Where the unknown, the strangers, the criminals are buried.
This is blog #100 for me, and I am choosing to focus it on the couture from and the actual event known as Potter’s Field, Mourning Couture Event. This is an event which includes the incredible talents and creative minds of some people in SL that I have been fortunate enough to become friends with during my time in SL, some more recent than others, some of whom have not only affected me directly but I have in turn been able to impact. #100 lets me shine the light on just a few of the people who have MADE my SL, in more ways than constructing it. And as you will see, this blog is also a first for me as well, because in order to showcase one of the designs I was given, I was forced to create a male avatar. So in this article besides seeing these amazing creations of others you will meet Ash in his first appearance, but hopefully not the last. (I welcome comments on Ash’s male form and things that should/could be done differently. I am new at the whole men’s fashions and shapes thing; please bear that in mind and be kind when you suggest things.)
Potter’s Field, Mourning Couture Event is the brainchild of Babyhoney Bailey, who is the creative mind be Djinn & Tonic and one of the collaborators behind .44 Caliber, not to mention countless sim designs and build projects across SL. She is excellent at taking a design concept, creating an immersive story line around it, and assembling a field of talent that never fails to deliver and impressive display of creativity and genius.
The event started July 24th and goes through August 24th. The event features a myriad of offerings from skins to accessories to clothing (a hopefully complete list with prices at the tail end of this article.) from the likes of .44 Caliber, &Bean, Djinn & Tonic, Fear & Clothing, -Glam Affair-, Lark, Nomine, Pididdle, PIG, Sanctity Poses, Sangre Noir, The Obscene, and Waverly Kline Designs. The creations are probably best summed up in this statement from M4ri1yn Magic, -Glam Affair- Brand Manager, in his notecard to bloggers about the -Glam Affair- designs:
The funeral theme is both sad and exciting and since ages the mourning couture has inspired stylists, designers and artists.
But more about the actual fashion designs in a moment; first, the back story for the event as shared through the notecards handed out at the entry way.
From (1) Potter’s Field — The Beginning
There was once a place in Louisiana, somewhere vaguely far outside of New Orleans, called Shadow Holler.
Established in 1602 as a refuge for a group of spiritualists, it was once a hot spot for tourists and those seeking medical treatment for a number of incurable diseases. That was precisely how it remained until a hot summer night in 1910.
People say it was the mail carrier who discovered the oddity, coming to deliver as he had done for years, only to find that every single living soul in Shadow Holler had vanished suddenly and without a trace.
Lights were burning, music was playing, uneaten food littered tables, and livestock wandered around uncared for. People drove en masse to see for themselves once word began to spread, and though they could remember having been there, they couldn’t for the life of them remember any of the names of Shadow Holler’s residents.
Over the years Shadow Holler became somewhat of a legend, a bedtime fairytale… or a nightmare depending on the narrator.
In 1913, an anonymous buyer purchased Shadow Holler and began to restore the town. Slowly, very slowly, people started to buy up the cheap real estate and settle in. Soon, the town blossomed and turned into a lovely community where businesses thrived and people prospered.
The only indication of there ever being anything amiss were the nameless headstones that littered Potter’s Field next to The Roadside Diner. A silent and anonymous memorial for those that were lost or misplaced.
From (2) Potter’s Field — Welcome to Potter’s Field
7 o’clock, Memphis
106 and climbing — The earth is so hot you can smell it on your clothes. You curse the broken AC as coffee stains your white t-shirt while you’re pulling out of a rest area, you wonder if you’ll have time to change.
Author’s side note: I am from Memphis and yesterday temperatures got to 106 degrees… oddly despite the heat I was chilled as I read this notecard to the point of getting goose-flesh all over, due to the similarities and the fact that I have actually traveled the path detailed in the story. For the full pictures of my avatars journey through the event see my flickr set on my exploration of the Potter’s Field, Mourning Couture Event.
9 o’clock, Brookhaven — The thunder moans like a lover, and the wind makes a mockery of the rain against your stripped windshield wipers. Radio busted outside of Jackson and the silence inside the car starts to weigh in at your shoulders.
Midnight, Somewhere outside of New Orleans — The pavement’s coated with freshly fallen rain and the crows are lining the wires. Your floorboard is littered, empty cigarette packages, to go boxes, and empty coffee cups. You veer off the main road, following the signs to a diner promising the “Best food in the south!”
1 o’clock, Somewhere further outside of New Orleans — You exit the car and the stretch you take has your tired muscles singing.
