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Classic Black Dress

The Barbie Collection finally added Classic Black Dress Barbie to the shop.

I love the official pictures. It looks like she is in a photo studio.

Her is her official description:

The little black dress is a staple in any sophisticated wardrobe. Barbie® doll wears this classic with an air of modern chic, featuring a dramatic deep “V” neckline and feminine bows at the shoulders. Tall boots and a signature ponytail complete the oh-so-fabulous look. For the first time ever, the 2016 BFMC series features a posable Silkstone® body, for endless posing possibilities.

She will go on sale at 2/1/2016 for the amazing price of $40.00

I have to admit that I have a lot of fun redressing this lady.

I think I have to order a second one ;-)

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

 

Robert Best Sketches

So today Mattel launched their new Fashionistas dolls with 3 new body types. Petite, Tall and Curvy. They look great and you can read a great article about this new collection of dolls at the Time.com

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http://time.com/barbie-new-body-cover-story/

I hope these dolls will do very well. But for me as a collector there was something more exciting. In a video on Mattel.com there is an interview with Robert best about this new collection of dolls. And we get a look into his office.

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And look at all these gorgeous sketches on the wall !!! Are these dolls he is working on.

At the top left I think we see the sketch for the new Trench Coat Barbie.

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And how gorgeous are these 3 sketches.

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They would be perfect for the Sikstone collection.

The black suit with the leopard hat is my favorite.

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We already saw this one at the new Japanese stationary.

And look at these sketches.

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They look very young and fashionable. Maybe this is a new collector line. Or some sketches for some fab new fashions.

http://www.barbie.com

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As my friend Marco mentioned the sketches looks a lot like the fashions we see at BarbieStyle Instagram. And I think he is right.

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Moonlight Mist

A few hours ago a very special Silkstone doll has been listed on Ebay.

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Her name is Moonlight Mist and she is a ooak Silkstone doll designed by Robert Best for the National Barbie Doll Convention in the USA in 2009.

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According to the listing the doll was auctioned off in 2009 for $24,000.00

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It will be very interesting to see for how much this doll will sell on Ebay. Especially when now it’s not for charity.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281921066196?ul_noapp=true

for more Ooak Silkstone dolls designed by Mattel.

http://silkstonereferencelist.com/2015/10/11/329/

Classic Black Dress Inspiration

So lets talk a little bit more about Classic Black Dress.

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One of my Flickr friends Dollsfan42 send me a message today that the dress look a lot like one of the dresses from the Prada 2015 pre-fall collection. And I think he is right

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This must have been the inspiration for this doll.

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They even used the hairstyle form the show as inspiration.

I think I need to find this new girl a miniature version of the Lizard gloves and handbag.

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And make her a black belt and some bling for in her hair. Just to complete the look.

Mermaid Gown Barbie® doll Hallmark

My friend John Dean who is a big Barbie Hallmark fan just send me this cool picture of a new Barbie Hallmark ornament.

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Mermaid Gown Barbie® doll Hallmark Keepsake Ornament. A perfect miniature from the Mermaid Gown Silkstone from 2013.

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This Porcelain ornament designed by Patricia Andrews will be a Hallmark fanclub exclusive. And will be only available by ordering it along with your membership as an “Extra Exclusive”. $29.95

Trench Coat Barbie Silkstone

So today the second doll from the new BFMC turned up at the website Cherished Friends Doll Shoppe.

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Her name is Trench Coat Barbie. And it looks like she is the other doll that we saw in the interview with Robert Best about the new Posable Silkstone Dolls.

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She looks like she is a mix between the Spotted Shopping fashion and Fashion Editor.

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I love the bag !!! Now that is a great accessory. This bag was featured at the Barbie  Instagram account last year.

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Just like the dress from the new Classic Black Dress Sikstone.

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Will we see more of those amazing fashions that they show at this Instagram page on Silkstones this year.

for more information:

 www.cherishedfriends.com

http://www.instagram.com/barbiestyle/

Classic Black Dress Silkstone

Today she arrived, the new Silkstone dol called Classic Black Dress.

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Love the new box design with the roses.

And here she is.

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Her face is gorgeous.

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Love her soft glossy lips and the classic ponytail. My first impression is that she looks very young. Is it her face, or is it the new articulated body. I’m not a deboxer with my Silkstone dolls. But this girl (not a lady) has to come out.

The first thing I see when I start to debox her is that they used a black ribbon.

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And we all know that black can give staining on our dollls…

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Her articulation is quite firm. So when you pose her she keeps this pose very good. But there are some things that I’m not so happy with.

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The seams are very rough. For some reason they didn’t sand them. I also think that the articulation at her elbows is not the most beautiful there is. I really don’t like the little pointy thing that is showing when you place her hands on her hips. And talking about placing her hand on her hips. The iconic Silkstone pose that I LOVE isn’t possible.

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Lets compare her to one of the older ladies.

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She is a bit taller and her waist point is higher.

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She has a smaller bosom. This new body gives her a younger look.

Older fashions from the BFMC do fit.

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But the bigger bosom looks better in my opinion.

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So am I happy with this new doll.

I loved the idea of an articulated Silkstone doll. For me it will be a reason to start de-boxing the dolls and have fun with them. I love her face. But this new body has still to many flaws. The new body is also to different from the old one and instead of a new Lady I now have a new friend for Francie.

And then the fashion. A little black dress and plastic boots that were hell to take of. At one point I was afraid that I would break her legs. This is the most basic Silkstone we ever had. This has nothing to do with the glamour and couture from the 50ties

3,5  years ago I fell in love with this atelier collection.

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These amazing ladies dressed in couture made me want to be a doll collector. And I don’t think this new girl would have had the same effect on me.

It look like this doll is inspired by a modern day look that we see in fashion street photography.  But don’t forget that these ladies that are running in their little black dresses from show to show always combine their outfits with the best accessories.

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In an interview with Robert Best that you can read on the Barbie Collection website he explain that one of the reasons that they changed the body is because collectors were asking for posable Silkstone dolls from the beginning.

http://www.thebarbiecollection.com/buzz/posable-silkstone-dolls-interview-robert

I’m not a collector from the beginning but when I read the boards people are asking  for fashions sets, accessories ,furniture pieces and gift boxes. I hope we will also see some of these things in the near future.

So will this be the end of my passion for the Silkstone collection. No of course not. I think this is going to be an exciting new direction. And I hope we will see some of the vintage glamour back in these new dolls. And if not then I have an amazing collection of dolls from previous years that I can enjoy and I can focus more on the very talented ooak artists that we have in this doll world.

Normally I would say for more information http://www.thebarbiecollection.com

But until now you can’t find anything about this new girl at their website. I hope she will get a proper introduction soon.

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