I had a girl
Donna was her name
Since she left me
I’ve never been the same
‘Cause I love my girl
Donna, where can you be
Where can you be

~ “Donna” by Richie Valens


What exactly is the appeal of the American 50s? People look back on it so fondly, when the suburbs grew after the influx of servicemen (and women) after World War II and a time of incredible economic growth. It was also a time when women returned home and minorities went back their second-class status. Then the ‘60s came upon everyone, a result of the pressure cooker “normalcy” of the ‘50s.

Barnesworth Anubis loves the 50s. I think it’s the bright colors, the simple modernist shapes, the dream of a bright future. And in a place like SL, where we still are breaking some ground as far as our future existence, why wouldn’t that be appealing? Barnesworth is offering this darling furniture set at this month’s Collabor88 (only a few days left—get over there) complete with adult and PG versions of the sofa. Barnes spends a lot of time researching everything he makes, and it shows! Grab some retro goodness before it’s gone.


One other retro spot you need to put on your agenda tout suite is the Bay City Fashion Week, organized and built by my favorite child in SL, Marianne McCann. Marianne with Ever Dreamscape and Ahnyanka Delphin have assembled some of the best retro fashion creators in SL, from Purple Moon to Schadenfreude to Sonatta Morales. This is a rare opportunity to see such a diversity of great designers in one place and it ends April 29 (that would be today), so go NOW!

This dress from Nil McCallen is one of the treasures I found at the Bay City Fashion Week, a combination of charming and sexy. With a retro print and a great construction, this dress is perfect for the Donna in your life. Speaking of which, I did a review of 50s songs to use for this blog, and my goodness, there was a lot of lasciviousness under the surface of the songs of that more “genteel” era, so the off-shoulder fashion of this dress makes more sense. (Think twice about why Richie Valens is still looking for Donna–it’s not for her great chocolate chip cookies.)


Hart Larsson’s beautiful Sophia skin is a perfect choice for this look with its minimal eye makeup and blooming lips. I can’t help but think his eyebrows have a more classical look as was show in 50s stars. Pretty pearl jewelry from Random Calliope adds a perfect touch. And a visit to Alair Cortes’ salon, where spot-on retro looks abound, makes the look absolutely complete.


Oh, Donna, Oh, Donna
Oh, Donna, Oh, Donna

Hair: **Pocket Mirrors** Scarlet Semi-Updo Strawberry by Alair Cortes for Pocket Mirrors

Skin: [PXL] Sophia SK Cyclamen Lips MEB C2 with [PXL] Sophia SK Light Eyebrows (tattoo layer) by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Blue-Gray (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: Vintage Dress APRIL by Nil McCallen for FIN, available at the Bay City Fashion Week (ends TODAY—go now!)

Jewelry: Necklace – Mama Harper – White – Unltd with Earring – Pearl Stud (L) – White – Unltd by Random Calliope (no longer available) *

Shoes: Maubray // Marijen Wedge by Meg Nowles for Maubray *

Furniture: [ba] retro living room ADULT – blue by Barnesworth Anubis for barnesworth anubis, available at Collabor88 *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

2 thoughts on “Donna

  1. Nicely done!

    As to your question of why the Fifties are so popular, so engrained in everyone’s mind, a speculation. It could be because of that desire for normalcy in the world after the return home from 4 years of bloody insanity in World War II, and then the Korean War. Anything that threatened that state of “getting back to normal” made them screw the lid down tighter, until it exploded in the Sixties.

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