2/22/2014

Silkstone Fashion Model Collection "Ducissima"

Listed on the amazon.de (Germany) website is this newest Mattel Silkstone, Ducissima.
Once again we see a conglomeration of styles and an overworked ensemble. I want to take things away like the cape and the ruffly bow-tied sleeves. One doesn't know what to look at first because so much is going on.
Individually, some parts are very nice. She is a pretty doll with a lovely face. I can't tell about the hairstyle.  I like the boots a lot. They'd look great with a coat or a simpler dress with chunky jewelry. Ditch the purse and gloves and give us big earrings  (after taking away the shirt and cape.)
Bottom line...we've got another hot mess here.
To me she looks more Spanish than Italian. "Matador Sans Red Cape" is what I'd call her.  An Italian speaker noted that the name, Ducissima, doesn't mean anything in Italian slang or dialect. Dulcissima is a Latin adjective. Dolce means sweet in Italian.




It was pointed out by Dutch Barbie World that this look is inspired by a look from the Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2012 line. D&G did it much better.


Robert Best's flourishes and changes do not help the fashion at all. I like the D&G look very much and I like the boots on their own..

When I photograph my dolls who have side glancing eyes, I always have their head turned in the direction their eyes are looking. Try it yourself. Glance to one side and turn your head the other way. It's not easy and it's very weird at the same time. Don't you feel sly?

2/24/14 UPDATE: Her name on-line has been corrected to read Dulcissima.


13 comments:

  1. This one took me aback!! I'd rework the outfit. Remove the black ties on the sleeves and bow on cape, perhaps putting her in black leggings after removing the skirt (hope they are separates). Love the boots and purse, but seems like too much froo-froo. She does look Spanish, which is appealing. The outfit looks like an over-done wedding cake.

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    1. At least this one has an appealing face. I don't know how much she will be.

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  2. Hi Terri,

    I just wanted to let you know that I checked the preview of this doll that showed up about ten days ago in the Sneak Peeks forum in the Barbie Fan Club, and there they spell her name "Dulcissima". I'm wondering if her name was just misspelled in the listing or if it might also be misspelled on her packaging. I can't seem to find the listing on the Amazon.de site right now. Maybe it was removed.

    -----Dennis in PA

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    1. I'm wondering the same.

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    2. Try this link:

      http://www.amazon.de/Mattel-BCP82-Collector-Collection-Ducissima/dp/B00GRMJIYO/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=1OYXJMO7SUTFT&coliid=I2PBMIN5LUIUAF

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  3. "Glance to one side and turn your head the other way. It's not easy and it's very weird at the same time. Don't you feel sly?" LOL, that just cracks me up and my eyes are hurting just from trying it out!

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    1. You tried it! It's not easy to look that way.
      T

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    2. I tried it too, and now I have a headache! :)

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  4. I do not collect silkstones, but I like to watch at their promos as they are usually very beautiful and I often find inspiration for new dresses to sew for my girls.....Fiorella was not that bad, this one isn't that bad either, apart from that horrible bow on the cap....they should have left it plain.....the original dress by DG is quite creative but odd, not a great choice to begin with.....

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    1. I love the photography and sets they make for the Silkstones.
      Terri

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  5. I love her but the same pattern on the skirt, boots and bag is too much for me...

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  6. Love the boots... love the face... that's all.

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