I promised I would be bringing in some new stuff for Valentine’s Day gifts and I am getting there… but first one more evening gown.
Mariska Simons is known for her sexy lingerie but she has expanded out to evening wear as well. In simple black, this gown is elegant and simple. A halter top leads to a low cut open back and opera-length gloves dress the outfit up. I would say this dress is on par with most nicely done evening dresses in SL—nothing overly spectacular about the textures or shape. However, it comes with a bonus….
Underneath the gown is a set of sexy lingerie. You didn’t really think I would get out of there with a simple long gown, right? I mean.. come on! The best part of this gown is the pretty underthings, which include the bodice you see with the gown but also a garter belt, stockings, and panties. So after a long night of dancing and romancing, you can go home and get busy.
I show a beautiful skin from Nicole Button, ideal for certain women of color. With its glossy dark red lips and kohl-lined eyes and sweet little beauty mark on the chin, it’s a delicious sultry skin.
Black hearted but not cold hearted:
Hair: fri. – Tatum – Cynical Black by Parvarti Monday for fri.day *
Skin: .:ICONIC:. Tamya ::Delicious:: by Nicole Button for .:ICONIC:.
Dress with Lingerie: ~Blacklace~ Wistful: Black Satin Gown by Mariska Simons for Blacklace Lingerie
Necklace and Earrings: JCNY – NY@NIGHT Collection, Jewelry by JD Hansen for JCNY
Shoes: Black Stiletto Slingback Pumps by Saki Galliazo for SKG Shoes (no longer available :( )
In theme: “Black Hearts in Love” by JET
I honestly think the stars have lined up for me lately. The fashion artists across the grid are giving us some of the most beautiful and incredible work I have seen in SL.
Nicky Ree recently released her magnificent Galatea (which I am saving for another blog, once I have figured out how best to show it), and soon to come is the Goya gown. I am showing it here in cream. With its elegant creped halter and exquisite contemporary lace, this gown would feel as comfortable on a red carpet walking into an awards ceremony as it would on a red carpet walking down the aisle for an afternoon wedding. (And no, I have nothing to announce, thank you.)
Allow me to highlight the detail Nicky inevitably includes. Please note the bodice shaded under the bust, the subtle wrap of the halter around the bust, the lace on the tops of the gloves. The prim skirt has a translucency but there are no alpha clashes or misplaced pieces. This is an experienced SL artist.
I paired the dress with an updo from Adam n Eve. This sideswept style was a perfect accompaniment to Nicky’s dress—not too formal but clean and neat. The whole look makes me feel very old Hollywood.
It seems that Sachi Vixen has caught the bug for creation too. She is crankin’ ‘em out too with new hair and shoes, skins and clothing coming all the time. Both Nicky and Sachi are old school SL; we have a lot of new designers in SL, but these experienced creators are keeping up with the times and still raising the bar.
Old school elegance:
Hair: Adam n Eve – Cristina _3cherry by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve
Skin: Pulse Skin – Blessed/Desire-Radiance by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins
Dress: *DNR* Goya Svelte Gown in Cream by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree
Earrings: JCNY – Virginia Gardens, Pearl Drop Earrings by JD Hansen for JCNY