With the release of a phenomenal convention collection and the future use of only the new FR2 body, I was feeling a little reflective of where my addiction to these dolls actually started.
Unfortunately, Integrity's timing wasn't the greatest for me. In 2001 Mattel had launched their premium line of Silkstone dolls. Having been a collector of both vintage Barbie and modern collectibles, I jumped on the Silkstone train at its initial launch. At $40 each, the lingerie silkies were a great deal for the quality collectors saw. I remember holding those first Silkstones in my hands and marveling at their soft, heavy bodies. It was love at first sight.
When Integrity Toys introduced their line a couple years later, I was already an avid Silkstone collector. Although I was intrigued by the "Close-Up" dolls of 2001-2002, I didn't believe I needed anymore dolls in lingerie - already owning seven lingerie Silkstones.
I can still remember thumbing through a doll magazine and seeing a photo of the 2003 Flame Rouge Veronique. I knew I had to own this doll, and I still have her in my collection. She has been transferred to a taller body and redressed many times.