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Aquatalis

Today I got a new doll from Vietnam. A repaint and redressed Silkstone doll by Aquatalis.

For me Aquatalis was totally new. But they already have a very big fan base. Aquatalis is the brand name from the duo designers QuanaP and AlexNg. And they do everything. They reroot, repaint, make gorgeous fashions and accessories and they do an amazing job on doll Photography.

So here is my new doll.

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I also love her fashion.

Very Chanel 2016 Fall/Winter

Like the dress we saw on Elle Fanning at the Cannes International Film Festival last week.

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for more information:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/aquatalis/page2

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AquatalisBoutique

https://www.facebook.com/Aquatalis/timeline

Bon Bon, Poppy Goes To Paris

Ok I’m in trouble. I ordered some dolls today. And I know I was not the only one.

Normally I can resist a Poppy Parker doll. But that was until I saw the new Bon Bon Poppy Goes to Paris collection yesterday.

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Yesterday night I was chatting with a friend about these dolls. I didn’t order them and she ordered 1. We were so proud at each other. 24 hours later we both ordered all 6 dolls….

So who are these new ladies.

Bonjour Mademoiselle.

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She seems to be inspired by 1963 Christian Dior Look (inspiration found by Nata-Leto)

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That travel train case alone is worth ordering this doll.

The second lady in this collection is Très Chic Boutique.

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She is a gorgeous Redhead. She loves shopping at Lemieux… I googled it and it is an old Opera Glasses house in Paris.

the third lady is called Night at the Ballet. (Maybe Très Chic Boutique is getting her a present)

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the fourth lady is C’est Si Bon.

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Her look is inspired by this 1957 Lanvin-Castillo cocktail dress.

the fifth lady is Paris in The Springtime.

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That Poodle !!!!! omg so sweet. I looks like this lady is the most popular under the collectors.

And the last lady that we could order today is Magnifique.

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Her Gown looks to be inspired by the  1950 Chanel gowns in this John French picture (inspiration found by Nata-Leto)

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And look at the size of that ring !!!!

I was lucky that I could still order these dolls at the new IT dealer Eta Dolls that is located in Holland. And yes they are still available !!!!

http://www.etadolls.com

But this were not the only dolls from this collection. 2 ladies are IT Direct Exclusive. And they will be sold by a lottery later this summer.

there is Powder Puff.

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She is wearing a baby doll nighty that is inspired by the 1969 movie, “The Love God?” with Don Knotts. Costume Design by Helen Colvig.

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I love it that she comes with a teddybear and a diary.

And the final lady from this collection is Miss Amour.

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Inspired by this 1963 Dior gown. (inspiration found by Nata-Leto)

And Amour it is. WOW so needed her. That dress id gorgeous. And I love it that she comes with the little perfume bottle.

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The dolls will be shipped at the end of the Summer / Early Fall.

I hope I can keep it at these dolls. The completist in me is already looking to the older Poppy dolls…..

I think I’m in trouble…..

Decadent Detour

This weekend Drama Queens Production held a fabulous Superdoll convention in Las Vegas. It was a 3 day event and of course the dolls from this convention and extra’s are gorgeous.

The first event was at the  Hard Rock Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip. Conventioneers got this great accessory set called Ratpack.

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a transparant suitcase filled with money and poker chips. I love the handcuffed chain.

There was also an event dress available called Black Rose.

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The Next day they had a luncheon at Neon Museum.

picture from Drama Queen production Instagram.

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Here they got the fabulous fashion set called Blackjack. A black sequined gown with a cape yellow gloves and heels.

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And the conventioneers had the change to buy the companion doll called Baccarat.

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picture from Superdoll London Facebook.

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At Saturday a GenX Ooak was on display. She was made for the Charity auction.

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And in the evening they had two more gorgeous ladies.

Aurum was the centerpiece doll. She is a limited edition of 7 dolls.

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and Max-O-Million the official convention doll.

picture from Superdoll London Facebook.

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they also got this fun accessory set called Carouselle.

