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Spreding My Wings Like a Swan

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I was exploring a sale a few weeks back — I think it was something like 55-linden Tuesday, or some such stuff — and one of the stores did not have laid out what I was looking for, at least that I could find.  But they did have something else, and that made all the difference.  Combining that with some other goodies, including a super-luxe buy from one of the most fabulous jewelry stores on the Grid, made the difference in this.

The gown is Harlow, from RBZ Design, and this is what I purchased when I could not find what was supposed to be out.  I’m not angry; this was so pretty that I bought both this dress and another in green, for when I’m in my red hair.  I normally don’t go for such a plunging bust line on a strapless dress — I keep thinking the bodice stays up by surface tension and nothing else.  I’ve gotten used to it, though, from so many of my old vintage Last Call dresses that I’ve become comfortable with such a revealing look, I guess; I rather enjoy this one.  And the silvery decoration running around the confection adds a beautiful touch, as does the bow in back, pinned up by a diamond brooch.

The aim here was for femme de luxe, and so I went all out on the jewelry.  You can see just part of it here, but I have a fair collection on, which is the advantage of the Add feature on many of the 2.x clients.  Wear your first piece, then Add the next pieces until you get what you want (within the maximum limits).  Here, I have one ring on the right hand (from Muse, sadly no longer open) and two on the left, as well as a bracelet on each, and a long trailing string of black pearls around my throat.  And diamond earrings, of course:  these from U & R Dogs.  On my feet are a delicious pair of slingbacks from N-core.  (Why can one never remember to take a picture of the shoes unless you’re doing a shoe article [sigh]?)

The big diamond splasher is vintage Paper Couture; while the black flower with a black gem in the heart is a recent creation in the Bouhachi line from Rozoregalia.

But the topper, literally, is this.  I was shopping at Finesmith Designs later during the sale.  After picking up their sale item, I browsed, and waffled, and then said what the hell, and took the plunge to buy this beautiful headdress, called simply Swan.  It’s hard to keep from thinking about the film Black Swan on seeing this, but I assure you I suffered no hallucinations — just raptures of delight.  The headdress is a hat, so I paired it with a black bob from MADesigns, and black lipstick and eyeshadow, and voila.

The one place I might have went overboard is with the additional Capucine eye “tattoos” from White~Widow; but I liked the silvery dots below my eyes for effect, and so kept this on.  Aside from this, a lovely confection to fly away into the night in, along with the prince of your dreams….

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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

SL Hallowe’en — Enter freely and of your own will….

“‘Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring!… I am Dracula; and I bid you welcome….'”

“I was not alone. The room was the same, unchanged in any way since I came into it; I could see along the floor, in the brilliant moonlight, my own footsteps marked where I had disturbed the long accumulation of dust. In the moonlight opposite me were three young women, ladies by their dress and manner. I thought at the time that I must be dreaming when I saw them, for, though the moonlight was behind them, they threw no shadow on the floor.”

Bram Stoker
Dracula

Feeling a little…undead lately?  Want to dress appropriately?  Why not try this combination?  My good friend Nanceee Sinatra, co-owner of Frank’s Place (which I’ve written about several times here) also does the occasional dress under the Sinatra label.  She kindly gifted me with two colors of her Resurrection gown — appropriately named, don’t you think, for a vampire?  Especially one as sexy as this!  The skirt goes down to there on the right, and is cut up to here on the left, while the bodice plunges almost to places unknown in front, and sure does so in back.

If you’re now one of the walking dead, you have to look the part, don’t you?  No glittery skins, like those poseurs in Forks, Wash.  No, ice-pale is the way to go; and Adam n Eve had a nice super-pale geisha skin I chose here, called Mei Li 2 (the particular skin is the Geisha 1 makeup).  To go with that, a friend in the Fashion Emergency gifted me with a set of thick, black lashes you have to try on to believe!  They’re Artemis from the oBscene, and they’re excellent for the dramatic look I was aiming for here.

If you want a look like this, your shoes need to ascent to the stratosphere.  I’m not in ballet heels here, but Adam n Eve’s Babii pumps — in black, of course — fit the bill nicely.  Topping it all off, the jewelry is almost all in black pearls — Primalot’s Luna black enamel bracelet with inset pearls; Muse’s Catherine cocktail ring in gold; and Dahlinks’ Chloe back-knotted pearl strand make up most of the bling here.  I wanted a bit more color, though; a rich vampiress should have her share of diamonds, too.  So I threw into the mix a pair of platinum earrings with diamonds by RH Engel, and a favorite cocktail ring from a season or so ago by Paper Couture.

The crowning touch:  the hair is Sirena Makayla (in jet black, of course).  This is another of Sirena’s recent new releases, and is animated like so many of her ‘dos.  I’m wearing it down for this shot, but the updo is excellent as well.  (One note on the updo — when I tried it out, the hair didn’t go all the way immediately.  I had to do a teleport to get the down strands to derezz properly.  Your mileage may vary.)

Anybody know where I can find Jonathan Harker, now…?

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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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Ivalde Challenge (Unofficial) — Retro Meets Modern

Beulah Mills of Ivalde has had an invitational challenge going around the fashion SLogosphere lately:  take some of their vintage/retro designs, and show that you can wear them in modern looks.

I didn’t receive a notecard inviting me to give this a shot; I’m not a regular fashion blogger, after all.  But I’m up to a game where I have a chance; it’s fun posing; I have a Secret Studio that just gathers dust when it’s not in use; and I like spending lindens (grin).  For me, the best way to change a look is to mix and match; so, behold.  (You can behold larger versions of the pictures by clicking on the images; I got tired of the tiny gallery images, and did it this way.)

Ivalde Retropolitan 1930 Ivalde Retropolitan 1930

Ivalde Retropolitan 1930 Ivalde Retropolitan 1930

The gown is Retropolitan, which dates to the 1930s.  It has that classic, flowing look and drape of Thirties period dresses that you see in the movies and fashion spreads of the time, and with the touches of extra femininity like the shoulder frills.  The hairstyle is a little sleek for the period I chose, but not too far off the mark.

Now, drop the skirt, shoulders and gloves, add a pair of more modern pants and sneakers, and change the jewelry around, and you get this:

Modern update Modern update Modern update

…and you get a perfectly lovely top with maybe a smack of peasanty, crunchy-granola feel to it.  The effect is emphasized here by the Earthstones jewelry, some of my favorite pieces.  A woman would not look unusual at all wearing this on a modern street — indeed, she might just draw some admiration for her fashion sense.

Gown details:

  • Hair — UK Couture Bobbi (black) (Corbantis Priestman)
  • Gown — Ivalde Retropolitan 1930 (red) (Neferia Abel)
  • Shoes — Armidi Gisaci Barcelona Slingbacks (gold) (Nicole David)
  • Stockings — G.L.A.M. gold lycra tights (Chloris Hathor)
  • Jewelry:
    Earrings — Baccara’s Gold Dome earrings (Baccara Rhodes)
    Ring — Muse Catherine black pearl cocktail ring
  • Cigarette holder — MD Elegant holder (ivory/gold, scripted)

Modern details:

  • Ivalde top
  • Pants, shoes, socks — The Prisoner costume (Resident Irwin, freebie available in Port Merion sim)
  • Nails — Pixel Mode sculpted nails
  • Jewelry — EarthStones Crystal Elements Fire suite (set in gold)

You know what they say:  everything old is new again!

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