The Elegance of “Auld Acquaintance”

Feast your eyes on this gorgeous gown that is aptly called “Elegance” and is the second gown that was sent to me a few weeks back by dear friend and uber talented designer Shenlei Flasheart.  What a perfect gown to wear during New Year’s celebrations.  If you want to see this gown up close and personal, be sure to attend Shenlei’s “Auld Acquaintance” runway show tonight at 5 pm SLT in the Carriage Trade sim.

Here is a bit more background about the “Auld Acquaintance” runway show from the event announcement card:

Old friends and new all join us in modeling the fashions of Debutante and Tack Room on our special runway system.  The ladies start it out right, showing a dozen of the newest gowns from Debutante. Then the horses take the runway for another first from the Fashion Research Institute, with the resident horses of Carriage Trade strutting the runway.

In keeping with honoring the outgoing old year and all of our old friends who have supported us throughout the year, all of the fashion both human and horse will be shown in shades of rich, shimmering gold.  Of course, there will be a few show specials, including our finale dress, Auld Acquaintance.

Skins for Auld Acquaintance are being provided by Style by Kira! Check Kira’s skins out, they’re fabulous!

We look forward to seeing you again on Friday December 30th at 5 pm SLT.  And if we haven’t met you yet, we look forward to making your acquaintance then.

Doors open at 4:30 pm; we start promptly at 5 pm SLT.

Twelve gorgeous gowns from Shen’s Debutante line will be presented, modeled by old friends (including yours truly!) and new.  Wonderful friend Yoona Mayo’s amazing and detail intensive jewelry will be featured with each gown, and dear friend Dale’s amazing scripting brilliance shines in the runway system that will be used for this event.

Like Shen’s announcement says:  we look forward to seeing you and meeting you…in just a little bit when the “Auld Acquaintance” runway show starts!

Fashion Details

Runway Show:  “Auld Acquaintance” December 30th 5 pm SLT in the Carriage Trade sim

Gown: “Elegance” in gold from Debutante, creator Shenlei Flasheart

Hair: “Poinsettia” from Vanity Hair, creator Tabata Jewell

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Rosamunda

Dear friend and uber talented designer and community builder Shenlei Flasheart, gave me a couple of her new releases from her Debutante line of gowns.  How Shenlei finds time to design new gowns is beyond me, in the midst of creating and growing the already very popular Carriage Trade equestrian community, writing numerous books on fashion and virtual worlds, planning and running numerous community hunts and events, on top of her ongoing work in Open Sim.  But fortunately for us, Shenlei does find a way to do all these things and beautifully so as evidenced by her latest creation “Rosamunda.”

An evocative gown in many ways, including the very sexy open bodice, I find “Rosamunda” also to be quite celebratory…a perfect display of splendor for the holiday season and suitable for any type of inworld culture.   I show it with “Poinsettia” in blue ice from Vanity Hair. 

The texture of “Rosamunda” has a haute couture Diane Von Furstenberg feel that I just adore. That plus the wonderfully opulent cutouts along the torso and back made “Rosamunda” an immediate favorite.  I’m certain that will be the case for those who enjoy a refreshing perspective on the holiday gown…opulent yet refined and one of a kind.  Catch the taxis below to pick up a holiday look all your own.

Fashion Details

Gown:  “Rosamunda” in blue from Debutante, creator Shenlei Flasheart

Hair:  “Poinsettia” Blue Ice edition from Vanity Hair, creator Tabata Jewell

If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything

Enter spur of the moment rant:

I came across an interesting piece on the soon to be released movie “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”  I’m not so much interested in the movie, although I’m sure it will be a blockbuster.  I read the book and disliked it for various reasons, all of them related to what I perceived to be the author’s intention (right or wrong) and the manner in which he chose to weave this tale/series of gratituous violence. 

What prompted this weblog entry is that a magazine I have always loved — the New Yorker — chose to toss its integrity out of the window.  One of its critics agreed to honor an embargo that prohibited all attendees from writing about the movie before December 13th in exchange for an early view of the flick.  The critic gave his word, saw the movie, ran back to the publication where apparently they wrung their editorial hands about whether or not their honor meant anything, decided it didn’t matter one iota, broke their word, and ran the review yesterday.  Because, gosh…they really just had no other choice.  Gosh. 

As one reader out of a blah-zillion for the publication (oh since words don’t mean anything let’s make up everything), I’m really disappointed.  I always valued the New Yorker not only for its wonderful wit and words but more importantly for its WORD.  I trusted that this publication had integrity, that it wasn’t filled with what appear to be drive-through buzz addicts who would do or say anything to get what they wanted.  But apparently its place among the tabloids at the grocery checkout line is appropriate.  Who knew.  I never would have guessed it until now.  

I don’t plan to read the review of the movie, but it’s easy enough to find online if you’re interested.  (Or in your latest delivered issue if you have things like hard copies any more.  I still do.  I like the feel of paper between my fingers.)  The more compelling read to me, however, is the fall of the New Yorker, tripping stumbling pratfalling all over its sense of “conditiontal” or “revisitionist” integrity and ethics.  You’ll find an account of this here on The Wrap.  I’m not usually moved either way by Hollywood, but I agree with the movie’s producer that what the New Yorker did is “deeply lousy and immoral.”  I realize this could all be a publicity stunt coordinated on both sides (in this age of Authentic, if that’s not enough irony for you.)  But that doesn’t change my view of it.  What it does change is what had been an inclination to renew my subscription, which won’t hurt them one iota.  But at least I won’t have to pay for the displeasure of their hypocrisy.

Exit spur of the moment rant.