Tag: Colour of Couture

Finale

I would like to share my last three stylings for the CoC finale in this post, which will mark the end of the CoC competition for 2012.  Our last three challenges were extremely demanding because on top of the themes we were given, every finalist was also given a “brand” to style along.  A brand in this case means an image that we have to keep in mind in our styling for the given theme.  My brand was “bizzare”.

The styling we were asked to do on Saturday’s runway challenge together with an interview was “Futuristic Prints”.   For this theme, I styled with outfits from SyS, Bare Rose and Gasqhe and accessories from Finesmith and SyS.  For my “bizzare” brand I had a doll head behind of me, hence when I turned it looked like a second head.  Check my style card below.

I have expected to see similar outfits from other finalists in this challenge because there aren’t many designers that are specialize in making cyber / futuristic clothing so I have to make the outfits like my own by customizing them.  I removed the lace layers from the SyS skirt because they looked too girlie for this theme and I tinted the lights on the skirt to purple and green matching them with my Gasqhe outfit.  I did the same tinting with my SyS earrings.  For my Bare Rose outfit, I retextured the collar and cuffs too and now it is an unique piece that is completely own my me!

Style Card

Hair: UrbantLutz

Eye lashes: blackLiquid (retextured)

Earrings: SyS (tinted and readjusted)

Sleeves, raised collar, inner skirt & second top layer: Gasqhe

Second collar, first top layer, pants & cuffs : Bare Rose (retextured)

Third top layer and bra set: Bare Rose

Outer skirt layer: SyS (edited and retextured)

Shoes & Ring: Finesmith

Makeup: White Widow & a.e.meth & MDL

Poses: LAP & Izzie

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And in our finale, we had two styling challenges, Colour Blocking & Diane Von Furstenberg Resort 2012.

I love colour blocking and I have done one in one of my posts earlier.  This time I used a big hair, elaborate glasses and a zipped lip to speak about bizzare.  I tied my accessories to the colour blocking theme too.  This is my most favourite style among all I did in the competition.

Style Card

Hair: Emo-tion (tinted)

Glasses & lips, Cuffs and Tights: Ladies Who Lunch.  Glasses tinted.

Harness: .SHI (tinted)

Inner Top: GField

Dress: Hucci

Boots: Cheerno

Rings: Shade Throne

Makeup: Shake up

Poses: Del May, Maitreya & Amacci

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On the contrary, the Diane Von Furstenberg Resort 2012’s styling was the hardest for me because the theme is very specific.  Diane’s resort 2012 design are rather simple and relaxed and using of many neutral colours such as white, black and grey.  Though they are beautiful, it’s definitely not easy to make my styling unique, and bizzare.   So I have decided to use simple clothing and colours and use accessories to play up my bizzare brand.  I also added a moving butterfly on my back just to emphazise my brand and also my intention to add a surprise for the judges when I do my back pose.

I am grateful to have two sponsors in this styling.  Belle from Chop Zuey has again kindly sponsored me the Butterfly – Hare Chrysalis head dress and Julia Merosi from Je Suis has sent me her latest exclusive release at the culture shock the Coquet MESH BAG.  A million thank you to Belle and Julia.  Thank you for your supports and believing in me.

Style Card

Head Dress: Chop Zuey

Hair: Exile

Butterflies on face & shoes: “Nostal;Dir”

Butterflies on shirt: Cheerno

Butterfly on back: Vita’s Boudoir

Inner Top 1: LG

Outer Top 2: Indyra

Outer Top 3: Aoharu

Belt: The Secret Store

Pants: Celoe

Clutch: Je Suis (exclusive at Culture Shock)

Shoes: Anthor

Makeup: elymode

Gloves & prim hands: TENS

Pose: Diesel Works & The Muse

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AFTER THOUGHTS

So some of you might wonder how the finale went.  I came in 5th place as the 4th runner up among 16 finalists.  It is not the results I am most happy with and for those who were at the finale and/or have followed us in the entire competition saw how I have performed and competed.  I have worked hard and gave my 101%.  Not doubt, the rest of the finalists too and I respect every one of their participations and styles.  All the finalists were great, friendly and fun to be with.

