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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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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: 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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