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Gilda Rides Again; or, How To Create a Fake Jean Louis Original

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Hold it, guys; I promise you, I’m not Gilda.  I don’t live in a film noir classic, I don’t live in Buenos Aires, and my husband isn’t trying to corner the world tungsten market.  And I don’t go around obsessively singing “Put the Blame on Mame.”

That’s the negative; turn the page for the positive.

Duty Shift

Duty Shift

Why, oh why, didn’t I put on a frackin’ watch when I got dressed for that date?  And, of course, I never asked him for the time, either…until fifteen minutes before I was supposed to report for shift.

Thank the gods I did that much, at least.  Otherwise, I’d be beaming up from right there in the restaurant.  Oh, wouldn’t that be great for the career!  This is bad enough as it is; not only am I on duty for the next four hours in high heels, but I swear I heard someone call me “Lieutenant Cinderella” as I shot through the tram station outside the command center….

Sigh.

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Posted October 29, 2015 by Harper Ganesvoort in Humor

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Saint Patrick’s Day 2011

I always like to do a casual and formal shoot for Saint Patrick’s Day, one of the lovely holidays in world.  This year, besides the computer needing replacing, RL work and home has kept me hopping, and I haven’t been able to do many things I wanted to do.  But I did manage to squeeze in a few fast photos of this beautiful gown very early yesterday….

The dress is from PurpleMoon, and is called Serafina.  It also has a large production-show skirt that I didn’t take the time to fiddle with, but is still beautiful.  For me, this skirt is enough, along with the lovely high collar behind my head.  (I have a thing for dragon-wing collars, I guess….)  The collar is removable, of course, as is the excellent orchid-bloom detail on the breast; but who would want to do away with such niceties?  I used for hair an old ‘do from Sinsation — yes, Sinnocent Mirabeau did do some sane hairstyles during her time in world, and this is one of my nicest short bobs.  Along with this is a new eyeshadow from Miamai, one of their usual package of five at a time.

The jewelry suite of necklace and earrings came, I believe, from last year’s Jewelry Fair; it is by RH Engel, and this is the first time I’ve worn them. (Gotta clean out that inventory sometime…!)  I matched this with….

…a beautiful emerald bracelet from EarthStones, and a big, splashy, Art Deco-like cocktail ring.  Erin go bragh!!

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The details:

  • Eyes: Poetic Colors sapphire, gold flakes
  • Makeup: Miamai XGen Makeup Lash ‘n Liner (teal, no hair base)
  • Hair: Sinsation Emma (no longer available)
  • Nails: Candy #P000 Basic (green)
  • Gown: PurpleMoon Serafina (emerald, flexi skirt)
  • Shoes: Armidi Gisaci Barcelona slingback pumps (seagrass)
  • Jewelry: Earthstones Envision bracelet (gold/emeralds); Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery
    Voices of Earth ring (gold/emeralds/pave diamonds); RH Engel Lumiere necklace and earrings (gold/emeralds)

Photos taken at my Secret (Public) Photo Studio at Harper’s Fine Art and Photography


If I Were Going to the Academy Awards in 2010….

At the Ballroom of the Rose Theatre, Angel Manor region

…then I’d love to sweep up the red carpet at the Kodak Theater in something like this confection.  Hair piled up over my head, glittering jewels (preferably not on loan from Tiffany’s), and a gown that both hugs me in just the right places and rustles along the scarlet rug behind me.

I’ve been so busy organizing my 2010 Oscar Fashion Contest, and then trying to get people to enter, that I hadn’t gone out to purchase my own gown for a fashion piece.  But Gidge Uriza of It’s Only Fashion kindly gifted me with this delicious dress, thus saving me the need of rushing out and combing designers’ stores for something.  Absolutely sensational choice, Gidge, and thank you so much!

