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*ICING*

Miko Omegamu started her designing career as a builder and doing custom work for clients before getting interested in clothing.  After being unable to find the type of clothing she prefered, she tried her hand at clothing design.  She started with two outfits out of a small shop and the rest is history.  Bold and striking, with dramatic silhouettes is what Miko Omegamu of *ICING* has created.  Her vintage creations take on a polished look, bringing us back to yesteryear.  goodnight-kiss

Goodnight Kiss with flutters sleeves is a 1940’s inspired frock of black crepe with a deep red waist, accentuated with an arched band of black ribbon.  It features sculpted flutter sleeves and a rosebud to wear in your hair.  This dress will defitinely get “him” to try to give you a goodnight kiss.

Skin:  *Redgrave* tan skin – Leticia2 – smoky makeup

Hair:  Amrita – (Sedna) Marron Brown

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As any girl knows, there always seems to be a reason to buy more lingerie or another pair of shoes.  For shoes, it may be that you just don’t have the exact right pair for that new outfit or you just have to try some from a brand new store or designer.  When it comes to lingerie, how often have you seen a new sensual release that you just had to have?  Or maybe it’s time to spice up a romance.  I know that I can come up with many reasons, some would say excuses, to buy more of these two items.  A peek into my shoe and lingerie folders in my inventory would prove that.  Luckily, just as in real life, Second Life offers a plethora of quality shoe and lingerie stores.  One of my favorites for elegant lingerie is, of course, Insolence, best known for it’s high quality, luxurious lingerie sets.  Camilla Yosuke, the owner of Insolence, takes great pride in her designs and makes sure that each new release not only maintains her high standards of quality, but also offers a unique styling and isn’t just a rehashed previous offering.  Her latest set, the Dolores Lace Ensemble, holds true to these ideals.

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Pictured above is the Delores set which is sold in black and white, the black variation available with various colors of flowerettes in the lace detail of the bra (see top inset).  Besides the all black and allwhite sets, you can get the black with red, gold, purple or teal.   This is a classic three-piece set consisting of matching bra, panties and garter belt and as is typical for Insolence sets, there are various combination and layer options for the garments.  A pair of classic back-seamed stockings in either black or white is also included.

The wonderful selection of lingerie sets offered at Insolence is reason enough to visist on a regular basis, but as an added bonus, there is also a small but growing selection of shoes.  The most recent addition to the this line is the Marie Jeanne Heel. The black and purple (bottom inset) can be seen above.  The same attention to detail as in the lingerie can be seen on the shoes, as evidenced byt the realistic texturing and silver strap buckle.  Other colors available are Beige, Carmel, Pink and Steel Blue, while the black is available with gold or silver buckles.

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Nefalde

So SySy Chapman IMs me the other day and asks “was it you who said you like vintage fashions?” and I was like…”ummm I don’t think I said that. I mean, I DO like them” and then SySy said “no, I’m sure it was you” so I was like “oh okay, you’re probably right.”

I know, really dramatic.

So, right, I’ll never write the great American play or anything… but I think the above is really actually pretty interesting.

Time in Second Life is kind of like dog years. An hour is a day is a week is a month is a year and all that. Look at what you were wearing a couple years ago; it might not be out of style exactly but maybe it’s a different style than what you have now. Maybe you were wearing more t-shirts with band names on it. Maybe your hair was shorter. Maybe that skirt you used to put on to get drinks from boys at the bar is just, well… not something you wear so much. Wait ten years, wait twenty and you’ll probably be laughing at your own pictures like you did your parents old high school yearbook. Now, think about the dog year timeline that is Second Life. We’ve got a LOT of opportunities to play with our looks or find new designers. Favorite skins can change, fabrics can look better or worse to you, cuts go up or down with trends and your mood.

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 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”.

 
Neferia Abel was one of the designers who showed her collection in the early shows of EFA, First Impression III. At that time a daring step. And again she shows she is not afraid to do something new and take a challenge, because Neferia will be one of the designers in the EFA-AIFW2009 show. This lady from Norway started designing in October 2oo6 and since than she gave many females the sexy feminine look of the past. You can find the fashion styles from the 18th century until present days at Invalde. And recently she even started to make skins. I always love her shop, it makes you travel into time without giving you a dull out of fashion feeling.  I asked her to give some reactions on the preparation of the EFA-AIFW2009 designs. 
 

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Neferia Abel  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?

Neferia: The dresses to make to this show looks very different from what I use to make. Its a challenge but will be fun, I like a challenge.  

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

Neferia: Ivalde makes Classic Vintage clothing for todays fashionable women. Ivalde draws on good designs from all eras,hoping to evoke the elegance and glamour of bygones days, Ivalde is dedicated to bringing classic style to Second Life. I am placed in the then catogory and that suits me ,since I make mostly vintage,clothes from the bygones days. 

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

Neferia: My color is black and everybody need a black dress in their wardrobe, sl or rl:) It can be a difficult, cause details often dont show so well in black clothes. 

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Photographer of the picture and model on the picture: Connie Arida, wearing  ~Ivalde~Augusta black dress 1920 

Have a look yourself at Invalde and give yourself the feminine look of the gone days.   is always busy with new things and her collection grows day by day, for sure you will find something that suits you!

 

EFA-AIFW2009 (logo red)

 

Neferia Abel is part of the designer team of the EFA-AIFW2009 show. Her creations will be  presented in the theme “then”.

In order to take the all the photos for the posts we do here, we use many poses.  In fact, poses are used extensively by models and photographers, and often, little is said about them.  I am always on the lookout for interesting poses for both runway and photo work.  The other day I happened to come across ChereeMotion, which turned out to have a nice collection of poses for photo work.  Cheree Bury has developed a number of interesting pinup poses and offers then individually or in groups.  Since many of us are so dependent on poses, I thought it would be interesting to dedicate an occasional post to them when I find some different ones.

The poses are sorted into categories, each containing about 40 poses.  Being a fan of vintage fashion, I was first attracted to the Classic Pinup Poses.  Below you can see a small selection of them. Each group has a mix of stands, sits, lays, and kneels for good variety.  Many of the classic poses are recognizable from the pinup posters of the war era.  For anyone who wants to try their hand at reproducing this form, this set of Classic Pinup Poses would be a good start.

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A few days ago I decided to check out the Vanity Universe Glamour Expo.  These fairs are great places to see a large selection of designers in various categories.  This month, the Glamour Expo is showcasing Second Life’s fashion designers.  I saw most of the top and well-known names there, but as I had hoped, I also came across a few names I hadn’t been familiar with.  Of these new names, one really stood out to me.  Maybe it was the cute, feminine styles, or the vibrant colors and textures, or the suggestion of bygone days.  I suppose it was a combination of all these things that caught my eyes.  In any case, the designers name is pixivor Allen and her store is A La Folie.  I knew immediately that I wanted to share what I saw and decided to present some of her creations here.

A La Folie has a number of really cute short dresses with lots of frills and layered skirts.  Some of which come as complete outfits with hat, shoes and/or jewelry.  The first one pictured below is called “Vagabonde”, a strapless mini-dress with a number of options.  First of all, the prim skirts can be worn to produce either an empire or natural waist dress.  The standard skirts are polka dotted white with black lace edged hems.  Alternatively, you can replace a number of them with the optional sheer black tulle.  All together there are eight pieces to the skirt of which you can wear up to five at once, resulting in a multitude of possible looks.  This outfit also includes the shoes and hat seen here.

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