MEILING – A New Collection

The real life designer who has crossed the line, MEILING, is coming up with her new collection, “Grand Riviere”, which she presented during the Caribbean Fashion Week in real life!

This will be her all white new capsule collection which will be released in SL this summer.

The very first outfit in this collection that has just been released in her Wind Song Dress that was the outfit featured in her promotional poster in real life also.

MEILING – The Wind Song Dress

Her real life poster featuring her real life Wind Song Dress.

Photograph by Laura Feriela
From Meiling’s real life Press Release:
MEILING’s Grand Riviere Collection
At Caribbean Fashion Week 2011, Meiling revealed a capsule collection called “Grand Riviere”. Inspired by the idyllic village in the Northern range of Trinidad, the all-white collection is a study in serenity and romance, not unlike the famed Jean Michael Cazabon  paintings.

In her inimitable style, Meiling captures the spirit of gentler days gone by with designs that embody the narratives in the Cazabon paintings of the 1800s. Fabrics of light airy cotton voiles recreate the soft breezes wafting across the beaches; mother of pearl button details and signature hand work will be reminiscent of the lush nature of Grand Riviere. As always, the designs will include a subtle sensual vibrancy and unpredictable edgy undertones akin to the ebb and flow of the tides.

Meiling “Grand Riviere” will beckon you to indulge yourself in calm tranquility while ruffling and stimulating your aesthetic sensibility with deceptively effortless designs.
More real life pictures of her “Grand Riviere” collection will be shown in the July issue of the Best of SL Magazine that will be published on July 1! 

Styling note:
Outfit:  MEILING, The Wind Song Dress
Shoes:  LeLutka, K.I.A (gray)
Jewelry:  Mandala, Milkyway 2 bangles and earrings

Posted by Kay Fairey, Agency Director and model for Boulevard Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy Executive Director, LOOK Elite Models COO, Fashion Editor for the Best of SL Magazine, Producer and Host for “SLTV Fashion Style – The Runway” which is a bi-weekly live fashion program by Second Life TV in SL Japan.

Some Thoughts About Poses For Runway Shows – Part 1

I still wonder when the so called “rules” for posing on a runway has become distorted and how this distortion started.  I have been modeling in Second Life for three years now and the rule used to be very clear and simple – to be as realistic as possible and to show the outfits at its best.

Simple, right?

The other “branches” of this very simple rule used to be the various rules that are being taught in SL model academies but for some reason, these branch rules started to take a life all on its own and original rule seem to have become forgotten.

So let’s look at the “current rules” and I will start by listing some of those I hear a lot.

  • No hand-in-skirt poses (poses where you stick your hand inside a skirt).
  • No tip toe poses (poses where you stand on one foot like a flamingo).
  • No arm pit poses (poses where you lift your arm up high revealing your arm pit to the audience).
  • No animated poses (meaning commercially available animated poses).

And recently, I also hear this “rule” a lot.

  • No back poses (poses where you turn around to show your behind).

Let me first start by saying that I have no intention of disagreeing with any of these so called “rules”.  However, I think these rules started to get chanted without truly understanding the reason why because if you really understand the reasons, then none of these should be strict no-no rules but they should rather be pointed out as a list of pose types where extra attention should be paid during selection.  In other words, none of these should be strictly considered a NO.

Now let’s look at these one by one.

1.  No hand-in-skirt poses.
This is probably one that concerns me the most.  I do agree that if a hand looks like it is poking a hole in a skirt or a prim, that pose should be avoided.  However, in some of the recent shows I have walked in where selected poses were checked by the agency prior to the actual show, I have noticed that any pose where the hand even slightly touches the skirt were all dismissed as not approved.  I always respect the policy or the rules of agencies I model for, so I had never raised any disagreements during rehearsals.  However, this had always disturbed me a lot.

