SL fashion and photography blogger Strawberry Singh routinely shares (and even starts) some of the most interesting blogger challenges and blogging memes that circulate in the Second Life community. Last weekend she got the ball rolling on yet another inspiring challenge, but this one looks like it will be producing much more than just eye-candy...
If you're eager to take a piece of materials-enabled mesh fashion for a spin in Second Life, FATEwear is a brand worth paying attention to. Designer Damien Fate has been sharing some of his experiments with SL's Materials Project Viewer (I wrote about one of these early demonstrations/tests here), and last week he announced that his upcoming releases, starting with the supremely sexy men's swim trunks shown above, would include materials-ready versions for those interested in trying them out.
Whether you enjoy decking your avatar out in historical fashion or you just like keeping a stock of fantasy-chic items on hand, Siyu Suen's latest release at Illusions should be of great interest to you. Siyu's just come out with two mesh headdresses (French Hoods, to be precise) which until now have been surprisingly hard to find in Second Life. They're a staple of Tudor-inspired costuming, but I bet even a particularly inventive Gothic Lolita fashionista could make these pieces work, especially with all the different scripted color and styling options available.
Siyu has had a very high output lately as she's been working on a series of commissions, including these hoods, most of which are also being released at her shop. Her Plurk feed has been full of tantalizing sneak peeks of the gorgeous work that's still to come, so anyone with an eye for the unusual should be paying close attention to Illusions in the weeks to come. You can pick up the french hoods (and much more) there right now [SLURL] [SL Marketplace].
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:
The 8th might be my favorite date, because that's when Collabor88 throws open its doors for a new round of cleverly themed shopping every month. Collabor88 May will be open to the public this Wednesday, but many creators are already teasing what they'll have on offer for this round's Rain or Shine theme. Keep reading to see what's in store!
Today I want to write about something I've been wrestling with for a few weeks, a new MMO for mature audiences that makes me feel very... conflicted. I'm not quite sure where I stand when it comes to Aeria Games' Scarlet Blade. So far most of the coverage of this game has either focussed on how appalling the avatars are or how awesome they are, but few people have tried to engage with it beyond that. The avatars certainly are... something else... but they're barely the tip of the iceberg.
I played Scarlet Blade for the first time a few weeks ago, and since then I've been struggling to form a solid opinion about it. I feel almost guilty about my continued ambivalence. There are a lot of reasons to hate Scarlet Blade... So why don't I? (NSFW)
If you've ever wanted to know the difference between a pleat and a pintuck, there's a new project by a group of experienced SL fashion bloggers that might be worth your time. The A to Z of Fashion Writing, a blog spearheaded by Cajsa Lilliehook among others, aims to inform fellow fashionistas and bloggers alike with illustrated lessons on crucial fashion vocabulary. Why is a solid fashion vocab so vital even when all the items in question are virtual? Well...
It occurred to me that it's been a rather long time since Iris Ophelia has made a real appearance on NWN. Obviously I'm here and writing regularly, but the focus of that writing has broadened a lot, and doesn't include big beautiful shots of my SL avatar as often as it used to. But of course Iris is still around off-stage, and still dressed impeccably.
So to make sure the fashionistas in the audience are still getting their fix, today I'm presenting the state of my avatar. Hint: Her state is pretty damn kawaii, even more than usual. Keep reading for full details!