Friday, August 3, 2018

Let Us Entertain You

That seems to be the calling of many: to entertain the masses. People love to be entertained, amused, removed from the routine of their daily lives. Taken away. To a place where glitter, music, and the art of dance reign supreme.

And who best to incarnate the fascinating world of burlesque but the gals of Julian S. Kalinowski? With their OOAK hand-painted visages and hand-set hairdos, Lilli Lalka, Séverine, and the S-Girls come together to illuminate the stage. They sing solos, they perform comedy routines, but most importantly they know the utmost power of having a gimmick. And the gimmick is no gimmick - it's the magic of LizRetros, the genius behind this showstopping attire.

Sit back and relax as the Gals of Kalinowskiland entertain you.

Torch Song Trilogy....

Séverine is an emotive singer... audiences know she will cry at the end of the sad song.

Sable sings the blues. But she is never in a funk.

Lalka covers "Black Market".  Sneak around the corner...

Space Needle and All Things 1962

Lalka and Asiaverine perform "That Old Eiffel Tower" before revealing what they have in their bags.

Bundles of Dynamite

Sylvain, Sylvain (yes!), and Sable await to go on stage. Kitty Marvelous is their trick cat.

Stella rehearses with her robotic friend while a stagehand finishes the set.

Sable- fresh from her scandalous stint in Berlin - stretches before her dance routine.

For more information on the performers and their schedules, you may contact their agent here.

Friday, July 27, 2018


What if travel back in time were possible? Triumphant voyagers would visit any selected moment in the past and partake of its zeitgeist, maybe even going along (very much tongue-in-cheek) with the rules and mores, knowing too well how society will change for the best or maybe how it will devolve for the worst. But then again, it's nothing but a séjour, one from which it's possible to return.

Fashion, in its constant push to renovate and reinvent, is always in movement, revisiting past decades (rather anachronistically) with its poetic evocations of time, place, and mind space. For what was exquisite in the 1920s is still today - infused with current dreams, hopes and fears.

Accompanied by V.Jhon's unique Nightingale Molly Hayward, Dolldom embarks on an exploration of fashions past and present. Bon voyage, chers lecteurs!

Back in May 1927, Paris was in love with these evening designs by Vionnet, Lanvin and Chanel.

V.Jhon's revision, called Nightingale, maintains the essence of languid sophistication.

Chanel's 2018 Fall/Winter Haute Couture, designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

Time moves on....

Actress Wendy Barrie in a 1937 photo by George Hurrell. It's all about draping the fabric. And the unfortunate use of animal fur.

V'Jhon's Molly Hayward updates the style in an Ilaria Mazzoni wig for Time of Doll, an Integrity Toy's dress for Mel Odom's Rich Girl Madra Lord, and a faux fur jacket by the now defunct RDGdoll.

Actress Ann Sheridan in another photo by the grand George Hurrell, circa 1947.

Forging on...

Black and white?

Lingerie time! Mid-century bondage in cotton or silk covered Lastex!

Molly models LizRetros' interpretation of bullet bra and girdle. Hair by Ilaria Mazzoni.

Beehive, do we see?

Mid-century fantasy. For the cover of her album, singer Julie London goes all out in a poured-on-her-body baby blue number.

LizRetro's revision boasts elaborate beading with jet stones and the unforgettable pointed bosom. Hair by Ilaria Mazzoni.

But, when are we now?

We're in 1975. And it's all about Yves Saint Laurent, French Vogue, and Rue Aubriot in Paris.  Helmut Newton takes the photo and the worlds of art and fashion will never be the same.

Molly melds the essence of both models by donning a pair of tuxedo pants and a lace dickey with matching poignets. Top hat by Peggy Feltrope.

Time does not stop...

An open palm helps one take cover. A paparazzo is on the prowl. The cult of celebrity is in full force.

David Bowie and Kate Moss ham it up  for Ellen von Unwerth's camera in this photo for the October 2003 issue of Q magazine.

Molly, JAMIEshow's Lee and RDGdoll's Lucien (face-up and tattoo by Rim Doll) follow suit in this Dolldom tribute. Fashion by Joshard. Hair by Monique Wigs. Male dolls dressed and wigged by Chewin.

In Christopher Kane's Fall 2017 show, large scale sequins and appliqués rule the runway.

V.Jhon's 2017 version for his muse Molly Hayward mirrors the current trend but on a well-fitted black silk jumpsuit.

This version by Gucci dates to 2012.

V.Jhon is a master - the minimal meets the maximal. Exquisite pairing of extremes. Hair by Chewin.

For more on V.Jhon's couture and exclusive models, visit his exciting boutique

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Poppy and Hoang Anh Khoi

"Hold that Tiger!" Poppy Parker decided to hang her ever-so-mod togs and spend an evening in an elegant style by Vietnamese designer Hoang Anh Khoi.

"Brocade Charm" is a high-necked body suit and flounced skirt design made in red silk brocade. Tiny hand stitches are as captivating as the soft off-white blooms.

To give the look a more contemporary look, Poppy chose to wear thigh-high black patent leather high-heeled boots. Her side-parted short style and subdued make-up allow the fashion to carry the conversation.

For more on Hoang Anh Khoi's designs, visit his boutique.


Friday, June 22, 2018

L'heure bleue

L'heure bleue

It's that ephemeral sight when day and night are equals. It is also an instance of tension. For it is at twilight when the soul most relishes the arrival of the mysteries of nighttime and mourns the loss of the purity of dawn.

V.Jhon's Nightingale Molly Hayward embodies this shimmering moment in the designer's magical dress and cape ensemble. The pailletes betray the secret withheld by the clear blue sky:  it will soon be dark and stars will puncture nighttime's net of blackness.

L'heure bleue is an eternal instant of beauty.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cherish the Day

It's a new day for Barbie. A colorful and shiny kind of day. Fashionistas number 90, aptly named "Rainbow Bright" arrives just in time for summer -wearing a soon-to-be classic T-shirt dress with horizontal bands of saturated hues - all the colors of the whole-light spectrum, a welcome metaphor for diversity and inclusiveness, ideals that although constant components of Barbie's world's, have reached their apex with the Fashionistas line.

"Rainbow Bright - Fashionistas #90 - is, consequently, causing quite the stir among collectors, not only for the fashion but also because of the beauty of the model. Utilizing the same sculpt as "Patchwork Denim" and "Rosey Romper", "Rainbow Bright" debuts a dark and beautiful skin hue that reminds collectors of some latter versions of Malibu Christie, Nichelle Model of the Moment, and Princess of Africa dolls. But since this is a new day for Barbie, "Rainbow Bright" breaks ground as the first Fashionistas offering to bring yet another definition of beauty to playtime and children (and yes, collectors) the world over.

In this exclusive Dolldom feature, "Rainbow Bright" poses in a selection of dresses from the current Fashionistas line.