Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fantasy Faire: Echoes of Spires of Andolys

The Fairelands have faded, leaving behind sparkles in their wake. I had planned to do a post highlighting some of the offerings from each sim - in the absence of the lands, I'm going to share what might still be available within the creators stores and the stores themselves, so we can keep the connections between all of us strong until the Fairelands return.

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Surya, from Bite & Claw, somehow managed to escape the Fairlands before they vanished - a blessing for us all. Seven different colors are available at Bite & Claw's mainstore, though not the fern shade shown here which was lost when Spires of Andolys left us. I love this fascinating gown, though. I've always been a fan of multiple types of fabric joined to make interesting shapes, and the colored waistband and topskirt over the flowier kirtle is a lovely design that is enhanced by the combination of pale and dark fabrics. It makes me think of heavy satin set over silk, as the whole dress gleams gently in the light. It's well rigged; the poofs of silk pushing outwards even while the bands of satin hang in - a challenging effect to manage with Second Life rigging! The wraps is also well rigged for a more difficult area, stretching beautifully as arms rise while the base of each side hangs close to the hips. It only buckles when arms go too close to the body or behind the back - completely understandable given the challenges of rigging anything hanging between two areas of the body. One other detail I appreciated - the mesh folds over to the inside, making elegant shots of shoes much easier and smoothing out the edges from all angles. I know it adds to the rendering cost but I really appreciate the added detail.

Dress Shadows

My bracelet and ring are from Unrepentant, lovely openwork metal bands with blue gems worked into the design. Sadly, these vanished with the Fairelands, but Unrepentant has a store full of other metalwork - including some truly impressive masks and clothing - as well as a wide variety of well made furniture. The coiled shapes are reminiscent of vines caught in a moment of graceful stillness. I am an enormous fan of Bliensen + MaiTai's jewelry and shoes, and the Soleil set that appeared with the Fairlands is a good example of her precise, elegant work. I'm especially fond of the shoes she makes for the SLink flat feet, an often neglected shape; the ones I'm wearing are a good example of the jeweled effects she brings to all of her work. Her designs also draw heavily from nature, from Soleil's gems surrounded by a netting halo to the vines, leaves, and flowers which decorate her other lovely works at Bliensen + MaiTai's Mainstore.

Together we can keep the spirit of the Fantasy Faire alive~!


( More pictures here. )


Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Hair: Ploom, Glitch
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Eyes: .:Soul:., RooMee
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai, Soleil (Fantasy Faire)
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands and Feet: SLink, Hands and Feet
Bracelet & Ring: Unrepentant, Titania Set (Fantasy Faire)
Nails: Orc Inc, GLitterslash
Outfit: Bite & Claw, Suriya (Fantasy Faire)
Shoes: Bliensen + MaiTai, Soleil (Fantasy Faire)

Pose: !bang

Location: <a href="">Windwept</a>
Light Settings: Phototools, Dream Book Light 03
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

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