The W Club added a new perk for its members in 2015. They allowed every member to preorder an IT Convention doll based on a designer's sketch. W Club members have enjoyed this opportunity ever since, and got the fantastic opportunity of pre-ordering two dolls for the 25th Anniversary Convention.
These dolls were based on 2004's ensembles, Petite Robe Noir (edition size 1000) and Petite Robe Blanche (edition size 300).
The first Fashion Royalty (FR) doll is Petite Robe Classique Nuit Veronique Perrin (mold 2.0). Members could preorder her for $145 ($25 deposit). I'm very eager to see this doll in hand. She may be a total knockout! I am not in the least bit disappointed that I preordered this lady!
The other is Petite Robe Classique Robe Jour Adele Makeda (mold 2.0). Same price at $145. This doll quickly became a collectors' favorite! Again, I'm so glad I took the chance and pre-ordered both.
Two Fashion Royalty dolls were announced for the Convention Collection. The first was promoted as "New Sculpt". Collectors couldn't wait to see the new character. It turned out to be Style Legacy Isabella Alves ($160, edition size 600). I like the accessories.
It was reported this doll was based on 2006's Style Renaissance Adele Makeda (edition size 1000). Okay, whatever they say.
The other pre-announced Fashion Royalty doll was a no-brainer: Intimate Soiree Agnes Von Weiss ($160, edition size 600)
She looks a great deal like Pop Icon Dita Von Tease (or winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, Violet Chachki). It was noted that she was based on 2007's Intimately Acquainted Luchia Z. (Edition size 450)
With the ensemble Soir de Paris (2003, edition size 200) thrown in for good measure.
I haven't made up my mind about Intimate Soiree Agnes. I'll have to wait to see IRL photos. Either she will be wonderful or a hot mess. I love the Agnes sculpt, but like my dolls a little "cleaner". There is a lot going on with Intimate Soiree and I need to see her redressed.
The IT Gala Event doll on Thursday night was Miami Glam Kesenia Valentinova. Collectors are comparing her to Donatella Versace. Her edition size was 600 and she was included in the cost of the Convention Registration.
She was based on the "Grail" 2006's Glow Vanessa Perrin (mold 1.0, edition size 500)
I own Glow Vanessa, but had her eye irises repainted.Miami Glam Kesenia is another doll that I need see more photos to make up my mind about. Although I think she is a beautiful doll, something is holding me back. I can't justify secondary market prices on these dolls until I know I will "love" them and "need" them in my collection.
I purchased a ticket for the W Club Luncheon. We usually get two NuFace dolls - one as a souvenir doll and one as a centerpiece. This year, IT mixed things up and gave us a Fashion Royalty doll as the centerpiece. She is Wicked Narcissism Eugenia Frost (edition size to be determined by order, price $150)
Collectors were informed she was based on 2007's Dark Narcissus Kyori Sato.
Since I could purchase her at retail price, I took the chance. She may be an amazing version of one of my very favorite molds.
The last Fashion Royalty dolls are usually unveiled at the final night's Convention Dinner. Since there was no dinner, it was just Saturday Night's webinar. The centerpiece was Haute Desire Dania Zarr (edition size 600, price $175).
Collectors were told she was based on 2008 Most Desired Eugenia Frost??
Like others, I see more of 2010's Fine Romance Eugenia Perrin (Edition Size 425).
Either way, I knew Haute Desire Dania Zarr was magical. There was no way I was waiting to let this version get away. I purchased her secondary market at a fair price. I can't wait for her to arrive. She may be my favorite Fashion Royalty doll of 2020.
The main convention doll is always designed by Jason Wu, himself. For the past several years it has been his muse sculpt, Elyse Jolie. Jason decided to shake things up this year. Using modern technology and a 3-D Printer, IT was able to take a 16" Avantguarde sculpt and reduce it 12" size. The convention doll is Celebration Aymeline (included in the price of convention registration, edition size 600).
Shrunk down version of 16" Avantguards (no longer being produced). Photo of 2016's AG Higher.
And here is what the original Version of the Jason Wu Gown RTW Spring 2019 looked like.
I love the miniature version of this gown more than the original! She is easily the best Convention Doll since Intimate Reveal Agnes Von Weiss. I may try to catch her on secondary market after the dolls get shipped. She wasn't on my must have list. (I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees Diana Ross here.)
... The Legendary Convention is over. Dolls are beginning to ship to collectors. What was my total damage?
Preorders: Petite Robe Classique Nuit Veronique Perrin, Petite Robe Classique Jour Adele Makeda, Charmed Life Ayumi Nakamura (W Club Luncheon Ticket)
Retail: Red Hot Evelyn Weaverton (Thanks to a doll friend on W Club), Wicked Narcissism Eugenia Frost (W Club Luncheon Ticket)
Reasonably Priced Style Lab Dolls: Radiant Soul Kyori Sato, Red Reign Korinne Dimas, and Violet Obsidian Vanessa Perrin
Reasonably Priced Style Lab Ensembles: Own It!, Social Behavior, and Brighter Bloom
Secondary Market: The Enchantress Nadja Rhymes, and Haute Desire Dania Zarr.
Coming to my house: 10 Dolls and 3 Ensembles.
On the Fence: Fierce Zuri Okoty, Miami Glam Kesenia Valentinova, Intimate Soiree Agnes Von Weiss, Celebration Aymeline
Long Shot: Not Pretending Eden Blair