Tuesday, 29 November 2011

More from the Vintage Fair - the fabulous fifties! Vintage Fair ends on Saturday!

Time for some fab fifties fashion from the Vintage Fair.  This was the era of rock and roll, Teddy Boys and the dance hall - skirts got shorter, hair got bigger, and Elvis ruled. This is one of my favourite periods, particularly in interior design - so I've used lots of wonderful furnishings from Artilleri as backdrops for these photos - taken at home on my little island.

Icing have come up trumps with their Just Swing dress, a beautifully textured polka dot dress in a variety of colours - perfect for everything from cocktails to a full on rock and roll party!

What I'm wearing:
Vintage Fair items:

Dress: ICING Just Swing - Red (pic 1) Blue (pic 2)

Hair: Vanity Hair Cuca - blonde
Jewellery: Caroline's Jewelry Audrey Pearl Necklace in White-Silver, Simple Pearl Drop Earrings in  white/silver
Makeup: HeartSick Beauty Mark, Heartsick Rouge Lips

Non Vintage Fair items:

N-core Manicure
N-core PIN UP Platform XtremeHeel II "Red passion"

I had some fun with the second photo - Not the Perfect 1950's Housewife - enjoying a sneaky cigarette and a beer while curling my hair and pretending to do the ironing. As well as the Just Swing dress from Icing, this time in blue, I'm wearing Maggie tattoos from Artilleri. Furnishings and home accessories are also from Artilleri.

The Vintage Fair ends on Saturday 3rd December - so get there soon so you don't miss the amazing array of retro and vintage goodies on offer! I just dropped by, and it was quieter and less laggy than it was during the first week, so now's the time to go.

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Vintage Fair ~ the 1940's

Retro glamour from PurpleMoon at the Vintage Fair - this beautiful burgundy purple gown is form hugging and flares at the knees to a full swooshy skirt. The high collar and chiffon short sleeves create a demure image from the front, while the back has dramatic cuts for a rather more foxy rear view.  The wonderful wide brim hat from BaOba compliments it perfectly, creating a charming silhoutte, that makes me think of Vivienne Leigh as Scartlet O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.

Style card:
Vintage Fair items:
Gown and gloves: PurpleMoon Kelly Gown in Bordeaux
Hat: BaOba Miss Rose Purple (recoloured)
Jewellery: Amourous Antiquarian Bracelet and Earrings in Chianti
Skin: Curio Vintage Ritz 2 (petal light)
Brows: Curio Vintage Brow Pencil

HeartSick Beauty Mark
HeartSick Lipstick Morticia

Non Vintage Fair items:

Hair: ICON Hair Base and Bun - Platinum

Monday, 14 November 2011

Vintage Fair ~ the 1930's

More retro glamour from the Vintage Fair - this time evoking the 1930's era. In the 30's skirts became longer again, and waistlines returned to their natural position, with an emphasis on womanly curves. The separation between day and evening wear became more pronounced, as did the influence of the cinema on fashion. Synthetic fabrics became available, and the zipper was introduced. This was the period that Art Noveau and Art Deco reigned.

For this look I used the wonderful silk cocktail dress from the Sea Hole, accessorised with deco influenced jewellery from Finesmith and retro hair from MADesigns, all available form the Vintage Fair. I love the palette of creams, beiges and black, and the way the dress softly skims the body before flaring at the hemline - a wonderful feminine look.

Here's your taxi to the Vintage Fair.

It's busy, so it's laggy - you can help by wearing as few attachments as possible and removing scripts.

Style notes:

Items from the Vintage Fair:

Dress: The Sea Hole - Nouveau Silk Dress-  Champagne
Jewellery: Finesmith Isabella earrings and necklace
Hair: MADesigns Hair - Demi - Light Blonde
Lipstick: HeartSick Vamp Lips
Beauty Mark: HeartSick

Non Vintage Fair items:

Shoes: N-core Pin Up Black Patent
Skin: Glam Affair Gio
Makeup and lashes: KOSH and Miamai
Nails: N-core Manicure

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Vintage Fair ~ the roaring twenties

I've set myself a personal styling challenge for the Vintage Fair - I aim to style and photograph an outfit for each decade the fair covers - from the 1920's to the 1980's, using mainly items found at the fair. I'm finding it quite interesting as I'm learning a little about 20th century fashion as I go.

First up, the 1920's. Well, I may as well start at the beginning! The twenties saw the beginning of what we think of as modern fashion. The most radical change was that the corset ceased to be compulsory - women were able to move more freely without the constriction of the corset, and shapes became more natural. Skirts got a little shorter, as did hair, with the bob becoming a big fashion, thanks in part to film actresses such as Louise Brooks. The classic look we probably think of first when we think of the 1920's is the flapper, with cloche hats, short bobbed hair and loose shift low waisted dresses that gathered at the hips.

When I saw the Connors cocktail dress I knew it would make the perfect base for my 1920's look - the seaming is wonderful and it looks like it's been cut on the bias, the combination of lace and georgette fabrics is great too. I added the cute hat from Baoba, which I re-coloured, and the fur stole and long gloves to complete the look. The finishing touch is the elegant cigarette holder from Dolly which comes with a working smoke attachment to use if you want to look like you're really smoking!

A number of pose makers have made special sets of poses for the fair - I used one from oOo Studios for this look.

Here's your taxi to the Vintage Fair. It's pretty busy at the fair at the moment, so be prepared for some lag, but I'd thoroughly recommend a visit to see an impressive array of designers from across the grid.

What I'm wearing:

Items from the Vintage Fair:
Dress: Connors -  Geogette Lace Cocktail Dress (Brown)
Hat: BaOba - Black Rose Cap
Stockings: League -  Sakura Stockings
Necklace - Caroline's Jewelry Pearls & Cameo Necklace in Gold
Earrings: Caroline's Jewelry - Simple Pearl Drop Earrings in white and gold

Dolly Cigarette Holder and smoke attachment
Pose - oOo Studios 1920s_one

Items from elsewhere:
Shoes: N-core Femme
Gloves: COCO - part of PartyDress (Black)
Stole: BRB Fashionably Late Fur Stole - black
Hair: Curio - Louise
Makeup: KOSH
Skin: Glam Affair

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Vintage Fair is coming!

“Vintage clothing is a generic term for new or second hand garments originating from a previous era. Generally speaking, clothing which was produced before the 1920s is referred to as antique clothing and clothing from the 1920s to 1980s is considered vintage.” – Wikipedia

Brought to you by Chic Management Ltd the 2011 Vintage Fair opens this Friday - 11th November (yes, that's 11/11/11 - neat!). With over 200 designers participating with fashion, accessories, poses and furnishings inspired by the 1920's to 1980's - it's going to be FAB!

There's more information about the fair here.

In this picture - items from the Vintage Fair:

League - Sakura Camisole and Corset
Heartsick - Crimson Lips
Caroline's Jewelry - Simple Pearl Drop Earrings and Simple Pearl Necklace
Di's Opera - Vintage Sit Pose Set

Sunday, 6 November 2011

autumn / winter looks no.4

Next in my autumn / winter 2011 series...luxurious soft wool daywear and leather calf boots to keep you cosy and snug.

What I'm wearing:

Jacket: Mon Tissu Wool Blend Jacket  - Khaki
Skirt: Mon Tissu Oxford Pencil Skirt / Rigged Mesh ~ Cream
Stockings: The Secret Store - Lace knit socks - Snow (recoloured)
Camisole: [LeLutka]-BLOW shirt/snow
Scarf: The Fashion Garret Flowers Scarf
Boots: Elikatira Secret Boots - Sepia
Bag: Baiastice
Hair: Elikatira Looking - White 03
Nails: Je Suis
Makeup: KOSH

Saturday, 5 November 2011

autumn / winter looks no.3

Third in my series of daywear looks for autumn/winter - a little smarter this time, with straight off the catwalk accessories combined with some classic old inventory favorites to make an up to the minute city chic look. I'm loving browns and beiges this season, and these snakeskin accessories compliment these shades perfectly.

What I'm wearing:

Jacket: LeLutka -NASTASIA jacket/ivory
Camisole: {SMS} Flower Cami Cream
Trousers: Kunglers Natalia - Chocolate pants
Shoes: .S H I Sanguine Shoe - beige (Modavia exclusive)
Belt: Mimikri - LeoLuxe Belt clay
Bag: LaGyo Nika bag Ivory
Earrings:  LaGyo_Carmen earring (big)
Hair: MADesigns HAIR ~ BO ~ Light Blonde I
Nails: Je Suis
Makeup: KOSH

Friday, 4 November 2011

autumn / winter looks no.2

This is the second of my chic daywear looks for autumn / winter 2011 - this time wearing a timeless tweed jacket and waistcoat with classic jeans, and adding a touch of bright orange to spice up the mix.

