Posted by Caliah Lyon on August 2, 2007
It’s rather rare these days that I see something on the blogs that immediately qualifies as a must-have. I’ve grown much pickier than I was as a dewy-eyed noob, so much so that I spend a lot of my shopping time searching fruitlessly for something to satisfy my acquisition fetish.
When Cherry Tokyo announced this release I knew I absolutely had to have it. If, in Western dress, my tastes tend to run toward the simple and monochromatic, when it comes to Japanese attire in SL I have a weakness for sakurabana (cherry blossoms) and the colour pink on kimonos and furisode – so long as the pattern is intricate and the kimono of good quality.
This was not just a kimono, but an uchikake – the long, ornate overcoat once worn by women of the upper classes prior to the Edo period, now traditional wedding garb. There are two obis – a geisha/maiko obi, tied at back, and the oiran (a highly-ranked courtesan) obi, tied at the front. All nineteen pieces of this ensemble are no copy and no mod; however, there is a modifiable shape included made to fit the kimono exactly. I chose to see if I could get my uchikake custom-fit, as everything else fit perfectly. Cherry was very accomodating, and spoke of how she takes the kimono prints from her own collection.
Cherry also told me of Rumi Simpson, an accomplished Japanese designer of kimonos in SL. Naturally I was curious and had to check out her store, too. Apparently Rumi makes both traditional Western and Japanese instruments as well as kimonos; I ended up picking out a shamisen as well as these two furisode. As with Cherry’s, her kimonos are no-mod, but you may ask her for a mod version if it doesn’t quite fit your shape. Most of her kimonos come in pairs or more, in different colours.
Rumi’s Nadeshiko (Carnation) Furisode, possibly my favourite from Rumi’s store. This kimono comes with a fur collar and two variations – one black, as shown, the other cyan. Hair: Anne in Smoke by ETD.
Rumi also sells pretty parasols that trail particle petals for a mere 150L each. I do wish that at least the system skirts and shirts for these would be mod by default, for those of us who are less than ideally shaped, but both designers have excellent customer service. All the kimonos come with matching zori (sandals).
Cherry Tokyo Kimonos, Boracay Island, (168, 80, 25)
Rumi Simpson’s Original Store (Musical Instruments and Kimonos) Neptune, (239, 138, 26)
Pictures taken at the Tatsumi no Machi, Shinagawa, Kawaii (95, 217, 22)
** All these kimonos were purchased and none are review copies.
I’ll be writing more Style Diary posts soon rather than reviews, on some of my new acquisitions as well as old favourites. Stay tuned for some fall outfits 🙂