Yves Saint Laurent Barbie dolls - a dream come true

We had been teased for quite a while with images of the Yves Saint Laurent dolls, mainly from the instagram account @barbiestyle . At the beginning they were supposedly OOAK dolls, then it emerged that they would enter production. And now, finally, they are here. Available to buy at Barbie.com (only the pink and black gown available) for $150,00 each and, in Paris, at the department store Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche (not online). The release is in collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

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Let’s see what Mattel says about the collaboration:

With a shared passion for personal style, Barbie® honors French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent (b. 1936 - d. 2008), for his vast impact on women’s 20th century fashion. One of the greatest names in fashion history, Yves Saint Laurent invented the modern woman’s wardrobe: the pea-jacket and trenchcoat in 1962, the first tuxedo in 1966, the safari jacket and the pantsuit in 1967, and the first jumpsuit in 1968.

While constantly in search of simplicity, each collection was also a chance to bring his dreams to life. Fascinated by different cultures, nostalgic of a ‘lost time,’ he came up with dresses that transported the public to an imaginary elsewhere, from Russia to China, from India to Morocco. He also developed numerous garments directly referencing the artists he admired such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Vincent Van Gogh, and of course Piet Mondrian.

And now the dolls, one by one:

 

Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Doll Mondrian dress

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Paying homage to the visionary designer, Barbie® models Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic Mondrian dress from the Autumn-Winter 1965 collection. The multi-colored knit dress recalls the Dutch artist’s sense of geometry, while a seamless patchwork and sleek back zipper reflect the designer’s keen attention to detail. Black heels with silvery buckles and pearly earrings finish the timeless look. This beautiful doll is presented in collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

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Collection: Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Dolls

Label: Platinum Label®

Designer: Linda Kyaw

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Body Type: Model Muse

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Fashion: Multi-colored geometric knit dress, pearly earrings, black heels

Eyelashes: Painted

Fashion Sewn On?: No

Included with doll: Earrings, dress, shoes, doll stand

Doll Stand: Yes

Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 16/9/5

Package Weight: 5.0706 lbs

SKU #: GCM97

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I have been writing it time and time again but nothing changes - and it does not seem it ever will. Charging $150 for non-articulated dolls is preposterous. If Mattel cared about collector dolls, I mean really cared, they would have created a good articulated body, an evolution of their early pivotal one for example, to use for special dolls like these, that could be made to pose elegantly in a variety of poses as befits their high fashion style. Instead, one gets the Model Muse body, immovable, frozen like a statue, doing no service to the exquisite clothes it is wearing.

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And yes, this is a gorgeous dress, not only being a miniature YSL dress but being faithful to the original. It is made of separate pieces making up the Mondrian pattern instead of a print, just like the real one was. The dress is lined and the quality is good. The detailed earrings and specially designed shoes complete it perfectly. More about the gorgeous box at the end of the post.

 

Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Doll Safari Jacket

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Paying homage to the visionary designer, Barbie® models Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic 1968 safari jacket. This garment was specifically created for Vogue (Paris) for a spread in their magazine. The desert-hued, front-laced safari jacket, which is inspired by clothing of westerners in Africa, includes a stylish hip-hugging O-ring belt. It’s a fresh, modernized look that features black knee-length shorts, jaunty sueded boots, and is topped with a floppy, fringed bush hat. This beautiful doll is presented in collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

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Collection: Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Dolls

Label: Platinum Label®

Designer: Linda Kyaw

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Body Type: Model Muse

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Fashion: Safari jacket, knee-length shorts, suede boots

Eyelashes: Painted

Fashion Sewn On?: No

Included with doll: Hat, earrings, boots, belt, blouse, shorts, doll stand

Doll Stand: Yes

Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 18/7/11

Package Weight: 5.0706 lbs

SKU #: FJH71

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What a gorgeous rendition! The jacket is almost perfect, a fantastic recreation of the original, made famous in the iconic Verushka image, photographed for Vogue in 1968 (photo by Franco Rubartelli). Attention to detail is again good, with fabric boots and hat. Pity the Karl sculpt is not a match for Verushka’s face - I think each doll should have had a different sculpt.

