Even though it is a virtual fantasy world, so much of Second Life mirrors real life.  The constant need a woman has for new gowns is one of them.  Just as in real life, a woman doesn’t want to be seen wearing that same dress she wore to the last gala event.  She needs something new, and something no one else is wearing.  Considering that most people probably attend more events in Second Life than their real lives, the need for new gowns is even greater.  Luckily for all of us, there is no shortage of designers of fabulous gowns here.  My Precious by Agnes Finney is one of the many shops in Second Life that offers a large selection of gowns and continually releases new items to help keep our wardrobes fresh.  Agnes’ latest designs include a dress called Snow Butterfly Queen, pictured below.

This dress is a mermaid style that is perfect for showing off those curves you’ve spent hours on perfecting.  The bodice is a sleeveless, closed halter style that helps to keep the silhouette slim and seductive.  This gown is textured with a lovely light blue and white embroidered pattern that seems to shimmer as it moves.  The prim pleats at the bas of the skirt blend well in both color and pattern.  The color and cut of this gown are wonderful for making that head turning entrance.  But as is often said, a girl needs to be as memorable when leaving a room as when entering.  This should always be considered when choosing a gown and a rear view of Snow Butterfly Queen, below, shows that this one fits the bill.

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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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For people who are not familiar with SF Design by Swaffette Firefly, you can find clothes from classic to sexy, from formal to casual and for man and woman and you will even find matching shoes in her shoe collection!

As present I received the sf design anniversary ballgown and for Kafee the sf design anniversary tux – sage. A perfect combination together, it made us want to go to a party and have a dance. What I like about the dress is the bustier with the lace trim. It gives you a much better decollete and nice detail, at the back it has nice diamond studs, very sexy! The resize menu takes care of the perfect size for you. The tux has a classical design, but made perfect with all the extra prims like the shoulder parts, sleeves for the arm and  prim for the lower part of the jacket. Also the pant has leg prims. It gives the tux so much more swing and it makes it less stiff. And good news, both outfits have matching shoes included. Not shoes you will only wear with this and never anymore, no, good quality shoes you will find another matching outfit for. This gown and tux will be available from this sunday on at SF Design.

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Swaffette, congratulations and wish you at least another 5 years with great designs, keep up the good work!

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Since I was a very young girl I have always loved the elegance of vintage clothing. Neferia Abel, owner and designer of Ivalde Designs has been bringing that elegance into Second Life for awhile now. Neferia has truly set the bar high with the great attention to detail, lush beautiful textures of  clothing &  don’t get me started on the delicious skins. Knowing the quality of her work I got really excited when I found out through EFA’s Tiffany Dragonash that Neferia had decided to expand and work on new more modern designs perfect for every woman with a totally new brand, “L’Abel.  ” Slipping on these new masterpieces I am in awe!  They were everything I imagined and more, sexy, sophisticated, and just simple knock down beautiful. I got to chat with Neferia and she is a sweet person and I am so happy to have met her.

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Temperance Moonites: What’s in store for L’Abel and is there anything exciting coming up you would like us to know about?

Neferia Abel: I have a few exciting projects in the works! I will be redesigning the store next week, giving it a more updated, fresh appearance. I’m also going to start designing more contemporary clothing, giving as much attention to design there as I do to my other lines.

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Unfortunately Simone Stern has left the EFA-AIFW2009 show. She made the requested dresses for the show, which turned out to be beautiful as expected from Simone. Only I had the remark that I felt a little bit concerned by them, because it did not refer at all to the dresses of the RL show, which was the target for this event. We had a discussion about her style and the style of the RL designer. And unfortunate it ended with the decision of Simone to leave the show and not participate anymore. I regret she is leaving, I would love to have her included.

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(Simone!) Some Enchanted Evening in Red, one of the dresses made for EFA-AIFW2009

 The first time I met Simone Stern was at the beginning of my EFA-carrier, as present she gave me her new collection. I am still wearing these dresses, for me, that is what is characteristic for Simone’s design, the beautiful textures and the strong design make each piece timeless and can be add easily to a fashionable vintage collection.  Definitly showed with the Una-dress atthe EFA-Design Award Show. But Simone is not only designing gowns! With her “Style starts here” brand she demonstrate she can do much more, casualwear with modern flair,  jeans, fun tops, sexy boots, and even lingerie. With her creativity for so many styles, I am anxious to see what she will make of the designs in the EFA-AIFW2009 show, time for some questions!

