Posts Tagged ‘Kin’

In order to re-familiarize myself with blogging, I’m going to visit the 1950s again, and what would be better than wearing the “Doriane” coat by L’Abel on that occasion? Not only does it offer a splash of colour I’m often missing at this time of the year, but also it does have the most wonderful “New Look”-shape, with a tight-fitting bodice and a wide skirt. Accentuated with a black collar, black cuffs and matching accessories, the outfit remains classy while still making a statement.


  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Summer Cocktails 5
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Kin -Joan- [black]


  • Coat: L’Abel – Doriane coat
  • Shoes: Maitreya Group Gift Pumps black
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Earrings: ~Muse~ Claris Pearl earring in Gold
  • Gloves: Fleur Gloves Short Black
  • Hat: Tesla hat “Joan” [free]
  • Bag: (P-K) Vintage Petit Sac Noir


  • Pose: *TorridWear* Drama 08



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(Credits at the end of the post.)

Some dresses are just made for balmy summer evenings spent outside, for Sunday afternoons in the garden or a stroll in the countryside. Prelude’s “Sorbet” is such an outfit. a cute dress, available in a variety of icecream-colours, with a romantic sweetheart-neckline and puffy sleeves, very reminescent of the 1940s.

I’ve been changing into and out of “Sorbet” for a couple of days before deciding to make it a little more demure, as required for vintage daytime clothing, and to wear Pink outfitter’s “Poppy” blouse in white chiffon underneath, tinted to match the dress. Its half-transparent texture compliments the diaphanous overskirt and sleeves and looks just airy enough to pass as a summer outfit despite the high collar. Thanks to a resizing script, you can easily fit the skirt and belt to match your avatar’s proportions.

Shiny Things’ “Brandys” cork wedges are among my favourite shoes in Second Life®, both due to the texture and the fine details, and the blue ones just happen to have the exact right colour to go with the pattern in the dress.


  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey English Rose GG [group gift]
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Kin – Jennifer (black)


  • Dress: Prelude – Sorbet Mint
  • Undershirt: [Pink Outfitters] Poppy Sheer Chiffon Blouse – white [tinted; without chest ruffles]
  • Hat: Tesla “Melanie” hat [freebie]
  • Shoes: (Shiny Things) Brandys – blue


  • Pose: [LAP] – KB – Prissy

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Since my pictures still are full of graphic glitches (broken water reflections and light effects), I’ll go with something simple for starters:


  • Skin: Fleur Allure Alabaster Kitten 1
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Mossy Rock
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather
  • Dress: *ICING* Camilla Blossom
  • Shoes: =DeLa*= Pumps Stella” Noir Black

Spring 1954 (left &  middle):

  • Hair: Kin -Joan- [black]
  • Gloves: *Fleur* Gloves Long Black
  • Earrings: Paper Couture Faceted Golden Sapphire Dangle
  • Stockings: ~Blacklace~ Passionate Touch: Black Sheer Stockings
  • Pose (left): -AnaLu- *fresh poses* 5
  • Pose (middle): [LAP] – C-Cuteness [freebie pose]

Spring 2009 (right):

  • Hair: >TRUTH< Nikhita – night
  • Earrings: Paper Couture Diamond Bow
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 27: Opaque Black
  • Nails: Ibizarre Nail Polish – firebrick
  • Pose (right): [LAP] – Kewtie Pie

*ICING* has been one of my favourites since the very beginnings.  What amazes me is not only the superb quality for such a comparatively low price, but especially that her outfits usually work both as vintage and as “vintage style” attire. “Camilla Blossoms” would work equally well as a party dress in 2009 and as a cocktail dress in 1954.

I have paired it in both cases with the same pair of shoes and the same make up; they have a nice vintage feeling without dating you. In RL, there probably would be a visible difference between the two make up versions, but in SL we can pretend that the 1950s cosmetics were less pancake-y than they really were.

The biggest difference is the hair, as nowadays the options are far more diverse and people usually choose a less cemented coiffure. Truth’s “Nikhita” manages to look groomed without being overly formal – a very youthful yet grown up hairdo. In 1954, a lady-like look was desired, even if it added a few years to your appearance.

To heighten the contemporary appearance of “Spring 2009,” I added opaque black stockings to the outfit – a feature which could be frequently seen on the catwalk for this season. The shoes, sash and earrings take up the bow motif, which currently is very much en vogue, as is the oversized flower print. In contrast, the print would have been somewhat of an avantgarde look in the 1950s since fabrics were usually printed with smaller, less abstract flower patterns then.

I tried to express the change of mentality which occured between those decades through the poses. It is a real shame that there aren’t more bloggers who credit the poses they use, since without them, all of our pictures would look the same. A good pose not only compliments the avatar’s outfit: it’s like the difference between watching a profesional (talented) actor and a bloody (untalented) amateur on stage. The actor can conjure up a whole new person just through body language, while the amateur will always remind you that you are but watching a pretender.

Finally, a close-up of the earrings for those interested:

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