In the world of fashion, people are always looking for new and fresh.  Often times it is found with the discovery of a new talented designer, which causes us to constantly search for unheralded names.   But the truly talented continue to turn out fresh ideas regularly.  In our quest for new we shouldn’t make the mistake of ignoring those we already know and one to whom we need always pay attention is Sissy Pessoa of Baiastice.  Sissy has been around the Second Life fashion scene for a number of years and over that time has been on of the leaders in creativity and talent.  Besides her constant innovations in clothing of many styles, she has also branched into other areas including skins, lingerie, shoes, lashes and nails.  Below are several outfits recently available and photographed at various locations around the Costa Rica Sims where a Baiastice store is also located.  All are shown with Baiastice skins as well.

This first couture ensemble, above, is the BlackAndrea dress, perfect for admiring the art works at the Criss Museum of Contemporary Art in Alajuela.  The strapless bodice and knee-length pencil skirt form a classy and feminine silhouette.  The hat adds a modern flair while the included gloves and stockings are keeping with the classic feel.  The skin here is Baiastice_D. Casting-Peach-make up 10 BK.  The look is completed with Laqroki Cutie hair in black, Stiletto Moody Pinups in Black Patent Python and Necklace No 128 [small] and Earrings No 127 in silver from Kraftika.

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Aradhana Voight, owner of Mashooka Designs, continues to expand her offerings at a rapid pace.  As anyone who frequents her store knows, Mashooka Designs carries not only the authentic Indian styles it is famous for, but also casual and formal lines as well.  This past week, Aradhana added a range of new items, each available in a selection of wonderful colors.  Jewelry is an important aspect of Indian dress and Aradhana hasn’t ignored this fact.  She has also added to her ever-growing selection of Indian styled jewelry with a new release this week. 

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This casual look, above, combines the Gilet dress in metallic blue with the Tristin blouse in darkrose.  This dress, shown with the flexi A-line skirt option, can also be worn with a non-flex pencil skirt of the same length.  The Tristin blouse features semitransparent wrist cuffs and multiple layers.  Both the dress and blouse are wonderfully textured for realism.  The Gilet dress is also available in black, bordeaux, lilac and moss while the Tristin blouse also comes in beige, blue, light blue, ocean and red.  For a more daring look the dress can be worn alone with the wide shoulder straps offering just enough coverage.  Also worn for this photo is C’est si bon hair with hat from Vanity Hair and a Donnarama Gloss peach skin with make up 4 BK from Baiastice.

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Aradhana Voight of Mashooka Designs is possibly best know for her fantastic and authentic Indian designs, but regular shoppers at her store know that she does much more.  Recently, she released a new spring line.  This new line is a wonderful mix of Indian and Western styles, covering the full gamut from casual to formal. Texturing in Second Life clothing design has reallyadvanced over recent weeks, in the amount of detail and true to life shading, and Aradhana is keeping right up with the state of the art.  This level of quality combined with her sense of style and the wonderful color pallette she uses, makes for a truely exciting spring selection.

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Pictured above are a couple of variations of the Linda denim skirt paired with the new Indian Summer Tunic.   The tunic comes with a number of options, just a couple of which are seen here.  The base top has the long and short sleeve versions on both the shirt and jacket layer and can be worn alone for a tight fit, or with one of the optional prim attachemnts for a looser fit.  Included is a prim collar and sculpty-prim puff sleeves (not pictured) as additional options.  Besides the Pink and Beige shown here, other colors available are Green, Lime, Red and Sea.  Both lengths of the Linda skirt are available in various denim shades.  

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Second Life has a wealth of talented designers and many of us seek out those that have a penchant for creativity and quality. Naturally, this leads to duplication of items in the wardrobes of discriminating fashionistas. Accessorizing and mixing parts of various outfits is often done to retain some amount of uniqueness so we don’t suffer that embarrassment of being caught somewhere dressed identically to another. This is a real life concern as well, but is exacerbated here because one size fits just about all in Second Life. Some designers help address this issue by offering options when you buy their designs. Jamie Holmer of INDI Designs is one such designer. Her outfits are generally complete, right down to the underwear, but often offer the wearer a myriad of choices. The fact that she produces clothes of excellent quality and exceptional creativity suggests that INDI Designs is a place well worth looking in to. Styles available range widely, from casual, including grunge and punk, to fantasy inspired designs. The few items presented below will hopefully demonstrate all these points.

The outfit called Kaylin is a casual set with torn jeans and denim jacket. The texture details of the denim are very realistic with natural looking tears in the fabric. The included top comes in four versions, black and red in both sleeved and sleeveless styles. Demonstrating the thought that goes into these clothes, the jacket is designed in two versions. One with the collar folded down as part of the texture and one that has no collar as part of the texture, which is meant to be worn with one of two different upturned prim collars. The prim tam hat and three sizes of prim belts are included. A set of red bra, panties and stockings make the outfit complete. Also available separately are matching sculpty shoes or boots. The Nobile shoes have both plain and riveted versions.

