Fur, Fur, Fur To Stay Warm – Tres Beau “November Sable”

Tres Beau, November Sable

What is happening to the world?  I watch the news and I see that it’s snowing like crazy in so many countries!  Where I live, it’s been abnormally cold for this time of the year also and people was pulling out their warmest coats and jackets to stay warm.

I wonder if that’s the reason behind this big SL trend surrounding fur.  I am seeing long fur coat, fur jackets, fur hats and all sorts but this is not a bad thing because 1. we can stay warm, 2. fur looks better in recent items and more importantly, 3. no animals are harmed to produce fur in SL!

Tres Beau, Novemeber Sable has LOTS of fur!

Now Kimmera Madison of Tres Beau, in her new collection that was just released, came up with this gorgeous outfit set that comes with a sable jacket with really fluffy fur, a matching fur hat and even matching fur leg warmers!   And this is not all.  You also get pants, shoes, sweater and even gloves in this set.  The only items in this pic that was not included in the set were the sunglasses I am wearing!

Back view of November Sable

So if you want a chic and fashionable casual look with class, this will be a perfect set for you.  Enjoy your SL fur and stay warm!

  • Outfit: Tres Beau, November Sable (includes fur hat, sweater, fur coat, pants, fur leg warmers, shoes and gloves)
  • Sunglasses: glow studio, Meredith (Grey)
  • Hair: Dura, Boys & Girls #23 (Black)
  • Poses: agapee Poses

Posted by Kay Fairey, CEO and model for BLVD Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy Executive Director and Instructor, Agency Director for Dione Fashion Agency, 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.

From Vero Modero’s Winter Collection – Mistwalker White Gown

Vero Modero, Mistwalker White Gown

Vero Modero has a line of new winter collection items in the store, many of them white or red and lovely to wear for a formal occasion during this winter.

Out of many I decided to wear a gown called the Mistwalker White Gown which is a gorgeous silky gown with a pale animal print top, giving it a silvery look to the over all colour.  Mind you, there is a red one too for those who like to have more colour!

Vero Modero, Mistwalker White Gown

The gown also has feathers attached at the back and together with the large standing collar and shoulder cuffs, it adds a lot of character to this slender gown.  As the name suggests, there was this somewhat mysterious feel to this design which inspired me to make a non-realistic look and this is what I got.

Vero Modero, Mistwalker White Gown

For makeup, I used three different tattoo layers that were all from different creators but worked great together to make this mysterious look.  I tried to avoid making it look too gothic or cyber as that will go against what I wanted to do with this outfit.

La Malvada Mujer makeup, lipwax from Boom Clothing & eyeliner from a.e.meth

Posted by Kay Fairey, CEO and model for BLVD Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy Executive Director and Instructor, Agency Director for Dione Fashion Agency, 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.))

Fun And Exciting New Pants From Sascha’s Designs

Sascha's Designs, Paisley Pants Dark #2 Pants & Bliss Couture, Ruffle Coat in Grey

Sascha Frangilli of Sascha’s Designs is releasing a very hot and exciting pants series!  It’s called “Paisley Pants” and comes in four amazing “dark” colours as well as another four “light” colours, which is eight colours in total!

Obviously the “light” colours tend to have a more spring-like feel but it’s been really cold this winter and a bit of a spring feel is something we can all welcome as long as we are living in countries that have cold winters.  For me, it’s been a tough cold winter this year and I am totally in love with the bright colours of these pants to brighten up my day!

Here, I styled one pair of pants from the “dark” series and one more from the “light” series.  For the “dark” pants, I styled it with one of the newly released fur bolero jacket from Bliss Couture for a more winter look.

Bliss Couture, Ruffles Coat in Grey

The Ruffle Coat from Bliss Couture that I am wearing also comes in eight colour variations: blue, grey, magenta, noir, olive, pearl, purple and red.  With so many colours to choose from, I am sure you will be able to find one, if not more colours, that you like!

These fun and pretty pants are a great way to add some colour to our winter fashion!

Sascha's Designs, Paisley Pants Dark #2

I made the second look using a pair from the “light” colour series.  These are very fun to style too as you can easily pick one colour from the pants texture and add that colour as a point colour to your look.

Sascha's Designs, Paisley Light No.3 Pants

Here, I styled it with a shirt from Coco for a more spring look and an amazing bag from Indyra Originals that is colour change in the main leather part and straps that allows up to 729 combinations!

Sascha's Designs, Paisley Light No.3 Pants & Indyra Originals, Ireben Leather Color Change Carry-All

The makeup I wore in both looks are from Egoisme.

Egoisme, Evian Lexie Skins Evian Makeups Eyesmooky 1-e

Styling notes for Paisley Dark No.2 Pants

  • Pants:  Sascha’s Designs, Paisley Dark No.2 Pants – NEW
  • Top:  Cynful, Baubie Hugger (Lime Green, unbuttoned)
  • Jacket:  Bliss Couture, Ruffles Coat (Grey) – NEW
  • Hair:  BooN, QPT129 Hair (Black)
  • Jewelry:  je suis, Boheme Set
  • Sandals:  Pixel Fashion, Mya Clogs (Green)
  • Skin:  Egoisme, Evian Sora Skin – No Eyebrows – Cleavage (Pale) – NEW
  • Eyebrows:  Egoisme, Sora Tintable Eyebrows 3 – NEW
  • Makeup:  Egoisme, Evian Sora Makeup Glamour 16 – NEW
  • Nails:  CCD, Prim Nails + Ring – Famous (Turquoise)