What I'm wearing:

Jacket and waistcoat -  Chantkare Country Blazer
Jeans - Zaara : Classic Jeans *indigo*
Bodysuit - The Secret Store - Cable Knit Bodysuit - Emberglow
Gloves - Leezu Baxter Designs Nif Nif gloves /orangebrown
Shoes: Sim-i-Lar Roma (Autumn shades)
Shades - LaGyo_Bozena sunglasses Ivory

Bag - LaGyo_Nika bag Ivory XL

Jewellery - Mandala Pearl Rain Earrings and Necklace /white
Hair - [LeLutka]-POMPAI hair - Powder

Thursday, 3 November 2011

It's getting cold outside...autumn / winter Looks no.1

It's getting cold outside - time to wrap up warm in some cosy layers. This is the first in a series of casual chic daywear looks I have put together for this autumn/winter season. I called it Sunny Autumn Day - I love the kind of weather where it's cold enough to wear a coat, but still so sunny you need to wear shades.

What I'm wearing:

Coat - *COCO* Check Swing Coat grey
Sweater - *COCO* Turtleneck Sweater
Jeans - Zaara : Classic Jeans *indigo*
Shoes - Maitreya Treaders Exclusive group Gift - Rosewood
Gloves - Leezu Baxter Designs Nif Nif gloves /earth
Earrings - Gems & Kisses - Luz - Gold
Shades - LaGyo Bozena sunglasses Ivory
Hair - Lelutka Bonjour hair powder

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

One in a Million

One of my most amazing experiences so far as a model has been working with Tatanka Kaliwaga in Runway Cafe's One in a Million Designer Challenge. This was a huge contest, with the winning designer receiving One Million Lindens in cash and advertising (!!!).  Being in a show like this must always be a buzz, but for me, knowing I was presenting the work of a favorite to win, gave the whole thing an added edge.

The gown Tatanka chose for the final was Shanghai Noon, a beautiful Asian inspired gown with fan adornments and a mermaid skirt in cream silk embellished with black and gold intricate decoration across the bodice and sleeves continuing down the fitted skirt. It's a stunning gown, incredibly detailed, and comes with shoes, hair and jewellery. It felt like a real responsibility, to ensure I presented Tatanka's incredible gown well, so I invested a lot of time with him in finding the right walks and poses that not only worked technically with the gown but showed it at it's breathtaking best.

There was quite a build up to the final, with a lot of rehearsals.  The models started the show posing in windows cut into a wall that backed the runway. We waited there for  a long 15 minutes before the curtain raised, with pumping music streaming into the sim, and the long, vaulted ceilinged runway stretched out before us. The excitement was palpable. Model's chatted nervously, praying not to crash, and joked about the adrenalin that was staring to pump with the music. And then, the DJ/MC for the night announced the show was starting. The models one by one jumped down from their windows and took the long walk down the runway, posing for a minute for the judges, then hopping onto podiums at the foot of fountains either side of the runway. I walked seventh.  I managed to walk to the end of the runway in a straight line and started my pose sequence with a sweet geisha bow, when my worst nightmare happened - I crashed!

I was listening to the sound stream on the web so I could still hear the commentary as I desperately relogged back at home and used my emergency landmarks to teleport first backstage and then to the side, where I could access my podium - I hopped on and started posing, and the show went on. Not as much of a disaster as I'd imagined, thankfully. Once all the models had taken their places on the fountains, it was time for the judges to deliberate and we teleported backstage again to await the announcement of the winner. We'd been briefed that the model for the winner should teleport the winner backstage and walk down the runway with them for them to receive their trophy, make an acceptance speech, and enjoy all the applause. So, as we waited on the result, we chatted about the real life value of a million lindens (it's a lot of real money!). And then the winner was announced. Tatanka Kaliwaga - and I was frenziedly teleporting him backstage and walking with him down the runway and trying to keep up with all the local chat and instant messages that were pouring in and applauding and clapping myself in local chat to add to the general melee.

Tatanka said good things about me in his acceptance speech, which was lovely and made all the work so worthwhile. And now we are embarked on a string of photoshoots for features and ads in lots of Second Life fashion and lifestyle magazines. It's meant I've got to meet some new photographers, and of course it's raised my profile, hopefully in a good way. I've already been invited to join an agency, and met up with an amazing photographer who I've done a shoot with since the show, and there will be more to come I'm sure.

So, all round, an amazing experience, one I will treasure. I got to work with the One in a Million designer, who happens to be a nice guy as well! And I got to model this incredible gown and have the buzz of modeling it at a big show.

Shanghai Noon is now on sale at Mea Culpa.