The Accessory Fair to benefit Relay for Life opened this weekend with an elaborate scene straight out of Indiana Jones. Between the catacombs and the mummies everywhere, it has the feel of a movie-set fantasy—you can feel the sand under your feet and marvel at the artistry around you amidst a “dig.” (Though an archaeologist her salt would not let you step one foot in a real dig.)
But let’s face it—that’s not really Egypt. The real Egypt is a much more exciting and interesting place. It’s the home of a 21st-century revolution—the same kind of youth-initiated revolution we saw in the US and Europe in the 60s, at the fall of the Berlin wall in the late 80s, and in Tiananmen Square in the 90s. The revolution is spreading across the area, and we should be excited for them—they are finding self-government and throwing off the shackles of post-colonial corruption and dictatorship.
A Muslim woman in Egypt won’t be wearing skimpy clothes with cats-eye eyeliner–that’s Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in a movie from the 60s. Your average young woman in Egypt is probably wearing a hijab (which I don’t show here) and a modest but pretty outfit, consisting of a tunic and slacks. This ensemble, from Syngen Sohmers, is a perfect example (and should be because she’s Egyptian). The beauty of fabrics and fashion is not lost on this outfit—the fabric is richly textured with gold accents. Women in Egypt are just as interested in how they look—they just don’t want to show a lot of skin.
It’s the perfect chance to show the beautiful face on the newest skin from Diarmuid Miklos, which is coming out next weekend. With its subtle tones and beautiful makeups (a lot of them running in the pinks, though you can’t see it in this skin), this is bound to be a new smash for Diarmiud. He includes with this set a sculpty ponytail, perfect if you want to keep arc low and fashion high. Mocksoup Graves’ makeups suit his faces really well, and I wear a little tint on my lips from her.
I am also thrilled with Reghan Straaf’s offerings at the Accessory Fair, specifically a set with an “Egyptian theme.” They are truly a treasure to be found in their “Dig.” Reghan has been making beautiful hats forever but now she’s turned her sights to jewelry and I am blown away. I love these malachite earrings with their excellent stone and gold textures. And the bracelet is .. well charming. Each little charm represents a sign of ancient Egyptian culture and while they seem cliched, they are still powerful symbols for the Egyptians who believe in their country, their culture and their future.
“You are not a realist unless you believe in miracles.” ~ Anwar Sadat
Skin with Hair: ISPACHI Skin [ AUDREY ] Ebony ~ Hair/Nude with ISPACHI Hair [ AUDREY ] 4 by Diarmiud Miklos for ISPACHI *
Makeup: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Dark Mallow Lip Creme(Lipcolor only) by Mocksoup Graves for M.O.C.K Cosmetics*
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *
Ensemble with bangles: –Sakinah– Rasha Outfit Lt Green by Syngen Sohmers for –-Sakinah– *
Shoes: (TokiD) gladiator sandals (brown) by Maya Levane for TokiD