December to remember - a special invitation by Tonner Doll

Tonner Doll sent out today an invitation for a sale event at Best Western Plus in Kingston, NY, something they have done before. This time though they are clearing house, so they will be selling lots of prototype dolls. Full information in their text, below:

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Dear Friends!


We're inviting YOU to an "Event" quite unlike anything we've ever hosted before!

Here's a bit of what's to come...
On Thursday, November 15, 2018, in just three days...we will send out an email with registration information (and a link) for signing up for this "Once in a Lifetime Opportunity."  Regonline is our hosting site for you to "sign" up as we've done for all our events in the past.  PLEASE NOTE, and READ CAREFULLY HERE, the registration will begin at 12 Noon Eastern time on Thursday, November 15, 2018th.  Once registration is complete (125 people maximum) we will conduct a lottery and assign entrance numbers to everyone.  Once you arrive and check in begins you'll receive your name badge and entry number and line up accordingly.  Ooooh, and the excitement begins!
For what you ask...

As you can see from the "snippets" below through images, we've collected quite an array of items over the years to rival even the most compulsive saver.  BUT we're turning over a new leaf and YOU get an opportunity to "peek into the Bat Cave" and take your pick from...
Never produced samples, assortments of dolls, and bodies, line products, pre-production samples, patterns, wigs, and outfits
Can you say TONS of fabric, swatch bags, trims, flowers, bits, bobs, beads, baubles and more
How about LIFE SIZE Robert Tonner Fashion Line Clothing (with a private tent for trying on)
Costumes from Conventions even, and perhaps holiday decorations
Doll furniture, props, foamboard/posters of your favorite characters, stands, bags, and books 
Puppies, kittens??  Okay, perhaps not...
Other ephemera YOU would never guess we have
When, Where? - The Event will be December 9, 2018, from 10am-2pm at the Best Western Plus in Kingston, New York. (Come on, you've been here before, join us won't you) Entrance is $25.00 AND includes a continental breakfast starting at 9am.  We will be allowing people into the room in groups of 25 for a defined period of time.

WE hope to see you there!

Team Tonner

 

Poppy Parker 2018 City Sweetheart capsule collection reveal!

We knew that this year’s Poppy Parker collection theme would be something relevant to New York, as it was already announced back in the 2017 convention. And indeed, during the first Poppy reveal of the year, we discovered that the new collection is named City Sweetheart and it finds Poppy dressed in a variety of outfits for various occasions around the Big Apple. It is a small, capsule collection*, with four dolls available via dealers ( three in August and one in September) and a two-doll giftset available via right-to-buy lottery from IT Direct in late summer. I love two of the dealer dolls and the giftset, while the other two leave me cold. All doll’s have the high heeled foot, a first for a regular Poppy collection. There will not be a second wave of dolls in this collection as David mentioned, but the four IFDC Poppies, two W Club ones and the IT convention ones will be more than enough for the rest of the year.

* capsule collection is a condensed version of a designer’s vision, often limited edition, which transcends seasons and trends by being functional - read commercial. It’s made up of a few pieces which can be easily combined and interchanged.

Let’s see the collection dolls in detail, shall we? 

 

Item # PP140

Off-Beat

Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The City Sweetheart Collection

Approx. Ship Date: August

Suggested Retail: $135.00 US

Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 900

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Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker

Body Type: Poppy 1.5

Foot Sculpt: High-heeled

Skin Tone: FR White

Hair Color: Paper White

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

  • 12" fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes
  • Fashion (capri length jeans, striped top, trench coat)
  • Black high-heeled shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Handbag
  • 1960s inspired pendant necklace
  • Cuff bracelet and small hoop earrings
  • Alternate pair of hands
  • Doll stand
  • Bonus Accessory: miniature "poetry book"
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This is the best doll of the collection and one of the best Poppy Parker doll’s ever released. Both doll and fashion are perfect and the accessories are fantastic! A book! That bag! The pendant! New cat eye sunglasses! Only minus: the dreaded, delicate, prone to break small hoop earrings. Her style is refined beatnick; the real thing would wear flat ballerina shoes.

