Archive for October, 2009

It’s Gotten Quiet, to Quiet.

Posted in Second Life, Second Life Fashion, SL, Sl fashion, sl Model, Uncategorized, Worldofsl with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by RedLexi

Sometimes I think I am oversensitive but Second life has been depressing me just a little bit lately. Now don’t get me wrong, the times I have with my partner Genie are the best times I have ever had in SL and I almost can’t imagine the place with out him sharing it with me. He is the best and brightest part. The store is going ok. I can’t seem to catch any breaks when it comes to shows or recognition but if I keep plugging, that will come. Maybe. At least my land fees are being covered by sales every month and the store looks awesome. So no real complaints there.

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What really started this discontent was the  fading of what had not even really yet become a real friendship. There was a talented woman designer who I shall not name here. She helped me greatly on my designing, giving me a few tips and tricks to vastly improve my work.  She seemed honestly happy for me and interested in what I was doing. I was in awe of her so I made a point not to bother her often but every couple days or so I would wave or have brief chat, or ask her advice or opinion. Then suddenly she started needing to log off when i said Hi…or was to busy to chat. I never minded, she was very famous after all and i am a nobody who was just pleased that she had time for me at all. Then she vanished. I had not seen her listed on my friends list as logged in at all for a good 2 weeks and I was concerned about her, normally she was there nearly every day.

Then someone on a channel mentioned that they were talking to her at the moment. On my list, she was still listed as not logged in. Just as a test, i sent her a friendly little “Hi lovely”  IM.  She sent me a “Hi” back and that was that. I won’t bother her any more. Hmmm….guess she felt she had to hide from me.

Now I really wonder what I did to offend her and bring on this change….and chances are I will never ever know. In my head I have gone over every conversation where i may have mentioned her and i can’t find where the slight or insult was. She won’t likely ever contact me too clear it up…in hind site i realize she never did greet me first, maybe I should have taken a clue from that.

It has made me wonder who else I bother. I have a long list of  names on my friend list, but I can be on SL for hours and not hear from anyone. Genie and Harper, my sister both log on and have 15- minutes of IMs to deal with…that has never happened to me. If I log on….nobody seems to notice. Would more then 3 people even take note if i vanished entirely?

Do I expect to much? Am I being paranoid in thinking that if people don’t ever greet you, they don’t really care if they ever talk to you or not?  Am I the only one that looks at my friends list now and then and is happy to see some of my favorite people there? All I know is that lately I am pulling back into my old hermit ways, waiting days to say hi to folks and not making any hard effort to engage people in chat.  I don’t want to lose anyone else.

Or worse yet…find out there was never anything to lose in the first place.

Bloody Vanilla

Posted in Second Life, Second Life Fashion, SL, Sl fashion, sl Model, Worldofsl with tags , , , , , , , on October 22, 2009 by RedLexi

I told them, I warned them to leave me alone. I am just a mild-mannered gentleman, really I am. There is not a violent bone in my body and I never planned to hurt anyone. Honest, I didn’t plan it but I did warn them. I told them to leave me alone.  This is all their own fault. They brought it on themselves.

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And now there is all this blood. My clothing  is in ruins from it. Damn them all. It was such a wonderful suit too, a orginal made by Vanilla C. Designs. It was my favorite a stunning leaf patterned brocade waistcoat with gold trim,  and delightfully ruffled shirt. I took such delight in keeping the whites snowy and clean, but they would not leave me be.  Those fools. They made me ruin it with their nasty blood. The blood is even on the tricorn hat that came along with my poor suit. The feathers will never be the same. It’s tragic to see such finery ruined. Why couldn’t they just leave me alone?


SL’s Next Fashion Designer, Me?

Posted in Second Life, Second Life Fashion, SL, Sl Contest, Sl fashion, sl Model, Uncategorized, Worldofsl with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2009 by RedLexi

Week three of the SL’s Next Designer Contest and I KNEW it was going to be epic. The theme was “Create a Fantasy”

I started off thinking I wanted to do a fairy but then decided that might well be everyone’s first thought. So I moved off to look at all my fabric samples to see if i could find inspiration there. What I found was several different heart prints….a bit of sketching later and I had my idea. One I was sure nobody else would think of.

The Queen of Hearts!

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( The Queen of Hearts, by Brocade Tiger )

I had a blast making this outfit.  For starters, Miss Hotla Hoodoo, one of the other designers in the  contest told me about a store called “Butterfly Effects“.  I had been grumbling about not knowing how to sculpt and she asked me if I had checked at Butterfly effects. It turns out it  is a whole huge store full of sculpted prims made just for we clothing designers!!! I shopped the entire place, simply drooling over what I could make with this stuff.   My life as a designer was forever changed. If anyone knows of more stores like this…please! Tell me!! I am a sculpt addict now. I need more!

