The first W Club doll for 2019 is Midnight Decadence Poppy Parker and it’s a 10th Anniversary Souvenir Doll!

Early June is a bit late to release the 1st W Club Exclusive Doll of the 2019 membership year. But if you remember that last year the first club dolls were unveiled in September, it looks just fine. Yesterday, the club unveiled "Midnight Decadence" Poppy Parker™ 10th Anniversary Souvenir doll, designed by the talented and beloved David Buttry, featuring a special bonus illustration created by David himself to mark this milestone in the brand's history. It was 2009 when the first Poppy Parker dolls were released. Time sure goes by so fast!

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Item # PP152

Midnight Decadence Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll

The Poppy Parker™ Collection 10th Anniversary Souvenir Doll

2019 W Club Exclusive

Expected Ship Date:Fall 2019

Special Member-Only Pricing:$140 + S & H

Edition Size: TBD

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Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker

Foot Sculpt: High-heeled Foot

Skin Tone: FR White

Hair Color: Platinum Blonde

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

  • 12" fully articulated doll with luscious rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes;
  • Sparkling black evening gown with removable train (to create two different looks with one dress!), featuring a lovely black satin bow at the bust line and soft marabou feather accents;
  • Newly designed clutch purse with golden "PP" logo deco piece and chain accents;
  • Golden "jeweled" brooch;
  • Matching "jeweled" cuff bracelets, pair of drop earrings and ring;
  • Black satin pumps with marabou feather accents;
  • Black satin hair ribbon;
  • Sheer stockings;
  • Alternate pair of hands;
  • SPECIAL BONUS! 8 X 10 full color, limited edition printed souvenir sketch by David Buttry;
  • Doll stand;
  • Certificate of authenticity.
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Offer Type:W Club Exclusive pre-order.

Participation Deadline: June 11, 2019, Noon Eastern time.
Special Pricing: $140.00 + S&H per doll.($25 NRD deposit per doll due now, balance of $115.00 + S & H per doll due approximately Fall 2019).
Final Edition Size: To be determined- will be based on all pre-orders received.
Shipping Timing: Approximately Fall 2019.
Availability: 2019 W Club members only.
Order Limit: Up to 1 doll per membership.

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A bit surprising for the 10th anniversary souvenir Poppy, don’t you agree? She’s wearing quite an original and avant-garde gown compared to her first released sisters all those years ago. The fabric would not be my first choice, but it’s luxurious and impressive in this styling. David said the sleeves are separate as well, so she can wear the short dress with them. The doll is a twin sister of Welcome To Misty Hollows Poppy, with different shades in her make up and a bow designed just a bit this way as to not look identical to Misty. 

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The jewellery has been used before in different lines and dolls. I love the monogrammed clutch. The shoes are black fabric cutout pumps, with bows and feathers at the heel. I was expecting a doll styled more in sync to the debut collection, but I think I prefer this one, she’s more dramatic and decadent. Can’t wait to see the rest of the Poppy dolls the year has in store.

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Final fabrics, colors and textures may vary slightly. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. All text and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2019 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. Poppy Parker 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 and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

The fifth and final W Club doll revealed for 2018

The late start of the 2018 W Club year meant that we got the W Club doll releases crammed into the six last months of it. Hopefully the next year will be a bit more streamlined. This meant that members of the club got the notification for their last W Club offering in late January. The fifth and final Club doll is Eugenia, missing from the main collection so far, which should be welcome news to everyone. Jessy Ayala designed this doll, with only accessories and small details connecting her to Sacred Lotus and the Luxe Life Convention Collection. 

