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Yeah, I know; fashion means something new all the time. But we here at Around the Grid don’t operate in that sense. We like fashion; but we all prefer style. Fashion is what’s new, what’s hot; what’s hip. If you want fashion, look at most of the stars on the red carpets today, and you’ll find, some 10 to 20 per cent of the time, that the gown is wearing them. Even with professionals dressing them, there’s some horrendous dresses walking the runways.

Style, on the other hand, not only fits the woman, but complements her appearance, even augments it. Kim Kardashian wears fashion. (Lady Gaga … well, who knows what she wears at times, though she’s improved over the years?) Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy were stylish.

Where’s all this leading to? Well, I was checking out some goodies at the Fifty Linden Friday stores, and picked up some goodies, including at ANE Fashion. While there, though, I looked around at some of the other things on display … that’s what sales are for, after all; to lure you in to buy the full-price stuff as well as the bargains. And it was there that I found this lovely strapless dress that will almost surely never go out of fashion. (And that’s the key to true style; the garment will never “go stale” in the closet.) HUD controls for not just the outside, but the lining as well, with a selection of colors to please most. (You’ll never please them all, sigh.)

With a dress that never goes out of fashion, wear a hairdo that stays with it as well. You can get away with funky or flashy (in taste!) with your makeup and jewelry.

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  • Head: LAQ Skye 3.05
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2
  • Eyes: Ikon Triumph (Chocolate)
  • Hair: rezology French Twist
  • Dress: ANE Fashion Alice
  • Shoes: ANE Opentoe/Platform slingbacks (Sky Blue)
  • Jewelry: ANE Forbidden Fruit earrings (Diamond); Roger Paulino silver bangles; Ysoral Inesse necklace and bracelet, and Lynna rings
  • Eyeshadow: Booty’s Beauty Rare Jewel (Omega, slot 8)
  • Lipstick: Booty’s Beauty Jam (Omega, slot 8)

Photographed at the Jal Mahal, New River region

Afterparty   1 comment

Lisavet Darchiev sighed as the door closed behind her and Maks Derbensky, her lover. “Thank God and the saints, we’re home,” she said in Russian, since they were by themselves instead of with American or British friends, and she crossed herself in the Orthodox style. “I love the Oscar ceremony; I love the parties; and I love getting together with Piper. But I think I love most getting home afterwards, so I can put up my poor aching feet!”

Maks chuckled as he locked the last deadbolt and clicked on the door alarm. “You have but to blame your ‘poor aching feet’ on yourself, Liza, and your penchant for stiletto-heeled shoes. And kindly do not tell me, my tsarina, that you’re getting too old for the social rounds. Besides limiting your access to the power brokers and business opportunities in this crazy city, that’s simply no fun at all.”

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Saint Patrick’s Day 2013

No matter where you are — even if it’s in a virtual world — March 17 brings out the Irish in you in a good way.  We don’t go in for green beer too much in world; but we do party, quite a bit.  (Hey, any good excuse for a party!)  And, even though there have been several almost continuous venues all weekend, the most traditional place to go, and probably the purist Irish experience, is in Dublin region at that grid-wide famous pub, The Blarney Stone.

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Everything Old is New Again

When trumpets were mellow
And every gal only had one fellow
No need to remember when
‘Cause everything old is new again

Dancin’ at your Long Island Jazz Age party
Waiter bring us some more Bacardi
We’ll order now what they ordered then
‘Cause everything old is new again

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Let’s go backwards when forward fails
And movie stars you thought were long dead
Now are framed beside your bed

Don’t throw the past away
You might need it some rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Several stores in Second Life specialize in making everything old new again.  This gown, which I believe channels Dior’s New Look as well as some delicious Eighties confections, comes from Donna Flora.  I discovered it while I was going through Flickr photostreams, and hunted through her stores until I discovered it at the Bonin store in several colors.

The lovely thing about this dress:  the bodice hem and butterfly bow.  They can change color using a HUD script; you have some eight color choices, I believe.  I wear blue so much that I decided to go red this time to get a little richer color into my life (grin).

Get out your white suit, your tap shoes and tails
Put it on backwards when forward fails
Better leave Greta Garbo alone
Be a movie star on your own

And don’t throw the past away
You might need it some other rainy day
Dreams can come true again
When everything old is new again

Peter Allen, “Everything Old is New Again”

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The details:

  • Skin:  Chai 04 Black Cherry, no longer available
  • Hair:  Donna Flora Princess red (hand tinted)
  • Gown:  Donna Flora Ingrid black (red bow via HUD selection)
  • Shoes (not visible here):  Maitreya ChiChi pumps (red)
  • Accessories:  Donna Flora Ada bangles, red (both arms); Eclectica Elizabeth necklace and earrings (ruby)

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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!

Turn the page and behold!

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