Sunday, June 22, 2008

Doin' It (Well): Urban Threads and Hip Hop Glamour

Regardless of your take on the culture wars and the commodification of street culture, I think you'll agree that there is a particular style and aesthetic that can only be identified in connection with what the vast majority of us have come to accept as "urban." Certainly, many fashion designers and hip hop moguls the world over have tapped into the masses' desire to latch onto clothes that are as unique, provocative, and American as the urban culture and environment(s) with which they are so closely associated. It turns out that my Doll is not always so different from the masses in that regard. On Saturday, she set out to find some designer duds with a little flava.

My Doll was amazed at the attention to detail and quality in the clothing sold at Freesoul, where she picked up her very first urban essential, baggy pants (above.) The textures used on the pants are very well-done and the sculpted prim attachments that provide the baggy look in these pants clearly took some time and effort to create. Also note that the sculpted prim attachments used in these pants are tapered closer to the waist so that they blend with the garment fairly easily and seamlessly. These pants were a knock-out as baggy pants go, putting the others that my Doll tried on to shame.

While at Freesoul, my Doll couldn't resist channeling her inner Beyonce and grabbing a red-carpet-worthy outfit suited for hip hop royalty(above.) Freesoul didn't disappoint with this glammed up tube top and a low-rise satin skirt. Again, the textures were outstanding! Sequin adornments this attractive in Second Life are most definitely a rare find.

Even if your doll isn't looking for a little flava or trying to fight the culture wars, be sure to check out Freesoul. They have a huge selection of clothing, available in discounted outfits or as seperates, AND a huge selection of handbags and other accessories.

And if it just so happens that your doll is looking for something to wear to her next big meeting with the top brass at her record label, I might suggest Coed Threads' aptly named, Make Dinero suit in black (below.) Right down to the dangerously low pants and blingified cuff links, this little number says that you mean business about your next album going triple platinum.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Bedroom Couture by Zhao Shoes

It's okay, drool. That's precisely what I did when I donned one of Miss Melanie Zhao's latest to-be-released creations, the Moscou. These beautiful, fuzzy beauties pick up right where the Lisa left off, kicking the fuzzy, bedroom slipper up a notch (or ten) to something properly classified as "haute couture." If you didn't think that fuzzy heels to match your doll's lingerie collection could be high fashion, it seems that Miss Zhao has taken issue with that position and served up a few slices of prim heaven to help you think outside of that box. The gold texture applied to the heel is one that I'm sure will be coveted by many a jewelry designer and I haven't seen any furry bits that come close to competing with the ones you'll find on these little beauties. So if you needed a justification for more lingerie, here it is in all its glory!

Oh, I'd encourage all of you Zhao worshipers to take this opportunity to use the bookmark function on your browsers because there's more where this one came from. MUAH!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Zhao Shoes: Justification for Better SL Feet

"It is the fragrant lack of practicality that makes high-heeled shoes so fascinating: in terms of static mechanics they induce a sort of insecurity which some find titillating. If a woman wears a high-heeled shoe it changes the apparent musculature of the leg so that you get an effect of twanging sinew, of tension needing to be released. Her bottom sticks out like an offering. At the same time, the lofty perch is an expression of vulnerability, she is effectively hobbled and unable to escape. There is something arousing about this declaration that she is prepared to sacrifice function for form."
-Stephen Bayley

I can think of few things that make my Doll's little heart sing like a fine pair of prim shoes. Fortunately, my Doll found shoe mecca early on in her Second Life and has been a devout follower of Zhao Shoes ever since. If you are puzzled by the use of religious metaphors in this instance, I encourage you to stop by Zhao Shoes where you will undoubtedly learn what it means to stand in awe before all that is holy. I am extraordinarily proud to present to you the newest masterpieces from Zhao Shoes.

Have no doubt, Miss Melanie Zhao's Second Life rendition of the almighty high heel is nothing short of spectacular. Her prim work and attention to detail are second to none, while she has somehow managed to make that hideous shoe base virtually disappear. The Bunnie boots (top left) are exemplary of Zhao's attention to detail, right down to the impeccable texture and little bunny charm that is constructed of tiny prims. With a single boot registering at over 300 prims and a HUD attachment that allows a lucky owner to elect the type and volume of her heel click as well as the use of bling and built-in AO, the Bunnie boots will undoubtedly make you a believer. (And yes, that fancy, easy-to-use HUD is standard in all pairs of Zhao shoes. STOCK UP!)
What? You're not into boots you say?
Well, that's quite alright because if you can't find something to please your palette in Zhao's enormous selection, then (please check your pulse and) it's likely that you won't be able to turn down the beautiful, fuzzy Lisa heels (above) that were made to match all of that lingerie your doll has in her closet. But if your doll is looking for something to complement her extensive collection of evening gowns for that uber important formal event, then I'd have to recommend the Lovis heels (left.) The Lovis heels strike a perfect balance, managing to be daringly high while retaining all the class and elegance that make them suitable for your doll's most formal affairs.

Oh, did I mention that Miss Zhao broke off a little piece of prim heaven just for you dolls that already have one of everything? She did. Even if you already have it all, you don't have the Savannah (right.) Just in time for summer, Zhao Shoes delivers a unique, fresh take on the strappy sandal. Please take a moment to retire those tired strappy heels and tie-ups in your doll's closet, you won't be needing them for this summer season.
And if you're looking for a more traditional sandal to match your fierce, but casual look for the dog days of summer, Zhao has the bases covered there too. Helen of Troy might have launched another thousand ships if she has been armed with Zhao's Helena sandals (below left.) My Doll thinks the Helena sandals are reason enough for the folks over at Linden's concierge office to throw another toga party.