Anna Sui Japan does Barbie as part of her Swinging Tokyo Collection!

Anna Sui, the well known US fashion designer, has launched a new project called "SWINGING TOKYO". Taking inspiration from the 1960s London street culture "Swinging London", which is the origin of her creation, she proposes a fashion that can be enjoyed freely and urbanely for the next generation of Tokyo. In this project, she initiated a collaboration with various other creatives. From May 1st, 2019 (Wednesday), sales begin at Isetan Shinjuku and the official online shop (Japan).

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One of the project’s collections is a collaboration with Barbie. There are four types of dolls combined with an outfit designed by Anna Sui and an original mug, comprising a set of Barbie Doll and Anna Sui collection-ware that will be cherished by all ages. The combination of the catchy and girly world of both brands is a must-see for fans. Each set is sold for ¥21,600 (about US$194.00). There are some T-shirts too. The title below and all information are translated from the Japanese site.

Barbie and Girlish Chemical Reaction Collection 

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According to the Japanese website, special items created from the "SWINGING TOKYO" project will start being sold sequentially at the Isetan Shinjuku Store and Anna Sui Official Online Shop from Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. I could not find any Barbie items online yet. The price is expensive for the doll quality: it is just a $5.00 play line doll repackaged in a Sui branded box. You do get an Anna Sui dress with her plus the mug but $190.00 for these is just too much. Remember that a Barbie collector designer doll is usually $100-150. And they are very limited. I wouldn’t pay even half the price for those sets, knowing of probably discard the doll. My favourite is the black dress with the bow. And for that price, they could have given each set a differently coloured mug, no?

© All photos 2019 Mattel. All Rights Reserved.

 

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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The Iris Apfel Barbie dolls are coming!

Back in March of this year, Mattel made a Barbie doll to honour Iris Apfel, the fashion icon extraordinaire that has defined her own particular look of multicoloured chic for ages. That was an OOAK doll but it was announced that a series of dolls would follow. And here they are, making their fist appearance at HSN online store, as part of her Rara Avis (rare bird) Collection. They look very Iris, even though the original OOAK had a better outfit. Each costs $30,00 and I’ll try to get them when they appear in shops selling outside the US. Below are the first photos and descriptions of the two dolls as they appear on HSN. 

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Barbie® Dolls Iris Apfel Jacquard Look Doll

Chic. Inspirational. Original. Iconic! This must-have Barbie® doll captures the style and spirit of design legend Iris Apfel in all her glory. From her signature specs to her sophisticated suit, she's sure to become a favorite collectable for Barbie®lovers of all ages.

What You Get

  • Barbie® Doll - Includes glasses, medallion necklace, chain necklace, 2 cuffs, 4 bangles and loafers
  • Doll stand
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Contains small parts
  • For ages 6 and up

Doll measures: Approx. 11"L

Country of Origin: Indonesia

Features

Styled by Iris Apfel

  • Celebrate the vitality, wit and unwavering fashion sense of a true original
  • One of the most dynamic personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles and interior design, Iris Apfel is a genuine fashion icon
  • With looks from the designer's Rara Avis collection
  • Doll wears a floral-patterned brocade suit with striped blouse, plus a bright lip
  • Chic accessories include Iris' signature oversized black glasses and layered necklaces and bracelets
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Barbie® Dolls Iris Apfel Faux Fur Doll

Chic. Inspirational. Original. Iconic! This must-have Barbie® doll captures the style and spirit of design legend Iris Apfel in all her glory. From her signature specs to her faux fur vest and statement-making pants, she's sure to become a favorite collectable for Barbie® lovers of all ages.

What You Get

  • Barbie® Doll - Includes glasses, medallion necklace, chain necklace, 2 cuffs, 4 bangles and loafers
  • Doll stand
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Contains small parts
  • For ages 6 and up

Doll measures: Approx. 11"L

Country of Origin: Indonesia

Features

Styled by Iris Apfel

  • Celebrate the vitality, wit and unwavering fashion sense of a true original
  • One of the most dynamic personalities in the worlds of fashion, textiles and interior design, Iris Apfel is a genuine fashion icon
  • With looks from the designer's Rara Avis collection
  • Doll wears a multi-hued faux fur vest over a black turtleneck and fringed bell bottoms, plus a bright lip
  • Chic accessories include Iris' signature oversized black glasses, a multi-strand "pearl" necklace and bracelet cuff
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Above is the OOAK Iris Apfel doll pictured with another OOAK Barbie wearing Gucci and styled like Iris. 