Lighting a cigarette, you enter a diner to find it empty, food still hot on the tables, juke box humming aggressively in the corner. Smoke billows quietly from the stove outside of the kitchen window, and somewhere a faucet was left running.
Stepping behind the counter cautiously to investigate, a crash explodes and echoes through the near silent space causing you to jump. You move out the screen door quickly only to be greeted by the sight of a raccoon digging through the debris of a fallen trash can.
The faint sound of music melts into the smell of wood smoke in the air, and you sigh, trying to collect what’s left of your nerves.
Stubbing out your cigarette, you glance to the raccoon, already waddling away with its take. You follow the sound of the music to the edge of a field, up ahead a freshly covered grave hosts burning candles.
Nice day for a funeral.
An owl sounds. Oddly, for the first time, at the edge of this space you realize that you are totally, absolutely, and completely alone.
Thanks to Emerald and the derender feature … I WAS able tot be completely alone. Just the way I usually like to explore a sim. So, now for the incredible fashions that are so good they have me gender bending to show you as well as making me run around like a Gothic Mary Poppins for 2 weeks!
First up is -Glam Affair-, where designer Aida Ewing has found her inspiration in art, collecting images from the lowbrow surreal pop art current and from the big classics – Mark Ryden, Natalie Shau, Alex Gross, Joe Sorren and many others suggested the solemn but playful style of the outfits, the skins and the poses, a couple of them reproducing Antonio’s Canova sculptures. -Glam Affair- offers three dress, three skins, six poses AND the accessories to go with the poses! Here is a sample pic for each, for larger pictures and a full range of angles and views click the pictures to be taken to the flickr photo set.
-Glam Affair- Lady Crow is a silk crepe and lace full length dress with feathered shoulder attachments and without the high neck collar which comes with the outfit. Also seen in this picture are the 1st of the 3 – Sofia Funeral skins which -Glam Affair- produced for this event and their lace umbrella and pose from their Potter’s Field – Mourn Poses Fat Pack for 480L.
-Glam Affair- Miss Mourn is a silk balloon dress with a fitted top and adorable cameo brooch at the throat with pretty chiffon trimmings along the bottom of the skirt and up the bodice and over the shoulders. Texturing on this one is super delicate. Perfect match with the parasol (if you can see shadows in world the patterns left by the parasol are fascinating. Also check out the 2nd of the 3 – Sofia Funeral skins pictured here. Absolutely breath-taking. I can’t wait to try it out with some of the tattoo layer makeups that are coming out and see if I can put some blood-red lips on that gorgeous face.
-Glam Affair- Veuve Ponsardin is a sassy, punkish, A-line mini-dress with gloves, a prim and proper top hat (which includes a tattoo layer shadow for that extra realistic touch), and sexy sheer net leggings. Chiffon and a silky taffeta fabric make up this cutting edge creation. Perfect for your edgy goth girl. And what self-respecting goth doesn’t have a few skeletons, or in this case skulls, lying around for pictures. The skull and pose are again part of the Potter’s Field – Mourn Poses Fat Pack from -Glam Affair-. This pic features the 3rd and final of the 3 – Sofia Funeral skins. and yes the lace on the face is on the skin. Word is that we might see that offered in the future as a tattoo layer option for use with other skins, but nothing is final so no promises as yet.
Two quick notes before I move on. The earrings shown in these pics are from FuLo a new jewelry store from creator Dita Tran. Check it out. These are called “Camilla” and the color is black and were a review copy that Dita shared. I was majorly impressed by the realism these jewels offer. Some of the most true to First Life jewelry that I have seen in Second Life. And as far as these offerings from Glam Affair… the creators and managers at -Glam Affair- were one of the last, if not the last, to get involved in this event, but to their credit, you would never be able to tell. One of the strongest theme offerings in the event and that I have seen presented in world. -Glam Affair- is not on my list of stores to watch and frequent.
Next up is a dear friend and brilliant creator on the rise, Sienia Trevellion. Sienia is a builder, fashion designer, cool chick extraordinaire. She is someone I feel completely blessed to be able to call a friend, because not only does she have talent as a creator but she is one of the warmest, funniest, most generous people I know in any life. Below is a sample of pics for both the male and female outfits Sienia offers (Absence & Silence), for larger pictures and a full range of angles and views click the pictures to be taken to the flickr photo set.
Sienia is constantly challenging herself to bigger and better things. For each event she participates in, she creates in depth thoroughly thought out, detail oriented gorgeous creations. Most notable of her recent successes are her outfits for It Was A Blur and Melt. Every time I wear one of the pieces that she designed for these events people stop me to ask me about the look I am wearing. Pictured above is Ash, my male shape and skin (LaVie free group gift – Liam), wearing Absence, Sienia’s first male couture item created exclusively for this event. The neck piece can be worn high to cover most the face or as I have done here slightly lower for more facial exposure, I wanted you to be able to see the fire in my eyes.