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While browsing through the long stream of posts on Fashion Planet an outfit caught my eye. It’s not an outfit that exactly depicts what would usually catch my, but this outfit is a true necessity. The outfit, DE Chardonnay, is one of those items that sure, it’s very casual and I won’t patronise anyone by saying it’s a totally original design, but it is a design that works. I can see myself wearing this outfit, aswell as individual items from these outfits, ALOT. I can’t give an example as I can’t think of one, but some items in Second Life are just able to be used frequently to show alot of different looks, or even variations of one look; your look. You get various options and layers and I have to honestly say these outfits are currently one of my favourites within SL. You get two tight options, both of which are the only tights in SL I have enjoyed wearing to date.

DE Chardonnay Kiwi and DE Chardonnay Tan

DoC Eldritch, the creative and inovative designer behind all of the outfits in this post and the DE Designs brand, has a wide selection of items from casual to formal, sexy and wild and pure genius outfits, that like I have previously said, you will use alot. He hasn’t stopped at female clothing and items though, half of his large mainstore is occupied by male clothes and he promises atleast one new release every week.

DE Tango Oasis-Tan and DE Tango Oasis-Grey/White

These next two items are the perfect Summer-fun outfits. You get 3 trouser options: full length, capri and hot pant shorts (ow, ow). I chose to compliment both of these outfits with 1 bold colour. For the tan outfit I chose pink; a pink necklace, pink wedge-heels, pink make-up – and for the grey/white outfit I chose red; red bow, red lips, red bangle. These outfits can be both cute and adorable, as well as sexy mamma hot!

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I chose to show this outfit, as even though it isn’t one of DoC’s recent releases, it shows his versatility in design and his ability to maintain quality of design and detail. Both the front and back of this dress is well detailed and the quality is fantastic. The colour he chose to create this dress, the only available colour, I think was well chosen. The shades of gradient gold in the dress are so beautiful. It’s a formal gown that will work in many situation and will work for you in many styles and at many events.

DoC Eldritch himself is a very warm and kind man, and extremely approachable. He is the sole designer behind DE Designs and handles everything himself, so feel comfortable contacting him with queries, questions and praise.

Visit DE Designs now!


I recently received a notecard announcing a Summer sale event at Haute Style & Co. to introduce their new line and new location. Now, I have to admit that I had rarely been to this store, nor had I ever really looked at the selection they have, so I decided to stop by and take a look. What I saw was a pleasant surprise. There is a wide selection of styles, including some of the most stylish casual clothes I have seen so far within Second Life. Wearing gowns or haute couture is fun on the runway or at a formal event, but we spend more time in casual clothes than any other. This doesn’t mean we can’t look fashionable while doing it and Haute Style’s designs certainly give us the ability to do just that.

After looking around for a while, I noticed that Forda Fairlane was there. I took the opportunity to compliment her on her work and wish her luck at the new location. Like most designers I have met in SL, Forda was very nice and appreciative of my compliments. I talked with her for a short time about her new designs and the great texture work she did on them. I decided I just had to show a couple of them here, but first, let’s look at some samples of her previous work.

Above left is Hulstrom, a black and white pant suit. The pattern top has a deep V-neckline with white lace edging and prim lace collar and cuffs. The shiny black pants have prim wide bell-bottoms. Hulstrom just exudes class and fits so well. So many dresses in SL are simple; made of just three parts: a top, pants and prim skirt. Piper is one of these dresses, but the texture, style and flex movement make this one such fun to wear, unlike many others. The empire waist and black lace hem are so cute you can’t help but feel feminine in this. Shown in purple, it is also available in brown or blue. For something a little dressier, Satrina fits the bill. The top has an interesting combination of textures including lace sleeves embellished with prim lace cuffs. Although the prim skirt is one piece it is constructed with a lace petticoat that adds fullness and depth. There is plenty here to keep the eyes interested.

Sandora, a pretty pink and white summer dress, is another example of what can be done with the basic three part dress structure. The quality textures, the belt and lace hem detail of the prim skirt make for a fun, feminine outfit. The matching hat is a nice added touch. The sweater of sexy Calista leaves the midriff bare and the plaid pleated mini-skirt is short enough to expose some bare leg above the included thigh high socks. The outfit has a prim turtleneck collar and cuffs. Tornado is a tight fighting, halter top mini-dress. The top texture has the halter over a short-sleeved blouse with the ties under the collar. A prim bow is added to the back. The diagonal lines of the various pieces match well and the belt is prim. It is available in vibrant green, purple, brown and the teal, shown here.

Pasadena and Cortina are two from the new line, whose textures are magnificent and very well made. The sweater for Pasadena has a prim collar and cuffs, while the prim pleated mini-skirt includes the sweater’s bottom edge and bow. Cortina has amazing detail with prim pant cuffs, a belt tie, a collar, a waist flare and two different sleeve cuffs. Both sweaters are made on the jacket layer so you can wear a shirt underneath if you choose to do so. These are just two outfit from Forda’s new line and I urge you to go take a look at the rest along with all the other imaginative outfits that she has created.

Also visible in the pictures are shoes from Stiletto Moody and Enkythings, jewelry from Miriel and Earthstones, and pantyhose from No. 9 Nylons.  The hair is from Laqroki.

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