As for myself, I am proud of what I have accomplished in this competition that I outdid myself in every challenge and in every aspect.  I have managed to remain consistent and focused throughout the whole 5 weeks and I shown the world what I am capable off.  Nothing speak louder and clearer than that despite what the results say.

Again, I want to thank those that have supported me throughout this entire time.  My mentor and dear friend Leah McCullough that has been there for me for every ups and downs.  Thank you so so much Leah, and Debbie Jasper that went into the competition with me and we have grew so much closer in this competition, thanks for keeping me on the course and keeping me calm Deb! And all my sponsors i.e. Chop Zuey, NYU and Je Suis.  Also Nice, Sessie, Ashia, Bea, thank you for your encouragements and the vote of confident.

Last but not least those who have made an effort and a point to drop me a note or IMs to tell me you liked my styling and more.

You are all winners in my heart.  I Love You all!!  <333

I am definitely ready for bigger challenges that will come my way, so watch this space!

Colour of Couture – Week 4

Time flies.  We have completed our week 4 of activities and challenge today.  This week is a flickr challenge for a theme called “Daring Buds”.  The idea was taken from one of this Spring/Summer trend called Darling Buds.   The Organizer, however, has called it “daring” instead of darling because they wanted to see firece in our styling and presentation, and there is a twist to this challenge.

Apart from styling for the photoshoot, we were required to identify a location in SL and use our own poses for the photoshoot.  It was an additional challenge to my opinion because the location and environment setting must be able to compliment our ensemble.  Definitely not an easy task.

Having said that, everyone managed to pull it off nicely with some really beautiful pictures taken.   Feel free to check them out on the CoC’s flickr page.  Our photographer is Audrey Cresci and below is the photo she has taken for me.

Photo by Audrey Cresci

Our clues for this week are printed perennials as well as beaded blossoms;  flowery stickers beneath a sheer organza fabrics;  mix match flower prints;  how about brightly coloured blooms and/or monochrome florals.

I spent a lot of time working on this styling because there are too many beautiful flora clothing out there so it took me awhile to decide the colour tones and if I would like to just mix and match the flower prints or mix and match the printed and prim flowers.  I have decided to go with the later.  This time I am using a softer colour tone as my base and I went a little outrageous with my styling, hence the used of a cape and retextured the front part of my hair to green and pink….and then I put on my wonder woman pose as my friend, Tere, called it. 😀  This is our 4th styling challenge and it’s getting harder and harder to be unique, while remaining consistent in the approaches. I have decided to go a little wilder, setting the tone for our final. 🙂

The location I have choosen is on the The Island of Armenelos.  Instead of using garden and flowers, I found this beautiful trellis on top of a hill overseeing a breathtaking mountains.  Below is a foggy version of the snapshot I took. Photo unedited.

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Another exciting event that has taken place this week was an opportunity for all the CoC finalists to be on the PULSE TV network.  Recorded video will be available on a later date.

Our gowns presented on the show were sponsored by Reign Congrejo, Creator and Designer of EVOLVE.  All the finalists were given a chance to express what they think about the CoC competition as well as how this competition has changed them.  It was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know more about each finalist, and a great exposure and experience to us.

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The beautiful gown I received from Reign is called EVOLVE BELGIS.  It is an elegant purple gown with ruffles sleeves and detailed textures.  I especially loved those textures on the skirt that lined up so well and the result is the gown looking just like a graceful stalk of flower.  My jewelry is sponsored by Belle Roussel from Chop Zuey Couture Jewelry.  Belle has been a great supporter of my works and always a very talented, down to earth and kind designer in SL.  Those who know Belle and the brand Chop Zuey would definitely agreed on that and I truly appreciate her sponsors in this case.

The exquisite set of jewelry I am wearing in the picture is the Oubliette Abalone & White Cabochon, which is one of the latest releases at Chop Zuey.  Do check out my style card below for details.

One more week to our final on May 6 (Sunday), 10am.  Remember to come support and watch us live at the Patch Thibaud Auditorium! Til then, I am back to styling….

