10 Reasons to Come to Fashion for Life: Reasons 3 and 4

3. Boho Baku is offering a darling bolero for 50L and necklace for 100L!

Reason 3

If you haven’t seen Twill Tymet’s great work, you really need to get to Fashion for Life. Boho skirts, beautiful stone necklaces, cropped boleros, sweaters, tanks—everything a bohemian girl could ever want.

Plus all funds from her donation items benefit the American Cancer Society, which provides comfort and outreach to millions of cancer patients worldwide, including in disaster-stricken areas, finding them proper care, funding, and support.

Check out Twill’s great fashions and get a few bargains at Fashion for Life—only open until March 22!

  • Hair: ***FFL Exclusive** [e] Lasting 2 – Black 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin and Shape: ***FFL Exclusive***—only 200L for the set! Wish Skin & Shape-Exclusive FFL- Maverick Design by Ivy Maverick for Maverick Design, FFL Store sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Eggplant (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Top: ***FFL Exclusive** ffl Berry Bolero by Twill Tymets for Boho Baku, FFL Store Sponsor at the Arbus sim
  • Necklace: ***FFL Exclusive** Boho Baku~ Purple natural stone pendant rz by Twill Tymets for Boho Baku, FFL Store Sponsor at the Arbus sim

 

 

4. Mer Betta has new mermaid evening gowns and the green are only 200L!

Reason 4

Opal Lei, artist extraordinaire, exquisite beauty, and brilliant mermaid designer has tucked her mermaid tail away in making these gorgeous evening gowns. With two exquisite gowns exclusive to Fashion for Life, you can choose from several other colors as well (including green, which is still only 200L!)

Opal has given generously in the past to Fashion for Life and she will continue to do so because she knows her funds go to the American Cancer Society under the umbrella of SL Relay for Life. Relay for Life, a RL grassroots program from ACS, gives community, support and encouragement to cancer survivors, cancer patients, and their loved ones and caretakers. It’s more than a fund raiser—it’s a community.

Help support the thousands of those affected by cancer who are your fellow residents by coming to Fashion for Life, going on NOW through March 22.

  • Hair: ::DBS::Mireya-black by DBS Heart by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Skin: LaVie Enya Emerald Forrest normal (H) by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Clover Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: ***FFL Exclusive*** Mer Betta Simplicity-Mono mermaid gown (w) by Opal Lei for Mer Betta, FFL Store Sponsor on the Arbus sim
  • Jewelry: ***FFL Exclusive*** Virtual Impressions Beverly Jewelry Set in Black with Diamonds by Chrissy Ambrose for Virtual Impressions, FFL Store Sponsor on the Arbus sim

Lapointe & Bastchild at Fashion for Life

The love story of Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus is almost as romantic as their clothing. Married last fall in real life, the two originally met in SL and reached around the world to be with each other. Their love and romance imbues everything they create—you can go from dark gothic to sexy casual to pure beautiful to tall, dark and handsome when you shop at L&B, all with their cojoined style.

Lapointe and Bastchild at Fashion for Life

Dark gothic is Lapointe & Bastchild’s bread and butter. Somehow the energy created between the two individuals brings out a dark romantic vision that is deliciously intriguing and sexy. Paul and BastChild agreed the New Orleans-influenced Irving Penn sim, built by Syngen Sohmers, was an ideal home for their store. New Orleans holds many fond memories for the newlyweds.

Lapointe and Bastchild at Fashion for Life

Both creators have honed their skills and provide more and more creative work, serving all moods of their customers. For example, this sexy punky little outfit (shown with their versatile color-changing boots that include a hud—FFL Exclusive!) highlights how they can go from dramatic romanticism to sexy grunge in one turn.

Lapointe and Bastchild at Fashion for Life

Even casual is no problem for L&B, as shown by this darling little outfit with its cropped hoodie sweater, distressed jeans and funky sculpty belt. Paul and BastChild’s talents contribute so much to SL and it’s an honor to have them sponsor a sim at Fashion for Life.

Lapointe and Bastchild at Fashion for Life

And they also make men’s wear. This iconic tuxedo will make any man stand tall and handsome and take him around the grid in style. They also offer the incredibly-styled shoes shown (and honestly, there are only a handful of really great men’s shoe makers in SL).

