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20,000 Leagues (via A Passion for Virtual Fashion)

Eshi Otawara definitely doesn’t do things…normal. And bless her for it, for we get some of the most delicious confections you could imagine — haute couture at its most haute. Harper Beresford describes one of the latest from the woman who holds the record for the most expensive dress sold at auction in Second Life….

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20,000 Leagues “The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.” ~ Jules Verne It’s clear Eshi Otawara needs a trip to the beach. She has come out today with a set of gowns based on being in the ocean, near the floor—20,000 leagues under. With her fantastic Japanese-influenced fish and fronds of kelp, she has const … Read More

via A Passion for Virtual Fashion

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The White Witch

O brothers mine, take care! Take care!
The great white witch rides out to-night.
Trust not your prowess nor your strength,
Your only safety lies in flight;
For in her glance there is a snare,
And in her smile there is a blight.

After seeing the original at Harper Beresford's blog (A Passion for Virtual Fashion), I had to give Eshi Otawara's "Black Gems are Forever" a shot of my own. However, I decided I'd discard the pants she had in the confection, and used an old skirt from Anubis Style instead (which I think was created for the old Rezzable "Black Swan" show, as that was the name on the gown).

The great white witch you have not seen?
Then, younger brothers mine, forsooth,
Like nursery children you have looked
For ancient hag and snaggle-tooth;
But no, not so; the witch appears
In all the glowing charms of youth….

I especially love Eshi's headdress of jet-topped pins and a "veil" of thin, flexible "wires." I've pinned it into a fri.day coiffure -- normally the SL epitome of casual style; but with this headdress added to it....

But though she always thus appears
In form of youth and mood of mirth,
Unnumbered centuries are hers,
The infant planets saw her birth;
The child of throbbing Life is she,
Twin sister to the greedy earth.

Candy Nail has an amazing variety of prim nails, including these black talons with jewels stuck all over them.

And back behind those smiling lips,
And down within those laughing eyes,
And underneath the soft caress
Of hand and voice and purring sighs,
The shadow of the panther lurks,
The spirit of the vampire lies….

Note the black jet choker and the earrings, which mirror the headdress. There's also a ring, but the nails knocked it off, of course; one of the two things I don't appreciate about prim nails, no matter how good they make you look.

Oh! she has seen your strong young limbs,
And heard your laughter loud and gay,
And in your voices she has caught
The echo of a far-off day,
When man was closer to the earth;
And she has marked you for her prey.

She feels the old Antaean strength
In you, the great dynamic beat
Of primal passions, and she sees
In you the last besieged retreat
Of love relentless, lusty, fierce,
Love pain-ecstatic, cruel-sweet.

O, brothers mine, take care! Take care!
The great white witch rides out to-night.
O, younger brothers mine, beware!
Look not upon her beauty bright;
For in her glance there is a snare,
And in her smile there is a blight.

Excerpts from “The White Witch”
by James Weldon Johnson (1922)

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The details:

  • Shape: L. Fauna Lapine
  • Skin: L. Fauna Lapine.Snow-Fae Frigid
  • Hair: fri.day Jules (startled white) (Parvarti Monday)
  • Eyes: Poetic Color Gold Flakes (amethyst) (Lano Ling)
  • Dress: Eshi Otawara Black Gems are Forever (top, gloves, earrings, choker, headdress); Anubis Style Black Swan system and prim skirts (Anubis Hartunian)
  • Shoes: Detour Glamour Metallic pumps (Detour Sideways)
  • Nails: Candy Nail P045 Swallowtail Black prim nails (peche Bury)

WindLight setting: Torley Linden’s DUSK – Briony

Teleport to Utopia01

Read Harper Beresford’s original article

Old School (via A Passion for Virtual Fashion)

I haven’t done reblogs in the past, but WordPress.com has added this nifty feature recently, and this new article from my Sharer of Names, Harper Beresford, is definitely worth a go-over. As I said in my comment to her original, great looks like this are why our inventories keep on growing and growing and growing….

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Old School You know, if you pull out older content, you find out that the designers of the past were pretty darn good. Take this dress from Blaze Columbia. Blaze starts with rock solid system pieces in a sexy champagne color with wrinkles and seductive shadowing, showing a satin moving against soft skin. Then he adds beautiful diaphanous prims with draped satin running through them, for the skirt and a slit up to there side. No seams, no disjunctures, just … Read More

via A Passion for Virtual Fashion

Posted June 21, 2010 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion

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Contact Sheet 19

Contact Sheet is an irregular column of selected photographs and portraits from Residents of Second Life and other virtual worlds. Images used in this article are used under permission of the owners via their participation in the Creative Commons license; otherwise, all rights are reserved. Click on the links as necessary to go to the required blog, Flickr, Koinup or Snapzilla page. Please go to these artists’ pages in any case to leave comments, (as well as comments here), if you have an account on the appropriate service.

Suggestions are appreciated; please send descriptions and links to me by in-world IM, notecard, E-mail to harper.ganesvoort@gmail.com, or leave a comment below.

NOTICE: Some of the photos/links may contain nudity. Viewer discretion advised.

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We’re doing a theme again for this column:  closeup shots.  People do like taking pictures of themselves in Second Life, after all, or having pictures taken of them.  Sometimes it’s a fashion layout, sometimes a Resident wants to update their profile or get a different look in it, sometimes it’s a formal portrait for the wall, and sometimes it’s just for the hell of it.  But there are a lot of “portrait” shots out there, and here’s a selection of them for your consideration.  There won’t be a lot of commentary here by me; when you’re this close in, usually the photo says more than words, in terms of composition, lighting, or Photoshop work.

(Just as a note, the photographer isn’t always the subject here.)

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