Etheria 2, Painted Ladies, When Jewelers Dream is going on until January 8 on the Amira sim. Usually, the clothing is the main event, with jewelry considered an accessory. With Etheria, the jewelry is the main event – each jewelry designer, invited to participate by the event organizer, in turn chose a clothing designer to create an outfit to complement the jewelry. The theme this time around is Painted Ladies – focusing on those special ladies that kept the Miner 49ers company on those chilly nights after a long day of panning for gold during the California Gold Rush of 1849. Tonight I’m going to showcase the collaboration between two of my favorite designers – Lola Hienrichs of Lolapop! and Allegory Malaprop of Schadenfreude. Since the jewelry is the focus, I’ll show you the closeup first. 🙂
Lola designed a cameo and pearls set called Cosette. (Cosette is a character in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, btw). The choker and earrings come in either black pearls (shown here) or white. The cameo design is that of open red and yellow roses, along with greenery and a rosebud, surrounded by a silver frame embellished with silver leaves and roses. To complement the Cosette set, Allegory chose to focus on a dress that evoked that special class of lady of ill-repute – the madame of the house. Often, these ladies were so well-off that they were able to import the latest fashions from the streets of Paris and London. Allegory tells us that the dresses are named for Pearl deVere, one of those “classy” ladies who commanded a hefty price for her services and for those of her girls as well.
DeVere comes in six colors, including the scarlet shown above, and the black I’ll show you next. The outfit comes with lots of pieces, including a rigged mesh skirt with attached bustle in two sizes (try a demo to make sure it fits you), as well as the mesh bustle alone in two sizes. It also comes with lace stockings, a black undershirt and bloomers, bloomer and undershirt ruffles, ruffled sleeves, and a jacket. The ruffled pieces are all sculpted bits that are easily resizeable. As you can see, there are various wear options with this beautiful outfit. The fleur-de-lis patterned brocade of the dress texture is beautifully done, and the golden buttons with fleur-de-lis sets off the dress nicely. The dress left nothing to be desired, but I’d expect nothing less from a pro like Allegory. As I mentioned to her, she is one of the handful of people that *define* SL for me. What would SL be without her giant elephant shaped store and her fantastic, whimsical collaborations with her friend hyasinth tiramisu of Silentsparrow? For me, SL would be just a bit too boring without them around.
Although the focus of this post is on the clothing and jewelry, I have to put in a few words about the gorgeous boots. These are one of the latest releases from Lassitude & Ennui – another bastion of SL fashion. I think my very first pair of SL shoes were from them – way back in 2007. These particular boots, Selene, are on sale for the La Venta Eventa for only L$60 – a true bargain for boots of this quality and beauty! Finally, the elegant hair I’m wearing was a Christmas-time release from Amacci. It’s an attachment that must be worn with a hairbase, but Amacci generously provides those for free. If you need hairbases, this is the place to go because Amacci has every color under the sun – one to match *any* hair you own.
Here is the black version of deVere – it’s so elegant. I love the double-breasted buttons on the jacket. And look how the mesh skirt moves with you so beautifully! The shoes I’m wearing here are also from Lassitude & Ennui – the Arcanist shoes in black. They’re perfect for a “period” look such as this.
Well, I hope you enjoyed my little post. If you’d like to see some artful, on location photos of this outfit, check my flickr page by clicking the link to the left! Until next time…
Happy hunting, gathering, shopping, etc. *mwah*!
Nos. 1 and 3:
Dress – Schadenfreude at Etheria – deVere – Black*
Jewelry – Lolapop! at Etheria – Cosette Pearl Set – Black*
Shoes – Lassitude & Ennui – Selene
Hair – Amacci – Lily – Black Coal (worn with hairbase)*
Eyes – Poetic Colors – Moon – Autumn (bright) – freebie!
Skin – Belleza – Lily Pale Dark – Christmas Gift
Dress – Schadenfreude at Etheria – deVere – Scarlet*
Shoes – Lassitude & Ennui – The Arcanist – Black
Items marked with an * denote review copies. Merci beaucoup, muchas gracias, and many thanks to the wonderful designers who support my acquisitive passion for SL fashion!