I decided to get all the Curvy dolls from the new Fashionistas line first, so Chambray Chic, given the number 22, was the next one I grabbed. of the currently released dolls, she was the one I wanted most. thanks to Mattel giving all of the different haired barbies different names in the 80s and 90s, it's not really Barbie unless it's blonde, and I wanted a Curvy Barbie.
the back of the boxes for all of the new Fashionistas is the same as far as I can tell. they feature the entire line-up of dolls.
this Barbie wears a dress that is all one piece. the top part is where the name "Chambray Chic" comes from... it is designed to look like chambray, which the internet tells me is designed to look like denim. unfortunately all of the button, pocket, and collar details are just printed on the fabric. the skirt part is just plain yellow fabric gathered at the waist.
to accessorize, Barbie has a magenta plastic belt. it is sculpted to look like two thin belts with different sized studs and buckle detailings molded in. the back of the belt actually has three different holes which will allow it to be used on different sized dolls. good thinking Mattel!
this time Barbie wears a nice sensible pair of black T-strap flats. they have buckle details molded in, which will look nice with a bit of paint. unfortunately I don't think that the two Curvy's I have so far can share shoes, so hopefully there will be some shoe packs out soon.
Chambray Chic uses a new headmold, which I think is beautiful. So here's a close-up of her face. isn't she pretty?
The Bottom Line:
The Good: new body type! with beautiful new headmold!
The Bad: new body type probably won't fit most older clothes, little articulation
The Verdict: if you mainly collect new bodies and/or heads, this is probably the doll you want to pick up first.