Rara Avis

Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cycno. ~ Juvenal

The rare bird shows her face more often in SL. It’s a place that attracts interesting and amazing women—women who are not afraid of technology, women who want to exercise their creative and intellectual minds, women who believe in a bigger world beyond them, reachable by pixels and words.

Rara Avis

For the rare bird, the designs of Kimmera Madison are a joy. Every single piece of Kimmera’s is new and refreshing—she doesn’t rely on old outfits and rebuild and redo. She enjoys exercising her creative energies in SL, using all her skills to make pieces that are well-constructed and interesting. The best part of this dress is the skirt, which has a weird alpha sculpty thing going on which could kill the dress, but Kimmera actually uses it to her advantage, decorating the surfaces with an embossed texture that looks terrific.

Rara Avis

I donned a cutting edge hair from Olli Braveheart to make the look a bit edgier (and to keep it all under the stylish hat Kimmera made. My skin is one of Minnu Palen’s mixed with the tattoo lipstick from another skin. Since she did not color the edges of the lipstick with a skin tone (or not that I could discern), I could easily overlay the lipstick from my Lola Sunkissed fatpack over the Estelle light skin. I have seen some tattoo lipsticks employ the skin tone to refine the edges, I presume, and that always turns out to be a fail. This worked really well.

Rara Avis

“A rare bird on this earth, like nothing so much as a black swan.” ~ Juvenal

Hair: [LCKY] Cait – Black by Olli Braveheart for [LCKY]

Skin: [LeLutka]-E/Estellelight-makeup9(D Brows) with [LeLutka]-LOLA -Lipstic_Dark by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka]

Dress: Tres Beau “Milea” by Kimmera Madison for Tres Beau *

Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Hana Black Leather by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Back Home

When Eshi Otawara left the grid, she thought it would be permanent. It turns out it was less than permanent now that she has reassessed what she wants out of SL. (That’s a whole long story I will leave for her to tell.) However, she’s back on a limited basis, to our good fortune, participating in Avenue’s tribute to Alexander McQueen with all proceeds going to Keep A Child Alive.

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Eshi presents again one of her flower fantastic skirts with this creation and includes prosthetic “feet” to take the dress from cutting-edge couture to not-quite-possible (though I can imagine someone like McQueen would almost attempt it). Topless, it includes a beautiful system piece, whimsical earrings and hairpiece. (Yeah, she made it topless, but then I can imagine McQueen trying that too, so she hit it on the head.)

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I show it with Lamb Bellic’s groovy bob direct from Pulp Fiction (or so I think) and a special skin sachi Vixen released for one of her Beating the Monday Blues sales.

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Welcome back, Eshi ;)

Hair: !lamb. Bang Bang Bob – Ink by Lamb Bellic for !lamb

Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Portia – Tone 1 Dark – Beating the Blues by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve

Ensemble: Fly Home by Eshi Otawara to be sold for For the Love of McQueen to benefit Keep a Child Alive

P.S. Shameless vanity and advertising here, but Raven Pennyfeather is also providing a dress for this show, and I modeled for it. Photo by SC Tracy.

RFyre Love of McQueen

Easy Rider

I received an invitation for a show called “Heros in Fashion.” I wasn’t sure what it was but since it was on Charlotte Bartlett’s sim, I knew it would be something terrific.

I was right. The show, based on four designers, was completely created by Megg Demina. With dramatic spaces highlighting her take on some famous designers’ works, including Thierry Mugler and Alexander McQueen, the show is an homage in SL, a reproduction of pieces that clearly inspire her. (Incidentally, according to her invite, she had been working on this before his death and has thus dedicated the proceeds from the McQueen inspirations to The City and East London Bereavement Service.) I was incredibly impressed with the spaces—they are a must-see.

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I show here a dress based on a design by Thierry Mugler. I couldn’t possibly show it as well as Megg does, but I was entirely taken by the outfit. With incredible sculpties and textures, she reproduces the dress with its headlight, racing striped tank and quilted leather seat.

Check out that sweet little leather red heart tail ;) And the incredible fidelity to the pieces of a motorcycle in the textures and shapes.

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I show this dramatic dress with a bold skin from Hart Larsson and messywildsexy hair from Mirja Mills.

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Finally, let me pay tribute myself to the boots. These were the first and best thing I purchased. With their studded back, wickedly high heels, clever cross charm and lace trim, they are my latest to-die-for boots. I realize they are replicas of McQueen’s work. But gosh, I love ‘em.

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Hittin’ the open road:

Hair: CRISS hair ( blackened) by Mirja Mills for EMO-tions

Skin: [PXL] July LT CE Red DEB by Hart Larsson for PXL creations

Dress: Thierry Mugler Motorbike Corset by Megg Demina for Chapeau tres Mignon

Boots: McQueen Gothic Boots by Megg Demina for Chapeau tres Mignon

P.S. And if you are coming here from Mitch’s article in Tor, welcome!