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Item #91439

Secret Garden

Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Mini-Gift Set

The Fashion Royalty® Collection

2018 W Club Exclusive

Approx. Shipping: Early Summer 2019

W Club Retail Price: $175.00 + S & H

Edition Size: TBD

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Head Sculpt: Eugenia

Body Type: FR 6.0

Foot Sculpt: High-heeled

Skin Tone: Japan

Hair Color: Light Champagne Blond

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

  • 12.5" fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes;
  • Two pairs of hands (one with long nails and one with the regular manicure);
  • Frothy, ruffled black tulle gown with a crinkle texture bodice, cinched at the waist by a narrow black ribbon belt;
  • Tan trench coat dress with drape and belt detail on sides;
  • Chocolate brown flocked hat with black grosgrain ribbon trim;
  • Black tulle neck scarf;
  • "Silver" cuff bracelet, chandelier earrings and statement ring with "diamond" and "pearl" accents;
  • "Silver" necklace with nature-inspired "diamond" and "pearl" stone charms;
  • Alternate pair of asymmetrical small charm earrings;
  • "Metal" clutch with sculpted leaf detail and skull clasp;
  • Pale nude "pearlized" faux-leather purse with quilted detail and "silver"/"diamond" flower charm;
  • Black and tan faux "patent leather" boots with "silver" zipper closure;
  • Black holographic glitter high heels with clear bead detail;
  • Doll stand;
  • Certificate of authenticity.
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Offer Type: W Club Exclusive pre-order.

Participation Deadline: January 30th, 2019, Noon Eastern time.
Special Pricing: $175.00 USD + S & H per doll.($25.00 NRD deposit per doll due now, balance of $150.00 + S & H per doll due approximately early summer 2019).
Final Edition Size: To be determined, will be based on all pre-orders received.
Shipping Timing: Approximately early summer 2019.
Availability: 2018 W Club members only.
Order Limit: Up to 1 doll per membership.

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A very beautiful doll to end the year. She’s not groundbreaking or different from older releases, but she’s a lovely doll with gorgeous clothes and lots of accessories, justifying the price tag. Even though generally I preferred the earthy and dark tones of Sacred Lotus dolls versus the eighties pink/blue ones of Luxe Life, in this case I would have gone for the latter.

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Another peeve: black gown. We’ve had big black gowns in the past (even though I own none of them). The fashion runways are filled with bright or pastel coloured big frilly gowns - check out the recent couture shows for Spring 2019. Why black? Just think how much better this would look in blue, fuchsia, yellow or green. Or even a lightweight print muslin. And enough with the tan trench coat! Give us one in an unexpected colour, like white, lilac, pink or lemon! Or olive green!

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It’s the kind of choices and details that distinguish a properly trained and educated experienced designer from a talented but still-findin-my-way-one. Merely copying runway looks does not help in forwarding your work by itself. Studying and researching needs to be constant and thorough. Even if, accidentally, you score the summer garden thread of the Couture collections now held in Paris. And yes, I did preorder the doll. She’s a keeper. But she could have been a holy grail.

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The doll pictured is a prototype. 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 2019 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 by Tony Pettinato. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing

First W Club doll for 2018 is unveiled - and it’s twins!

The W Club year officially begun in March for 2018, so everything has been coming out later than usual. That includes the W Club dolls, exclusively made for its members, a total of five for the year. The first one was teased a few days ago to members, then was revealed to be the Nu Face twins, Lilith and Eden. They are designed, like the main Nu Face line, by Jessy Ayala, with a press/newsprint theme. I’m not that crazy about them. The fashions look half done and the doll’s are ok but don’t scream “buy me” to me. They are quite different in style both to the Nu Face main line and the upgrade Rayna, which is weird but not really a problem. Don’t ask dealers, these are W Club exclusives, so if you’re not a member, wait till they start arriving early next year to get them on the secondary market. They are not a giftset but sold individually, so any member can buy either one or both twins. At $135.00 per doll, that’s $270 for both, quite a jump from the $200.00 that last year’s twin set (see what I did there?), which was more elaborate, cost. 

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Item # 82104B

Unknown Source

Lilith Blair™ Dressed Doll

The NU. Face™ Collection

2018 W Club Exclusive

Edition Size: TBD

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Head Sculpt: Lilith & Eden

Body Type: NF 3.0

Foot Sculpt: Traditional

Skin Tone: Japan

Hair Color: Raven

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

  • 12.5" fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes;
  • Long button-down shirt with all-over newspaper print graphic;
  • Leather mini-skirt with fringe and stud detail;
  • Black sheer pantyhose with printed art on one leg;
  • Black cat-eye sunglasses;
  • Small bag with spike stud detail;
  • Twist nail ring in "silver" metal;
  • Hand-cuff hoop earrings;
  • Certificate of authenticity;
  • Doll stand.
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Lilith is easily the better of the twins, with her dark hair, pale skin and red lips. If her eye make up was more interesting, I might have caved in. I already have Rock Wedding Lilith and Smoke And Mirrors Lilith, so this one barely compares. 