If any of you have worn a big gown or a poofy skirt in real life, try to remember where your hand went when you dropped your arm.  Right inside your skirt!  More accurately, your hand dropped inside the folds of the skirt but in any case, it was “inside”.  In real life, you don’t always keep your hands floating above your skirt so that it will never ever touch the skirt.

So to me, as long as a pose looks like my hands or one of the hand is inside a fold of a skirt it looks a lot more natural than constantly keeping both hands afloat by using poses that safely keep my hands above the skirt at all times.  Some of these poses are good to be used as part of a mix of poses but when a model constantly looks like she is about to take off and fly, to me, that looks a lot more unnatural than to have her hand touching her skirt in some of the poses provided they look natural and realistic.

2.   No tip toe poses.
Again the root of the reason for banning these poses was because it looks unrealistic and unnatural to be standing  on one foot for an extended length of time.  This, I totally agree.  However, again, this needs to be explained because if a tip toe pose is used as a transitional pose in-between other poses, why can’t they be used?

Of course, most likely, these poses will be used with more casual outfits or fun outfits but if you use still poses one after another so they looked linked, you can use tip toe poses as it will only be a transitional movement in a longer sequence.

Oh and on that note, let me add one more thought.  There is one more thing I don’t quite like which is being told to use X number of poses per every stop of Y seconds.  Surely this will be a good guideline.  But for example, what if I want to make the entry a dramatic one?  Then it might be more effective to use just one pose and stay in that one pose longer than using two poses.  Or, I might opt to use 4 still poses one after another to make it look like an animated pose, in which case I will need to use at least 3 or 4.

To me, this is related to the second part of the big rule which I stated at the very top of this blog post….to show the outfit at its best.  Sometimes a little movement will show how the outfit moves and might be better.  In such cases, I might want to use more poses to make a pose look animated (I will talk more about animated poses in Part 2).  So why dictate that a model MUST use X number of poses when it takes away so much from good pose planning?  One note of caution, however, when creating your own animated pose.  It becomes hard to see the outfit for the audience or to photograph if a model is constantly moving.  So if you choose to animate your poses this way, make sure you keep ample time in your last pose to stay still for the audience to see the outfit better or for the photographer to take a good snapshot.

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For this blog post, let me stop here as it will start to get too long.  I will continue in Part 2 which I will post later, however, what I wanted to emphasize here was that we should not teach new models to never use certain poses as a strict rule but rather explain why some poses need special attention when they are selected.  Otherwise with the selection of poses in SL, all models will only be using very safe poses and very similar poses which takes away so much from the creativity of the models in showing the outfits she is representing.

Hopefully, by stating the “reasons” behind some of these rules here, we will all become “thinking models” who can think, judge for themselves and be more creative and better at achieving the very basic rules.

Are Outfit We Get For Shows, Payments?

Since I started to model in SL, I often hear people saying “You will not be paid by Lindens but you will be paid by outfits” or “Payment will be your outfits”.  Hmmmmm can outfits be payments?

The answer is a big NO.  Outfits are what you need to walk in a show and it is not, it is never and it will not ever be a payment.

Why?  Some people might argue “but you get free clothes”.  No we don’t.  Because those outfits we get to walk in a show is like your desk, your telephone, your pen if you were an office worker.  We need them to do our job.  What if we say “ok I will walk in the show but I don’t need the outfits” then we can’t work in that show, right?  What if your employer came to you one day and said “your payment for this month is your desk”, would you think “yaaaay!  I got a desk for my payment!”?

Outfits are NOT payments, period.

I do understand and accept that a new agency has to do a show without any payment by the participating designers because it has to show what it can do.  In this case, it’s a “sample”.  Even in real life, the first issue of magazines are usually free and the publisher will “borrow” advertising visuals from advertisers, of course, after getting their permission to use it in the first issue.  It’s the same thing.  This first issue is a “sample” so advertisers can see what the new magazine will be like and decide if they want to advertise in it or not.  But from the second issue, advertisers will have to pay for the ad pages.

It costs money to promote what you sell but that money is necessary to pay for the work that goes into creating any promotional tool, which in this case, is the show.  As an Agency Director or Agency Owner, if you cannot negotiate a show to be paid that is your issue and it should not be taken out on the models because it is your job to represent the models.

However, if you “fail” to negotiate a price, then the least you can do is let the models know beforehand that the show will not be paid at the time of casting.  Then it will be up to the models if they still want to walk in the show even if they will not be paid to do so.  And in this case, at least you are silently admitting that you “failed” to negotiate a price.

But what I really hate about the phrase “outfits are your payment” is that who ever is saying this is trying to legitimize his or her position by saying that a payment will be made but it will be made in the form of outfits the models will receive because……..(go back to the second paragraph and I repeat) outfits are NOT payments.

So if you are new to SL modeling and you hear this phrase, you know that this is not true and that it is only a big excuse made by somebody who does not want to admit his/her failure to negotiate a price for the models he/she represents.

Tukinowaguma 3rd Anniversay Show Today!

Tukinowaguma 3rd Anniversary Show

A totally new collection of 48 amazing hair will be released today!
A must see for fashion lovers and models!

This is one show you really don’t want to miss.

At 6am and 6pm SLT today
At the Boulevard Agency Runway

Posted by Kay Fairey, Agency Director and model for Boulevard Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy CEO, LOOK Elite Models COO, Team edo Director and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.

AZUL is Looking For "Miss AZUL 2010"!

***********PRESS RELEASE***********

Miss Azul Contest 2010!

We are looking for the woman that will represent the elegant brand of Azul for an entire year. Miss Azul will have impeccable styling skills, be extremely photogenic and above all else represent the brand of Azul in a responsible and respectable manner. If you believe that you could be Miss Azul 2010 please read the following terms, conditions and instructions on how to apply.

PRIZES:
– 50,000 Linden cash prize
– New Azul wardrobe consisting of all current designs and new releases through out the entire year
– Appear in all magazine advertisements through the entire year
– Custom crown created for Miss Azul by Virtual Impressions
– Official candidacy in Miss Virtual World 2011 Pageant

Note: If you are already a MVW official candidate, you can still apply to MISS AZUL 2010.

HOW TO ENTER:
1. Join THE BEST OF SL Magazine Readers Group and the Azul group in world. You must be a member of both of these groups to participate and receive updates.

2. Create a notecard titled Miss Azul 2010 – (Your name here) Include the following in the notecard:

A) A short paragraph stating why you believe you would best represent the brand of Azul.
B) One 512×512 face shot of your avatar wearing an Azul design. Full Perms please.
C) One 512×512 full length shot of your avatar styled using Azul creations. Full Perms please.

3. Submit the properly titled notecard to Kay Fairey AND Mami Jewell no later than Midnight (slt) on July 9, 2010.

IMPORTANT DATES:
Contest open for submissions: June 11, 2010
Contest closed for submissions: July 9, 2010
Ten pre-finalists announced – July 14, 2010
Pre-Finals and Interviews – July 17, 2010 (Final Five Finalists Announced)
Miss Azul 2010 Finals – July 24, 2010 (Miss Azul 2010 Crowned)

Posted by Kay Fairey, Agency Director and model for Boulevard Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy CEO, LOOK Elite Models COO, Team edo Director and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.

New Poses From Body Talking

I admit, I’m a pose whore. When I see new poses, I at least check out most of them although I may not necessarily buy them. Today I am going to show off a new set of poses I just got. The Tandra Set and Tandra Variation Set from Body Talking.

Body Talking has been introducing new poses and sets very energetically recently but the first time I purchased some poses from this store was during Project Tents where Body Talking had a tent. All tent vendors had at least one exclusive item they sold during the charity event and likewise, Body Talking had a set of exclusive poses called the Miaa Set.

