The 2016 Italian Doll Convention part 1

At first I wanted to write a LOOOOOOOONG post about the entire event but then I changed my mind as I don’t want to write an entire novel on my blog. :))
This was my 4th IDC (I skiped the 2014 edition as I was heavily pregnant) and it was by far the best one to date! Mario and Gianni are getting better and better at this and each year they do such a great job at creating the perfect enviroment for collectors.

Held at the same Melia Hotel, this year the convention’s theme was IDC goes to America. I left for Milano on Friday the 6th and arrived at the hotel with a two hour delay because my flight was late. The joy… “Thank you”, Blue Air!! But that didn’t stop me from runing to my room, freshen up a bit and then go down to the hotel bar to have an Aperol spritz with my dear Simon from DollObservers.com, his husband Carl, Francesco from Fred-Dolls.com and his partner Edgar.

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Right after this we went across the hotel at the Ristorante Ranch Roberta and were joined by other collectors: Marcelo Jacob, Felix Kim, Hafizh Atfin, Muhammed Bagci, Doug Martinez, Maria Margarida Salvado and her husband and Rosam Gasco. Such a nice restaurant and the food is really good! If you are a fan of seafood I highly recommed it.

That was it for the first day as I quickly went to bed so I could wake up on Saturday early in the morning. Little did I know that my wish would come true in the most unexpected way. :)) At 6 in the morning our AC decided to break down and start squicking like a dog in heat. Lawd!! The joy! Monica and I woke up and couldn’t sleep any more so we decided to go down and have breakfast.

During breakfast I met with Alex Jauregui and he showed me some amazing dolls from Mexican artists. Check out two of them on my Facebook page HERE and HERE. Here’s a beautiful creation by Unique Lady Trend Dolls. She was available for sale in Sales Room.

After breakfast it was time for the registration. As always we got a HUGE and heavy bag of goodies. I love the Biopoint cosmetics. :X It’s the second year we get stuff from this company and I’m beyond excited for this. I already washed my hair with the shampoo we got and it’s amazig. Highly recomend it if you have a chance to buy it.

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Shortly after the registration the workshops took place. There were three but I managed to sneak in to Rogier’s and Monica’s ones. Rogier had a workshop about miniatures and Monica about jewelery.

After spending some time with my Queen Ibrahim, I went up to get ready for the gala dinner. I put on my Little Black Dress Silkstone inspired dress, my white sneakers and went down to the lobby. The Fashion parade had already started but I managed to see some of it. Monica, Mario and Sebastiano killed it!!! :))

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Right after we took some pictures with the contestants it was time for the Cocktail Party. I sipped some champagne with Simon and off we were to the Gala Dinner. But I’ll tell you all about that in the next post. ;)

Carlyle Nuera at the 2016 Madrid Fashion Doll Show!!

Need I say more?! Yes, the uber talented and ever so sweet mr. Carlyle Nuera will be joining us at the 2016 Madrid Fashion Doll Show in september! We, the organizing team, are SOOOOO excited about him coming to the convention. We have a lot of activities that will involve him so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime be sure to buy your pass for the convention HERE (CLICK).

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Info from La Convención Nacional de Coleccionistas de Barbie en España 2014

This autumn in Spain two doll conventions will take place. La Convención Nacional de Coleccionistas de Barbie en España is a Barbie convention organized by Asociación de Coleccionistas de Barbie de España (ACBE) and it will take place on the 4th and 5th October in Madrid.

This year the theme is 80’s Rockers Theme and it was announced that Mattel will be backing up the event and that next year it will also supply the convention with a convention doll. You can read more info HERE and HERE.

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This year’s doll will be designed by ICONIC DOLLS. You can read HERE an interview with the iconic duo.

I will not be attending this year’s convention but I promise to keep you updated on all that will be happening there.

