This was a weird year for fashion doll collecting. For me, personally, it started out strange and kept getting more and more odd as it progressed.
I joined the Barbie Collector Club in 1997 and remained a member for the first four years - it became the Barbie Fan Club in the early 2000's.
Barbie collectors remember the fiasco of the 1990's when Mattel over-produced their "collectible" dolls. Prices on the secondary market plummeted quickly. It caused quite a stir and left some seriously bad tastes in a number of mouths - mine included.
I left the rubber mainline dolls and moved to the Silkstones (and eventually to Fashion Royalty).
In 2012 I sold most of my Silkstone collection - only keeping about a dozen of my favorites.
Somehow, Silkstone seduced me back during 2013. When I saw Boater Ensemble Silkstone, I couldn't resist. This doll is so different from anything in my collection. It's so modern, yet retro chic at the same time.
Silkstones of 2013
Although she hasn't been released from her box yet, Cocktail Dress Ensemble is here also.
But for now, I can't stop looking at my Number 10 - Boater Ensemble.