Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of virtual world and MMO fashion
Believe it or not, but before I was an SL fashionista, I was an SL mermaid* (see below), so mermaid avatars have always held a special place in my heart and my digital wardrobe. Naturally, these mesh mermaid avatars from FATEbecome [Click here to teleport to FATEbecome at TenFifteen] were an easy choice to start a series of short Halloween costume-inspired articles that I'll be writing over the next couple weeks (featuring both mesh and non-mesh items, I promise!)
Mermaid avatars are one of the biggest reasons I was excited about mesh from the very beginning. Traditionally SL mermaid tails have either involved bulky skirt layers and/or awkward prims to try and cover up the joined legs, so seamlessness was essentially impossible. These mesh mermaids, created by Damien Fate of Loco Pocos (and Linden library) fame, are everything that Second Life mermaids couldn't be before now. Sold in color matching sets, you can wear the avatar complete with upper body and hair as pictured on the right, or you can wear elements like the tail separately with your own avatar as pictured above. Also shown in the above look is a skin from Nuuna and a mesh hairstyle by Alice Project which are both available at the 4.44.444 event [Click here to teleport to 4.44.444] for a limited time, along with tattoo lipstick from Pink Fuel.
Thankfully I didn't even have to modify my shape at all to fit this tail, but your mileage may vary, so always demo mesh items first. If you don't want to (or can't) change your own shape, there is a fitted shape included, as well as a complete AO. You can even wear the hair separately (though it's also available sans fins at FATEbecome if you're not interested in the deep sea look.) Either way, be sure to check this avatar out, along with FATEbecome's latest gruesome mesh zombie bits! Click here to teleport to FATEbecome or visit them on the Marketplace!
* Oh, you're wondering about my early life as an SL mermaid? Well, I once met a store owner who built an aquarium in their shop for me to sit in. It was weird. Especially because it was like a goth/vampire store, with a big tank in the middle. Yes, I was a goth mermaid.
Iris Ophelia (Janine Hawkins IRL) has been featured in the New York Times and has spoken about SL-based design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and with pop culture/fashion maven Johanna Blakley.