I really love Mattel's So In Style (S.I.S.) dolls, Grace, Kara, and Trichelle. Of the three in the first group of dolls, Trichelle is my favorite. I favor the texture of her hair, her denim fashion, and her interests in art and photography. Courtney, Kianna, and Janessa, the little sisters, are quite adorable. Also appealing are the second generation big sisters, the Stylin' Hair dolls (Grace, Kara, and Trichelle). Interestingly, Grace is my favorite Stylin' Hair doll.
This weekend I was lucky enough to attend the Jason Wu Event VI: Iconic in Schaumburg, Ill. This was the sixth annual event put on by Integrity Toys and throughout the years, it has gained the reputation of being the "Cadillac of doll conventions." After attending one myself, I certainly wouldn't argue that statement. For breakout events, no extravagance is passed over: from the fine cuisine to the luxe table decor, live music (Chicago Catz), guest of honor (Jason Wu) and breakout dolls, the company brings nothing but the best to the table for their collectors.
Tomorrow I leave for The Jason Wu Event VI: Iconic, during which the fashion icon will celebrate a decade with Integrity Toys. Our next issue features coverage on the convention collection and will be released exclusively to collectors in attendance at the event this weekend in Schaumburg, Ill. The print and digital issues will be mailed to everyone else on Oct. 5.
Several years ago, a prominent person in the black-doll community asked me, "What kind of collector are you?" She wanted to know if I collect dolls for their historical significance or if I collect dolls for other reasons. Someone else recently commented, "I didn't know you liked boy dolls." Yet another person shared that redressing dolls is something she would never do.