The outfit comes with the option to wear the manorak (the long skirt / kilt thing) or just the pants (Ladies, hate to say it but this outfit totally works for us, too. So don’t be shy and not get it just cause it was designed for the fellas. The pants are smokin’ hot on us too.). Me I am partial to the kilt thing. Nothin’ sexier than a man confident enough in his masculinity, or as in this case a woman dressed as a man, to rock the kilt options. The waist line on the pants shows either way and exposes those sexy parts just above the hip bones in the front. RAWR!
To see the detail in the textures Sienia used you will have to click and go to the larger pictures on flicker … full-sized you can see the lush velour corduroy in a blue-black color. You can also check out this awesome necklace in detail that I picked up at HoD last Friday. It was their 50L Friday offering, so this exact item might not be available but they had several other impressive choices if it is not. The facial and the ear piercings are the Takayama piercings from Mandala. Demonic eyes just seemed to round out the look since Sienia already had me in horns.
Sienia Trevellion’s Silence for the women out there is so perfect for this event. You can actually picture a woman in mourning wearing this back in Victorian England. The skirt is from a similar fabric to that of the men’s Absence and has brassy gold details in the brooch at the neck and the keys and belt buckle at the waist.
You can see the lacy layers in the skirt in the picture above. Yet again an example of Sienia’s attention to detail. The agony this woman goes through to ensure pristine seaming never ceases to amaze me and unlike a lot of outfits with detail at the cleavage point she manages to retain that detail, not an easy task.
They say the devil is in the details. Do you think that is why Sienia included her Horned Gossamer Cape, Gilded Horns, and Gilded Horned Ring? Is she that little devil who gets in to all the details? I think she is. And I love her for it.
I can’t urge you enough to stop by this event. Every item there was note worthy and I wish that I could blog them all…. Below is a list of offerings and prices. Guys take note this event has one of the largest collections of items for men’s ever seen in SL outside of an actual men’s store, men’s hunt, or male only fashion event. Hopefully it is a sign of the times. All Items are available at the Potter’s Field, Mourning Couture Event … Potter’s Field is a .44 Caliber Event.
the.oBscene LUST, 10 skins in 1 pack – 600L
Silence – Full Set – 500L
Silence – Gilded Horns – 125L
Silence – Gilded Horn Ring – 200L
Absence – Full Set – 500
Absence – Gilded Horned Ring – 200
Absence – Gilded Horns -125
Nomine Potters Field Gown -500L – two skirt options, two sleeve options, every layer.
Sangre Noir Potter’s Field Angels Have No Fear Female – 500L
Sangre Noir Potter’s Field Angels Have No Fear Male – 500L
Sangre Noir Potter’s Field Mourning Dress – 500L
Sangre Noir Potter’s Field Pleurez le Corbeau – 500L
PIDIDDLE – Meeting the Shadow – 300 – A Potter’s Field Event Exclusive, comes with two dress options, and you can also just wear the body suit by itself. The skirts are Mod/Copy/No trans.
