I like to wander real life fashion blogs and online magazines, especially on my iPad (all sorts of glitzy apps, dontcha know). It’s fun to see what people have designed and understand what’s going on. But honestly, the last time I walked into a store and asked for “Givenchy,” it was perfume, and it was on sale. But SL is nothing if it’s not aspirational, so one can try to replicate Givenchy in SL, non?
An outfit was shown in Givenchy’s fall show in Paris that caught my eye. The whole collection was a bloodbath—Riccardo Tisci apparently likes his goth or his Twilight or something. (Incidentally, they show a white gown with red creeping up the hem, very similar to one sold by Terry Lightfoot of To-a-T). A description of the whole seasonal aesthetic on Habillées pour was about anxiety due to the recession. Therefore, there is a lot of black, nuns, mysticism, satan and death. They showed this outfit and described “a procession of ghost women who had plunged their hands into the belly of the beast.” Eek!
I thought the outfit was elegant and shocking all at once and I thought it could be replicated in SL. The day after seeing the outfit, I lucked upon this pantsuit from Fhara Acacia, which was being offered at the Dressing Room. I altered it slightly to match my model—I raised the pant leg and added sleeves I made myself to the arms. I left the belt—I realize it’s extraneous but it is so well made I couldn’t let it go. Gloves are made by me using a random texture and SL’s available clothing editors. Shoes are strappy couture pumps I showed recently from Sissy Pessoa. They suit the aesthetic.
I forewent the model’s hair and decided on an updo from Salut Erin that I really like. I believe it’s made to be paired with a much more “innocent” look but I am all for subverting the text ;)
My skin is from aida Ewing and purposefully chosen to give me that “model” look—made up, theatrical, extreme—especially the lips. I piled on the extreme with a makeup tattoo from Saeya Nyanda which gives me the heavily lined cat eye look. In any other circumstance, that eyeliner would look clumsy and overdone, but not here.
Written while listening to Gilles Apap and the Transylvanian Mountain Boys doing “Desire.” (Click it—it’s not what you think ;))
Hair:*eha~ Chiko Black Ash by Salut Erin for *eha
Skin: -Glam Affair- SofiaV2- MedTan – 08 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair
Makeup: Kyoot Makeup – Feline (Autumn Forest) by Saeya Nyanda for Kyoot
Outfit (minus sleeves): R.icielli – TDR MARIAH + VANESSA SPC + GERMANOTTA by Fhara Acacia for R.icielli
Shoes: * Baiastice__Querelle_black by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice
Gloves and sleeves: Made by me