IT 2017 Unveiling – Fashion Royalty La Femme Collection Reveal

Our take on the second line released on Saturday, The Fashion Royalty Collection, including the Event Excluive Doll Agnes!

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Hi everyone! First of all, I’d like to thank you all so much for the shared thoughts on Facebook and here on the blog regarding the issues we raised on my post about the Nu Face. It felt really great to exchange ideas with everyone, to welcome different points of view and to learn your thoughts on collecting and representation. I promise that everytime I have an interesting subject to debate – not always a sad one, I promise – I’ll share here!

I’d also like to thank the brilliant fashion doll chronicler Stratos Bacalis for mentioning our Nu Face review on his own post about them. You can read it HERE, and I suggest you to do it, because it’s a very good post about them!

Now, on to the Fashion Royalty ladies, which presented us with great variety of styles and brought 3 dolls of color to the forefront. Half of the collection. It’s a record for IT and in my honest opinion a good one, especially in the light of what we discussed earlier. Adèle, especially, made my heart soar. Here’s the collection description, straight out of the email:

“The W Club is thrilled to bring you the 2017 Fashion Royalty Collection! Simply titled “La Femme”, this luscious, ultra-feminine collection is designed this season by featured designer Jessy Ayala, and was created to celebrate all that makes women of all origins beautiful! With its soft, yet vibrant and diverse color palette and intricately detailed elements, this is Fashion Royalty brought to a new level of perfection!”

That’s right! Jessy Ayala designed the FR Line too this time! and the waist joint on them was removed. I think it was a very nice move to do so. It made it nearly impossible to show the doll’s belly and although it had good range of movement, it was at the cost of completely dislodging the doll’s waist, so that the dolls might seem cut in half on a full body shot. I don’t know yet if I’ll actually miss it while posing my dolls, but at first glance I think I won’t.

Another thing that I think it’s important to mention is that during the unveiling itself, Alain mentioned that the dolls were attending an important event in the Fashion Royalty storyline, and that that event meant surprises for the future of Fashion Royalty. None of us know yet what it might be about, and I must confess I’m very curious to know what it means. It’s not the flat feet, because we have one doll featuring them in this collection. So, what might it be?

Well, on to the girls themselves. The first one up was Eugie, and I immediately fell in love with her outfit!

 

Item # 91418
Vivacité
Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 1025
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $145.00 US

Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Eugenia
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Hungarian
Hair Color: Soft Ebony
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No

 

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That top! That purse! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved. 

 

In her description, we see the first mention of this mysterious event, the ETSA.

“As soon as she heard about the big annual ETSA conference that was about to take place in the South of France, Eugenia grabbed her cousin Vanessa and immediately insisted that they make the trip with Adèle Makéda. Who better than those two to keep things smooth and make sure that no one from a competing firm could show up to rain on their parade? No matter what, all reasons are good to visit the Riviera!
Eugenia Perrin-Frost is a 12.5″ fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair. Eugenia channels her inner French girl with this soft and ultra-feminine look that just is just too adorable and sophisticated for words! Dressed in a pair of perfectly fitted capri pants and a sensuous off-the-shoulder blouse (with an extra-long bow detail on the back), Eugenia is ready for an afternoon stroll amongst the stalls of her favorite florists, where she picked up a most delicate bouquet of fresh roses. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.”
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Very Riviera! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Jo and I both fell in love with her outfit! Her top reminded me of this Jacquemus top:

 

 

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LEFT: Eugenia. Courtesy of IT. RIGHT: jacquemus top. FONT: Farfetch.com

 

I couldn’t find the exact runway image though, so I got this one out of Farfetch from my Polyvore page. The difference between them is that Eugie’s has a big bow on the back. That was mentioned by Jessy on the unveiling. Both he and Alain commented that it was a pity we couldn’t see her back. We’ll have to wait and see her real life images out of the box to see it. I love the combination wih the cropped pants, her hair ribbon is lovely, the bouquet is adorable and her purse… Wow! It reminded me of some previous Dolce & Gabbana embroidered ones from years past.

 

 

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Not an exact reference, but the closest I could find on a limited time. Dolce & Gabbana. Font: cruisefashion.com

 

 

Her purse in my honest opinion is the best of her accessories. She also has lovely earrings and I like her sandals even though hot pink is not a personal favorite of mine. I didn’t get her for two reasons: I have Ruffles and Blooms Eugie from last year, and the screening is close to hers, and I didn’t like what her hair looked like without the ribbon on. But that’s just a matter of taste. It’s not a flaw at all. I do want her outfit very much!