Paul and BastChild have participated in Fashion for Life for several years because they know how important the work the American Cancer Society is. In 2007, cancer was the cause of death of 13% of the people worldwide (7.9 million). It killed 700,030 people in North America in 2007; 2,326,515 in Eastern Asia in one year; more than 50,000 in Australia that year; and 521,303 in Western Europe in 2007.  It’s a global disaster, much more expensive and tragic than any other disaster you might see on TV or in newspapers right now. Relief for this is needed year round, year after year. Paul and BastChild’s generous donation adds a small bit to this. They also know, despite the “American” in the Society’s name, their donation will help globally.

Lapointe and Bastchild at Fashion for Life

Honor Paul’s and BastChild’s generous donation. Shop at Fashion for Life, going on NOW through March 22.

Photos 1 and 2:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * ISABELLE * /deepblack by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Mary Light – E/D/B 12 by aida Ewing by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Eyes: ***FFL Exclusive*** FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Rust 3 (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: Lapointe & Bastchild :Death Royale “Queen” silver Gift Set V2 by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life
  • Crown: .:L&B:.C “Death Royale” Crown Olde Silver/Sapphire  v2 by BastChild Lotus for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 3:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:.  * CANDY * / black-red by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: ***FFL Exclusive*** : HS : Spirit : Harmony : Domino (C / DB) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Rising Sun (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Outfit: Lapointe & Bastchild “S’Wear” Death Royale Womens Gift Set by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life
  • Boots: ***FFL Exclusive*** .:L&B:. “Dita ” Charms Ankle boot set by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 4:

  • Hair: [e] Vivid – Brown 02 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: (AMD) Ava – Tan – Lustrous *Leaf* by Apple May for Apple May Designs, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Outfit: Lapointe&BastChild S’Wear “Mischief”   Hoodie Set – Coffee Gift by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life
  • Necklace: ***FFL Exclusive*** .:L&B:. Womens “Remember” Ribbon & Heart Necklace – gold by BastChild Lotus for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life
  • Boots: ***FFL Exclusive*** .:L&B:. “Orleans” Plaid Boot set by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 5:

  • Hair: .::MADesigns Hair::. ~ AKAMI ~ NB III by Maddox DuPont for MADesigns, Sim Sponsor for the Helmut Newton sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: Chance Medium Goatee2 – Hair by Ramses Meredith for Egoisme, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Shape: Distinctive Shapes By Gil – Terry Shape by Gil Warwillow, TBA
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Suit: .:L&B:. “Modern Black Open” Tuxedo Set 2011 :Claret by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life
  • Boots: .:L&B:. “Couture ” Croc Ankle Boot Set :Black by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe & Bastchild, Sim Sponsors for the Irving Penn sim at Fashion for Life

Nicky Ree at Fashion for Life

Nicky Ree has *always* been a supporter of Relay for Life. Every year she applies her talents to specially made exclusive dresses sold for Relay for Life with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. In the past and this year as well, she has also backed that up with a personal donation as a sim sponsor.

Designing Nicky Ree at Fashion for Life

Nicky chose to color her RFL donations purple or pink, and we are honored to have her beautiful content grace the Ansel Adams sim. Take the Tanya Gown with its rich deep sheen, tweedy print, and gem-like colors. With its sexy plunging neckline and sophisticated silhouette, it’s a beautiful gown for a red carpet.

Designing Nicky Ree at Fashion for Life

Nicky was clearly influenced by Frederick Lancaster’s art deco build for her sim when she did this exquisite texture on her Mara dress. Nicky has donated the Mara dress in various iterations over the years, each one more stunning than the next.

Designing Nicky Ree at Fashion for Life

Her regular black and white version of this dress is stunning and both Mara dresses come with a long ballroom skirt and a shorter sophisticated skirt.

Designing Nicky Ree at Fashion for Life

For women who like a softer look, Nicky offers pink and fuchsia versions of her Lana Satin and Lace and Tricia Lace gowns. With their sophisticated drama, these gowns highlight Nicky’s amazing talent and background in formal evening wear (her mother owned a custom boutique in RL). Nicky has perfected the lushness of fabrics that would be used in formal gowns, highlighting a woman’s best features and making her feel incredibly pampered and beautiful.

Designing Nicky Ree at Fashion for Life

Dress yourself up at Fashion for Life, going on NOW through March 22.