Mario and Gianni from Magia 2000 about The Italian Doll Convention

IDC 2014 has just finished a week ago so I asked Mario and Gianni from Magia 2000 to answer a few questions about this amazing convention and their work.

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1. Now that IDC 2014 has finished, tell me how was the feedback from the collectors regarding this year’s event?
The 2014 event was a huge success and we are so overwhelmed by positive feedbacks and love from collectors. We really appreciate how people reacted to all the efforts we did to customize this event much more this year than ever. The theme was very attractive and fascinating and brought collectors to take part to each and every single activities, like Fashion show, ooak competition like never before. We have confirmed the hotel was the perfect venue for Idc, classy and elegant but with wide room and extremely nice to details and it was great to be there once again. It was an incredible weekend with collectors from all over the world and I’m so happy the flight strikes didn’t compromise the events. I want to thank every conventioneers who really fought to be there despite of any transportation problem, we had fun!

2. I can’t believe this was the 4th year of IDC. How did the convention evolve from the first to this year?
Yes, we can’t believe it too, as I started dreaming of this convention as a National event , only for less than a hundred Italians and it became so popular all over the doll community in the world and in only few years. Of course I must thank all the big companies, as Mattel and Superfrock and many other ooak artists, who really invested in my project to make it real and possible. Through the years, I invited different persons in the committee and helpers to have more support or feedbacks and it was incredible how, despite the in & out of committee, we could keep the original passion for this event. It’s not an easy task to welcome 250 persons, as we were this year and with so many different expectations, but we believe this is the best way to make people have fun and feel welcome in Italy. There is lot of work behind the scene, drama and difficulties which we faced as usual, with passion and trying to smile! I and Gianni work with Mattel Italy as designers and graphic free lance, so that was the biggest connection which help the event with sponsorship and more, and then we are in this business and hobby from over 15 years and we strongly involved all our friends, as Marl Davidson, as sponsor or any other convention we usually attend. It’s a great way to make the community alive and united. Then Marinella was in charge of Salesroom and competition, as she is very well known in this and welcomed all dealers and artists as usual.

3. I know IDC goes foodie is next year’s theme. Tell me more about what you are planning for 2015. I know most of it is a secret, but maybe a few details.
2015 is the year of the Worldwide EXPO in Milan, and it will begin on 1st May 2015, so few days before the IDC, which will take place always at Melia Hotel on 16th and 17th May too. The Expo is one of the biggest event in world, with over 140 countries coming to expose their products and next year’s Expo theme is about nutrition and food. Italian cuisine is worldwide renowned as the best and so we chose to celebrate this connection. We mean to discover the connection between dolls and the food, so we are expecting to have tons of dolls dressed like food, vegetables and see dolls in the kitchen, we are still working on the whole project but we are sure the collectors have more imagination than ever, especially when the theme is not that obvious, you get the most incredible result.

4. I’ve seen a lot of articles in the Italian traditional media about your event. How do non-collectors react to IDC?
Yes, this year we had an incredible reaction from Media, tv, radio and magazine spread the Barbie and doll passion to non-collectors and I have to tell this was super positive. I believe that dolls can open every hearts, because they connect you to your childhood and make you think about it. Of course, the first reaction is incredibly shocking, but as soon as they are involved in the convention atmosphere they are totally overwhelmed. This happens to the charity association too, which are really unaware of anything about the doll community and then, after the convention are really fascinated by this funny and pink world. 5- Well, every Barbie collector waits for the Barbie US National convention every year and of course we are flying to Nashville in less than 6 weeks, so you can imagine this was part of the original ideas we had for that big event. This year we are celebrating 15 years of hobby and doll designing career, so we want to focus our attention to what made us famous in the collectors world, what is the Magia 2000 DNA, elegance, quality, sparkling glamour and of course pink! The year started with the exhibition at the Musee de la Poupee in Paris (still in exhibition until 13 September) which brought us on a different level of inspiration so we are now working hard to follow that couture feeling more than ever. We are in a very positive moment and we are probably more inspired to colors, flowers and all the bling bling outfits!

