Day: March 29, 2009

[ s t y l e ] African Mood

African Mood

Spring/Summer 2009, African inspired patterns are in vogue.  Although stark white and colonial khaki ruled the RL runways, I chose a more colorful option, Lush from Modern Gypsy.  The shape is extremely flattering, feminine yet modern.  The pattern is bold and wild so I kept accessories quite simple.  I could have chosen some ethnic pieces, but went with simpler choices, black pearl earrings from Second Mirage (currently closed but available in Xstreet SL) and bangles from Zaara.  I did not want to over play the African ethnic theme.  Over-doing it can turn the whole look into a costume.  The yellow clutch is a lucky chair prize from Bare Rose Haute Couture.  I chose yellow instead of the more obvious choices, black or red, because I think too much color matching can be boring and dowdy.  The shoes are from ETD, one of my favorite styles for spring/summer. 

Such an eye-catching dress deserves dramatic make-up and hair.  The hair is from a new store, Labieja, which I read about on Emi’s blog.  I love this store.  The choices are so fashionable!  Be sure to check it out if you like haute couture look right out of a glossy high fashion magazine or runway.  The skin is one of my all-time favorites from LF CHAI.  This is from Launa’s previous line, which you can find at her outlet store, Chai Skins Outlet.

– BODY –
Hair: Labieja – Elina Brune Fonce
Skin: LF CHAI – Ginger Vixen
Eyes: Tuli – Amber Eyes
Lashes: Redgrave – 11 Showgirl Eyelashes
Manicure: LF CHAI – Chai Polish Red

Earrings: Second Mirage – Elise Black Pearl Earrings (part of set)
Bracelet: Zaara – Kaya Onyx Bracelet Gold
Bag: Bare Rose – Clutch Bag Yellow (lucky chair prize)
Dress: Modern Gypsy – Lush Spring
Shoes: ETD – Hampton Wedge Black

Pose: Striking Poses – Sara Jessica Parker 7, Diesel Works – Glam 4 and 9