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her projects. Sleepless nights RL or pure passion.. discover what she has to say live from the grapevine. We finally managed to get a hold of ending story... Sissy Pessoa for an indepth interview where she speaks about her work and passion of fashion. Our very own Bliss Windlow took time o,I’m Not Dead! Nothing beats to capture some stunning pictures the feel of absolute relief at cerof Sissy’s most recent creations, tain moments, especially after saiand they are really «Wow». The lingthrough months of countless changes RL & SL. I will have to apo- «Rive Gaunche» set remains my favorite, sans aucune doute! logise to you fine readers who has Not forgetting our selection of TOP been looking forward to this issue 5 destinations to visit in SL, meeof EOS Magazine. Summer is just ting with Clara Young, Sex and fun around the corner, and many of us in SL from a male point of view by are preparing for the next months Quirky Torok, Spring Trends, and to come. RL i’m getting ready to our GrooveStars of the month, DJ move on to a brand nu phase of World Group. my life, while doing my best to be present inworld and honor my obli- Without revealing the entire gations. I’m finally happy to publish contents of the magazine, I’ll let you fine readers discover the inside this fine issue of Essence of Style details, and on my end, I’ll get back Magazine, Issue 9. Once again, to being the busy bee I am in both Mille excuses to our fine sponsors who has been patient over the past worlds. Keeping you updated is our target, and just for this purpose we weeks. invite you to subscribe to any of This month’s issue holds some the INXX website, twitter, Flickr and rather entertaining surprises; Facebook platform available inworld Glance Magazine’s very own Patty at the EOS headquarters or directly Cortes accords us exclusive interat www.inxx-lifestyle.com view, revealing the insides of one of SL’s oldest and most reputated fashion agancies. Running a fashion Happy reading! agency this size is never an easy task, and trust me, I know what Ohren Beck I’m talking about. A lot of things Publisher & CEO EOS has changed in SL during the past years, but not withstanding the wind of change, Patty Cortes proved she is well able to dedicate time to
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EDITORS LETTER Body Image This issue raised some interesting dialogues within myself - particularly over body image. Recently, at the races in Australia, a very big social outing for everyone as they dress to the nines and parade themselves amongst one another, I heard a group of well dressed older women discussing some of the younger women. Basically the discussion centred around some strong judging of how they dressed and presented themelves based solely on their body type. The fact that less than stick thin girls chose to also wear ridiculously high heels., short dresses with plunging necklines and extravagant hats was discussed as “wrong” and even “disgusting”. It was interesting to me that that character, intelligence and motives were automatically included and assigned according to body types. I wondered to myself when a woman might be allowed to enjoy the fashions of the day with wild aban-
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don unencumbered by rules .. and where were the nuns to bandage us all up so that our bodies might be deemed appropriate and uninsulting to the sensibilities of others desperate to pronounce their prejudices and judegements upon us all? The issue of body image is an interesting one. We have physical and emotional health squaring off against fashion and business. They appear to be mortal enemies. Art places the desired form in front of us. The vehicle of art has been broadened and redefined over the years. Where we once looked at rich oil paintings done by masters, and by the fashions of a period we now have those as well as television, movies and magazines. A body type becomes the desire and we embrace and celebrate that model of perfection. The unrealistic ideal of that is the fashion sketches are skewed from the word go .. Drawn on women with outlandish and impossible proportions they must then transform that onto a human model Everyone knows the frustration of purchasing a pattern, in love with the design, only to have the finished product look frumpy, ordinary and possibly ridiculous. We are out of contact with real body images. Televsion and movies show off absurd body proportions .. The tiniest of bodies with huge heads
best translate onto the screen. Even if models and movie stars manage to keep their ridiculous shapes, they do so with the benefit of the best money can buy to help them manage .. .how possible and realistic is that for “miss Joanne Average” in the suburbs? Despite all the strides we have made in putting for the concerns of women and demanding our rights over these past decades, it still comes down to value based on looks. A curvy woman must be of a certain ethnicity to be forgiven for being so, a heavier woman is lacking discipline and intelligence, an unpainted woman is a lesbian, an older woman is overlooked and cannot be beautiful, while a thin woman is always deemed beautiful. Her lack of fashion, her lack of cleanliness, her lack of intelligence (if they exist singularly or in combination) can all be overlooked and forgiven .. because she is deemed beautiful. That we as women participate in this … frankly makes me ill. Bliss Windlow Editor in Chief
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Sissy Pessoa’s Baiastice
EOS is honored to present one of SL’s leading haute couture designers, Sissy Pessoa Interview & Photography by Bliss Windlow
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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT or, maybe you throw in the towel, and buy 3 purses. You wander through one room and are overwhelmed, only to find there is another room, and another, and that is only the first floor. So many choices and all of them beautiful. Sissy Pessoa herself, is incredibly well respected within the fashion industry. I was fascinated to find out more about her and the journey she has made into Second Life. BW: Sissy I am always fascinated by how people came up with their name in SL and the name for their business. Can you share where yours came from? What
aiastice is one of those stores that is constantly evolving. The store itself morphs slowly, reinventing itself , every time you go there is something just a bit different. It is also one of those stores every woman has on her list for check backs, simply because you do not want to miss out on a thing. With so much eye candy around the grid vying for our attention and our Lindens, that is saying something. Many of the stores we simply tp into, pick up what we saw on the blogs, and leave. Women go to Baiastice just to look. It is that kind of store. The handbags alone are enough to make you gasp - every conceivable shape and texture, fun bags, classic bags, evening clutches, and perfect shoulder bags. It takes you time to look. You think you are going to buy one particular style and then you check around you and see there are so many beautiful designs â€Ś.and the decision becomes a painful process, 20 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
Main Store does Baiastice mean? SP: When I started my business, I took many days to decide what would be a good name, but my idea was and still is, to have a name without a real meaning...but just a new and original name with a good Italian sound. BW: I found it very hard to get anything on the internet about your personally. Are you a private person in real life as well? How has being a private person helped you in SL? How has it
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Model: Bliss Windlow Wearing: Dress and Hat: Baiastice Rive Gauche - Black Shoes: Baiastice Querelle Black
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Model: Bliss Windlow Wearing Dress: Baiastice Denim Gown Shoes: Baiastice Querelle Black 24 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
hindered you? SP: I never think about it, but yes this is me lol. For me it isn’t important to mix SL with RL. I have some RL friends here but I think I like my private life to be separated from my SL life. BW: One of the things I love about your designs is that you seem to have such an understanding of the female form. Your clothes fit and showcase a woman beautifully. Is
that just an artistic gift or is it something you really work for and are conscious of when you design? SP: Fashion is one of my big passions in RL and in SL too, so I don’t think it’s an artistic gift but all I make comes out from a lot of observation on what is going on in RL fashion and trying to make my interpretation of it here with my own personal touch always.
BW: Your frequently get asked to do designs for big events and shows, which means deadlines and a certain expected standard. Does that ever overwhelm you? If so, how do you handle deadlines and taking on special projects with all you do normally? Do you think it is important to give back to SL in some way? SP: Deadlines are always terrible lol but in this case the only thing is working for a lot of time and having good work organization skills; it’s very important give back to SL; it’s an exchange in both directions. BW: Your store is ever evolving and changing, are you active in its design as well - or do you just focus on the products for sale and let someone else handle the store setup, layout and design? There are so many little touches in the store … do they have some meaning for you.. Like the roses and the pigeons …. SP: Building is another big passion for me here and for this reason my store is always evolving. I like, for example, to change the store layout for every season. As you can see, for this spring, I made a big original garden in the center of store with plants, little animals and a fountain. BW: Of all the things you design what do you enjoy the most and why? What do you enjoy designing the least and why? SP:There aren’t things that I don’t like to do; this is one good thing of SL, that you can do here only what you really like. MAY 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 25
Model: Bliss Windlow Dress: Baiastice Valentine Gown Shoes: Baiastice Crystal Ruby
«Fashion is one of my big passion in RL and in SL too,..»