The gown is ZieZo from Sascha’s Designs.  Besides being a lovely color for red hair, I love the detail work that Sascha Frangilli puts into her work.  (This teal is one of a range of colors.)  And, of course, there are the Sascha’s choices for her gowns.  I’m wearing the “swooshy” mermaid prim skirt here; you also have a sleeker one, and empire-waisted version (that one drops down from almost straight below the breasts, guys), and the full-glam “battleship” skirt, in plain or with star embroidery around the hem!  On top of that, do you want the “plain” strapless bodice, or the one with the jewel-colored flower embroidery?  And, of course, the evening gloves are included; gloves may not be in style again in the Real World, but I think they add a perfect accent for evening wear.

A new gown demands new jewels.  I decided to go splashier than I usually do with jewelry — well, we’re talking the Academy Awards here, aren’t we?  So I went on a shopping run, and stopped at Eclectica, who’ve I’ve also featured before, and I ended up buying about four different sets, including one I have already in a different stone color (sigh).  Anyway, out of what I picked up, I settled on this necklace/earrings set as the strongest statement.  Simple links of gold in back, except for the catch, turn into heavier gold settings for some lovely rubies — there’s even a glow in the stones — with pearl teardrops.  I added a cocktail ring from my inventory, and some ole reliable pumps from Detour, and I was ready….

…except that I wanted something to pin in my hair tonight.  Fortunately, another item from Eclectica had caught my eye in that shopping spree:  this stylized dragonfly hatpin, part of a hatpin-and-brooch set.  I used the hatpin as a hair ornament (after copying it!), and was ready for the limousine.

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Photographed at the Rose Theatre Ballroom, Angel Manor

The details:

  • Hair: W&Y Hair 90, Type D (tinted red)
  • Lashes: Detour Edge lashes
  • Gown: Sascha’s Designs ZieZo (teal)
  • Shoes: Detour Glamour pumps (gold)
  • Jewelry: Eclectica — Elizabeth suite (necklace and earrings, in gold, rubies and pearls), Dragonfly hatpin; Muse Catherine gold/pearl cocktail ring

Something for All SL Tastes at KWZ, Omega Point

The sci-goth region of Omega Point has plenty to explore, and lots of fascinating — sometimes a touch disturbing — visions scattered about.  But at the heart of this Giger-esque world is — you guessed it — a store.  KWZ is not a large store as such things go in Second Life, but it has plenty of possibility.  I’ve shopped in it several times, picking up something almost each time that was either perfect for a cyber look, or just plain charming to wear to parties or around the house.

For instance, take this for gowns for a pure party:

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The gown is named Anje, and comes in several colors.  I like the gold accents on the skirt, bodice and gloves; beauty and luxury together, as an evening gown should be.  Something great for a romantic evening!  But, if you’re in the mood for something darker, more goth:

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Here’s Anje again; but this is the only version available with a bustle skirt.  Now the gold looks not just luxurious, but positively decadent!  And the only thing to go with such a goth outfit is black jet or black pearls; lots of both!  (If you don’t want the 105 octane drama version of this gown, there is one sold separately with the same skirt as the white version.)

But it would not be KWZ without something not just over the top, but deliciously over the top.  You know; like Cher’s feathered headdress at the Academy Awards with Don Ameche all those years ago.  And so….  (Chocoholics and lovers of strawberries and cream, beware!)

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How about a slice of this Chocolate Cake?  For normal wear, of course, it’s a couturière’s disaster; but for fun, for costume parties, and for just about anywhere in Second Life that goes for “orbital” fashion, it’s brilliant.  When I jumped into the offices of It’s Only Fashion to use their photospheres, Cajsa Lilliehook was there, and I think I heard her jaw creak as it dropped open.  (Okay, she wasn’t that amazed, but she was impressed by the costume.  Coming from one of the best fashion writers on the Grid, that’s a compliment indeed.)  Both the full and mini skirts are included with this package, as is that prim bra that reminds me of a far more tasty version of Madonna’s famous cone bras from one of her many reinventions.

Check out KWZ at this SLurl.

(Sad to say, it seems that I’ve lost all the other details, who did my hair, etc. Some of this can be recreated, and I’ll work on it and announce an update when I manage to get it all figured out. Until then, sorry….)