Photo 1:

  • Hair: ::DBS::Mona-black by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Skin: LaVie Enya Purple Heart normal (H) by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Rising Sun (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: **FFL Exclusive** DNR Tanya Gowns & Pants in Purple by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree, Sim Sponsor for the Ansel Adams sim at Fashion for Life
  • Earrings: Fulo Lacey Earrings – Amethyst by Dita Tran for Fulo, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim

 

Photo 2:

  • Hair: [e] Just – Black 04 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: : HS : Reverie : Ghosts (c) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins, FFL Store Sponsor, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Rising Sun (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: **FFL Exclusive** DNR RFL 2011 Mara Art Deco Collection Purple by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree, Sim Sponsor for the Ansel Adams sim at Fashion for Life

 

Photo 3:

  • Hair: [e] Early – Red 08 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Mary Light – E/D/A 02 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Silver&Blue 3 (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: **FFL Exclusive** DNR RFL 2011 Mara Art Deco Collection Black by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree, Sim Sponsor for the Ansel Adams sim at Fashion for Life
  • Earrings: FuLo – "Lacie" earrings – Ruby by Dita Tran for Fulo, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Ring: **FFL Gacha**  ::je suis::Gacha::tente::fire::ring (l) by Julia Merosi for je suis on the Helmut Newton sim
  • Bag: **FFL Exclusive**  ::je::suis::insouciant::bag black(hands) by Julia Merosi for je suis on the Helmut Newton sim
  • Shoes: N-core AURA "Noir" by Claire Messenger for N-Core, FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim

 

Photo 4:

  • Hair: Miamai_Anna Bun_Blonde_PinkBow_NO Forehead by monica Outlander for Miamai, FLL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Skin: **FFL Exclusive** LaVie Hope  Autumn Glory Normal #5 [H] cleavage by Pompeja Rossini for LaVie, FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: **FFL Exclusive** DNR Lana Satin & Lace Svelte Gown Pink by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree, Sim Sponsor for the Ansel Adams sim at Fashion for Life
  • Earrings: **FFL Exclusive** Alienbear’s ( Queen Maraget earrings RFL 2011 Special) by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear’s, VIP Sponsor and FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim

 

Photo 5:

  • Hair: Vanity Hair:Gala HP-Noir by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Skin: Style by Kira – Willow Skin 01E by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Green (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: **FFL Exclusive** DNR Tricia Lace Gowns in Pink by Nicky Ree for Designing Nicky Ree, Sim Sponsor for the Ansel Adams sim at Fashion for Life
  • Earrings: Zivanit Earring RFL2009 special by Alienbear Gupte for Alienbear’s, VIP Sponsor and FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim

:. WoE .: at Fashion for Life

Dick Wiesel has been bringing sexy casual to SL for three years, giving girls and guys the kind of grungy burnished look that takes them out of the fantasy ballrooms and plunks them into a more revved up real life.

Woe at Fashion for Life

Did I mention sexy? Dick seems to have some secret sauce in his clothes that he adds that makes them simmer with a sort of understated sexiness. Yes, there are bared midriffs but rarely do you see something overtly skin baring.

Woe at Fashion for Life

It’s as if Dick’s fantasy of sexy is the girl next door, amped up a little with some grunge, some complex textures and some easy casual. I mean, Dick’s favorite girl looks sexy in sweats and a loose tank top.

Woe at Fashion for Life

Dick also offers some great looks for men, along the same line, and he will be showing all this and FIVE new offerings at Fashion for Life, which is open NOW. Dick generously and unhesitatingly offered to sponsor a sim, offering his brand name and an ample donation to support the American Cancer Society. The sim he sponsors, Shulman, has been lauded by Tyr Rozenblum as “bad ass.” Come see it and all the great stores on it and the other eight sims.

Woe at Fashion for Life

Photo 1:

  • Hair: Miamai_Ellek Tail Blonde_Black Bow by monica Outlander for Miamai, FLL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Mary Light – E/BL/B 02 with -Glam Affair- Mary – Blush A by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Green (M) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Dress: :. WoE .: Cary Sweater/Dress (Plum Faded) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Belt: :. WoE .: Nomi Leather Belt (Grey) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boot by Gospel Voom for [Gos], FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim

Photo 2:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * AMELIE * /darkbrown by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: (AMD) Emily – Peach with (AMD) Eyeshadows – Smokey by Apple May for Apple May Designs, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Top: :. WoE .: Jenae Tie Front Sweater (Russet) by Dick Wiesel for:. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Jeans: :. WoE .: Gauge Jeans (Grease) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: ::Duh!:: Black/Silver Slip-on Clogs by Renee Harvy for Duh!, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim

Photo 3:

  • Hair: [e] Melody – Blonde 02 by Elikapeka by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: : HS : Reverie : Ghosts (beautymarks/c) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins, FFL Store Sponsor by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Top: :. WoE .: Dawn Cropped Tank (Purple) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Pants: :. WoE .: Reina Sweatpants (Petal) by Dick Wiesel for:. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Hunk of Pink Earrings and Ear Candy ~ Hunk of Pink Bangles by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy, FFL Store Sponsor on the Arbus sim
  • Boots: *FFL Exclusive* + ADDiCTIA + ORGANIKA Boots: Knitted Pink by Oct Oakleaf for + ADDiCTIA +, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim

Photo 4:

  • Hair: [e] Vivid – Brown 01 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: Style by Kira – Kate Skin 01A – CE by Kira Paderborn by Kira Paderborn for Style by Kira, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Sweater: :. WoE .: Ginger Sweater (Brown) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Jeans: :. WoE .: Graecyn Capri Jeans (Bronze) by Dick Wiesel for :. WoE .: , Sim Sponsor for the Shulman sim at Fashion for Life
  • Handbag: HOC – Leather messenger bag – Brown by Guu Nishi for HOC Industries, FFL Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Shoes: Zaara : Ilaida Mojri *mocha* by Zaara Kohime for {Zaara}, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim

Falln Angel Creations at Fashion for Life

Azriel Demain is not a stranger to Fashion for Life. For many years running, he has contributed generously of his time, content and donations. This year he graciously opted to sponsor a sim. He explained it to me in a chat:

My RL family has had quite a few struggles with cancer, and my close Aunt beat breast cancer just last year! I think she was the first in my family to actually win her battle with cancer, she lost her hair but she didn’t lose her life. And now her hair is growing back curly *chuckles* So, I am all for events like this :)

FallnAngels Creations at Fashion for Life

Azriel again has outdone himself with his creations. Offering a wide variety of pieces exclusive to Fashion for Life, Azriel gives his best talents to his creations when he donates them for Fashion for Life on behalf of the American Cancer Society. His rich textures, complex but perfect silhouettes, wonderful prim work all add up to fantastical combinations for a fantasy world.

FallnAngels Creations at Fashion for Life

Every single outfit you see here is an exclusive for Fashion for Life. That’s how good Azriel is and how important this is to him.

FallnAngels Creations at Fashion for Life

Azriel was kind enough to give me some information:

FallnAngel Creations was created in July of 2006, the same week that its owner and sole creator, Azriel Demain, came into world. An artist by profession, Azriel used his years of knowledge in photoshop and his self-admitted tendency to “never leave well enough alone” to create items that he could not find elsewhere in Second Life. He started off with a small parcel in Euiryeong and a handful of items, his store sharing the plot with his home. By December of 2006 he bought his first sim, Falln Sanctuary. Time flew as his productivity and skill level continued to increase, and soon he was able to move his main store from Sanctuary to its own sim; eventually acquiring two more store sims. He moved his skins, hair and other avatar appearance items to Falln Sanitarium, and his furniture, decor and full buildings found a home on Falln Amusements. FallnAngel Creations has become well known in Second Life for Azriel’s singular vision, productivity, and attention to detail. Whether you seek disturbing horror items, colourful kimono, inventive silks, or something to make your dream a reality in world, you are sure to find it at Falln. Azriel’s talent and sheer range of selections is sure to draw attention and compliments.

FallnAngels Creations at Fashion for Life

When you go shopping at Fashion for Life, you will find yourself so immersed in the beautiful sims and great shopping that you might forget why over 200 people volunteered considerable amounts of time and skill to be here. They have not forgotten, however. They know 100% of the funds from their donations go directly to the American Cancer Society though the avatar relayforlife AmericanCancer.

FallnAngels Creations at Fashion for Life

Join us at Fashion for Life, going on NOW through March 22.