5. You are not only organizers but you also have a table in the sales room where you display your amazing creations. What dolls did you bring to IDC this year? Tell me more about your favorite ones.
Well, every Barbie collector waits for the Barbie US National convention every year and of course we are flying to Nashville in less than 6 weeks, so you can imagine this was part of the original ideas we had for that big event. This year we are celebrating 15 years of hobby and doll designing career, so we want to focus our attention to what made us famous in the collectors world, what is the Magia 2000 DNA, elegance, quality, sparkling glamour and of course pink! The year started with the exhibition at the Musee de la Poupee in Paris (still in exhibition until 13 September) which brought us on a different level of inspiration so we are now working hard to follow that couture feeling more than ever. We are in a very positive moment and we are probably more inspired to colors, flowers and all the bling bling outfits!

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6. Last but not least, a shout out to all the international collectors that follow your convention.

The Italian Doll Convention is a state of mind….yes, we are here to have fun and i know from collectors you won’t regret coming to visit our beautiful country, Milan is always charming and full of great place to visit and the EXPO will be right there, only few metro stops from the hotel. Registrations will start on September 1st and you can easily have more info on the official website www.italiandollconvention.it. So if you never thought about Milan, this will be your year to come and visit the Expo, the city and last but not least…have dolly-fun!

La Reine de la Nuit Barbie Doll official photos

Mattel has uploaded images of the two convention dolls from this year’s National Barbie Convention on BarbieCollector.com. Gosh, the caucazian one is gorgeous. I have a thing for redheads but don’t we all? :P

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Here’s the official description of the dolls:

Platinum Label®
Release Date: 7/10/2013
Product Code: X8286
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The 2013 National Barbie® Doll Collectors Convention welcomes you to The Big Easy to celebrate our own favorite queen of the night. Celebrating the mysterious magic of NOLA, La Reine de la Nuit™ Barbie® doll is designed by Edge of 17. This creative duo has been shaking up the one-of-a-kind doll world since 2008 with their cutting edge, celebrity, and rocker themed dolls. Their inspiration was born from Raphael Estrada’s undying passion for music and underground fashion. A professional hair stylist and an avid collector of celebrity dolls, he also focused his talent on creating remarkable celebrity dolls. Joseph Kenyon, the other half of Edge of 17, contributes his talent for both design and business.

You can see the dolls HERE and HERE.

The bidding has started!

Get your wallets ready. The bidding for the charity auction from the Madrid Fashion Doll Show has started and now you have a chance to win some amazing dolls and other Barbie related items. Can’t wait to see who gets the beautiful “Charity Madrid Premier Beauty Winner” or the gorgeous sketch by Linda Kyaw.

Click on the picture below to see all the dolls and bid. Don’t forget this is for a good cause. ;)

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Madrid Fashion Doll Show – The Doll Making of Madrid Premier Beauty

This gorgeous girl is coming to me soon and I promise I’ll do a detailed review of her but first let’s watch this amazing and emotional video with the making of “Madrid Premier Beauty“.

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Madrid Fashion Doll Show – The Doll Making of from Francisco José Collado on Vimeo.

Madrid Fashion Doll Show: Charity Auction Dolls

The gala may be over but the Madrid Fashion Doll Show 2013 is not. On September 28th the second part of the charity event will take place on eBay where a lot of amazing dolls will be auctioned for a good cause. All the money raised from this auction will be given to the “Red Cross” for the project “No child without a Toy at Christmas”. Money has already been raised at the Gala dinner were dolls made by artists such as Oskar Coleccionista, Mery Lp, Ovaz, Yolanda Cañete, Paco Vazque, Daniel Crea en Rosa, Beatriz SanMat & Chicas Wu and Monlew were sold and managed to raise more than 1300 euros. Congratulations! I hope you’ll raise even more money with the second part of the auction.

