Monday, June 26, 2017

East 59th Street - Part Deux - Ladies Who Lunch

I've not made up my mind about keeping Evelyn Weaverton.  If I do, I'm afraid I may have to put her head on a different body.  This will sound weird, but I think she is "too lovely" to fit in with my Victoire dolls.  With that in mind, I opted to release Constance Madssen.  (I don't have another Victoire with the cream skin tone and I believe she also shares a highly stylized palette.)

Here is what Constance looks like in her box ...
And, again, the accessories were generous.

The shoes for Luxurious Leisure are not plastic like the shoes that came with the other ensembles.  The straw purse reminds me of the purses that used to come with Dressmaker Details ensembles; it is minimal and the little flowers just cheapen it.  The earrings are small loops.  She does have several bracelets, a hat, second set of hands, pack of Marlboro (?) cigarettes, a cigarette holder, red sunglasses, and a red pillow.  I would've liked a ring and necklace to make it feel a little more substantial.

Faubourg, who reigns supreme among my Victoire ladies, decided to welcome her to the clan.
"Constance, darling, welcome to Athens.  I've come to take you shopping and to lunch."

"We're in Greece?  That's fabulous!  I know just the place."

"Not Greece, sweetheart.  Athens, Georgia.  You know, home of the Bulldogs!"

"Well, I guess I am dressed in the right colors then.  Where are we going?"

"Darling, you can't wear that to lunch.  The driver is taking us in to Atlanta today.   ... And please put away that cigarette before you singe my fur!  The human lost her mother to lung cancer and she has been putting dolls on the chopping block left and right!"
"Is this better?"

"Ack!  We're going to Lenox, not Jonesboro!  You'll be in Buckhead!  Please put on something more appropriate ... and don't forget your fur and fascinator!  ...

... Since you are getting undressed, I am very eager to see the revisions in the Victoire body.  I hope you don't mind; I've brought Number Two to compare."

"Number Two?"

"That's what I call her.  She was the second doll int the Victoire series.  See what being the first to arrive does for you.  You will always be Constance!"

"Well ... I hadn't planned on undressing for the camera ... but in the interest of knowledge ..."
"It's wonderful to see that the changes are very subtle.  That means we can all share the same wardrobe.  May I see a view from behind, please?"

"I better be getting more than lunch for this ..."

"Wait until you see our closet!"

"Okay ... now from the side ...."
"I can see the difference in the way the thigh joins the hip.  It may be time for me to invest in a little plastic surgery for myself after seeing how much firmer the tummy appears ...  Now, hurry and get dressed."  (STAIN ALERT:  The red has already lightly stained the thighs and torso!)
"I didn't realize you had such an amazing closet here.  Why do we even need to go shopping?"

"Oh my!  ... And I didn't realize how much you resemble Karen Walker from the television series Will and Grace.

"Wait for me!"  Number Two yells from off stage.

"Does she have to go, too?  I am just getting the hang of all of this ..."  Constance is already beginning to develop into her true divalicious self.

"Well she did take off her clothes and show her bits."

"I'm not going to wait for her to redress.  I bet she's not ready."

"Number Two never makes mistakes when we go out.  Just wait and see."
"I told you.; Number Two is always on point!  Ready girls?  Buckhead awaits!"

.... I hope someone else is paying ... I wasn't packed with lunch money ....




Saturday, June 24, 2017

East 59th - Vintage Feeling

One of the reasons I've been playing with my vintage items is the anticipation of the East 59th dolls' arrival.  When these dolls were revealed in early April, many collectors who love Victoire Roux were excited about adding additional characters to her line.   The designer is Chris Stoekel who is famous for his vintage flair with fashions.  There were four dolls revealed with two different NEW face molds.

The first face mold is Constance Madssen.  She came in two versions:  Captivating Cocktails (this fabric reminds me of the skirt for Venus Secret Eugenia).
and Luxurious Leisure.
The second face mold is Evelyn Weaverton.  She also came in two versions:  Classic Glamour:
and Glittering Gala:
Integrity Toys reported that these ensembles could be shared with the current Victoire Roux line, so I decided to take a chance and purchase one of each face mold.  I've been collecting Integrity products for a very long time.   I remember how much I loved opening the boxes because there was so much detail involved in the packaging.  They have brought that back!  I actually squealed when I pulled the box out!

Here is the back.
And the box opens to look like a little dressing room!!
And the little "card stock paper" doors actually pull open with ribbon tabs to reveal areas for the accessories!
I guess you realized that Glittering Gala was my first choice to purchase!  Here is a closeup of her face.  (I'm afraid she does suffer from a "suspiciously large woman head".)   But her makeup palette is gorgeous!  I wish her eyes were a couple mm farther apart; she would be perfect.  Her head mold is a tad bigger than Victoire's and even Constance's.  It's not "huge" or even "too big"; it's just a little bigger.  I think she would rock a Color Infusion body!  I may even put her on a FR2 body!
Look at all those accessories!  You get a lot for your money!!
My second choice was Luxurious Leisure Constance Madssen...
This ensemble is exceptional quality.   Here is a closeup.
She photographs better than she looks in hand.  She is a very pale skin tone.  Her sculpt is a closer to the scale of Victoire's.

I'm trying to decide if I am going to keep the dolls, redress them, etc.  What do you think?