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Simone Stern pictured by Connie Arida 

For the EFA-AIFW2009 show you have to reproduce 4 outfits from the RL-show. The RL-designer describes her designs as follow: “My common designs are simple and wearable dresses. Those are most of the time make from the unusual choice of material.”  How far does your style meet this style? And can you replace yourself in this style and work with it?

Simone: I think my ‘Style’ line is utterly wearable, utterly comfortable. Tops and slacks, and dresses that wear easily and don’t need a ton of accessories to look chic. The cocktail/party dress line at Simone is very wearable too, definitely fashion without a lot of fuss. The wedding gowns are…wedding gowns! They’re dreamy, floaty, soft fantasies, meant for that ONE special day.  

You are placed in the theme “Now”  for the show. Do you have some feeling with this theme related to your common style? Does it fit you?

Simone:  The response to the Style line has been very gratifying and continues to grow  in popularity. The Style line is very modern, casual, and wearable. I’m having fun designing casual clothes for men and women. If I could sum up the line in just a few words, I’d say something like “Easy self-confidence.”

The color of the designs you will create for this show is red. Do you use this color a lot? What is the special challenge for this color? Do you have a special connection with this color?

Simone: Uhm, I had to pick one color? OOPS!  Too late! I picked all three, of course! 

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Photographer of the picture and model on the picture: Connie Arida, wearing STYLE -Outfit (by Simone!), includes belt, trousers, cami and cardigan 

 

At Simone!  you find all you need to mix and match, making your every day look totally unique, and personalized to suit you. Go and find your new look now.

 

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Simone Stern is part of the designer team of the EFA-AIFW2009 show. Her creations will be  presented in the theme “now”.

 

I must confess, I did not know a lot about Sascha Frangilli.  I saw some nice pictures passing by in the fashionfeeds and it was clear you have to visit Sascha’s Design when you need a gown to steel the show.  But I am glad I have had the chance to get to know her a little bit more, she being one of the designers of the EFA-AIFW2009 event.

And a funny surprise, like me she is dutch:  “I am from Holland and live in the province Brabant nearby Breda. I originally come from ‘t Gooi, but lived all over the world (Australia, USA and France).  I am single and live with my young daughter in a small town and work nearly full-time in RL.”

Sascha opened her store in March last year and started designing in late 2007: “I bought the infamous Business in a Box around March/April 2007 and was totally disgusted with what I found inside.  I wanted to make flexi dresses…. not flexified!  Then around the summer of 2007 I finally got Photoshop on my pc and had an extremely hard time with it, as I have no graphic background whatsoever.  It took me around 6 months on and off to figure out PS out. And the break-through came late December 2007.  To make a long story short, I have been really designing since late 2007/early 2008.”

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Sascha  Frangilli pictured by Connie Arida

For the EFA-AIFW2009 show you have to reproduce 4 outfits from the RL-show. The RL-designer describes her designs as follow: “My common designs are simple and wearable dresses. Those are most of the time made from the unusual choice of material.”  How far does your style meet this style? And can you replace yourself in this style and work with it?

Sascha: “Haha, well I make detailed ballroom gowns with skirts ranging from Man Killers (the infamous battleskirt) to sleek skirts.  I try to make detailed clothing that can be worn for a very long time and that are timeless.  I always include a minimum of 2-3 different flexi skirts so the new owner can always chose what kind of skirt she wants to wear.  My designs are not really simple, I don´t make particular kind of dresses you could wear to the beach, but you sure as hell can wear them to any dance club/ballroom club.”

You are placed in the theme “Soon”  for the show. Do you have some feeling with this theme related to your common style? Does it fit you?

Sascha: “Like I said, I make timeless designs, so it could fit into any category, but no to be honest, I am not really into an avant-garde futuristic style.”

The color of the designs you will create for this show is white. Do you use this color a lot? What is the special challenge for this color? Do you have a special connection with this color?

Sascha: “I myself prefer black and red, but I noticed a lot of my customers like white as well, so I always try to include the colour white in my range of colours.  White is kind of hard to make on SL, unless you are wearing bodylights, LOL.”

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Photographer of the picture and model on the picture: Connie Arida, wearing SAS – Trocadero White

Plan a shopping trip to Sascha’s Design! And if you are a fan of fashion shows, every week on Thursday evening Sascha hold a fashion show for a known or unknown designer at her store.

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Sascha Frangilli is part of the designer team of the EFA-AIFW2009 show. Her creations will be  presented in the theme “soon”.