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Channeling Marlene Dietrich

Falling in love again
Never wanted to
What am I to do?
I can’t help it

Love’s always been my game
Play it as I may
I was born that way
I can’t help it

Or, if you prefer — and perhaps more appropriate for an electronic world — you can try this alternate version:

Failing apart again
And what am I to do
These threads take metric screws
No one stocks them

There’s no way to repair
A heart whose gaskets fail
No rivet, bolt or nai
Can correct it

Falling apart again
Poor craftsmanship, it’s true
Perhaps if I used glue…
I can’t help it

(From John M. Ford’s How Much for Just the Planet? [New York:  1987, Pocket Books and Paramount Pictures])

I was touring around a place that you wouldn’t believe I could find such a confection:  the store in the center of Omega Point, a recent — and freakin’ incredible — build that I discovered through Hamlet Au’s New World Notes.  At least some of the merchandise there is from a merchant calling themselves KWZ, about two walls worth of clothes that do not fit the Giger-esque theme of the rest of this region.

This dress, Lilly-S, is a more elaborate variation of another bustier ensemble next door in the vendors.  I was torn between the two, but went with the bigger skirt in the end.  Just look at the quality of the textures!  I can’t see a bad spot on this whole dress.  And the humor of it is wonderful — remiscent of Marlene Dietrich in Der blaue Engel, Molly Ringwald in Betsy’s Wedding, and the cover of Pink’s Funhouse.  If there’s a circus in Second Life, this would make a wonderful Ringmaster’s outfit for a woman!

As for the details:

  • Ensemble:  KWZ Lilly-S (blue/gold)  (Designer:  Kariwanz Felisimo)
  • Skin/shape:  D-Skin 36
  • Eyes:  Curious Kitties Crystal (blue)
  • Hair:  UK Couture Bobbi (black)  (Designer:  Corbantis Priestman)
  • Earrings — Amour Designs Elegant Silver (Sapphire) (Designer:  Natashya Antonelli)
  • Shoes:  Kitties Lair Peep Toe Pumps (Designer:  Babette Ultsch)

(Incidentally, this is me in the photos, not another avatar or an alt.  If you wonder why my face changes occasionally from what you see in my masthead, I don’t use alts — though I have one for testing purposes and occasional travels.  I use six different female shapes/skins, including an Asian and an African — as well as an occasional male, and a beautiful little tiny otter from Tiny TAMA.  I like to keep ’em guessin’.)

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Holiday Gown for 2008

It’s been a busy week or so in Real Life, and I haven’t had much chance to sit down and write about anything, most of all what I selected to wear for New Year’s Eve this year — assuming I have a chance to get back in world tonight.  But I squeezed out a few free moments, and so here we are:

The gown is Magpie from Paper Couture, and I think this has been rather sadly neglected this season, what with the other sensational pieces that Paper released.  The bodice is tightly wrapped black satin that shades toward cream and white as you go down the gown; while the prim skirt is composed of huge feathers, with a lovely long train behind.  It’s simpler than the other big gowns that were part of the same collection, yet just as elegant in that simplicity.

It’s always a debate with me whether to go for big jewelry or little.  I stuck with Paper for this gown; but the well-known multicolored necklace of tumbled stones just looked too much when I put it on here.  So I stayed with the elegant minimalism theme here, and pulled out a simple heirloom pendant on a fine gold chain, and a beautiful pair of Art Deco-inspired earrings, both in simple gold with no massive stones.  The simple touches were perfect for this, where the gown’s train and the hair are doing much of the speaking here.

Speaking of the hair, it’s called Spoiled from Pazazz — though I think I’ve seen two other name chains carrying this hair, under the same name and ad picture; so I’m wondering if maybe the designer is running three different store chains.  (I’m pretty sure that it’s not copied in this case.)  I’ve worn this before, with another shape/skin, and it’s even more elegant on the D-skin 36 combo I have on here.  And, going from the head to the feet, I have a pair of Stiletto Moody’s d’Orsay heels in “Badseed Red” for a splash of alternate color.  You can’t see them under the huge skirt; but, when you get twirled on the dance floor tonight, let those red red heels flash out!

Last, but never least, gloves.  This gown, especially tonight, demands gloves.  I’m wearing a pair from another outfit I happend to have on when I rezzed in; but your favorite opera-length gloves will fill the bill nicely.  The best gloves I’ve found so far are from Mimikri, and I purchased a fatpack set of all colors for a very reasonable price.  They come with prim cuffs for the perfect look.

Here’s hoping that your 2009 is fun, blessed, free of lag, and a lot more peaceful in Real Life than the past year has been.

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The fast rundown:

Gloves:  Mimikri black gloves w/ prim cuffs
Shape/skin:  D-skin type 36
Eyes:  Curious Kitties Crystal (blue)
Gown:  Paper Couture Magpie
Shoes:  Stiletto Moody d’Orsay (Badseed Red)
Hair:  Pazazz Spoiled (Midnight in Diamond streaked)
Jewelry:  Paper Couture Art Deco earrings and Heirloom pendant

Photos taken at Planet Mongo (160,143,375); thanks to Lumiere Noir for a wonderful region!
Poses with CyberNetic BioEX AO and Tillie Ariantho’s Posing Stand 2.0 (standalone HUD)

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