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Iris Ophelia's Fashion Top Ten for Spring

Gazes_2
Iris wears her Gritty Kitty locks

Exclusive to NWN, the elegant fashionista selects and models her favorite fashions for the season

While I look out my window and see nothing but rain and things which were once snow banks but are now mounds of crusted, coral-like sand, I know that somewhere in the world, Spring is a lot prettier. A new season for nature, and a new season for fashion are upon us, and I'€™ve kept my inventory neatly organized throughout the past month so that I could share my top ten picks for Spring with you. As per my last list, the items are organized by store name. However, this time I will be listing where to get everything else shown in the images, for the sake of your sanity... and my IM cap.

Nylon

Nylon Outfitters: 2007 Skins
Bright but subtle, detailed but handpainted, Nylon Pinkney's skins are really unique, and with her 2007 skins, even those who don't like the handpainted look have no excuse not to get them. They're as fresh and fabulous as any skin in SL, each one an absolute work of art. Period. [Shown: Skin from Nylon Outfitters, Eyes from Sin Skins, Hair from Kin'€™s Boutique, Dress from Paper Couture, Necklace from Last Call]

Bonbon_2

BonBon: Feather Pendant set
Pearlie Pedro sprang on us last month with a small release of whimsically styled earring and necklace sets. Feather'€™s the most versatile out of her initial releases, coming in silver and gold versions.Pendants on long chains are becoming increasingly popular, but can be problematic depending on the wearer’s shape. No such problems here. The careful placement of every little frond is intense, and I pray that Pearlie is with us for the long-haul. [Shown: Skin from Naughty Designs, Hair from ETD, Dress from Pixel Dolls, Necklace and Earrings from BonBon]

Chicboutique

Chic Boutique: Golden Goddess Dress
I walk into Chic Boutique and shiver. The attention to detail in every piece makes my mouth water. Unfortunately, Chic Boutique was mostly lingerie and bikinis, neither of which I wear all that often. Was. CB'€™s proprietress, Arielle Ceres, recently released a handful of intensely intricate dresses. The one unfortunately unavoidable problem with these mouth-watering pieces of raw style is that the skirts suffer a little from alpha flutter (when two alpha/transparently cut textures overlap and they fight over which one should appear on top.) However, a little flutter should not be enough to keep anyone out of these brilliant dresses. [Shown: Skin from Last Call, Hair from Naughty Designs, Dress from Chic Boutique]

Deviantkitties

Deviant Kitties: New Skin Line
Helyanwe Vindaloo'€™s hair has long been a minor fetish of mine, specifically for her exclusive punk-tipped textures. Formerly sharing Curious Kitties space with Ameshin Yossarian, Helyanwe broke off on her own to open the Deviant Kitties sim, and released a flood of new products to compliment it. While the body shading on her previous skins may have fallen a little short of the competition, this season she’s upped the ante. Her new makeup designs would be hard to find elsewhere (pictured is Ice); not for the faint of heart, nor for the typical fashionista, but definitely a hot line. [Shown: Skin from Deviant Kitties, Manicure from Last Call, Eyes and Lashes from Celestial Studios, Hair from Lash, Dress from Pixel Dolls]

Grittykitty_2

Gritty Kitty: Aoi Hair
This release is likely to appeal more to fans of Deviant Kitties skins, and it'€™s a good reminder that if anyone implies a season in fashion will have one distinct look (especially in SL), they'€™re either lying or ignorant. Noam Sprocket (whose last name I keep accidentally replacing with Chomsky out of awkward habit) has been getting his paws wet in the world of unisex prim hair, and Aoi'€™s got to be his most aesthetically satisfying one to date. A pulled-back top, along with eartails on each side, Noam'€™s demonstrating that he's got the claws to tangle with the top toms of SL prim hair design. [Shown: Skin from Last Call, Eyes and Lashes from Celestial Studios, Hair from Gritty Kitty, Sweater from Gearshift, Undershirt from Renegade]

Lf

LF: Strict Jeans and Revamped BioHazard Sweaters
Prim-leg pants are becoming more and more common... Though relatively speaking they are still pretty rare. Well if you remember my last top 10 list, I mention how much I missed Launa Fauna'€™s presence in Second Life. She represents a certain edginess, without straying too far from casual, and she's back, releasing new items like the Strict Jeans, and redoing classics like the BioHazard sweaters. The jeans come in a boot version, as well as having sets of prims for flat shoes and for heels. The difference, if you’re wondering, is all in how it sits on the calves. Launa'€™s using prims cleverly in the revamped sweaters as well, creating a slouching cuff that falls low on the wrist without being on a skin-tight glove layer. It's the little elements like these prims that can really set an outfit apart. [Shown: Skin and Hair from Naughty Designs, Sweater and Jeans from LF, Shoes from Shiny Things]

Papercouture

Paper Couture: Spring 2007 Shoes and Accessories
Paper Couture releases seasonally, so naturally they would earn a mention here. While their clothes are fabulous, the mention is actually for their shoes and accessories. Shown are the Lierre ankle wrap sandals, and the lilium drops earrings. I'm officially calling out for more ankle-wrapped shoes this year, as I just can'€™t get enough of Lierre. Every season, the Paper Couture accessories and shoes get better and better, and I’m already itching to see what summer brings. [Shown: Skin from Naughty Designs, Shoes and Earrings from Paper Couture]

Pixeldolls

Pixel Dolls: Aire Dress
This dress came out with a release of several dresses, including salsa and slip dresses that have been hogging the spotlight. I'€™m here to shine a little of that glow on Aire, a sweet, short little dress with a daring collar, poofy princess sleeves, and adorable printed white wings on the back. It'€™s breezy, it'€™s fun, it'€™s what spring is all about. [Shown: Skin from Naughty Designs, Hair from Fetish, Dress from Pixel Dolls, Necklace from BonBon, Shoes from Last Call]

Renown

Renown: Plain Sexy Button-Down Shirts
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Renown. The shirts there (made by Jesseaitui Petion) are typically clever and well made, featuring designs ranging from meta-emo to Shakespearean. That'€™s quite a range. But, those are for the guys. The women'€™s shirt selection is negligible by comparison. Normally, I can sneak around this... But Jesse'€™s a little more hardcore about the pectoral shading than many designers of male clothing in SL. True, I have a male avatar (good old Siris), but it is a real mark of how much I love this barely buttoned shirt that I can completely ignore how unflattering it is to my female avatar'€™s bustline, and wear it for days straight. Still... We'€™ll chalk this up as a Spring pick for the gentlemen. [Shown: Skin from Canimal, Eyes from Sin Skins, Hair from Fetish, Shirt from Renown, Necklace from Refuge]

Vamp

Last Call: Boardroom Bish Stilettos
Why no love for mock-croc, Second Life? Crocodile skin is a pretty elusive shoe texture, and it can be hard to pull off. No reptiles were harmed in making Lyra Muse'€™s divine Boardroom Bish stilettoes, which feature vibrantly coloured croc-skin textures and golden accents, and more than their fair share of attitude. [Shown: Shoes from Last Call]

My list only has 10 spots, and there were a lot more great releases worth sharing, so as always, I'd love to hear your picks for Spring '€˜07. What will you be wearing?

Gazedeux

All images by Iris Ophelia.  Visit her pose store, Orchidee-- direct teleport here.  And read more from Iris at her blog.

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