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(Credits at the end of the post.)

Summer 1960: hemlines are creeping up to the knee, outfits become simpler. Only a few years later Mary Quant will present the mini skirt to the public and fashion rules will be completely overturned. The Golden Age of Haute Couture is coming to an end and at the end of the decade, the street will rule over the catwalk.

We tend to think of the 1960s as a decade of revolution, not only socially, but also in terms of fashion, and often forget that they also contributed many staples to classical wardrobe. Change did not come with a big bang, but was achieved gradually when the highly refined and complicated wardrobe of the 50s shed many of its decorative elements in favour of more slim-lined cuts.

When I received a notification about the release of Couture Chapeau’s Sophia Loren retrospective some weeks ago, I was immediately intrigued by the idea, but unfortunately an illness kept me from logging into SL for a longer period of time and afterwards it took me a while until I found the opportunity to poperly check them out. I’m glad I did, though, because I immediately felt drawn towards some of the hats, and so it came that the “Napoli” model inspired this look.

The outfit consists of Armidi’s “Primavera” mini-trench, worn without the prim sleeves for an authentic appearance, and the “Simplicity” prim skirt from /artilleri/, one of those basics I couldn’t do without in SL. Of course, I had to mod the prim parts of the trench to fit on my avatar (and over the system skirt), but in this case the task turned turned out to be surprisingly easy – a rarity when it comes to prim-clothes.
Black mid-length gloves by 5th & Oxford and black pumps by Maitreya lend an elegant touch to the ensemble, while the necklace by (luc) adds just the splash of colour to prevent it from looking too monochromatic. Tres Blah’s lovely bag finally has a design which matched my vision of this outfit perfectly, I only had to get rid of the bow – not because I didn’t like it (I do, very much so), but because there was “too much going on” in the outfit now. Fortunately, the bag comes with copy and modify enabled, so I could take a copy and shrink the bow to a size that you can hardly see it.

The hat is available in black and red as well and contains a resize script, so it should fit every avatar regardless of (head-) size; I’m wearing ETD’s “Roslin” underneath, once again modified to prevent some of the strands from poking through the hat.

“Why the cigarette?” you may ask. Well, I don’t smoke in RL and never would, but I found for a look from a time when smoking was the rule rather than the exception, when people were unaware of the health risks  and when stars did it in public without tabloids scolding them through a series of unflattering snapshots the next day, it would make an appropriate accessory. Even though the cigarette comes with particle smoke, it didn’t show very well in my snapshot, so I added the smoke in Photoshop.

And if you think that’s a cheap romance novel poking out of Aderyn’s bag, you are mistaken. She assured me that it’s a copy of Cocteau.

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Fresh 1
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: ETD – Roslin (smoke)

Outfit:

  • Hat: La Loren Napoli Chapeau – white straw
  • Jacket: (Armidi) Primavera Mini Trench Bianco
  • Skirt: /artilleri/ simplicity pencil skirt *black*
  • Stockings: [1-800 Bettie’s] Stockings by Bettie’s – nude
  • Gloves: (5th & Oxford) Gloves Medium Black
  • Shoes: Maitreya Group Gift Pumps – black
  • Necklace: (luc) Gaea Necklace (coral/gold)
  • Bag: -Tres Blah- Chic Satchel (black)
  • Cigarette: PERSONA cigarette solo [freebie]

Other:

  • Pose: Standing pose from [LAP]’s free basic AO in combination with the in-built holding pose of the bag
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(Credits and more detailed body shots at the end of this post.)

It requires only a superficial skimming through my blog to notice that I wear exclusively skins made by Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot. Not that there aren’t other good skins: some look very beautiful – on other people. I have tried a fair amount of different demos from various brands, but none of them really looked like “me”, except those by Fleur.

My love affair with the brand began in 2007, with the Vivant skins, and upon returning to SL earlier this year, I fell head over heels for the Allure line. Needless to say that I’ve been anxiously folllowing the progress of this latest project, waiting for the release – now under the new name of “5th & Oxford”, which is not merely a rebrand of Fleur, but (with Roslin’s words) more of a “lifestyle brand” that will offer many more products besides skins and women’s fashion only.

As much as I was anticipating the new skins, there also was a bit of nervousness: would I like the new skins just as much as the old ones? Or would I like them too much, perhaps, so that I wouldn’t want to use the old skins anymore? Would I still look like “myself”?

I count myself lucky to have a chance at taking a look at the new “Audrey” line a little early and there was no reason to fear, as I know now; Roslin and CJ have treated their skins to a careful renovation without demolishing the whole look. The strong points of the Allure line are still there, complimented by new features. There are other blogs publishing their reviews together with a complete overview of skintones and makeups available, so instead of doing a visual documentation, I wanted to put my thoughts about this skin into words and use pictures only to illustrate my point.

