Get Stylish at SL's Festival of Sin, Fashion Inspired by the 7 Deadlies
Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of virtual world and MMO fashion
Second Life's first Festival of Sin [Click here to teleport to Festival of Sin in DIABLO], an event built around the seven deadly sins, opened last week, and I have to admit that this full-sim fashion fair took me by surprise. As much as I love themed events, I was a little skeptical of this one, and I'll tell you why:
When you think of lust, envy, and the other deadly sins, you immediately associate very clear images, ideas, and even colors. Those images and ideas will probably be very similar to the ones in my head, or the ones in someone else's. There are a lot of clichés so strongly associated with the seven deadly sins that I was expecting to be disappointed by the sin-inspired festival exclusives. But to my surprise, there are quite a few designers at this event who proved me very wrong...
So naturally I had to share! Keep reading for the details of my sinfully stylish ensemble...
- I was ready to skip the Lust section of the festival altogether (Second Life hardly needs a festival to inspire lust-related designs, right?) but this hairstyle, Summertime Sadness from Tiny Bird, stopped me in my tracks. This brand is the pet project of Autumn Hykova, although it's no longer active outside of special events like this. I was thrilled to see it reappear however briefly since Autumn's hairstyles are usually punchy yet romantic, and always absolute must-haves.
- The Sloth section of the festival yielded these chic mesh Boudoir mules from lassitude & ennui. These are a dramatically remade homage to a pair of mule pumps she released years and years (and years!) ago. Needless to say, mesh has been far kinder to these sweet slip-ons than plain prims ever were!
- In the Vanity section, I came across a brand I've never noticed before, and who absolutely stole the show in my eyes. I'm wearing both the Empress top and the Preen pants from Happy, a shop that lured me in with a plethora of creamy pastels, delicate lace, and delicate accents like the subtle fleur-de-lis cuff-links on this blouse. Although the textures themselves aren't quite as detailed as they could be, the items I picked up at Happy are easily my favourites from the whole event.
Obviously there's tons more to see at the festival, so be sure to scope it out before it closes on March 3rd. The sim is Adult rated for reasons that shouldn't be too hard to guess, which means that if your avatar isn't age verified you won't be able to get to the doorstep. Be sure to strip off any potentially scripted prims, including hairstyles and HUDs to make it past the script-counting entrance barriers as well. It may seem like a lot of work just to go shopping, but the unique items (and minimally laggy environment) make it well worth the trouble.
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.