Like many collectors, I was hesitant to see the new sculpt of "Fauxnessa" in person. However, I was excited to see her in real life at IFDC, and I am a fan of her closed mouth. While I admit that she doesn't look a whole like like the original Vanessa, I do think she is a gorgeous new sculpt, and I like her a lot.
Dress Code presents Vanessa as a redhead and in a classic navy dress, which is a little too long and a little too conservative. It's almost a 1940s era length, if I can comment on fashion. Upon deboxing my doll, I was struck by her hair--it reminds me a lot of the Shirred Not Shaken convention centerpiece doll from 2008, only more muted.
So, I did what any collector would do: I used the opportunity to shop for a new dress--in this case, Most Desired Eugenia's gown--which I found almost instantly on eBay for a terrific price, including jewelry. It's exactly like Shirred Not Shaken, only in a gorgeous bright blue instead of black--perfect for Dress Code's eyes and bright lips.
I have her displayed in my cabinet next to Shirred Not Shaken, and they have become fast friends, though Shirred does all the talking.
More photos can be seen on Flickr.