Sunday, September 9, 2018

Haircut Economics

Haircuts. Appointments. Bad hair days. Fly away stands. Same-old-style boredom. What to do? Wear a wig cap.

JAMIEshow Doll's invention for its eponymous line of ball jointed dolls offers the ease and instant gratification that dollectors seek when at play. So what if a sober suit were to look better with a more traditional side parted cut? No problem. JAMIEshow Doll has it covered as there is a wig cap for professors as well as rock stars and everyone in between.

For this exclusive Dolldom entry, Palm Springs Lee models a slew of the company's wig caps in preparation for our fall fashion spectacular coming soon. We hope that you agree that although Lee is one of the most handsome models in the biz, hair, in this case, does make the man.


Mid-Century Classic. "The Mister" style along with a classic pair of frames by Shadowartifact yields an elegant gent look. Necklace by Joy Jarred.


Boy Band. "Palms Springs Basic's" style is carefree yet groomed.


"The Lee" is a short cropped cut with sufficient length at front to allow for a little hair play.


Papito! "The Waves" style is the equivalent of Farrah Fawcett hair for men. Sexy, windblown style for the leading man.


Más macho. "The Alejandro" style is an on trend look with undercut sides and a longer crown, combed back.


Hipstah! The show closes with a topknot pony with tapered sides that evokes Japanese samurai as well as today's urban dweller style. Hinged sunglasses by Shadowartifact.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Losing My Mind

The sun comes up, I think about you


The coffee cup, I think about you


I want you so, it's like I'm losing my mind


The morning ends, I think about you

I talk to friends, I think about you

And do they know it's like I'm losing my mind?

All afternoon doing every little chore


The thought of you stays bright


Sometimes I stand in the middle of the floor


Not going left, not going right


I dim the lights and think about you


Spend sleepless nights to think about you


You said you loved me, or were you just being kind?


Or am I losing my mind?


I want you so, it's like I'm losing my mind


Does no one knows it's like I'm losing my mind


The preceding photographic portfolio contains the work of three gifted and inspired artists: Julian S. Kalinowski, Thanos Samaras, and Tania Lawrence. Together they collaborated on the creation of a unique and very limited series of Sylvain dolls, all imbued with a wealth of references to film and television. Kalinowski's S-Girl Sylvain - in delicately rendered severity of face - is the heroine, coiffed to utter perfection in the hard cap, human hair wigs of Samaras, and dressed by the ingenious Lawrence. The dolls have painted pates and the wigs are not glued on (the fit is custom) so that the character may change styles.

The lyrics from Stephen Sondheim's "Loosing My Mind" -from his musical Follies- provide the captions to the narrative of the images. Together these magnificent elements meld to engender an impacting series of dolls.

To learn more about this exclusive collection, visit the artists boutiques: Kalinowskiland and Don't Ever Love Me or his FB page.

Kalinowski may also be contacted via email.

Dolldom leaves you with singer extraordinaire Ute Lemper's cover of the Sondheim classic:


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

Evocations

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