Sunday, May 8, 2016

Pink Bubbles for English Girls

The magnanimous Bobby Taylor, creative force behind the mythical Pink Bubbles Doll Spa, and Julian Stanislav Kalinowski, creator of the mysterious Miss Sévinyl and Solange dolls, recently got together to do what doll geniuses do best: play. Mr. Kalinowski and Mr. Taylor fans of each others' work decided to give Miss Sévinyl and the upcoming Solange the Pink Bubbles Doll Spa treatment. The results are nothing but earth-shatteringly beautiful.

 Mr. Taylor came up with five different styles that present a good variety with varying hair lengths and styles ranging from casual to more dressy. He added hair ribbons to several noting that colors can be changed to match their costumes. Alternatively,  other decorative add-on's such as flowers or even strung beads may be substituted for added variety and looks.

Dolldom is thrilled to present this exclusive portfolio and thanks Mr. Taylor and Mr. Kalinowski for sharing their collaboration with us!

Mr. Taylor thought that there should be at least one shorter style and opted for this basic bobbed look. Dolldom loves the way it frames her face and shows her expressive eyes. It's slightly asymmetrical and can be adjusted as desired. Mr. Taylor happens to like one side hanging just a bit lower than the other.

Due to the thickness of the hair Mr. Taylor  wouldn't recommend going much shorter than chin length as it will tend to start sticking out on the sides. The key to this look is the sleekness and is set firm for neatness and longevity. Dress by Tania Lawrence.

The inspiration for Miss Sevinyl's set was a photo of Mattel's Stacey!

It's a simple low ponytail style with the side curls eliminated. Mr. Taylor opted to keep the forehead curl to add a bit of interest and finished with a simple black hair bow. A simple heat set for the ponytail and forehead curl and Miss S is ready to do what Miss S does best: look glamorous in her Liz Retros dress. 

This next  set showcases Solange's original long hair and was given added height on top.

The front half just at the ears was pulled upward and given a thick braid which is pushed up slightly and pinned. It's accented with an under-tied black ribbon detail. The fabulous style gives the illusion of an added hair-piece so popular in the 60's.

Rachel wears an elegant up-do featuring her original side-swept bangs, braided crown and rolled under bun. Fashion by Tania Lawrence.

Mr. Taylor thought that at least one evening look would be good in the mix and this style was achieved by pulling the hair up to the crown and tied. A piece was used for the braided hair wrap and pinned and the rest rolled under and again pinned. Fashion by Tania Lawrence.

Mr. Taylor decided to do a side-swept style to add something different to the group.

The side-swept bang is pulled back and attached behind the ear. The rest is pulled to the side, tied and then divided into two separate ponytails and decorative ribbons keep each one neat.  Each tail could also be braided as well for some variety.

Mr. Taylor and his Pink Bubbles staff have come up with a winning combination of looks mixing styles with the inimitable characters of Mr. Kalinowski's dolls.  Here's to these two supremely talented gentlemen of the fashion doll world!

Pink Bubbles Doll Spa 

Séverine, Miss Sévinyl and Solange Dolls

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Basic Black

A black dress and Barbie. Two classics enjoy a revisit.

Paris Fashion Doll Festival "Classic Black Dress Barbie" changes into a number designed by Bill Greening for the Barbie Basics line.

The one shouldered number is nothing but dramatic.

Therefore, regular issue "Classic Black Dress" Barbie opts for a silk satin version by Vince Nowell.

A perky bejeweled bow accentuates a pretty mouth.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

In a Parallel Universe

Two women. One suit. Two planets. One suit. Two different attitudes. One suit.

Julian Kalinowski's Séverine doll is a chameleon. Called the doll of the five hundred different faces, the same sculpt is nothing but a different personality in the able hands of Mr. Kalinowski. To demonstrate the point, Dolldom has chosen two very different Séverine dolls and asked them to model the same suit- a black wonder by British designer Tania Lawrence.

In their unique environments but in the same suit, the women in the photos make us entertain the thought that we are right now doing and wearing the exact same thing, but in another planet, in another galaxy, in some unreachable labyrinth of the universe. The same and yet different. The same and yet so inexorably apart.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Check the Day

Tartan and checks! For long, these have been fashion staples most often seen in men's suiting and shirting. Today, checks are part of a woman's repertoire.

