Okay, but here is my issue: The Silkstones are part of the "Fashion Model Collection" which means they should be fashionable, right? With the exception of the brunette in red, I can't imagine any of them strutting a runway! The one with the babushka on her head is almost comical! I'm sorry, but when I think high fashion, Russian folk dress just doesn't come to mind.
They are extremely detailed, far more than the usual Silkstones. They are just so authentic that I suppose to some they are more like 'dolls of the world'. The Japanese doll of the world for 2011 has similar styling of traditional dress. BTW I think she is gorgeous!
I love the Japanese dolls and am anxiously awaiting their release. The difference (for me) is that the Japanese influence has been hot in the fashion world for a few years now. The doll pictured above actually looks more like a fashion model than part of the DOTW collection - really fashion forward! Those Russian Silkies look more DOTW-ish than BFMC (Barbie Fashion Model Collection). To be honest, I have not purchased a new Silkstone in years - not since the release of the last lingerie doll. The Madmen dolls are great, but I am not into character dolls and the Palm Beach collection just doesn't move me. I would love for them to do more Lingerie dolls, but I am probably in the minority.
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