Goffredo: With a little help from my friends [edited]

This is not the planned weekly post, I'll post it later don't worry!
But I just received Declan Wake from the Gloss Convention (still waiting for Sebastiano - Callum to ship) and I really need some learned advice from you fellow bloggers

So this is more an general SOS post.....and the problem is


it was a rough trip from Florida.....

LOL this is a great challenge, I want him to look as IT fixed him at the convention:

His hair are greasy, so perhaps I should be able to mold them with some hair clips and a bit of patience, but I will HUGELY appreciate any words of wisdom from you!

Kisses Billa

With a little help from my friends


first, the thin man had only mustaches, so I used no-acetone nail solvent, washed the face with water and baking soda and finally washed his face with soap:

These are not exactly the "thin man" kind of moustaches but they look good enough (I don't have any clues with repainting, nor the necessary skills)

Let's see if hair clips and his "natural grease" work the magic!

Stay tuned!

After a "violent" hair spray session

Mr. Cellophane


The "Redhead Connection" presents: Roman Holidays featuring Carla and Valeria

I've been thinking a lot about showing some love to my MM girls, expecially to Carla and Valeria, who are simply beautiful. At first I simply thought of finding inspiration in some of Robert Best's fashions for silkstone, in particular I adore Market Day Barbie

Then I decided that sewing some floral dresses  and photoghraph them wouldn't do them justice. Ok, they are not poseable but they sure can strike that ONE pose....again Silkstone was a great source. As Mattel's latest campaing for silkstone is set in Rome, and I love Rome,  I decided to make an exercise in photomontages.
But, at least in my mind, Rome+lovely girls=Roman Holidays!!!!
I must add that sometime ago I found on e-bay a  wonderful blue Barbie Vespa for a nice price.
Mix everything together with my Redheaded Dolls Obsession, and you have "The Redhead Connection"!!!

I've been in Rome several times, in fact I have to go there due to work duties several times each year, but I never had any time to take pictures, so the photomontages are on stock images.
But I can tell you Rome is a very special place. Each time I go there, even for a few hours for a meeting I feel elated, there's something in the air.

These are the dresses I sew for Valeria and Carla, they are now ready to see some wonderful places and meet interesting people......

Let me introduce you to Orso Maria. He and Carla are in front of the Coloseum, Orso Maria is one of the new guys and soon you shall see him in all his glory, all the girls here are crazy about him. He's wearing a black tailored suit (D&G style, at least that's what I was trying to do) and a piquet white shirt

Borgo Pio is a lovely neighborood on the outskirts of Vatican City

Beautiful redheads posing in front of Fontana di Trevi:

Valeria and Giacomo visiting the Caracalla's Thermae. Giacomo is wearing a nice blue sweater I made out of a sock, and a pair of simple jeans. So far I can tell you he is Samuele little brother. More about him soon!

And before leaving  Giacomo shows Valeria around Rome by night. This is Piazza di Spagna, the atmosphere is pure magic!

Don't know yet if this is going to be the first of a series, but it was real fun!!! Possibly the Redhead Connection should present the "grand tour of Italy": Cinqueterre, Florence, Rome and Venice, let's see if I can keep up with my sewing and photomontages and all the projects around here!!! Maybe a "yearly instalment" LOL....hope you'll be patient enough....

As it took me ages to prepare this, our soundtrack shall be: Morcheeba "Rome wasn't built in a Day"

See you soon
Kisses, Billa


Dressing up Agata: Autumn in Genoa

After a rainy and damp summer, we're having a fine autumn. I sew this dress for Agata, after a Lagerfeld's model of a couple of years ago, and she decided to take a straw in the center of the town.

Piazza Colombo
On the occasion she's going to visit a very interesting exibit at Palazzo Ducale about Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera! The exibit will be opened until the 8th of february 2015.

She's starting from Via San Vincenzo, where you can have some good coffe and pastry or buy some wonderful shoes

but you can also have a kebab, if you like....

then she took Via XX Settembre, up to Piazza De Ferrari....

Agata poses in front of the secondary entrance

In the main courtyard of the Palace Agata met Bartolomeo, he's an artist and he's going to accompany her to the exibit.

The last room of the exibit shows a selection of Frida's famous dresses

Agata wants to buy a Frida souvenir.....

