Find Ultra Unique Art-Inspired Fashion at SL's EPOCH-Legend Event
Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of virtual world and MMO fashion
Although I cover a lot of fashion and shopping events on this blog, nothing has caught my eye quite as much as EPOCH-Legend in a long time. This event is broken up into three themed areas (Beast, Clowning, and Art of Escher), which all hosted on different standalone sims and connected by a central hub-- a gorgeous mesh cafe-- with thematic portals to each area. 50 designers have leant their names and their styles to these three wildly different themes, and have produced tons of artistically inspired items as playful as they are chic.
So have I caught your fancy yet? Keep reading for my favorite finds from EPOCH!
My top picture (aside from being the best picture of Iris Ophelia ever!) features items mostly from Clowning, the most bubbly and colorful tier of the event. On the left I'm wearing the whimsical Groucho mask by Anya Ohmai of Ohmai, one of Sopha Portal's sweetly clownish Pierr skins from MY UGLYDOROTHY, and My Fun Sweater from House of Fox by Fashionboi Landar. Even thought this jacket isn't my usual style, it's so sharply made that I snapped it up anyway. Unfortunately the torso part looks quite snug on my avatar-- it just barely fits and it can only be repositioned, not stretched or altered. Cute as this top is, you may want to avoid it if you aren't a little more petite than me.
On the right, I'm wearing the Baby Brown Fox Mask by Brutus Martinek of PIDIDDLE (from the Beast section), as well as the very smart Vest and shirt set from iruco, by iru Yebut. This is a new-to-me brand I'm sorry to say, but I'm always on the lookout for ultra-suave menswear like this-- and the neck-tie is too cute for words!
Without a doubt, Nylon Pinkney's Air and Water Dress (inspired by the print of the same name) steals the show in the Art of Escher section. Shown on the far left above, this dress has a beautiful and bold design of fish transitioning into birds, borrowed from M.C. Escher, along with ruffled sleeves and a sash all done in Nylon's recognizable handpainted style. I've occasionally harped on the prevalence of seams in some of her designs before, but this dress is absolutely flawless, side to side and top to bottom... Although some prim ruffles on the shoulders rather than just the texturing would have been a nice touch as well.
Not far from Air and Water you can find the deliciously detailed Relativity Ring (shown in the middle) by Nylon's RL sister, Polyester Partridge of Yummy, a must-have statement ring for art afficionados. Nearby there are also plenty of elements for slightly less conservative Escher-inspired outfits, like the Metamorphosis Minidress by Vintage McMillan of epoque and the Escher Shear Tights by Harry Hyx of ISON, shown together on the far right.
Meanwhile back in Clowning, I couldn't bear not to share this adorable pose prop set, HPMD's Pop-Up Book by Sasaya Kayo. It's a bit pricey, but it comes with three separate book sets in several different sized and prim counts, and is easily the most adorable photography prop that I've come across recently. This set would be especially cute with a doll avatar, or even a little Alice or Christopher Robin! I'm wearing the Glitter Harlequin Mini Dress by the phenomenally talented Mesh designer suetabulous Yootz of BeetleBones, also foudn in Clowning.
You can learn more about the event and the participating designers on the EPOCH-Legend website, or take a look at event organizer and designer Anya Ohmai's latest lookbook posts and stunning SL photography inspired by EPOCH. And, of course, be sure to visit EPOCH before it ends on March 11th.
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.