Monday 26 January, the real life merged with virtual life in the Beurs van Berlage. After months of preparation it was finally going to happen, the EFA-AIFW2009 show. The Beurs van Berlage was filled with guests, even people were waiting outside looking for a chance to get in and join the show too. After the shows of Eleonore de Ruuk and Melanie Brown, the simultaneous RL-SL show started. DJ Damien.S was tuning and on a big screen you could see the show in Second Life as the guests in Second Life could see the show in Amsterdam. Unfortunate, the camera did not work with the PC, but with the web-cam the atmosphere could be felt and a glimp of the show could be seen in the Beurs van Berlage at Ischia.

It was really special to see the both shows at the same time, each with it’s own possibilities. The show in Amsterdam with the speed of the models and the show in Secondlife with the luxery touches. But one thing for sure, both shows had the same character, same feeling, same enthusiastic public and breathing the same atmosphere. Although the EFA-AIFW2009 was maybe not perfect at each detail, all participants can be satisfied and proud on the result. Another step forward has been taken to merge the real life fashion world with the virtual fashion world.

Thanks to Kafee Iwish for making the pictures


Where to start when you want to introduce somebody like Digit Darkes. With her fantastic new skinlines, which are not only very detailed and realistic, but also have great make-ups, far beyond the normal styles you can find. Or with her wide collection of hair, highly appreciated and as crown on her work  winner of the EFA-Design Award for best hair. Or her collection of stylish, chic rock designs, completed with accessories and shoes. One thing for sure, nobody will leave the shop of Digit without buying anything and completely fitting with the name of the sim,  Addictive, you will come back, because you need more. No matter what style you have, girl next door or uber chic. Will she fit also in the EFA-AIFW2009 show? Unfortunate she did not have time to answer some questions, but have some premier reaction of this energetic lady which I want to share with you.

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Digit Darkes pictured by Connie Arida


Sysy Chapman was one of the designers at the EFA-First Fusion show last year and I am glad she liked it so much that she was willing to participate in EFA-AIFW2009 too. Last year she was a beginning designer, but a lot has changed.  This active lady has done many things, her own fashion shows, a new sim combined with an interview in ALTAMODA , had her performance on Fashion TV and not to forget a new mainstore. Recently she is making a fist for Warchild, but you will see her contributing to many other charity events. She still has time to launch many new releases and have some laughs and fun… and a few minutes to answer some questions from me!

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Sysy Chapman pictured by Connie Arida

For the EFA-AIFW2009show you have to reproduce 4 outfits from the RL-show. The RL-designer describes her designs as follows: “My common designs are simple and wearable dresses. Those are most of the time made from an unusual choice of material.”  How far does your style meet this style?  And can you replace yourself in this style and work with it?

Sysy: Laughing, I can say my style is simple and wearable too but I think thats as far as the comparison goes. What I try when I create is indeed that things are “wearable”, but I try to always give it a little extra. I can replace myself in this style, and work with it to the best I can, however I have to say that it stays hard to replicate something based on photographs where you don’t see the movement and the “feel” of the outfits, do you know what I mean?  I must also add that I’m in RL not involved in Fashion, so I might have a different look as to what looks good or not (looking with my SL eyes).

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?

Sysy: The “now” theme is the best theme for me, so I got lucky with that. I tend to always (also in my RL) look ahead and think too much of  the future and whats gonna come, what I’m trying to do in SL aswell as my RL is to “live in the NOW” is how we say it. So the theme is a good reminder in more ways then only Fashion.

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?

Sysy: I love red! If I was given the chance to choose a color, I would’ve picked red or black. Red is vibrant, festive, chique and can be used for almost anything in my opinion. I’m probably gonna cheat a little and make my red a little more firetruck red then the red used in the RL designs.

Outfit SySy's

Photographer of the picture and model on the picture: Connie Arida, wearing SYSY’s Flashback – red

Go visit Sysy’s Design now, you will find a nice collection of casual, formal and edgy styles to get your Sysy look!

EFA-AIFW 2009 (red)

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