 

 

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Still, she is a gorgeous doll. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

All in all, Eugie was one of my favorites in the whole collection. Here’s the close up shot of her accessories, including that wonderful bag. We can see her bracelet better here too, aaaand…. It’s not a bracelet but a watch! I know it’s silly but I wanted to keep the suspense until the last shot. I LOVE it so much!

 

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Gorgeousness! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Next up is Jordan, Natalia Fatale’s accolade in the storyline.

 

Item # 91414
Coquette
Jordan Duval™ Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 725
Estimated Delivery: September 2017
Retail Price: $145.00 US

Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Jordan
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Sand Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
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Hostess Style. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved. 

 

Here’s her description, out of the email. Like the Nu Face girls, Jordan now has a surname. She’s a Duval.

“Natalia Fatalé is not about to let the Perrin family get the best of her and of course, since it would be too suspicious for her to attend the conference in person, she sends her number one confidante, sometimes-model and all-time trouble maker, Jordan Duval. Wait ’til Jordan comes back to Paris with the news that everything is about to change in their little world. Natalia will be green at the thought that she didn’t attend the conference herself! It doesn’t matter though, the only person everyone talked about was Jordan! Her fantastic style was the talk of the town!
 
Jordan Duval is a 12.5″ fully articulated doll with fully rooted hair. For her “recon” mission on the Riviera, Jordan opted for a re-invented version of the classic hostess outfit with a floor length, detachable turquoise satin skirt over delicately striped satin capri pants, topped by a faux-leather bustier that gives this sunny look an ultra-modern, yet soft and sophisticated edge. Jordan also opted to complete the look with colorful accessories that truly make her perfect cocoa skin tone stand out and shine! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.”
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Popping colors. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

I have mixed feelings about Jordan. While I like her outfit pieces separately, I think the Hostess style might be a tad too retro, and the colors together give me a slightly off vibe. Thinking as a costume designer for a storyline, the off vibe would go well with a villain, which is what Jordan is in the storyline. But as a doll alone… It didn’t make me bond with her. It reminded me of some buildings I saw in Orlando, FL when I last visited, that had similar colors coming together in the walls. It fits a seaside idea, but not necessarily a French one.

 

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I like her outfit better without the skirt. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

I love her bag. It’s the item in her outfit that really calls for me. The striped pants are lovely too, as is the bustier. The chunky necklace is gorgeous and right up my alley. I love them and I love creating them too! But the hostess skirt isn’t my style and I didn’t bond with Jordan herself.

 

 

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Close up. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

Mostly, it was the lipstick and the hair color that turned me off. I miss natural hair on dolls of color as I mentioned before, and it fits the issues I raised in the Nu Face post. Natural hair is beautiful and very fashionable. It’s full of personality. So, the usual honey blond straightened hair really turned me off. I’m not a fan of pink lipstick either, and I felt it contributed to the off-vibe of the clothes, being a very different shade of pink from everything else in the outfit. But again, it’s a matter of taste and not a flaw at all. Here’s her accessory pic.

 

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Gorgeous accessories. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Next up is Vanessa, another one of my favorites!

 

Item # 91415
Sophistiquée
Vanessa Perrin™ Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 825
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $145.00 US

Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Vanessa Perrin 3.0
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Cream
Hair Color: Pale Crimson
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
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Beautiful. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

First of all, her description, which mentions changes again:

“When the plan took shape for representatives of W Cosmetics to attend the ETSA conference that was taking place in the South of France this year, it didn’t take much convincing for Vanessa to to jump on board. For weeks now, she had been hearing about changes that were coming and she wanted to be there to find out about everything before everyone else. Vanessa was definitely a Perrin, always right at the center of the action!
 
This stunning Vanessa Perrin doll is a fully articulated doll with rooted hair. Dressed to accompany Adèle Makéda and her cousin Eugenia on a trip to the French Riviera, Vanessa wears an ultra-modern look, composed of an intricately detailed blouse with long criss-cross ties on the sleeves and a sheer black lace skirt. Since it can get chilly at night, she took along her favorite faux-fur shoulder wrap, which incidentally happens to be one of her favorite fashion pieces! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included”
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Her outfit though… Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Vanessa is one of my favorite sculpts. This one in particular is lovely. I love redheads. The only thing that threw me off was the pink lipstick. If it was nude like Lilith’s from the Poetic Beauty Giftset I wouldn’t have thought it twice. Still I am tempted, and might get her nude in the future. The outfit is overall nice. I like shirts and I’ve been designing some striped ones lately, so it felt good to see it. The tie looks a bit chunky though. Her skirt is Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2016. I like her shoes a lot and her earrings too. The leopard scarf felt misplaced in this look though, and I didn’t like the bag either. Like Stratos in his post, (which I heartily reccomend!), I’d have preferred a jacket instead of the fur. I’d also have liked to see the complete Kors look on her.