If you want to help this cause and have a chance to own some amazing dolls and other Barbie related items be sure to check out the user “madridfds_charity” from eBay. The OOAK Artist and dolls to auction are:
Magia 2000: Magia Showgirl in Madrid
Artist Creations: Peony
Black Swan Company: “The queen of swans”
Monlew Luis Manuel and Monica del Castillo: Madrid Premier Beauty Winner OOak version of convention doll “Madrid premier Beauty Barbie”
Cotho: Elodie creationscotho.com/elodie.htm
Arnaldo doll´s restaurations:
Marcelo Jacob: Diva OOak Doll and giftset
Ovaz: “The Guardian of the children” & “Gaga”
Paco Alcaide: Rose Royal
Alfonso Carlús: Dark Night Glamour
Sergio López: land of Pharaohs
Blanca Martos: Fantine “Les Miserables”
Leticia Alonso: Irma la Douce
Daniel Rodriguez: MY Fair Lady Inspiration Red Carpet
Luis Robles: Vedette in Pink.
Bendición Martin Castillo donation: Paris convention doll exclusive “Luncheon Emsemble”
Picture Oleo By Juan Grande of “Madrid Premier Beauty Barbie”
Linda Kyaw picture framed Sketch of Milan Charity doll

Let the bidding wars begin! Good luck to everyone.

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OOAK Barbie of the day: Azalonian Princess

I know I must have been driving you mad with all the posts about the OOAK dolls made for the charity auction at the Madrid Fashion Doll Show, but this girl is everything! :X Her name is Azalonian Princess and she was made by “Monlew” (Lewis Couture and Monica N del Castillo).

She has arrived from The Azalonian Planet, well known for its golden fruit trees and pink seas and she trully is a princess. She will be auctioned at the Gala Dinner of the Barbie Spanish convention “Madrid Fashion Doll Show” and if you want her ….. you have to go and bid in person. ;)

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Photos are made by the talented Jose Rodriguez (MadKenPhoto).

The winner of the aution will be one happy collector. :X

Info from the Madrid Fashion doll show 2013

The Madrid Fashion doll show is one of the events I’ve been waiting for some months now and one that I’m very, very sorry I’m going to miss. :( Even though I was supposed to not only attend but also have a panel at the event, looks like I’ll not be able to go because my personal life is very hectic at the moment. I’ve just gotten an apartment with my husband and renovating and arranging it is my no.1 priority right now. But I’ll definitely be there with my heart and soul for my dear Monica and all of the amazing Spanish friends and I’ll help in any way possible. My panel will also still take place, via Skype so if you are going to the convention I hope you’ll enjoy it.

One of the most important events at the doll show will be the auction that benefits a very important charity project called “No child without a toy at Christmas“. The auction will take place on eBay, in the last week of september and will feature donations from great Artist and designers of the Barbie world such as Linda Kyaw, Artist creations, Corinne Thorner (Cotho creations), Ovaz, Arnaldo´s dolls restaurations just to name a few…. There will be also a charity raffle at the sales room of Hotel Sercotel Eurobuilding 2 (street Orense 69 Madrid) on Sunday 15th of September where everybody attending will be able to participate. All the benefits will be donated to the Spanish Red Cross.

I’ve already seen some of the dolls and object that have been donated and I want to share with you now the gorgeous goth doll created and donated by Ovaz Designs. Her name is Gothic Couture and she’s amazing.

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If you want to join them and help you can send your donations (dolls or Barbie related items) for the charity raffle to: Mónica Núñez (Coleccionistas de Fashion doll en Madrid) Avenida de los rosales 119, 1, D. 28935 Mótoles (Madrid) Spain. For additional information about convention event or Charity project you can visit our website: www.madridfashiondollshow.com or write to info@madridfashiondollshow.com or registration@madridfashiondollshow.com.

Can’t wait to show you the other dolls that have been donmated. I tell you they are amazing!