Okay here it is-FINALLY. I have been talking about doing a bit of writing regarding fashion for the Riverside Blog for far too long. I did write it and lost it three times, I then gave up. I must say I find my own dorkiness very frustrating.
I want to clear up a few things right from the get go. I don’t profess to know much of anything about fashion in RL or SL, but I am constantly amazed by the content creators in SL and also by the amazingly diverse clothing worn by the guests of the Riverside. It all fascinates me, and okay to be honest, sometimes horrifies me. 😉
These articles are simply going to be my opinions and observations, that’s it. Feel free to agree or disagree with me.
I’m going to start with a few Beefs and Bouquets regarding fashion in SL.
Alpha layers: love, love , love them. I am so glad to be done with invisiprims. Now if only I could bite the bullet and stay with Firestorm, cause currently I can only wear one alpha layer and I have to be pretty strategic. Five would be fabulous, but Viewer 2? Let’s not go there.
Skins: When I first came to SL three years ago there were a handful of skin creators, now there are hundreds. A new skin can change your whole look and I love the many choices from blue skin to bloody skin which are now available.
Makeup: Choices for eyelashes, eye shadow and lipstick, along with freckles, and moles and an endless assortment of butterflies, stars, spiders, etc. etc. Simply great.
Skirt sculpts: I have spent waaay too much time wrestling with skirt sculpts, omg. Too short, too long, too sticky -outy (that is a technical term), too big, too little. There are a few designers who seem to get them right, but if you are a smallish avi like I am, and have to edit everything, there are far too few.
Facelights:-may I just say NO. Being blinded by someone’s facelight as it distorts the colour of everyone and everything around them is not my idea of fun. Please… just say no.
Numbers instead of descriptors: Have you ever bought a skin with 18 versions which are numbered 1 through 18? Kind of difficult to remember that No. 7 is the skin with the green eye shadow and peach lipstick. (Specially if you have as many skins as I do). This happens with hair, hats and shoes-you name it. Just add a descriptor, how hard could it be? Some designers do add pictures which are a help and I have gone back to where I have bought an item and taken my own damn picture so I can refer back to it. But really, c’mon!
I am sure many of you have your own beefs and bouquets, so leave a comment or IM me and let me know what they are.
Here are a few pics from a designer I really like- Trill Zapatero of Boho Hobo. ALL of the proceeds made from the sale of Trill’s creations goes to the Afghan Women’s Mission in support of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan to fund schools, orphanages and clinics for the refugees of the Afghan war.
May I say her jeans were a big big hit in certain quarters, as the fit is BUTT PERFECTION.
Do drop by her store, there is a great variety of clothing there, I have only shown you a few selections. (check out the jean jacket-terrific).
This is a bit longer than I anticipated so please excuse my ramblings. I would love to hear from you with ideas, or opinions or whatever.