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Posted by helen on March 1, 2014

My first doll of 2014, arrived this afternoon, thanks to the cheerful & handsome USPS delivery guy.  lol

the doll’s face looks just like the “Mila” doll from a couple of years ago. these lashes are kind of funny and very “cartoonish”. I know many “classic silkstone” collectors will not like it. but Mattel has no worries, different strokes for different folks, there are plenty people will buy it.

she has 2-tone hair, white & blond mix. her dress is made of cheapest acetate satin, it has  rough texture & feels very stiff. collectors call  it “Mattel Grade Satin”. I have always wondered why better fabric can not be used? you can find 100% silk dupioni at $7.50/yard in US retail market, and one yard can make at least 30 sheath dresses like this doll’s. I used to visit textile shows in China & USA all the time, nicer fabric really does not add cost as the doll only needs a tiny piece of it. Mattel needs to hire better sourcing manager who knows where to find quality fabric at lowest price.

I am not going to keep her, she will be given a new makeup and a set of new costumes. so, come back to see her new look tomorrow envening.

the design inspiration was  from Dolce & Gabbana 2012 fall collection.


6 Responses to “Fiorella”

  1. Janet said

    Mine arrived also the other day. I have only just begun to collect silkstones so don’t really have any older ones to compare her with. Do think she is prettier then her promo pictures. I also got Audrey Hepburn on Valentines Day with the sale you let us all know about. I know you didn’t like her, but she was as pretty as I thought she would be. And she is so different from all the other Barbie face molds, maybe that is why. Look forward to seeing how you change this one up.

    • helen said

      see, Mattel got a new silkstone collector who buys Fiorella. lol
      congrats, Janet, on your new doll.

      I am with a silkstone group, most people say they do not like this kind of look.

      • Janet said

        well….to be honest I was going to pass on getting her cause she did look a little silly with the bows…..but I couldn’t pass on the price. lol Figured I could change her up if I wanted to like you are. Liked her hair.

      • helen said

        oh, yes, I used my $20 club reward, plus 20% off Valentine’s day sale. and free shipping, too. so her price was unbeatable. but.. who knows, maybe Kmart will put her on sale for $31 like they did to the Luncheon ensemble.

  2. Waiting mine to arrive, I’m starting to like her. I only bought her for the oufit

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