Self Made

Self Made

While doing the SL Forums, I asked a question about people’s SL benefactors—the people who took you under their wing, taught you how to open a package, gave you your first 100L to spend, etc. I realized in doing this that SL really IS a social network—you are dropped into a new world and have to find your way around as you can (not unlike the anthropologist who travels to a strange land). You work your way into learning the platform and the culture through the assistance of many generous people—your fellow residents.

Many people answered that they had had a wonderful benefactor in many people, but surprisingly to me some people said they had none. I found that confounding because, frankly, in SL as in RL, nothing happens because someone is solitary. People help you along the way—the people who write the wikis, the people who chat in groups, the folks who do blogs, even the content creators. We all create a web of social relations that help lift us up as individuals and help catch the merest resident (IF they enter the web). It’s this web that makes society, a set of mutually beneficial actions that connect us together. No one in SL is self made. We all have benefactors in each other.

Self Made

Now that I am done being all schmaltzy, let me thank the benefactors of this gorgeous look, starting with Kaysha Piers. I got this outfit at the Modavia Fashion Week and I consider it a great piece with its simple halter top extending down to the full pants. Kaysha doesn’t do elaborate textures—she doesn’t need to generally. She lets silhouette and style do the work for her. Complicated textures would just muck up an outfit that is beautiful in its simplicity and slightly avant garde turn.

Self Made

If you look closely, you will notice my elegant hands. Now, I have Dita Tran to thank for cluing me into these. Siddean Munro not only makes feet (and teeth) but she has these elegant hands available. Now as is universally known, I stink at matching feet to skin and I am no better with hands. That’s where the cuffs from Kaysha’s outfit come in. Slip them over the juncture and it’s all just fine. A little variance doesn’t matter. (Incidentally, I used the hands to shoot a photo for Dita of her little gacha rings for the Jewelry Fair, one of which you see here.)

Self Made

Finally, my skin is, again from Gala Phoenix. My eyes are from Ikon Innovia, purple/silver beauties he made for Fashion for Life. And my hair is on my head thanks to Voshie Paine, who led me to Boo Nakamura’s store. I had the hairbases already and this topknot was just what I needed.

Self Made

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as a manor of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

~ John Donne

Hair: booN MKT012 hair purple with booN gathered raised hairbase purple by Boo Nakamura for booN

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Lustre 2-Wish 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Purple (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: MFW2011 – Osakki // FLOW Jumpsuit / Phlox by Kaysha Piers for Osakki

Ring: FuLo – “Tina” ring – Amethyst by Dita Tran for FuLo, available in the gachas at the Jewelry Fair 2011 *

Hands: SLink De Jolie Mains Hands Relaxed Set 1 by Siddean Munro for Slink *

The Girl from Ipanema

The Girl from Ipanema

While the summer wanes in my part of the world, winter is wrapping up in another part of the world.

The Girl from Ipanema

AvaGardner Kungler brings a breath of tropical spring from Brazil to one of her new fall collection pieces for Modavia Fashion Week. With breathtaking graphic artistry, Ava imprints this gown with a lush, almost abstract floral pattern with a psychedelic color scheme. What makes her work more amazing is that she has high and low lights in the fabric. I genuinely feel as if I am wearing the richest, heaviest satin with the finest sheen. And she uses prims to their best advantage, here making feathered cap sleeves. It’s a magnificent dress.

The Girl from Ipanema

I show this dress with a bargain I found at Miah McAuley’s. I love this redheaded complexion, the paleness of the skin and the gentle features. It’s sophisticated but not overdone. My hair is one of Tabata Jewell’s bold constructions with a hairbase to match. Jewelry is also from AvaGardner Kungler, and featured at the Modavia Fashion Show. As always Ava has wrought fine pieces with statement.

The Girl from Ipanema

When she walks, she’s like a samba
that swings so cool and sways so gently
That when she passes,
each one she passes
goes – aah

~ “The Girl from Ipanema” as sung by Astrud Gilberto with Stan Getz

Hair: Vanity hair:Uthopia HP-Feux with Vanity hair base Feux by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair

Skin: Belle-med-Db-08 by Miah McAuley for Natural Beauty

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

Dress: (Kunglers) Leona – Teal gown by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at Modavia Fashion Week*

Nails: [ Love Soul ] Posing nail*Oval-Metallic* by BlueStarRUI Villota for [Love Soul]

Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Amanra – Silver by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at Modavia Fashion Week*