 

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LEFT: Vanessa. Courtesy of IT. RIGHT: Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2016. Courtesy of Vogue.com

 

 

Her head shot. Pure gorgeousness!

 

 

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Also, those earrings! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved. 

 

 

She was hands down the hardest one to resist, and I might still cave in. Love her! Her accessories are to die for too. Gorgeous ring!

 

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Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Next up is Elyse, in a whole new skintone and sporting an extra pair of legs with flat feet!

 

Item # 91419
Séduisante
Elyse Jolie™ Close-Up Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 825
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Retail Price: $120.00 US

Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Elyse Jolie
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled and Flat Feet (One Pair of Each Included)
Skin Tone: Light Honey
Hair Color: Dark Mocha
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
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Tanned Elyse. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved. 

 

 

First of all, her email description:

“When the girls arrived in the South of France, they were delighted to run across Elyse Jolie, who, unbeknownst to them, had been on vacation under the sun for quite sometime already! Sporting a luscious new “bronzé” look, this leading lady of Fashion Royalty shines like a star! 
 
This absolutely gorgeous, fully articulated Elyse Jolie close-up doll measures 12.5″ tall and features fully rooted hair. Seen here for the first time in the Light Honey skin tone, this wonderful addition to the Fashion Royalty collection marks the debut of the new interchangeable lower leg feature and includes two sets of lower legs, one with the traditional high-heeled feet and another with flat, removable feet, as well as corresponding shoes to fit each. Elyse also comes with her own faux-leather beach bag, jewelry and glamorous wide-frame sunglasses. For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.”

 

 

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Elyse is the basic doll in the collection. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Elyse is featured for the first time in the “Light Honey” skintone, the same tone as “Vivid Encounter” Adèle from the 2014 Fashion Royalty Collection. I don’t know yet if she will be a collector favorite. New skintones usually make for favorites. I feel, like I felt with the Nu Face basics, that her price is a bit steep for a knit bodysuit that has a very simple construction. But different from the Nu face girls, she comes with a beach bag, accessories and two pairs of legs and shoes: a cute pair of blue platforms, and a lovely, trendy pair of white flat sandals.

 

 

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I love them! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

She will be offered via IT Direct as a lottery doll, and I might enter for her if the dates for her and the twins aren’t too close to each other. Ultimately, it’s up to each one of us to decide if the price is too high or not, but for my part, I’m dying to get a closer look at the flat feet and try posing with them.

 

 

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Golden toe nails? Love it! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved. 

 

 

Elyse has neutral make up, which is usually a favorite of mine, but I need to see her in real life to be sure if I like her. If I do get her and like her, she’ll get curls. It’s a classic thing here in Rio… The beachside girl and her long curls. I’d love to see Elyse’s hair with the movement that curls give the hariline.

 

 

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I really like this photo! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

Do you know what I missed here? A hat. An ego-sized hat, like “Elusive Creature” Natalia’s. And maybe a nice Jacquemus Spring 2016 shirt to go with the swimsuit and hat? But then she wouldn’t be a basic anymore, and it’s just my imagination running wild.

 

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This dress wouldn’t have been bad either as a cover-up… Jacquemus Spring 2017. Courtesy of theskinnybeep.com

 

Last but not least, here are her accessories:

 

 

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I really like her accessories! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All rights Reserved.

 

 

And now it’s time to cover the Queen of this collection:

 

Item # 91417
Exquise
Adèle Makéda® Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 725
Estimated Delivery: Fall/Winter 2017
Suggested Retail Price: $145.00 US

Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Adèle Makéda 2.0
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR Black
Hair Color: Rich Sable
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
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#KillerQueen. Just wow! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

It’s hard to resist starting to talk right away, but here’s her email description first. Again, changes are mentioned here, major changes in fact:

“When W Cosmetics owner Véronique Perrin opted to put her close friend Adèle in charge of the W Cosmetics delegation at the annual European Trendsetters’ Association (ETSA) meeting in the South of France, she knew she had made the right decision. Who better to represent one of the key players of the beauty industry than one of the top trendsetters on the planet for 5 years running (according to Pop Magazine)? Little did any of them know that their presence there would plant the seed for a major switch in their world, the world of Fashion Royalty!
 