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Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Doll Paris gown

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Paying homage to the visionary designer, Barbie® models Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic ‘Paris’ evening gown from 1983. A ruched pink satin bodice culminates in the back with an oversized pink satin bow, while luxurious black velvet drapes to the floor with an elegant slit. Black pumps, red and black rhinestone bracelets and earrings, and an iridescent statement necklace are the finishing touches to this glamourous look. This beautiful doll is presented in collaboration with the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

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Collection: Barbie® Yves Saint Laurent Dolls

Label: Platinum Label®

Designer: Linda Kyaw

Release Date: 11/05/2018

Body Type: Model Muse

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Fashion: Evening gown with a ruched pink satin bodice, oversized satin bow, black pumps

Eyelashes: Painted

Fashion Sewn On?: No

Included with doll: Bracelets, earrings, necklace, doll stand

Doll Stand: Yes

Package Dimensions (H/D/W): 18/7/11

Package Weight: 5.0706 lbs

SKU #: FPV66

The Paris gown photographed by Gilles Tapie in 1983

The Paris gown photographed by Gilles Tapie in 1983

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This is the only doll still available at the Barbie.com shop, so run if you want it. For me it is the least desirable from the trio, but still want to get it. Would have liked to see another iconic YSL dress though, from his later years, or even better the “Le Smoking” tuxedo.

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Special mention goes to the box design, with the logo of the museum at the front and the Yves Saint Laurent info and photo inside, plus the fabric ribbon tie (like the Poppy Parker older boxes). Great job Mattel. I wish I could afford these. 

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Fashion Fairytale: Integrity Toys 2017 Convention part 3 - Style Lab Collection The Industry goes to Wonderland

The Style Lab this year marks a major change. No more CI dolls but in their place, The Industry makes its first convention appearance and some Poppy Parker dolls are added to the mix. I wonder if the Poppies have The Industry body as well, which would be logical since they are part of this collection. The designs are inspired by Alice In Wonderland. As per usual, each doll in the Style Lab is sold nude and outfits are sold separately. Again the group as a whole is underwhelming, especially considering both the general theme but also Wonderland. Some of the fashions do rise above the rest but they are the exception that proves the rule. Pet peeve: why do they describe male dolls as figures? They are dolls, simple as that. Now, shall we go down the rabbit hole?

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Item # 88015

Tulabelle True™ Nude Doll

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88025

I'm Curious (Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

 (Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Integrity had done most of the popular fairytales in their Nu Face line, with Wonderland in IFDC 2010, with Dynamite Girl Gavin as Alice. This version of Alice is a bit darker but not goth enough. Maybe on a different doll? It does give off a Russian folk vibe.

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Item # 88016

Binx Barone™ Nude Doll

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88026

Heartache (Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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This is the Queen Of Hearts I presume. Not very queenly but oh so Saint Laurent inspired:

Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2016 Collection, photograph Vogue Runway Kim Weston Arnold

Saint Laurent Fall/Winter 2016 Collection, photograph Vogue Runway Kim Weston Arnold

There should have been something black instead of those red pants under the coat. A long slit skirt made of fishnet maybe? A mini skirt with a long fishnet overlay making a train in the back? Something suggesting a Queen anyway. 

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Item # 88017

Poppy Parker® Nude Doll

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88027

Your Move (Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Poppy saves the day again (almost...). This one looks more sexy but not Queenly enough again, as she is the White Queen from Through The Looking Glass. Gorgeous face and Farrah Fawcett hair complement the white dress perfectly. If the boots are fabric I want them!

