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Meet the Hair Fair Designers: Casandra Rain of EnVOGUE

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It’s Only Fashion interviewed EnVOGUE’s Casandra Rain who offered several styles at Hair Fair 2017.

What drew you to designing hair? When did you start? What are some of the changes that were most significant for you?

I am a woman … so how is a woman ? Never has enough clothes … enough shoes …. and enough Hair. Because once in 2014, I needed badly a hairstyle that I could not find back then in SL, I have decided to make it myself since I have experience in RL with 3D programs. That hairstyle is a retro one … never was for sale in mainstore and never will be, is just for myself 😛

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.

Lorelay for Hair Fair, photo by Cajsa

How did you choose your store name? Does it have a special meaning for you?

enVOGUE is a french expression for something trendy, fashion and elegant. I always like to check real life hairstyles and sometimes I request ideas from costumers to help me create something they want. So it has a special meaning for me because it shows how much I care for what people believe that are good haircuts to come from RL fashion catwalks and magazines to SL streets

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Meet the Hair Fair Designers: Cyanideslushy of Mello

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Lucid Dreamer by Cyanideslushy

What drew you to designing hair? When did you start? What are some of the changes that were most significant for you?

I was painting and working on artwork most of the time and just using Second Life to explore and take photos. I was looking for certain hairs I wanted to use and couldn’t find any so I just decided “hmmm I think I’m gonna learn how to make this stuff” and off I went! It’s been a long journey of Eureka! moments and wanting to throw my computer out of a window [lol] but overall I’d say it’s been amazing. I’m constantly learning new things everyday and it never ends, there is always something out there to learn and discover 🙂

How did you choose your store name? Does it have a special meaning for you? How did you go about choosing your avatar name?

Oh man, I went through so many different names at first and none of them would stick. I was even getting yelled at by friends like “pick a name already!” and one night I was listening to a song and thought “man this is a pretty mellow track” and it hit me that I wanted to use the word Mellow, after messing around with a logo I decided to just toss the “w” out and use Mello instead and tada that’s how I became Mello.

My avatar name Cyanideslushy is actually just something I randomly came up with. [lol] I’ve always been sort of a dark person and into darker things and I thought it sounded cool at the time. xD I’m so emo, I know. lol

Mello.What sets your hair styles apart from other hair designers, in your opinion? What is your style or aesthetic?

I think every designer has a little something that sets them apart from each other and it’s fun to see what they create and how their imagination works. I like to keep my hairs a bit artistic and I’d say whimsical. My style ranges from creepy kawaii to straight goth to urban. It’s kind all over the place and usually whatever idea pops into my head at the moment.

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Meet the Hair Fair Designers: Alyxx Banks of Lock&Tuft

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Alyxx Banks. Photo by Alyxx Banks

What drew you to designing hair? When did you start? What are some of the changes that were most significant for you? 

I started creating in secondlife about one year ago. Hair Fair was my first big event, so it is nice to celebrate my creating anniversary with such an amazing event. The motivation to do hair was to make some gender neutral styles for myself.

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Lock&Tuft Envy @ Hair Fair 2017 – Cajsa Lilliehook

How did you choose your store name? Does it have a special meaning for you? 

lock&tuft was an aesthetic and phonaesthetic choice more than significant to myself personally. I’m a graphic designer in first life and the process of brand development is a fun, creative experience for me. The icon of a rabbit, however, came from one of my first friends in sl, Tori, who had made a joke about a hair store with a hare. Continue reading

Hair Fair Profiles: Oblivion by Albakruna

This is the first in a series of profiles of some of the designers at Hair Fair 2015. Albakruna designs fantasy and role play hair, with a strong emphasis on historically accurate hair designs. Her store is named Oblivion.

Hair Designer Albakruna – photo by Albakruna, used with permission.

It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience?

Albakruna: Actually I consider every day of my days in Second Life the craziest, silliest, funniest ever because let’s face it, even just hovering over a cloud in the sky while building is not that usual. What chained me to this world and still keep me thrilled about is the fact you virtually can do whatever as the imagination is the only limit and, we know, imagination has no limits 🙂
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Designer Download — AvaGardner Kungler

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by Cajsa Lilliehook

I have been wearing Kungler’s jewelry, shoes and clothing since 2008. In fact, I just checked and this will be the 227th post with the Kunglers tag. A Kunglers design is instantly recognizable, not just because the quality is unimpeachable, but because there is this organic fusion of urban sophistication with the reckless exuberance of the wild.—

 

It’s Only Fashion: What was your first day in Second Life like? What made you stick it out through the learning curve?

Ava Kungler: I made an account on Second Life by invitation of my sister, who already was “playing” a few days . After a few weeks teleporting between places, it became clear the need for an occupation, since I wanted to learn more about this new world. The first thing that came to mind was to try an old dream with fashion and design. As I already had some experience with designing tools I thought it would be a great opportunity that I could not miss.

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by AvaGardner Kungler

IOF: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest?

AK: Living a virtual world is already somehow something crazy … but when I remember my first fashion show , that was exciting!!… it was something surreal that made ​​me very nervous while ecstatic to see my creations being shown on the catwalk. Continue reading

Designer Download — Carrie Snowpaw

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Snowpaws Viale Gown. Photo by Cajsa Lilliehook

Snowpaws is a regular supporter of Second Life® charity and  fashion events and Carrie Snowpaw’s work is instantly recognizable for its classic forms, sumptuous fabrics and elegant styling. I think most people’s first thought when they think of Snowpaws are her lush formal gowns, but that does not do her justice as she has a deep catalog of fashionable daywear as well.

It’s Only Fashion: What was your first day in Second Life like? What made you stick it out through the learning curve?

Carrie Snowplow: My first day was probably similar to others. Amazement at what I saw around me, frustration that I couldn’t get my avatar to walk correctly or to stop walking into walls, that sort of thing. After overcoming some of those basic hurdles I found my way to a freebie store and started grabbing shoes and dresses and anything else that looked interesting. That was more than enough for a first day. Continue reading

Designer Download — Caelan Hancroft

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Cae Dazzle Set photo by Cajsa Lilliehook

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My introduction to Caelan Hancroft was on Plurk where Second Lifers have found a new community outside of SL®. I read her blog and was excited to see her make the leap from blogger to designer, particularly when her choices filled a void in the jewelry market. There were many jewelers producing luxurious gems designed for the most formal occasions. There were also s few jewelers creating avant-garde designs, modern chunky jewelry and naturalistic hippie designs, but what about the more everyday to semi-formal jewelry. While there were a few, there was definitely some wide open spaces in the jewelry market. Since then, she has gone from success to success and is now a go-to jeweler for many of us. 

It’s Only Fashion: What was your first day in Second Life® like? What made you stick it out through the learning curve?  

Caelan Hancroft: My first day was in early December 2007 when I was given an assignment to research Second Life for work. One of our directors had seen SL mentioned in an article and suggested we look into it.  I logged in and wandered around Orientation Island and a few other sims to finish up my report and then logged out. I thought I was done. I’ve never been a gamer and was always bored immediately after the character creation process of most games, but I was a new mom with limited opportunities to socialize and thought SL could be a social “fix” so I logged back in. At the time I started, Last Call was having its 100L closing sale and I quickly discovered Celestial Studios and ETD so I managed to skip the super-awkward noob phase (at least for 2007). Continue reading