Excited

Chinoiserie

I am very excited about two different fashion news in Second Life today. One is that Azure Electriteeth is now also making hair for her brand LaViere. There are three styles so far. I am wearing the most sexy on them on these pictures.

Second and awesome news is the opening of a new store, born from the collaboration of two famous designers, One Bad Pixel, which will provide us with sexy quality mesh clothing. “Can you guess who they are?” is the question you have to answer before the 24th april midnight to have a chance to win the next release from the brand. One is very easy to find while I am still trying to guess who the second is.

Since I have seen a preview of that cheong, i had to have it and imagine how delighted i was to discover the clothes were so well thought after that the cigarette pants are actualy fitting really good under it, wearing the same size. This is so very rare with mesh items, even coming from a same quality store that it is worth mentionning it. The store also offers custom fitting so you can adapt the clothes to your own very private shape instead of having to modify it. The service might seem expensive at first, 1100 L$ for a single product, then 200 L$ for each additional colour. Though, keep in mind it is still a lot of work for the designer.

Credits:
Skin: *League* Jen Medium ChinaDoll (Cleavage D)
Hair: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Sand (M)
Hair: LaViere The Vert/FadedGinger
Dress: One Bad Pixel ::1bp:: Cherry Cheong Red
Pants: One Bad Pixel ::1bp:: Cigarette Pants Black
Ring: [MANDALA]Motsumame Ring SET
Earrings: SIGMA Jewels/ Chantal earring (charcoal-gold) (at Wear Grey for a few more)
Shoes: Slink Glitter Peeptoe Red
Poses: !bang and aDORKable

Blue Grey Snow

Blue Grey

Blue Grey 2

New profile pic december 2011

Credits:

Skin: –Belleza– Chloe SK 5 with light brows and lipstick 2 tattoos
Eyes: [LeLutka]-Ellis-Vine/M
Eyelashes: [LeLutka]-Photoshoot II Lashes
Hair: [LeLutka]-LOOSE hair – StrawberryBlonde
Hairbase: [LeLutka]-HAIRBASE AuburnHaze
Vest: ISON – belted fur vest (snow)
Dress: *League* Suede Wrap Dress -Black
Turtleneck: fri. – Basic.Turtleneck (Oatmeal)
Pants: ISON – moto leather pants (sand)
Gloves: *League* Sheepskin Mitten -Hand -Blue (PomPoms)
Belt and Necklace: *League* Tassles Necklace & Crochet Belt (FLF)
Bag: (Milk Motion) My leather patchwork bag
Boots: MIEL LIA BOOTS
Poses: aDORKable

Teal Peacock

Teal Peacock

Credits:

Skin: –Belleza– Chloe SK 4
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Lagoon (S)
Hair: tram Choice!2011 hat hair / Green(Peacock
Cloak: The Secret Store – Kimono Coat – Mocha
Dress: DCNY_Off Shoulder Dress_Dress Top Taupe
Scarf: Izzie’s – Knit Scarf multicolor orange
Gloves: The Secret Store – Fine gloves – Teal
Bag: Tee*fy Full Leather Holdall Bag Unisex at TDRBlue
Ring: Donna Flora ZSAZSA leo ring turquoise
Poses: ARDORKable
Furnitures: LISP Bazaar

Fall Ruines

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Fall Ruines_001

Credits:

Skin: -Belleza- Chloe SK 6
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Hazel (M)
Hair: [LeLutka]-JOLIE hair – SummerTime
Hairbase: [LeLutka]-HAIRBASE IrishRed
Blazer: CHANTKARE COUNTRY BLAZER
Top: Tres Blah -tb- Peek-a-boo Vneck – Grey
Scarf: (TokiD) scarf from my aunt (tiger)
Jeans: Tres Blah -tb- Juju Jeans – Original Wash
Earrings: *YS&YS* Gold Flexi Earring
Boots: MIEL PUDDLE BOOT – NATURAL
Poses: ADORKable

Meshes: a Revolution?