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Item # 88018

Liu Liu Ling™ Nude Doll

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88028

Just a Second! (Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Here’s the rabbit then. The black and white choice makes it look more like a Playboy bunny dressed for church then a Fairytale inspired one. A monocle and chain watch would have made quite a difference. And the doll is boring, did we not get a similar Liu Liu in the first Industry collection? 

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Item # 88019

Poppy Parker® Nude Doll

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88029

Clueless (Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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I’m so getting tired of pink lips. This Poppy is wearing a modern interpretation of Tweedledee’s outfit (Clueless, right?). The other twin is coming right up and, unfortunately, manages to,upstage his sister!

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Item # 88023

Milo Montez™ Nude Fashion Figure

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88033

Dim The Lights (Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

 (Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Milo (new Industry character but I have a suspicion the sculpt is CI) is the Tweedledum incarnation and it rocks! Great doll AND outfit! I might have used a different colour for the jacket though, red or purple. 

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Item # 88020

Tulabelle True™ (AA) Nude Doll

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88030

Who Are You (?Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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Obviously this is the Caterpillar. I love the Pucci prints, they match the psychedelia associated with the character. And this is the first AA Tulabelle. 

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Item # 88021

Tate Tanaka™ Nude Fashion Figure

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88031

Completely Mad (Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

 (Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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By far the best doll of this collection, Tate Tanaka is a modern Mad Hatter! I love both the doll and the outfit, they are very well thought out and fit the theme perfectly, bringing to mind some of Nu Fantasy’s best moments (Hansel anyone?).

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Item # 88022

Cabot Clark™ Nude Fashion Figure

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88032

Lover Boy (Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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More cheesy than eccentric, the outfit at least has a good proportion of red vs black. He’s the Knave of Hearts (Lover Boy indeed) and I must say Cabot looks a bit better with dark hair.  

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Item # 88024

Daley Daniels™ Nude Fashion Figure

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Wearing

Item # 88034

Not All There (Fashion Only)

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

(Doll and outfit sold separately, no doll stand included).

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There’s always one male doll in each Style Lab collection that I don’t like at all, no matter what. This is the one for 2017, even though he’s channeling the Cheshire Cat, one of my favourite characters of Wonderland. Meh does not even begin to describe it. Another new character (again with an old CI sculpt) for Industry that will look great with a different styling.

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Item # 88035

Eat Me!

Accessory Pack

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

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Item # 88036

Entirely Bonkers!

Accessory Pack

The Industry™ Style Lab

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

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Two accessory packs were available at the Style Lab, one for the ladies and one for the guys. Mostly stuff we have seen with other dolls, in different colours, but always nice to have more.  

 

Note: all dolls pictured in these photos are prototypes; final colors and textures may vary slightly. All photos and information contained herein is copyrighted Integrity Toys, Inc. and Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC 2017 and may not be reprinted or disseminated without express written permission. The W Club is a trademark of Intercap Merchant Partners, LLC. All rights reserved. Doll Photography by Jayme Thornton and/or Alain TremblayLayouts, Graphics and 3D renderings by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

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.

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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.

Tribute to Loulou De La Falaise, a fashion icon

Sad day for fashion today: Loulou De La Falaise, one of the most elegant women in the world died, age 63. A long time friend and collaborator of Yves Saint-Laurent, she has always been a huge inspiration for me. Her sense of style and fashion was always impeccable and she was a formidable person as well.
I wanted to capture her sense of style and elegance with a doll. I do not have one that looks remotely like her, so I picked one of my Monograms, Magnetism, for her French allure and feel. Picking the outfit, to resemble one of Loulou's iconic photos, was a bit easier. Of course it would not be complete without jewellery: Loulou was a jewellery designer herself, so she always wore lots of them. I tried to get the essence of her style, rather than copycat the photo. You can be the judge of the result. I did a back & white photo, added one in colour (Loulou was incredible in her colour mixes) and the original inspiration below. If you want to read more about Loulou, I wrote a tribute to her in my design blog.