Photo 1:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * GEISHA * by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: -Glam Affair – Nina V-Day 01by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Kimono: *FFL EXCLUSIVE* FallnKimonoFFLExclusive by Azriel Demain for FallnAngel Creations, Sim Sponsor of the Mapplethorpe sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 2:

  • Hair: ::DBS::Strength-BlackRed by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Skin: : HS : Reverie : Eyes on Fire (c) by Amesha Jewell for Heartsick Skins, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Dress: *FFL EXCLUSIVE* FallnAvaritiaGownFlameExclusive by Azriel Demain for FallnAngel Creations, Sim Sponsor of the Mapplethorpe sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 3:

  • Hair:  .:EMO-tions:. * ZEUS * hair /black by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: Leonard Normal Eyeliner Small Chin Black by Ramses Meredith for Egoisme, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Outfit: *FFL EXCLUSIVE* FallnAvaritiaSuitFlameExclusive by Azriel Demain for FallnAngel Creations, Sim Sponsor of the Mapplethorpe sim at Fashion for Life
  • Boots: ! RFYRE BLACK GUARD II MENS BOOTS  (P) by Raven Pennyfeather for House of RFyre, Sim Sponsor for the Stieglitz sim at Fashion for Life

Photo 4:

  • Hair:  [e] Mood – Blonde 01 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: I ALEIDA I Inga SUNKISS – make up 3 by Aleida Rhode for Aleida, VIP Sponsor and FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim
  • Dress: *FFL EXCLUSIVE* FallnFyreDressBlueExclusive by Azriel Demain for FallnAngel Creations, Sim Sponsor of the Mapplethorpe sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes -gold- by Cerberus Noel for *G Field*, VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life

Photo 5:

  • Hair: !VA! China Temptation-noir with Vanity hair base Noir (darker) by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Mei Li 2 – Aki – Tone 1 by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve, FFL Store Sponsor on the Ansel Adams sim
  • Dress: *FFL EXCLUSIVE* FallnLotusHanfuFFLExclusive by Azriel Demain for FallnAngel Creations, Sim Sponsor of the Mapplethorpe sim at Fashion for Life
  • Shoes: ::Duh!:: Spring Flats Ink (black) by Renee Harvy for Duh!, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim

Why we are in Fashion for Life

Dear Readers–

As many of you might know, I have been leading the organization of Fashion for Life for the past three months, and honestly, it’s been a lot of work and stress. Nevertheless, I think it will be worth it.

I decided to take this on for a few reasons: First, I personally know Nevar Lobo and Amethyst Starostin, and I know they were straining under the weight of the RFL Clothing Fair. They truly needed to take care of things for themselves in their “real lives” and when they dropped out, I didn’t want to see all their hard work and the momentum that the RFL Clothing Fair had gained go to waste.

Second, I knew Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society had a top-notch reputation in SL, and I knew that my personal standards for how charitable donations would be collected were in place. I feel very strongly about this. I know SL can be a great place to raise funds, but I think oftentimes it is done poorly. The RFL in SL has the structures in place and a professional representative in world to make sure it’s done right.

Most important, however, was that I knew the cause was a truly worthy one and one that people across the grid from around the world could engage with, regardless of politics or religion, regardless of class or gender. Cancer touches many lives and is something, we have discovered, can truly be combated with research and knowledge, technology and development.

The funds raised during the Fashion for Life will be contributed directly to the American Cancer Society to go towards prevention, support, lobbying and research. And these funds’ positive effect can be seen: When my grandmother had a cancerous tumor in the 80s, her diagnosis was bleak and her treatment painful. I see how much tings have improved now when my dear friend Raven’s father beats breast cancer after chemotherapy without substantial nausea, when my friend Nadya gets effective lung cancer treatment from radiation, when my neighbor Lynne goes into remission from a rare and generally deadly form of blood cancer after treatment–and all of them retain a quality of life much better than my grandmother had.

This is much more than a virtual fashion event–it’s a fund raiser that has makes a tiny little dent in a very big problem. It was worth it to me. I hope it’s worth it to you to join us and enjoy the beautiful and hard-made creations of over 190 designers and 8 builders.

Harper

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One of our missions for Fashion for Life is to have fun, but underneath all the fun is a very serious thing. We are making money for the American Cancer Society because so many people are touched by the effects of cancer around the world. Turn to anyone you know and they will tell you of someone they loved or knew that was lost to cancer.

