I was really excited when I saw the deluxe fashion packs that are out. Operetta's deluxe fashion set was one of my favorites. they come in the new bubble packaging for fashions with a background that mimics the closet background of the I Love fashion series.
on the back of the package you can see cartoons of Operetta and the other three ghouls who have fashions in this line wearing the dresses that are included in their sets.
here is the packaging with the bubble removed. I'm going to go ahead and admit that I hate the new packaging, but I hope it will cut down on the number of fashions I see in the stores with pieces "missing". as I mentioned before, the cardboard is designed to look like a closet.
here is Operetta wearing my most favorite of the included fashions. it consists of a red top with a black skirt. the top has an off the shoulder neckline that is white with black and red music staffs and clefs. the skirt is a nice classic cut in black black fabric with white stitching details that make me think of music staffs without being obviously chararacter specific.
the included eyemask is overly complicated and does not fit well. it is designed more like a standard pair of eyeglasses with two arms that go back over her ears. I had a really hard time getting it on straight enough to see both of her eyes at the same time. there are drip motifs and hearts, in addition to the treble clef design that has become standard Operetta fare.
there is only one pair of shoes included in this fashion set, but they have an amazing amount of details molded in. the heels of her peeptoe shoes are composed of stacked dice. the back and sides have spiderweb detailng, and the bow over the toes has a spider in the center. too bad you can't see any of this because they didn't paint them. something I intend to rectify myself.
the second fashion is a swing dress that comes all the way down to the knee.. it is made in white faux satin with purple spiderweb and music symbol prints. it has short sleeves and a purple collar.
the left side of the skirt has a heart shaped treble clef printed on in black.
to go with the dress, there is a cropped shrug jacket. it is made of a purple sort of terry cloth material with red stitching. on the front left panel is a metallic red treble clef.
a belt is also included with this set. the box shows it paired with the dress, but I don't really feel like they go together. the belt is a big chunky red affair that is molded to look like dice. it's too long to fit nicely around the waist as shown on the box.
also included is a pair of earrings. they are molded in the same heart shaped treble clef printed on the dress, in red plastic. unfortunately you can't tell, because again, they aren't painted. I couldn't get a good photograph of them and gave up pretty quickly, since I plan on painting them anyway. they're pretty unremarkable on their own.
the final item in this set is a purple purse. it is shaped kind of like a giant (well, giant for dolls) coin purse, and opens via a hinge in the bottom. it has a piano inspired shoulder strap and 4 circles on it kind of similar to dice.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: excellent details, good mix/match potential
The Bad: earrings are kind of small, only 1 pair of shoes
The Verdict: Operetta's deluxe fashion set is one of the very best fashion sets in the series, and really one of the best ever. if you enjoy redressing your dolls, this is worth a buy. even if you don't, the packaging is kind of cute and would still make an interesting display piece.