Win a dress by Cho:lo Doll Couture

This is your chance, guys! You can win one of Cho:lo‘s amazing gowns by participating in this simple contest.

Here’s the sketch of the dress. I bet it will look even better in real life. :X

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I have already sent in a sign up form and now I’m waiting for my membership to be aproved. Good luck everyone! Don’t forget to read my interview with Cholo HERE.

Simba Toys’ Twilight Teens 2014

Some time ago I shared on my Facebook page some images of a Monster High inspired doll seris created by German manufacturer Simba Toys. The line is called Twilight Teens and even if I tought the dolls were discontinued after just one year it looks like they are back with three more dolls.

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I didn’t like the first dolls because they looked so cheap but these three don’t look bad at all. Ok, I’m not going to buy her because I’m not into Monster High and zombie dolls but maybe some of you might be interested in them. The Pantheria one really looks cool. I was actually hoping they would continue with the Mystic Girlz series and not this one but looks I’m not in luck. :(

My 2 cents: Jem and The Holograms & Barbie live-action movies

I bet you have all heard about the two upcoming live-action projects that involve Barbie and Jem and The Holograms. At first I was super excited about the Jem movie because I actually imagined a cool, 80s inspired movie about rock bands and glam. But then I started following the official blog of the movie and realized the project just might end up looking and feeling like a low budget tv movie from the 90s. Remember the 1995 Fantastic Four movie? :)) Well something like that. At least that’s how I feel about the Jem and The Holograms live-action movie.

I just can’t imagine a big budget movie filming and casting so fast, in just a matter of weeks and that’s exactly what it’s happening with this movie. Look, they already have the cast and the first images from the production!

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Jem – Aubrey Peeples
Kimber – Stefanie Scott
Aja – Hayley Kiyoko
Shana – Aurora Perrineau

As far as I know they were looking for actors just a few weeks ago. I’m not an expert in casting and movie production but aren’t things going a bit fast? And in this case fast is not a good thing, in my opinion. Maybe I’m wrong… Maybe. I wish they would have taken a longer time to think this through, to get some good writers, directors and actors and really make this movie a big blockbuster. With all these movies coming out that are based on fantasy books, toy lines and comic books, a Jem and the Holograms movie would have been a big win for any big studio and a great way to start a series of movies based on The Holograms and The Misfits. Oh, well… I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what will become of this movie.

The Barbie live-action movie doesn’t stand a chance in my opinion. I love Barbie way more than I love Jem but she’s no big screen live-action movie material. She makes a great toy, a great cartoon character but thinking of an actress that will portray her in a “serious” movie just makes me cringe. And that’s really all I can say about thins project.

I do hope I’ll change my mind after the two movies come out, but so far they just don’t look or seem a good idea to me. :(

Thoughts?

FR:16 Obsidian Culture Hanne Erikson Dressed Doll

This gorgeous doll is an exclusive Couturedolls.com (formely Angelic Dreamz) 16-inch fully articulated vinyl fashion doll with rooted hair and delicately hand applied eyelashes. She has the FR16 body, Hanne head sculpt and FR White skin tone.

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You can see more images of her HERE. She’s a limited Edition of 300 Dolls Worldwide and you can already order her for $175.00 (25% Deposit Only) HERE.

Just stunning! :X

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Ninimomo update: GAW 2014 auction doll and this weeks releases

This past weekend Nik and Marie from Ninimomo have raised $3100 at the GAW 2014 auction with this beautiful silver doll. Great job, guys! She’s stunning.

Ninimomo GAW 2014

You can see more images HERE.

This week they are also seling some of the remaining GAW exclusives at a 10% discount. Check them out below.

Miss District of Columbia 2013

Miss District of Columbia 2013

Miss Ohio 2013

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Miss Honduras 2013/14

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Miss Oklahoma 2013

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Miss Portugal 2013/14

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I hope one day I’ll be able to attend a GAW convention. :X Don’t forget you’ll be able to meet Nik and Marie at this year’s IDC! ;)

Fantasy and glamour with Tsuki Chan

It’s time again for an interview with an upcoming and very talented OOAK designer. His name is Tsuki Chan (Christanto Juni) and he comes from Indonesia. I first spotted his designs on Flickr and immediately noticed the beauty of his gowns and other creations. He has graciously agreed to talk to me about his life, his designs and his passion for dolls. I hope you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I have.

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1. Please tell my readers some things about you.
Firstly at all, I am Tsuki with Original name Christanto Juni, (Yes, I am a boy! Many people thought I was a girl!) from Indonesia. I am a fashion doll dress maker, to doll size 11 “. I always try to make excellent dresses for my dolls. Not easy, but I still able to survive among many dolls dress makers here. I come from an normal family and I began to like Dolls when I was a child, but because of the influence of gender I could not get any until I could buy them myself in high school.

2. How did you discover your passion for couture doll gowns?
Well, I must say this work actually came suddenly, it happens when I had a Barbie doll and I got bored with her dress, always “pink” and something like that. Coincidentally my aunt is a tailor so I decided to make a dress for my doll with her help. Then I slowly learned how to make doll clothes by copying Barbie original dress patterns, kept learning with a little help from my aunt’s patterns, as well as a little help of the internet. Then I realized that this is my passion, a hobby as well as my pleasure, so I continue to make doll clothes to this day.

3. You must have an inspiration, a muse. Who is it?
A person who has inspired me is my mother because she was the first to support me. Yes, there was a lot of opposition in my family (we are mostly boys) and my father was especially angry and embarrassed, but due to my mother’s encouragement, I keep doing what I love.