Many of the designers participating in Fashion for Life are doing so for very personal reasons. A few have been gracious enough to share their stories…

Why we are in Fashion for Life

Five years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time, ten years after my first battle with the disease. Thanks to breakthrough cancer research, the biotherapy drug Herceptin had just been approved for general use after successful clinical trials, and my cancer was treatable with Herceptin. I am still in remission, thanks to this drug. My sister-in-law and a dear friend are both cancer free after Herceptin therapy also. We are the “miracle sisters.” In 2009 I was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma which was treated successfully with surgery. Sarcoma strikes especially hard at children, and most are not as lucky as I was. Cancer research saves lives. I want to help. That is why it is so important to me to be part of Fashion for Life.

~ Kerryth Tarantal

Why we do Fashion for Life

My father is treating cancer now. He became large intestine cancer the year before last. The cancer is serious. And, he underwent a difficult operation lasting for several hours. Afterwards, he was treating anti-cancer drug. Cancer seemed to have cured last year. However, cancer relapsed several months later. He came to have to fight against cancer again. I want to help my father. Therefore, I wanted always to participate in this “”Fashion of the life”.

~ Saya Littlething

Why we do Fashion for Life

Cancer has touched a lot of lives in my family…from my Grandfather who died of pancreatic cancer to my Father’s colon cancer and my Mother’s recurring bouts with skin and corneal cancer, we’ve experienced the devastation from every angle. Several years ago I had a lump in my breast and I was terrified. Only in my early 30s, I thought I wouldn’t have to worry about anything like this for a very long time. I was so wrong. I did my research and found out how many women AND men get cancer at a very young age. The numbers were mind blowing. I was so fortunate and it turned out to be a small treatable issue, but it’s affected me so much. It’s so important to spread the word about early detection and help to raise funds to combat and finally some day cure this incredibly devastating disease. It’s important for me to do my small part. If everybody does we can change things.

~ Ivey Deschanel

Why we do Fashion for Life

I lost four family members to cancer including my father and my maternal grandmother.  I am grateful for the opportunity  to be a part of Fashion for Life so that I can help to support those working on a cure for cancer to help keep other families from facing the losses my own family has faced.

Adrianna Marquez

Fashion for Life, March 12-22 is SL’s biggest fashion fair on 9 sims hosted by the American Cancer Society and SL’s Relay for Life. Proceeds from all donated items and sponsorships go 100% to the American Cancer Society.

Photo 1:

  • Hair: [e] Mood – Blonde 03 by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elikatira, Sim Sponsor for the Bourke White sim at Fashion for Life
  • Skin: -Glam Affair- Mary Light – E/Bl/A 05 by aida Ewing for Glam Affair, FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Dress: *FFL EXCLUSIVE* Spyralle Enruffled – Hope by Kerryth Tarantal for Spyralle, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim

Photo 2:

  • Hair: ::DBS::Mona-black by DBS Heart for Bishwear, FFL Store Sponsor on the Irving Penn sim
  • Skin: I ALEIDA I Inga SUNKISS – make up 3 by Aleida Rhode for Aleida, VIP Sponsor and FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim
  • Dress: *FFL EXCLUSIVE* ::Schoen:: IbizaMoon (LoversNight) ladies by Saya Littlething for ::Schoen::, FFL Store Sponsor on the Mapplethorpe sim
  • Shoes: N-core ILLUSION XtremeHeel II Black by Claire Messenger for N-Core, FFL Store Sponsor on the Helmut Newton sim

Photo 3:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:.  * CANDY * / black-blue by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: :::Sn@tch Plush Skin (Tone 3-Hope)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim
  • Top::::Sn@tch Fling Cropped Top (Purple)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim
  • Pants: :::Sn@tch Tapestry Pants (Purple)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim
  • Gloves: :::Sn@tch Wrist Warmer (Eggplant Leather)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, FFL Store Sponsor on the Shulman sim

Photo 4:

  • Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * AGNES * /brown by Mirja Mills by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:., VIP Sponsor for Fashion for Life and FFL Store Sponsor on the Stieglitz sim
  • Skin: Adam n Eve Skin – Jasmine t3 Natural by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve, FFL Store Sponsoron the Ansel Adams sim
  • Outfit: [A&k] Dahlia by Adrianna Marquez for A&k Designs, FFL Store Sponsor on the Bourke White sim
  • Jewelry: Ear Candy ~ Bottlecap Set in Burnished Copper by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy, FFL Store Sponsor on the Arbus sim
  • Boots: Ear Candy ~ Brown Belted Sweater Boot by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy, FFL Store Sponsoron the Arbus sim

Lag at Fashion for Life–What we are doing about it and what you can do

Note: I pulled this off the FFL blog so I could post it in a place it could be referenced. If you receive note of this, please ignore. It’s not meant to go to feeds, etc, but it may and I apologize. ~ HB

In running Fashion for Life, one of our biggest concerns was approaching the issue of lag. Lag is like the US Federal deficit—it seems to be getting worse and worse and definitely impinges on our enjoyment.

