Duende

I am using perhaps a word that is too charged for the title of my blog in order to describe a mere dress, but it is the flavor of flamenco, the feeling of duende that is sought in making flamenco, that I am after in describing this dress.

Imagine the flamenco, a dance of barely restrained sensuality, every muscle of the dancer’s body used with deliberate intention, erect and focused, the clothing an extension of her body, the skirts lifted up and furled, the flower tight in her chignon, her feet pounding out a complex beat.

Duende

Nardya Rousselot gives us a flavor of this beautiful dance and music in her version of a flamenco dress. With it’s beautifully tiered prims flowing out in a train, the gorgeous flowers on black fabric and perfectly frilled bodice, this is a flamenco dress worthy of wearing for such a dance. I show it with shoes from Nardya, though a good flamenco dancer wouldn’t wear stilettos (they don’t tap).

Duende

I wear a hair from Alexainder Biedermann perfectly suited to this ensemble. With its removable and color-change flower, it would be suitable for most any woman looking to add a touch of passion to her ensemble.

Duende

“The duende is not in the throat; the duende climbs up inside you, from the soles of the feet.”  ~ Federico García Lorca

Hair: #AB# Rocio Charcoal hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (tanned/li) F.Y.L.O. copper by Tuli Asturias for Tuli *

Dress (including comb and veil): NX-Nardcotix Isis Andaluz Dress by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Rebekah Pumps Orange by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix *

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The Beauty of the Flamenco

The dancer’s trembling heart must bring everything into harmony, from the tips of her shoes to the flutter of her eyelashes, from the rustles of her dress to the incessant play of her fingers. Shipwrecked in a field of air, she must measure lines, silences, zigzags and rapid curves, with a sixth sense of aroma and geometry, without ever mistaking her terrain. In this she resembles the torero, whose heart must keep to the neck of the bull. Both of them face the same danger–he, death; and she, darkness.
~ Federico Garcia Lorca

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Today I had the holiday party for the residents of my sims and my friends. Arimo Texeira performed most beautifully, and we all enjoyed doing the flamenco, tango, and salsa in a pretty build by Eshi Otawara (she snuck in and fixed the mess I made).

It is expected that when I host a party I show up dressed for the theme. I was able to fulfill my duties most spectacularly in a dress by Nardya Rousselot. Known for her beautiful textures, Nardya is also a great builder and very smart with system pieces. In this dress, she layers her pieces skillfully with a filigreed bottom system skirt layered over a one-legged system pants with prims arranged artfully in the skirt to produce both a train and a peekaboo leg. She echoes the filigree along the bottoms of the prims with clean pixel edges and perfect transparent edges to her prims. (I can’t tell you how many dresses on the grid don’t pass muster because of this one detail. Pay attention, creators! This is the difference between an amateur and a professional. It’s easy to do right.)

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Fortunately I received Tuli Asturius’ group gift today, an absolutely drop dead gorgeous skin which suits me quite well. With its touches of glitter, fresh skin, subtle blush and muted lip color, it was ideal with this dress. (Often we think wearing a bold make-up—red lips, dark eyes—is right for a bold dress. That’s not always true). I wore Caliah Lyon’s holiday gift from last year—a neck bow with bells—to add festive flair.

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Finally, Nardya recently sent out a pair of ruby slippers as a gift to her group. These matched the dress perfectly in style and color. Nardya introduced a set of beautiful shoe styles at the Shoe Fair this year with beautiful textures and shapes. I look forward to seeing more from her. My ugly avatar feet call out to you, Nardya!

The Beauty of the Flamenco

Feeling the beauty of the dance:

Hair: >TRUTH< Eva – cranberry by Truth Hawks for >Truth< *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/br) dec VIP gift by Tuli Asturius for Tuli (given to group members)

Dress: NX-Nardcotix Frank’s Jazz Crimson by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Choker: ~Muse~ Silver Bells and Satin RIbbon (black) by Caliah Lyon for ~Muse~

Bracelet: Calla Pearl Wrap Bracelet (Blood) by Haedon Quine for Calla

Shoes: NX-Nardcotix Kurvy Ruby Slippers -Exclusive Gift- by Nardya Rousselot for Nardcotix

Taming the Wild

I have been planning my in-world holiday party, which promises to be a fantastic fete. The theme is flamenco, so I have been trying on outfits. This one is a definite contender.

