Iris Ophelia's ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style
- Brand name: Maitreya
- [SL Marketplace]
- Estimated average item price: L$550
- Brand owner: Onyx LeShelle
It's finally time to share the brand that received the most nominations from NWN readers, and it's no surprise that it's one of the older and more highly regarded brands of the Second Life fashion world. Maitreya's original store was little more than a box with an emphasis on animated modeling poses (which were quite novel at the time), but they quickly branched out into clothing, shoes, accessories and even hair. These days Maitreya is well known for their stunningly realistic shoes and feet, as well as their mesh and sculpted clothing, with an emphasis on the kind of glamour and style you'd find in the glossy pages of a magazine like Vogue.
The dress I'm wearing in the picture above is called Frenzy, and it would be a perfect choice for a virtual New Years Eve party, especially when paired with the sleek Liaison stilettos shown on the right (also from Maitreya). This dress comes in about a dozen different colors, but I've picked black with golden glitter for a fairly traditional New Years look. Whether you're building a last minute party outfit or just looking for something fresh to wear in 2013, be sure to swing by Maitreya!
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.