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Doll News July 16, 2002

By John Medeiros

Another Silkstone Stunner from Mattel

After many months of anticipation, the fifth Silkstone lingerie doll in Mattel’s Barbie Fashion Model collection is here. She is, in a word, spectacular. The African-American beauty uses the vintage style Barbie face, black silky hair in an updated retro-look pageboy and stunning facial screening. She is easily one of the most beautiful dolls that Mattel has released in recent years.

Her enchanting ensemble begins with a delicate black merry widow bustier with pink bow accent. Her matching robe offers alluring cover. Golden hoop earrings and high heels complete this simple but elegant ensemble, perfect for dress-and-play fun!

Also on shelves and at your favorite doll dealer is the new Black Enchantment fashion. The classic little black dress is re-invented to perfection! Black diamond jacquard lavishly accented with lace defines this full-skirted fashion while black heels and stockings make for an entrancing entrance. Pink gloves and bow lend a perfectly feminine air. The final shimmering accoutrement is a faux pearl and silvery bracelet.


Mattel has also recently announced its 2003 season with new Silkstone dolls and fashions headlining the collection. Here are some of the things collectors have to look forward to next year:

Capucine™ Barbie® doll radiates opulence balanced by sheer sophistication. She is dressed in a creamy cappuccino-colored evening ensemble consisting of a strapless taffeta bustier and mermaid skirt. A taupe organza evening jacket embroidered with golden sequins and lace trim highlights this dazzling mix. A luxurious chocolate brown faux fur stole adds richness. Golden and rhinestone drop earrings play beautifully against her platinum blonde hair styled in an intricate evening chignon.

Model Life™ Giftset features a doll in lingerie and fashions in one complete package. Barbie® comes wearing a delicate pale pink brassier with black lace and half-slip accented by thigh high black stockings. For her meetings with fashion executives, she wears the first-ever pantsuit introduced to the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. Her exquisite black and white 'tweed' suit is lined with pink 'taffeta' to complement a chiffon wrap blouse with ruffles. A beautiful faux pearl brooch and matching earrings complete her ensemble. For evenings out on the town, Barbie has a sleek black skirt. Stylish accessories include black slingbacks, pink sunglasses, five photographs from Barbie® doll's fashion shoot, a black portfolio, and matching portfolio case to hold her photographs.

The sixth Lingerie Barbie® doll in the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection is simply sassy in a short pearl-grey satin slip trimmed in black lace. Her thigh-high stockings add a hint of flair. Completing her look is a simple black ribbon bow in Barbie doll's striking long, straight red hair.

Midnight Mischief Fashion-Pure elegance is captured in this quintessential midnight blue chiffon cocktail dress which is layered over nude chiffon and caught at side with a dramatic bow. A petticoat of midnight blue tulle with satin trim gives this dress a dramatic, full effect. Perfect accessories include a cape lined in blush pink satin, a blush pink satin cocktail hat with a matching evening clutch, midnight blue short gloves and sling backs.


Collectors will also be able to travel in style with the very first wardrobe carrying case designed exclusively for the Barbie® Fashion Model Collection. This beautiful ivory-colored case is accented with a brass-plated plaque inscribed with Barbie® Fashion Model Collection and includes a carrying handle and lock. For Barbie® doll's finest fashions, the case is elegantly lined with light blue and white striped paper, can hold two dolls, includes six drawers, hanging room and six hangers, and a "mirror."