Every release from Paper Couture is accompanied by an excited frenzy of shopping and blogging the newest finds among their new collection. It’s also accompanied by a chorus of those questioning why there is so much excitement. It’s a good question as there are so many excellent designers in Second Life whose work is not greeted with such a frenzy. Of course, most designer release on a more frequent basis and so by the time a Paper Couture collection is released, there is always some pent-up anticipation, but that alone does not explain their popularity.
I was thinking about this the other day and realized that many designers experiment with the form of clothes, creating new shapes and new sculpts that innovate and push the envelop. Others develop extraordinary power in working with textures. Some also experiment with combining different prints and fabrics in new ways. The Lu sisters, however, do all three. Consider this dress – a relatively sedate outfit from their new collection – that combines a black dress with gold stamping of bamboo leaves with a peach and gold print shrug and brown and gold stamped leggings. Three heterodox prints – heterodox in that combining them seems at variance to the rules of “matching” prints and then the shapes – the full skirt over the straight skirt, for example. With Paper Couture designs, it’s not just skill that’s at work, but also a sense of wit and style.
Add to that the outrageous and exciting jewelry they produce and the question isn’t why the excitement, it’s how soon is the next collection?
Promotional Copies are denoted by a Bold R
- Poses: Reel Expressions
- Skin: Tuli The Dressing Room Helena 02 R
- Eyes: Poetic Colors
- Lashes: Lelutka Diva Prim Lashes
- Nails: PXL Creations
- Hair: W&Y Model Hair 24
- Dress: Paper Couture Gold Nests
- Shoes: Stiletto Moody Bare Lauren Bronze (feet tinted to match stockings) R
- Jewelry: Paper Couture Citrine & Pearl Earrings
The Lu sisters bring popular high end RL fashions into SL, such as their recent jewelry from Jose and Maria Barrera, which can be seen at http://www.neimanmarcus.com). They are well known for this, and I think it’s part of the allure. Whatever it is, they have lovely pieces.