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Even though meteorologically, spring starts today, and even though I am sick of the cold, grey weather, it’s hard to come up with a daffodils-and-hyacinths-look when the window shutters are rattling in the storm outside. Instead, a TV-documentation on fashion designer Sonia Rykiel inspired me to create an outfit based on some of Rykiel’s collections from the 1970s, perfect for that time of the year.

Today’s look contains two pieces I have used in the same combination before, but they fit really well into the concept: if you look past the hippie and disco fashion, a lot of clothes from the 1970s are a re-interpretation of the silhouettes which were en vogue in the 1920s – especially noticeable in haute couture. For Sonia Rykiel, it became one of her signature looks which she still keeps varying several decades later. What I like about it is that despite the obvious references to bygone (fashion) eras, her creations never look dated.

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) Brooke FAIR – Nightfall 4
  • Eyes: [LeLutka]-Reflections-Mist-Eyes
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: !lamb. Dog Roses – ink

Outfit:

  • Cardigan: *Thimbles* Jim Jones Doomberry Kool-aid
  • Top: [Whippet & Buck] Cole Boatneck Top ALABASTER
  • Skirt: *ICING* Fields of Bloom [part of outfit]
  • Gloves: (5th&Oxford) Leather Gloves – M *white*
  • Stockings: Stockings by Bettie’s – ivory [formerly 1-800 Bettie’s]
  • Shoes: Maitreya Neyya * Toe Cap White

Other:

  • Pose: Reel Expression – Posh 13

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It’s rather late for hopping on this bandwagon – waiting any longer, and I might only see the red rear lights of the train. But I actually enjoyed Sophia Harlow’s bloggers’ challenge and the results it generate on the feeds a lot, so here is my belated contribution.

This first picture still makes me cringe and laugh out loud at the same time. It was taken the very first day I entered the grid in December 2007, and prior to this I had not noticed that my hands were bigger than my head.

A little more than two weeks later, in January 2008, I was living in freebies – but nice freebies. I’m still partial to the *ICING*-dress, and even though the look itself is a bit outdated, at least i don’t have to be ashamed of it.

That one is from April 2008, and by that time I had long arrived in my Vivant skins (TaP had just become Fleur then, I think), which still look very lovely in my opinion. And I was so in love with this hat by Tesla – which now is available  as a freebie at the store.

Finally, a recent picture. I would be two years now had I not left in between, and I’m wondering if the difference in another two years will be just as dramatic as the one here (even between April 2008 – when I had already shed the newbie-look – and April 2010 there already is/will be a huge difference).

Credits for the last picture:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Summer Cocktails 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Tiny Bird – Into My Arms – pepper [edited some of the hairpins out to give it a vintage look]
  • Jacket & Blouse: Sugarcube peplum jacket & ruffled silk shirt
  • Earrings: Eclectica Medallion earrings

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(Credits at the end of the post.)

Of all the decades featuring in this blog, the typical 1920s silhouette is the most difficult one to recreate in Second Life®, especially when you don’t use an outfit right out of the box. There are only few items available that look right – but it doesn’t keep me from trying.

Today’s look is a very informal outfit, fit for a walk along the beach or – with different shoes – outdoor activities. White was the most popular shade for such attire, worn either purely monochromatic or, like here, with a few accents of colour.

I like the striped cardigan very much and with its low hemline and the deep v-neck – additionally accentuated by the only partly closed buttons – it is essential for pulling the ensemble together: it lends the necessary elegance to what otherwise could have ended up looking frumpy.

Everything else works along the same lines: even though carefully coifed, the hair looks like being touselled by the wind, and the shirt’s collar just emphasizes the relaxed feel. The hat comes with a colour-change script, so you are not  stuck with just one hue, and a little detachable bow for the hat.
The sequined hem of the skirt is something that would only have appeared on more formal outfits in the Twenties, but I decided that it was unobtrusive enough to pass. The prim part of the skirt has been lowered a tad to create the desired shape.

The shoes by “1-800 Bettie’s” finally are the most accurate model of vintage flapper shoes I have seen in SL so far, and the only one that does not sport t-bar straps (which I love, but a bit of variety is always good). They contain a resize script and are available in five different colours (black, white, cream, brown and red). There is no demo available at the shop, something that always makes me hesitate as you never know what you are buying, but in this case I was lucky, because the shoes turned out to be looking great on my feet, too.

Body:

  • 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: Clawtooth by Clawtooth: Love Letters (black beauty)

Outfit:

  • Shirt: (Armidi Gisaci) Cambridge Cuffed Shirt Top – Aufren White [worn without cuffs]
  • Skirt: *ICING* Fields of Bloom [part of outfit]
  • Cardigan: *Thimbles* Jim Jones Bumbleberry Kool-aid
  • Stockings: [1-800 Bettie’s] Stockings by Bettie’s – nude
  • Shoes: [1-800 Bettie’s] Flapper Shoe (white)

Other:

  • Pose: *Luth* vintage 4 (Reel Expression)

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Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Fresh 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: ETD Juliana – Smoke

Outfit:

  • Outfit: *ICING* Ashley
  • Earrings: ~Muse~ Claris Pearl earring in Gold
  • Shoes: [Decoy] Francisco II Wedge Navy
  • Stockings: OPIUM Everyday L$1 Store – tan lace-trim stockings

Other:

  • Pose: ..::DARE::.. Relaxed Hand over Head

Even though I haven’t seen the film yet, I had saved pictures of the costumes Nicole Kidman wore in “Australia” to my hard drive, as a source of inspiration and reference. Imagine my surprise when two new outfits were announced in *ICING*’s group messages and they turned out to be recreations of just these costumes.

Shown above is “Ashley”, a travelling costume in navy and cream that comes with a lot of different options. I’m showing the full version here, but you can also wear it without the jacket, for example, without the scarf but with collar, without collar but with scarf, both scarf and collar… The skirt looks good without the prim flounce, too.

Rounded up by a hat and little gloves, “Ashley” really doesn’t leave much to be desired and the most difficult thing for me was to decide whether I wanted to lean more into the 1930s or the 1940s direction: the film is set in the years between 1939 and 1942, and “Ashley” can actually go both ways. In the end, my interpretation turned out to be a little more 1940s-style than the original – Decoy’s Francisco II wedges in navy look as if they had been made for this very outfit, they just couldn’t be ignored.

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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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Well, officially it’s still two hours and about 20 minutes until it starts where I live, but since I don’t know when I can make it online tomorrow, I’m going to post my tribute to the inventor of the Blogger Appreciation Week a little early:

Thank you, Callie! And also to all others who contributed time, expertise and good spirits to this project.

Body:

Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Biba 1
Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
Hair: *BP – Okappa
Outfit:

Dress: *ICING* Dame de Lotus (grey)
Boa: “Rain Bowa” natural by caLLie cLine

Other:

Pose: [LAP] – Tingle PR4

In the spirit of the general theme of this blog, I’m wearing caLLie cLine’s peacock feather boa in an imitation of 1920s’ flapper style. The textures are gorgeous – very detailed and sharp – and its jewel hues brilliant. There are dozens of colours available and, if you are not a fan of peacock, other kinds of feathers as well.

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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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