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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.

(Kunglers) Zahima earrings AD

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

Designer Download — Izzie Button

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I first discovered Izzie’s through one of those moments of serendipity that seem so much a part of Second Life®. It was back in 2009, I think, or 2008 and I was desperately searching for some studded tights. I spent hours going from store to store to store to store, most of them stores that left me awestruck with their awfulness thanks to the sort of things that come up in search when you used search terms like stud or studded. I asked in the Fashion Bloggers group and was sent hither and yon, but no luck. No one had what I wanted. I decided to be Scarlett and “think about it tomorrow” and logged out for the night.

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Izzie’s Studded Tights still going strong after more than four years. by Cajsa Lilliehook

When I returned the next day, I got a new item notice, probably via FashCon since that was when FashCon was still the it group, and it was from Izzie’s announcing studded tights. I also was helpfully sent a dozen copies of the notice from bloggers who remembered my frustration the night before. It was one of those wonderful moments. I felt like Izzie Button, the Izzie’s creator, had made them just for me, though of course, it was incredibly unlikely that she turned out several pairs of stockings, boxed and made vendor pics for them all overnight. Still, that is how it felt. Since then, I have no idea how often I have worn those tights. I still have them. They are wonderful and indestructible. They will be in my inventory when Linden Labs turns out the lights for the last time sometime in the far, far distant future.

Nyam Nyam Applier for Patty (out now)

Nyam Nyam Applier for Patty by Izzie Button

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

Izzie Button: My first day in Second Life I spent reading freebie blogs and SL forums and finding out how everything works, followed by freebie shopping and trying to improve my avatar appearance. I was fascinated by the fact that everything I bought and saw was created by SL users themselves and I was wondering if I could do that too. I went to gaming places and “earned” my first lindens with gambling and I used that money to finance upload costs of my textures I needed to create my first clothing items.

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Designer Download — Sissy Pessoa

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Baiastice is the first store that I discovered solely from reading Second Life® fashion blogs. I remember the post and found it for you. It was all about Baiastice and was written by Melanie Kidd whose Grid Expectations blog was my favorite. I never missed a post.

May 2008 – the prim flowers and angels from the Ninfa dei Boschi Group Gift for May from Baiastice

I fell in love with Baiastice and haunted the several different stores scattered across the grid for fear i would miss a masterpiece since they did not all have the same inventory. I was thrilled when she consolidated everything in a new main store and Gidge and I worked tirelessly during her opening weekend to find all 20 free gifts she hid and waited with bated breath for her monthly group gifts.

Sissy Pessoa was the first designer to offer us promotional samples to blog. We had been blogging about six months and did not even know there was such a thing. We felt we had made the big time. Through the years, Baiastice remains a favorite store and Sissy Pessoa has become not only a favorite designer but a friend.

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Vogue at Uber – December Baiastice is known for fabulous Christmas gowns. Every December brings a release of stunning and sexy gowns for the season. 

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

Sissy Pessoa: I remember my first day with a lot of emotion. It was the first time I experienced a virtual simulator and I was very excited. I fell in love with the possibility to do so many different and funny things.

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

SP: You surely remember the hen “killer” that went far in 2008. A small hen in prims that launched against an avatar would not stop chasing you, catch you and make you bleed. Once during the backstage of a show I threw a dozen… people started to run screaming for the whole sim, we died with laughter for days!

IOF: When did you begin creating? What was the first thing you made. Did you save it? Did it work?

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The Arcade Gacha – December 2014 Baiastice is also the go-to store for high-fashion boots and shoes. 

SP: I started very early to create clothes and the first one was a tee shirt. Of course I have it and plenty other things but no one will wear them for sure!

IOF: How did you choose your store name? Does it have a special meaning for you? If your stores is named after yourself, how did you go about choosing your avatar name?

SP: I created an original word with an italian sound but it does not mean anything.

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Baiastice at FaMeshed November


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What is the most challenging part of being a creator in Second Life? What is most rewarding?

SP: I am happy to say that I like all parts of the creative process, from developing the idea to the finished product,

IOF: Where do you get inspiration for your designs? What is your process like?

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Baiastice @ Collabor88 November A mix of casual, formal and whimsy-wear is what you get at Baiastice. 

SP: I love fashion so my inspiration is what I like. Usually I start from something that I have seen and I try to make it very personal.

IOF: How do your first and second life design aesthetics resemble and contrast with each other? How would you describe your design aesthetic? Who is your customer – the person you are thinking of when you design?

SP: My aesthetic in SL and real life are basically the same. Usually I make clothes that I like a lot in real life too, clothes that I wear or that I would like to wear. My design is really eclectic, my style is versatile like the items I choose to do, consequently my customer is a person with my tastes. One day I feel like wearing very fancy clothes but the day after I can like a totally casual look.

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Baiastice at The Arcade – a collection of ball-jointed dolls. 

IOF: How has your second life changed your first life?

SP:  Second Life is my job and my fun at the same time so it totally changed my life. I can say that the one is interconnected to the other up to the point where “SL” becomes “RL.”

 

Designer Download — Betty Doyle

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All of us at It’s Only Fashion are long-time fans of Betty Doyle with 166 posts (so far)  that feature items from Ingenue. It is a long love affair, but there is no seven-year-itch because Doyle makes customer satisfaction and convenience uppermost. For example, with the plethora of mesh attachments, some creators are throwing up their hands and presenting one option. Meanwhile, Doyle packages shoes for multiple mesh options as well as the old default foot. She is acutely aware that not all of her customers are following the newest, the latest, the trendiest and she makes sure they are happy, too.

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The first time Ingenue was featured at It’s Only Fashion was in April 2008 – the Tricky Little Wicky dress.

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

Betty Doyle: I think I spent something like my first four or five days on Orientation Island. For some reason, I thought I had to learn to do everything before I went over to the mainland. I finally decided that figuring out scripting just wasn’t going to happen, so made the jump! I was excited by the idea of being able to make things from the moment I read about Second Life. I’m not sure I would have stayed if you couldn’t do that.

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