The exibit was wonderful. There are many canvases and drawings, a complete collection of original pictures of both Frida and Diego, and it is punctuated by home movies, and a multimedia room about Diego's murales.
I'm not a huge fan of Frida Kahlo as an artist (I like very much Rivera), but I admire her as a very corageous woman, and find her paintings very interesting:  some of them are  truly inspiring!

The exibit is worth seing just for the fact they are showing these two pictures, which really stunned me:
Diego Rivera - Sunflowers

Frida Kahlo - Embrace of the Universe
It was a surprise to see a doll in one of the canvasses, this was in fact a bride doll that Frida Kahlo bought in Paris at a flea market in 1939

The Bride Frightened at Seeing Life Opened - Frida Kahlo

Agata was impressed too. She is in front of the main entrace of the Palazzo

Soon Agata will show you more of her new wardorobe and of Genoa!!!

Our soundtrack is one of my favourite songs by a genoese songwriter, Fabrizio De Andrè, who did several concept albums dedicated to his town mixing various sounds from the mediterranean area, this song is called "Creuza de Ma" and means little road going to the sea, and is about seamen ashore

Kisses Billa


My Gloss Convention Aftermath......Sebastiano

I thought I could resist buying any new guy, but when I saw the first pictures of the Color Infusion Hommes I was flabbergasted!
I loved at least three of them: the bearded Declan, the fuzzy haired Remi and the the new carachter: Callum Windsor!!!
As they come anything but cheap on e-bay, I had to make a choice, and I choose Callum, even if I know I will look for Declan (if anyone has one for sale, for a fair price, please contact me!), as I see him as the debonnaire guy I need for some Thin Man photoshoots I've been dreaming to do for a while.

The screening of this doll is exceedingly good, as for what I saw from previous collection color infusion  had some sloppy coloring.

I can't say if he's got dark blue or dark brown eyes, but he has a piercing look!

These are some pics I found on e-bay of Callum,  can't tell who the photographer is, now I'm looking forward for him to arrive home!

I found Declan Too!!!!


A sort of a Halloween post: Meet the Norma Desmonds

I wasn't planning a Halloween post, but given the subject I believe that the story of Sunset Blvd and her star Norma is creepy enough to be fitting!

A few weeks ago, I suddenly realized that Tecla (Daria in her James Bond incarnation) looks a LOT like a young Gloria Swanson

same (bitchy) blue eyes, pointy chin, the same "morsus inversus", and big teeth! LOL
Don't misunderstand me, I love Gloria Swanson, and the fact she became such a huge star and sex symbol in spite her being anything but perfect and barely 5 feet tall!!!
She had a magnetic presence on screen and she had a great sense of humor.
So, getting back to Lucrezia, I decided to dress her up as "the greatest of them all": Norma Desmond,
from Billy Wilder's maserpiece Sunset Blvd.

I tried to update a bit the outifit, as in the movie Norma wears in fact a day Pijama complete with a long Dressing Gown (by Edith Head), I made a shorter gown and added a pair of stretch pants. On ebay I found this leopard cotton fabric, which had these very small spots. Being cotton it wasn't easy to accomodate with the black jersey, but Disegual taught us that no fabric mixing is tecnically impossible, so here she is:

. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

There once was a time in this business when I had the eyes of the whole world! But that wasn't good enough for them, oh no! They had to have the ears of the whole world too. So they opened their big mouths and out came talk. Talk! TALK!
I'll be up there again, so help me!
But of course, Norma cannot exist (in my mind) without Joe, so Enrico got a new outfit, and he really looks the part. He looks it perfecty, as my doll came with a head constantly turned upward so he seems to be avoiding Norma on purpose.

I did my best to recreate the atmosphere of the movie, well the director of photography was a genius called John Seitz (the guy who "invented" the noir cinematography) ..... but I really did my best to recreate the darknes and grain of the picture

Joe: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.

The stars are ageless, aren't they?

no male doll with the gorgeus Bill Holden's face?
Joe: There's nothing tragic about being fifty. Not unless you're trying to be twenty-five.

As you guessed Sunset Blvd is my all time favourite movie, and the Norma Desmonds are going to be a fixture around here, as soon as I have time to sew them some more appropriate fashions!


Sunset Blvd: opening title sequence