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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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The details:

Jewelry:

I Just Barely Made the Clothing Fair

…and look at what I picked up!

This gown, Topaz by Tres Beau, was the one major purchase I made, my single RFL contribution purchase.  I’m not even sure if Tres Beau is carrying this in their store now; it may have been only for the event.  But it’s a great piece of work — not perfect, but still great in many ways.

Besides all the romantic prim ruffles of the dress itself, it has this lovely evening cape.  I think this is what made me unlimber my purse in the first place.  Have you ever seen a little movie with Renée Zellweger and Ewan MacGregor called Down with Love?  It was a love note to the frothy romantic comedies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson of the Fifties and Sixties, and the characters, especially Renée and her co-star, Sarah Paulson, get to dress in the most fabulous stuff.  One scene has them entering a restaurant in these absolutely extravagant, heavy taffeta evening coats with puffy collars and mermaid hems:

This is the best shot I could find, from a copy on YouTube.  (I seem to have lost my own copy of the DVD.)  In a second or two, both Renée and Sarah will get the cue, and throw those coats open as they Make an Entrance into the restaurant.  If this SL gown’s wrap had a collar like that, I’d love to have an animation where I could just pull that trick, and let the cape just de-rezz back into inventory as I sashay in to Frank’s Place or something similar.

Here’s the gown without the cape.  Don’t you just love those prim ruffles running down the front?  The two things I could wish for were a richer texture on the gown and a deeper gold color; but otherwise, I’d say Kimmera Madison has got it spot on here.  Especially with details like the jeweled bow at the edge of the strapless bodice.  (Digression:  how many gowns have you seen in Second Life that weren’t strapless?)

This photo also gives you a look at the hairstyle I chose, and the delicious jewelry that I picked up at the Accessory Fair.  I have two more wishes, I find:  that the Clothing Fair lasted longer, and that they had waited a month after the Accessory Fair.  That would have given me time to do more buying!

The details:

  • Gown: Tres Beau Topaz (RFL contribution purchase, designed by Kimmera Madison)
  • Hair: Tukinowaguma Natura (platinum)
  • Lashes: Detour Edge
  • Shoes: Taro Vella (“TV”) black evening sandals with ankle straps and bows (prim foot)
  • Gloves: 5th and Oxford black leather opera gloves
  • Jewelry: U&R Dogs/Le.Look — Isolde ring, Traumerei earrings

Photographed at my Secret (Public) Photo Studio


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