China

Today’s post is not about fashion per se but about art, the simple but evocative art that can be seen, combined, considered, enjoyed in SL.

First of all, I take you to China, a beautifully rendered piece of orientalist walk-in art made by aston Leisen. Painting a 3D space with “watercooler” strokes, aston has turned a landscape into an evocative environment. To suit this environment, I chose an equally artistic outfit and skin.

China

Jojorunoo Runo sells a variety of inexpensively priced clothing pieces that I would consider mostly experimental. This piece, for example, has a sculpty prim piece that cuts into the avatar and barely covers the nipples (I will admit I moved it to just cover). With belts that wrap down the front and around the back and little cuffed shorts, it’s less a dress than a sort of futuristic coverall shorts. The tweedy texture is a great touch (rather than something more fantastic) as it plays against the daringness of the cut of the outfit with a very conservative flavor.

China

I received skins from from LeeZu Baxter the other day and found myself in a quandary about how to show them. Made as a set for the Inanna series in collaboration between LeeZu and Lion Jonesford, they are not your typical “pretty” Barbie Doll skins and are definitely not for everyone. I found the eyebrows particularly difficult to tame, and I ended up making a special bald head to have them render to my satisfaction. I would be hard pressed to use the shape that was included with the skins—it’s simply too outre for me. These are not skins for the newbie or beginner.

That being said, the collaboration between the two artists is an exciting one. Here you see eyes with wrinkles and folds, a juxtaposition of almost perfectly realistic skin with pores and sheen against painterly eyes and eyebrows, applied with broad quick dark aggressive strokes. This very “artistic” skin seemed appropriately shown in this sim. LeeZu and Lion ask, in making these skins, what do we want? Realism or art?

China

To walk into a painting:

Shot on location at China by aston Leisen

Hair: booN HTU132 hair black by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: INANNA-VERNISSAGE SUN brigitte red by LeeZu Baxter and Lion Jonesford for LeeZu/Lion Skins *

Outfit: ~*RunoRuno*~ UNDress Dinner Black by Jojorunoo Runo for *RunoRuno*

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Saturday Flats – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

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