And then there was white.

The Back Story.

I thought about going here for the 52 Weeks of Color challenge, but decided to go a different route. But I had this ol’ thing lying around and all, so here you go.

The Goods.

Hair: Cake – Victoria
Skin: Tuli – Zoe – Timeless Treasures Hunt item (over)
Dress: Ingenue – The Swinger – past gift
Cigarette: mika – Elegant Cigarette Holder
Shoes: Baby Monkey – Rebecca pump – 50L
Location: Old Hollywood/The Vault

Sheep and rain and such.

The Back Story.

My white went through several permutations this week (52 Weeks of Color). I came up with some quite suitable looks, but was not feeling inspired by any of them. One little number I pulled out of the back depths of my closet was promising, but it was tres circa 1959, and I did vintage from that late 1950s/early 1960s last week (Never on Sunday). I want to keep things mixed up as much as possible. All Mad Men all the time makes the whole thing a little flat. That said, I’ll follow this post up with that other look, just because.

As frequently happens, it’s the location that ends up rocking my aesthetic boat more than, or at least as much, as the togs. I’ve taken some shots at Empress & Hierophant before, but not using the interiors there.

The general look is inspired by a shot of Evan Rachel Wood in the March Vogue (U.S.). I don’t know Evan Rachel Wood from a hole in the ground, but I dug the styling here. My interpretation has that vintage thing going on, too, with an obvious reference to the post-War period giving a nod back to the 1930s with a dash of the 1910s. Edwardian meets Depression meets New Look. Nice.

The Goods.

  • Hair: D!va – Akane – 0L (group gift)
  • Skin: Tuli – Zoe – Timeless Treasures Hunt item (hunt ended)
  • Pipe: sur+ – Bonaparte Sexy Pipe – past hunt item
  • Necklace: Butterfly EffectZ (**BE**) – Monaco Necklace (recolored and retextured) – 0L Diamond is Mine hunt item (until 04/11/2011)
  • Dress w/hat: Sonatta Morales – *8* Nile – 200L (sooooper bargain for a Morales item, peeps!)
  • Bracelet:  Steam4 Hunt Gear – Choker & Bracelet – 0L (hunt item #000 until 03/31/2011)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Donna Pump in Latte – 0L (past gift)
  • Location: Empress & Heirophant

Color indicates item still available at this price as of post.

Missing Japan Fashion Week.

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The Back Story.

Not surprisingly, Japan Fashion Week has been canceled. Going by what Japanese designers were showing on the runway in Paris earlier this month, we wouldn’t prognosticate a bunch of nods to Japanese traditionalism, but there were a few hints of it, as well as obvious tips o’ the sugegasa to Japan’s biggest street style import of late, the Loli/Goth Loli sartorial obsession.

So here’s my homage to our buddies on the other side of the lake. And peeps, if you, like me, are always a little hesitant to spend perfectly good real money on pixels, just think of it as a drop in the bucket for a worthy cause.

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The Goods.

Both looks –

Skirt outfit –

  • Jacket: Aoharu – No Collar, red – 50L (fund raiser at The Fashion Garret)
  • Top: [label mode] – pray for Japan Charity shirt – 30L (fund raiser at The Fashion Garret)
  • Skirt: couverture – A/W Skirt – 0L (group gift)
  • Socks: Pig – Socks Mit Suspenders in Fire Engine Red – 0L (store gift)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Molly Flats – 10L

Haori outfit –

  • Haori: Pop Feel – Rin Modern Haori – 0L (group gift)
  • Panties: katat0nik – Skull Ruffle Panties – 50L for set
  • Socks: Pig – Duotone Sock Mit Suspenders – 0L
  • Shoes: SF Design – Leopard print, color change heels – 0L

Color indicate item still at this price as of posting.

Location: Japanese Dream

Never on Sunday.

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Homer: It’s extraordinary! Where do you learn all those languages?
Illya: In bed.