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Item # 82104A

Reliable Source

Eden Blair™ Dressed Doll

The NU. Face™ Collection

2018 W Club Exclusive

Edition Size: TBD

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Head Sculpt: Lilith & Eden

Body Type: NF 3.0

Foot Sculpt: Traditional

Skin Tone: Japan

Hair Color: Pale Blond

Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied

Quickswitch: No

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Included:

  • 12.5" fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair and hand-applied eyelashes;
  • Black t-shirt with newspaper graphic art;
  • Fitted "suede" pants with newspaper print contrast inset panels;
  • Black faux-leather baseball hat;
  • Tiny "silver" hoop earrings with spike details;
  • Intertwined "silver" bracelet;
  • High-heel shoes with “studded” detail;
  • Black "patent leather" “croc” bag;
  • Certificate of authenticity;
  • Doll stand.
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I have a blonde Eden, Elements Of Surprise, so I’m not in a hurry to get another one. The freckles are too cutesy for my liking and her outfit looks like Barbie turned goth. I love the t-shirt though. 

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Pricing : $135.00 USD + S & H per doll (SOLD SEPARATELY).

($20 NRD deposit per doll due now, balance of $115.00 + S & H per doll due approximately January 2019).

Final Edition Size: To be determined, will be based on all pre-orders received.

Shipping Timing: Approximately late-January 2019.

 

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 by Jayme Thornton. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing

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.

All doll photos (except those from Net-A-Porter) 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 by Jayme Thornton. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing

National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention 2018 dolls: all kinds of new!

The National Barbe Doll Collectors Convention took place in Phoenix, Arizona, from July 11th to July 14th. I don’t have any experience in covering this event and usually their convention dolls are not favourites. This year though, things changed. The convention dolls changed. In a major way. And all thanks to Carlyle Nuyera, one of Mattel’s designers. He had the task to design this year’s convention dolls and, imho, did an amazing job. Let’s read what he has to say about them.

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“Presenting ‘On The Avenue’ Barbie, the 2018 National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention Doll! A few firsts for a Convention Doll; the first Curvy Convention Doll, the first Fashion gift set convention doll and the first convention doll designed by me! When I was designing the convention doll and knew that the theme was ‘On The Avenue’, my mind went to the Fashion Avenue line from the 90s, what I played with as a kid. I wanted to design a doll that allowed for one of Barbie’s earliest and purest play patterns; fashion play! Dressing your Barbie, mixing & matching pieces, styling her to create a lewk.

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On The Avenue Barbie comes with silver earrings, a pastel organza top that ties in the front with long tails, a shimmering champagne organza ball gown skirt with architectural draping, a black sparkly knit bodysuit (perfect for #Beyoncé #SingleLadies lewks 👯‍♀️), a knee length skirt with layers of silver foiled pewter mesh and silver lamé, a pair of black t-strap heels and a pair of cream strappy heels!

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I also want to always be forward thinking in my design approach. I wanted this Barbie to be a Collector example of how inclusive Barbie is now in terms of body type, so I designed her to use the Curvy Collector body that I first designed for Madam LaVinia Barbie. And you already knowww I love unusual face sculpts, so I used the Selma & Daria sculpts painted with side glancing eyes (#shemysterious 😜) and a beauty mark. Hope you all love her and have fun playing!”

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I read a lot of positive comments about the dolls on social media, both from attendees and from non-attendees alike. The most amazing ones were from people that recognised themselves in the dolls, people with normal bodies, people of colour, ordinary people. On the other hand, lots of collectors were disappointed that the dolls were not more high fashion styled, more glamorous looking and more embellished.

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My take? I love them, and I rarely like Barbie convention dolls. They are very chic and stylish, with both outfits reminding me of Isaac Mishrahi’s early collections, where he was combining full evening skirts with knit sporty tops in an way only US designers can do.

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I love that they are not in the usual model muse or Silkstone body, the stiff, frozen, high fashion style body that people are used to receiving in Barbie conventions. But taking a look in most worldwide Barbie conventions, I like these two best. By far. Great job Carlyle and well done Mattel. Please give us more like these.

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All Barbie photos courtesy of Mattel and Carlyle Nuyera.