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«my inspiration is RL fashion indu try in all ways,..»
Model: Bliss Windlow Wearing Outfit: Baiastice Anita Corsett Black Eye Patch: Baiastice Eye Patch Diamonds Shoes: Baiastice Roses Dark Grey
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BW: Where does the inspiration come from for your outfits .. How do you start the creative process and keep coming up with fresh ideas? Do you ever panic about your creativity? If so how do you handle it? SP: As I told you, my inspiration is RL fashion industry in all ways, fashion as art, and yes sometimes I fall in a panic when I have a wonderful idea in mind and it’s difficult to put out it, but you can find this in all creative processes; all these sensations make this dynamic.
makes me happy, sometimes I receive IMs from new and known designers in SL telling me that I’m their inspiration and every time this makes me shy and happy in the same time. In SL there doesn’t exist concurrency; everyone can be a designer and give original and personal ideas to the community and in this case I like much to give my support.
BW: What is the best thing that has ever happened to you in SL? Why did it mean so much to you? SP: The best thing is, as I told preBW: I adore your grandma’s viously, is that thankfully I found in closet and have played with that SL another great way to express my a lot .. as long as I have known it, creativity. it is something you have offered for free and there is so much in BW: What one thing are you most there .. What is the story behind excited about in this coming year that design? in SL for you and Baiastice? SP: I decided to make this avatar SP: For this year I am staring with (not original idea, as in SL there are a very big spring collection, divided some stores with and for aged ava- into many phases. The first is «coutars) for fun because in SL you have ture», the second «casual», then the possibility to be all you want, so «menswear new collection, after why not be a granny? The beautiful «new skin line” and in the last two don’t have age, lol, and I made it free releases accessories and bags.» so many people can have a complete granny avatar in their inventory. Bliss Windlow BW: People have told me about how you have inspired/mentored them and that they learn so much about fashion, attention to details, business, etc from you. They are very complimentary to you in that regard. Is it easy for you to share with others and to want to see them succeed? How do you handle helping others without giving away everything that makes you successful? SP: This is one of the things that MAY 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 31
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GLANCE Exclusive interview with Patty Cortes
atty Cortes is the dynamic force behind Glance International Agency. This human dynamo took the grid by storm, building an empire that is respected by all. She has pulled together a group of committed professionals that often behave and think much more like a family than a business but while still maintaining the utmost in professional decorum. Here is her story. Interview by Bliss Windlow
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW conscious crowds. And here I am, with over 75 fashion shows produced to date, 1 year and a half later.
BW: Wow, as I was sorting through everything I could find on you, the one word that kept coming to me was “passion” … you have such passion for everything you do. Where does that come from Patty? Has it always been there for you?
BW: When it comes to modelling, do you think that anyone can be a model with the right training - I mean in SL it is obviously easy to get around the body restrictions that would eliminate most people in RL, but can anyone be a model in here? What are the real basic and honest questions someone needs to ask themselves to assess their ability to be a model before they begin?
PC: I have been teaching at GLANCE Model Academy the first months of its existence, besides being the former Dean, and I am the one who oversaw the base of what we are teaching during the PC: I do think that passion is the one-on-one classes. I think that number one reason for doing anymost people have a fake idea of thing, should it be in Second Life or in real life. It is what pushes you what it takes to be a virtual model. It’s not about showing up, jumforward and refrains you from leaping on a poseball and having a ving it at all when you experience face emoter HUD! It’s tons more. hard times. I have been involved It requires you to be easy to work in the fashion industry since early with, able to follow instructions, 2007 and founded my agency in and be creative with not only a pas2008, after working independently sion but a cult for fashion. You must with fashion designers to leverage own a diverse range of skin tones their exposure. After the beloved and hairstyles ‘cause you must modelling agency where I worked ultimately be the muse of many. at closed its door, I decided it was Fashion has so many ways to be about time to open GLANCE Interexpressed, when you are walking national Agency and forward my down a catwalk or modelling during very own vision of the fashion a photo shoot, you have chances to world. I did make the promise to represent different styles: a flirty or myself that once open, the agency would be here for a while, providing goth collection, a glamour or sporty spirit, everything is possible. You regular quality shows for fashion must be focused on bringing the 36 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
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«I decided it was about time to open GLA International Agency and forward my ver own vision of the fashion world..»
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best assets that will enhance what you wear and choose the skins, hair and poses that add the wow effect to what you are modelling. The number of persons who want to model in SL keep growing, while the available spots is decreasing. To answer more precisely your question, I think it’s essential to ask yourself: how is my team spirit ? Am I able to work under the direction of show coordinator? How is my relationship with my co-workers ? Am I reliable enough to them during rehearsals and the show itself ? How is my attitude, do I just want to do whatever I want however I want or am I ready to take criticism in order to reach higher goals ? Do I have enough confidence in myself, to go and sell a look, find arguments during a casting call to be the one they hire ? Do I have a particular look, that makes my personality shine and makes me recognizable in a crowd of models ? If you do answer yes to one or many of these questions: you are on the road to success! That’s what we teach at GLANCE Model Academy, we educate our students to feel more confident in the career they embrace. We want them to understand that even though modeling is a tough industry, where there is certainly a lot of competition, a long journey begins with one small step. BW: You have such a great attitude towards beauty and embrace all its forms .. What do you think about models as they are now? Would you like to see a move towards acceptance of a more diverse body type and 40 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
representation of women? Do you think that is ever possible? Could you share some of your thoughts in this regard? PC: I remember that, when you were going to fashion shows in 2007, you would hardly see ethnic models on the catwalk, and no need to say that curvy ones were even less represented. In 2008, I founded and ran Miss SL Ebony beauty pageant, which was the very first of its kind celebrating black beauty. Being of African descent in real life, it was a project that was dear to me, and I invested both time and money in it, met a lot of awesome persons as Indyra Seigo and Storm Babeli (and others!) who had faith in this project and we shared a lot of great moments - it made me love the fashion industry even more. The event was featured in many blogs and a few publications and discussions started after it, but I can’t say how impactful it was. I have no pretention to say that this event particularly had an effect on cultural diversity in SL To me, there is either a part of the SL residents who woke up, either a new generation came that thought, said and expressed they were on the look for real life like products. Anyone can pretend to have the look of a model in SL, and that’s how I happen to see very thin people around, skinny to the point they do not look healthy. It is sad because to me the representation of women should be all about celebrating her curves and her roots. The real life fashion industry has rules that we can easily eliminate in this virtual world, as you stated in your ques-
tion. Now, it is what we make out of these rules.. They say «your world, your imagination.» You can now buy petite, regular, curvy, runway and full body shapes. Our move towards acceptance of different body types has already started. Second Life’s fashion industry evolves every day, so we never know what is coming next. Anything is possible, really. Fashion is just the expression of this universal beauty. Modeling world is no different to that, different shapes, different skin complexions but all under the flag of fashion. It is what it’s all about! BW: I was laughing one moment and had tears in my eyes the next as I read your profile and about your friends. You seem to have such a great love of life and a real sense of balance. It impressed me because often times people seem to have to sacrifice one aspect of SL for the other and there is not a balance. You appear to have an incredible successful empire AND a wonderful social life .. How you do achieve that? Is it a conscious effort on your part or just something that happens because that is the way you are? PC: Oh Rawly Rousselot is my SL partner, he is an amazing person who is say... the most real of the avatars I ever met. I have a profound admiration for him, as he strives to be the best in building and has done tremendious work over the past years in SL for top
