The second Net-A-Porter Jason Wu 10th anniversary is for sale... and sold out!

We have gotten used to it by now... special 10th anniversary limited edition doll by Jason Wu goes on sale by online luxury retailer, usually earlier than anticipated, people scramble to get her, tears and tantrums ensue, people lash out at forums and social media about how bad the process is. Happened yet again with the second Net-A-Porter released Elyse Jolie

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The doll started trickling out from the Asian websites of Net-A-Porter, then the wave moved on to Europe, to finally crush down on the US. If you were not prepared to wake up,earlier than usual, keep searching and refreshing the website and have credit card ready to spend $200 in the US, AU$362.88 in Australia ($277.25 US), HK$2,240 In Hong Kong (286,70 US$), US$282.24 plus taxes in South Korea, €278 in France (329,64 US$), €284 in Italy (336,75 US$), or £255 in the UK (342,31 US$), well, why bother? This is not the way to enjoy a hobby, bask in the beauty of a collectible doll and get satisfaction from adding her to your collection. At least that’s what I think. Other people will tell you this is the way collecting Fashion dolls goes, you should be prepared for stuff like this when starting your collection and so on. But why? Just to get another coveted, limited edition doll that will be forgotten when the next one comes along? Do you think all these anniversary dolls will achieve holy grail status and be as coveted as, let’s say, A Fashionable Life or True Royalty Vanessas? 

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 This Elyse had the following description on the retailer’s website

  • Height 32cm
  • Width 9cm

EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. Little known fact - Jason Wu was a toy designer before starting his acclaimed fashion career. Created to mark his 10th anniversary and celebrate his whimsical background, this limited edition doll is styled in a one-shoulder red and black mini dress from the house's Fall '13 runway and features ultra long eyelashes. It comes with a display stand, coordinating lace-up pumps and interchangeable manicured hands.

  • Comes in designer packaging
  • Product number: 1046363
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The photographs are so obviously not by Integrity. The NAP team have no idea how to pose the doll or even set her up on the stand properly (the underarm support was placed at the hips, lol), which goes to show how a non-collector buyer will deal with the doll. If she wasn’t dressed in box, no way they’d bother. And I wonder, why not ask someone who does know? A luxury retailer would do that, wouldn’t they? Unless their margin is so low, they did not even want to deal with it. Then again, if that is the case, why not make the dolls available directly to fashion doll collectors through the usual channels? It did not even gain enough press coverage to justify it as a publicity stunt. 

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She looks nice though. I love the pleating and sewing of the dress (I guess the snag at the back is just a badly closed zipper) and the shoes look very detailed. It does remind me of the ITBE dresses but it is much better. But again, no jewellery and no bag or other accessories. Her skin tone could be AA black or light honey, it’s hard to tell. With Seduisante Elyse coming this month to W Club members, it will be a battle of dark skinned Elyses! 

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Photos courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Gigi Hadid Barbie is going on sale tomorrow!

It had been announced earlier this year that the Gigi Hadid Tommy Hilfiger Barbie would be going on sale, but we did not expect her before 2018. If you remember, Mattel originally made an OOAK doll in Gigi Hadid's likeness to celebrate her Tommy x Gigi collections with Tommy Hilfiger. The Instagram posts featuring the doll that were posted on @BarbieStyle account had more than 100,000 likes and 1,500 comments. It was only a matter of time before both companies and the model agreed on a commercial release of the doll. 

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The doll is a bit different from her OOAK incarnation. The $50 Tommy x Gigi Barbie doll is wearing a navy flag hoodie from the collection with shirts shorts and sneakers, a look Gigi was wearing on the fall 2016 Tommy x Gigi show.

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I liked the OOAK outfit better. The striped dress was more elegant and stylish. I guess that the street style will be more popular with non-collectors though. The doll’s head seems a bit bigger too. It’s great to see an articulated body (Mattel’s stiff bodies are a major reason I rarely buy any) but the flat feet make her redress options fewer. Maybe shoes from the Fashionistas will fit her. The OOAK had articulated ankles and was wearing flat platform sneakers (similar to the ones worn by the model next to Gigi above).

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Of course Gigi is thrilled with the doll, as she mentioned in a statement. “I’m so honored to have my own Barbie, which celebrates an iconic moment in my partnership with Tommy Hilfiger. Seeing the final look of the doll was an amazing experience, and I’m excited to share this really cool creation with fans around the world.”

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Tommy Hilfiger released a statement too. “The collaboration with Gigi and Barbie was an exciting new twist on our brand’s history of partnering with pop culture icons and our ongoing ambassadorship with Gigi.” The model has one more season of collaboration with the brand, due this coming February. 

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The doll will be available for sale from Tuesday, 5th of December, on Barbie.com, Tommy.com, select global retailers and Tommy Hilfiger flagship boutiques in New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf, starting at 6 a.m., EST. The doll is on preorder and ships on December 29th.

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The Barbie website has the following information:

”Designed in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger, the TommyXGigi Barbie celebrates the unforgettable runway event where Gigi Hadid was introduced as global brand ambassador for TOMMY HILFIGER womenswear. The doll is styled in a classic navy TOMMY HILFIGER flag hoodie, white shorts with red trim and brand logo, and white slip-on sneakers, matching Gigi Hadid's closing look for the Fall 2016 TOMMYNOW experiential runway event at which the first TommyXGigi capsule collection was introduced”.

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  • Doll Designer: Linda Kyaw
  • Label: Black
  • Body Type: B50 Poseable Body
  • Facial sculpt: Gigi (New Sculpt)
  • Fashion: Sweater, shorts
  • Fashion Sewn On: No
  • Accessories: Bandana, shoes
  • Doll Stand: Yes
  • Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 13“ x 3.3“x 8“
SKU #: FPV63
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Photos courtesy of Mattel and Tommy Hilfiger.