Taming the Wild

Elettra Gausman is a designer of elegance and theatricality. Her dresses belong on catwalks for beauty pageants as well as on red carpets. She especially seems to have a keen understanding of how to make the system skirt work, making it sexy and long. In this dress, she takes advantage of the stretch of the front of the skirt—a place that often “breaks” by making it slit up to there. But she breaks the unfortunate necessary roundness of the skirt by putting in a prim skirt at the knee, turning it into something elegant and graceful.

Taming the Wild

Then there’s the dangerous back, cut down to a very provocative end point. One pixel more and this would seem absurd but as it is, it is very sexy and sensuous. The texture glistens, especially at the waist and hemline. She hit on a great combo here.

Elettra includes a set of handmade pearls that drape down the back with this dress. They just didn’t work for me, so I chose to wear a set of black pearls from Alienbear Gupte. I especially like the earrings—the pearls are handsomely arranged and of a sheen and shape that conveys richness.

I am wearing a hair from Aemilia Case, who does an amazing number of versatile and cute hairs. This one I especially like because it is elegant and dressy with its side chignon and PERFECT for flamenco. I colored the originally pink hibiscus red to match the lipstick in Tuli Asturias’ skin.

Taming the Wild

Finally, the shoes. I show here a wonderful pair from Sissy Pessoa. I am not sure when Sissy sleeps—her store is chock full of new and wonderful content. She has a whole area of SHOES (which is a downfall for me). The shoes I show here are especially elegant with their sleek stiletto and sweet buckle.

Taming the Wild

I think it’s a tremendous amount of fun. Flamenco is about life and especially life, death and love — and your mother. ~ Mary Fishler

Hair: PE Portia Kohl by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy *

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Bella (fair/br) F.Y.L.O. red by Tuli Asturius for []::Tuli::[] *

Dress: *OC* Silver Sexy Tiger by Elettra Gausman for Orage Creations

Necklace and Earrings: Alienbear Design (Ambroisa II black Pearl set) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear Design

Ring: P.C; Black Pearl Ring by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: * Baiastice__stiletto black by Sissy Pessoa for Baiastice

Flamenco

Nicky Ree is one of the best designers in SL.

I am tempted to qualify that with all manner of caveats but I won’t. Not today. I will only qualify the statement by saying that Nicky is a real person–a genuinely nice lady with a great, loving (and witty) husband and a good first life (I know both of them).

There are many great designers in SL. But none has quite the touch that Nicky has or the vision for dressmaking. There’s a reason for this. When Nicky was growing up in Singapore, her mother was a bespoke dressmaker. Wealthy ladies would come in and have Nicky’s mom design and sew dresses for them for every day wear and special functions. Nicky would help her mother in the shop.

So it all makes sense that Nicky has such a fabulous sense of proportion, of accessorizing, of colors and of fit. She was raised on this.

I have chosen one of my MANY dresses designed by Nicky Ree, one that has personal significance to me, to show. I enjoy doing the flamenco with my friends who live on my sims, Avant Garde and Vanguard, and this is the dress I wear when I dance alongside my friend KK (she has the red version). Nicky has designed the dress with exquisite attention to the details—the flower prims are beautifully textured and perfectly placed around the décolletage, the skirt terraces up the leg on one side, making the flamenco’s emotional intensity show as they flare with each step.

Flamenco

I am showing it with this amazing hair from Biedermanns. This hair has color changing roses that can be shown or not shown and a loose ponytail or loose bun. The fun part is when you change the hair—for instance, removing the flowers–your arms animate, going up and “rearranging” your hair.

Flamenco

I am wearing one of Ryker Beck’s lovely skins from her Shiloh line. Her skins, obviously hand-drawn, are developing quite a following, and I appreciate that she follows her own aesthetic and doesn’t get caught up in the over-dodged, photorealistic look so many like.

Flamenco

Finished the look with Shiny Things’ black Belles. A woman dancing does not need to be in stilettos.

Flamenco

On the dance card:

Hair: #AB# Candela Fiery Red hair by Aleixandre Biedermann for #AB# Biedermanns Q Hair

Skin: ::Exodi:: Shiloh (Honey) “Nosferatu” by Ryker Beck for ::Exodi::

Dress: *DNR* Bridal Flora Spanish Style Dresses Black N Red (worn with Upper Arm Flowers) by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree

Shoes: (Shiny Things) Belles – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things