Integrity Toys Luxe Life 2018 Convention: the W Club luncheon

Saturday always begins with the W Club luncheon. Club members got to see the Lilith Blair centerpiece doll (and many the chance to buy her) and received her twin sister Eden Blair doll, both designed by Jessy Ayala.
Carol Roth hosted a Q & A panel on stage with the Integrity Toys design team, where Club members' questions were answered.


Item # 82106

Afterglow

Lilith Blair™ Centerpiece Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

W Club Luncheon Exclusive

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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Am I the only one that not going gaga every time the twins make their ubiquitous appearance either as a club exclusive or a convention doll? Probably so. I love the brows on this one, combined with the tan skin tone they make her look fab. 

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 Item # 82107

Public Adoration

Eden Blair™ Giveaway Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

W Club Luncheon Exclusive

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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Saint Laurent vibes. Not crazy about the pink hair. They look washed out. 

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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 2018 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. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing.

Integrity Toys Luxe Life 2018 Convention: Poppy Parker Luncheon

Friday began with shopping and workshops. Then, it was time for the annual Poppy Parker luncheon. Guests were greeted with the Snow Stopper Poppy Parker as the centerpiece doll. And, as is the norm, everyone received Lemon Frost Poppy Parker. Let’s check them out.

Item # PP144

Snow Stopper

Poppy Parker™ Centerpiece Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Table Centerpiece

Edition Size: 450 Dolls

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Apart from the over the top coat, the rest of the doll looks amazing. Great colours (except the orange eyebrows) and make up for the doll, nice outfit with gorgeous accessories as well. 

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Item # PP145

Lemon Frost

Poppy Parker™ Giveaway Doll

The 2018 Integrity Toys Convention: Luxe Life

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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Again I’m not too crazy about the coat but dress and doll look beautiful. Attendees also got lots of information about next year’s Poppy Parker line that will be a new wave of spy Poppies, this time in Brazil.  

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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 2018 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. Layouts and graphics by Alain Tremblay, Marketing

Tonner Doll presents its first Outlander doll for Metrdolls “A Novel Romance” luncheon

Fans of the Outlander series have been anxiously awaiting for the Tonner Doll recreations of the protagonists  Claire and Jamie dressed in their gorgeous Terry Dresbach costumes. The first doll in the series was presented as the souvenir doll in this year’s Metrodolls luncheon, appropriately named “A Novel Romance”.  

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This is the Garden Encounter Claire doll. It’s from a scene in the fifth episode of the second season of the series, when Claire and Jamie attend a horse auction in Versailles with king Louis XIV of France. I am a huge fan of the series and it’s costume designer, Terry Dresbach, who keeps on producing one after another of gorgeous costumes for the series protagonists and especially Claire, portrayed by actress Caitriona Balfe. 

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Terry Dresbach wrote in her blog the story of discovering the fabric:

 “What the hell was this?? What could I do with it. It was amazing, outrageous and so over the top, I wasn’t sure it could be a dress. It was an extraordinary woven fabric. But I was pretty sure I was going to buy it and figure out later what to do with it. But there was 12 yards, and we need 15.  I could pick up one of the colors and make a petticoat, but that still wasn’t quite enough. While it was spread across the table and I kept saying to Ron, “it’s incredible, right, is it too much??”, and the poor man has no way to answer, so he just agrees. A customer walks by and stops, “that is amazing fabric, have you ever seen a show called Outlander? That looks like a fabric they would use!” I said, “yes as a matter of fact, I’m the Costume Designer on Outlander.” She was somewhat flabbergasted, and then said, “Do you know the guys who runs it? He did my other favourite show, Battlestar Gallactica.” “You mean this guy?” I asked, pointing to Ron. It was too much, I thought she might faint (kidding).

I bought the fabric, obviously. I sat with it for a few weeks and finally decided that Claire would wear it. It felt like a 1940s chintz and fit into my overall scheme. Or it would be a riff on these fabrics from the mid 18th century”.

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From Access Hollywood:

 "It's a great dress. I adore it. That's Caitriona's favorite gown," Dresbach said of the gorgeous costume.

"It's really spectacular. That fabric is actually woven. Those flowers are woven and that was a fabric I found at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco, my favorite store, so I always plug them. And I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I saw it because it's an outrageous, outrageous fabric. … I had that fabric before I had that idea of making Claire's costumes have a 1940s feel to them, so that then when I circled back to make this costume I knew that this fabric was perfect because it is almost -- for lack of a better description -- it almost looks like curtain fabric from the late '40s with those big flowers on it, so it was a very out-of-the-box choice, but really spectacular. I mean, she just looks amazing in this costume," Dresbach said.

Claire's outfit is given an additional pop of color with elegant gloves, which Dresbach said can be described as "a real butter yellow."

"Real butter is actually this sort of marigold color that you see a lot of in the 18th century French paintings. Every costume that I do for Claire is trying to weave in elements of both the 18th century and the 20th century so that you have a sense that she could have had that fabric, or she was standing in a dressmakers at some point going, 'I want that, and I want that, but put it together this way,' so that we end up with a kind of look that she has that's so distinctive."

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First let’s talk about the doll. She does remind me of Caitriona Balfe as Claire but her jaw s a bit too pronounced, a thing that often happens with Tonner dolls. She is beautiful and has a hint of that otherworldly beauty that Balfe has. Can’t wait to see the Red Dress version.

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And what about the dress? Hmmmm. Let’s start from the top. The hat colour is so wrong. The original hat is not dark brown but has a more natural sisal colouring to it. It also curves downwards and not upwards. It is also doubled with draped fabric underneath as one can see in a photograph of the outfit displayed at Saks 5th Avenue.