P.P.S. Finally, I want to say, I am NOT Leroy Jenkins, no matter what you say, Kas!

Vintage Grace

I am breaking another rule of my many (unwritten) blogging rules. I have always been reluctant to blog Raven Pennyfeather’s work because I work for her and she’s a dear friend of mine. I felt there was some sort of conflict in doing so, but I have been convinced otherwise as long as I give the following disclaimer: Raven is one of my best friends and I love her dearly. She is the reason I am still here in SL, plugging away, pursuing fashion, dressing up every day. If I walk away from SL, she will still be with me. Our friendship is the proof that SL is more RL than many people like to acknowledge.

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That being said, I am blogging this beautiful new dress from Raven because she truly has outdone herself. The system top is absolutely exquisite, with the feathered décolletage, the tweed pattern running through it, and the three-quarter length sleeves punctuated by satin cuffs. A tortured prim collar surrounds the neck like a piece of constructed fluffery with a well-chosen sculpty belt around the waist. A dramatic (but not overdone) feather hat tops the ensemble. The system skirt is tight and sexy with a brilliant pleated flexi attached, and Raven’s characteristic textured stockings complete the outfit. This truly is high fashion—unique, artistic, designed well. It shows how Raven continues to push herself artistically and technically.

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I was originally (brilliantly) photographed in this outfit for the ad by SC Tracy, using styling from Raven. I have restyled it in a different vintage fashion for these photos using this amazing hair from Betty Doyle. (I remember coming into SL and wanting to pursue the vintage look—Marleen Vaughn was doing some brilliant stuff but she was the only one until Betty Doyle came along. Betty IS vintage in SL.) A skin from Lorac Farella with decadently lined eyes and a full ripe red glossy lip and beauty mark complete the look.

Vintage Grace

With elegance and grace:

Hair: Ingenue ~ Lamour ~ Cinnamon by Betty Doyle for Ingenue

Skin: Pulse Skin – Honey/Oh My!-Radiance blk  brows by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Dress: ! RP Couture Fury Womens Black by Raven Pennyfeather for RP Couture *

Shoes: Maitreya Verve Pumps – Black by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Pastiche

I have several favorite designers in SL. That has become apparent from my blog. One I have touched on but not spoken extensively about is LeeZu Baxter. (READ this blog and not just look at the pictures, please.)

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I only know LeeZu through her through her work, which is fantastic, imaginative, funky, ground-breaking, artistic, and timely. LeeZu’s work is not for the avatar who wants to slouch around SL wearing jeans and t-shirt; LeeZu is for the avatar who wants to look chic and cosmopolitan and edgy. She takes inspiration more from John Galliano than from Ralph Lauren.

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That being said, I show here an outfit I have photographed before but not for this blog. With its myriad embellishments, it could almost be over the top, but LeeZu keeps it in a fine thin silhouette, pushing the shapes only as far as they can go to look whimsical and innovative without looking overdone and absurd. She combines fabric textures—here a ripped satin with lace with an alligator leather with a scrunched up heavier material in the pants, frayed at the bottom. And somewhere in there she has a little paisley. Sounds like a lot is going on but the pastiche works for this ensemble because she keeps it all in the same color line—ranges of black, brown, and gray, in this case—and muted.

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I was glad to receive a set of Courtisane’s new boots for review. LeeZu has contributed her textures to the work of Enktan Gully for the brand. Ingeniously made, they include scripted and unscripted boots. With the scripted boots, you can decide to change colors of separate parts of the boots to include any of the colors in the pack you purchase. For example, for the All Black boot, I could change the tip of the boot, the main body of the boot, the flower, the lower cuff or upper cuff to white, gray or black. This allows for a myriad of combinations. All I have to do is click the boot.

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Otherwise, if I want to forgo scripts and wear a solid color (and who is really looking that closely at my boots in a lagging sim), I can don the simple, unscripted Black boot (or White or Gray). This is what good design is about—making a functional, versatile, beautiful and affordable piece.

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The boots include LeeZu’s characteristic textures (below in Bisque), laid over a shape that is hardly traditional. The blunt toe and chunky wood heel are not for everyone. However, they are very modern in their approach, echoing the spirit of these times where the excess of over-manufactured pointy toes and sharp stilettos are being put aside for more organic, hand-crafted, and seemingly “humble” shapes.

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The joy of LeeZu’s work can be truly enjoyed by the the sophisticated wearer. While it IS beautiful, the true appreciation of it comes in taking apart its sum total and appreciating how she got there.

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The finest hodgepodge:

Hair: Kin-Mairi-[Flamered] by Kin Keiko for Kin Keiko

Skin: [PXL] July LT CE Red DEB by Hart Larsson for [ PXL Creations ]

Outfit: * [LeeZu!] NOIR Efraims Daughter Set by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!

Boots: .*Courtisane*. La Vivien in Black, All Blacks, Bisque, and Red by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for .*Courtisane*. *