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All Garbage… All the Time

Posted in Fashion, SecondLife® with tags , , on June 30, 2008 by ♥JellyBean♥

I’m not sure how many of you remember Appearance Mode (AM for short)? It was a well respected top rated SL Fashion Blog back when there were probably only 3-4 fashion blogs that were well read & the beginning of the phenomenon it is now. Pretty much anyone who knows how to create an account on a blogging server, be it Blogger, WordPress, etc. and wears clothes in SL has become a blogger of de fash. It wasn’t like that 1-3 years ago.

Well it’s been a very long time but Rosie & I were actual writers/contributors to AM back in the day, way before MGG2SL. It made me sad to see it alive again recently just to see that it has become the Garbage Prototype show. I guess I don’t get it… Garbage has his own blog and I understand he’s a designer but the whole concept of AM that he had envisioned and shared with us so long ago seems to have vanished.

Now I see two of the same posts on the feeds – One on his blog, one on AM and you know how I am about repetitious feeding. Ack! Make it stop!

There are links on AM but I no longer see a spot for the contributors. What happened? Did everyone leave, stop writing, get let go or what? I’m curious as to the fate of AM… Firstly because I loved the name, it’s so fitting for the content. Secondly, because I had a part in the beginning. It was my first real fash blogging gig and it’s just sad to see it in the state it is now. Why not just kill it?


Hitting the end of SL?

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2008 by ♥JellyBean♥

It’s enough to cause one to start drinkin’! Where oh where has all the innovative, inspiring, cutting-edge, newness in SecondLife gone? And why don’t people get it? For instance… Babydolls (in top or actual dress form) seriously suck, make you look knocked up, and are not all that sexy (take a poll). That is just one example of a tired trend that just doesn’t seem to die off for lord only knows why.

I feel as if I have hit the end of the road in SL shopping. Either I am not noticing the new or the new isn’t good enough to be noticed. I do need to hand it to Callie Cline (no, you did not read that wrong). She has gone & created something new that I have not seen before or will probably ever see again. No, it’s not another caLLie cLine rainbowa, but rather her new fLawLess “eye fLashes“. (as seen below)

These are different, very different and it’s nice to see even older designers going out on a limb. However, I would never purchase these for myself, nor keep them if they were given to me. Drag Queens are probably kissing her feet & feeding her grapes. Okay before I get any more “zOMG be nice to poor Callie you big meanie poopoo head” comments – I’d like to once again point out that I am calling her innovative, and creative. She took some creative initiative to produce these babies, and just because I am so anti-ever wearing them, doesn’t mean everyone else is as opposed.

As SL is progressing into newer things such as an inworld browser window, confusing us with the new contacts list separate from IM, and moving our say/shout buttons… I feel that fashion too should evolve already as well. It’s not enough to make a skirt outfit and re-texture it a million times to sell. Most consumers aren’t that naive not to notice. Hah! I just realized I’ve vented this same vent before. Go me! Nice to know things “still” have not changed.

How do you feel about the current state of the SL fashion world as a consumer, as a designer? Could it be because of all the content theft, designers have become more apprehensive about creating? Is it more comfy to stay within the normalcy of what has been done rather than do something ultra-new? Or has all of the creative spark been sucked into a black hole of yawn?