companies and demanding residents. I think I try to surround myself with successful, inspiring persons who force me to step up my game and always strive for the best in anything I do. It’s essential for me to hang out with like-minded persons, such as HoneyBear Lilliehook who is probably the one to who I chat the most with on a daily basis due to our strong business and friend relationships. The same goes for Amalia Foxtrot, Honey Bender, TokY Raymaker, Alan Tamatzui, Janaina Delvalle, RBK Gossipgirl... And many others! These are the persons who keep me focused and remind me that the future is now. There is no such feeling as working and evolving with close friends. Being the Founder and CEO of GLANCE International Agency, along with the publisher and layout designer of GLANCE Magazine, work is a huge part of my second life.. I am resultsoriented and I do not count hours to achieve the highest goals that I set to myself or to the team. People I work with play an essential part in my happiness or my frustration, in other words in my day-to-day routine. I feel blessed because they are the bomb! I do not feel so much the lack of leisure time during our busy periods and it’s because we have a small, hand-picked team made of persons with an outgoing personality and who know how to share the fun. We support each other when someone is going by a hard time in either lives and we are also here to congratulate and cheer up each other when we do a great job. We really are a family. MAY 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 41
BW: How similar is Patty Cortes to the real you? In what ways is she different? Has being Patty Cortes with such a successful empire in SL changed the real you in any way? If so, how? PC: The real life Patty sleeps much less! Haha! I think that to keep an agency to the top, you have to understand and do sacrifices on your real life leisure time... and it ultimately impacts both lives. I have a comprehensive boyfriend and wonderful real life friends that I meet on regular basis. They are kind of geeks as I am, so it’s all good and as long as both lives are balanced, you will still see the virtual Patty around. I do not try to think too much of what I do as an «empire». To me, the most important is to provide a stellar work and make both our clients and followers satisfied. How the agency grows on a daily basis with new staff, how the press is more and more interested in the agency, how the public responds to the fashion events that we pull together is definitely exciting. I find this job fulfilling and do not see myself doing anything else. My goal is to provide fashion marketing and public relations agency services at the highest standard and put together innovative fashion events that promote virtual fashion around the grid and beyond. BW: You will have finished up with the Accessory Fair by the time this magazine come out … how has that gone for you? What is next on the horizon for 42 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
Glance? What can your fans look for in 2010? PC: Accessory Fair was such a blast! We had up to 60,000 traffic and approximately 20,000 visitors enjoyed the event. This was one of the most successful projects we ran at the agency. Liaising with over 60 Second Life’s content creators, answering shoppers’ questions on a daily basis and such... everything was very tough and yet new and exciting. I like to think that we are risk-takers at GIA and I’m always up for new challenges! Anything crazy you have in mind for a fashion event production, knock at our door and we will make it happen, haha! At GIA we are willing to bring our contribution to the fashion industry by bringing in fresh and groundbreaking events, such as the International Fashion Day that featured 24 fashion shows in 24 hours and was supported by and featured in real world medias. What is next on the horizon for GLANCE...? Mmmm... We would like to be more involved with video and audio productions, those seem to be a lot of fun. BW: People often complain about the cliques within the fashion industry. I noted you cultivate the idea of «elite» and an «A List.» There are some people who would argue that is part of the problem with why fashion is not more culturally diversified, something you talk about advocating - beauty in all forms - how would you answer those critics? Do you understand why people feel the fashion world is a clique and if so why do you think
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dinator, then switched to own a consulting company that was helPC: I think that to share your love ping new businesses. During this for fashion joining a community time, I learned a lot from compawith like-minded persons is a must. nies in general and fashion indusYou have to identify yourself with a try in particular. When opening an group, where you can discuss topics agency, do not do it just because you have in common and share it’s hot and fresh and will make your vision of fashion. A place you look cool. Many agencies open where you will get latest releases when the industry is booming, close from top notch designers and make when it’s down time, reopen with sure that you are being provided new services when it’s booming with accurate, quality information again... It is no a serious path. The that you would not get anywhere day when you open, you have to else. Our A-List group is pretty put 100 percent (and more!) into much about that. It is our update this project. How I did ? I think I group. We did not want to have a have been an admirer first and then magazine readers group, we did an observer of legendary agennot want to have a VIP group, we cies that were here back in the are first and foremost a fashion PR days. They all were ran by owners agency and fashion marketers who who shared advices with me and are here to bring hand-picked news women that I will respect for ever. to discerning and tasteful avatars. They were Nancy Jie, Bianca DarAnybody can fit in this description ling (Founder of Aspire!) along therefore everybody can join! There with Alaska Metropolitan (founder is no elitism at GIA, as we feel eve- of Metro Models) and Una Ewing rybody is welcome. «A-List» is a (Ewing Fashion Agency). While the word that translate how much their agency sadly closed or starwe cherish those who are following ted to be inactive out of real life us for so long, it’s our way to name reasons these women totally insthe incredible supporters we have pire me even now, on how to overther., Nothing more, nothing less. see an agency, how much love to put into projects, what to do to BW: The recent downturn in the provide hands-on, premiere sereconomy saw a lot of movement vices on a long term. I learned in the fashion industry. That from them, took advice from them, and content theft, seemed to and you know, when you learn be the final straw for many … from the best, the rest is piece of how do you handle the ups and cake! I have to add that you have downs of SL. There have proto be prepared for loss and gains, bably been so many changes as for sacrifices and joy, for tears well since you started in 2007, and smiles. It’s a long way, but I how do you manage to ride the never let down, I always look into storms .. what is your secret? the future as it looks bright and inspiring. With the staff I have, PC: I started SL as an event coorI can’t go wrong. One question I 44 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
keep asking myself in the «down» moment is... Am I here for a day or am I here to stay ? The support of the thousands of persons in GLANCE community, who read our magazine every month and attend our fashion shows, the support of my staff who is here to embrace each new project, the support of our clients who keep joining our new ventures... These keep me focused. I’m also extremely demanding with myself, being a perfectionist and results-oriented person, I do not see myself as the kind who gives up, I’m the kind who fights to the death... Watch me out! More seriously, I think GLANCE International Agency has started to count and will count for many months to come. That is my goal. BW: Glance does modelling career development, unique fashion centre, international fashion-oriented publications, style consultation, fashion-related photography and graphics, fashion designers promotion and fashion events coordination. I noted that you seem to really consider a company before you take them on as a client, and then give them unbelievable personal attention, outstanding customer service … what are some of the reasons that might cause you to pass on a company? PC: When it comes to fashion designers, we de definitely don’t want to promote businesses in a box and make sure that there is no copybot system involved in the company approaching us. We would also
skip an affiliate system member and prefer to work with the original designer. We strongly inspect clients coming to us before accepting to work with them. We do also inspect their creativity, we want to promote original designs only and we know that GLANCE Magazine readers and A-Listers who enrolled in our update group are trusting us to bring them the best creations and fashion designers out there. We have zero margin to disappoint them, and we highly value their input, their trust, their participation in our projects. So if we find a designer is stealing from other designers, is not being creative nor is bringing refreshing garments and original collections, we will rather pass and look out to find new gems. On a general level, GIA is a «no drama» zone. We do not accept to work with people with diva attitudes, we rather like to establish long-standing relationship with friendly and fun clients. Those are the best and we work with many for over a year, now. BW: One of your projects that I really admire is your mall. I think maybe because as you look around it you are amazed at how well it is done, you can’t miss the amount of thought that went into even the smallest detail and it is a lasting, visible legacy of your work ethic and standards. I noticed there is a waiting list for people wanting retail space. Many malls open and you see empty stores for quite awhile … yours was full from the beginning. I must say I love doing photographs there, talk to me about the mall and MAY 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 45
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how it evolved in your mind. PC: Anything that has GLANCE trademark on it is pretty much high standard and the mall included. It was the third time that we made our headquarters over, and as for each time, we wanted something built upon request. It means that you won’t find such archicture anywhere around Second Life. I think that’s what decided our hosted designers to join and stay. Carefully built headquarters with beautiful spots for photographics... It attracts a lot of people on a daily basis, and we are always amazed to see how people enjoy our installation. The mall is very pleasant to me, and I hope many people discover and enjoy it. BW: Of all your achievements here in SL Patty, which are you most proud of and why?