“Audrey” launches in three skin tones – fair, medium and tan – and with 24 different makeups. The shading under the bust and buttocks is a bit more pronounced and some body parts look a little shinier than in the Allure line, but “Audrey” still is a very balanced and subtle skin – which counts for much in my book. I prefer skins that don’t show any of the intense highlights you often find in examples which are based on images taken under studio conditions, because they look a little too artificial. CJ & Roslin, however, got the balance just right: their skins look smooth, neither too flashy nor dull.
A few subtle moles on the torso add a bit of interest without being too obtrusive, and the freckles are really good: neither too dark nor too pale, they are splattered over the nose, cheeks, shoulders and cleavage, thus creating a very natural look. Usually, I don’t wear freckled skins, but the one pictured above stole my heart and I will probably put it on once in a while in the future.

A novelty are different lip forms and textures within the same kind of makeup, meaning that you not only pick a lip colour you want, but also the texture and, to a certain extent, the shape of the lip. The makeup is excellent, as always. Very detailed and nuanced, just as great as in the previous skin lines.

A bigger difference between their previous releases and “Audrey” is the nose – I don’t know how they did it, but the shading of the nostrils is excellent. I daresay I haven’t seen any better yet in in Second Life®. Unless you have selected a slider value of 50 or more to turn your nose up, the way the avatar mesh works creates “creases” on either side of the nose – a fact that bothered me to the extent that I have openly wished for prim noses to replace the standard one. With “Audrey”, it seems that I can stop wishing for a different nose, because the shading hides those creases almost completely; they are hardly visible now.

The brows have a great shape and definition, but make sure you are using Windlight settings that don’t crank the scene gamma values too high up, or the black brows will wash out and look brown instead. If in doubt, just play a bit with the slider values until you find a setting that works for you.

If you have loved Fleur or Tete à Pied skins before, you won’t be disappointed by “Audrey” either. If those skins weren’t for you, there are enough differences to warrant getting a demo of the new line. For pictures of the other makeups or skintones, please check the blog of Grazia Horwitz (“More Than Meets The Eye”, link is listed on the right) or the feeds. I’m sure the updated blog of 5th & Oxford will be available soon as well.

The release of 5th & Oxford’s “Audrey” skin is announced for Sunday, so keep your eyes open for more information.

Both Pictures:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Fresh Freckles 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Tiny Bird – Olivia (pepper)

Picture 1:

  • Bikini: /artilleri/ Annalee bikini *purple*
  • Pose: *Torridwear* Drama 08

Picture 2:

  • Shoes: [Armidi Gisaci] Dhali Bow Platforms – White
  • Pose (left): *TorridWear* Curves 06
  • Pose (right): *TorridWear* Coy 06

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Kitten 1
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]

Outfit:

  • Bandana: .:StoRin:. – Hair Fair Bandana *chocolate*
  • Bikini: /artilleri/ Annalee bikini *purple* [tinted brown; the purple version was a hunt gift and is not available in store]
  • Bangles: Genesis – Aidan bangles

Other:

  • Pose: *ELISA* burlesque 1 [not available anymore]

Since today is “Bandana Day,” I am not wearing the usual prim hair, but a bandana I purchased at Hair Fair, with all proceeds going to an organization which helps children suffering from long-term medical hair loss, “Locks of Love.” I have some experience with hair loss myself due to a thyroid disease, so it goes without saying that today I will wear a bandana in support of the case.

The outfit -if you can call it such- is vaguely vintage inspired and goes very well with the hot RL weather my neck of the wood is currently suffering under. Even though this is not a review blog, but rather a public journal on my fashion-related experiences in SL, I feel a bit bad that today’s look can hardly be recreated by another person: Miriel’s designs and ELISA’s poses are not available anymore; the skin will go out of sale very soon, when Fleur’s new skin line launches; the bikini has a colour that was never available in store (and is tinted on top of it) and Hair Fair will close after the weekend as well.

Still, it’s fun to do something different once in a while, and for me, this was different.

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Smudged 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong green
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Hair: Diversity Hair – Delaney (black)

Outfit:

  • Top: *COCO*_gift_floraltanktop (group gift)
  • Skirt: /artilleri/ Carla circle skirt *green*
  • Hair Flower: /artilleri/ Rose hair flower *orange*
  • Bangles: ::Genesis:: Aidan Bangles
  • Shoes: Maitreya group gift pumps (magenta)

Other:

  • Pose: [IE] Imperial Elegance – Dazzle – 10

This post title is probably going to bring me tons of non-SL-related traffic, because it translates to “she has a beautiful balcony,” of course meaning “she has a nice rack.” I was trying for the look of 1950s’ Italian actresses – think a young Sofia Loren or Gina Lollobrigida – without copying any specific outfit. After all those sombre colours this blog just wanted something a little more vibrant. Still, if you had told me before that I’d walk the grid in an outfit combining orange, green and pink, I’d have declared that I’d never wear something like that. 😉

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In an uncharacteristic bout of courage I asked for permission to join the “Fashion Blogger Group” yesterday and despite my doubts I was admitted without further ado. Everyone involved was really friendly and accessible – the latter being something one can easily forget when the people are only experienced through their blogs.