Hello,

Meshes_001

So here it is, meshes have struck the grid with the new official viewer 3.0 (must have to experience mesh)! I guess most people who are reading fashion feeds already know about it while a lot of residents just have no idea what it is. Is mesh all new? No! Actualy, your avatar is already a mesh. What is new is that content creators are now able to use meshes to build more detailed items and better reacting to physics items in 3D extern softwares like Maya and import them in Second Life. It is basically what is used in any software to create the world. In the past, the limitations in Second Life were such that prims, sculpted prims were used to get around them. For more detailed and better explanations, please read this article By Siddean Munroe of SLink or the Second Life Wiki. You can find free meshes jeans at SLink if you are up to testing by the way.

Meshes 2

One of the best assets of meshes is now your clothes will follow the moves of your body. In the above pictures, you can see the poncho is spreading with the arms while with prims, the arms would go out of it. One of the rules while wearing ponchos was “use soft poses with arms alongside the body”. Another great asset you can see here is that we finally get wide pants to look great as they are made in one piece and not anymore made of several prims which are not always fitting together that great (the knees are a major issue as soon as you bend them a little).

For sure, meshes are offering a whole new set of possibilites to creations in Second Life and I am happy to have new toys to play with. This being said, let’s have a look at some issues with them.

Meshes 3

All the mesh clothes I am wearing in these pictures are from JANE. Janie Marlowe has blown the grid by releasing a whole collection made of meshes. Nonetheless are the clothes of great quality, they are also very affordable so if you want to have a try at it, I recommand having a look at them. There are also free demos for each piece so you don’t have to go broke. The following issues I will point at have nothing to do with Janie Marlowe’s work so there is no need to start a drama here. It is about mesh limitations.

First thing: Meshes which are “rigged” to the avatar cannot be edited in any way. This means they cannot be moved, resized, modified to fit your avatar shape. (from the wiki: Rigged meshes allow you to represent your avatar skeleton as a mesh that conforms to your joints and motions. This means that you can wear a rigged model that changes the length and orientation of your avatar’s limbs and animates accordingly.) The mesh is made outside of Second Life according to a skeleton which is not your avatar shape, probably not even the creator’s shape.

In the above picture, you can clearly see that the dress is going out of the poncho. With sculpties, you could just resize or move the prim a bit so it stays up the dress at all times or almost. Here, with meshes, you cannot move them at all. It reduces styling possibilities. People might argue the poncho was not made to be worn above the dress but at the same time, that is what styling is “putting together clothes and accessories which were not meant as a set in the beginning in a fashionably way”.

Now, I can also use photoshop magic and go aroung the problem but that is cheating and certainly not what it will look like in SL.

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Second thing: I had to change my shape. My orginal avatar is rather SL petite. Though creators are trying to provide us with several options, it is hard to find one that fits great for some people. I am wearing the small version and some clothes still look too big.

To use meshes, you have to use alphas which conceal your avatar shape so it does not goes out of the mesh. You can compare it to wearing sculpted prims. This means that the shape of the pants is not your avatar legs. If the creator likes a big gap between your legs, there will be a gap, even if your normally a bit curvy avatar has plain legs. If you like big boobs or on the contrary a flat chest, you will have to count on the creator’s will to make several versions or not, as that means a lot more work for them. By the way, Janie Marlowe is asking for feedback about fitting issues. So feel free to help.

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One of the first thing I have liked about Second Life was the ability to customize my avatar in ways no other game had offered me in the past. My shape is mine, it does not look like a clone. It is not that this shape is the best of them all but it is the way I like it. Most of the time, I was able to modify clothes to make them fit to my avatar. One of my fears with the meshes limits is we will slowly move to a shape standardization to be able to wear a maximum of clothes from different stores and frankly, I am not too eager to look like some skinny models out there.