A lot has been written about lag, and there are a lot of myths and half truths. We have tried to get to the core of what we have control over and we want to explain to you what you can do to make your visit more enjoyable.

First, let us say that any sim that has 50 or more avatars moving around and doing things is going to experience some lag. It’s that simple. Add to this that Linden Lab has been messing around with the server code and that has made things worse in general.

There are ways we can counteract this from the Fashion for Life end, and below Syngen will tell you what we are doing to make it better. But there are things you can do as well.

First off, and we hate saying it’s you but it really is you. The biggest portion of lag comes from the user’s end. It comes from having a lower-end graphics card, a slower computer, a slower internet connection, and a poor set up. We can’t give you all new computers and better internet connections. (Gosh would we love to.) But we can give you some hints to make it all work better.

In short, our tips for making your time at Fashion for Life (and everyone else’s) more enjoyable are as follows:

  • Make sure you are using a more current version of any client. Most old versions of LL’s 1.23 are obsolete. Get rid of them. Go grab a third party viewer or get v2.4 and stop complaining. (It’s much improved—really.)
  • Tinker with your Graphics preferences in your client:Take down graphics quality and performance.(Go to Preferences > Graphics and set to mid or low.) Some people call this “turning down draw distance.” Do it!Lag at Fashion for Life

Lag at Fashion for Life

Turn off anistropic and antialiasing. (Go back to Preferences > Graphics. In v1 viewers, check the “Custom” and click “Hardware Options.” In V2 viewers, click “Advanced” and “Hardware.” In that window, uncheck “Anisotropic Filtering” and make sure Antialiasing is set to Disable.)

Lag at Fashion for Life

Lag at Fashion for Life

Stop looking at other avatars. Do this by going to Advanced > Debug Settings > RenderAvatarMaxVisible and just take that down to 5. Really. Do you really need to see that other waddling hairbase person over there? (See below.)

Lag at Fashion for Life

  • Close other programs you might have running. They may be hogging computer resources and bandwidth. You really REALLY don’t need PS, Firefox, iTunes, Messenger, and WoW running all at once. You need to shop!
  • Adjust your graphics card to optimal settings. An interesting article about this (has not been tested on our side) is offered here.
  • Remove all scripts (including AOs). Too many scripts make the sim cry. We will be monitoring for script usage on the sims. If people enter with an unusual load, we will ask them to descript or in worst cases, resort to booting them. (Please don’t make us go there.)
  • The following all go under the heading: “No one is looking at you anyway”(and most of this has to do with reducing scripts rather than ARC):
      1. Take your AO off. Waddle. Or install your AO if you are using Phoenix (find out how to here). (No one’s looking at you anyway. Really. We are all shopping and not noticing someone else’s waddle. And if we ALL waddle, then we all look silly together—in the name of charity. Besides we have derendered you so it really doesn’t matter—see above.)
      2. Wear system clothes only. It is not necessary to be naked. The avatar has to render anyway—doesn’t matter if it’s naked or not. But wearing prims will add a bit to graphics lag (and many contain scripts). So wear something sleek and sexy and system.
      3. Barefoot is in these days–no shoes or prim feet ;) The earth girl look is in. We all have the same fugly system feet.
      4. Wear a skin with a hairbase and skip prim hair. (You won’t look bald. In fact it’s kind of chic.)
  • Wait a few days and go later and enjoy leisurely, less-lag shopping.  (It’s open from March 12-22!)
  • Do not lecture others on their arc, scripts, etc. Mind your own business and don’t be a drama queen. Besides, running that arc indicator thing increases YOUR personal lag.
  • Have patience. We’re open for over a week. You can hit a sim a night, slowly enjoy the incredible bounty of fashion and beautiful building and spend more than a week having fun.

If you really want to know how the sim is running, if you REALLY think it’s not you, go to Statistics view and get a better idea:

Lag at Fashion for Life

If Sim FPS is running in the 10s or less, it IS the sim. We will restart the sims at 10 am slt every day to clear the cache of the sims.