for the impossible.» Well, we made it! I like to take such challenges and prove people wrong. It was the first time ever that such an event happened, and we are proud to be the ones who made it a reality. It showed that Second Life fashion industry is a place that encourages such complex and original initiatives. We had several thousands of visitors who stopped-by for record traffic numbers set to 45,000 for the first day and 60,000 for the second day, making of the place of the event, Glance sim, the number 4 place found under «fashion» keyword on that special day. This event showed me how skilled and supportive was my staff, how exciting this industry is, with its incredible crowd of fashion addicts who attend shows and visit shops. It was a blast. I’m looking forward to next year’s edition and I hope to see you there!
PC: Most definitely the International Fashion Day, that was one of the most complex and most unique event we ever produced. I have been in touch with the founder and editor of PRCouture.com who is one of my role model when it comes to fashion public relations. She came to Second Life to discover our runway shows and share her thoughts on virtual fashion. To have a better picture of this event, you have to imagine that we coordinated not only 24 fashion shows but 24 shows... in a row! Everybody was telling me... «You’ll never find designers to join this crazy project...» or «You will see, the sim is going to crash so bad we won’t make it...» or «you are reaching MAY 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 47
ttitude lives within all of us and no matter if two women, even avatars, wear the exact outfit, by the time you add the subtle differences - accessories, hair, skin, attitude .. you can end up with 2 completely different looks. Essence of Style introduces a brand new feature where we take a look at this phenomenon and analyse it. Two or more random avatars will be photographed each Issue. We would love to hear your arm chair analysis of the outfits and the style .. send them on a notecard to Bliss Windlow and check the following issue of our magazine to see if what you had to say was noteworthy and interesting!! Which one do you prefer and why? We would love to know. This week I picked two people, neither associated with the fashion industry, to simply talk to me about both the outfits and point out what they like and donâ€™t. I have summarized their comments based on both written and spoken commentary and had the end result edited and approved by them. They were both very kind to help me out and very entertaining. Bliss: This outfit demands attitude. It is certainly NOT for 50 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
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the shy retiring type. A very Madonna-ish type of look here that is devoid of any soft edges to hide behind. I think it could be worn in a variety of ways. The presentation on the left would probably have been the hands down winner for me had she chosen black boots instead of the white. I like her choice of see through barely there blouse – it keeps the theme of the outfit while allowing her to be a bit more modest. Her hair up and kind of funky is a good choice, dark colouring and I like the nails and her bangles are great. I don’t like the pink lips with the darkness of the look. I give her a 7 out of 10. The presentation on the right …hmmm… I definitely prefer her makeup. I think it is great. BUT the rest of the outfit kind of contradicts itself a bit … the dainty white heels with chunky bracelets and then the third sore point is the bare top. Had she chosen really sexy footwear .. and again I would have gone for black .. it would have been much better. OR had she gone for less chunky bracelets with her existing shoe, it would have been better. Bare breasted would have worked with the sexy footwear but definitely not with the more refined look. No matter what choice in that
regard, the hair does not work for me with this outfit. I give her a 4 out of 10. Daria: Yes I agree, it is definitely very much like Madonna’s underwear over clothes. I am not a big fan of this kind of look as it seems unfinished. I wanted to immediately say I liked the one on the left best but I think I would say that only because it has the blouse under it and I would do that with this outfit. I actually like her boots and I think if she had picked some really large white earrings everything would balance nicely. I would also like to say she should only wear one set of bracelets on one arm and not both. I would also give it a 7 out of 10. When I really look at the one on the right I think she got everything right. I love her heels and her bracelets are much better and she can wear both and they don’t overpower it as much. I think that is because they are broken up with the big white one in the middle of the dark ones. I also think her hair is very cute and goes with the outfit. Yes, this is my favourite. I would give it an 8 out of 10. Chip: Ok I will try to sound like I know what I am talking MAY 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 53
about. I can see that this does kinda look like some stuff I have seen Madonna in but does that matter? I don’t really like this because it is one of those outfits women wear that is supposed to be artsy and I just stand there and ask why? I don’t like the material, I don’t like the fluffy thing at the neck and I think they ruined a good corset. The whole purpose of garters is the skin underneath them that you get to see. Who wants to see more material that looks like it should be on a grandma’s quilt? And what is with the straps on the breasts? Are they supposed to cover the nipple or what cause they are just annoying and distracting otherwise. I have to pick one and tell you why right? The outfit on the left is out. I don’t think she could figure out whether to be Mary Poppins or Lady Gaga. Hate the blouse, hate the hair. The boots are for another outfit all together - maybe a cheerleader outfit. She took sexy and made it school marm. I give it 2 out of 10. The outfit on the right. Hate the hair and hell I just can’t do this. It is a ridiculous outfit . Sorry ladies, no reflection on either one of you. I hate this less, only cause of the bare 54 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
breasts, I give it a 2.5 out of 10. So far we are 2 to I for outfit 2. I then tried on the outfit with a couple of looks myself. The first is a more subdued looked picking up on the browns of my colour choice. I think it actually takes the outfit in a whole new direction making it almost as acceptable as a dress or pantsuit. The second ups the sex appeal. I removed the extra length in the legs added sparkly stockings and a hat and made it more something you might wear clubbing. It is amazing how one item can have so many different looks. This should be a great feature going forward with some interesting comments. Don’t forget to send in your thoughts. I look forward to reading them.
