Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style
When I saw an in-progress picture of this new serpentine style on Plurk, I knew that I absolutely had to go to the The Ego Co.'s Costume Ball event [SLURL] where it was going to be available. It's not hard to get my attention with a release when it has to do with myths, fairytales, and fables, and I felt like we were long overdue for a realistic and detailed Medusa-style wig, so I snapped this up in a heartbeat.
This gem was made by Daphne Klossovsky for her brand, HANDverk [SLURL] [SL Marketplace], where she releases a pretty eclectic assortment of products. Her usual work doesn't cut any corners, so the quality of this Medusa 'do does not disappoint. Let's take a closer look:
I think the only way this style could be any better is if every snake could hiss and wriggle on its own, but that's still a far from realistic idea given what we can and can't do in SL right now. I do wish it came with a hairbase that would show a smooth transition between scales and skin, but since most of the snakes are posed and folded in such a way that you can't see where they presumably connect to the scalp (are you grossed out yet?) it's not really necessary. More to the point, highly detailed hairbases like that can be hard as hell to create, and often a lot more trouble than their worth, so I'm not willing to hold it against HANDverk's handywork.
For what's possible (and practical) in Second Life, I'd even say this hair is perfect. Perfect-adjacent at the very least. It comes in a bunch of different colors depending on the variety of snake you prefer, though they are plain colors, so if you want long lustrous locks made of coral snakes you're out of luck for now. Each color also comes with different eye variations for the snakes, ranging from realistic to downright demonic. I've opted for yellow to match my avatar's eyes this time.
I'm wearing this piece with Gauze's Sin Eyes, which glow and smoulder in a sinister and captivating manner that seems quite appropriate for a character like Medusa, all things considered. These eyes come in several different colors and are stunning in action, so if you're a fan of supernatural or monstrous avatars, I'd highly recommend picking up a pair.
The Costume Ball is a Halloween themed event, so the deadline to drop in isn't far away. Be sure to visit for this and loads of other goodies while you still can!Tweet
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.