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Archive for June, 2009

I meant to get a picture done and posted for over a week, but SL had other plans for me: crashing sims, disabled log-ins, slo-mo shopping at Hair Fair… and suddenly it’s Wednesday evening and I have nothing to post about except that I’m leaving for Paris in about 8 hours.

It should be an inspiring trip, since at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs an exhibition of Madeleine Vionnet’s designs opened today, which I hope to see at some time over the next days, and because… well, how could Paris possibly not be inspiring?

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Winter Nights 1
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Hair: BP* OKAPPA

Outfit:

  • Dress: *ICING* Dame de Lotus – grey
  • Shoes: Periquita Q-Steps black
  • Necklace: .+*AA*+.long necklace *02-2 [Atelier AM]
  • Hair Ornament: Tiny Bird – Hair Doohickey [subscriber gift]
  • Stockings: OPIUM Everyday L$1 Store – tan lace-trim stockings

Other:

  • Pose: [LAP] – Doot Doot

*ICING*’s “Dame de Lotus” is an outfit that I had to buy instantly when it was released and which I have worn around the grid frequently ever since. But it was Tiny Bird’s hair ornament – which got distributed to the subscriber group very recently – that added the finishing touch to the outfit, even though I’d received a certain 1920s-vibe from it before: for an authentic daytime dress, it was just too revealing, and the evening gowns of the period called for some outré accessories.

The way it looks now, it’s just perfect for dancing shimmy or charleston; no use for a handbag, and also the cliché of the cigarette holder gets a break.

Contrary to popular belief, not all dresses of the 1920s were sack-like chemises with no defined waist. The “robe de style” could have a tight or loose-fitting bodice with a dropped waist, from which a full skirt of varying length fell – very much like the “Dame de Lotus” dress. And while the loose-cut chemise is very hard to imitate in SL, I hope that some designers – at least those into vintage wear – will in the future pick up this silhouette and broaden the range of vintage fashion available in SL. (Hint, hint… 😉 )

The hair reminded me so much of Louise Brooks that I couldn’t leave it alone, and Fleur’s “Winter Nights” offered a colourful, bold make up fit for the period. I love it when an item or skin designed with modern trends on mind turns out to be just right for something else as well.

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Kitten 1
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Hair: Novocaine – Antoinette (liquorice)

Outfit:

  • Dress: Ivalde – Retropolitan (red)
  • Gloves: Fleur Gloves Long Black
  • Earrings: Eclectica Medallion earrings

Other:

  • Pose: *Luth* pose 14 (Reel Expression)

When I heard that Ivalde was going to close, it was a bit of a shock to me. Fortunately, I learned in the meantime that it would be only temporarily, and that Neferia Abel’s creations are going to remain available. I’m going to crawl out of my hole (still sick in RL) to post my own little tribute to her.

The first dress that comes to my mind when I think of Ivalde is the Retropolitan dress – maybe the quintessential red gown, if there is such a thing. Curve-huggingly sexy, just revealing enough to stimulate one’s imagination, it always reminded me of the fashion illustrations drawn by René Gruau, and so today’s post was inspired by him as well.

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Involuntary Break

Real life has forced me into a break from blogging and SL – I have logged in a couple of times so IMs don’t get capped, but that was all. I caught a monstrous cold about ten days ago and am mostly incapable of concentrating enough to get a single picture done or plan an outfit. Hopefully, I’ll be beack in full force soon.

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