Look at the Packet Loss. If that is more than 0%, your connection is struggling. It’s not us. Call your internet provider ;)

Look at the Main Agents. That is how many people are on the sim. Remind yourself

I typically enjoy most of SL lag free because I have followed all these rules and then some. It really works! Come enjoy Fashion for Life with me!

Harper Beresford
Co-Lead, Fashion for Life

Syngen has a few words about lag too. As Co-Lead in charge of all building things, she was appointed graphic lag fighter, and this is what she has to say:

Hi folks! I’m Syngen Sohmers, the Co-Lead for Fashion for Life, and the lead builder for the project. Besides working with a great team of amazing builders, I spend a lot of time time thinking about lag. How to reduce it so that you can have a smooth shopping experience. There are a lot of things we’ve done to help on the sim side of things, and I’m going to list them out for you here:

  • The fair is spread over 9 sims. Rather than trying to cram some 200 stores onto 4 sims (or worse), we’ve spread the whole thing out across nine sims. This comes out to 25 total stores per sim, which not only spreads out the avatar load per sim, but also the scripts, textures, and all the things your graphics card needs to render at one time. The Avedon sim, located in the center of the region is the main landing point, and that will have no stores. Each sim will have their own landing point as well. Check our Vendor Listing for links to those sims.
  • The sims are arranged in an unusual shape. Rather than making a plain box of the nine sims, we’ve arranged them into a “tetris” shape. This was done intentionally so it could reduce the amount of things your computer will have to load from the central entertainment sim. If your draw distance is cranked out, you’ll still only be rendering the sim you are on plus those connected, as opposed to trying to render all nine sims at once. You also won’t be rendering child avatars viewable from 8 other sims.
  • There is only one path. A single forced path that will lead you through all the sims. This makes it easier for you to move around the sims and ensures that you get to see everything each sim has to offer.
  • All the sims are textured in grayscale. That’s where we got our theme “Beyond Black and White.” The ground, the trees, the grass, the buildings, the roads–all of the builds are completely grayscale. Your graphics card will thank us for reducing the amount of full colored textures it needs to render. After all, when it only has to render 2 colors instead of 256 colors, that’s obviously a lot less work.
  • All the textures we are using are lower resolution. Per our build requirements, most of the textures are 256 x 256. The highest resolution textures are 512 x 512. I’m a big advocate of this practice because I believe in not using high resolution textures until absolutely necessary.
  • We use repeating textures. We have reduced the number of actual textures by using the same texture for more than one thing and using them creatively. If there are two buildings that are made of brick, it’s likely the same brick texture has been used on them both. If there are sculpts? They’re probably used more than once. So our sim builds might have an actual texture count (sculpts and textures) of somewhere between 30 and 50.
  • There are no scripts except those that donate to ACS (and the few I allowed Harper to use.. grrr). Scripts on sims can slow down the communication between servers and clients. The only active scripts on sim are those in the RFL Vendors and Gacha Machines. If you see any flashing light effects (like at the tops of skyscrapers so planes don’t crash on the roof—ha!) the script was used to start the effect and then removed. All of your designers have been sweet enough to use standard sell-content prims as vendors instead of fancy vendor systems. (Harper’s note: The scripts in the RFL vendors we are using have been rewritten and optimized to use only 25% of the resources they used to use.)
  • There’s a little secret under the landing point. On each sim, hidden underground but within your draw distance are a bunch of teeny tiny little boxes. Those boxes contain the build textures each sim uses on their faces, both sculpt maps and regular. Without you ever seeing it or ever knowing it, these practical little things pre-load the textures for the sim into your cache. You won’t have to walk 20 meters into gray space. The build’s textures will already be comfortably nestled in your cache so you can see them as you approach.
  • A time for restarting the sims has been scheduled for 10 am slt daily. This clears out the sim’s cache from having thousands of avatars on it all day. Of course these restarts will be staged when it’s the least disruptive to your shopping experience and will come with warning. This also helps some folks who may have been having problems getting into the sims by giving them an opportunity to hop in on the restart.

Ultimately, some lag is inevitable. It’s a big event, and there are going to be a lot of avatars on the sims. But we want you to have the most enjoyable experience possible. Between what the builders have done and Harper’s very good advice about what you can do to help improve your shopping experience we’re hoping this can be the fun event it was meant to be!

Syngen Sohmers
Co-Lead, Fashion for Life