Devil’s in the Details

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe preferred to say “God is in the details,” but I like the the old saw that the devil’s in the details. It applies perfectly to this look.

The Devil's in the Details

Christel Morane attends to many details in making up this look—puff sleeves, arm warmers, dangling suspenders held on by roses, a great tartan side skirt and pony boots held up with garters. She has the silhouette nailed down (which is what attracted me to the look) with the big rounded girly shoulders on an outfit that says “trust” and the kickass poofed-out skirt and lean boots. The whole look, and many of her ensembles, have a sort of eclecticism and shape that is incredibly appealing.

However, the devil’s in the details. In this case, her system top is messy at the edges, the textures are flat (using flat black makes it easy to get away with this), and biggest issue for me—the lace prim is not transparent on the edges that need it. (This is a real newbie mistake—get a transparent texture on those edges and open that alpha up to .99 horizontally and vertically to avoid ghosting.) This is the only outfit I purchased from Delirium; perhaps it’s older or an anomaly, but I would suggest she go back and clean it up. Christel clearly has a great vision for fashion—these ensembles are just brimming with creativity; it’s a bummer they are marred by the details.

The Devil's in the Details

I loved this look so much I went to find a skin that would match it, which took me to Kira Paderborn’s store. Kira has been making skins that are hand drawn using bits and pieces of photosourcing (like her sisters’ faces, she told me), templates for placement and her own hand artistry. For people wanting a very highly detailed naked body, these might not be there yet, but for a beautiful face, Kira has it nailed down. She offers a wide variety of looks for many tastes. I loved this fantasy skin with its slashes of color.

The Devil's in the Details

Success is the sum of details. ~ Harvey S. Firestone

Hair: +BM+ H055 Black by Opera Qunhua for Black Maria

Skin: Style by Kira – Kate Skin Fantasy 01E – CE by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira *

Outfit (with boots): Delirium Style – Love Game by Christel Morane for Delirium

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+ *

Alternative Prom

I read a story about a girl who made her prom dress from gum wrappers. I am not entirely surprised. There are kids making prom dresses from duct tape and wearing vintage. Not everyone is a debutante.

Alternative Prom

What does the girl who wants to be punk and pretty all at the same time do? Well in SL, she can put on a wild hair and a pretty dress and she’s set. In this case, the dress is from terian Demina and includes lovely sculpty tulips at the waist and in the hair and a sculpted skirt made of several pieces attached to pelvis, legs, and spine so when you move it’s not all one big solid piece swaying around. It’s pretty and almost vintage. There is an unfortunate disjuncture between the system piece and the skirt. However this gown has plenty of other charming details.

Alternative Prom

The better part of the ensemble is topping it with Vasha Martinek’s funky and fabulous hair. With locks textured not only with regular hair textures but also a sort of netted glowing material, this hair pushes our prom girl into very alternative territory, despite her fresh skin from Tricky Boucher and a lovely lily wrist corsage from SAZAE Yoshikawa.

Alternative Prom

My prom song? Crazy for You by Madonna. What was yours?

Hair: +DV8+ Terpsichore Cyberfalls – Divine Wine by Vasha Martinek for +DV8+ *

Skin: -Belleza- Elle Dark SK 12 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza

Dress: +HONEY+Dressvol_0051(winered) by terian Demina for +HONEY+

Corsage: (CREAMSHOP) lily bangle (pink) set by SAZAE Yoshikawa for Creamshop

Gig

It’s funny how some things in SL remind you of other things. Weird neural connections.

Gig

This outfit by Kru Flan reminds me of the movie 200 Cigarettes, which takes place on New Year’s Eve in NYC in the 80s. The reason is the guitar case and the punk look—the plaid and the dark stockings, the collar, the piercings up the ear. Kru Flan really hit on a great punk look.

Gig

Kru includes some awesome accessories with this outfit: a guitar case with pose, a clove cigarette (yes, clove!) with appropriate “ashing” animation and a pack of cigarettes. You get the collar, the bracelets, the belt—all in one outfit. You also get some boots which are not so fabulous, but replace them as I have, and you have a complete punk look, quick.

I show it with spiky hair from Zero Style and skin from Lorac Farella. Plus my ever favorite boots from Fallingwater Cellardoor.

Gig

Punk:

Hair: * 0 Style * Euphoria *(Black Cherry) by Rei Gully for Zero Style

Skin: Pulse Skin-Life/Tone 5 Warm m1 Black brows by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins *

Outfit: *Black Stones Outfit by Kru Flan for Kru’s Boutique

Boots: (Shiny Things) Old Boots – black by Fallingwater Cellardoor for Shiny Things

Alternative Generosity

Sometimes you see someone in SL do something that just kind of blows you away with its personal effort and generosity. Today I experienced that.

Mr. Maht Wuyts stayed awake 26.2 hours and played alternative and pop music in order to collect money for Heifer International. Supported by several friends including Jasper Halfisch, IsaDaft Trollop, Arcadia Nightfire, and Cajsa Lilliehook, Maht stayed awake the whole time and played just awesome music. I showed up when he was entering hour 24. He said he had not repeated any tunes, and he was STILL playing excellent music. (I said it clearly wasn’t “the grounds at the bottom of the pot” music.)

