one of the more popular giftset fashionistas is the Tall Leather and Ruffles giftset.
the back of the box features pictures of barbie in her fashions as well as pictures of some of the other dolls in the fashionista giftset line.
with the plastic out of the way, you can see barbie and her accessories a little better.
interesting side note: what appears to be a black ribbon belt is actually used to attach barbie to the cardboard backing, so I'm not really sure if it is supposed to be part of the fashion or not.
her first fashion consists of a top and a skirt. yes I know like there are two pieces to the top but there actually aren't. the grey Tshirt part is only a small front square that is sewn into the leatherlook vest piece. it opens in the back with velcro. it's kind of a disappointment. it probably would have cost less money to make a vest and a tube-top but what do I know. the skirt consists of layers of fine peach gauzy material.
here's a closeup of barbie's face. you can see that the sides of her head are flocked in light brown to simulate it being shaved. the blond rooted portion could probably be spiked up into a mohawk if one were so inclined.
barbie's first purse is a silver clutch with molded in jewel details. it looks pretty fancy like it was really meant to go with the second fashion better.
she is packaged wearing a black pair of booties. the front part looks almost quilted and the heel is hollowed out. I would be nervous to wear these, but I can see my dolls getting some use out of them.
barbie's second fashion is technically a dress. the skirt part is a nice sky blue color. the "top" part is sparkly and the side cutouts really just remind me of a swimsuit for some reason. there is no additional opening so it must be pulled up her legs. a ribbon ties around the neck to try to keep it up.
her second pair of shoes is a nice pair of silver kitten heels. they have molded in chain detail ankle straps. I like these, and foresee getting some use out of them.
her final fashion is a pink capsleeved Tshirt with a denim skirt. the shirt has no velcro opening. it has black stitching around the neck and waist openings and a cat head with headphones printed on the front. the skirt has white polka dots printed on it, and white stitching to simulate pockets and fly. it has a velcro opening in the back.
to accessorize, barbie has a light pink necklace. I'm not really sure how to describe it. is a chandelier necklace a thing? because that's what it reminds me of.
barbie's second purse is white with a long shoulder strap. it is molded to look quilted and has lots of other details, like a tassel zipper pull. a little paint will make this look really cool.
The Bottom Line:
The Good: pretty doll with unique hair, extra fashions
The Bad: no articulation
The Verdict: Tall Leather and Ruffles seems to be the most popular giftset with collectors, probably due to her unique hair. if you are interested, I advise you to pick her up sooner rather than later.