6/03/2014

Luciana Silkstone Barbie is Revealed

The latest Silkstone has been revealed by Mattel. She is Luciana Barbie, a doll shop and Barbie Collector Exclusive.  Retail price is $99.

She is not to my personal taste as I don't care for the huge forehead (or any other part of it.)  The suit with it's peplum jacket and flounced skirt is, once again, overly designed. Add in the boots, the lace gloves, the patterned fabric on top of all that and there's just too much going on. Did I mention the rhinestone buttons on the jacket, the big cuffs and giant pocket flaps, the buttoned up peter pan collar or the gathered shoulders? OMG.
Good designers don't put everything they possibly can into one ensemble and call it fashion...
unless it's in Gone With The Wind.
Even in this frilly dress, there's a control - it's all white. Can you imagine an overall flowery print and this dress? You would go blind.
But I digress. Apparently Robert Best is not at his best this year. Perhaps it's that his doppelganger doll has done so poorly with collectors.

But, if you like this doll - Cherished Friends, the best doll store on earth is carrying her and that's where you should buy it.
Tell Lynn that Terri sent you.

11 comments:

  1. You're right, Terri. Unfortunately, Robert Best is not at his best this year. I love the Silkstones, but, I think this doll's outfit is awful. The good thing is that it's money I won't spend.

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    1. They're asking ridiculous prices for Silkstones now. If they ever articulated the bodies, that might be worth it.
      Thanks for your comment!
      Terri

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  2. I actually like the doll, I think she'll look a lot nicer with her hair down and partially covering her forehead. However I detest her outfit. It does not seem to match, makes her look boxy, and why is the print so large? Mattel of all companies should be able to get fabrics with scale appropriate prints.

    Also, that skirt has such a weird construction. It looks like a simple straight skirt, why does it need so many seams?

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    1. I tried to picture the outfit with a simple straight skirt - it would be so much improved.
      Thanks for your comments.
      Terri

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  3. Reminded me of the Ekaterina and the Je ne sais quoi a bit. Remembered those girls were a bit problematic too. Maybe this type of patterned fabric is a bit tricky to work with. You can go easily overboard with it. But as it is she's tolerable I guess. I seen worse before. Oh yes talking about Gone With The Wind, they did make a doll with that white frilly dress. Wonder if you seen her. Rather cute IMO...

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    1. Yes, of course I've seen the GWTW doll...all of them. Ekaterina and Je Ne Sais Quoi were tame compared to these.
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    2. Really? Need to look back at those 2. But I do agree this is a bit OTT. The cut should be more simple given the fabric has a lot going on already. It would be interesting to see this IRL. As it is she's s love or hate it piece. For me I would give my final verdict once I see the real deal.

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  4. There are several Silkstone Barbie lately that have a heavy Dolce Gabanna influence.. It is not for everyone, as they tend to overdesign and complicate gowns with patterns, textures and Baroque stamps or images...

    But I agree, if they get rid of the pockets, the neck and the skirt pollera.. It will be a lot better..



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    1. DG carries it off with super fine embellishments and richness of fabric; Robert Best does not.
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  5. Another reason why I am focused entirely on Tonner and Integrity now. :(

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  6. The bottom of the skirt and the boots are awful. The fabric needs a simpler design, and I don't like her hairline.

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