So here are some poses from the Tandra Set and Tandra Variation poses. By the way, the Tandra Variation poses are not in the set but you can buy these individually from the demo pose stand. Each pose is L$12o and the Tandra Set is L$900 for 9 poses.

Body Talking – Tandra Set (Tandra 3)

Body Talking – Tandra Set (Tandra 6)

Body Talking – Tandra Set (Tandra 8)

Body Talking – Tandra Set (Tandra 9)

Body Talking – Tandra Set Vendor Poster
9 poses for L$900

Body Talking – Tandra Variation Set (Tandra 7v)

Body Talking – Tandra Variation Set (Tandra 9v)

Jacket: +grasp+, Cargo Jacket (black) for women

Tanktop: +grasp+, Stone Skull Cami (black + zebra)
Skirt: LeeZu!, O’LaLa Micro Jeans Skirt (stonewashed)
Earrings: Rozoregalia, Gemma Pierce
Bracelet: Rozoregalia, Rozenkavalier Bracelet
Belt: Sole Accessory, Bent Poach Belt With Chain (white)
Nails: Candy Nail, #Po36 Rosy Red
Hair: Little Heaven, “08 Jeanne (black)

And the RicoRacer Sets I & II are for male models. Both have 10 poses in each set and are L$1,000 per set.

Body Talking – RicoRacer I (RicoRacer 1)

Body Talking – RicoRacer I (RicoRacer 2)

Body Talking – RicoRacer I (RicoRacer 3)

Body Talking – RicoRacer I (RicoRacer 4)

Body Talking – RicoRacer I (RicoRacer 6)

Body Talking – RicoRacer II (RicoRacer 15)

Body Talking – RicoRacer II (RicoRacer 18)

Body Talking – RicoRacer I Set
10 poses for L$1,000

Body Talking – RicoRacer II Set
10 poses for L$1,000


Male poses, except for those in the vendor posters, modeled by Team edo, Alf Whittaker.
All poses by Body Talking.

Posted by Kay Fairey, Agency Director and model for Boulevard Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy CEO, LOOK Elite Models COO, Team edo Director and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.

Last Chance To Buy Exclusive Items at Project Tents!

Today marks the last day of Project Tents which started on May 21. This means, today will be your last chance to purchase the wonderful exclusive items found on the sim. There are outfits, hair, jewelry even poses that you can only buy at the Project Tents vendor tents so come down today. Shop till you drop while you also donate!

Read more about Project Tents here.

So today, I will introduce an exclusive gown from Tres Beau for Project Tents! Kimmera Madison, the owner and designer of Tres Beau, did a fantastic job of creating a very sweet and elegant outfit called Port au Prince. It is an imperial gown with a beautiful skirt part that is sheer to reveal the vivid flowered layers worn underneath the skirt. It comes with a flower hair ornament and it’s all flowers, flowers, flowers!

Tres Beau – Port au Prince (Project Tents Exclusive)


The jewelry I matched with this gown is the Renaissance Set from ByKay.

ByKay – The Renaissance Set


Today is your last chance to get this amazing gown! And remember, 75% of all sales goes to charity!

Here is your limo to Project Tents!

Gown: Tres Beau Project Tents Vendor, Port au Prince
Jewelry: ByKay, the Renaissance Set
Hair: Donna Flora, Madelene hair (brunette)

Posted by Kay Fairey, Agency Director and model for Boulevard Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy CEO, LOOK Elite Models COO, Team edo Director and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.

An Exclusive Dress From Chanktare

As you may already know, the designers who are supporting our Project Tents effort to collect funds to purchase special tents that will be sent to Haiti have created special exclusive items that can only be purchased at their vendors in the Project Tents sim which will be opened until May 30.

Chanktare – Haiti Specials
The Waterfall Dress and the Toro Tora Jewelry Set


This is one of the two exclusives Applonia Criss made for Haiti worn together with the exclusive jewelry set that is also being sold in her tent. The Waterfall Dress and the Toro Tora Jewelry Set.