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Deliciae Meae The Stella Sky box
Every month weâ€™ll hunt for a new and fresh design. We start with the basic: a place to live, a home. Which is our favorite for this week? A few prim Skybox. Deliciae Meae is a store dedicated to home lifestyle including furniture, decoration, outdoor and homestead. Hada Jewell is the owner and designer of the brand with almost 3 years of experience in building and furniture. I saw babyâ€™s furniture, exquisite living rooms, well designed bathrooms and many other items. I found it hard to make a decision, but finally I saw it. JUNE 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 59
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Even though this particular skybox was not yet on display, Hada was nice enough to rez a copy for me to take a look at and to do some pictures. It was actually very easy to rez, using the hand rez box which not only pulls up the whole skybox, it places all the furniture exactly where it belongs. The place is definitely big enough to share with someone else, comes complete with everything you will really need and is only 150 prims, which makes it incredibly practical as a home or a secret hideaway. This bright, modern skybox is completely done in a clean, crisp pallet of white and blue. It has a sleek progressive feel as this skybox is definitely NOT just a «box» but rather a futuristic vision of contemporary lines. This one is actually quite a large shape with rounded corners. The exterior walls are JUNE 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 61
also white keeping with the overall theme. Clean spaces and lines, minimalistic decorations, and some touches which suggest a bit of 60’s retro is quite interesting and leaves you with a sense of familiar comfort despite the decidedly coldness of white on white. Inside, you will find everything a «home» requires. There is a living room, dining room, bathroom and bedroom. The space is defined with dividers of soft and semitransparent textures and vaulted ceilings giving it a light and airy feeling. There are some gorgeous artistic touches such as the cyan sunbursts which are repeated through the house and also incorporate a theme of water in its many forms, the suns using water droplets ...Ice crystals are in the beautiful screen that stands next to the extra large whirl bath, and the feeling of rain is suggested in the glass panel directly behind and repeated again throughout. The material on the seats, the glass tables, the hanging chair ... water in all its forms... Beautiful. The living room has some divans and couches. A hanging basket chair is a perfect place to hide away in your own private space and to snuggle with that special 62 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | JUNE 2010
someone. There are some nice homey touches like the coffee table that contains hot tea and coffee ready to serve, and a small pot of green grass on the buffet. Of course there is always the invitation to add your own homey touches with plenty of space to do so and such low prim use. The huge spa bath in the bathroom with its steam invites you to hop in and relax. Some might argue the overall feel of the place is ice cold and all wrong for the summer months but in the south hemisphere we are entering fall, so I can wear my wool sweater and maybe invite my partner to a romantic afternoon laying on the bed warming each other, with a cup of hot chocolate. Maybe we can even have a smart and funny conversation.
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Discovery Take a walk on the wild side...
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TOP 5 DESTINATIONS Why not diversify your activities inworld! Specially for those of you who loves to visit and explore, our reporters has some suggestions for you. 5 different sims to visit, 5 different themes to discover. ere is our selections of the month.
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Some places are just so beautiful that you have to take a second glance to believe its there. I teleported into September Rainforest and with all the scenery and nature, I was in a trance. I couldnâ€™t wait to explore. I saw a big, flowing waterfall in the distance surrounded by lush plants of all kinds. I felt like a Goddess as my feet moved down the stone steps, it was perfect. I took some time to take it all in before moving on. Couples were dancing to beautiful slow and romantic music. Change the settings to midnight and you could dance the night away in a romantic scene usually reserved for movies. I stayed and danced a bit and lost all track of time. September Rainforest was created two years ago by an unknown avatar. 15 months later, the owner shut it all down without a warning, shocking everyone. Nine months later, previous Senior Executive Holiday Blitz, and former hostess Angelette Sweetwater decided to rebuild it after friends and fans begged them to recreate their beloved sim. Holiday also has a passion for making things right in the world, and bringing back September Rainforest seemed like the right thing to do. The Shopping Village is a miniature mall with all the shops made from bamboo. It houses some great designers like HoliPoli and Lady Thera. A big fountain in the center is surrounded with exotic foliage which, with the Palm trees made me fell like I was in a tribal shop70 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
ping fantasy. There are some fantastic art galleries and show rooms that I also enjoyed . I was curious about a bamboo cabin at the end of the village that was set between two massive waterfalls. It was a perfectly dĂŠcored tropic getaway. Very pretty! On my journey around the sim, I stumbled upon a path of lily pads. I began to follow them and came across a entire new location. There was a roaring fire with pillows surrounding it, overlooking a beautiful ocean that I could possibly take a dip in. Just off to the side was a gorgeous waterfall. I lay in the hammock and thought about sharing the romantic picnic with a special someone. Another perfect spot! I had a great time. September Rainforest has a lot of gorgeous places surrounded by breathtaking waterfalls. I would recommend taking a loved one to this magical place, because everything here is geared for some quality couple time with dancing, poses, hidden areas and settings and romantic music. If you are looking for an exciting, tropical place to explore, or maybe somewhere for great photographs, September Rainforest is the place to go. Location: Click LM tab
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A big dome filled with stars. Steam, machines, gear and steel are the trade mark of the place. But all with rainbow glow, mixed with puzzle pieces, colored grass and a carousel are well placed. That’s the main piece of “109 prims Circus”, a store that surprises with the atmosphere and the childish beauty. It is a mix between masculine and feminine taste, all the steel and steamed style with the colorful fantasy is a rare combination but makes this place a perfect spot to stay. Onakagoo Epin is the owner and designer of the items this store offers, and he was grateful when we informed him we picked his location to be part of the top 5 destinations of the month. Take a ride on the carousel, sit with someone special in the carriage, dance in the dance pads or spend time in the tiny romantic gardens is
a delightful experience. I was amazed with the giant puzzle inside, makes you feel like a midget surrounded by this big pieces, you can feel maybe one can fall over you, but the beauty is overwhelming. Taking pictures here is a non-stop, you can take picks from different angles, if you change your graphics settings you can enjoy of the different views this place can offers. A photo shooting of a gala outfit or a punk neko avatar or a child theme, can match perfectly with this land. We can say is a mutable place with many spots to hang out, and yes, you can be tempted to buy some unique items for your place. A visit is a must. Agatha Klees
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You will not want to miss an opportunity to check out DB Baileys Cetus - a build considered worthy of archiving with both LL and Stanford University. It is a remarkable work or architecture and art, combining the talents of several artists like Eshi Otawara and Patch Thibaud, and even includes the thought provoking «Grand Odalisque.» The colours alone are enough to dazzle and amaze but as you begin your exploration, on foot, in flight or in a hot air balloon you soon see that the details are what compel you to begin an experience which can only be described as mind altering. Each way you turn your senses are invited to experience and explore, and the images and thoughts that are evoked take you on an inward journey of exploration of self. The music is haunting and beautiful, meditative and calming, pushing you, searching within for meaning .. .the meaning we all seek as we do as the art suggests …»love the ending.» «Love the ending» is the metaphor for all the art in this build for every artist creates only to have the experience of creating end, or as in SL, each piece is eventually destroyed so that new creations can take their place. Life also bids us to «love the endings» as in each new beginning we must first let go of what once was. There are times in SL when you laugh and times when you enjoy what has been created. This sim moved me profoundly. I had the wonderful privilege of meeting with DB Bailey and Patch Thibaud and having a personal tour as they explained their works and their thoughts. I was so impressed 80 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
with the work and the integrity of both men, I was moved to tears at one point. I looked around the incredible sim and I was proud to be part of SL. I have been back many times since then and each time I have seen more, heard more. The materials used, the symbols, the music .. it is a feast for your senses. I have taken friends, I have gone alone. I am afraid for the day when I TP in and it is gone … it will be a tremendous sense of loss. Location: Click LM tab
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This sim is a tranquil place with a big castle, a lighthouse, gondolas, and a little church. It is also the main store of K.A. Engineering, where Karsten Rutledge expresses all his brain in creating inworld the best table smart games. All the demo tables are placed there and some of the games are free to all. You might think it would be a packed and noisy place but it is actually a perfect place for a serene afternoon! The castle is very classy and the inside of it is a mix between old and new. A real size train station is placed inside the castle and with those tall windows it feels a so romantic. Itâ€™s well decorated with old royal style sofas of red velvet. The empty cars and the railway engine expelling steam are ready to start to move, the direction of the train is not known but appears to be going directly to a big glowing light, making you feel the train goes to heaven. Kandace Commons has done a great job of creating such a marvelous building. Also inside the castle, a golden steampunk sculpture takes your attention, with many tiny details. This piece of art evokes the modern and abstract, mixed with the classy old place. The gold touch is an essential common theme pulling in all the different pieces together. Outside the castle, a square with the pier is a perfect atmosphere to walk; a fountain against the little church is a relaxing place to meditate. From this point, the lighthouse 86 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
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is the main view. Fly to the island where the lighthouse is placed and an old boat is the central attraction. Take a tour of the different floors of this lighthouse, they are fully decorated rooms with a decidedly intellectual feel. An alone moment in this sim is good to refresh your thoughts, but if you invite someone to take a walk and why not, play some games, it can be a great experience of fun and a challenge to your intellect. But I cannot concentrate watching the scene and counting how many prims are in this place. Damnâ€Ś I bought so many games!