Adèle Makéda was born to play the role of W Cosmetics’ official representative. Fully articulated and standing at 12.5″ tall, this sensational version of one of FR’s founding characters features fully rooted hair. For her trek down to the South of France, Adèle opted for an impeccably tailored, red-hot pant suit that features a sophisticated removable cape that transforms the jacket into a vest and allows her to wear this look in multiple ways. She then added a custom-printed head scarf (to protect her finger wave hairstyle), faux-leather gloves and a fashionable hat to complete her look. This lady definitely knows how to travel in style! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.”
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Can’t type. I’m holding my chin in place. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

She’s pure vintage fierceness, and has just a tad of a matador (not a bullfighter, but an assassin) vibe with that lowered hat over her fierce eyes. She made me think of some of Jorge Luís Borges’ chronicles about his homeland – Argentina, and their gaúchos. Especially one about two brothers in love with the same woman, that smells of tragedy from the first lines. I love that her suit is a transitional piece, with a cape that turns the red vest into a suit. Gorgeously tailored pants. Necklace, gloves and belt are spot on. Flawless, like the twins.

 

 

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She has a “Judging you” look here. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved. 

 

She looks like an Old-Hollywood diva. At first, that’s not our style here. We like more modern looks. But nothing takes the shine out of her and my heart really swelled with pride to see Adèle crowned as the main doll in this collection, rocking a vintage wave hair and a vintage inspired outfit that has very modern clean lines at the same time. What’s not to love in this girl? Nothing. I didn’t get her, but I’m sure everyone who did will be so happy with her, and I’ll live vicariously through pictures when she’s out!

 

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Gorgeous hairstyle! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

She’s very expressive and an absolute diva! I’m delighted to see her! Bravo, Jessy Ayala! Last, but not least, her accessories:

 

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Gorgeous shoes too! Photo by Integrity Toy INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Normally, this post would end here, and I’d make a separate one for Agnes, but I feel she’s so much part of her collection that I’d rather have her here to finish to post. So here she is, the Event Exclusive Doll of the 2017 Webinar:

 

Item # 91420
Merveilleuse
Agnes Von Weiss™ Dressed Doll
La Femme
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: TBD
Estimated Delivery: Fall 2017
Suggested Retail Price: $150.00 US

Doll Tech Specs:
 
Head Sculpt: Agnes Von Weiss
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: FR White
Hair Color: Champagne Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Quickswitch: No
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Ladies and Gentlemen… Carolina Herrera! Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved.

 

Her email description first, as usual:

“When Agnes arrived at the annual meeting of the design houses to discuss trends and fashion directions for the upcoming season, she had ideas of her own. She made an entrance and her new look immediately sent a message to everyone present that her look was the “IT” look everyone should go for!
 
Agnes Von Weiss is a 12.5″ fully articulated fashion doll with fully rooted hair, combed into a short, sophisticated style. In this look, she channels a world famous American designer (one of her idols) in a high-contrast, ultra-dramatic ensemble composed of a show-stopping sateen blouse with romantic puff sleeves and a v-neck mandarin collar, coupled with a high-waisted, very sheer, black guipure lace mermaid skirt lined with delicate dotted tulle. Since Agnes is all about making an impression, of course she has to have the latest fashionable accessories to complete her look and she doesn’t skimp here with her exclusively designed leopard clutch purse, closed-toe heels and custom jewelry set! For adult collectors ages 15 and up only. This doll cannot stand alone; a doll stand is included.”

 

 

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LEFT: Agnes. Courtesy of Integrity Toys. RIGHT> Carolina Herrera and Daughter. Font: Pinterest.

 

I was still under the effects of Adèle, so I literally blanked out on the fact that Agnes is dressed to evoke Carolina Herrera herself, and not just one of her designs until a friend of mine called my attention to that fact! Thank you so much, Love! That being said, Agnes is a beautiful doll, and I love this incarnation of her, but I wasn’t expecting another Agnes until Convention. There’s been a lot of them lately.

 

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A very beautiful doll. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved. 

 

Her ensemble is a very dramatic one indeed, beautiful. I love the blouse especially. The long tassel on the bag is very charming and her blue enameled jewelry is tasteful. I hope t get her outfit in the future.

 

 

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Very nice accessories. Photo by Integrity Toys INC. All Rights Reserved. 

 

 

And that concludes this review. I really feel that all in all, the Fashion Royalty Line was more beautiful than the Nu Face one. Adèle for me is the absolute queen here, and she’s outshined Agnes in every way. It’s so good and heartwarming to see a doll of colour in a position of power here. This is exactly what I was talking about, and I hope to see it happen many more times in the future!

 

What did you guys think of the Fashion Royalty Collection? I’d love to hear your thoughts as much as I loved hearing them on the Nu face line.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this review!

 

xoxo,

Marcela.

 

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