The Back Story.

My first thought with the Sky Blue Challenge was to pester a friend of mine to let me style  and shoot her. I knew she had something pretty good in her wardrobe, and was convinced that I had nothing in mine.

So, that’s what I did. Thanks to Miss Sudie (given her little moment in the sun below) I had a picture I was reasonably happy with within 24 hours of seeing next week’s assignment. But, I was flipping through the March issue of Vogue a few nights later; Lady Gaga was on the cover, but she ain’t got nuthin’ on Amber Valetta in her tres Mad Men inspired shoot, all sleek early 1960s, a sun-kissed mane of blond hair pulled back off her strong, dark brows. Love, love, love.

I started thinking about the pieces I have that would let me give a nod to that look in shades of blue. Navy pencil skirt – check. Little sky blue tank blouse – check. And right about that point, my mind’s eye went straight back to 1960 and Melina Mercouri in Never on Sunday as the fun-loving prostitute hanging out dockside at the Port of Athens in Pireus, Greece. I’ve always been drawn to that look, and my re-visioning of Amber took me right there.

Looking for the iconic outfit from that film – the one on the movie poster – I ran across a tremendous little blog called Pintuckstyle all about recreating vintage looks. “Awww-Sum,” exclaims Etoile in a singsongy voice. That site has a post titled – tah dah!How to dress like Ilya, Mercouri’s character in the film. Of course, I already know how to do that, but it was very cool seeing my smoldering little passion for that look, and particularly that pencil skirt/strappy blouse ensemble in the colors of the Greek flag, validated and shared.

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Throwing on some simple earrings and my sweet-tooth Antidepressant shoes from Grim Bros, I hopped over to Athens, taking a few shots in the Plaka. That was all well and good, but we need a grungy, urban Mediterranean seaport sim, people. I did, however, find a tramp steamer for recreating something of the iconic Mercouri shot on another sim.

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The Goods.

  • Hair: Iruco – gift02 – 0L + booN – URC519 in black – 0L (former group gift)
  • Skin: Tuli – Sayuri
  • Earrings: Sigma – Baquette earrings – 0L (former hunt item)
  • Top: Jane – Intrinsic tank – 0L
  • Skirt: Phoenix Rising – Pencil Skirt – 1L mix box
  • Shoes: Grim Bros. – Antidepressant Blue Heels
  • Locations: Athens & Drowning Tor

Color indicates item still available at this price.

And, finally, thank you Sudie Dibou
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Sudie’s Goods.
Hair: Dura – Akira – 0L (store hunt item)
Skin: Pulse – Harmony, freckled
Glasses: Maschienenwerk – Wayfarer Glasses – 0L
Sweater: Icing – Robot Love Bolero – part of past group gift
Dress: Jetdoll – Cherie – 99L
Shoes: Baby Monkey – Saddle Shoe – 10L
Location: Fin Rocket Diner

Color indicates item still available at this price as of post date.

Umber and gartered socks repeat… I told you so.

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52 Weeks of Color – Umber.

The Back Story.

I said I would be blogging these League socks again, and I am a woman of my word. Hang in there, Mayala Loon. No dandy-girl trend lasts forever.

This week I’m hanging out at the archeological dig at Çatalhöyük in central Anatolia (Turkey), run by UC Berkley’s Department of Anthropology on Okapi Island. Go check it out and dig the intersection of fashion and edumacation, y’all.

I also blogged recently about the Rochas show during the Paris Fashion Week, zeroing in on the use of the Karzai hat by that house for its Fall 2011 line. SL designers, you folks can get on that one anytime now. I’m just way too lame at this texture game to be able to go it on my own.

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The Goods.