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for more pictures of this event:

https://www.instagram.com/drama_queen_productions/

Les Journées Particulières

This weekend LVMH invites the public to 40 of its Houses for visits to rarely seen places from May 20-22 during Les Journées Particulières

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The event unveiled the immense wealth of heritage and know-how at LVMH houses that is passed on from one generation to the next. Guided tours included demonstrations of artisanal skills, talks and interactive itineraries. Over the space of a weekend, several thousand artisans – watchmakers, couturières, perfume flacon sealers, shoemakers, cellar masters, jewelers, trunk makers, riddlers, head seamstresses, chefs and many others – made it possible for large numbers of visitors to share their passion and unyielding commitment to excellence.

And wow I would love to have been in Paris this weekend. Because Dior opened their doors and showed a part of their miniature couture pieces.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BFqzC0UJu7h/

My friend Patrick Kon was there today and het took some great pictures.

I hope that one day this collection will be on display for a longer time. Or in a traveling exposition.

for more information: http://www.lvmh.com

City Chic Suit

Today I got my City Chic Suit Silkstone. I have to admit that I wasn’t a big fan of this doll when I saw the first pictures online. So why would I buy this doll…. I’m an obsessive completist. When I start collecting something I want it all.

So here she is.

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I till wasn’t a big fan of her. But lets get her out of the box.

Normally I’m not a deboxer. I like how my silkies look in their perfect creme colored boxes. But articulated dolls you have to set free. I do this with my dolls from IT and my sybarites. And I love posing those ladies.

So Here she is out of her box.

That suit is making me so sad. Maybe it looks better without the vest.

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Now she looks like a stick with a very big head….

Ok, I’m not really a redresser but lets try something else.

Now that was not easy.

I have to tell you I don’t like to redress. I don’t like to play with my dolls. Not with my Silkstone dolls. I just like to buy a very pretty doll and display her. Maybe boring but for me this is the way that I like to collect. Her hairstyle was also not helping me. I am not good with hair and I want it to be perfect. And her hair was not like the doll looked in the picture at the back of the box.

So I was a bit disappointed. Especially because this was an AA doll. And those are always my favorites. From the beginning of this year I wasn’t over the moon with these new bodies. But I told myself I had to try it for a year and then I would decide if it was something for me. But today I realized that is was the completist inside me. These new dolls don’t make me happy.

So for my personal collection the BFMC ended in 2015. But don’t worry. I will never stop loving my silkies. It’s a very big collection and I still need to add some to complete it. And then there is this huge ooak market. With so many talented people.

For me the new dolls are a different line. And Silkstone will always be my first love.

Now I have some Ebay listing work to do😉

Deer Glam

My suitcases that I took back from IDC are still closed. But one doll I had to take out of her box the first 5 minutes I arrived home.  And I cant stop starring at her.

Her name is Deer Glam and she is a creation by Magia2000.

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She is inspired by one of my favorite Alexander McQueen looks from his autumn / winter 2006-7 Couture looks.

She is from the Nude collection that was presented last week the Friday before convention at the Magia2000 presentation in Milan.

Love the beading and her delicate face paint

for more information: http://www.magia2000.com

 

Thank you IDC

Yesterday night I came back from IDC. And wow !!! this was a great convention. I don’t know how they do it, but every year I think this is perfect and it can’t get any better then this. And then IDC surprise you again.

Thank you Mario and Gianni for giving us such an amazing event in Europe. From the moment you enter the Melia Milano Hotel it feels like home. Everything was perfect. And thank you to everybody in the amazing team you guys have that are helping you.

And wow what was I surprised when I won an award this year together with Ada from Papusile Mele.

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Thank you to all the people who went to my workshop. I had such a great time making miniatures with you guys.

Thank you my table guests: Bruno, Leslie, William, Jim, Brian, Alex, Cheryl, Matthew and Mom. I hope to see you all next year at IDC.

Thank you to my old and new friends. I had a great time during the diners we shared, the midnight hotel lobby chats, the dancing during the disco and the long walks in Milan.

Next year theme for IDC is IDC goes Wedding !!! And I will definitely go.

For more pictures of this convention I uploaded many pictures on my Fickr account:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rcsilkstone/

And at last but certainly no least a big thank you to my dear friend and fellow blogger Rebecca from Inside the Fashion Doll Studio. Thank you for taking over my blog during convention.

for more information about this great doll event:

http://www.italiandollconvention.it

And if you have any questions you can always contact me and I will convince you to come next year !!!

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