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As much as I can see on the badly lit promo shots, the colouring and design of the dress do try to recreate the human sized costume...BUT! The pattern of the woven flowers is difficult to emulate but it’s close enough, albeit with fewer flowers than the original one, obviously for cost cutting. The pleats and draping of the skirt at the back of the doll dress leave a lot to be desired.  Not to mention the unsightly back fastening, which is also inappropriate for the period and is nowhere to be seen on the original - adult dresses of the period always fastened at the front.

Sketch by Terry Dresbach for Outlander  

Sketch by Terry Dresbach for Outlander  

The seams of the sleeves cut the flower pattern, something not happening on the original outfit, where they fall precisely between the pattern. The overall shape of the dress will probably need a lot of attention and fuss to come close to its inspiration. This does not bode well for the red dress, which has an even more expansive and draped/pleated skirt. And these are not cheap dolls mind you. It’s unfortunate that they only got the yellow “dishwashing” gloves right. 

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UPDATE: Tonner Doll published proper photos of the doll on their Instagram. The skirt looks a bit better regarding the pattern density but all my other observations still stand. In one of the two photo collages, you can see the shoes peeking from beneath the skirt.

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That back closure is so wrong...but they seem to have fixed the curve of the hat...

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...even though it looks again wrong in the close up.  

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Fashion Fairytale: Integrity Toys 2017 Convention part 6 - W Club luncheon

The last day of the Integrity Toys Convention means that it’s time for the W Club luncheon. The theme was Aladdin with two dolls presented: Rayna Ahmadi as Jasmine, the centerpiece that everyone had a chance to buy and Giselle as Aladdin, given as gift to all. 

 

Item # 82093

Natural Wonder

Rayna Ahmadi™ Dressed Doll

The NU. FACE Collection

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

W Club Luncheon Exclusive Centerpiece

Edition Size: 420 Dolls

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A very beautiful Rayna as Jasmine from Aladdin. I’m not fond of the colour of her jumpsuit but the doll is stunning. The opening of the décolleté is a bit too wide, most photos I saw from attendees showed nipples peeking out. she was sitting on a flying carpet stand that one could buy separately for $60.00. The outfit is from Balmain Spring 2018 collection:

Balmain Ready To Wear Spring 2018  - photo Vogue Runway Monica Feudi InDigital.tv

Balmain Ready To Wear Spring 2018  - photo Vogue Runway Monica Feudi InDigital.tv

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Item # 82094

Wanderlust

Giselle Diefendorf™ Dressed Doll

The NU. FACE Collection

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

W Club Luncheon Exclusive Giveaway Doll

Edition Size: 600 Dolls

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Great idea to use Giselle as Aladdin but I would expect a more daring styling, especially considering her hairstyle, And would love to see shoes with upturned tips as they did make an appearance in European catwalks this month. Do you think she has them? Again the outfit is from Balmain Spring 2017 collection.

Balmain Ready To Wear Spring 2017 - photo Vogue Runway Monica Feudi InDigital.tv

Balmain Ready To Wear Spring 2017 - photo Vogue Runway Monica Feudi InDigital.tv

UPDATE: Giselle shoes! No upturned tip but nice triangular heel. Photo by Lisa Davidson via Cassien Guier

UPDATE: Giselle shoes! No upturned tip but nice triangular heel. Photo by Lisa Davidson via Cassien Guier

And these were seen at the Jason Wu Winter 2015 Collection- Photo Vogue Runway Gianni Pucci Indigitalimages.com

And these were seen at the Jason Wu Winter 2015 Collection- Photo Vogue Runway Gianni Pucci Indigitalimages.com

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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.

Fashion Fairytale: Integrity Toys 2017 Convention part 5 - the Poppy Parker luncheon

The second day of the Integrity Toys 2017 convention had more shopping but also workshops for attendees. After that, it was time for the annual Poppy Parker lunch, except this year, the theme of mix and match brands continued with Poppy channeling Little Red Riding Hood as the centerpiece and Eugenia Perrin-Frost as the hidden giveaway doll, this time channeling the Big Bad Wolf. Attendees also got part two of the "Build-a-Giftset" kit: a Nadja head and bust with "sleeping" closed eyes. They were also given the option to purchase a body upgrade kit so that they could have not one, but two complete Nadja dolls at the end of the convention. I am guessing that people that bought a Poppy luncheon ticket were expecting to get only Poppy dolls and not a Fashion Royalty gift and have to win the raffle to purchase a centerpiece Poppy. Let’s check out the dolls.

Item # PP126

Through The Woods

Poppy Parker® Dressed Doll

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Lunch Event Centerpiece

Edition Size: 420 Dolls

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The Russian folklore touch, first glimpsed on the Alice Style Lab outfit is making another appearance here, much more fittingly in my opinion. I would have liked to see something more creative done with her hair - say making two braids that would coil on the sides of her head, or two pigtails. I also would have liked to see a more pronounced hood - after all, that’s how she got her name, right? I love her bag and will stress again that only Poppies got bags. 

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 Item # 91428

Bite Out Of Life

Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll

The Fashion Royalty® Collection

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Lunch Event Giveaway DollEdition Size: 600 Dolls

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I like this one. Love the widow’s peak. Love the make up. Love the earrings suggesting a wolf. Love the cape, dress and boots. Only thing I’d change: make the boots burgundy and reverse the colouring of the dress to match them. Lovely.

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Item # 82090B

Sweet Dreams Welcome Multi-Part Giftset

Nadja Rhymes™ Dressed Doll

The NU. Face Collection

The 2017 Integrity Toys Convention: Fashion Fairytale

Build-a-Giftset Part B (Sleeping Head and Lingerie)

Edition Size: 600 Kits

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Novelty item and a chance to take a couple of interesting photos, although the lids should have been a bit darker. Now she gives an impression of empty eyes.  

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 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.