SL Mesh Head Neck & Neck With Black Desert Faces

Black Desert's avatar customization system definitely seems impressive, but I gotta say, the latest user-made mesh-based heads in Second Life are giving it a run for its virtual money:

Video demo via Strawberry, who has the details on her blog. Too bad this level of customization is only going to be available to established SLers who know where to get their heads.

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Oscar-Themed Avatar Fashion Contest With L$50K in Prizes

Second Life Oscars

Harper Ganesvoort's 7th annual Oscar-themed Second Life avatar fashion photo contest is open for submissions, with a total of L$50,000 in prizes for the best pics. You can see the entries so far on this Flickr page.

I would like to feature some entries here on New World Notes, so post your entry links in Comments. Bonus points if your avatar is dressed in Mad Max: Fury Road-themed formal wear and/or calls out the #Oscarsowhite controversy. Because far as I'm concerned, that was the only truly great movie that's been nominated, and the racism flare-up is the only thing worth watching the Oscars for. (But that's just me, or maybe not.)

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Would You Love to Be Above the Virtual Sea in a Chair Held Aloft by Balloons?

SL fashion balloon

Of course you would, of course you would. Let Casja show you how.

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Battle Scars: Fashion SL Fashion Blog & WindLight Resource

Battlescars SL fashion windlight resource blog

Battle Scars from Jay Tedder Murs is a spectacular fashion blog, full of creatively composed and beautifully lit fashion spreads with an emphasis on male fashion, but that's just the start. As Cajsa Lilliehook tells me, "You can download his WindLights.Easiest to follow the tag Battle Scars:Windlight."

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There's 1,680 Second Life Blogs... Almost All About Fashion

Second Life Blogs

Via occasional NWN-contributor Canary Beck, this impressive summary of the SL ecosystem:

I’ve charted our most recent Blogging Second Life statistics and can share that 86.8% focus on Second Life fashion. The total number of blogs in the list are 1,680...Long-term readers of this SL Blogger Support may recall seeing similar numbers in March 2015, which showed similar proportions. At that time, nearly 87% of Second Life blogs in our database were about fashion, with 1,308 blogs listed at the time.

Not sure all of them are still monthly active SL blogs (i.e. with at least one new post in the last month), but that's a staggering number. Also, back in 2009, here's how many SL blogs were counted:

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How to Add a Moon & Planets to Your Second Life

SL Moon Planet fashion

Brie Wonder has a new series of stylish fashion shots which have a special something in the background: The fricking Moon. She bought the Moon from the SL Marketplace, which is being sold by a studio called Landscapes Unlimited, and these heavenly bodies come with all kinds of features:

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Interesting Potatoes is an Artfully Ironic SL Fashion Blog

SL fashion blog Interesting Potatos

Interesting Potatoes by "littabit" is among the most artful Second Life fashion blogs I've ever seen, full of wry imagery and ironic juxtapositions and commentary. It's still an SL fashion blog, with links to all the items featured in each pic, but just about each pic could also be bought, framed, and sold in a Highland Park hipster art boutique. Go here to peruse.

(Much thanks to Jessica Pixel for the tip.)

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Realistic Second Life Fashion Shoot Like an Indie Movie

Second Life realistic fashion blog

I love this new SL fashion blog post by Brie Wonder and I'll tell you why: Where most SL fashion tends toward the fantastic or at least idealized (which is fine, but can get to be monotonous), Brie devotes her talents to creating a moment that could be taken from an indie movie, one of those slovenly types where twentysomethings slum it in shabby apartments, yet somehow still seem glam. Note the slouchy postures, the old couch. Morbidly ironic t-shirts. Emo expressions! Discarded juice bottles!

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Artful Second Fashion Blog Token Chic Returns!

SL Fashion Blog token chic

Token Chic is an excellent SL fashion blog by Ms. Brie Wonder which has been defunct for some years, but now it's back and beautiful. Here's what I wrote about it back in 2011:

She makes the metaverse seem like a series of American Realist studies. You could seriously take just about any one of her pics, print and frame it, and have yourself some fine art on the wall. 

As for Ms. Wonder, here's where she's been, and what she's noticed since coming back to SL:

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How to Succeed as a Second Life Fashion Designer: Advice from NWN Partner Xme Xue of Ample Avi

Ample Avi Second Life Full Shapes

Ample Avi has been a popular Second Life avatar shape/fashion brand for many years, with a large presence on the SL Marketplace and in-world (map location here, Destination Guide listing here). And since Ample is also a proud sponsoring partner of New World Notes, I asked the founder and CEO, Xme Xue, to share some secrets to creating a successful avatar enhancement business.

Ms. Xue makes about 85% of her real life living through her Second Life creations. ("I have a part-time job," she adds, "which I do from my home, and I keep that job as my safety net.") She works hard for her Lindens, to be sure: "You can find me in Second Life a good 40-plus hours each week," she tells me, 'but the 'plus' part is often the rule, rather than the exception." And notably, in contrast to the popularity of mesh-based creation, with Ample avatar shapes, "Everything is done in-world, using SL-provided tools."

After the break, Xme's tips for SL fashion/avatar creators:

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