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.

52 Weeks - Umber

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
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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.

Fendi colors. Milan Fashion Week.

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Gots to find me a hotel.

The Back Story.

I was following The Sartorialist‘s feedback on Milan’s Fashion Week featuring the Fall 2011 lines. Scott Shuman, the Sartorialist, largely has a mission to shoot street style, focusing his camera on the way people wear fashion on the street in their everyday lives, as opposed to loping, strutting or scissor-walking down the runway. Mind you, those folk he photographs on the streets are dapper dandies of the first water, not schlumps shuffling around in pajama pants and Uggs because they’re too poor, too depressed and/or too unimaginative to give their daily attire much thought. No, these are people with very refined aesthetic sensibilities, and many of them are employed in the couture fashion industry in one way or another. Shumann aims to capture people as designers might see them, he explains, but it’s something of a closed little world he’s operating in; fashion industry workers absorb the design house trends and the designers reabsorb their own creations as interpreted by the very people who work with and for them in one great, closed corporate feedback loop.

But I digress. My intention here is to virtually interpret the potential street interpretation of the couture lines, and I’m starting with the Fendi/Karl Lagerfeld collaboration, dubbed “the winner” of the week by the New York Times. On the face of it, it’s one great pile of neutrals with skirts longer than I’ve seen in quite some time. The Sartorialist, however, zeroed in on the use of color pops in that vast sea of navy and gray, taupe, brown, beige and black. He says that we, too, us plebes on the streets, could use that as inspiration without having to plunk down the moola it would take to really wrap ourselves in Kaiser Karl’s robes of state. Agreed. When reaching for the accessories to top off your plain brown tweedy skirt, reach for some orange tights, your yellowest shoes and maybe throw on a Prussian blue sweater. My look here is a little more quiet than that, and the hemline of this lenin romper far too short, but it gets more or less into the spirit of things.

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Alas, as you can see, I hit Paris on my way to Milan, and it was kind of late, so I just stopped there. I guess when I pick a look or two to interpret from the Paris shows, I’ll catch a train down to Milan for my little photoshoot.

The Goods.

A quick word on rompers; like shoes with heels over three inches, they are something quite wearable in the metaverse that’s quite the pain in the kazoo in RL. I suspect the fashion houses are ready to move on from the romper thing of recent seasons, but the onesie theme may be with us for some time yet to come in SL.

Techie Note.

I had to move and rotate the leg prims of the rompers around a bit to make them sit right, and there are still bits poking out when standing in certain positions seen from certain angles. Skinny-ing your legs way down might help (as if mine here aren’t pushing too skinny already), but who wants the woman with the skinny legs?