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Item # PP139

Co-Ed Cutie

Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The City Sweetheart Collection

Approx. Ship Date: August

Suggested Retail: $135.00 US

Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 900

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Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker

Body Type: Poppy 1.5

Foot Sculpt: High-heeled

Skin Tone: New Hispanic

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

  • 12" fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes
  • Fashion (mid-knee pencil skirt, custom printed blouse and fitted sleeveless vest)
  • Cat-eye glasses
  • Clutch purse
  • Nylon stockings
  • High-heeled shoes
  • Earrings, cuff bracelet and watch
  • Alternate pair of hands
  • Doll stand
  • Bonus Accessories: school pennant, "pencil" and "books"!
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Second favourite doll from this collection! I love everything about Co-Ed Cutie, from her skintone and make up to her outfit and amazing accessories! More books! A pencil! Cat eye glasses! A watch! Her blouse print resembles molecules, a nice nod to her studies, emphasised by her Physics book! I’m confirmed for both this and Off Beat, which is great! During the Q&A session in the W Club forum that followed the presentation email, David Buttry said her skintone does not match Sweet Confection body, just in case anyone was thinking about using the body for a replacement.

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Item # PP137

World At Her Feet

Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The City Sweetheart Collection

Approx. Ship Date: Mid-September

Suggested Retail: $135.00 US

Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 900

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Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker

Body Type: Poppy 1.5

Foot Sculpt: High-heeled

Skin Tone: FR White

Hair Color: Light Red

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

  • 12" fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes
  • Fashion (knee length dress suit with printed stripe shell bodice and matching jacket)
  • Painted on gloved hands (NEW! Sculpted glove detail hands!)
  • Alternate pair of hands (normal flesh tone)
  • Bracelet and earrings
  • Nylon stockings
  • Shoes
  • Handbag
  • Shopping bag accessory
  • Doll stand
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Not liking this one very much. It’s probably the styling and colours that don’t make her pop out to me. She has the new sculpted gloves hands that finally put an end to the oven mittens we amassed over the years. 

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Item # PP138

Peach Parfait

Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The City Sweetheart Collection

Approx. Ship Date: August

Suggested Retail: $135.00 US

Available Via Dealers

Edition Size: 900

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Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker

Body Type: Poppy 1.5

Foot Sculpt: High-heeled

Skin Tone: Japan

Hair Color: Platimum/Light Blonde Mix

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

  • 12" fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes
  • Fashion (light peach, full-length multi-layered gown with miniature bow details and soft, shimmering glitter accents)
  • Elbow length gloves
  • Clutch purse
  • Faux-pearl necklace, bracelet and earrings
  • High-heeled shoes
  • Alternate pair of hands
  • Doll stand
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Peach is my all time least favourite colour, so I definitely don’t like this one. She’s very washed out with her pale skin and colouring, so not even the doll attracts me like other pale Poppies before her, who at least had a smokey or better defined eye to make them appealing. I like the shawl like detail around her shoulders. And it seems over mittens stick around for longer gloves, instead of the new type we saw in the Vanessa FR giftset with the sculpted hand and fabric arm. Why should this ugly thing continue? The plain accessories make this one even more boring. 

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Item # PP141

Girl Talk

Poppy Parker™ and Darla Daley™ Duo-Doll Gift Set

The City Sweetheart Collection

Approx. Ship Date: Mid-Sept.

