The dress - The color is a true red, similar to prior holiday dresses made by AG. The skirt is lined, and the body of the dress itself is made from a taffeta fabric. It has enough weight that it stands out on its own, without being 'crunchy'. The top has asymmetrical bands of velvet across the bodice. The top band forms a drape that crosses over the left shoulder and continues around the back, which closes with Velcro. The right shoulder is a narrow strap, with a poinsettia-style bow right on the front of the shoulder. The bow is six loops made from velvet ribbon, and in the center are seven red jewels, which are sewn on.
The shoes - red patent leather, fit is good and they stay on well. The soles are black. The best part of the shoes are the tiny mesh bow with a red jewel in the center, also sewn on. Adorable.
The headband - hard plastic, covered in red satin, with matching red jewels across, all of which are sewn on. The headband fits well, and the only drawback is the GINORMOUS tag. Seriously.
The dress -
The shoes -
The headband - seriously, is this a joke? That came off immediately!
I wanted this dress over the purple one that was released with it for Holiday Season 2012, but thought it was just too pricey. So I looked for it at the NYC store during their post Holiday sale. Both holiday dresses were sold out, and so I just bought the Bitty version of the purple one at 25% off. But I hoped it would surface in some sale in the next year.
And it did. I picked up this dress at the MCM sale at $20 which was a great price for it. But unlike the prior year's Merry & Bright red dress, that I thought was beautifully made and just plain scrumptious, this one was a disappointment.
I knew up front that it was a dress more for the "older" group of my dolls as it is more sophisticated than a lot of dresses and holiday fare and wear, but if really seems too old even for my older dolls. Maybe if the length were not so long and the skirt a bit fuller, it would have a fresher airier look to it that the shoulders and accent rose does lend. Instead, I feel like it's got a stodgy feel to it.
The color is lovely. Give that a 10 and the asymmetrical sleeve is something that is very 2012, another plus. But the whole look left me not thrilled with this dress. Merry and Bright is a 10, this is really more a 5-6. The whole effect just doesn't make me say, "gorgeous". I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this; I would have been glad to have done so with the 2011 red dress.
The head band does not stay on the doll's hair well at all. If I can't get on there right, I don't think little girls are going to have a lot of luck with it. Shame on quality control at AG for not catching this. Especially at the price point of this outfit. The shoes are cute. The little flower does add a nice touch.
Since all the good stuff about this dress is the top around the sleeves and neck, when the holiday jacket or any other cover up is worn, the dress is really very plain other than that lovely color. Downright dowdy when the flower and straps are covered up.
So for $20, I'm glad I got it. Full price, I would have been a bit perturbed.