8/11/2015

Some New Photos ∞§∞ Some Old Dolls

I've been missing in action from my blog which is quite unusual for me.  The consignment job I took on at the end of June has kept me extremely busy. In addition, we're looking for another house.

I have taken some pictures with no particular theme.


This lovely Mini Live Wire Avantguard (2010) has been standing around waiting for attention. I don't remember from whom her black dress and shoes came. She is a wigged doll.

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The only Agnes I've kept out of all of them is Firefly.  I've thought about changing her outfit but this is just perfect for her. It came from "Sunset Rave" Ayumi who was a convention gift in 2011. A lot of my dolls are like that. I find the best outfit for them and that's that.


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Currently my only Adele, the classic "Graphic Language," is wearing the dress from Full Spectrum Veronique. I have managed to find an FR2 body to match her skin tone. She's gorgeous. Graphic Language originally (2004) came on a straight arm body and has the second Adele sculpt.


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Another earlier (2005) doll, "Foreign Affair" Veronique models an altered dress from the Katy Keene collection. I removed the big bow things from the hips. Still not loving the gown but Vero needed some attention. She's had an FR2 body swap.
 "Foreign Affair" Vero is from the Golden Age (that's what I call it) of Fashion Royalty which lasted for another five years.  Although the bodies were the first articulated type which was replaced by the original 'tall' body, the hair styling and the face paint were special. Screening had an airbrushed look and was not cartoonish or freaky as it often is now:
Kesenia Porcelain Beauty (not quite)
The dolls were gorgeous. That year saw the dolls sporting applied lashes for the first time.

FA wearing the "Lavish Thread" fashion.
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I tried to love her, really I did. I sold her two weeks ago. There was something about her hair  or maybe it was her brows. I don't know. She did not work for me.  She is Ayumi Nakamura "Opium" from 2012. 
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I've been gradually thinning my Fashion Royalty collection. For the most part, the newer dolls and pop culture lines don't interest me.  The newer tall and the hand swap bodies are turning color. It's very depressing to think that my once adored collection is deteriorating.  Even one of the newest dolls - still in her package - has noticeably different color hands from the rest of the body. That may be another issue altogether but the problem hasn't been solved and it's pushed me even farther away. 


16 comments:

  1. Great photos! Is the body for Graphic Language FR black? (I need one too)

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    1. "FR Black" is a newly coined title for a color. I have no idea what my body is called. It's FR2 so it's at least 1 year old.

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  2. The first dress and shoes are from High End Envy Erin from 2012

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  3. Lovely pictures. I actually have Porcelain Beauty Kesenia and have been on the edge of selling her, but somehow she always avoids that... it might be her color combo, I don't know, sometimes you do not actually know why you like some of them :)

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    1. It's true. As long as you like your dolls, that's what matters.

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  4. I loved the way you dressed your gorgeous dolls!!!!

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  5. Great pics! I am such a fan of the older sculpt. GL Adele is such a stunner!

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    1. Her sculpt was beautiful. Thanks.

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  6. You have brought up a valid point on the FR line that I have been concerned with about the new body that can be taken apart from a yellowing and cracking, point. I haven't yet had a problem with yellowing as I have been careful with my dolls, but these new bodies I see alot of problems with deteriation, cracking in the vinyl. I understand why you are thinning down to your favorites...it has caused me to be more selective in the buying process as well. Your photos are wonderful to look at, and a joy to see.

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  7. Glad you are back! I enjoyed seeing your photos. Good luck with your endeavors. I'm glad that IT seems to moving away from that translucent looking plastic they used in some of the FR2 doll heads like this Opium Ayumi. They never seem to match the bodies in my opinion. I am hoping they continue to improve the plastics so that breakdown isn't so quick. Also, offering replacement bodies is wise. Thanks, Don

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    1. Hi Don: I hope so for everyone's sake, theirs included!
      Terri

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  8. Gorgeous pictures! That Veronique (FA) is especially striking. She reminds me of Sybarite Couture Swallow, although I suppose Veronique came first!

    I agree about the old FRs vs. new... I was just getting into dolls in general in 2004 or so, and my subscription to Haute Doll in the next few years showed me all of these amazing FRs, AvantGuards, and Misakis... Then I stepped away from fashion dolls for a while to play with Asian BJDs. When I came back to the smaller dolls a couple of years ago, the feel/aesthetics of Fashion Royalty had changed quite a bit. I think a lot of it does have to do with the facial screening... those older dolls were remarkable.

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    1. We, who stayed with IT, noticed it right away. Not everyone minded the change and so it picked up the pace. Jason distanced himself from the designs and it shows quite often.
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