I’ve got a crush on… .Shi…

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So I just realized, as I finished that second detail pic above, that I am kind of in love with .Shi.  A few days ago, I posted an outfit featuring their group gift, and not long before that, their Defiant Harness. I don’t mean to neglect other designers – I really don’t. It’s just that there is something about Joy Laperriere’s work that is so effortlessly interesting and sexy and wearable. I love how I look in this clothing, it’s fun to style, and it has a bit of drama built in with the fabrics and materials used – and personally I would rather wear my drama than experience it.
Steele Sirnah, who is featured in the main image here, offered to collaborate with me on a pic, and offered his styling of .Shi’s Caplet Tank Full. This inspired me to create an ensemble with .Shi’s Arreter – Crop Asymmetric Vest and .Shi Outre Leather Pants. (There is actually a matching foil skirt;  it just seemed like a little too much foil all at once but hey – if you want to wear the skirt with the vest, knock yourself out. Just don’t blame me if you start picking up radio signals – unwanted radio signals that is. I take full credit if you start picking up KCRW.)
My hair in this pic and also in the detail is from Dura. I started out with that shorter style because – look how cool it looks with the makeup by +Nuuna+! I had to show you. However, for our pic this hair didn’t work since it covers my eyes – so for the larger pic I wore a collaborative hair by *+JENOVA’s+* & *Dura* – kind of appropriate for the occasion I think. Collaborative art is one of my favorite things… if you’d like to do a pic with me, send me your ideas! I’m not promising I’ll have time to work with everyone but if you have a really cool idea I want in on it.

My accessories were hard-earned. Sometimes I have just the right thing in my inventory but for this set of clothing I searched for a combination of hard-edged and feminine. A tattoo or two seemed in order, nothing too ornate. The Black Stripes VI arm tattoos from .Identity. Body Shop were exactly what I was looking for.  The shape of GeWunjo’s Papiliona silver earrings echo that of the Nuuna makeup. I had run across the Vindictus Studded 4-Finger Gloves by Fade Arcade earlier in my Marketplace travels and to my delight, they offer a color that matches the leather of the vest perfectly.
I had first thought I would wear studded leather boots with this outfit but lo and behold, Belgravia, whom I love because they make many beautiful shoes to wear with Slink feet, had this ravishing pair of studded pumps to offer. At this point the shape of the shoe seems a little vintage, with all of the unusual and outrageous shoe shapes offered in Second Life lately, but I think they are just right with this outfit, which does whisper “updated 60’s and 80’s” if you listen closely. Pointy-toed stillettos were a wardrobe staple in those periods, and, such a feminine type of shoe, they never really go out of style. Besides – shiny! So shiny…
Unfortunately some of the items that Steele is wearing were made by designers that are no longer creating for SL. LionSkins, which still has a small presence on Marketplace, was last active in 2011 and [V] is nowhere to be found. However they still live on in Steele’s styling of the .Shi tunic, which also includes Chop Zuey’s Honour Earrings and  Maitreya’s Couture Leggings (a model’s secret weapon – like “happily ever after”, they seem to perfectly complete so many ensembles).
I will end this blog post with an entreaty to Joy Laperriere. Dear Joy, I love your clothing so much – please make more of it! If I blog anymore of your clothing I will exhaust what you offer in your small exquisite store, and I will be sad. Very sad. Okay, not as sad as I would be about some other things… running out of gas on an ice-cream truck route, midday, because I got lost… for example. Ah, don’t mind me. Enjoy your rl.  Just know that I will be waiting with bated breath for any new item and snap it up immediately, giggling, like a crow with some shiny thing, and run off with it to line my blog. No pressure, Joy, no pressure.

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.Shi Arreter – Crop Asymmetric Vest
.Shi [Femme] : Outre Leather Pants [Femme]
Belgravia – Patent 120 Spikes Silver
.Identity. Body Shop – Black Stripes VI Fresh & Faded
:{F.A.D.}: Vindictus Studded 4-Finger Gloves
+Nuuna+ Makeup v9 8
*+JENOVA’s+* & **Dura**(Hair)(Black)resize (on large pic)
*Dura-Boys&Girls*46(Wood Bark) (on detail pic)
GeWunjo : Papiliona silver Earrings (on detail pic)
Slink Mesh Feet (Av Enhance)

Mr. Sirnah wears:
SKINHEAD 7M-LionSkins (with us no longer)
.Shi : Caplet Tank Full
Maitreya Couture Leggings – Black
[V] – Vanity Angel – Black (also not longer here)
Chop Zuey Honour Earrings

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