I read an article in the New Yorker about a hot star in a great play on Broadway. Nina Arianda, only 27 years old, is burning up Broadway as Vanda, the star of “Venus in Fur,” a play by David Ives that has been widely acclaimed. Now, I don’t live in NYC nor do I follow the theater world generally, but enough has been written about this that I caught wind, so when my friend went to NY for a weekend, I suggested he see the play. He did so, reluctantly ($125 a head!), but came back telling me it was the best money he spent. All he could do was go on and on about Nina Arianda and the character, Vanda. (He got brilliant seats, by the way—second row—from a last minute cancellation.)
I am showing you my version of Vanda, based on Nina Arianda’s interpretation (because really, there IS no other Vanda). Vanda spends a large portion of the play in a corset and stockings. And high heeled boots. (And now you’re no longer wondering why my friend enjoyed the play so much.) The play is about an actress arriving late to audition for a playwright’s version of Sacher-Masoch’s “Venus in Furs,” so as expected, there are thigh high boots in the play, a collar, and a little bit of power play.
I spent a lengthy time looking for the right lingerie and found it with Mariska Simon. Of course, Mariska is one of the top lingerie designers in SL, so I should not be surprised and this cute little number with its lacy insets and decollatage is perfect for our actress turned 19th century dominatrix as she auditions. Consider the details—the lace, the bow, the garter, the ruffles. Mariska has a wealth of imagination about women’s sexiness and how a woman clothed is sometimes sexier than a woman unclothed.
Vanda/Nina is brought to life by Mallory Cowen’s newest skin, a sublime beauty for blondes or redheads. I have added one of Mallory’s excellent makeup layers to make the eyes smokier. I admit I modified my shape to mimic Ms. Arianda’s beautiful Slavic features—it’s not easy with the tools provided and my poor skills, but I think I got close. Truth Hawks’ curly blonde Tatiana ‘do mimics the actress’ beautiful hair. And, oh, no sexy look is complete without Bax Coen’s iconic ankle boots.
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girlchild in the dark
Severin, your servant comes in bells, please don’t forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
~ “Venus in Furs” by the Velvet Underground
Hair: >TRUTH< Tatiana – platinum by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *
Skin: LAQ ~ Ebba – [Milky] – 04 with LAQ ~ Eye makeup 01b by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki
Shape: made by me
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Blue (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *
Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Rizzo: Silver Satin & Floral Lacing Corset Set by Mariska Simons for ~Blacklace~
Collar: DRDdeadlycatchcollar by Jaimy Hancroft for Death Row Designs
Boots: BAX Ankle Boot Black Patent by Bax Coen for Bax Boots *
Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose