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Robert Tonner: The Collector's Couturier
Written by Louise Fecher   
Thursday, 01 August 2002 00:00


“Emme’s” three separately available outfits include “Esca­pade,” which pairs a black tee with a multicolored skirt. The limited-edition en­semble, priced at about $45, includes a chiffon scarf, a faux leather trench coat and matching boots.From Charming Children to Femme Fatales, This Dollmaker’s Well-Dressed Creations Make Fashion Friendly, Affordable and Fun.

In the real world, fashion isn’t always fun. Upscale stores and boutiques are filled with stick-narrow clothing clearly never meant for a woman’s hips, chic designer garments with sky-high price tags, and oh-so-pretty shoes that go medieval on our feet. But thanks to Robert Tonner, the doll world’s leading couturier, we can live out all of our fashion fantasies with ease. Are hot, cutting-edge looks for you? If so, check out Tonner’s new offerings for the lovely and leggy Tyler Wentworth, such as “Florentine,” a curve-hugging silk-brocade gown with a plunging neckline. Are warm, nostalgic confections more your taste? Then take home Kitty Collier in “Lilac Cotillion,” a ball gown fit for a Southern belle, or treat your Tiny Betsy McCall to “Sunny Days,” a sun-bright checked playsuit topped with a pinafore.

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The Real Deal
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   
Thursday, 01 August 2002 00:00

“Malibu Barbie” is back . . . and brighter than ever. Armed with sunscreen and sunglasses, she is geared for a long and happy future. A re-creation of the original 1971 sensation, today’s beach bunny sells for about $20.This Year’s Mattel Parade of Barbie Glamour Sways to a Universal Beat

For more than 40 years, Barbie has embodied a world of infinite possibilities, of countless choices. Whe­­ther decked out in blue jeans or a navy power suit, starched lab coat or a lacy tutu, the curvaceous trendsetter has always looked spec­tacular while leaping over her play­ful competition. It’s not sur­prising, then, that the pony­tailed teen, who has been a candy stri­per, a veterinarian and a NASA astronaut, has or­bited into a billion-doll­ar collectible giant. Bar­bie has had a tremendous im­pact on our pop culture, our lan­guage and our art, but we–the contemporary collectors of Amer­ica–have likewise had an effect on the Mattel mascot.

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Come On Get Happy!
Written by Robert Haynes-Peterson   
Monday, 01 April 2002 00:00

alexander-jade-leeThe Alexander Doll Company Announces its New Releases for 2002

As spring approaches, we look forward to certain absolutes–short sleeves, flowers blooming, children giddy with spring fever, and beautiful dolls from The Alexander Doll Company. This year is no exception as the company showcases its hot new looks for 2002 at the American International Toy Fair in New York City and gears up for its 80th anniversary next year. “Our overall feeling,” says Al­ex­ander’s President, Gale  Jarvis, “is that we’ve kept to our tradition, staying true to who we are, but that we’re taking our company to the next level. We’re ex­panding our Alex line, in­tro­ducing Hannah Pepper and bring­ing new looks and characters to our Petite Playhouse and Wizard of Oz lines, to name a few.”  

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