The Socialite

The Socialite

“Socialite women meet socialite men and mate and breed socialite children so that we can fund small opera companies and ballet troupes because there is no government subsidy.” ~ Sugar Rautbord

The Socialite

The socialite—the one I have in mind—doesn’t live in California or Arizona but keeps homes there and in Hawaii. She spends the fund raising season in chilly New York, however, which explains her fur-collared coat, this from Teekie, simply an outer garment to get her from the penthouse to the limousine to the benefit party. Removing her coat reveals a gorgeous, corseted brocade dress, fitted just to her and made by Christel Morane. Both she discovered at the Style Icon fashion fair along with her gorgeous glittering jewelry from Belle Roussel.

The Socialite

Of course she sports a healthy sun kissed glow from her recent trip to Aspen and her make-up was applied by Nataliewells, who came to her penthouse earlier tonight to get her ready, including a full compliment of lipsticks and eyeshadows. Nails were done by artist Giela Delpaso, who also contributed to the fair. And her up-do was styled by Marisa Karu, who had first created this style for a Miss Virtual World. Our socialite knows the best so she appears flawless, rich and beautiful on the society pages while spreading her wealth around for all her pet projects.

The Socialite

“Money is like manure. It should be spread around.” ~ Brooke Astor

Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Locuala” (MVW INDIA 2014)(Brown diamond) by Marisa Kira for D!va, available at Collabor88

Skin: Deesses Skins: Meredith – brown eyebrows – cappuccino with Deesses Skins: Jameia – eyeshadow 11 and Deesses Skins: Meredith lipstick – Famous by NatalieWells for Deesses, available at The Style Icon *

Eyes: [Brixley] Mist Eyes – brown by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Kustom9 *

Coat: HOLLY MESH RED MADAME COAT by Teekie for Hollyhood, available at The Style Icon *

Dress: D-Style – Jessica Gown 07 by Christel Morane for Delirium Style, available at The Style Icon *

Jewelry: True Romance Gld/Blk Necklace, Earrings and Bracelets by Belle Roussel for Chop Zuey, available at The Style Icon *

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Slink – The Style Icon Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It, available at The Style Icon *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

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Virtually Freudian

Virtually Freudian

Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy. ~ Sigmund Freud

Virtually Freudian

What would Freud think of SL? What would Ralph Steadman’s crotchety old Freud think of SL, that is? All dreams fulfill an unconscious wish–which does our fantasy girl fulfill today? View her unveiled sexuality undercut with its bold, almost masculine attitude, from the skater knee pads to the insouciant vest, and imagine what Freud is thinking now. This ensemble will challenge both Daddy and the object of transference with its wantonness. (Imagine that on your couch!)

Virtually Freudian

Freud would marvel at the nomenclature we use for pieces in SL: skins, “attachments,” tattoos, alphas…. The question really is, can we feel comfortable in someone else’s skin? This skin is a sensuous and smoky but youthful visage—our Dora grown up perhaps. With its glossy nude lips and gorgeously rendered body, Dora turned out to be quite a beauty. The latest hair from chiaki Xue completes the look with its insolent bangs-in-the-face and careless waves.

Virtually Freudian

The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is “What does a woman want?” ~ Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

Hair: *Dura-Boy20*(Dark Brown)resize by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: I ALEIDA I SUMIKO – smoked eyes (nat) (no cleav. & no hb) by Aleida Rhodes for Aleida *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Black (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: Delirium Style – LadyG US by Christel Morane for Delirium *

Bra: *blowpop* Cassie – Black Triangle Bra by Annyka Bekkers for Blowpop

Lithograph by Ralph Steadman

Devil’s in the Details

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe preferred to say “God is in the details,” but I like the the old saw that the devil’s in the details. It applies perfectly to this look.

The Devil's in the Details

Christel Morane attends to many details in making up this look—puff sleeves, arm warmers, dangling suspenders held on by roses, a great tartan side skirt and pony boots held up with garters. She has the silhouette nailed down (which is what attracted me to the look) with the big rounded girly shoulders on an outfit that says “trust” and the kickass poofed-out skirt and lean boots. The whole look, and many of her ensembles, have a sort of eclecticism and shape that is incredibly appealing.

However, the devil’s in the details. In this case, her system top is messy at the edges, the textures are flat (using flat black makes it easy to get away with this), and biggest issue for me—the lace prim is not transparent on the edges that need it. (This is a real newbie mistake—get a transparent texture on those edges and open that alpha up to .99 horizontally and vertically to avoid ghosting.) This is the only outfit I purchased from Delirium; perhaps it’s older or an anomaly, but I would suggest she go back and clean it up. Christel clearly has a great vision for fashion—these ensembles are just brimming with creativity; it’s a bummer they are marred by the details.

The Devil's in the Details

I loved this look so much I went to find a skin that would match it, which took me to Kira Paderborn’s store. Kira has been making skins that are hand drawn using bits and pieces of photosourcing (like her sisters’ faces, she told me), templates for placement and her own hand artistry. For people wanting a very highly detailed naked body, these might not be there yet, but for a beautiful face, Kira has it nailed down. She offers a wide variety of looks for many tastes. I loved this fantasy skin with its slashes of color.

The Devil's in the Details

Success is the sum of details. ~ Harvey S. Firestone

Hair: +BM+ H055 Black by Opera Qunhua for Black Maria

Skin: Style by Kira – Kate Skin Fantasy 01E – CE by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira *

Outfit (with boots): Delirium Style – Love Game by Christel Morane for Delirium