Saturday, December 20, 2014

Monolithic Studios' Holiday Soirée

It was an evening of the sky, as the rains stopped, and inside Studio A where Monolithic Studios' execs hosted their annual end-of-the-year bash to celebrate their top money making actors. Closed to the press, the party was meant to allow the merrymakers a relaxed time. Still, Dolldom brings you an exclusive portfolio of photos (taken by one of Cora Harper's undercover paparazzi) that captures the essence of the festive and glamorous mood.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Trent's Turn

The magic and the wonder! Mel Odom's Trent Osborn will be offered once again, this time as a high quality resin BJD by JAMIEshow Dolls.

What promises to be the ultimate version of Mel Odom's original bad boy and matinee idol, JAMIEshow's Trent will offer the same hand painted uniqueness as the female stars: Gene Marshall, Madra Lord, Violet Waters, and Oona. Dolldom applauds Mr. Odom and JAMIEshow for keeping the dream alive and for offering the highest-quality versions of the unforgettable characters of Monolithic Studios.

To celebrate and whet the appetite for this upcoming marvel, here are some of Dolldom's exclusive photos of previous versions of Mr. Osborn by Ashton-Drake and Integrity Toys.

Forgotten at Fifteen?

Dolldom recalls the first encounter with Miss Tyler Wentworth. A brunette Signature Style basic doll. The designer's designer doll. A bit of Robert Tonner's life experience in vinyl, hard plastic, real wool and cotton. Because this gal wore a luxury uniform to work. Tyler's sculpt spoke when engaged in light and shadow play, making her minimalist face-up approach a delight for our photographers.

Recently Tommy Courtney (subscribe to his blog Tommy Doll as it provides the most insightful perspectives on fashion doll collecting) reminded Dolldom that it was Tyler Wentworth's fifteenth anniversary. And Dolldom felt sad and a bit ashamed to have forgotten. Needless to say, Dolldom thanks Mr. Courtney for once again sharing his love of Tyler in his inimitably always-glow-brightly way. As much as this entry is meant to celebrate Tyler Wentworth on her milestone, it also serves to recognize the talent and enthusiasm with which Mr. Courtney lavished one of Robert Tonner's best dolls and perhaps the one that will define the golden age of his company.

Dear Tyler, Dolldom remembers you and enjoys you on a daily basis as this exclusive portfolio of the permanent collection of the Tyler Wentworth gallery illustrates. Heavy on the vintage element, the Dolldom Tyler Wentworth Gallery focuses on Tyler's ability to transform from young designer to time traveler. Déjà Vu is to us very déjà vu for Tyler Wentworth was on H.G. Wells' time machine early in her production via Le Théatre de la Mode. When Tonner Doll Company began producing miniature versions of the already scaled-down gems of the now historic and successful attempt to keep couture alive, Tyler was back in Nazi-occupied Paris modeling for Marcel Dhorme, Jacques Heim, Lucien Lelong, and Mad Carpentier. And she did not have to be hit on the head to get there, for Tyler Wentworth was, is, and will always be a class act.

A muse with her muse.Tyler's quality fabrication allowed the dolls to stand unaided.  With a little posing, the doll is able to stand with a stand.

A Signature Style basic Tyler. First edition, first wave with very subdued make-up. Dolldom loves the fresh face look. And her Jackie O glasses. And her pearls. And her ponytail. And the tiny wells at the corners of her mouth.

The "Saucy" face is to Dolldom the apex of Tyler's face design. Timeless attitude. This "RTW Glamour" redhead could wear anything and make it look sensational. Even Vilma Flintsone's fur. Necklace by Victoria Garnier.

Karl Lagerfeld Tyler. Way before Mattel did it with Barbie.

The " Signature Style" style is taken to the utter max of glam with the iconic look of "Signature Statement" modeled by the utterly beautiful "RTW Luxury"ash-blonde model. A doll for forever.

A first issue "Signature Style" redhead Tyler. 

"C'est Parfait" from TDLM's collection.

Another "Saucy" Tyler with mink hair color. The "RTW Glamour" models are Dolldom's favorites.

TDLM's "Blush" makes us blush.

Back in the day...For her fifth anniversary, Tyler was celebrated with the grand silk brocade and beaded French lace (reminiscent of the one used in "Party of the Season") "Anniversary Gala" gown. The model boasts the "Saucy" look and a one-time-only fuchsia lip color.

She's got the look. A raven haired "RTW Luxury" models "Le petit ensemble noir" for a retrospective a The Maryhill Museum. What else is needed? Another doll and fashion for forever.

The Tyler Wentworth Boutique offered many classic looks as this "Red Perfection" velvet coat worn by the FAO exclusive "Outfit of the Month" Tyler Wentworth. LBD by Charles Roark.

TDLM's "C'est la Fête" as modeled by the Tyler issued wearing TDLM's "Swept Away" fashion. A smashing redhead with a decidedly vintage look.

Her Royal Modernity. In her second and short-lived face sculpt, this "Ultra Basic" blonde is a perfect example of what may be achieved when a design team has its collective thinking cap on. Tyler wears the extremely sober and ultra luxurious satin RTW Boutique separates.

Am I Wonder Woman Now? The sculpt has been reissued for the Diana Prince line.

"RTW Winter" is a dead-ringer for Bettie Page with her raven ponytail and bangs. Or is it early Barbie's ponytail? It does not matter as Tyler, sporting her Sherry Miller-designed second face-up, is truly her own woman. But this style opens up the possibilities for Tyler, like this fun Retros' dress. Necklace by Stray Cat. Tyler's male model counterpart is JAMIEshow's "Havana Nights" Alejandro in a mix and match of Tonner Doll male doll clothing pieces.


How to close this entry? With Dolldom's only freelance artist repainted doll: a WonderBilly Tyler Wentworth! In Retros, of course!

Va-voom! 1950's Vargas girl. Tyler shows her curves is a mermaid gown made of dead-stock vintage print, as only Liz Cole could envision. Necklace by Joy Jarred. The doll is posing without a stand or any other means of support, testament to the way in which Tyler was engineered.

WonderBilly's approach is not subtle and it need not be as the Tyler sculpt can take very dramatic make-up design. This "Signature Style" is vamping up the holidays at Dolldom.

Her earrings are by Facets by Marcia and made for Cissy.

Happy Anniversary, Miss Wentworth! You will always be cherished here.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Little Night Music

December fantasy. An icy blue watery land. A woman. And her little black dress. Les rêves d'un garçon's Soo is Dolldom's December princess who sprints across the ice in 2010 Tyler Wentworth's RTW Boutique's LBD named "The Uptown Dress." Made of chiffon and adorned with a jeweled belt, the cocktail length dress, limited to 300, is a modern classic.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

All The Leaves Are Gone

Fall (well, winter, for some of our readers) has arrived and with it shorter days and longer evenings. Evenings meant for glamorous activities like stargazing on an outdoor deck while sipping a well-shaken and even better-strained classic cocktails. But what to wear?

RDG Doll's Ujjwalla honors Dolldom by being the model for this fall-themed entry wearing the sensational styles also created by Keith Kwek for his very limited Les rêves d'un garçon line of resin mannequins de mode and couture.

The look is hued to match Dolldom's cocktail of choice: The Manhattan.

Mix one part black mesh long sleeved top with one part Bordeaux lamé skirt. Add two parts burgundy fur coat, and a dash of gold toe-capped leather booties.

Ujjwalla wears a titian center part ponytail wig by Chewin.

 The golden drop necklace is by the always fabulous Joy Jarred.