Aleida Rhode is the creative force behind *Aleida* formally known as Fashion Nomads.  She is an accomplished model, photographer and now designer, opening her first store in March 2009.  I met up with Aleida at her store and what a delightful lady.  I was absolutely thrilled when gave me a sneak peek of several of her designs for Modavia Fashion Week.  All I can tell you is, they are fantastic!  You can see Aleida’s  wonderful new designs September 15th at 3:00pm SLT during Modavia Fashion Week.  You do not want to miss it!

Aleida Jinja top & konge pants

Here I am wearing Jinja II Flower Top in nougat and Konge pants in creme paired with Kampala stilettos in cocoa.  Notice the delicate floral on the fabric, so feminine.  The top comes with all layers and can be worn tucked as well.  The Konge pants have two options, loose fit and tight fit and include prim cuffs accentuated with tiny buttons.

Skin – Laqroki (Lacie)
Jewelry – YS&YS (Ivory set)
Hair – W&Y (Yuki hair 90)

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Kal Rau

Gentlemen… I take my hat off to you (it’s a cute fushia leather hat from Maitreya… heehee).  I never really realized how limited you are when it comes to shopping for a wardrobe.  Men’s fashion has developed at a much slower pace than womenswear but there is a fair amount of quality clothing out there that folks may not be aware of.  There are good designers and then there are GREAT designers.  Kal Rau falls into GREAT!

Kal Rau knows what looks good on a man and designs a line of very easy going and sporty clothing.  The versatility is great… you can mix and match his designs and add a few accessories to boot.  The craftsmanship of the clothing is incredible and the textures are so real.  You walk away looking like a million bucks without spending it. 

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Clothing modeled by Brett Seetan

How many times have you walked into a clothing store and picked up some promotional (freebie) clothing just to get home, try it on and delete it?  I know I’ve done it so often I can’t keep track.  You would think you would learn by now, right?  But you just can’t pass up a freebie and I’m happy Brett didn’t either.  This is what freebies should look like.  The Kal Rau Sport Shorts and White Long Sleeve Promotional Shirt are perfect . 

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ZAARA

A few months back, I happened upon a shop that was named ZAARA.  I was shopping with my best friend Katalina Michalak.  We love to explore and find new designers, that have extraordinary designs and colours that pop. 

When I walked into the shop, I was blown over by the beauty, colour and intricacy of the clothing and jewelry that I saw before me.  I related to it all and fell passionately in love with everything.  I went into a shopping frenzy and bought almost every item in the fat packs.  Walked out and never even quibbled about all that I had just bought or what I had spent.  IT WAS WORTH IT!

Now that I am writing for the EFA fashion blog, I wanted to blog Zaara and the magnificent clothing and jewelery line that she offers.  When I put on a Zaara made fashion, I always grab the attention of others, who what to know where I got such beautifully layered designs with colour that will knock your socks off.  I was wearing the kavi top in pink last evening with the jeweled jeans, my partner Dolphin Robson, could not keep his eyes off of me and told me several times, how well put together I looked.  The blouse look amazingly soft and flowing.  Now I don’t know about the rest of you, but when a man will notice and comment, then you know you are wearing something very special.

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DP Serendipity

Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely.

Well, that’s exactly what happened.  All I wanted was a great fitting white tee… wasn’t looking for anything else, just a white tee (I don’t think you can ever have enough of them).  I searched high and low and my feet were killing me but I just had to walk into one more store… DP Serendipity.  I took a deep breath and ventured in.  I was automatically drawn to the cute denim capris, then the button down henleys and the bra and panty sets.  The “Cut Sewn” tops right next to the lingerie sets caught my eye.  They match!   All the clothes looked so comfortable and soft, cute and casual.  Then I saw the dresses, perfect for the upcoming warm weather.  All in great colors and patterns.  My shopping list now went beyond the simple white tee.

Masuri Dryke of DP Serendipity from Tokyo, Japan is a designer that feels comfortable and casual clothing is essential.  Her casual clothing also sports just a touch of attitude.   Her Attitude Love T’ees were created to “express a girl’s confidence without being bitchy”. 

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The Love Comes And Goes tee (in orange) is part of the Attitude Love Tees line.  Here you will find it paired with the DPS 802 denim capris in bronze.  A great fitting low rise jean in a variety of colors.

Hair:  World Wide Industries – Moxie 2 in Auburn

Boots:  Shiny Things – Comfy Boot in Brown

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“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” . . . . Yves Saint Laurent

Thank you, Levi Strauss, for your contribution to the fashion world. Little did you know how your vision would storm the world. We all have our favourite pair of jeans that we NEVER throw away and when they become threadbare, voilà – we have another fashion style. Jeans are the staple of everyone’s wardrobe and that is no exception in Second Life. We are blessed with many designers giving us all manner of expressions. Today, I am going for the simplicity look.

Out of my vast closet of jeans I picked out my favourite from Pixel Dolls. I have worn them so often they are now as soft as flannel. I love the faded blue colour and the stitch work on the back of the hip pocket. They come with prim leg bottoms.

My absolute most favourite look is pairing the jeans with a plain white tank top. This perfect tank top comes from Muism. The tank comes in various layers and you can wear it tucked in or out. The shading gives it just the right amount of folds. You get two tanks when you buy this top, one in black and the other in white.

The pièce de résistance is this light blue denim jeans jacket, also from Muism. It comes in 3 looks: a plain vest, a jacket without sleeves, and a jacket with a stand-up collar and rolled up sleeves. Your other colour choices are black, original blue, dark blue, and grey.

Now, while I would normally put on a pair of sneakers I could not resist the adorable blue striped mules from Shiny Things. They are a perfect match to the jacket. Because I always feel naked without any jewelry, I toss on a choker and a leather cuff… and I am ready, Mr. Laurent, for my expression of simplicity!

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Just a few hours before First Fusion starts, the event area is ready. This time we did not make the runway ourself, but it was done by our head sponsor First Meta.

I asked Joy Laperierre a few questions about the work thay have done the last week to make First Fusion unforgetable.

Can you give a short introduction of First Meta and what First Meta does?

Joy: First Meta is the first real financial service provider for virtual economies positioned to be a bank and more. First Meta is the 1st to provide full suite of financial products and services, denominated in virtual currencies, to Second Life and other virtual economies. The company’s first product, the MetaCard a Linden Dollar – denominated credit card was launched on 31-July 2007. We are a real-world company, registered in Singapore, one of the financial centers of the world. Firt Meta’s operations are supported by the Singapore goverment and we are funded by real-world private investors, not by our customer’s deposits.

What inspired you for building this event area?

Joy: I have to say, First Fusion is an unique event simulcasted from RL at Amsterdam’s fashionable De Balie located at Leidseplein. This inspired us to portray how Real World embraces Second Life

Why does First Meta wants to join First Fusion?

Joy: First Meta finds First Fusion an interesting event that could reach out to the masses with some help and also it has been a joy working with the amazing people behind the success of Ewing Fashion Agency

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Last week I had a group photoshooting, where everyone was supposed to wear a white shirt and blue jeans. That sounds easy but after going through my clothing folder, I realized that finding a simple outfit like that can be a very difficult task.

The White Shirt Issue

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