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Redefining the Classics

Posted by Caliah Lyon on November 13, 2007

Grey may have been the choice staple this fall/winter, but for those who prefer richer colours and a more traditional autumnal palette the deep metallics – bronze, gold – as well as the usual red, sienna, and orange – are a sure way to add a touch of warmth. The silhouette is slim and spare in these five outfits, but the look is far from minimalist with fur, wool, brocade, muted prints, and crocodile.

Designers have achieved near-perfection with many of the sculptie knee-high boots recently, and the choices here are must-haves.

Noir
The Nicole Suit from Nicky Ree is perhaps one of the most versatile of dressy alternatives to a gown; with Nicky’s usual array of skirt and pant options and a few choice changes of accessories one can have a myriad of variations on the basic suit. Wear with a delicate cocktail hat from Morrigan Hyun, some fur trim and the long centre skirt for a touch of Old Hollywood, or a high-collared undershirt and Siyu Suen’s Sun Hat tinted dark grey (free at her store) for a costume with a hint of the Edwardian, sans corset.

Nicole Suit in Black,  Nicky Ree, L$800; Fur Collar in Grey from the Duchess Coat, Casa Del Shai, L$750; Fur Cuffs (tinted dark grey) from the Anneline Brown Jacket by  Ivalde, Calla Anniversary gift; Leather Gloves in Black, Tete a Pied, L$100; Valena Hat in Black, Elegance Hats, L$175; Alyssa Diamond Bitchstick, Foxy’s Smoke Shop, L$290, Claris Black Pearl Choker and Earrings, RFL Limited Edition, Muse; Ten-Colour Ankle-Strap Pump, Stiletto Moody, L$2750. Hair: Christina from ETD.

Autumn
The Virginie Breeches and Liah Boots in Chocolate both have a rich bronze gleam; matched with a leopard-patterned silk blouse, leather gloves and the Tilo leather posture collar/scarf, this may be orange overkill, but the combination of textures in the same palette made this outfit too fun to resist.

Secretary Blouse in Brown, Casa del Shai (pack), L$400; Gunmetal Breeches from the Virginie Riding Suit, Last Call, L$450; The Marquise Corset in Chocolate (undershirt layer), Casa del Shai, L$450;  Posture Collar from the Tilo outfit, Last Call, L$400; Short Leather Gloves in Tan, Tete a Pied, L$100; Tri-Colour Ethnic Wood Bangle, Earthtones, L$129; Classic Tank Watch in Natural/Gold, Muse, $200; Liah Boots in Chocolate, Last Call: Vamp, L$250; Hair: Gwen from ETD.

Crimson
High-quality open coats for women are still a rarity despite the recent windfall of coats, and as such the fact that this striking metallic red crocodile trench was made for men shouldn’t discourage one from wearing it. Tone down the effect with a a black sweater dress, a scarf rather than the fur collar, and play up the manga-esque element with some metallic leggings, dyed hair and a slick pair of boots.

Le Smoking Croc Trench Coat in Red, Casa del Shai, L$700; Rainy Day Dress in White (tinted dark grey), Armidi Gisaci, L$235; Metallic Leggings in Bronze, Armidi Limited, L$95; Electric Bugaloo Patterns Scarf, Gritty Kitty (Block Party Limited Edition); Fear and Loathing Watch, Wilted Rose, L$120; Kyoto Boots in Black/Black, L$375, and Fi Umo Sunglasses in Black Tortoise/Black Lens, L$225, Armidi Gisaci. Hair: Pasadena Girl III (full flex) from Armidi.

Gold
The same fitted dress from Armidi can be paired with this golden brocade blazer for a different and very versatile, sophisticated look; change the bronze leggings and sleek boots to hose and a pair of pumps, and you can go from dressy casual to all business in a matter of seconds. Add chunky gold jewelry and a vibrantly coloured crocodile bag.

Jennifer Brocade Belted Blazer, Last Call, L$200; Rainy Day Dress in Black, Armidi Gisaci, L$235; Metallic Leggings in Bronze, Armidi Limited, L$95; Sculptie Boots in Black, Redgrave, L$450; Freja Shoulder Bag in Pink, Bare Rose, L$140; Fi Umo Sunglasses in Black Tortoise/Gold Lens, L$225, Armidi Gisaci; Gold Necklace from Muse (as yet unreleased); Triste Rosette Earrings in Gold, Muse, L$300. Hair: Phoebe from ETD.

Bronze
Comfortable enough for drinks at the pub but dressy enough for an evening out, this look hinges on the richly textured sweater with a trompe l’oeil rose and string of pearls. Complete with prim cuffs and collar and a plain option, they’re available in a variety of colours and a steal at 10L.

