Dream in Aubergine

A night out on the town. Now if you have a special someone, you know that you want to look your glamorous best. Even if you don’t, you want to show yourself in the best light.

Dream in Aubergine

Sascha Frangilli’s newest release, Malicious, will take you there. With its beautifully embroidered textures, versatility and gracefulness, this dress is pure glamour in one folder. The dress comes complete with several options—I show two here. She gives you SIX prim skirts alone (listed here because the names crack me up): the Big Sucker, the Battleship, the Swooshy, the Sleek Flexi, the Thin Flexi, and the Cocktail Flexi. And then there’s the Train. (The trim on the front? That’s the Chest Frillies.)

Dream in Aubergine

I chose to show this in Purple but it comes in many other colors including Cognac, Emerald, Gold, Indigo, Magenta, Mandarin, Pink, Red, Silver and Turquoise. There really is not reason not to get one—or two—or five.

Dream in Aubergine

Since the whole theme here is purple, I paired this with a subtly tinted purply hair from ETD and amethyst RFL earrings from Abraxxa Anatine. Pulse has just come out with this skin–Wildflower–which suits the theme perfectly. And I ran and got my FAVORITE shoes (as you all have had to hear about a million times), the slingbacks from SKG shoes—this time in Eggplant. (The real question here is how many ways can you say purple?)

Dream in Aubergine

I will wear purple as a young woman (and not just as an old woman):

Hair: ETD Loraine 2 – Blackberry by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elika Tiramisu Designs (ETD)

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T:Sand/Wildflower BLK by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: SAS – Malicious Purple by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs

Earrings: EarthStones RFL Karuka Necklace & Earrings – Amethyst by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Eggplant by Saki Galliazo for SKG Shoes

Business Time

I recently met with Gentle Heron of Virtual Ability, Inc. in world at my villa. We had met at SLCC and found we liked each other a lot and had a lot to share. Gentle’s organization was one of the first winners of the $10,000 USD Linden Prize. In collaboration with a number of residents, including my friend Pecos Bill, Gentle has raised the bar for non-profits in SL.

We specifically meant to discuss fashion for members of her group–people who are disabled and live in SL. They have various concerns—how do you wear a prim skirt if you are in a wheelchair and it hangs down, how do you dress if you are sight impaired, how do you seek the support of creators in world and bring awareness? Gentle estimates that 20% of our residency has some form of disability which hampers them in using SL. That’s a lot of folks who find enjoyment and fun but just need a little help and since I know a little bit about prim skirts, I wanted to help. We had a great meeting.

Business Time

To meet with Gentle, I wanted to dress appropriately for business. While she is an open-minded lady and actually a lot of fun, I wanted to show her how much I respected her work and her group by making my avatar reflect my seriousness (and my fashion savoir faire).

Business Time

So I chose this classy outfit from MEB’s 2009 Fall Collection. While MariaElena Barbosa uses photo sourced textures, she does so with skill and elegance. She has combined sculpty cuffs and collar in a manner that makes the silhouette of this blouse sharp and stylish. And the slacks look tailored and rich.

I will note that she includes the pair of shoes she shows in the panel photo with this outfit. I purchased another outfit where she showed boots in the photo and received shoes instead, which I found disappointing. MariaElena needs to work a little on truth in advertising.

Business Time

Autumn Hykova’s appropriately-named “Posh” was a perfect accompaniment to the outfit along with Pulse’s fresh Valeries Wheat/Blush skin. I accessorized with Cora Lu’s Steel Spikes for Paper Couture and of course, my favorite slingbacks from SKGShoes, the Alina Slingback Pumps.

Business Time

Businesswomen unite!

Hair: .:[ Tiny Bird ] :. Posh – Cinnamon by Autumn Hykova for Tiny Bird

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Blush by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Outfit: MEB : Avenue by MariaElena Barbosa for MEB

Earrings: p.c.; Steel Spikes by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Pecan by Saki Galiazzo for SKGShoes

Supreme Elegance

I pulled out one of my favorite dresses today, a dress from Paper Couture. It reminds me of true elegance, high fashion—the kind that Richard Avedon photographed in the 50s and 60s. I saw his exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (and treated myself to the catalog), and I couldn’t help but see some of that high fashion in this dress.

Supreme Elegance

Ava Lu’s dress for Paper Couture came out with a number of others last fall. Paper Couture releases in an interesting fashion—they follow fashion seasons. This dress was from Fall 2008—a collection based on birds. They even made bird masks and beautiful artistic photos for the release. Truly high fashion.

Supreme Elegance

This dress has a unique shape with its sculpty skirt underlain with netting and its strategically placed prims off the sides and back. It’s not your run of the mill empire waist dress and it works with its regal scarf. The texture is sumptuous, rich and heavy with embroidery. This is not a dress for every woman in SL.