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Above is Iris and her doll miniature at her Accidental Icon book presentation back in spring 2018.  Book and OOAK doll shown below.

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Rodarte designs for Barbie - but it’s not for sale

Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy are the latest designers working with @BarbieStyle to create OOAK designs, inspired from their Spring 2018 collection. W magazine reported:

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"We were very excited as we have always loved Barbie," said Kate Mulleavy. Added Laura, "We always loved all of her accessories, especially her shoes. We played with the dolls [growing up] and made fashion collections for them all the time! We even created runway shows with our Barbie dolls."

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Rodarte used four designs from their spring 2018 collection that was shown in Paris in June 2017. Then they worked with the Mattel team to choose looks and fabrications that would translate in doll scale. The dolls modeling the outfits use different body types and skin colors.

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The designs, debuted Wednesday on @BarbieStyle's Instagram account. I love the attention to detail, even down to the miniature baby-breaths as used in the real runway. The dolls are one-of-a-kind and not available for purchase. Would you like to see them produced?

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All doll photos by Mattel. Runway photos from Vogue Runway, Kim WestonArnold / Indigital.tv 

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The traditional Net-A-Porter debacle goes live once again with a new Jason Wu doll and his perfume

A few days ago, W Club members received information about a new Jason Wu exclusive in collaboration with Net-A-Porter: an offer of the Jason Wu Perfume with a limited edition Elyse Jolie doll, dressed in the designer’s gown that Lily Aldridge, the face of the fragrance campaign, was wearing in last year’s CFDA Awards. I’m not crazy about either doll or dress (she’s like a pale version of Séduisante Elyse) and with the price it comes with, it was the easiest pass ever. More below.

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The doll went live today in most Net-A-Porter websites in Europe but not Asia (apart from Nepal it seems) and certainly not in the USA, causing much grief and causing lots of conversations in forums online from disgruntled doll collectors not being able to get a doll. The doll/perfume combo means no air shipping, causing problems with ordering if you live in a country that cannot receive packages with ground shipping from the respective Net-A-Porter warehouse. Price of the combo? $380 US, or £292 UK still available at time of writing this post. There was an email from the W Club informing members that the US Net-A-Porter website has not put up the doll yet and is unclear when that will be, maybe later tonight or tomorrow.

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The W Club secured a second version of the doll, with blonde hair, for a members only lottery this September. The catch: overseas members have to pay the full set price but never receive their bottle of perfume due to the airmail restrictions. The club gives options for members to ship to a US address so that the full package can be sent but no way to sent it directly overseas. The easy way would have been, since this is a special version of the set for W Club members only, to make the set available with or without the perfume, or with a special coupon to get the fragrance from a shop in the members country. 

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This is a description of the offer: “To celebrate the exclusive launch of the Jason Wu Fragrance on NET-A-PORTER, designer Jason Wu created a limited-edition scented doll wearing a replica of the point d'esprit tulle gown embroidered with Swarovski crystals and worn by Lily Aldridge, the face of the Jason Wu Fragrance campaign, to the 2017 CFDA Awards.  Only available through NET-A-PORTER, the NET-A-PORTER x Jason Wu doll will be sold with a 3oz Jason Wu fragrance starting on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018”.

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And Jason Wu said: “I love the idea of immersing my worlds: doll design, fashion, and beauty. All three worlds are authentic to me and I’m excited to integrate all of my loves into one project with one of my greatest partners, NET-A-PORTER.” Exclusively created just for this special offer, the packaging perfectly matches with the fragrance and is even scented with the delicate scent of the Jason Wu fragrance. Which could be cause for worry to those suffer from allergies. 

