Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Quick Holiday Decorating Tip

Want a quick and easy way to dress up your Holiday fashion doll display?  Decorate a doll-sized mannequin with artificial Christmas picks or floral sprays found at craft stores such as Hobby Lobby or Michael's. Versatile floral picks are flexible and can easily be shaped and formed. Shown above: A larger artificial berry spray was cut apart and the stems were shaped to fit around the mannequin's waist. The dress form mannequin is from the Silkstone Barbie Fashion Model Collection Accessory Pack by Mattel.

Don't have  a mannequin?  No problem. A doll will do just fine....

Gene Marshall is decked out in festive Holiday attire achieved by using artificial garland and vintage Christmas picks for her delightful bubble skirt. Paired with the top from Crimson Sun, she makes a whimsical yet chic addition to any tablescape or Holiday display. Midnight Gamble Gene Marshall, top, gloves, and bracelet are from Ashton Drake. Earrings are from The Couture Touch.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fall For Suits

When the weather turns cool, it's time to fall in love with suits again. Two iconic stars of stage and screen pick their favorites.

Gene Marshall
Miss Marshall punctuates a black wool suit with pops of red accents. Suit ensemble from The Couture Touch. "Beaver fur" from Mattel. Spring in Central Park Gene Marshall, enhanced with an Integrity articulated body, is from Ashton Drake.

Madra Lord
Miss Lord struts her stuff in a regal taupe and black checked wool suit topped with a silk print, tilt hat with attached snood.  Suit, hat, and gauntlet gloves are from The Couture Touch. Blouse is from Ashton Drake. Fur from miniature furrier PD Root. Shoes from Integrity. Umbrella from Fashion Blvd. Siren in the Night Madra Lord, enhanced with an Integrity articulated body, is from Ashton Drake.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Two Fashion Attitudes Toward Autumn

Two dress styles...each one perfectly positioned for Fall. A classic shirtwaist in a delightfully tasty fall harvest print, and the sleek, modern lines of a cozy merino wool jersey sheath.

A vintage reproduction, brunette ponytail Barbie wears a chic knit sheath topped with a whimsical black felt hat, both from The Couture Touch. Gloves and fur muff are from Mattel. Bracelet and earrings are from Ashton Drake. Brooch is from Integrity.

Spa Getaway Silkstone Barbie wears the delightful shirtwaist dress from Mattel's Holiday Hostess Thanksgiving Feast Barbie Collection. Hat is from Hamilton Toys. Jewelry and purse are from Mattel. Wig is borrowed from a vintage Fashion Queen.

Vintage Reproduction and Silkstone Barbie dolls are from Mattel.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Repurposing Household Items for a Chic New Look for Madra Lord

Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord
An old pillowcase transformed into a sleek sheath. A fashionable topper made by using a vinegar bottle as a hat block. Sometimes what's in your kitchen cabinet or linen closet can yield unexpected, hidden treasure. It's just a matter of looking at items in a new way.

OOAK ensemble is from The Couture Touch. Handbag is from Integrity. Spotted in Manhattan Madra Lord is from JamieShow.

Click HERE to see how Miss Lord's hat was made.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Miss Marshall Makes Fall Fashion News

Film star Gene Marshall is a veritable "Lady in Red" in the tailored crepe suit borrowed from reporter and friend Brenda Starr. Her lampshade style chapeau is oh so chic!

Miss Gene Marshall
Reporter in Red suit and Par Excellence hatbox are from Robert Tonner's Brenda Starr Collection.
Hat, gloves, and jewelry are from The Couture Touch.
Star Entrance Gene Marshall is from Integrity.

Don't cry Brenda, you'll get your suit back....eventually!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Monolithic Studios Stars Raid WHOSE Closet?

Why 007 of course.....

Zita Charles
Somewhere along my travels across the web, I read where someone successfully used a Ken sewing pattern for Gene Marshall. Mattel's 2002 "James Bond 007 Ken & Barbie Gift Set" provided the costume department at Monolithic Studios a classic black gabardine jacket to add to their wardrobe. The fit was remarkably good. The sleeve length was a little short, but easily remedied with gloves. The back seam was tapered to the waist for a nipped in 1950's silhouette. The overlap at the jacket front was reversed and new buttons added. Paired with a black rayon faille slim skirt and a white satin top, the look is pure Hollywood daytime glamour.

Miss Zita Charles
Skirt & gloves are from The Couture Touch.
Top is from Sandra Stillwell's Zoe suit ensemble.
Fur is from miniature furrier PD Root.
Hat & purse are from Ashton Drake.
Brooch is from Mattel's Barbie Fashion Model Collection.
Azalea Ice Zita Charles is from Integrity.

Gene Marshall
Miss Gene Marshall
The versatile black suit goes from boardroom to cocktails with a change of accessories. The pink & black houndstooth hat/purse set and earrings are from Ashton Drake. Gloves and brooch are from Integrity. Scarf and fur stole are from Sandra Stillwell. Black suede hat is from The Couture Touch. Phoenix Gene Marshall is from JamieShow.

So if you are looking for a basic black jacket to add to your wardrobe, look no further than....
Bond.... James Bond.