Supreme Elegance

Paper Couture is not for every woman in general. They take chances with their fashion, using avatars as an opportunity to try out their fashion ideas and innovating with prims, sculpties, and textures. Sometimes they hit it (Cecilia, Folora Gown, Cardinal Entrance are a few I really love) and sometimes they miss (Turtle Dove.. oh dear), but they do it grandly. And they do it without arrogant pricing. Their outfits are 250-300L so you can own the whole collection for a pittance, and toss what doesn’t work for you. You can find their past collections available on XStreetSL. There are some real gems there.

Supreme Elegance

I accented the outfit with tasteful earrings from Cora Lu, offered in this Spring’s collection. ETD’s elegant Anisa (also one of my favorites) tops the ensemble with Saki Galiazzo’s sophisticated Alina slingbacks finishing the outfit.

Supreme Elegance

En vogue:

Hair: ETD Anisa – Elika’s Brown by Elikapeka Tiramisu for Elika Tiramisu Design (ETD)

Skin: Pulse Skin-Valeries T: Wheat/Desire by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: p.c; Sequin Finch by Ava Lu for Paper Couture

Earrings: P.C.; Moonlight Stud by Cora Lu for Paper Couture

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Chocolate by Saki Galiazzo for SKGShoes

Sequined Sophistication

Sometimes when a lady goes out on the town, she needs to dress up a little and show off her success. For some ladies, that means a lot of bling, a lot of accessories. For me, it means a deadly sexy sheath–hand-sequined–and exotic stilettos.

Sophisticated Sequins

Squinternet Larnia seemed to know just what I needed. With her gorgeously embroidered system pieces, she made a dress that screams success and calls to me. Note how well the system pieces wrap around the avatar and the invisible transition from the top to the skirt. This is not “off the rack.” This was couture, elegant, elaborate, but not vulgar.

Sophisticated Sequins

I can’t emphasize enough how important a good system piece is to any outfit. All the prims in the world will not hide lack of skill or style. Squinternet shows both skill and style with this ensemble.

I included a pair of pumps I had purchased a time ago from SKG Shoes. I have already gone on about Saki Galiazzo’s work.The wicked but elegant shape of these shoes and the exotic but not overdone animal print complimented the ensemble.

Sophisticated Sequins

When successful ladies go out:

Hair: Armidi Hair – The Ricci – Hazelberry by Lola Marquez for Armidi

Skin: Pulse Skin – Essence/Sound by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: * Donna Flora * CELINE by Squinternet Larnia for * Donna Flora *

Bracelet: Chocolate bracelet by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara

Shoes: 6″ Marie RSNH Pumps – Wildcat 20 by Saki Galiazzo by SKGShoes

Summer Chrysanthemums

There is a pair of shoes I have, a pair of black slingbacks that I absolutely adore. They fit perfectly (no gap in back), they are well proportioned (they don’t give me boat feet), and they are elegant (the best slingbacks are). They were simple and pure. Just what I wanted. I bought them a while ago at a shop called SKGShoes, and I returned again and again to the shop to search for new colors, only to be disappointed.

Summer Chrysanthemum

I went back again tonight, and I was happily surprised. Not only were my beautiful black slingbacks there, but there were 19 other colors! (You can imagine what I said while I gazed at the shelves of shoes.) Even better, they were revamped with a brilliant little hud which allowed for different sole colors, different heels and bow on or off. Eeeee!

Summer Chrysanthemum

I had to build an outfit with these wonderful slingbacks. Luckily, a visit to Meriken solved my problem. Yazsi Mornington is a great Japanese designer who has been doing funky and fun outfits for men and women using exquisitely hand drawn textures. In fact, his best outfits are for men (some of the THE best men’s jeans in SL), but he has put out this sweet little dress for women—Carrousel. Well, darn, if the outfit didn’t make itself.

Summer Chrysanthemum

I wanted something fun and casual, so I paired it with hair from another great Japanese designer, boo Nakamura, and forewent jewelry for simple French manicured nails from Candy Nails—clean and pretty.

Summer Chrysanthemum

What I wore this summer:

Hair: *booN KUM236 hair brown by boo Nakamura for *booN

Skin: Pulse Skin – Timeless ll/Makeup 11 by Lorac Farella for Pulse Skins

Dress: Meriken Co. “Carrousel” Blue by Yazni Mornington for Meriken

Shoes: SKGShoes – Alina Slingback Pumps – Chocolate by Saki Galiazzo for SKGShoes

Nails: Candy Nail #P027 Clear French 3color change by peche Bury for Candy Nail