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4. What are your favorite materials that you use for your creations?
My favorite materials for dresses are:
1. For fabrics: I love the Duchess Satin and Shantung, the fabrics are not as difficult as Satin fabric and the other to be sewn. I also enjoy using a variety of fabric lace, brocade and etc.
2. For the embellishment: I always use a variety of mini sequins, seed beads and various Swarovski. You will always see this thing in my dresses.
3. Zippers. For a while now, I prefer to use it because the clothes will look better with them than with the snap.

5. Who are your clients and what makes them buy your creations?
The buyer of my dresses are mostly doll collectors from Indonesia. Until now, my creations are still not available in worldwide shipping. (Sorry for that news ) The things which makes them buy my clothes is my neatness and the way I beaded the dress, most of my costumer were happy with my beading. (I also think I am less creative than others, but Thank God, I still always have client waiting for me.)

6. What is your absolute favorite creation all time? The one you are most proud of.
My all time favorite creation is an evening gown that I made from Robert Best, Pink Tribute Barbie. I thought about the patterns for a whole day but then had some problems in making the actual dress so I had to ride around town looking for an embroidery place to help me because most of them refused me because the dress was too small. Thankfully I found a place that was willing to do help me.

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7. Tell me a bit about how you create a look for a doll. Do you start with a sketch?
When I plan to make a dress, I would start to think about the materials and the color, whether it will good and match. Then I think about a doll suitable to wear the creation and what is the suitable hairdo for her. I never really sketch. I just think in my little brain and then draw and scribble. I am not really good at sketching :P . Then I will start to make the patterns just like making human dresses.

8. What dolls do you usually like to work with and what face and body mold do you prefer for your doll models?
I always loved Barbies and have some plans regarding the Kurhn dolls right now. I like Mackie, Goddess, Lara, Louboutin and Lea facemold because their makeup are usually great for make over and, at this time, I only work with Model Muse body. Hopefully I can work on FR, Silkstones and other 11″ dolls someday.

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9. What other doll designers do you admire? 10. As a conclusion: tell you what design you are working on or are planing to work on.
The doll designers I admire are: Ninimomo. Oh God, look at their beading and make over, they are totally amazing OOAK artists. I always love their creations in no matter what, I just LOVE them! They are my inspiration. Other artist I love are Magia2000 for their repaint and Madonna dolls, Artist Creations for their OOAKs and right now starting to love Cho:lo.

10. As a conclusion: tell you what design you are working on or are planing to work on.
I am dreaming about working at Mattel and becoming one of their designer! It will be so nice, I think. Hopefully I can work there. Hahaha. Now, after graduating my school I started to be interested in making human dress. I’ve been learning how to make human clothes and I plan to continue my studies in fashion school so that I could be a both a real life and a doll designer!

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I hope, my dear, that all your dreams will come true and I also hope that soon your design will be available world wide. i would love to own one of your creations. :X

2014 Bride Barbie Atelier Mariage

In case you haven’t seen her on my Facebook page, here are the IRL images of the new 2014 Silkstone Bride Barbie from the Atelier series.

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The images are from the Spanish doll shop Juguetes Damaso and you can already purchase her for 119,99 € ($165.87). What do you think about her? I know there are a lot of collectors that are not very impressed with this year’s Silkstone dolls but I so love their vintage look. This doll is a must for me. :X

Doll Attic Auction #45 catalogue for digital download

I’ve been drooling over the images from each of Doll Attic‘s auctions and have always wanted to purchase thier catalogues but never got to do that because I just hate the high shipping rates from the US to my country, Romania. Plus I get to pay VAT when I go and pick up my packages that come from outside the EU. Grrrrr!

But now I’ve discovered that you can download their catalogues in a PDF format. YEY!!! For $25 you can now drool all over your tablet or keyboard. Lol! Order your copy HERE and check out the covers of their latest auction catalogue below. Gosh, just look at all those beauties. :X

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New Fab Life, Glam Luxe and other playline dolls

My dear, dear friend Muhammed Bagci from Fashion Doll World has shared with me some great info and images of the upcoming playline 2014 dolls including the new Glam Luxe dolls, Fab Life series, Barbie and sisters series and others. Here’s a list of dolls:

Barbie My Fab Family:
– Barbie & Sisters Surf 2-Packs: Barbie/Stacie, Skipper/Chelsea
– Barbie & Sisters Comping Trip: Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea (3x)
– Barbie On the Go Playsets
– Barbie & Sisters Winter Fun: Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea (3x)

Barbie and the Secret door:
– Alexis singing dolls – Friends Summer (Mermaid) and Teresa (fairy) dolls
– Prince doll – Princess Malucia doll
– Budget Versions of Alexa, the Mermaid and the Fairy
– Fairy Horse
– Smaller Horses assortment (2x)
– Princess Castle (small)
– Princess Castle (big)

Barbie Fab Like I:
– Barbie Curl doll
– Barbie Glitter Designer doll
– Barbie Fashion Design Maker
– Barbie I can be Rockstar & Buisness woman

Barbie Fab Life II:
– Barbie Glam Luxe Barbie (2x) Raquelle, Midge (Nikki?)
– Barbie Party Fashionistas Barbie, Teresa, Raquelle -Barbie Party Fashionistas 2-Pack
– Barbie Fashionistas Barbie (2x), Teresa
– Barbie Malibu Avee Playsets (3x)

Glam Luxe Barbie second wave 2014

Glam Luxe Raquelle second wave 2014

Glam Luxe Summer second wave 2014

I love the playsets with the boat and the sledge. Also the new Glam Luxe dolls look nice but I think they can do better with those.

Waht do you think of these new dolls?