“Bella Signature” feels very water or garden nymph to me, which is why I chose not to wear the short system skirt that comes with the design. Although the dress doesn’t need jewelry, I did pair it with the old-world romantic and exsquisitely-crafted “Emerald” jewelry set from Ecelectica Jewellery by Tiffy Vella.
Like all the jewellers-in-residence at the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace, Tiffy’s craftsmanship is divine. You simply have to see it firsthand to be astounded by the incredible detail, work, depth, and texture in these pieces. The same could be said for Missy’s second freshman creation “Midnight Sparkle”, which moves and flows so deliciously it’s very difficult to capture in a single photo. That’s why there are three (smiles):
Not only does the gown flow in a dreamy manner, but the top layer of moonlight that’s scattered in teirs along the noir underlay swirls when you move…like starlight gently spreading along the gown. The gown and glistening overlay both flow into a lovely trail before coming to the center. When you move, the dress always moves with a very very gentle flow.
Here’s the back view. I happened to run into Missy at her shop in Shengri La, and when I did, I asked her which of her creations was her favorite and why. Not surprisingly, she told me that Midnight Sparkle in noir (it’s available in a color range) is her favorite because of the glistening overlay and how the entire gown moves so beautifully. I agree and can definitely see why. The thing is, this is one of those gowns that is so gorgeous the camera simply has trouble capturing all of its depth and personality…particularly when I’m the one who is behind the camera. I’m certain others very talented in photography could capture the gown’s richness and movement far better than I. But when you or I or anyone wears Midnight Sparkle, oh my…then you and I and everyone instantly see the loveliness and subtle sweep of its movement and design.
The jewelry I wore with Midnight Sparkle comes from Cocoon, which is exsquisitely-crafted jewelry by Yoona Mayo. For this gown, I chose the “Flamma” set from the many and equally gorgeous necklace and earring sets Yoona creates for her Cocoon label. I liked “Flamma’s” swirly, vibrant yet elegant fire paired with Midnight Sparkle.
The designers in Shengri La certainly have a fire in them to make beautiful creations. Based on their initial creations, it’s readily apparent that all three student-designers, includng the jewellers, are very talented artists. Indeed, I’m certain we’ll see and hear a great deal more from them and about them in the near future. Meanwhile, please do swing over to Shengri La (taxis above) and see their work firsthand. I’m certain that like me, you’ll be quite impressed, and with initial pricing at 25L per outfit for the students’ initial freshman work, it’s mega bang for the lindens.