And down by the shore an orchestra’s playing


This month’s Genre showcase is the big band era, those few decades when men were dashing in top hats and tails and women were elegant in gowns full of drama and glamour. No wonder I chose oOo Studio’s Glamorous and Drama pose series for this photo set.

When they begin the beguine
It brings back the sound of music so tender
It brings back a night of tropical splendor
It brings back a memory ever green


This opalescent Satin Doll gown from Cog & Fleur is all sinuously sexy and full of drama with the low back and the softly draping silk charmeuse fabric that is so lustrous in the projector lights. I suppose that with the dress being named Satin Doll, I should have used Johnny Mercer’s song, but I don’t really like it that much – and went for this Cole Porter classic instead.

I’m with you once more under the stars
And down by the shore an orchestra’s playing
And even the palms seem to be swaying
When they begin the beguine


Slink’s Classic Pointed Toe pumps in silver work beautiful with the pewter opalescent gown. I love how the projector’s colors affect the gown, too. Imagine dancing in a ballroom with circling projector lights – how beautiful would that be?

 To live it again is past all endeavor
Except when that tune clutches my heart
And there we are swearing to love forever
And promising never, never to part


Truth’s Fleur loose chignon is far too modern for that Big Band era, but I am going for a vintage look, not a costume, so it’s important to have one or two modern elements such as the casual undo and the pointed toes on the shoes.

What moments divine, what rapture serene
Till clouds came along to disperse the joys we had tasted
And now when I hear people curse the chance that was wasted
I know but too well what they mean


The jewelry from Donna Flora and Cog & Fleur is pure vintage glamour, though. Meanwhile, the MiaMai mani/pedi is another modern look.

So don’t let them begin the beguine
Let the love that was once a fire remain an ember
Let it sleep like the dead desire I only remember
When they begin the beguine


Jalwa’s Meenakshi skin is pure glamour and drama. The Jalwa skins are distinctive with their strong definition and dramatic features.

Oh yes, let them begin the beguine make them play
Till the stars that were there before return above you
Till you whisper to me once more, darling I love you
And we suddenly know what heaven we’re in
When they begin the beguine

When they begin the beguine

Photography by Cajsa Lilliehook
for It’s Only Fashion
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  • Poses: oOo Studio Drama & Glamorous – Pose Fair
  • Skin: Jalwa – Meenakshi – Salt – Red Brow
  • Tattoos: Jalwa – Meenakshi Makeup – Ice/Modify Base
  • Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Eon eyes Duo Green (med)
  • Lashes: Lelutka
  • Mani/Pedi: SLink Mesh Hands & Feet with MiaMai mani applier
  • Hair: TRUTH HAIR Fleur
  • TRUTH HAIR Fleur Flowers [Blue]
  • Clothing: Cog & Fleur Satin Doll Gown – S – Opal @ Genre
  • Shoes: Slink Classic Pointed Pumps Silver
  • Jewelry: Cog & Fleur Vintage/Deco Earrings – Opal @ Genre
  • Donna Flora MIRANDA necklace
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