Anyway, after a very long time at Butterfly Effects, I finally remembered why I was there. I got me a bow making kit, some puffy sleeve patterns and then off I went to create. It really just came right together for me. Even texturing sculpted prims was easier than I expected. Then as a surprise, Genie made me a charming heart crown to add to the outfit. It poofed out a little trail of hearts and was the perfect final touch to the outfit. I was really feeling confident about this outfit. It had prims…textures,  it even had an evil queen showing her undies. It  had to be a keeper. I could hardly wait for Sunday.

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The Show night was INSANE. The lag was the worst i have ever encountered at a fashion show. Considering that one of the designs had and ARC of over 11000!!! it was not a surprise. My poor girl model was IMing me…she was unable to become visible! When it came her turn to walk the runway, she was just a glowing gas ball with hearts poofing out of it. Nobody could see the outfit. I was so bummed… and then…the entire sim crashed.

I was never so happy to see a crash happen in my life. There was some impressive scrambling done by the show staff and helpers and in a very short time we had a new place to have the show. Everyone managed to come back on line and the entire show was restarted. This time Precious, my model got to strut her stuff…and even be  visible too! She looked adorable!

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Then it was judging time and the announcer says that the judges want to ask the designers some questions. Who do they pick first. Me. Of course.  “Why did you Choose the Queen of Hearts?” Is the question the judge asks of me. I babble something back to her  about wanting an idea nobody else would have and her being an evil queen with a sense of style and all.”  Then she tells me that while my Textures are great, she wishes I was not playing it so “safe”.   Then it was done. THEY DIDN’T ASK ANYONE ELSE ANYTHING!!!!!!  There were 7 designers and I was the only one they had to ask something of? What the heck was that supposed to mean!? Safe… I had an evil queen in her undies’s for pity sake….that is safe?! While I sat there trying to figure out why I was the only one questioned and what the heck “safe” means, the First place winner and the  eliminated designer were announced.

If you would like to see the other designs form this weeks round, check the show’s own blog, right here. There were some really impressive outfits.

I was still in. I survived round three!! Not sure my confidence has survived but I am in for another week. This time, we have to make red carpet, Oscar style dresses. High on the glamor and style. With my confidence rattled…I am now off to try and make the sort of dress I have no  knowledge about.

Why can’t there be a menswear challenge? Why was I the only one questioned?

Wish me luck. I’ll need it.

Could I Really be SL’s Next Fashion Designer?

Posted in Second Life, Second Life Fashion, SL, Sl Contest, Sl fashion, sl Model, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2009 by RedLexi

Last Sunday was Round Two of the SL’s Next Fashion Designer. The Theme for this week’s designs was “Famous People” and we were instructed to pick any famous person, living or dead and create a new outfit for them based on their own personal style.  I pondered some silly ideas, like making something for Elton John or Liberace, either of whom would have been a delightfully camp, grin inducing choice.  In the end tho, I had to choose the Artist currently known as Prince.

I have always been a fan of Prince and his sense of style is one I often seem to mimic in my own SL wardrobe. The crisp lines he wears and the androgynous sexuality he seems to manage with ease just delights me. That was something I could surely design an outfit around.

My poor male  model when thru allot this week. I made him lose a good forty pounds….get a very dark tan and dye his hair. Then as the final insult, I put the poor boy in high heeled boots. When it was done though….I think I had a fairly passable Prince.

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(Peacock Prince by Brocade Tiger)

The outfit was cream/gold and burgundy and light colors seem to be less used. Imagine my surprise when the two most prim heavy designs in the contest were cream cold in color. It was like we planned it. In spite of astounding odds against it, 2 of the eight designers picked the same famous person, Marie Antoinette and the both of them made her a fantastic gold dress. When I saw all those ruffles and folds I had a sinking feeling  I was on my way out. My poor thin little Prince looked very small and simple out  there between the two Maries.

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Then when he walked out on the runway and someone in the crowd yelled “It’s ELVIS….I love Elvis!”  I really could have just died. On one hand it was great my work was being loudly loved….but sweet gods….did he really look like Elvis?!

In spite of brief doubts….I made it thru to round two! In fact I was told the judges placed me in third place that night so the torture of my male model was well worth it. I had to go home and dance around the living room for 20 minutes after the show, I was that thrilled!

There are only 7 designers still in the running now and the next Challange is  right up my alley. Now we designers have to make a outfit for a fantasy creature or person. Vampire, elf, fairy, wicked witch, you know the list.  My idea came to me instantly and I am willing to bet nobody else will think of it.   This is going to be fun!

You can bet I plan to use more Prims this round too.

Wish me Luck.

Feeling Halloweenie?

Posted in Uncategorized on October 2, 2009 by RedLexi

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