  Tulabelle True™ as she helps promote the new Rufus Blue™ fashion label called MISS BEHAVE. Each doll in the Style Lab is sold nude and outfits are sold separately, as always. What’s new this year is that every doll and each outfit include a bonus "build-a-doll" component that allows people who buy the entire collection to build an additional, complete Poppy Parker dressed doll when the entire collection is purchased. More further down in the post. Let’s see the 2018 MISS BEHAVE Style Lab Collection

Item # 88037

Gavin Grant™ Doll

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

Wearing

Item # 88045

Graphic Content Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Item # 88038

Rufus Blue™ Doll

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

Wearing

Item # 88046

Punk Rock Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Item # 88039

Janay® Doll

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

Wearing

Item # 88047

Not Your Puppet Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Item # 88040

Alysa® Doll

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

Wearing

Item # 88048

Hot Chick Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included)

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Item # 88041

Jade® Doll

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450
Wearing

Item # 88049

Soft Focus Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Item # 88042

Lark Lawrence™ Doll

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450
Wearing

Item # 88050

Cherry Bomb Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Item # 88043

Ellery Eames™ Doll

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450
Wearing

Item # 88051

Glitterazi Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Item # 88044

Hollis Hughes™ Doll

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450
Wearing

Item # 88052

The Remix Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Item # 88055

Bellamy Blue™ Fashion Figure

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450
Wearing

Item # 88057

Amplified Male Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Item # 88054

Milo Montez™ Fashion Figure

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450
Wearing

Item # 88056

Metal Head Male Fashion

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 450
(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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This year’s collection also includes two accessory packs, which, when combined, create a complete additional fashion for the girls. While they create another look for the dolls, these two accessory packs are sold separately and do not include components to create the secret Poppy Parker doll.


Item # 88058

Top This Accessory Pack

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 350

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Item # 88059

Skirt the Issues Accessory Pack

2018 THE INDUSTRY™ Style Lab: The Miss Behave Collection

Edition size: 350

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The Poppy Parker Build-A-Doll:


As explained when this year's Style Lab was first announced, those who purchased the entire Style Lab collection receive the added bonus of being able to complete an entire dressed doll free of charge for the first time ever. Collect all of the components and you get to own an exclusive Poppy Parker doll. Poppy comes with two lower sets of legs and two pairs of shoes.

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Note: All dolls pictured in these photos are prototypes; final colors and textures may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2018 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved.Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing