Integrity Toys 2019 Convention Day 3 - The W Club Luncheon

Saturday is the last day of the convention and, apart from workshops, it means W Club Luncheon, usually dedicated to Nu Face. Club members got the Paris Runway Giselle Diefendorf centerpiece doll and received the NYFW Karolin Stone doll as a gift. Both were designed to celebrate the Fall/Winter 2020 Fashion Week by Jessy Ayala. Then, Carol Roth hosted an informative Q & A panel on stage with the Integrity Toys design team, where Club members' pre-screened questions were answered.

Note: All dolls pictured in these photos are prototypes; final colors and textures may vary slightly.

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Item # 82122

Paris Runway

Giselle Diefendorf™ Centerpiece Doll

The 2019 Integrity Toys Convention: Live From Fashion Week

W Club Luncheon Exclusive

Edition Size: 700 Dolls

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Head Sculpt: Giselle Diefendorf 

Body Type: NU. Face

Foot Sculpt: High Heel

Skin Tone: Cream

Hair Color: Silver With Raven Ponytail Wrap

Eyelashes: Yes

Quickswitch: No

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Giselle looks like a cross between Sister Mogul Giselle and Live, Work, Play! Giselle. The outfit is a simplified version of one from Balmain Spring 2019 Haute Couture collection. I love her make up and styling.

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Item # 82123

NYFW

Karolin Stone™ Giveaway Doll

The 2019 Integrity Toys Convention: Live From Fashion Week

W Club Luncheon Exclusive

Edition Size: 700 Dolls

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Head Sculpt: Karolin Stone

Body Type: NU. Face

Foot Sculpt: High Heel

Skin Tone: FR White

Hair Color: Champagne Blonde

Eyelashes: Yes

Quickswitch: No

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Making a return after quite an absence (it’s only the third version ever), Karolin Stone is the gift doll this time. Her fans will love her. I still don’t like the sculpt. The outfit is nice, although not a match for her Salvador Lopez Arriaga version.

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, THE MONARCHS HOMME 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.

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

Integrity Toys 2019 Convention Day 2 - Poppy Parker Luncheon

The second Live From Fashion Week Convention day began with more shopping for Style Lab and the rest of the collections plus the workshops. Then, guests were welcomed to the ballroom for the special 10th anniversary Poppy Parker luncheon. Love is Blue Poppy Parker, a colour variation of Miss Amour, was the centerpiece doll. All attendees were given a Pink Powder Puff Poppy Parker Doll as a souvenir. After more shopping and workshop in the afternoon, convention guests got to mix, mingle and score some great deals while shopping from their fellow conventioneers at the Fashion Bazaar, that made a much welcomed return.

Note: All dolls pictured in these photos are prototypes; final colors and textures may vary slightly.

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Item # PP156 

Love Is Blue

Poppy Parker™ Centerpiece Doll

The 2019 Integrity Toys Convention: Live From Fashion Week

Edition Size: 550 Dolls

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Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker

Body Type: Poppy Parker

Foot Sculpt: High Heel

Skin Tone: FR White

Hair Color: Raven

Eyelashes: Applied

Quick Switch: No

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Just a colour variation of Miss Amour. And she doesn’t have the perfume bottle. I’d rather have that one remade with something different, an evolution or reworked version. Her face is gorgeous.

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Item # PP157

Pink Powder Puff

Poppy Parker™ Giveaway Doll

The 2019 Integrity Toys Convention: Live From Fashion Week

Edition Size: 700 Dolls

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Head Sculpt: Poppy Parker

Body Type: Poppy Parker

Foot Sculpt: High Heel

Skin Tone: FR White

Hair Color: Pale Blonde

Eyelashes: Yes, Applied

Quick Switch: No

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And another colour version of an older doll was given as a gift to the luncheon attendees. The pink edition of Powder Puff looks slightly less gorgeous than the original but I’m sure Poppy fans went gaga over her and Poppy completists are scrambling to add her to their collection.