The dress is a very simple form but the colours used and the texture make it so special and the jewelry set is a must with perfectly matching colours. The two create such a lovely and cool look for summer parties.


And remember…..75% of everything you buy here will be sent to the Haiti fund. Let’s try to send as many tents as we can before the monsoon season hits Haiti! Read more about this project here.

Outfit: Chanktare, Haiti Project Special – Waterfall Dress*
Jewelry Set: Chanktare, Haiti Project Special -Toro Tora Jewelry Set*
Hair: 69, Diva (noir)
Nails: Candy Nails, #P034 Hime (white)
*SURL links are directed to the Project Tents sim

Posted by Kay Fairey, Agency Director and model for Boulevard Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy CEO, LOOK Elite Models COO, Team edo Director and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.

Smart Casual With A New Release From R.A. Crystal

A Japanese jewelry store, R.A. Crystal has just released a new set of jewelry called “Coin Set.” Rama Anatine, creator and owner of R.A. Crystal said “I made a set that I wanted to have myself in real life. I wanted something that’s not gaudy. Something that’s subtle and casual but still elegant”.

And she made exactly that.

R.A. Crystal – Coin Set


So I decided to style myself centering around this set. It had to be casual and yet elegant and what I arrived at was an elegant pants style based on colours that compliment this jewelry set. However, colours such as white and sand colour, or light brown, tend to make the entire look rather sleepy. In order to add a bit of crispness, I decided to add black and white for my shoes and purse. The B&W pair of shoes from Nardcotix and purse from +plus* I had in my inventory were perfect for this purpose.


To finish off this style, I added a fedora hat from Couture Chapeau and a newly released hair from 69, another Japanese store. This hair is a loosely braided hair that is casual yet very feminine and worked well to add some elegance to the entire look. Usually I wear black hair but in order to match the overall brown/beige look, I used a colour called Chestnut which is a dark brown with a shade of red. I plain brown would have made the entire look a bit sleepy too, so this tad of red helped to bring some life into the look also.


This hair from 69 uses a very unique colour selection system which is great for people who are worried about the ever growing number of inventory. The fat pack comes with several hair that is divided into the main tone such as reds, blacks blonds and so forth. When you wear the object, instead of a hair on your skull, you will see a HUD on your screen with a graphic of the hair style and shade choices. You then click on the shade you wish to wear and the hair shade of your choice will be delivered to you in a folder. In other words, you can delete the entire folder after use and have a new set delivered every time you want to wear it so what you have in your inventory will always be just the HUD sets. What a fantastic idea for people like me who just seem to fail so miserably in keeping the inventory numbers low!

Shirt: ce cubic effect, Shirt H6 (off white)
Pants: ce cubic effect, Flare Trousers (cocoa)
Jewelry: R.A. Crystal, Coin Set
Gloves: Mentine, Soft Leather Gloves (honey)
Hat: Couture Chapeau, Bogie Fedora (white)
Purse: +plus*, White Capitone Bag
Shoes: Nardcotix, Nuria B&W
Hair: 69, Me (chestnut)

Posted by Kay Fairey, Agency Director and model for Boulevard Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy CEO, LOOK Elite Models COO, Team edo Director and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.

Tukinowaguma And AZUL Exclusives!

All the designers who will be participating in Project Tents will have exclusive items that can only be bought at their tent stores. Here are items from Tukinowaguma Hair and AZUL that can be purchased from May 21 through 30 at the event site.

For landmarks and details, please see my previous post about Project Tents.

Tukinowaguma Haiti – Project Tents Exclusive
(Modeled by me :P)

AZUL Alissa – Project Tents Exclusive

AZUL Brigitte – Project Tents Exclusive


Posted by Kay Fairey, Agency Director and model for Boulevard Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy CEO, LOOK Elite Models COO, Team edo Director and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.