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Great Hair from Tukinowaguma

I stumbled across Tukinowaguma hair sometime in the deep, dark past that I can’t remember, and I purchased one of her interesting wigs at that time.  But I didn’t go crazy about her hair until I got a sale ad from the Galleria at Frank’s, which drew me to her store there.  After catching sight of the other styles she had, I ran off to her main store and went crazy. KateForster Akina does lovely bobs, one of which I include in this photo essay; but her updos are fantastic as well.  If you’re looking for big hair for a ball or formal dance gown, definitely try out one of the Tukinowaguma stores, and you’ll find things there to enchant.

Most, if not all, of the styles are scripted for color change, by the way; click on the wig to bring up the menu.  You should either make a copy of the original (preferable, unless you have a huge Inventory), or choose a white shade to bring back the original base color.

I’ve placed the best of the photos I’ve taken in a set on my Flickr stream, and on Koinup as well.  If you like them, please leave comments (both here and there!).  But I’ll give you a small taste here of what I came up with, instead of drowning you in six tons of photos on this blog. As it worked out, I had a mess of Satin Sheen gowns from Nicky Ree on hand as well, and sets of opera gloves from Mimikri; and so I decided to try a themed photo shoot, changing only colors, shoes, hair and jewelry.  A few WindLight tweaks, courtesy of Torley Linden’s excellent package, are also used here.  As long as you have a good default saved to fall back on, don’t be afraid to experiment with those sliders, for both sky and water!

A few notes:

  • Nicky’s Satin Sheen gown is available at her store in most colors for L$100.  This absurdly low price for a Nicky Ree original is because she’s offering the original — it appears, from my reading of the notes I found in the packages, that someone’s copied her.  Please patronize the original designers, not the 7th Avenue knockoff “artists.”
  • Mimikri’s gloves are some of the best I’ve found on the Grid.  The cuffs are prim addons, so I did a little mixing of colors for effect, to match a few of the gowns.  Buy the whole set, and use the cuffs to show the “lining” of your gloves!

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Reflection by Digit Darkes

Mercy, but this gown must be hot!  I was thinking I was going to be the first to write about it, and I’ve already seen two other blogs with photo features.  (@*%$%@!!)

In any case, I got the word for the Digit Darkes group that a new gown was available at her store, called Reflection, and the enclosed pictures were good enough that I ran over and purchased one.  And it’s not too bad a choice.

The texture of the dress is lovely, both on the bodice, and on the prim skirt, which is made of translucent layers.  It’s lifted in front just enough to reveal your shoes, so make sure that you’re wearing some nice ones (grin).  The pair I have on here were also from Digit, named Goddess, and I picked them up on a half off sale she held over the weekend.  (I went back and checked the regular price — L$400.)

The one thing I wasn’t crazy about is the pair of asymmetrical glitch pants, which leaves almost your whole left leg exposed.  I admit, though, that the confection has grown on me; who doesn’t like to leave a bit of leg to display occasionally?

The back may be my favorite part.  I like the almost full absence of a back (grin), and the way Digit laid out the straps she used.  I love strapless gowns, but well-placed straps can be as beautiful, and leave a lot more back exposed.

More pictures are on my Flickr stream.  All photos were taken up in a corner of the Aretai Desert (coordinates 247,229,40) — which is a Gorean sim, so I kept my eyes open.

* Shape: Alady Jane Seymour 7
* Skin: GemCorp Wendy
* Eyes: Curious Kitties Crystal Eyes (green); Digit Darkes high/high point brows; freebie lashes from Alady
* Tattoo: Eye of Horus by PopFuzz
* Hair: ETD Phoebe (copper blackened)
* Gown: Reflection by Digit Darkes (harvest)
* Shoes: Goddess by Digit Darkes
* Jewelry: Gold and black pearl earrings by Phia Vaughan; Catherine black pearl cocktail ring by Muse; wedding suite and watch by Virtual Impressions; Royal black pearl necklace by Kurione Merlin

Posted September 15, 2008 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion

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