The 2016 Integrity Toys Convention: Supermodels part VIII: The Welcome Gift Set is completed!

During the first two days, attendees got the remaining parts of the Industry/Tulabelle gift set. They had the chance to add a two-piece outfit that channels Tulabelle's grandmother Poppy Parker, with a Warhol inspired print of Poppy's face on a bright blue "A line" mini-dress, under a bright orange "fur" coat and a tweed jacket and shorts with thigh-high black socks.

Item # 88007 
You Better Werk!
Tulabelle™ / THE INDUSTRY Dressed Doll Gift Set
Official Convention Welcome Set
The 2016 Integrity Toys SUPERMODEL Convention
Limited Edition of 500 Gift Sets

Look No.2 (Outfit only)

While this would look great on Poppy, styled in a mod fashion, it looks weird on Tulabelle. Maybe with a different hairstyle she will rock it. My reference for this would be the green fur coat from the infamous 1971 Yves Saint Laurent collection...

Willy Van Rooy in Yves Saint Laurent Fur Coat, photographed by Hans Feurer for ELLE, Spring / Summer, 1971

...but it could equally well be Rihanna in Balmain.

Yes, it is She's Not There Poppy on the dress. Edie Sedgwick or Twiggy?

Look No.3 (Outfit only)

This looks like Moschino resort 2016:

So she could wear it with the pink pumps as well, pity she does not have the black bag too. Oh wait, a convention doll with a bag! 

Note: The pictures contained in this email show the prototypes and the final dolls may vary slightly. All doll photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2016 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission.

The Andy Warhol Barbie: a new storm is brewing

Back in early November, a story appeared on WWD about the Ron Robinson deal with Mattel for an Andy Warhol/Barbie collection, exclusive to the Ron Robinson shops: the one in Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue and the flagship in Santa Monica. The collection has many items in small quantities, designed by various artists and inspired by Warhol and Barbie. The collection will become available in the shops on December 1st but pre-orders have begun from November 15th online. What interests this blog is of course the doll. It is a Platinum edition of 999 dolls but they are nowhere to be seen on the Robinson website. What is really strange though is that the doll surfaced on the Bloomingdale's website on the 18th of November. I do not know if it was possible for anyone to make a pre-order (I did read in Facebook that some people did but nothing concrete), but the site shows the doll unavailable. Having in mind that it is supposedly an exclusive for Rob Robinson, it looks even weirder. I suspect a new storm will hit Barbie Collector with this one.

UPDATE: Barbie Collection will have the doll for sale on the 3rd of December, 10am Pacific time.

Doll details:
Platinum Label collector's piece with commemorative box and certificate of authenticity
Set includes signature Warhol Barbie doll, stand, accessories, decorative paint set and canvas
Doll measures approx. 11.5" tall, box measures 13.5" x 12.5" x 2.5" 
Plastic; accessories: acrylic/plastic/polyester 
Hand wash or spot clean 
Web ID: 1560278 

There is no price mentioned. Fro mthe packaging I'm guessing it will be around $150. The sculpt is the Mackie sculpt, made to look like the iconic artist. To me it looks cheap and hastily made. The fact that it includes painting brushes and colors shows either how ignorant is the one who designed the set (Warhol never painted but silk-screened the polaroids he took to add colour and effects) or it was a company decision to make the doll look more "artistic" - i.e. "let the ignorant buyers know that Warhol was an artist, let us include some paintbrushes and colours". It is insulting to the collectors and mainly to the artist. 

If you really want this one, get another Mackie Barbie cheaper, give her a razor cut and buy clothing and accessories to make the set yourselves. I bet one can find even a polaroid camera in scale from companies that make action figures - maybe even an older Barbie set. You can find the iconic Warhol Barbie portrait easily to print in scale too.

Photos courtesy of  Mattel.