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UPDATE 14.10.2019: David Buttry responded to people’s comments about the colour variations on his FB profile:

Just a little something I whipped for convention. I'm a little old school where a color variation is something very special and I thought it would be a lovely surprise and gift for Poppy collectors to revisit the Bon Bon collection for this year's convention in Baltimore. It's Poppy's tenth and I wanted to reflect back on the history, even if it was just a few years ago as these were the most extravagant dolls I've done for the Poppy collection. That's why I chose to do what I did this year and from the overwhelmingly positive response from collectors in the ballroom, I did my job. I can't make everyone happy all the time, but for those that I did make happy, enjoy your dolls and I hope you love them as much I did creating them. For those that felt it was lacking, there's always next year. :) See you in Dallas, Texas in 2020!

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. 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.

Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing

Integrity Toys 2019 Convention Day 1 - Opening Gala

The very first event of the weekend was the opening gala on Thursday evening. it featured two exclusive dolls from the Fashion Royalty collection, designed to represent The Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Week, by Jessy Ayala. The ultra-limited Sting To The Heart Agnes centerpiece doll was on every table, and then as the evening came to an end, every convention attendee received Vivid Paradise Tatyana Alexandrova doll.

Note: All dolls pictured in these photos are prototypes; final colors and textures may vary slightly.

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The First Official Event Offerings

Item # 91470

Sting To The Heart

Baroness Agnes Von Weiss™ Centerpiece Doll

The 2019 Integrity Toys Convention: Live From Fashion Week

Edition Size: 550 Dolls

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Head Sculpt: Agnes Von Weiss

Body Type: FR

Foot Sculpt: High Heel

Skin Tone: Cream

Hair Color: Strawberry Blonde

Eyelashes: Yes

Quickswitch: No

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Looking a lot like Firefly Agnes, the centerpiece lady is fierce. A bit surprising that there is a second Agnes, after the welcome doll, when they could have used any of the other ladies. I like her style and outfit apart from the lace pants, they never seem to flatter anyone, human or doll.

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Vivid Paradise

Tatyana Alexandrova™ Giveaway Doll

The 2019 Integrity Toys Convention: Live From Fashion Week

Edition Size: 700 Dolls

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Head Sculpt: Tatyana 2.0

Body Type: FR

Foot Sculpt: High Heel

Skin Tone: Sunkissed

Hair Color: Dark Brunette

Eyelashes: Yes

Quickswitch: No

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i believe this is the first time that Tatyana appears in a darker skintone. She looks impressive in the photos but the ones I saw from attendees left me indifferent. Huge earrings that kind of mess with the raised neckline and her hair.

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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, THE MONARCHS HOMME 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.

Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing

The London Fashion Doll Festival 2019 was amazing - and I was there to experience it!

My second ever fashion doll convention, the London Fashion Doll Festival 2019, was held on the weekend of 8-9 June in London, at the lovely V&A Museum Of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London. I had promised the organisers that I’d join them in this second time of the convention being held, so there I was! The event took place over two days in the Summerly Room Of The museum, plus an adjoining smaller room for the workshop. 

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London

The V&A Museum of Childhood in London

The Summerly Room

The Summerly Room

A banner at the convention area

A banner at the convention area

Everyone registered upon entry, with an easy scan of our ticket. We were given our goody bags according to our registration level (with or without the exclusive Superdoll convention doll). As I found out, the bag had loads of lovely gifts!  Check them out below.

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The tables were set for eight persons and mine was named Carnaby Girl. I had the honour of being in the same table with Desmond Lingard (from Superdoll), Izzy Parker with her husband Ian, Christina Paul (who runs the Doll Club Of Great Britain website) and of course, from the organisers, Simon Farnworth, his husband Carl and Kim London. What an amazing company to be with! The tables had a folder with two lovely sketches inside by Navdeep Sikand, creator of the lovely Anouk dolls...

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...who also offered ten of them for centerpieces on each table! They were raffled off to the attendees near the end of the day, Izzy won ours. The dress and bags are made by Ineke Hintz. The gorgeous base was given along with the doll. If enough requests are made, LFDF will be able to have some for sale. 

Our centerpiece doll! There were blonde and raven versions of the doll.

Our centerpiece doll! There were blonde and raven versions of the doll.