The Barbie doll (in her 2016 "Classic Black Dress" Fashion Model Collection iteration) illustrates how to make checks work all day - from a full day of reporting to a cocktail party fundraiser. Ukranian designer Olgaomi created two perfect dresses that evoke the Barbie doll's iconic wardrobe using bright interpretations of the traditional prints: one a full circle classic, the other a seductive bubble skirted halter sensation. With her coquettish ponytail and retro-inspired eyeliner, Barbie is timelessly fashionable.

For more on Olgaomi's designs for Barbie, Poppy Parker, FR, and other dolls, visit her boutique.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Young Lovers

The King And I - "Hello Young Lovers " by Rodgers and Hammerstein

Hello young lovers, wherever you are
I hope your troubles are few
All my good wishes go with you tonight
I've been in love like you

Be brave, young lovers and follow your star
Be brave and faithful and true
Cling very close to each other tonight
I've been in love like you

I know how it feels to have wings on your heels
And to fly down the street in a trance
You fly down a street on the chance that you'll meet
And you meet -- not really by chance

Don't cry young lovers, whatever you do
Don't cry because I'm alone
All of my memories are happy tonight
I've had a love of my own

I've had a love of my own, like yours
I've had a love of my own

Paris Fashion Doll Festival "Classic Black Dress" Silkstone Barbie Fashion Model Collection
Mad Men Ken in Barbie Fashion Model Tuxedo
Gown by Integrity Toys
Necklace by VJT Designs


Joey Versaw's world of dolls keeps on surprising Dolldom for its imaginative energy, precision of realization, and above all unique beauty. For this late March entry, Dolldom is honored to showcase Mr. Versaw's Galactic Mary Collection, featuring two new sculpts. Inspired by this cosmic ladies we accompany the photos with the lyrics of Blondie's "Dragonfly".

Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen of Earth and all native intelligences
of the forty planets, satellites, moons, stars,
and any other inhabited orbs
with contestants entered in the annual Grande Trex,
the only inter-galactic race.
This year's event promises excitement to surpass all previous races.
As many of you fans already know the route or track of the orbits, glides, etc.
has been increased by 5,000 million kilometers
thus enabling Grande Trex to include the B'Arc System,
in our present event and for all succeeding GT races!

Dragonfly Dragonfly
Strike and fight

Laser light shot tonight
Target nullified
Gyro subdivide

Latitude longitude
Solid substitute

What's a drag race? Can't you see those dragons
Speeding up the street
But I learned they weren't real
Figments of the ancient fear

Rapid scan radians
For the chance
To win the Grande

Maneuvers preprogramme
Won't operate

Negative bearing swell

Dragons fly they symbolize in myth and saga breathing fire
Look up there's one flying higher
Faster than the SCC
Is science hiding witchery?

Dragonfly rations glide
In free fall slide
System nullify

Satellite dragonfly
Surface launch
Radio silence

The time space tactics saved us then
Display report present, urgent
Sequence counting surface launch
Dragonfly destroying all

Science claiming newest findings
Chanting calling flying dragons
Aboard all systems optimum
Nova scheduled war continued
Half the continental shelf burned by interval

Dragonfly Dragonfly
Beacons aim
Space game

Satellite computerized
Mighty flight
Hypersonic glide

The countdown is minus two hundred (-200)
and I am turning you over to the control room
at command central Sia Lan for the launch.
Good luck to all the racers and especially to our ship Dragonfly;
onward to victory.
(Remember comdirect and radio silence will temporarily be in effect.)

Win the race calibrate
Re-entry place
Multi fail safe.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Belle de Jeu

Luis Buñuel's film Belle de jour is a classic of cinema. Regardless of your opinion on the storyline, the film features the beautiful Catherine Deneuve wearing Yves Saint Laurent. And one of the designs is the ultimate Little Black Dress.

This year's Barbie Fashion Model Collection is based on classic designs revisited. And this famous LBD became part of the collection on dolls issued for Barbie and fashion doll events in Tokyo and Paris.

For this Dolldom feature, vintage fashion maven Liz Retros has recreated the iconic dress and who better to wear it but the hard working "Classic Black Dress" Barbie? Retros' version is based on the Saint Laurent model and features a back zipper closing and a silken Georgette. As a nod the the aforementioned film, Barbie gets to spend her morn playing with her dolls, camera at hand, so she may document her play.