Meshes such as it is now, is a bit too limited and would require more flexibility to be a revolution. Some residents are already coming up with ideas to make it better. You can vote on this Jira to help improve the project.

Meshes are what prims and sculpted prims were to UV layers in the past: a nice adition to make your avatar look better. The way they are made at the moment is limiting their use and old build ways still have their place in Second Life.

Finally, this is what you will look like while wearing meshes for everyone who is not using the last 3.0 viewer version. Seeing how people have resisted the transition to version 2.0 viewer and a lot are still running on old viewers, think about it twice before moving around with mesh clothes or avatars. To me, if Linden Labs does not force everyone to use the new viewer or a compatible 3rd party viewer, this will be the last and main limitiation to the use of meshes. Seeing the numerous crashes and the lag I have using official viewer, this won’t be the case before long.

Meshes in old viewer_001

Credits:

Skin: Curio :GP: Petal Frex [Dark] Airhead-Daze 1
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Lagoon (M)
Hair: [LeLutka]-MOSS hair – StrawberryBlonde
Shoes: Ingenue :: Paquerette :: Chocolate & Robin
Sneakers: MIEL VARSITY KICKS NATURAL
Bracelet: Zaara : Vyomini chained bracelet *turquoise*
Poses: ADORKable

Pic 1 and 2:
Poncho: JANE – poncho.toasty.chocolate
Blouse and frills: {mon tissu} Gathered Frills Blouse ~ Teal (not mesh)
Pants: JANE – wide leg pant.zooey.truffle

Pic 3 and 4:
Dress: JANE – sack dress.tweet.marine
Tights: So Many Styles (very old group gift)

Pic 5 and 6:
Hoodie: JANE – zipper hoodie.spectrum.blush
Pants: JANE – jeans.classic fit.indigo

Have fun with meshes,
Tana

Between Brigitte and Amy

Vespa

Vespa 2

Vespa 3

Credits:

Skin: Baiastice_Nina-peach -make up 12- BL (R)
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Lagoon (M)
Hair: [LeLutka]-BRIGITTE hair – StrawberryBlonde
Blazer: * Mimikri – Kay Blazer black
Skirt: Zaara : Denim Skirt *white* (R)
Nails: ::je suis…naive Nails v.2 (R)
Hat: ::MOOD:: Duchess Fascinator (R)
Sunglasses: [Gos] – Custom Sunglasses v3.2 BUTTERFLY
Tights: –tb– tights polkadots black
Shoes: Gos [DOCS-V2] Cow
Poses: ADORKable (R)

Review copies: (R)

Nautical Roller Girl

Hello,

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Don’t tell me you’ve missed it, nautical is the trend this summer. Well to me, it could work just for any summer. It is one of those timeless styles. You can play it very classical, elegant to leave for a journey on a yacht or more girly in a look somewhere between a roller girl and a sailor.

Nautical

To help me with the roller girl side, the very short shorts from The Secret Store works beautifully, helped by a scarf and a top from Emery. Add the Maitreya Moxie winter version with high tights to give that sweet young girl touch. As I don’t like it too girly, I have chosen this new hairstyle from Shag, a sexy and a bit savage updo which was pre-released for Project Themeory this last week-end.

Credits:
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Lagoon (M)
Skin: LAQ ~ Jennie2 [Peach] 05
Makeup: LAQ ~ Eye makeup 01b
Hair: [Shag] – Thai Me Up (Roots) – bombshell
Top: Emery – Top Paula [Salmon]
Shorts: The Secret Store – Highwaisted shorts – Denim
Scarf: Emery – Silk Scarf Holly Naval [02]
Socks: Maitreya Moxie Over-Knee Socks * White
Bangles: Zaara : Pallav clear bracelets
Shoes: Maitreya Gold * Moxie Snow
Poses: ADORKable
Boat Shack: **InteriorAddiction** Boat Shack (past Spruce Up Your Space item)

Bye bye,
Tana