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THE LINDENS Little Secret
It’s not often that Linden Labs have been known for their generosity, I’m thinki censorship and gambling here, however every now and then they do come up w When Linden Labs and the United Sailing Sims got together to make the Blake S Nautilus Sims and the new water area there would be a string of Atolls’.. One of tion to. Windlass Island lies to the southerly end of a small chain of the islands It’s not big, it has no music streaming, it has nothing really. But it is a great pla what is becoming a stressful place to be.
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ing the price hikes in tiers, the rules on with true gems. Sea they decided that to separate the f which I would like to draw your attens in the Blake Sea. ace for contemplation and reflection in
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hours. Watch the sunset disappear over the azure sea, whilst boats gently sail past. The pool and poolside bar are also a great place to hang out. There are hidden caves to explore with real pirates treasures to discover. This has to be one of Michael Lindens better builds, it has his name stamped over it with discarded copies of the ‘Moley Bible’ and ‘Mole Times’ adding a touch of whimsy to the resort. Thank you Linden Lab’s this is truly a great build, and, yes you will find me there relaxing.
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For this month’s issue of EOS Magazine we’ll be spotlighting one of SL’s most prominent and oldest builder in the grid, Clara Young. This talented French lady has been in Real Estate longer than most and it’s with pride we feature her in this issue. This is Agatha Klees reporting for EOS Magazine. By Agatha Klees 96 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | JUNE 2010
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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT on some news items of her largest trees collections. When I landed I was surrounded by different kinds of trees and Clara was wearing a very seasonal dress, matching with the landscaping. She sat down on the ground and offered to tell me about herself. It was such an unexpected and lovely gesture, I felt invited to do the same, in the middle of trees and a blue sky.
For every interview, I like be ready and informed, I do read profiles; research the membership; web pages, etc. Clara Young was a challenge, because she has many aspects to talk about. “I am a content creator, with a small realtor activity, but I also work for SL in real life” Clara told me in our first minutes and I realized this won’t be a typical interview. So, I decided a best way will be save my questions, let her flow and listen… By Agatha Klees She is a mixture between art, design, marketing, sales and management. She definitely has many roles and many businesses running around SL. She is working in and for SL in both worlds. Its hard try to describe her: an Estate Manager? a Designer? a Consultant? Keep reading and you will find more than a business woman. Clara was so gentile to invite me to her business “La Palmeraie” for this interview. She was working 98 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | JUNE 2010
AK: Can you tell me briefly about your business in SL? CY: I started in SL in 2006 as a realtor as they say here. I created a brand called «Feel at Home.» My idea was to create a kind of Club
Med concept and I was quite successful, at this time there were not so many people but then the land business changed a bit and I had no intention to grow like a big land realtor, I was more interested into creation. I was buying a lot of houses and furniture for the lands, so I started to work on those. First in furniture, then I tried clothes but I did not find myself into them and I loved it. This is how I started to landscape. I was buying a lot of
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plants and trees for the land, so I started this about 2 years ago. I love to create environments and bring more beauty to SL in some way. AK: Why? CY: It is very challenging to create worlds where people would feel good. I am not an architect, I am more into sensations you can get from colors and movements. I was always amazed by how you get a piece of raw land and transform it. It takes a lot of time, I feel like a painter or a sculptor if you understand this feeling. AK: I understand, so, you are more focused right now in landscaping? CY: In SL I try to make those plants and trees in land environments, I try to create different type of universes for people. In RL, I have created a brand called «Make my Worlds» (http://www. makemyworlds.com) for corporations who wants to enter into virtual worlds and SL. it is very close concept. One is for resident, the other one is for companies.
Clara is a web marketing consultant and a multimedia director in her own company, she started in 2007 with it “When I enter in SL, I wanted to find a way to join my 2 lives” she said, and by now she is trying “to really build a company specialized in consulting for companies who want to develop knowledge collaboration for people in virtual worlds and we became gold solution providers for linden lab last 100 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | JUNE 2010
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november”. AK: that’s incredible, so a boss and an artist? CY: Kind of, yes, which is not a very easy situation sometimes. That was SL was great about to give a platform to exercise on both. It is a bit tough coz when I work in RL for SL, I am lacking time for creating here and it is very frustrating because in this business, you have to produce. AK: How you can do both? I mean, you work for SL and then come inworld to create and relax; sounds like you don’t leave the work. CY: You make a good point. It is a bit problem for me, but in a way when I create my trees, plants and waterfalls, there is a high level of satisfaction. I mean it is in a way like if I paint of sculpt on another media. I can’t say it is like a hobby, because it also pays my sims, but I forget everything when I work in here. So I try to discipline myself to go out in RL not to be always here but when I work for “Makemyworlds”, I am not always here I am talking or speaking about SL to get clients and if it works, I have a team to work on projects. I didn’t realize we were together more than 1 hour chatting in the grass and when we finished; I started my research and flying through the places she owns. Now I understand why she adores create landscape. The feeling you can have when you travel around the sims of “La Palmeraie” with all that trees, plants, flowers and grass is an absolutely freedom. Lose yourself in the middle of the tulips, embrace 102 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | JUNE 2010
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the flowered trees or illuminating the dark sky with the lightened trees is a cozy experience. You can sell a house; a tree; a piece of land or a bunch of pixels for another one, but when it is your heart and dedication there; people can feel at home. The real estate business and the consulting are jobs, but La Palmeraie is the place where Claraâ€™s soul is. The pictures can talk by themselves, but nothing is the same if you go there and take some minutes to take a walk.
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TREND stripes, tapestries, lace â€Ś the more the better as long you commit to complete abandon and luxury. The one theme that is repeated in both styles is the use of metallics expecially in the tables. Rich golds and silvers show up in both the details and bold pieces which take centre stage.
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Our gardens are all about water conservation and native plants. Reusing old things and making them beautiful by planting something in them is a common theme. Bright colours are everywhere. As always there is a shift in lifestyle from indoors to out with cooking and activities. Green is on everyoneâ€™s mind and enjoying a healthy lifestyle with physical activities such as swimming, tennis and hiking are there. Exploring and appreciating nature is one way to celebrate spring and get involved in the local area clean up along those wilderness areas and parks and rivers and lakes that everyone so enjoys. Plant a garden with the kids and be careful of too much sun and leaving behind any debris. This year is all about stewardship and responsibility to self, to our communities and to the earth. Hair and Make-up for spring takes us back to romance and ease with loose curls replacing the straightend dramatic shapes. Buns are loosely gathered such as seen in recent releases from someof the designers such as Fri.day, Lamb, and Maitreya which always seems to be one step ahead of the trends.
