Monday, January 21, 2013

The Better To See You With

The eyes have it. Maudlynne Macabre, the unique creation of Tonner Toys took Dolldom by storm with her unmistakable dolly charms and evocation of the art of Margaret Keane, vintage dolls such as Susie Sad Eyes and Lonely Lisa as well as Tonner Doll Company's Agnes Dreary.

Maudlynne is a 10 year old girl who lives in a Victorian mansion in upstate New York. This fifteen and a half-inch (thirty nine centimeters) big-eyed girl with the cutest pout takes delight in savoring dark chocolate, the purr of black cats, and moonlight walks on lonely beaches.  Her best friend Victoria is a ghost and her sidekick Edgar Allen is a talking raven. Tim Burton, eat your heart out!

The art of Margaret Keane is to this day influencing the world of dolls. For who can resist such soulful expressions?

Maudlynne Macabre is an emotional girl too. 

The 8-inch Susie Sad Eyes doll was manufactured in cost effective ways in the 60s in Hong Kong. She is currently experiencing a revival thanks to the TLC provided by Gina Garan who also revived Blythe.

Lonely Lisa was produced by Royal Doll Company in 1964. She has a vinyl head, arms and legs and a cloth body wired for posing. Photo by Bubuchan

Dolldom applauds Tonner Toys for giving children and collectors alike an affordable and beautifully executed character with which to play and create.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

21st Century Chic

The aqua and cream French Provincial atelier is booming with activity. In the background, Ella sings Cole Porter like no one else can. Bouquets of Calla lilies, coral roses, and tuberose scent the air already charged with the excitement that only the visit from a fashion icon can generate. In his pewter silk moiré bergère, James Bogue, tall, blonde, and distinguished, awaits the arrival of his long time muse.
“My source of inspiration in creating Bogue's Vogues is, as it has always been, Barbie herself. When Barbie returned to the world of high fashion with the Barbie Fashion Model Collection, that inspiration was renewed. Her elegant and very stylized countenance along with her modern model’s attitude make me feel like Barbie has reached her zenith. She is a 21st century idol who dreams of mid-20th century sartorial sensibilities; a modern woman who wears only the most inspired, perfectly handcrafted, and truly elegant designs, regardless of what the current fashion capers decree,”states this Texan for whom no detail on a dress, cape, or hat is ever overlooked.

“My style as a designer is classic, I'd say my greatest strength is to underplay the look, as being overdressed is like putting a gaudy frame on a beautiful painting,” he ads with a smile. “The process for Bogue's Vogues begins in the imagination, the idea can be daytime, evening, or cocktail wear, then it moves onto fabric selection and the basic construction of the garment, and culminates with the finishing details which more often than not end as something very different from the initial idea, almost as if the design took on a personality of its own. The crowning glory for a look is of course, the hat. Change the hat and you change the attitude, the tone, the intention.” These are clearly the musings of an artist who lives through his art and dives into the challenges as well as the glory of his craft, all the while understating the architectural qualities of his designs as well as the exactitude of his cut.

 Welcome to 21st century chic, welcome to Bogue’s Vogues.

Merveille. Tailored dress designed in natural raw silk with silk taffeta lining. The polka dot waistline sash and matching hat add Doris Day pizazz. Barbie's make-up by Billy Lope. Bracelet by Joy Jarred.

Inauguration. Sleeveless, scoop neck evening sheath in brilliant aqua brocade hides under the matching coat with velveteen collar and cuffs and self bow closure.

Black As Night. Betty Draper Barbie dons one of Bogue's classic looks in voluptuous organdy separates. Necklace by Joy Jarred.

Cocktails at 21Club. This coat and dress in black and white cotton print and black silk and white button trim will take Barbie from museum to cocktails. The flocked tulle hat is de rigueur for making heads turn when walking down Fifth Avenue.

Who's The Boss? In ivory cashmere coat and dress with silk taffeta lining and a towering matching hat, there is not doubt who owns the show.

A woman of consequence. The matching steel silk dupioni suit boasts a jacket with a fringed border. Bracelet by Joy Jarred.

Scintillating Soirée. An evening dress and coat in silk organza with gold embroidery and painted dots is pure and unadulterated 60's chic. Chain link necklace by Joy Jarred.

Mon cher Irving! The essence of the Bogue’s Vogues look, Barbie is the quintessential fashion plate in a cotton print cocktail dress with a free flying panel. The monumental black velvet chapeau steals the show. Barbie's make-up by Billy Lope. Pearl bracelet by Joy Jarred. Rhinestone bracelet by Randal Craig.

All fashions by James Bogue for Bogue’s Vogues
Jewelry by Joy Jarred
Sofa and cushions by Anne Morrison for Morrison Studios