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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.)

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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:

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…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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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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UK Couture — Phixion Suit

Going to Nicky Ree or other places can be fun and give you all sorts of nice fashions.  Quality textures, well built in the prim attachments, nice falls of skirts, and so on.  Then you see just how much you’ve spent, and the sticker shock sets in.  The price is often justified, of course; all that effort and creativity deserves its payment, and I won’t put them down too much if they want to get reimbursed for their time.  (Unless they’re charging like a bleedin’ madman.)

But who says you always have to pay top dollar to dress fantastic?  Take a look at UK Couture.  Stylish clothes that don’t shoot your budget in the foot; what more do you want?  As proof:

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This outfit is called Phixion, which I have no idea what that means.  Does it matter?  It just looks good!  Black shirt, black pants (that actually cover my belly button!), and this lovely white jacket that I need to remember for other outfits in the future; and all for less than L$300, as I recall.

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For a smashing day look, I teamed it with the Nif Nif gloves from LeeZu Baxter.  They’re actually longer than you see here; the sleeves of the jacket cover them up, of course.  And the hair is from Pazazz, who sells fatpacks for very nice prices; sadly, this style (Spoiled) seems to have disappeared.

Shape/skin: Luscious & Lords Katelyn
Suit: UK Couture Phixion for Ladies
Eyes: Curious Kitties Crystal Eyes
Gloves: LeeZu Baxter Nif Nif (black)
Hair: Pazazz Spoiled (Raven, Sapphire tips)
Shoes: Adam n Eve Serpenti (Diablo black)
Jewelry: Kimbra Celtic Cross necklace and earrings (separate packages); watch by Virtual Impressions

A few more pictures can be found at my Flickr stream.

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