Could this be the “alternative”? In the end, Maht collected 134,000L almost single-handedly, without a lot of extravaganza, without asking 50 people to give up their time and “play along,” without making it all about him. He simply stayed up 26.2 hours (sitting at a computer), played his extensive and amazing music collection, and spent that time encouraging, charming and cajoling the Linden out of people.

Alternative

So what does a girl wear to  the Velvet when she knows she wants to dance and cough up some money?

Alternative

I opted for this sexy-cute top camisole from Annyka Bekkers paired with tight leather leggings zipped up the backs of the legs from Anyusha Lilienthal.

Alternative

I wrapped little string things from Siyu Suen around my arms and wore some cutie hoops from Shannon Carroll.

Beneath it all was this lovely fresh skin from Fade Lei. What I really like about the skin, besides the very realistic but hand-drawn details (freckles, full pink lips, a little shadow under the eyes), are the tan lines on the skin. There is something so cute and sexy about tan lines from a bikini showing through, I think.

Alternative

I upped the ante on the whole outfit with sky-high ruby stilettos from Tesla Miles.

Alternative

The best kind of generosity:

Hair: +LALA Moon+ Bianca [ Red-Brown ] by RuRu Nagy for +LALA Moon+

Skin: Sophie (Tan 2 – freckles) by Fade Lei for Ugly Duck

Top: *blowpop* Blue Roses – Red Camisole (long) by Annyka Bekkers for Blowpop *

Leggings: * Ibizarre Zipper Leggin by Anyusha Lilienthal for Ibizarre

Wraps: *~*Cord Wraps: Small/Transfer by Siyu Suen for  *~*Illusions*~*

Earrings: Coquette Heart Slider Earrings by Shannon Carroll for Coquette

Shoes: – TESLA – *Vixen_Desire* (L) ‘ruby’ by Tesla Miles for Tesla

Shameless plug for Maht. He can be heard and seen at The Velvet every Sunday from 3-5 slt.

Girl Gone Bad

After a few days of blogging big poofy skirted pink dresses, it’s time to switch gears and focus on an entirely different look and side of my personality.

Girl Gone Bad

So I threw on this brillant black jacket from Asalt Eames, sure to become a standard in every woman’s wardrobe in SL with it’s excellent black leather textures and beautiful buttons, studs, and buckles. Underneath I tucked a bra from Aimee Weber (yeah, THAT one… she made lingerie once.. she’s done it all!) And to make the look a little rockabilly, capris from Aleida Rhode, rolled up below the knee

Girl Gone Bad

I finished it off with the appropriately named Wild Woman hair from Miasnow Myriam (glow turned down) and Tesla Mill’s hot new rockin’ 6” stilettos. These are dangerous! And Monicuzza Babenco’s great RougePunk skin makes it complete.

Girl Gone Bad

“There are no good girls gone wrong, just bad girls found out.”  ~ Mae West

Hair: MIASNOW Hair – WILD WOMAN by Miasnow Myriam for Miasnow

Skin: *YS & YS* Zara 13 RougePunk Black by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS & YS*

Jacket: +grasp+/Leather Jacket /Womens by Asalt Eames for +grasp+

Bra: *PREEN* Bra Lace Black by Aimee Weber for PREEN (can not find LM—sorry)

Capris: *FN* Gulu Capri – used black by Aleida Rhode for ☆Aleida☆ Designs

Shoes: – TESLA – *Vixen_Desire* ‘ruby’ by Tesla Miles for –TESLA-

Couture Origami

Today’s couture has been marked by geometry and the manipulation of shapes. Check out what Lady Gaga dons. Lots of geometric shapes attached to the body. (And yes, when I see them now, I wonder how many prims.)

Couture Origami

That is why AvaGardner Kungler’s design choices for this simply exquisite evening gown make total sense. It’s not just the use of the prims but also the beautifully rendered pleats in the textures that push the outfit over the top with their perfectly done edges. Wow! Looking at it, I can marvel at the engineering behind the pleated pieces in front, wonder at its stiffness and the creator’s vision. Wearing it makes me feel like a package all wrapped up. This is a piece of couture art.

I styled this with a punk hair that would echo the angles of the dress and kind of knock it out of that “dress up” realm it could so easily fall into. I wanted to emphasize the angularity of the dress, mirroring the softness of the fabric with the softness of the hair, pushed into these odd geometric shapes. This punky style from Violet Morellet (a use I am sure she never intended when she made this) did the trick.

Couture Origami

I further pushed the geomtry with earrings from Anuitka Barthelmess (told you she would show up again). These are spectacular—scintillating flexi earrings, made up of a hundred or so tiny flexis shimmering in silver. If yesterday’s post didn’t get you over to her store, I sure hope today’s will.

The final accessory was Digit Darkes’ Lamb Gloves from her new Fall Collection. The soft feathery cuffs offset the buckled silver leather in the gloves and make this an ideal couture accessory.

Couture Origami

The geometry of fashion:

Hair: ::Inorite:: foehn ~ Black Cherry by Violet Morellet for BOOM*

Skin: Pulse Skin-Climax/Tone 3 Makeup 4 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: (Kunglers Couture) Serina – Origami vine by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Earrings: *kraftika jewelry No 130 Earrings by Anuitka Barthelmess for *kraftika jewelry

Gloves: Digit Darkes-Digital Lamb Gloves-Custom (V) by Digit Darkes for Digit Darkes