Cuddly Sweater in Red with Rose, Simone at Fashion Avenue, L$10; Skirt from the Nouvelle Librarian in Corn and Brown, Casa del Shai, L$250; Red hose from the 13-colour hose pack, Blaze, L$100; Sculptie Boots in Smoke from Redgrave, L$450; Freja Square Handbag in Brown, Bare Rose, L$140; Freshwater Pearl Necklace, Muse CSI:NY free gift, and Claris Pearl Earrings in Gold, L$50. Hair: Phoebe from ETD.

Have a good week 🙂

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The Columbia Signature Suit from Blaze

Posted by Caliah Lyon on October 16, 2007

Long ago, when I first saw Helmut Newton’s famous, iconic photographs of Yves’ Saint-Laurent’s "Le Smoking," I was utterly captivated by the imagery in those black and white photos. I don’t recall what age I was, only that that lean woman in her mannish, fiercely elegant suit, cigarette in hand – left a lasting impression. It was certainly so in the fashion world in 1966, when Yves Saint-Laurent released his first women’s tuxedo in his spring haute couture collection. Today, that legacy – of dressing women with elegance and power – is very much alive.

Le Smoking 1

On Stephen: Blaze Columbia Signature Suit (Men’s) in Silver, Styles Penny from FNKY in Black. Hair: OC in Black Pearl, Influence by Naughty
On Caliah: Blaze Columbia Signature Suit (Women’s) in Black, Oxfords in Black from 1-800 Bettie’s. Hair: The Grammar in Pearl, Armidi

Blaze Columbia has long been known for his suits in SL, and I recall wearing his men’s pinstripe tux frequently. Earlier this March I dropped him a notecard suggesting that he make another luxury suit for women similar to the Le Smoking, hoping that I could feed my obsession. As time passed and my schedule filled up I almost forgot about my request, until I received an IM from him a while ago that he had released his own tuxedo for women – with a version available for men, as well.

Le Smoking 2
The Columbia Suit in Slate (Women’s).

Le Smoking3
The Columbia Suit in Black (Men’s).

The Columbia Signature Suit features a two-button jacket, a dress shirt with a lay-down collar, pants with smooth sculpted legs and a sculpted bow tie. The women’s version comes with a loose open blouse, and the men’s with an open jacket option. There are two sets of colours – the Rich Tones being more vibrant and saturated, the Earth Tones subtler and more muted, both ranging from light to dark. Amongst the darker colours the Slate suit from the Earth Tones selection is my favourite, as it is dark enough to pass as black or charcoal, but just light enough so you can see the suit’s details. The sculpted-leg pants are one of the best features of this suit – they’re slim, with a long silhouette, and can be worn well with other outfits.

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A Darker Season

Posted by Caliah Lyon on September 27, 2007

The month of October, and Halloween, draws nigh, and with it its balls and costume parties and masquerades.

It’s fitting that these outfits here have a slightly darker, yet elegant edge to them, though I feel it’s too early yet to don a mask. Nicky Ree’s Swan Queen in Black is a dramatic ensemble appropriate for the season, and I couldn’t resist including it in my style diary post during my break. I rather like how the feathers in the skirt look like brush strokes from a painting in this particular photo.

Black and Blood
Left: Shirt and shoulder prims from the EGA Noble Black, Bare Rose; Black Stripes Austere Corset from Kyoot; Gloves, underpants and pants from the Rebecca Outfit, Last Call; Liah Boots in Onyx from Last Call Vamp; Chatelaine Shoulder Brooch in Silver (chains removed), Ariane Ring in Silver/Diamond and Dauphine Earrings in Silver/Jet (unreleased) from Muse. Hair: Paris in Harbor, Naughty.

Right: Swan Queen in Black by Nicky Ree; Hair: Hermia in Nickel Burnt (tinted) from ETD.

Shopping Information:
Bare Rose by June Dion, Bare Rose, (146, 11, 38)
Kyoot by Saeya Nyanda, Vakkert Gal (190, 224, 22)
Last Call/Last Call: Vamp by Ginny Talamasca & Lyra Muse, Dazzle (68, 11, 27)
Muse by Caliah Lyon, Linji (143, 151, 49)
Naughty (Influence Hair) by Lost Thereian, Naughty Island (82, 112, 23)
Nicky Ree by Nicky Ree, Deco (86, 97, 34)
ETD Hair by Elikapeka Tiramisu, ETD Isle (212, 216, 26)

I may be on a short break with smaller releases rather than large ones, as I’ve decided to move stores, and the preparation will likely last all month, even if it’s already underway. I’m hoping I won’t be too overworked for new releases and freebies. Stay tuned 🙂

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