Every once in awhile someone produces a list of The Best of SL Merchants in different categories. For consumers, these lists can be useful lists of new places to check out and a source for ideas of where to look, but there is the downside of short-circuiting you own exploration and the fun of finding new and unique stores. For retailers, the lists are a great boost in building traffic and brand recognition, but there is also a downside of getting pigeon-holed. That certainly has happened with Sn@tch – a store that is often labeled Punk, Goth, Grunge or whatever is the au courant label for Alternative clothing. The category fits, but too tightly – and ignores the wonderful range of mainstream separates and high fashion outfits that you can find at Sn@tch. I thought I might spend a few days highlighting how Sn@tch is much more than the label and do my small part to stretch expectations.
Consider this Uptown outfit from Sn@tch. Yes, with the right accessories, hair and makeup, it could look alternative. However, it’s a beautifully coordinated and completely mainstream sweater and skirt that is perfectly at home in a museum, a fundraiser or most any event short of a formal ball. It’s simply beautifully done.
I love some of the details – including the extended sleeves. Let’s give Ivey some accolades for including a manicure with the gloves. Okay, the finger gloves are a hallmark of alternative design – but also of high-fashion design. When my RL friend saw this outfit, she classified it as high-fashion and pointed to the extended sleeves as what made it high fashion, not mainstream. By the way, speaking of high fashion, I have to point out these gorgeous shoes from N-Core. I could not resist choosing a red heel to add a pop of color.
The jewelry is from Uzuri – where Afrocentric meets High Fashion. I love Uzuri’s jewelry and these bits of red make a good counterpoint to the dash of red in the shoes. The hair is from Vignette and the skin is Rockberry’s new Kalista that was just released.
Promotional Copies are denoted by a Bold R
- Poses: Behavior Body
- Skin: Rockberry Kalista Light J R
- Eyes: Shine Cover Gold Sage
- Lashes: Lelutka Diva Prim Lashes
- Nails: PXL Creations
- Hair: Vignettte Jaime Brick
- Dress: Sn@tch Uptown
- Shoes: N-Core Cherie
- Jewelry: Uzuri Dalya Earrings, Uzuri Chura Necklace