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Red lips are still in but a reintroduction of coral appears as seen in many of the skin designers offerings for spring. This coral should just kiss the lips, be sheer and look like you have just eaten fruit as opposed to being painted on in thick layers that overpower. All the make-ups for spring have a sheer quality to them even tans which are back are a light bronzing glow as opposed to sprayed on. There is a shimmer with the translucence and for heaven sakes .. Lose the french manicure - especially for the toes - and opt again for coral which look great against a tan. Clothing for men can be summed up in casual with the look of traveling. Loose fitting,roomy, comfortable, and slightly tossled sums it up nicely. Orange is big big big in mens fashion with many of the big designers providing bold offerings of this unusual colour in menswear. Funky throw one sneakers are still around as well as new wave boat shoes in bright and dramatic colours. Shades for both men and women should be wrap around or angular frames. Womenâ€™s Clothes come in softer shapes like drapey mini dresses. The maxi dress returns as does tailored vests. Look for a shortened military jacket. Prints of all kindsâ€Ś. graphics, abstract, tribal-infused patterns, polka dots, plaids, stripes, flora .. mixed and matched .. fill the runways. Yellow is a prominent colour. Shoes for women are big with metallics , patterns and straps. 112 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | MAY 2010
Gladiator sandals from basic to sophisticated, open toed boots, sculptured architecture heels .. the unconventional. Again, funky sneakers are the rage for a more casual look and contradicted with dressier, feminine clothing. Shoes are paired with other accessories such as bright textured tote bags and wide material belts. Fingerless gloves are another must have and retro cocktail hats and headscarves are all the look. Jewellery is chunky and competes for attention with mixed materials all found in a single piece .. Materials like metal, wood and enamel. African influence is found in chunky geometrically shaped bracelets and necklaces are bold statements neckpieces designed like art. Electric Blue and metallics dominate. But remember, more important than anything we can recommend is that you be comfortable with your choices. Of all our fashion accessories and pieces we choose for our home, nothing is a sexy and beautiful as confidence so ALWAYS listen to that inner Diva because SHE knows best for YOU!!
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Sasch Petrov and Insyx Piranha are DJs and the owners of DJ World group, a place where DJs and club owners reunite and share knowledge and also a good way to find job. This is an exclusive group, is not open to everyone to enroll and is invitation only, thatâ€™s why you can be sure find good quality inside. They also organize DJs marathons with a big success. I was part of two of those parties and I was amazed with the big crowd and enthusiasm of people.
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GROOVESTAR ups and genre mixing. He has a great style of using jingles and blips. I love beat matching and talking more. I think our Djing styles work well together and that probably comes from our working well together in all we do. AK: Talking about «DJ World», how did you decide to create the group?
They met each other playing tunes in many clubs and I was interested in become more deep of that world and see what is hide behind of the lights and a DJ booth. AK: Both of you work as DJs, can describe the best skills in the DJ style? SP: I began to djing in real life about 20 years ago and played at clubs and other events. I always was interested in music and I learned how to make a good party. Before SL i did webradio and saw that there is a difference. SL is like webradio. The DJ must be the entertainer. He must be funny; he has to give the people a good time. Important for me is a good mix of music too. I don’t like it if DJ’s just play one music style. IP: When Djing we just like being ourselves. I think one of the big things Sasch and I have in common is that we both have different styles in our style of Djing. We both do trance, dance, house, rock, mash 116 | ESSENCE OF STYLE |MAY 2010
SP: I founded the group after the first DJ Night in August 2007. I thought it’s a great idea to have a group just for DJ’s for contacting and helping each other. Later I also invited club owners. We saw that it is a great chance for club owners to get DJ’s in the group. IP: Sasch actually created the group. This idea can be summed up in one word: Cooperation! Helping each other and not competing. I lived by this code and it was great that Sasch had this idea in the same way for Djs and Club Owners to be able to find each other, and also get help with technical issues and work flow dealing with music and the programs we use to make all this happen. AK: Which is the main objective of the group? What are your targets? IP: The Objective is to have a database and easy way for Djs to find work and help within their craft from their peers. Also for Club Owners, Managers, and anyone looking for DJs to have an easy way of finding Djs. This is what we want and this is what we got. We also
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want to showcase the Djs to clubs and people they might never heard them so that is DJ Nights (12 hours and 12 DJs in a row) and DJ World Sessions (a 4 hour version of DJ Night but only 2 DJs doing 2 hour sets each). Also, we are partnered with Secondnights. One thing is we are not a DJ Agency. We do NOT own our Djs. They set their own rates and it is their job to keep up on the notices of people needing Djs. SP: We try to make sure that people, especially club owners have respect for the work of the DJ’s. We don’t accept splitting tips in the group. And we want to give DJ’s a chance to get jobs. It’s important for new DJ’s. The older DJ’s like it too. AK: You organize parties each month with a group of different DJs and genres. How did you start with that? SP: We started in August 2007 at Arsenal. I thought it’s a nice idea to do a 12 hours party with a new DJ every hour. It was a great success. Then we decided to do it every month in different clubs. Many people are involved. About 100 DJ’s at 25 DJ Nights at 10 different clubs. A story of success. AK: What is the deal with parties of almost 12 hours? IP: We both organize them. We look through the group and pick out a list of 12 Djs. We try to do 6 new Djs and 6 veterans. We try to make it so there is many different genres. Of course Sasch and I take breaks here and there to handle RL stuff and our health. That is why we have officers and of course two owners. We have room to take turns 118 | ESSENCE OF STYLE |MAY 2010
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taking breaks. SP: one time we did 14 hours. It’s always a hard job because we spend 12 hours at one place and have a lot to do. It’s difficult to handle 12 DJ’s at one event. But we have helpers and it’s a big fun. We love it, that’s why we can’t get enough of it. AK: Tell me about your parties. How does your crowd respond? SP: The response is amazing. We can keep the people 12 hours. It’s interesting to have a change of the DJ every hour. Do you know that a brazilian DJ plays other kind of house music than an american or european one? It’s funny and we have so much fun. The people love it.
showcase all Gay Archipelago Djs from many of the GA Clubs. We are very excited about this. I hope the new avatars coming through the Pride Portal into SL get to hear and see some fantastic Djs. You never know. One of those new SL GLBT Residents may be the next awesome DJ star in SL, or may own the next awesome club space. So far, DJ World is coming bigger and with a full schedule until December. Notices trough the group looking for DJs are at least 2 or 3 per day, seems DJ World is becoming to be the reference point for search the best DJs.