Retail: $175.00 US + Shipping

***IT DIRECT EXCLUSIVE***

Edition Size: 800

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Head Sculpts: Poppy and Darla 2.0

Body Type: Poppy 1.5

Foot Sculpts: High-heeled

Skin Tones: FR White / FR Black

Hair Colors: Auburn Mix / Black

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

  • 12" fully articulated dolls, each with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes
  • Poppy's fashion: day dress with bold engineered stripes and matching petticoat
  • Darla's fashion: brightly colored capri pants and 60s inspired printed crop top
  • Open-toe pumps for Poppy
  • Open-toe platform sandals for Darla
  • Pendant bracelet, bangle, earrings and brooch for Poppy
  • Cuff bracelet, colorful bangles and matching earrings for Darla
  • Faux-straw clutch purse
  • "Cool cat" tote bag
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses
  • Alternate pairs of hands
  • 2 Doll stands
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What a lovely giftset! I’m a sucker for anything green, so the colour was the first thing that struck me, with its great combinations and bright hue. Darla looks gorgeous here, in her capri pants, bright accessories and flamboyant hairdo. Poppy compliments her nicely, if more demurely so, with her lovely striped dress, brooch and sublime straw clutch. I will enter the lottery for these two ladies in late summer.

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So which ones are your favourites? Did you manage to get them? Let me know with a comment.

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The dolls pictured are prototypes. Final fabrics, colors and textures may vary slightly. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. 

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. FASHION ROYALTY, POPPY PARKER, NU. FACE, EAST 59TH, THE INDUSTRY 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 and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing

Yahoo! Style and Mattel celebrate New York Fashion Week with a Barbie photo shoot

So Yahoo! has a style magazine. I did not know - who did? Well, obviously Mattel (or more accurately their BarbieStyle instagram account), as they collaborated with them to produce a Barbie photo shoot to celebrate New York Fashion Week. Using the new Barbie bodies (curvy, petite and tall) along with the classic one, the photographer shoots six looks from designers Rick Owens, Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, Jeremy Scott, and Sonia Rykiel and their Spring 2016 collections. Check them out below along with the original outfits from the runways. 


Original Barbie wears a look from Rick Owens’s spring 2016 collection


Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com for Vogue Runway


Original Barbie dresses in Balmain Spring-Summer 2016


Photo: Monica Feudi / Indigitalimages.com for Vogue Runway


Curvy Barbie wears a look from Marc Jacobs’s Spring 2016 collection - using curvy Barbie here references Beth Ditto's appearance on the Jacobs runway show


Photo: Gianni Pucci / Indigitalimages.com for Vogue Runway


Tall Barbie wears a look from Sonia Rykiel’s spring 2016 collection


Photo: Kim Weston Arnold /Indigitalimages.com for Vogue Runway


Petite Barbie wears a look from Jeremy Scott’s spring 2016 collection


Photo: Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com for Vogue Runway


Original Barbie wears a look from Stella McCartney’s spring 2016 collection


Photo: Kim WestonArnold / Indigitalimages.com for Vogue Runway

Doll photos courtesy of Mattel/BarbieStyle/Yahoo Style

Barbie cakes modelled after Charles James gowns

May 5th 2014 is the date of the Met Gala, this year dedicated to the Haute Couture designer Charles James, one of the best ball gown designers that ever lived. Over at Vogue they posted an amazing article about six Barbie cakes modelled after his gowns. The magazine tasked six skilled cake makers with an iconic gown to faithfully reproduce. Amirah Kassem from Flour Shop inserted Barbie into an ice cream cone cake, covered in wafer paper coated in white chocolate and painted in edible metallic blue. Penny Stankiewicz, from Sugar Couture, researched all the elements of the Clover dress for a complex construction of butter cake and passion fruit butter-cream. Michelle Doll-Olson used fondant with a chocolate truffle filling and edible pearl paint to mimic James’s emerald green silk satin gown from 1954. Melissa Torres of Cake Hero employed a combination of fondant, banana cake, milk chocolate frosting, and a luxurious metal: as she said "the dress is about the subtle play between the red and burnt orange, chocolate colours, so I dabbed tiny bits of gold on the folds to enhance the shimmer.”


