Aluminum

They called her Aluminum because, even though she was fluid like quicksilver, she was light and plastic, silver and shining and electric.

Aluminum

LeeZu Baxter’s newest is another in her line of more interesting experiments in sensual and sexual design. This piece reveals the middle body pretty substantially (and this is kind of almost a family blog) so I wear a lacy bodysuit piece from Jojorunoo Runo.

Aluminum

This stunning skin with its shimmering quality is a new one from aida Ewing, available at The Dressing Room. This is a perfect face for Aluminum. And the wild hair is an older piece from Mirja Mills, but still wonderful, especially for this look.

Aluminum

Soft, durable, malleable and resistant to corrosion.

Hair: WICKED! hair by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions

Skin: -Glam Affair – Monica Tan skin – BL TDR 28 by aida Ewing for -Glam Affair –, available at The Dressing Room

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

Outfit: [LeeZu!] Jeanne van Dark /air by LeeZu Baxter for [LeeZu!] *

Undergarment: From ~*RunoRuno*~ Loose Body by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Boots: [NeurolaB Inc.] Ultimate Hi-Boots Black by Ono Zinner for [NeurolaB Inc.] *

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Inspired by a Violet….

A friend of mine, Mr. Oh, recently IM’d me to tell me about a new blog he had come upon. He is a wonderful blogger for Second Man—articulate, critical and illustrative. He raises the bar for other bloggers every time. So a recommendation from him needs to be heeded. And he was right. Digital Butch is a terrific blog by Saaskje Violet, a “boi” who likes to show her butch looks and explain where to find fashions she likes. What I so like about it is that Saaskje definitely has an editorial viewpoint, a unique voice, and a great fashion sense. Inspired by Saaskje, I put together this look.

Inspired by a Violet...

First the jacket, a punk marvel from Amerie Spitteler, who has her own unique voice. Kinda punk, kinda Tokyo street girl, it’s hard where it needs to be and sweet where it needs to be. I especially like how she got the system piece to convincingly show belts across the torso and combine it with the prim belt. It’s all of a piece and makes sense. I wear a little bra from Mariska Simons underneath—our girl is pretty underneath all that armor, you know. And leggings are from AvaGardner Kungler. Didn’t think she could do punk, didya?

I love these boots from Vasha Martinek, which I have been holding on to for a while. Vasha offers a plethora of fantasy and funky boots at DV8 and her designs are getting less chunky and more refined. My only complaint? This set did not have RED boots!

Inspired by a Violet...

I know a couple days ago I pointed out that Gala Phoenix’s skins were “young” skins—too baby-faced, too dewy. For this look they are perfect because the sweetness of the skins softens this look substantially. I don’t expect a punky girl to be all sophisticated. I expect her face to show vulnerability, and this skin makes it work.

My glorious hair is from Emilie Carter, who provides the grid with shaved, wild hair that is beautiful at the same time. In addition, she makes hair bases that are shaved to match her wild hair.

Inspired by a Violet...

Hair: 99Hair -Krima –b1 by Emelie Carter for 99 elephants

Hair tattoo: 99Hair -Shaved Tattoo LAYER -black T0 by Emelie Carter for 99 elephants

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] June-Raccoon 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio

Jacket: AMERIE –  Vampire Coat_Red(F) by Amerie Spitteler for AMERIE

Bra: ~Blacklace~ Black Satin & Lace Bra by Mariska Simons for ~Blacklace~

Leggings: (Kunglers) Raffi pants – black by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Earrings: Onenine Piercing Ver.1.2 (on Left ear) by PaintO Jie for Onenine and Kunstkammer Extra Piercings without Facelight – gold by Nuala Shippe for Kunstkammer (no longer available)

Leg ties: ~*RunoRuno*~ Narke Leg by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Boots: +DV8+ Union Jill Boots – Charcoal by Vasha Martinek for +DV8+ *