 

Style Card for Daring Buds

Hair: Baiastice-Invasion hair (retextured by me)

Choker: Chop Zuey Impossible Dream Hummingbird Choker

Top: The Secret Store Boheme – Wild Flowers

Belt: *Fishy Strawberry* Geisha Leather Belt – Pink

Skirt: Champagne (C)FRILLY Blush

Cape: LaGyo_Pervenche silk cape rosee

Shoes: [LWL] Zoology Pumps (Lotus)

Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ARMENELOS/32/216/37

Style Card  for EVOLVE BELGIS

Hair: booN YNO421 hair brown

Gown: EVOLVE BELGIS

Jewelry: Oubliette Abalone & White Cabochon set (I wore the bracelet as a little crown)

Gloves: from Bare Rose Veld set

Beautiful Faces of Southeast Asia (SEA) in SL

Earlier on, I wrote a page about my participation in the Colour of Couture Top Model competition and I promised to show you some SL faces from the SEA region.  I hooked up with some SL Top models that came from the region and are presenting their avatars as either Asian or Southeast Asian in SL.   Some of these are my dear friends in SL and some are whom I reached out for this post.  As I get to know each of their profile better, I feel really proud for them and for what they have achieved and setforth in SL.

Without further ado, I give you the beautiful faces of Southeast Asia!  Pictures and profiles are provided by the respective models.

By alphabetical order…..

Ashia Denimore

Ashia Denimore

From Ashia: “I am the CEO and Founder of PiXel ICON Studios, PiXel Icon School of Photography, PXLi Magazine and LuvStruck Wedding Photography. Currently modelling for Vogue Fashion and Vero Modero, also working as official photographer for Vero Modero. My blogs sites are Second Life Fashion Blogger (http://www.secondlifefashion.org/) and Pixel ICON Inc.(http://www.pixeliconinc.com/apps/blog/) also as a photographer you can see my works at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashia_denimore/. My roots are from Philippines.”

Amita Yorcliffe

Amita Yorcliffe

From Amita: “I started the real runway experience in February 2011 and until today I have experienced more than 40 runway shows. I am currently represented by several agencies such as Avenue Models, Kabuki Boutique, Ministry of Fashion, Opium, BLVD, IMA, Glance and other active organizations. As for the print modeling experiences, I have done several editorials and vendor pictures for many known designers and magazines.”

blackLiquid Tokyoska

blackliquid Tokyoska

From blackLiquid: “Hello! I am blackLiquid Tokyoska and have been modeling in sl since July 2009.  I was the first model to be really influencial with a specificly asian look its been said that I am single handedly responsible for the “asian invasion” lol as it’s been termed, into the world of SL modeling.  My biggest achivement to date was becomming a Modavia Supermodel in Spring 2010.  Since 2009, I have had the pleasure and good fortune to work for every top agency on the grid, I have particpated in over 200 catwalk shows, appeared in countless magazines & on the cover, print articles, vendor ads, style collums and muse to many of SL’s top fashion brands.  I was the first model to represent Thailand in 2011 for Miss Virtual World. I am very proud that I paved the way for Asian models in SL and inspired many designers to create lovely skin to enhance our beautiful ethnicity.  I am originated from Australia.”

Dana Yotov 

Dana Yotov

From Dana: “Dana Yotov is an SL model, photographer and writer. She’s modeled for some of the grid’s most sought after brands including Vogue Fashion, Bliss Couture, and Champagne Sparkling Fashion. She was a finalist for Miss Xanadu 2012 and has also recently been selected as a model for fashion forward brand, House of Rage. Dana keeps a style journal at www.slfashionjournal.com and manages a model team blog at www.secondlifefashion.org. Being Filipino-Chinese in real life, Dana chose a Second Life look that proudly represents her Asian heritage. The Philippines, where she stays at the moment, is a melting pot of many cultures. This kind of exposure has allowed her to see fashion in many facets, and gives her a wealth of inspiration for her work in Second Life.”

Debbie Jasper 

Debbie Jasper

From Debbie: “I started my first modelling training with Classic with Style in June last year. After which it is a never turning back road for me. The journey is not easy but it is very exciting. I have since then graduated from Lush Model Academy and Costa Rico Sands Modelling Academy and am now currently enrolled in Miss Virtual World Academy.   Apart from some of the fashion shows that I have attended, I was also involved in the Model Workshop Spring Break Spring Forward Show as the Runway Director Assistant and in their Manhattan Show as the Hostess. I was the winner for the Model Workshop March Style Challenge and 2nd in their February Challenge.  I was the model of the year 2012 in the Dallas Modelling Corporation Model of the year Contest. I too have achieved 4th runner up and Ms Sexy Talent and Creative in CWS’s SL Too Sexy Model Pageant last year.  Currently I am one of the finalists in the Colour of Couture Top Model Competition and working as a live model in EVOLVE.  Debbie is from Singapore.”

