Tricky Eugenia with her hair down.

I broke one of my rules this morning and photographed a doll in full sun. Shame on me. The result was overly contrasty and unacceptable. That's when Photoshop comes in with it's tricky filters. When I need to rescue a picture, I fool around with the filters until the picture looks as if I meant it to be that way.

Eugenia's head is fully rooted (YAY) and comes out of the ponytail easily. I just had to trim a tiny bit from the part that was wrapped around the tail. Because her hair was factory crimped, the mark from the rubber band isn't so pronounced that it requires boil straightening. This was an easy one. I like the look much better this way.


Deneuve ~ A Quiet Life

I have had this lovely doll for about a month now. Honestly, I did not know what to do with her at first and then I came to realize that I didn't have to do anything. This is a quiet doll. At first I didn't like the size of her nose. I was focused on that and it was disturbing. Now she is becoming more beautiful every day. 
She's had three photo shoots and is very easy to photograph. The resin accommodates daylight and flash beautifully.
She is soft and waiting.


Yes or No?

A Jason Wu Design

Hat and fur collar removed from Eugenia

From Runway to Doll Collector

A  public relations firm representing Madame Alexander Doll Co. recently asked me if I would advertise Jason Wu's new Cissy dolls. They sent me promotional photos and text. They were not able to send samples for me to examine and review. I actually did post images of his collaborative efforts in January 2010 after I saw them at IDEX.  This is not exactly what pr had in mind but it's lots of fun looking at Jason's runway shows and seeing which aspects have been applied to the dolls.

Today I was watching a slide show of Jason's Fall runway show when I saw this image:

I thought to myself, "I've seen that before."

This little beauty is called "Bon Bon." She is one of the new NeoCissy dolls designed by Jason Wu for Madame Alexander. She's just 16" tall with 15 points of articulation. Each is a LE 200 with a retail price of $159.95. The description on the MA website goes like this:
16”, African-American NeoCissy, with 15 points of articulation, has brown eyes, cropped, black flocked hair and silver nails, She wears an off-white corselet combined with a skirt that features three layers of gathered white netting that have a white flocked, polka dot detail. Her look is finished by silver rhinestone earrings, dark brown tights, hot pink vinyl, lace-up, platform shoes and a hand shaped hat, of black and white houndstooth trimmed with black soutache.
I adore the hat!

Bon Bon is one of three Neo Cissy dolls which will be available this fall. Another is "L'Enfant Terrible,"

 "16”, NeoCissy, with 15 points of articulation, has green eyes, bright red hair worn in a side-parted ponytail and, black nails. She’s dressed in a bra-top bodice that has a black fishnet neckline and sleeves combined with a black mini- skirt. Her look is finished with silver rhinestone earrings, black undies with attached garters and black stockings, bright green open-toed booties with platform heels and a black feathered eye patch, trimmed with jet caviar beads."
I couldn't find a Jason design with similarities to L'Enfant Terrible. He's done many bubble-type minis so I'll keep looking. Perhaps a representative from the company (who may be reading this) will send me a link to an image that relates to this doll's fashion. Anonymous is fine. ;-)

and last "Blu Belle."

"16”, NeoCissy, with 15 points of articulation, blue eyes, a side-parted blue Afro and black nails, wears a black taffeta, dropped waist, mini dress. The bodice has a peach ribbon detail, stitched to look like a corset and, an overlay of ruched, black net with white, flocked, polka dots. The same net also trims the pleated skirt. Her look is finished by nude pantyhose, orange vinyl, platform sandals with orange suede rosettes, silver rhinestone stud earrings and a lacy black eye mask that comes with sticky dots to adhere the mask to the face."

 Similar enough!


Tricks of the Trade Eugenia Frost

Last week a dealer posted some IRL images of this Eugenia in an eBay auction. A collective sigh of relief was heard from collectors and I know quite a few that contacted their dealers to order the doll. The power of a good photograph comes through once again.  I didn't think the promotional photograph was bad; it was the outfit that worried me. Her light eyebrows are an easy fix so that was not a concern. I love Eugenia's sculpt.

She was delivered today. There were no surprises. She looks exactly like the promo. The outfit is a collection of ideas that do not relate to eachother - overdone and undisciplined. There are so many styles and doodads piled on that the effect is comical. So I made it even funnier. The fur collar makes Eugie look like she has no neck. It would be nice on a sweater or a coat but not on this strapless mini-dress.

On the positive side, the shoes are stunning. Make sure you use a needle nose pliers to open the elastic loop prior to putting the shoes on in order to avoid over stretching and possibly breaking it. In this case, patience pays off and the shoes fit properly and stay on. I will probably remove the feathers as that is another useless item.

Trick sports a beautifully blended color saran hair which is pulled back into a low pony tail which is crimped. Is there anything the designers said 'no' to? I hope her head is fully rooted as I believe she will look gorgeous with her hair down.

Once the extra "fashion'  accessories are removed, she begins to emerge. She is stunning. Her dress is chic and young. The beaded lace stockings are gorgeous. Instead of the weird hat, I would have enjoyed a nice clutch in the same fabric.

Eugenia is a LE 600. Retail price is $139.00.

This season's Foundation Collection is marred by a disconnect between fashion and style. The two separate fashions, which have not yet arrived, continue this strange mix of shapes . The two images below are the property of Integrity Toys.


  One hopes that the designer(s) can rein in their tendencies to put everything on one doll and call it edgy. Let's go for class once again.

This link: http://woodsky.free.fr/LBX/listeFR.html, if you haven't discovered it yet, will provide you with a wonderful source of current and past Jason Wu Dolls. You can browse back through the years to see how the dolls and fashions have changed.  I use it all the time! You can drool over "Toast of Paris" and "Evening Chill" Raven Veronique. Even if you have the dolls, it's fun to see the original promotional images again.
Besides Fashion Royalty dolls, there are databases for Hollywood Royalty, Valia, Monogram, Model Behavior/Nu.Fantasy/Nu-Face, Misaki, Monsieur Z, Dynamite Girls, Poppy Parker, Brides of Dracula & Dark Hunters.



Will the Real Miss Piggy Please Stand Up?

This is the new 11" version of Tonner's Miss Piggy. There is already a 16" Miss Piggy in this outfit. The other difference is this version has her gloves and shoes painted on. What a drag. That makes the doll fairly useless. It's too bad because she is adorable in this size. Retail price $64.99 but I've seen it for less.


Below is the new 2010 basic Miss Piggy whose clothing and wig are removable. Retail price is $99.99. As always with Tonner items, shop around for a price below retail.


The "Fifth Avenue Pig" has been nominated for a 2010 Dolls Award of Excellence. This is an articulated 16" doll wearing a tailored suit with gold shoes and gloves, faux fur trim on the hat and jacket and pearls. It cracks me up. If Miss Piggy the puppet didn't have such a memorable personality this doll would just be a pig. But she is definitely a Divine Swine. Retail Price for this LE300 doll is $169.99.


I can't get the disturbing resemblance out of my mind now that I've seen these two side by side.