Made by Penny Stankiewicz/Sugar Couture


Made by Kate Sullivan/Cake Power


Made by Amirah Kassem/Flour Shop


Made by Melissa Torres/Cake Hero


Made by Margaret Braun/Margaret Braun


Made by Michelle Doll Olsen/Michelle Doll Cakes

All cakes photographed by Grant Cornett - courtesy of Vogue.com


Madison Avenue (Doll)House - Rex Architects for Calvin Klein

CLIENT Calvin Klein, Inc.
PROGRAM (Doll)House for the “Calvin Klein Woman,” displayed in the Calvin Klein Collection storefront on Madison Avenue during the 2008-2009 holiday season
AREA Dollhouse: 4.0 m² (43 sf); Concept House: 190 m² (2,000 sf)
WEIGHT 450 kg (1,000 lbs)
PROJECT COST Confidential
STATUS Completed November 2008
ARCHITECT REX
KEY PERSONNEL Jeffrey Franklin, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Jacob Reidel, Alejandro Schieda, Eugenia Zimmermann
CONSULTANTS Magnusson Klemencic, Situ Studio


Calvin Klein’s Senior Vice President for Creative Services approached REX to design a concept house showcasing pieces from the company’s apparel, accessory, and home lines. The catch: the house would be realized in miniature and displayed in the main window of Calvin Klein’s Madison Avenue store during the 2008-2009 holiday season. REX dubbed this fusion of concept house and doll house a “(Doll)House.


For a practice committed to using constraints as generative opportunities, the project was challengingly whimsical, presenting an exciting (and fun) opportunity to test the limits of our methodology across multiple scales.


A response to two markedly different scales and purposes, the (Doll)House had to reconcile—in one design—the contradictory constraints of a concept house and a doll house:

1. The concept house had to be designed for the “Calvin Klein Woman,” a professed city-dweller; the doll house typology is traditionally a suburban, detached, single-family dwelling.


2. The concept house had to provide privacy for its hypothetical inhabitant; a doll house has to be open, at eye-level, and easily viewed in the round.


3. The concept house had to respect the minimalist aesthetic of Calvin Klein; the doll house had to be bold enough to attract the attention of holiday shoppers.


4. The concept house required a hypothetical site in New York City; the doll house site was already fixed—a Madison Avenue storefront.


By siting the concept house in the ‘landscape’ above a Manhattan intersection, the competing demands of the two scales begins to reconcile. Suspended in air, the concept house remains a freestanding residence while capitalizing on underutilized urban space. Undeniably frivolous, the Madison Avenue (Doll)House nevertheless contains a kernel of an idea for accommodating growth in rapidly-densifying cities.


Meanwhile, elevated and freestanding within the storefront, the doll house can be seen closely in the round and from afar, and can be opened from all sides for play.


The conflicting constraints that remained unresolved by the selection of the concept house’s site are reconciled by the (Doll)House’s design itself. The design begins as four, minimalist floor plates (dining room, living room, bedroom, and rooftop pool terrace) following the precedent set for Calvin Klein by John Pawson, the store’s designer. The plates are then shifted to maximize visibility into the doll house, and to provide views out for the imagined occupant of the concept house.


To balance the opposing desires for views and privacy, the (Doll)House is wrapped in a cocoon of translucent white textile. Conceptually, this fabric layer operates as a sunshade, outboard of a glass façade.


The interiors and roof terrace are furnished with miniature replicas of pieces from the company’s apparel, accessory, and home lines. These items were designed by the company’s creative directors: Francisco Costa, Calvin Klein Collection for Women; Italo Zucchelli, Calvin Klein Collection for Men; Ulrich Grimm, Calvin Klein Shoes & Accessories; and, Amy Mellen, Calvin Klein Home.



Architect Joshua Prince-Ramus in front of the Madison Avenue (Doll)House

Images Credits: James Lattanzio; Luxigon; Situ Studio

(text from REX Architects)