Everyone else at the table got a small gift as well - i won the miniature chess you see below in the round box. I was lucky enough to receive some lovely gifts from my table mates too - Kim gave me the tea set (donated by her), Carl the amazing jewellery set (by Alla Dolgaleva Rapoport), Sofia the miniature Barbies and the wonderful Thomas Bartholomew Maffei, who came all the way from the USA, gave me the Sparkle Girl outfits!

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Izzy had a gorgeous doll with her, the fantastic Glory resin Sybarite from the Los Angeles Convention earlier this year (above) , while Desmond had with him the 12” House Of Zenith Avenue, introduced earlier this year. She’s not wearing her original fashion and looked better IRL than in photos I had seen (below).

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Soon enough, it was time for the workshops to begin. I had registered for both, so my schedule was full! First one was the Face Up workshop by Claudio Coronado, who was introduced by Simon Farnworth. 

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Claudio was very thorough in showing us the steps in how to begin painting a doll’s face. A slideshow helped him show the detailed work he does. 

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We got a great list of all the steps to follow when painting a doll face and helped us understand it is no easy task. Which is why you see the “before” photo of the doll head I had to paint, but not the “after”! 

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The artist at work. This magnifying glass type is perfect for detailed work, I must get one.

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After the end of the workshop, I had the chance to photograph the dolls on display. The Carnaby themed set up was beautiful.

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The items that were going to be raffled off the next day, to support a great cause, the Children With Cancer UK charity, we’re also on display. See the slideshow below. I should also mention that there is an ebay auction with exclusive OOAK creations (dolls or outfits) for LFDF 2019, to benefit the same charity, that ends on the 22nd of June 2019, so go to this link to check the offerings and bid!

If you love Sybarites, you know Desmond is an incredibly talented photographer as well. Some of his magnificent prints were on display and for sale.

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There was a small exhibition of 60s dolls as well, check them out below in the slideshow.

Emperis Dolls had a beautiful display as well and I got to meet the lovely Marcus and William who make them. They had both their new 12” dolls and their 16” ones on display and for sale. Some amazing OOAK dolls were there too, check out Cher in the slideshow below. The guys told me they almost sold out during the day.

Then it was time for the second workshop of the day: Sofia Kalaitzidi from Microsonik London showed us how to make a flower wig. These were very popular during the 60s in editorials and covers of fashion magazines. Elizabeth Taylor and members of the British Royal family were sporting them often in events.

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Here are the materials Sofia gave us for the wig plus a prepared base for us to work on.

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I managed to go as far as you can see below during the workshop (I’m hopeless with a needle). Some just threaded the larger flowers through the base as they had long wire stems, so no sewing needed, but I wanted a more delicate effect. Will try and finish it home!

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And here I am next to the lovely Francesco from Fred-Dolls at the workshop - we had so much fun!

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After the workshop ended, it was time for afternoon tea! A proper British tea, with everything necessary - tea, scones, clotted cream, jam, milk, sandwiches, sugar, macaroons and other treats! It was delectable.

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During tea time, members of the organising team (l to r: dear Ismail, Simon and Claudio) presented the people dressed in sixties or sixties inspired clothes.

The t-shirts worn by the organisers ate the official convention shirt and all attendees got one!

The t-shirts worn by the organisers ate the official convention shirt and all attendees got one!

there were eight of them, all lovely and dapper in mod outfits…

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…and the winner was Olga, who was the most popular - people voted for their favourite contestant by giving them their raffle ticket!

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Near the end of the day, it was time for the most anticipated reveal: Desmond unveiled the exclusive convention Sybarite doll!

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Her name is Dejah and she is the last Generation X Sybarite doll to be released! The edition is 30 dolls and there are two more available at the LFDF site - hurry up!

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You can see my doll below, as I opened the box right after the presentation. The last photo is the official one from Superdoll. She’s like a Motown singer from a girl group the 60s or a Northern Soul singer on a tour in Britain in the late 60s..

And here I am with dear Desmond - this one is for you Shazam Paname! Charles was in China, supervising doll production in the factory.

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This was the first day of the London Fashion Doll Festival, full of wonderful people sharing our doll passion, making beautiful memories and seeing so many gorgeous dolls. Next up, the Salesroom day.