Thursday, July 25, 2013
SL Disney Bound – Week Nineteen: Aurora
Aurora is actually more often in the blue gown she's given, but it's the pink one which has taken over in the promotional materials - an interesting sort of commentary on women and princesses and changes over time right now. Princesses are huge right now in so many ways, and sometimes I think the femininity that girls and women are confronted with are less anything which allows for a clear reflection, and more a series of cracked funhouse mirrors. I approached Aurora as a Lolita - one of the interesting reflections of European culture through the assumptions and eyes of the Japanese, and then transmitted all over via fashion and style. Lolita is a highly feminine style, but contrary to the hypersexualization often assumed by people familiar with Nabokov's novel, Lolita is about being demure, reserved, and princess-like.
It is about returning to the old tropes of women as acted-upon prize but this time actively, creating the looks, packaging it to be shared, coming face to face with expectations and trying to come to terms with them. While some people experience being very sexual and aggressive as a source of power, other people find power in being reserved and cautious. At the end of the day, there really isn't a "right" answer, I don't think. Any choice a woman makes about herself, her actions, her appearance is open for discussion and debate by anyone going past, and no one will think anything of it; women as something to be vivisected and discussed is normal, even if it is a woman herself doing the vivisection on herself. The Personal is Political; everything we do as individuals is part of a greater web of expectations and interactions and has consequences we can't always see.
From top to bottom I embraced all that was bubblegum pink. I picked up this crown from Remarkable Oblivion ages ago, and I've tried to incorporate it into any number of looks without success, but finally on Aurora it really worked - and without me tinting it to Hel and gone. My only wish could have been for more colors - I am a rampant color lover, and so whenever there is anything I love in style as much as I love this, I want it in every possible color imaginable, including the odd ones like seafoam green. I totally cheated with the hair, though; LeLutka created a bunch of inspired by a company that shall remain nameless, and this one happens to be called Aurora. Handy, hmmm? I love the smooth, liquid movement of it, and how it curves and moves with every pose - even ones where one would expect to not move well. It is rigged, and there was some clipping into my dress, but it managed to look like tendrils and not Second Life being awful again.
My cosmetics are a mix of the old, from Mock, and the new, from a new-to-me store called Pink Acid that released these lipsticks at the Food Faire. The shading around the seam of the lips is very dark, but the shape of it is really fantastic and I adore the colors. The dress is a Genre release, with the theme being Lolita, from Adore & Abhor. It's the shame shape as one of their older releases, but now in a wide and gorgeous variety of sweet colors. It's also one of the few modest Lolita dresses I've seen lately - on Second Life, Lolita often has an air of sexuality about it, a sort of doll-like eroticism that is a divergence from it's roots in Japan. While I like the pairing of sweet and sensual, often I really like pure gentle kindness as well, the settled and secure power of a girl. Finally, on my feet is an old release from Lassitude & Ennui which I really adore. The bands over the cuffs are tintable to a number of different colors, which make them very versatile.
I took my pictures on Eryn Vorn, which is one of the sis of Calas Galadhon Park which will be disappearing come August. Swing by and enjoy it while you have the chance - it's truly gorgeous.
( More pictures here. )
Skin: De La Soul, Candace Creamer
Hair: LeLutka, Aurora Hair
Crown: Remarkable Oblivion, Once Upon a Crown
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Mesh Eye Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Mock, Glitter Pop Eshadow in Neon Pink
Lipstick: Pink Acid, Popsicle Lip Gloss
Wings: Deviance, Titania Mesh Fairy Wings
Hands: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands
Nails: Orc Inc, Fruit Fatpack
Dress: Adore & Abhor, Valentine Lolita
Stockings: Vextra Messing, Opaque Stockings
Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui, Doll ankle boots
Location: Eryn Vorn
Light Settings: Creepy Pyri
Water Settings: Phototools - Ship Light
Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only