IP: The people really love them. Each DJ Night and DJ World Session has been a great success and people always keep coming for more. This makes me happy in my pants. AK: What is coming next for DJ World? Schedule? News? Give me some previews. SP: We still do an event every month. The DJ Night will have a summer break in June and July. We will do the 4 hour sessions then. In August we start the fourth year of DJ Nights. IP: We have next DJ Night on Sunday May 23 from 10am – 10pm at the Pride Sim. This DJ Night will 120 | ESSENCE OF STYLE |MAY 2010
Interview & pictures by Agatha Klees
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It’s a..... MAN'S WORLD
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HI there. Quirky here, but you can call me Q, most do. In this series of articles I will be exploring what it is to be male in Second Life. Not from fashion or from a male clothes horse perspective, but from a man’s point of view. We all come to Second Life with expectations, whether these are fulfilled or not is entirely up to us. It’s something that women playing Second Life simply cannot comprehend. Most red blooded men in my experience come to this virtual world with preconceived ideas. Second Life and its residents do not fail to deliver what we most crave. You know what I’m talking about; don’t play the innocent! Lol So what is in this game for men? What can we do to earn money, subvert culture, and spend time? What do we do as men in Second Life? Shopping can only take so much of our time. Surely there must be more we can do? Isn’t there? Lots of questions here that need answers. It’s these questions in mind I have set out on an adventure to find out what the heck we as men do on SL. Shouldn’t be too hard should it? First I will look at the small case of earning money. What do men do to MAY 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 125
earn?!?! I remember back to my early days in Second Life, hopping from strip club to strip club (don’t judge me!). It suddenly occurred to me that if there were a club that let men dance for women I could do that. I could do it and earn money! So for the next year and a bit I stripped. It wasn’t bad, but I was never going to be the greatest stripper so I stopped. They were good days but I thought for this article I would chat to a male stripper still working in a club today. My attention was directed to Vins, he was recommended to me by an ex-club owner friend that holds him high in her estimates of male strippers, and she has seen a lot of them! So I made my way to the Black Onyx and watched Vins do his job. Whilst He gyrated I began to ask questions. Quirky Torok: so what made you get into stripping Vins? Vins Yedmore: well, my reasons are maybe different to the rest of the people, I’m Spanish and I want to improve my english, so suppose this is a great place for to improve some kind of vocabulary that normally isn’t often to use. I was looking for a job here, I love woman and when I say I love woman is that I love ALL about woman, don’t mind beauty or awful, tall or short... a woman is the best that I can find over the world. you can be sure that I never thought in to work like stripper in RL, so this job is great for to leave to fly my imagination and to be and work in things 126 | ESSENCE OF STYLE |MAY 2010
completely different in my RL, this way I can discover new aspects of myself and that’s really good !!! Quirky Torok: ever tempted to dance when you see a pole in RL? Vins Yedmore: ohh, please, come on! Quirky Torok: so....is it a SL profession? Or just a job? Vins Yedmore: it’s a way to feel, I love to dance, I love women so, this is very funny for me, I can’t consider it only like a job, you know... I’m a DJ, I was a DJ in RL and I can work only like DJ, but, this «job» is special, this job give me a great opportunity in to know how the women think and feel, and that is a very good experience that I can apply in RL Quirky Torok: so $64,000 do your seduction lines work in RL? Vins Yedmore: not exactly methods of seduction, is more like. The way women think, and that’s the best secret that a man can discover :) Vins Yedmore: Yes, something’s that I can see here you can apply in RL, that’s true Quirky Torok: Do the ladies take the illusion you sell here and grow attached to you? Vins Yedmore: well... yes, why not, here, you can find different people and different sensibilities in SL; some of them think this is a game but another really feels what they see here and feel it very deeply,
«I was a DJ in RL and I can work only like DJ, but, this «job» is special..»
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that experiences make me grow. Quirky Torok: so any fall for you??? What do you do about it?
tell you, It’s very easy to find in this job
Quirky Torok: lol. I’m sure. Is there much competition between male Vins Yedmore: I leave my mind free strippers for attention? I want to feel everything I can get; it’s lovely that sensation and I want Vins Yedmore: No, I can’t see it, every stripper has a different way to get it all, but, by other hand, I to feel. our emotes are different, have my feet on the ground and I sometimes is more oriented to a know where I am sexual mind and sometimes to a sensual or romantic so the ladies Quirky Torok: true. Ok. On a good night. How much can you earn stri- when they want to give a tip, they know what kind of emote you are ping? going to tell... in this club we have Vins Yedmore: stripping? Depends. different customers between 1000 and 1700, but, I Quirky Torok: ok. Last question have worked in others clubs and I can tell you that some nights I have and farewell to the lady readers of EOS... can you give them a truly earned 0 lindens, anyway, tips is far for me in to be the most impor- great emote??? tant in SL, first of all, I want to Vins Yedmore: I’m approaching to have fun, but here in Black Onyx, you and shaking my hips slowly, ladies are very generous I place my hands over my chest, crossing it brushing my nipples with Quirky Torok: If I was to consider stripping as a job in SL... What my fingertips, looking your deep and beautiful eyes, I grab your would I need?? waist stroking your face and smiling I press your body against mine Vins Yedmore: You don’t need to as I kiss your succulent lips feeling be a super stud, you have to look your breath in my mouth that taste for 3 things... to be sexual, that is like the best honey.. Sliding my lips easy because a sexy avi help, ...to along your neck, kissing it deeply be sensual, and you have to think what you would do to the lady who and gently and licking your earlobe I tell you whispering.... great to is in front of you and you are thinmeet you, babe. king in the best wishes for her... and to be funny,... they want to By Quirky Torok have fun sometimes, getting some sensual emotes is our part and a touch of sexuality in our avi’s. We are not a penis with legs; we have to be sensible about the ladies and handsome. Talking about myself, I’m not looking for sex here, and I MAY 2010 | ESSENCE OF STYLE | 129
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RFL of SL kicks off on March 13!
for the distinctive RFL of SL kiosks, vendors and event boards ... and go RELAY!
Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL) is all set to start fundraising on March 13. For the last few weeks, the teams have been busy recruiting, registering, training, and planning events... and now they’re ready to KICK OFF!
About Relay For Life of Second Life
In 2010 the fundraising goal is $300,000.
RFL has become an international movement. Since 1996 the American Cancer Society has partnered with international organizations to hold relay events all around the globe. In 2009 RFL took place in 21 countries. RFL of SL is international, too - participants from over 26 countries took part in RFL of SL in 2009.
Relay For Life (RFL) is the signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society. RFL of SL is an annual activity that takes place in Second Life in July each year. It is the largest, most successful fundraising event in Wishing On A Cure the virtual world, raising more than $650,000 since it started in 2005. This year’s theme is Wishing On A Volunteers form or join teams to Cure. Because Relay For Life repre- have fun while fundraising and raisents the wish that those lost to sing awareness about cancer from cancer will never be forgotten, that mid-March through mid-July. The those who face cancer will be supfunds raised go towards the Ameriported, and that one day cancer will can Cancer Society’s research, supbe eliminated. port and education programs, with 12-15% going towards international After 16 weeks of fun and fundraiprojects. sing, the teams will build campsites for the main event which will In 2009, RFL of SL raised $274,000 take place on July 17 and 18. Team for the American Cancer Society members, volunteers and memand was ranked the 112th highest bers of the SL community will walk fundraiser out of more than 5,000 a track for 24 hours to Celebrate relays in the United States. There survivorship, Remember those we were 125 teams taking part. At the have lost, and Fight Back to save main event, 1913 avatars walked lives by making a personal pledge a track of 11,907 meters across 36 to fight cancer. sims.
This year’s Event Chair is Tayzia Abattoir, supported by two Event Co-Chairs: Nuala Maracas and MamaP Beerbaum. The American Cancer Society’s representative in Second Life is Stingray9798 Raymaker. From March 13 onwards, look out
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