I had a wonderful time at the Reveal Fashion show produced by Atlantis this past weekend. 10 designers — some of whom were new to me — really put on an impressive display. Grazia already wrote about Shai’s brand new dress “Reluctant Seductress,” and I decided I’d split off Alaska Metropolitan’s La Burlesque line to its own post. (I had too much trouble deciding what I’d show from it, so I just photographed it all.)
I’m leading off with the Nicky Ree gown named “Shimmery Shimmer” which just totally floored me. Nicky teased me with a picture of the gown before the show, and I knew I’d like it then, but I was just blown away by the texturing here. It’s really exquisite work. To be honest, I think it’s one of the best looking gowns I’ve ever seen in Second Life. Shimmery Shimmer definitely lives up to its name — and there are a bunch of different ways that it can be worn, because Nicky included the pieces for the gown look, of course, but she also included a set of pants too if you wanted to make this into a pantsuit for some reason. (I personally can’t think of a reason why I’d want to do that, but you can!) Shimmery Shimmer also comes in “black gold” which is a more antiqued looking color than this one, a purple and red version, if you’d prefer jewel tones instead of metallics. (But being good lil’ fashionistas you’re all going to go for the gold, right? Right. ) Find this gown and three other new designs at Nicky Ree’s flagship store in Deco 86, 96, 33.
Moodii Moxie of Simplicity showed off seven (yes, seven) brand new designs. I liked this one to the left, Sally, the best. Sally has a great stylized floral print on a satin tube top paired up with a prim skirt accented with matching silver scroll work on the hem and at the waist. I’m also showing off one four new hairs released by Selena Gateaux of Goldie Locks. This style is named Porscha and its a sort of “messy piggie” style with some slinky flexiprim pieces added for a nice flow. The rose choker is a brand new design by Astry Mirabeau named “Rosy Croix” because it’s got stems made from pewter colored thorny prims — I think it adds a lot of edgy style and still remains flirty and girly which is what Sally is all about. Moodii’s and Selena’s stores can be found on Nantli Xolal (213, 125)
This next designer Arikinui Adria of Nuclear Boutique was a revelation to me. When I saw her Delicate gown (far left, black and white) I couldn’t wait to try it on for myself. I was really impressed with the construction quality of this gown, and the styling in classic black with crisp white accents really grabbed me visually. There’s also a really beautifully done flexiprim bow accent at the waist line, and the jewelry that was created for this gown — pearls — really adds a lot of class to an already classic design. The second design of Arikinui’s that I enjoyed watching was the El Dulce dress. This tiered gown comes in several different colors, but the blue I’m showing here (on the right) was the color that I saw in the show. The color is lovely, but the most impressive thing about this design was the way that the tiered flexiprims moved when my avatar moved. The El Dulce dress is also currently part of the Virtual Angels fund raising drive. Look good and do good at the same time.
One more thing of note about Nuclear Boutique — Arikinui included shoes along with each dress, and they come as part of the purchase price. It’s nice knowing that you’re picking up a set of coordinating shoes at no extra cost. You can check out Nuclear Boutique for these two outfits and a lot more including hair designs, too, at the store on Archipelago Wild (25, 235, 305).
This is “Blooming Threads Rhodoproxis” by Fabala Snakeankle of Snakeankle Bit You. The design as it’s packaged resembles a silk, but leaving the prim piece off, actually nets you a tropical swimsuit — and the outfit really lives up to its name as it’s composed of “threads” which resemble the vines of the flowers which have been layered over the outfit, front and back. This is a clever sartorial conceit, because it looks like you’ve just managed to cloth yourself with living flowers. Blooming Threads is one of four outfits that Fabala debuted at the show — her store is located at Valuta (218, 7).
Pictured to the left is one of the most interesting swimsuit designs that I’ve seen on the grid for a while. It’s named Chisel and it’s a creation of Savonah Madonna of Savonah Designs. Savonah is another “new to me” designer but she’s actually been creating swimwear in Second Life for quite a while. Seeing the super sexy, ultra revealing Chisel slink down a runway was a fun way to be introduced to a fashion label. Chisel is available in the black/red combination I’ve pictured here as well as a two-tone blue version. Among other things, I really like the application of the sheen highlighting and I think the very thin straps have been painstakingly put together to overcome the warp of textures around the avatar mesh. One thing that got me was that /this/ thong bottom is very low cut — so if you have any bare skins in your inventory you’ll probably need to wear them when you’re pool side in this outfit. Savonah Designs can be found at Jouppi (140, 120, 151).
Finally, two new designs (of five total shown) by Tazzie Tuque of Tazzie’s. On the left was a gown design that garnered a lot of oohs and aahs from the crowd when it was finally on display to the crowd. Tarnished is available in silver, as shown, or gold if you prefer. Tarnished stood out because it has fantastic metallic accented whirls and whorls on the bodice and the hem of the skirt — and this gown skirt moves beautifully. Second is a really fun, very sexy “booty girl” outfit named “Music Booty” because it’s covered in musical symbols, and has, well, booty shorts. Sadly although the boots shown in the ad do suit the outfit perfectly, they’re sold separately. Music Booty also comes some different colors than the hot pink shown. You can check all of the colors, plus the other three new releases at Tazzie’s Main store in Cosmet (33, 185)