Blogger Appreciation Week culminated in a party for bloggers today, and even though we all received an overwhelming amount of presents (I’ll probably be busy opening boxes until the end of the week), the best about it was this sense of community. It seems the group will continue to exist when this weekend is over, and I personally believe this is a great institution.

There was a dress code enforced at the party to keep the lag as low as possible: blue jeans and white tank top without any prim attachments, bare feet (no shoes or prim feet), no jewellery or other attachments; hair was allowed as well as 1 prim attachment to face/ head, for example lashes or a single piercing or pointy ears, and a not too elaborate AO.

Body:

Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Kitten 1
Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
Hair: >TRUTH< Nikhita – night

Outfit:

Top: [Whippet & Buck] Hykova Buttoned Tank ALABASTER
Jeans: /artilleri/ Nina highwaist pants *blue*
Finger / Toe Nails: [Love Soul] Nail*Colors*Red

Other:

Pose: -AnaLu- *fresh poses* 5

Of course, I tried to stay true to my blog theme and preferred styles. Usually, my outfits aren’t that casual, but the high-waisted jeans gives it a bit of a retro feeling, and the skin choice wasn’t limited. Truth’s “Nikhita” hair turned out to have lowest prim number of all I tried and still works as a retro hairdo. A little colourful accent with red nails (even though nothing can realy save the avatars’ feet from looking strange without any shoes on), the new Whippet & Buck tanktop, and I was ready to go.

It was fun to see how different we all looked despite wearing the same “uniform.” Amazing, how much personal style you can express with such limited means.

Every single one of the organizers and content creators who spoiled us so generously would deserve a separate thank you, but I can only single out Callie Cline for happily taking it into her hands to organize such a mass event after initiating it. Many thanks also to everyone else who was part of it. It was through this group that I stopped thinking about bloggers as “them” and started to include myself into the term.

Thank you!

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Smudged 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Hair: Diversity Hair – Delaney – black

Outfit:

  • Stole: *ICING* Glam Stole
  • Dress: /artilleri/ Eva dress (from the Gnubie Store)
  • Stockings: ~Blacklace~ Passionate Touch: Black Sheer Stockings
  • Shoes: =DeLa*= Pumps “Stella” Noir Black

Just a very quick post today to say thank you to Miko Omegamu of *ICING* for her generosity. When I read her post about “Blogger Appreciation Week,” I wasn’t entirely sure if that applied to me as well, seeing how I had taken up blogging only a very short time ago, and if it wouldn’t make me look like a mere mooch if I IMed her. It took me a while to overcome my scruples, with the result that I woke up to the generous gift of the Glam Stole.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to take as elaborate a picture as I’d have liked to, but this won’t be the last appearance this beautiful stole makes on this blog, because I absolutely love it. It comes with an inbuilt AO containing a walk and a couple of standing poses matching the stole – my favourite two are pictured above.  I kept the outfit very simple on purpose, so nothing would distract from the stole.

Thank you, Miko, once again – this made my weekend! 😀

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Body:

  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Fall In Love 3
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Hair: Donna Flora – Marlene hair brunette (tinted darker)

Outfit:

  • Shirt, Jacket & Hat: B@rerose Tokyo – Chidori Coat – brown (not all parts used)
  • Skirt: /artilleri/ simplicity pencil skirt *black*
  • Gloves: Fleur Gloves Long Black
  • Stockings: OPIUM Everyday L$1 Store – tan lace-trim stockings
  • Shoes: -Tesla- High Oxfords *Chocolate*
  • Bag: [LeLutka]-TRISCH bag -funeral

Other:

  • Pose: Imperial Elegance – Handbag 03

Time to change the decade. There isn’t a lot of hair available in SL which you could use for 1930s-style outfits – the few with the right basic features always looked too dishevelled to match well with outfits which are characterized by sharp geometric cuts and forms. Donna Flora’s “Marlene” was a pure chance find: I stumbled into this to me unknown shop (not even the main store, but a sattelite location) and there it was, the hair I had been wishing for all the time.  I had to tint it since brunette is the darkest colour available, but still am very happy about it. Finally a groomed hairdo to go with another rarity: a 1930s-style coat.

I  doubt that B@rerose Tokyo’s “Chidori Coat” was an attempt at creating authentic vintage clothes, but actually it does resemble pieces from Rochas’ and Maggy Rouff’s collections in 1934, which I saw printed in one of my books on vintage fashion.

The skirt should have been a bit longer, but with money always being in too short supply, I had to make do with the content of my inventory, and I think it still looks good.

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