Cinderella for a Day

I am featuring another one of Shenlei Flesheart’s students at Shengri-La. Missy Lavecchia, like many women who enter SL, has fallen in love with the idea of dressing up in a full skirt with twinkling sequins and bows and all the pretty things girls really like, and she envisions this dream with Bella Fantastique.

Missy made this lovely evening gown—MS Midnight—for one of her classes with Shenlei. With it’s full skirt and sparkling detail, Missy captures the fantasy we all have of feeling oh so pretty. Missy ingeniously puts a sparkling overlay on the skirt with scalloped chains of sparkles. What is hard to show in the photo is how fluidly these layers move—it’s actually quite captivating. Missy repeats that sparkle motif along the decollatage and around the low cut back. Her seams are, as one would expect of one of Shen’s students, dead on. For a relative newbie (she first rezzed in March this year), Missy is taking SL by storm.


I styled this dress with a dramatic updo from Sky Everett Designs—the Sovereign, and I piled on the jewels to turn this dress from pretty to royal.


This ensemble is completed with Cinderella’s glass slippers from Melanie Zhao. Thank you, Melanie, for knowing every girl’s secret desire—a glass slipper to leave for her Prince Charming to find.


What to wear before the clock strikes midnight:

Hair (with jewels), Necklace and Earrings: Sky Everett Designs-Sovereign Silver by Sky Everett for Sky Everett Designs

Skin: Pulse Skin – Timeless ll/Makeup 3 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: Bella Fantasique – MS Midnight DB by Missy Lavecchia for Bella Fantastique

Shoes: ~Zhao~ Lovis Cinderella by Melanie Zhao for ~Zhao~ Shoes

New Designers

Shenlei Flesheart, RL CEO of the Fashion Institute of America and apparel designer, has deep involvement in Second Life. Once the owner of Prim and Proper, an in-world historical and vintage fashion store, Shen now owns the Shengri-La family of sims and keeps herself busy building on OpenSim as part of a research collaboration and working on an actual design application for the apparel industry. Shen has also recently published a book about fashion design, available on called Designing Dreams.

Recently, Shen called me over to her sim to introduce me to her students—a trio of ladies who have been taking a multi-week class in Second Life fashion design with Shen based on Shen’s experience. I reviewed their work with interest. Each of the three ladies has a definite vision, and while they were all beginning designers, they showed a lot of promise.

Today, I am featuring the work of one of Shen’s students, Trinity Hartunian. Trinity is not new to Second Life and this shows in her work. She has a fine understanding of system pieces and shading and is developing a strong brand, Category 5, with the tag line “A force to be reckoned with.” Trinity has covered all bases right off the bat with a great website and Flickr page, and offers her designs on XStreetSL.

New Designers

This dress, one of three colors available from Trinity for a mere 25L (!), has well shaped system pieces, PERFECT seams, and a stylish versatility that can take a lady from business to pleasure with just a change of accessories. Worn with a skirt shape, this dress is sexy, classy and low arc (if you need to have that for your system). Yes, you CAN look good without prims if the system pieces are done right.

I dressed the outfit up with accessories from =DeLa*=. These are the most stylish cuffs I have found in SL.

New Designers

I opted to style this dress with as-yet unreleased shoes from HoneyBear Lilliehook, another new designer. HoneyBear’s “Bear Feet Savvy” shoes are another entry into the toe/foot sandal market. With it’s sexy shape and texturing, this shoe at 299L is a steal. The shoe comes with a great HUD that includes colors PRESET to match popular skins such as Laqroki, Redgrave, and Belleza (HoneyBear promises to get Pulse in there soon) and a way to customize using RGB. You can save presets as well. Additionally, the shoes come with 10 nail colors and a resizing script (which I find I need to use always—the shoes are usually too large for my ankles and you see the fatty overlap unless they are resized—ewww). I have seen others using this sandal—it’s a kit a builder can buy. HoneyBear has made it hers with her unique hud.

New Designers

New fashion:

Hair: ETD Davina II – Dirty by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elika Tiramisu Designs (ETD)

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Sienna/Citrus Blk by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: Cat5 -Erika Dress Charcoal by Trinity Hartunian for Category 5

Shoes: HoneyBear-Bear Feet Savvy (Gold) by HoneyBear Lilliehook for HoneyBear’s

Earrings: =DeLa*= Bangle “Bellini” Black by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=

Cuffs: =DeLa*= Bangle “Bellini” Black by Kuranosuke Kamachi for =DeLa*=