State of the Av: The Virtual Future's So Bright, I Need to Wear Cybershades
Janine "Iris Ophelia" Hawkins' ongoing review of gaming and virtual world style
This month an item I'd been waiting ages to get finally came out. Even better, something I didn't even know I needed came out alongside it... Lucky me, the pair happen to coordinate perfectly together. I've mixed them in with some oldies-but-goodies for my SL avatar's current look, so here's the full breakdown:
ContraptioN's Meltdown Shades were an unexpected find at this month's round at Collabor88 [SLURL]. They offer a unique perspective on the "Rain or Shine" theme of the event to say the least. These pulp-futuristic glasses come in both yellow and light blue, and are phenomenally detailed. They're just so damn cool. Anyone with sci-fi leanings would have to be crazy not to snap these up before they're gone at the end of the month.
The Paneled Patent Dress from Leverocci is absolutely one of the best items at this month's FaMESHed, a showcase of new and original mesh designs [SLURL]. I've been drooling over preview pics of this dress on designer Jin Elfan's Plurk for what feels like ages. Even though it's supposed to be patent leather, when I look at it i can't help but see metal panels instead. It looks like something you'd expect to see on a Janelle Monae album cover. It's just an extraordinarily structured piece by a very talented digital designer.
I finished this outfit with Truth's relatively recent Crys hairstyle [SLURL] [SL Marketplace] modified to add a slight metallic shine, Curio Obscura's high-detail Clockwork Automaton Lady skin in black [SLURL] [SL Marketplace], and Pink Fuel's INK Lipgloss tattoo layers [SLURL] [SL Marketplace]. It's all downright cyberchic.
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Iris Ophelia (@bleatingheart, 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.