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Doll specs:

12-inch/1:6 scale, fully articulated, scented vinyl collectible doll with velvet touch finish, rooted hair, delicately hand-applied eyelashes. Includes gown, shoes, jewelry and a doll scaled miniature replica of the Jason Wu fragrance bottle prop (this is a doll accessory only and the miniature does not contain fragrance). The doll cannot stand alone and certain poses may require hand support. A doll stand is included. For adult collectors ages 15 and up. Sold in tandem with a full-sized, 3oz bottle of the Jason Wu Fragrance.

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Edition Size -300 dolls (Brunette version, exclusive to NAP starting on August 15th, 2018)

and 225 (Blond version, exclusive to the W Club via right-to-buy lottery in September 2018)

For Jason Wu 3oz Fragrance specs, please see the NET-A-PORTER website.

As always, the doll pictured is a prototype. Final colors and textures may vary slightly in final production.

ALLERGY ALERT
This doll's package is scented with JASON WU Fragrance oil (contained in a hidden scent pad inside a compartment of the packaging). Please take careful note of this if you have allergies or are sensitivitie to fragrance.

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NET-A-PORTER EXCLUSIVE VERSION(applies to the brunette version only):

  • Price is $380 for doll & 3oz fragrance (fragrance and doll not sold separately);
  • The plan was that the offer was expected to go live on NET-A-PORTER.com on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018, 7:00 am ET as a target, however we now know this never happened (the original date of release was supposed to be the 13th and it changed, often retailers don’t follow their release plans exactly). Please check their site at your discretion, since previous offers have gone up early as well.
  • There will be severe shipping limitations due to the presence of the fragrance in the set, as fragrance is considered flammable goods, which cannot be shipped internationally via air. THIS OFFER IS RESTRICTED TO MOST US AND CANADIAN LOCATIONS, as well as select other locations where NAP has physical warehouses (i.e., the UK and Hong Kong). Unfortunately, NET-A-PORTER cannot ship this set internationally; exact shipping information will be available on the site once the offer goes live.
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 Here is the blurb and photos from the Net-A-Porter website. There does not seem to be a special packaging with both perfume and doll, but separate boxes for each:

“Part of a collaboration with renowned perfumer Frank Voelkl, Jason Wu's Eau de Parfum is created to evoke a sense of nostalgia - it's expertly blended with Jasmine Sambac which reminds the designer of his childhood memories in Taiwan, where he would pick the flowers from a neighbor's stone wall. The blend of fresh Pink Pepper and Fig top notes are balanced by a woody silky Musk base. Fans of integrity toys will love the included doll, dressed in a replica of the crystal-embellished gown worn by Lily Aldridge to the 2017 CFDA Awards. The limited-edition figure is beautifully detailed with hand-applied eyelashes and carefully rooted glossy hair.

- Doll comes with miniature platform sandals, crystal earrings and perfume bottle
- Can be attached to Perspex stand
- Packaging is scented with Jason Wu fragrance”

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Let’s see the blonde version, identical in all but the hair colour.

W CLUB EXCLUSIVE VERSION

(applies to the blond version only)

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As a special courtesy to W Club members, particularly given the shipping restrictions from his retail partner, Jason has created a special W Club exclusive hair color variation of the doll and fragrance set, which will be offered via a right-to-buy lottery this coming September. Retail Price will be $380 for doll & 3oz fragrance plus shipping (fragrance and doll not sold separately).

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Shipping limitations will apply for international Club members: Unfortunately, due to postal restrictions, please be aware that it will not be possible to ship a package that contains fragrance to an international destination using any air mail methods. For this reason, when the time comes for the W Club right-to-buy lottery to occur in September, The club will offer international members different options:

1- Ship the full set to a US/Canadian Address via UPS ground only;

2- Forfeit the perfume (but still pay full price of the offer), in which case we will be able to ship worldwide using regular shipping methods;

3- Have the doll shipped to you directly (as per point 2 above) and have the fragrance shipped separately to a US/Canadian address of your choice via UPS Ground.

Below are some photos of Lily Aldridge and Jason Wu from the CFDA 2017 Awards., plus the main perfume campaign image.

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So did you try to get one? Let me know in the comments.

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