Joy Laperriere

Joy Laperriere

From Joy: “Joy Cheok is a freelance 3d modeler, virtual fashion designer, photographer and illustrator based in Singapore. Known as Joy Laperriere for her persona in a three-dimensional online virtual world – Second Life. Still considering herself as an amateur, she has had the opportunity to work with real world brands and companies on interactive campaigns in Second Life and is currently producing illustrations and art with a virtual publication – Modavia Fashion Marketing.  Joy is also a virtual fashion designer for her own brand – . S h i which means “Rock’ in mandarin. With fiery passion, she is working to bring her virtual designs out in the real world.  Joy is also an exclusive Supermodel for Modavia in SL. Find out more about Joy’s work here: www.flickr.com/photos/joylaperriere/ and Issuu: issuu.com/joycheok

Natasja Schumann

Natasja Schumann

From Natasja: “I’m a quiet, relaxed girl of 27 from Singapore, where I was born and have lived all my life. I love hanging out with people, and I’m always eager to make new friends. I hate drama, and I will do my best to stay away from it. I prefer instread to meet new and interesting people. I’m reliable, faithful and I nevertake my friends for granted. Treat others the way you yourself want to be treat, is how I live my life.  I joined Second Life in June 2007, and quickly discovered the Second Life Fashion Industry, which instantly caught my attention. Since then, I’ve worked for a large number of agencies both as a model and a runway mentor, always seeking to expand my repertoire and experience of this wonderful business. I’ve always been open to try new things in Second Life Fashion; I’ve been in the Miss Virtual World contest as Miss Singapore 2010, nominated for BOSL Top Model 2011, second runner up of the Fellini Couture’s Muse 2010, second runner up for Miss Azul 2011, Top 10 for My Precious Queen Contest 2010, and Top 10 for Miss Bliss Couture 2011 are some of the achievement that I’ve got recently.  In my free time in Second Life, I tend to always have a lot of things on my hands. I love shopping and hanging out with friends, and I love expanding my inventory with new stores and designers. I’m an omnivore when it comes to styles and fashion, and I always try to find new styles that suit me. This is important for me when I photograph and blog Second Life fashion, and I’ve also worked as a photographer for Avenue Magazine, a job I am very happy to have as it allows me to work with a lot of fantastic people. Finally, I work as a store model for Leezu. I always have a lot of projects and appointments going on, and my life can be very hectic at times, but that’s is just part of the fun. Sometimes I might bite over more than I can chew, but that is simply because I love Second Life so much! I’m currently representing: GLANCE International Agency AVENUE Models Modavia MAD Agency Agata Models Agency IMA Inc BeStyle District Agency 5th Avenue Modeling Agency Bliss Couture Supermodel Dream Seeker Productions IW Models My Precious Model Group.”

Follow these models on their blog and flickr for their works and discover how much they have to offer the SL fashion industry.  I just have to say, I am so proud to be a SEA model!

Last but not least, thank you very much ladies for participating in my post.  <333 Ai

Colour of Couture – Week 3

Our challenge this week is on the runway, styling and presenting the fashion of vintage in an Americana way.   Prim plaids, pastel checks, classic tablecloth ginghams, small exposures of midriffs, high waistbands, cat eye sunglasses were the given clues.  Though MADmatch is the latest trend for this spring but putting on plaids, checks and ginghams the same time, might be a little too much for me.  Hence, I opted for plaids for my shirt and checks for my clutch.

As my motto is always to look difference at every challenge, I have decided to stick to black & white theme this round, with a touch of red using the accessories.

This is the result. 🙂

I like to thank Sora and Rogan for customization their poses for me.  They have been really helpful in the process.

Also, once again to Nyunyu Kimono for sponsoring her clothing.  That skirt is definitely a winner!  I hope you like my styling Nyunyu.

Our headshots are also up this week.  You can check them out on the CoC’s blog or flickr.