Styling notes for Paisley Light No.3 Pants

  • Pants:  Sascha’s Designs, Paisley Light No.3 Pants – NEW
  • Top:  Coco, Linen Shirt (Beige)
  • Hair:  Sixty Nine, Bell 02 (Dark Noir)
  • Jewelry:  glow studio, Your Glory Necklace (Pink/Gold) – NEW
  • Shoes:  LeLutka, K.I.A. (Retail)
  • Makeup:  Egoisme, Evian Lexie Skins Evian Makeups Eyesmooky 1-e – NEW
  • Nails:  CCD, Prim Nails + Ring – Royalty (Candy)

Posted by Kay Fairey, CEO and model for BLVD Agency, Miss Virtual World Modeling Academy Executive Director and Instructor, Agency Director for Dione Fashion Agency, 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 2

It’s been a while since I was able to post last and I apologize for leaving the posing topic half way up in the air.  I do take this blog very seriously and I don’t like to post unless I know I can focus on this until I can get a post up.

So a lot happened during this time.  A new BLVD Agency was created to replace the original Boulevard Agency and as our first show, we had the BOSL Fashion Week where the new BLVD Agency had 9 shows plus one more by the Miss Virtual World finalists which was also their first public presentation as 2012 finalists.  So I’d been rather busy.  XD

So going back to the topic where we left it in the last post, which is some of my personal thoughts about poses we use for runway shows, part 2, I will continue to write about the remaining “no no poses” to shed some light into why they were banned and whether they were really that bad?

3.  No arm pit poses.
These are sometimes referred to as “deodorant poses” because they look like poses you’ll see in deodorant commercials.  *laughs*  The reason why these were banned in the first place was because they tend not to be “very elegant”.  Again, think about RL.  Would you stick your arms up to show your arm pits if you were wearing a gown in RL?  The answer is most likely no.

However, if the reason for these poses getting banned was because they are not elegant, how about outfits that are not meant to be so elegant?  For example, how about fun, playful outfits or more role play type outfits?  How about street casuals?

Of course, these poses can be used. 🙂

But again, don’t forget the basic rule.  Poses have to be chosen to draw out the best of the outfits you are modeling.  Also don’t think about each individual pose as separate poses.  In other words, the poses have to flow naturally.  So if you will look like you have abruptly thrown out your arms and if that looks unnatural as a flow from the previous pose you will be using, then it may not be a good choice.  This, of course, applies to all poses however.  So after you have chosen some poses that seem to work with your outfit, it’s always a good idea to run through them to see if they flow naturally.  If not, you may need to swap the order of some poses or chose different ones altogether.

4.  No animated poses.
Finally I am seeing less of these poses being used, which I believe is good.  It’s not so much that the commercially available animated poses are bad, however.  It’s just not my favorite poses because it means somebody else can run through the same animation by using it and most likely a lot of people will even recognize where you bought it.

We all try so hard to be unique.  Why compromise with poses?

If you absolutely want to use an animation, then try to create your own.  For example, you might want to show how an outfit flows.  Some outfits look really gorgeous when they move.  So why not show this?

You might argue “but I can’t make poses.”  Right.  Neither do I.  But you can still create your own animated pose by grouping a set of still poses and hitting them one after another so that they flow as if it was an animated sequence.  You just need to be patient and find which ones work well together.  Usually this will be a sequence of 3 to 4 poses.  Of course, you can use more and make it a longer sequence.  However, as I briefly wrote in Part 1, you do need to give some good “standing still time” so people can see you well and also for any photographers out there to take a nice picture.  So you don’t want to be moving constantly.  So after taking that into consideration, usually a short animation using 3-4 poses seem to work the best.

It might also be a good idea to keep a memo of the names of poses that work together.  Or even keep folders naming them something like “Animation 1”, “Animation 2” and in each of these folders, keep some still poses that you have found that work together well.  Don’t forget to rename them with sequential numbers so you will know in which order they should be played.  Then renew these folders from time to time so you won’t be using the same sequence over and over again.

Finding poses that work as animated poses are tedious and need patience.  But when you do find a set that works great, it’s a big pleasure also.  Besides, it’s fun!

5.  No back poses (poses where you turn around to show your behind).
I must say, I am not sure at all why these poses have to be banned.  Mind you, not all show directors ban these but I have seen some that do.  I am assuming they were banned because they thought you shouldn’t be showing your behind to the audience guests.

But hey…..we are models!  Not actresses or singers on stage.  Our job is to show the outfits and not ourselves.

So if we see any value in showing our behind, such as when an outfit you are modeling has some interesting back view, why not show it?  Just make sure you don’t end the posing showing your behind.  It will actually look odd if you suddenly walked away after a back pose, right?  So make sure it’s used in between frontal poses so you have a bit of time to go back to a frontal pose before walking back.

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 So these were my thoughts on poses and also on some banned poses issues that I generally hear in the SL fashion industry.

If and when you are in any doubt, always think what it will look like in RL and also why some poses were banned in the first place.  Then think if your case applies.  That should give you a good idea on how to judge different cases and situations.

And to any show director who might be reading this, don’t ban poses without thinking of the reasons why.  Don’t just chant “no” because somebody else told you “no.”  Be prepared to give your reason why you want some poses out..

Have fun posing!!

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.