Pig – Crosstown Johnny for Potter’s Field -225L
-Glam Affair- Funeral skins – 999L
-Glam Affair- Miss Mourn – 350L
-Glam Affair- Lady Crow – 350L
-Glam Affair- Veuve Ponsardin – 350L
-Glam Affair-Potter’s Field – Mourn Poses Fat Pack – 480L
Sanctity Poses – Mourning1-5 – For Potter’s Field Boxed – for 75L each or Santity Poses – Mourning fatpack – For Potter’s Field for 300L
Djinn & Tonic Hair – Potter’s Field, Rosalind (6 colors)- 150L each or fatpack for 650
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Hired Gun 2.0 (Sexy Lingerie outfit) 300L
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Hired Gun (Dress)
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Hired Gun (Fatpack) – 1500 (Includes Gown, Hired Gun 2.0 & all skintones – including 3 skins)
&Bean – Old Bones Trial by drowning – 900L ( Keiko Morigi gorgeous dress pictured with these skins can’t find it)
&bean – Old Bones Burning Stake – 900L
&bean – Old Bones Arsenic – 900L
the mourning corset – caLLie cLine – 125L
the mourning corset dress – caLLie cLine – 450
the mourning corset dres off shoulder – caLLie cLine – 450L
DBW:: Rose Bouquet – Buy it for $50 L:: Unbox::Wear It::
DBW:: Calla Lilly Bouquet – Buy it for $50 L:: Unbox::Wear It::
Ad for Guardian – 100L
Ad for Reaper – 100L
–>F&C<– Baron Samedi Complete for Potter’s Field – 1111
Hellfire – Uriel Sign Board – Hellfire Skins – Uriel – Kier (Ultra Pale) – Clean Shaven, Hellfire Skins – Uriel – Kier (Ultra Pale) – Stubble, Hellfire Skins – Uriel – Kier (Ultra Pale) – Goatee – includes 3 body hair variants, Rappello shape and eyebrows – Fat Pack 2222L or 1000L per skin
Hellfire Skins – Baron Samedi skin – skull face blackout skin includes shape and eyebrows – 400L
–>F&C<– Baron Samedi Voodoo Top Hat for Potter’s Field – a voodoo top hat trimmed with skulls and feathers – 100L
–>F&C<– Skull Monocle for Potter’s Field – it’s a monocle with a wee skull attached – 50L
F&C Uriel Mourning Suit Packs Board -includes mourning suit with hat, skin w/ 3 body hair variants, Rappello shape and eyebrows, monocle – 1333L
–>F&C<– Uriel Complete – Kier (Ultra Pale) – Stubble – includes mourning suit with hat, skin w/ 3 body hair variants, Rappello shape and eyebrows, monocle – 1333L
–>F&C<– Uriel Complete – Kier (Ultra Pale) – Clean Shaven – includes mourning suit with hat, skin w/ 3 body hair variants, Rappello shape and eyebrows, monocle – 1333L
Hellfire Skins – Heartless (Undertaker) Skin – Hellfire Skins – Heartless (Undertaker) Skin – ultra pale skin includes undertaker shape and brows – 500L
–>F&C<– Heartless Complete Set – includes skin, shape, mourning suit, hat, monocle – 1111L
–>F&C<– Mourning Suit for Potter’s Field – Femme – women’s version of mourning suit – 400L
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Mistress FatPack – Includes Gown, The Mistress 2.0 & all skintones – 1550L
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Mistress Gown – 500L
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Mistress 2.0 (Includes Lingerie and a Monacle) – 300L
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Mistress Pale, Beach, Cocoa, Spice, Natural – 400L each
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Mistress Boot – 44L
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Widow FatPack – Includes Gown, Widow 2.0 & all skintones – 1550
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Widow 2.0 – 400L (Sexy Black Lingerie)
Djinn & Tonic Potter’s Field, The Widow – 500L (Dress)
Djinn & Tonic – Potter’s Field, The Widow Boot – 44L
Djinn & Tonic Potter’s Field, The Widow Pale, Beach, Cocoa, Spice, Natural – 400L each
All SLURLs below are the main stores, but all Potter’s Field Items are found at the Potter’s Field, Mourning Couture Event
Skin: LeLutka – Estelle & -Glam Affair- Funeral skins (Potters Field Exclusive)
Shape: Custom shape by Aisling MacMoragh
Eyes: [SLB] – Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Eyelashes: Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes
Hair: fri.day – Leigh – Emo Black
Earrings: FuLo – “Camilla” earrings – black
Outfit: Detailed with each pic
Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Vivien – Black
Ash Base Avi:
Skin: LaVie – Liam Skin Gift Dark – 1L possibly still out
Shape: Custom shape by Aisling MacMoragh
Hair: Uw.St – Uncle Web – Reed-Hair – size-LL – mesh black 04 (Free but tinted darker than it comes)
Eyes: Eye Factory – Dollarbie Demonic Eyes
Tats: [HUZ] – HUZ Tats-Value Pack-Kanji (Free at KMADD)
Necklace: HOD – Fallen – Mens Fit
Piercings: [MANDALA] – *MALE*TAKAYAMA FACE Piercing/black/mouth, *MALE*T, Piercing/black [L]&[R]
Outfit: Sienia Trevellion’s Lark – Absence – For Potter’s Field Full Outfit (for Men)
Boots: [Gos] – [DOCS] 8 HOLE (black) – F (yes, I cheated here, I made my female shoes really big so I didn’t have to buy men’s shoes.)
Prop: -Glam Affair- Potter’ s Field – Mourn_Skull & Mourn_Umbrella
Now playing: Puscifer Rev 22:20 Underworld
All items in this blog were promotional/blogger review copies, with the exception of the two hairs worn, 2 different the shoes, the eyes and eyelashes on Ais and the eyes, piercings and necklace on Ash.