We are just two more challenges and two weekends away to our final.  I am glad to see that CoC is gaining alot of momentum and publicity.  As I discussed the contest with others, I am happy to hear that more people are aware of the Organization and competition now.  We even had a full house at yesterday’s runway challenge.  Though it was much more laggy, but the same time it was very was satisfying to see the numbers of turned up at the event.

Your supports mean alot to every one of us in the competition so please keep it up! 😉

On personal level, I find our challenges are getting tougher by week.  Expectations have been elevated on styling, poses and more.  It is definitely not easy to keep up given other commitmenst in RL and SL.  Though I am enjoying the process, ironically, I am looking forward to go back to my daily life in two weeks’ time.

Til then, your supports would be my motivation to keep going.   I appreciate every encouragement received through IMs, notecards and comments so far.   Just thank you very much, from the bottom of my heart.

STYLE CARD

Hair: Clawtooth Femme fatale (bun) – Chocolate Cake (edited)

Top: Aoharu FrontKnotShirt_Plaid/Black

Bra Top layer: part of artilleri/ Annalee bikini (shirt) *black*

High waist layer: part of Purplemoon Di Bodysuit in Black

Skirt: NYU – Debut, Peplum Skirt, Charcoal

Shoes: *GF* Ribbon Slingback Shoes

Clutch: Maitreya MCEHT Clutch

Gloves: The Secret Store Fine gloves – Cherry

Eyewear: Purplemoon Dorothy Cat Eye Glasses Cherry/Brown

Anklet: Icing Cherry Charm Anklet – edited (no longer available)

Ring: [[SHADE THRONE]] THE LIP RING (black!)

Scarf: Decoy Mraz Scarf – Ruby

Pose 1: Diesel Works Vixie3

Pose 2: Agape agps_fe178

Style for Colour of Couture (CoC) Audition

The second live audition for the CoC took place on March 30, last Saturday, and I was one of the 18 girls choosen to walk in front of the judges.  The theme given was “Soft Alterntive”, one of the fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2012.  There were some information that I found on the web but surprising not a lot, not to mention sample images or stylings.   With what I managed to find and to digest, I took inspiration from the phrase “graceful sensuality with old-fashioned charm. Compose a refreshing romanticism, without naiveté”. 

Soft alternative also means soft colours with a vibrant touch so here is my styling.

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I used lace and pencil skirt to express the old fashioned charm, and the deep V collar on the lace blouse to enhance sensuality.  However, to remain chic and current, I wore a short bob hair, added a beautiful hair dress, a modern clutch and a signature ring to the overall styling.  My pop colour would be the tango or orange colour from the skirt and ring.

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It was rather challenging to pick the right runway poses for this lace blouse.  As you can see it has a lot of flexi prims from the shoulder to the waist.  I had at one point considered changing the blouse but it was such a beautiful, feminine and delicate piece that speaks everything about grace, antique and sensuality, I just refused to take it off, leaving pose hunting as the only option.

Thank god the efforts paid off and I am one of the 7 lucky finalists choosen at the second audition, joining another 9 finalists that were choosen at the first audition, for the finale. 🙂  In the next couple of weeks, leading to the finale on May 6,  I will be sharing our activities, progress and my experience as well as styling challenges here, so stay tuned for more!

To find out more about the Colour of Couture Top Model Competition and to follow us, feel free to visit the CoC website and flickr.  You support is very much appreciated!

Here’s an insight about me, as a finalist of CoC and a Southeast Asian model.

 

STYLE CARD

Hair: tram  A816 hair(B) / brown (edited)

Head dress: Tukinowaugma Tyako Accessory (flower tinted to have different shades of orange)

Top Layer: *Bliss Couture* Synergy Lace Bodice (Ivory)

Top Vest: ! Bliss Couture ! Draconia Lace Vest (Beige)

Skirt: Celoe.nikka.skirt.tango

Shoes: Redgrave Audrey 2

Ring: Finesmith Organic Olive Leather

Lace bracelets: League Antique Lace

Clutch: MONS Croco Clucth Bag – Sephia

Nails: Mandala Female medium

Eyeshadow:  elymode makeup – bold coal & brown 2

Lipsticks: MOCK Sahne Well Read Lip 1