I want a photograph of you…

I want a photograph of you
but not a photograph of you
I wanna be closer than that
I wanna be closer than that…
Closer than that photograph.
~
Chuck Close by Tim Fite

I want a photograph of you

How often have you wanted to reach out and touch another person in their avatar? Maybe an avatar is closer than a photograph…

Certainly with this skin from JOMAN Mai, you are closer than a photograph. The skin is at once an illustration and a photograph. It’s evocative, winsome, and otherworldly. The body is lovely with a beautiful navel (which you would notice with an outfit like this). I would not say all her skins hit the mark—they suffer from the pastel cartoon quality some skins have–but this one certainly said something to me.

I want a photograph of you

I show it with separates from Jojorunoo Runo. She has experimented with shapes and translucencies to create interesting silhouettes for avatar apparel. The top is simply a photosourced knit texture but she makes it interesting with prim straps and a scarf. The skirt is cleverly engineered, attached to both legs and pelvis. Shoes are a vibrant yellow pumps from LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully to echo the yellow across the eyes and the little flower earrings from Mika Nieuport.

I want a photograph of you

Closer than that, closer than that photograph…

Hair: booN BON000 hair black by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: JM:Mai skin_devonz sakuran nomal by JOMAN Mai for JM:Mai

Top: ~*RunoRuno*~ Knit Tank by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Skirt: ~*RunoRuno*~ After Ballet Class Skirt by Jojorunoo Runo for ~*RunoRuno*~

Earrings: MIEL ELO EARRING by Mika Nieuport for Miel

Bracelet: Djinn & Tonic – Coco Blvd Bangle by Babyhoney Bailey for Djinn & Tonic

Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Sauvage – Yellow by LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully for Courtisane *

P.S. Thank you to my sweet Chatty for enclosing my photo in a polaroid for this blog. As always, she made my life tons easier and made me look great :)

China

Today’s post is not about fashion per se but about art, the simple but evocative art that can be seen, combined, considered, enjoyed in SL.

First of all, I take you to China, a beautifully rendered piece of orientalist walk-in art made by aston Leisen. Painting a 3D space with “watercooler” strokes, aston has turned a landscape into an evocative environment. To suit this environment, I chose an equally artistic outfit and skin.

China

Jojorunoo Runo sells a variety of inexpensively priced clothing pieces that I would consider mostly experimental. This piece, for example, has a sculpty prim piece that cuts into the avatar and barely covers the nipples (I will admit I moved it to just cover). With belts that wrap down the front and around the back and little cuffed shorts, it’s less a dress than a sort of futuristic coverall shorts. The tweedy texture is a great touch (rather than something more fantastic) as it plays against the daringness of the cut of the outfit with a very conservative flavor.

China

I received skins from from LeeZu Baxter the other day and found myself in a quandary about how to show them. Made as a set for the Inanna series in collaboration between LeeZu and Lion Jonesford, they are not your typical “pretty” Barbie Doll skins and are definitely not for everyone. I found the eyebrows particularly difficult to tame, and I ended up making a special bald head to have them render to my satisfaction. I would be hard pressed to use the shape that was included with the skins—it’s simply too outre for me. These are not skins for the newbie or beginner.

That being said, the collaboration between the two artists is an exciting one. Here you see eyes with wrinkles and folds, a juxtaposition of almost perfectly realistic skin with pores and sheen against painterly eyes and eyebrows, applied with broad quick dark aggressive strokes. This very “artistic” skin seemed appropriately shown in this sim. LeeZu and Lion ask, in making these skins, what do we want? Realism or art?

China

To walk into a painting:

Shot on location at China by aston Leisen

Hair: booN HTU132 hair black by boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: INANNA-VERNISSAGE SUN brigitte red by LeeZu Baxter and Lion Jonesford for LeeZu/Lion Skins *

Outfit: ~*RunoRuno*~ UNDress Dinner Black by Jojorunoo Runo for *RunoRuno*

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