  • Hair: D!va – Akane – 0L (group gift)
  • Skin: Mother Goose’s – Devon – (former hunt item)
  • Hat: Profanity Inc – Garrison Cap – 55L
  • Cigarette: Bubblez Design – Cigarette-Dirty – (group gift, formerly part of Artist outfit for men)
  • Choker & Bracelet (left wrist): Steam4 Hunt Gear – Choker & Bracelet – 0L (hunt item #000)
  • Necklace: Elate! – Silver Pocket Watch – (former hunt item)
  • Bracelet (right wrist): The Sea Hole – Drinky Essentials – 0L (group gift)
  • Top: Diapop – Notice Me – (former group gift)
  • Skirt: Miel – Raider Dress – (former group gift)
  • Socks: League – Gartered Socks in ecru
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Hi-Top Sneakers in plaid – 50L for color changeable pack
  • Location: Çatalhöyük archeological site

Prussian Blue, my darlings.

Prussian blue in London

The Back Story.

During London’s Fashion Week last month, The Sartorialist kept running into this gold and blue combo. It was noteworthy because of its pervasiveness and specificity. He wondered what name might be given that shade of blue. Oh come now, Mr. Schuman. That’s Prussian blue, don’t you know. He got some 450 or so reply comments, half of them calling “teal” on that critter. Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. There were a few throwing their chips in with “petroleum” or “petrol blue,” but I say that’s just a new word for Prussian blue reflecting our early 21st century sensibilities and lived realities.

Prussian blue. Easy call. Pats on the head to all the respondents who got it right after the initial mad cries of “Teal!”

Later in Milan, hints of the schema could be seen poking through the Prada line, and in Paris, Hermes tried it on for size.

Here’s a go of the street version (as was seen doing its organic thing in London) for us kids in the cheap seats in Second Life.

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The Goods.

  • Hair: Dura – Valentine’s Day Group Gift – 0L
  • Skin: Mother Goose’s – Hena – 0L (lucky board)
  • Scarf: Mr.Poet – Wide Scarf, color changeable – 0L
  • Coat: Fir & MNA – Duffle Coat – former hunt item
  • Sweater: Young Urban [YU] – Lloyd sweater – past hunt item
  • Skirt: e! – Bronx skirt in blue – 95L
  • Shopping bag: Cariocca – Recycle bag – 0L (but damned if I can find it…)
  • Leggings: BRB – Cold Fawn – past hunt item
  • Boots: G.Field (*GF*) – Emma short belt boots in brown – 180L
  • Location: London

Color indicates item still available at this price as of posting.

Thinking ‘back’ to Spring 2011.

60s redux
Forward and back again.

The Back Story.

During the Fall Fashion Weeks – that would be those held this past fall – when the houses showed their Spring 2011 lines, we saw some unambiguous references to the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mad Men was blamed, which seems reasonable enough. They say that economic hard times drive the hems downward, too, but “they” have been saying that so incessantly that I’m not sure the designers aren’t consciously deciding to push south of the knee just because they’re ‘supposed to’. The houses did not seem quite so narrowly focused on that 1958-1964 time slot in their Fall 2011 lines, but the hems are almost universally to the knee if not lower.

I’ve been wanting to blog this little dress from Shiki, and searched through the style files of the Spring 2011 lines for something I could mimic with it. That’s doing it backwards, I suppose, and I wasn’t all that successful except for the early 60’s reference. I could swear my grandmother had this exact same outfit. I may not have a direct reference here, but I wasn’t too far off the mark X’ed by Dries Van Noten.

The Goods.

  • Hair: Dura – Naoka – 0L (in-store hunt item)
  • Skin: &Bean – Old Bones, Iblewc3po rosy – past hunt item
  • Jacket: S@bbia – 2nd Anniverary Gift – 0L (group gift)
  • Dress: Shiki – Garden – 0L (August ’09 group gift)
  • Bracelet: Bubblez Designs – LH EastWest outfit – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Shiny Things – Delphine pumps in gold – 0L (subscriber gift)
  • Location: Chinese Bamboo Garden

Color indicates item is still available at this price as of posting date.