Nonna a Paris

Nonna Hedges is the doyenne of evening dresses in SL. When I first came to SL, a friend of mine took me to her shop and I gasped. Classical music played on the stream, rich woods and silks covered the surfaces, the soft scent of roses and vanilla wafted through the air. I felt like I had entered an exclusive boutique. On the gowns, fine handmade lace covered the bodices, silk with a subtle patina flowed across the gowns.

Nonna’s work has a style like no one else’s–a classical aesthetic rooted in a woman’s intense but banked sexuality. A Nonna woman doesn’t wear bright turquoise, she doesn’t have crunchy curly hair, she doesn’t speak loudly (though she is well-heard). She would never chew gum.

chocolate Nonna

It was with pleasure I received Nonna’s latest creation, perles et dentelle. Nonna has been focusing on Paris lately (as evidenced by her recent store remodel, which features a large version of her Eiffel Tower necklace draped over the walls of the store). Details is the name of her store, and for Nonna it’s all about the details, from the pearl necklace and belt to the barefoot prim shoes (which I don’t show here, but they come with the outfit).

chocolate Nonna

This piece was inspired by her dreams of Paris with it’s subtly pink/pearl lace (notice the ribbon detail finishing off the neckline and sleeves) and its cocoa satin skirt. Finishing off the skirt is a beautiful gradient prim kickpleat. Notice the crinkled rosettes at the shoulders, the pearled belt with the gold buckle, and the prim laces tied criss-crossed and tied in back..

chocolate Nonna

A walk down the rue:

Hair: W&Y HAIR  84 *TYPE*A by yukitan Farrjones for W&Y

Skin: Pulse Skin – Timeless II/Makeup 10 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress, Belt and Necklace: perles et dentelle by Nonna Hedges for Details

Earrings: EarthStones Timeless Pearl Earrings – White/Platinum by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones

Shoes: Stiletto Moody Pinup (Chocolate Brown Patent) by Stiletto Moody for Stiletto Moody

Earth Mother

The Swansong at the Black Swan sim, soon to be closed by Rezzable as they leave Second Life with only Greenies, is quite a round-up of fashion designers in Second Life. As I was helping Raven set down her panel for “Black Flame,” I cammed around the area, feeling that familiar twinge of the need to shop as I saw everyone’s creations.

Earth Mother

That same evening, Lorac passed over a photo of her new Wheat/Desire skin, and I realized the perfect look was in my hands. With Dezi Jarvinen’s Mother Nature Gown in Earth, I was able to put together an earth mother look that appealed to the Taurus in me. Dezi designed a dress with beautifully rendered leaves and branches and a cleverly designed sheer green skirt. It compliments the vision of natural beauty shown with Lorac’s skin.

Earth Mother

What is also clever about this outfit is that the pretty underneath pieces turn into a sexy bikini when you take the prims and outer layers off. So Mother Earth can get down-to-earth and down to business in a split second. Dezi did the kind service of providing the clothing on all layers, which many may be considered convenient but made the ensemble confusing for me.

Earth Mother

Earth Mother

The natural look:

Hair: Maitreya Moon – Ginger by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Desire AUB by Lorac Farella for Pulse

Dress: *Staged* Mother Nature Gown Set_Earth by Dezi Jarvinen for *Staged* being sold now at Black Swan until August 17.