Asian Futurism

Asian Future | Junko Koshino (fr)

In the past few weeks I’ve been honored to judge the 2015 Colour of Couture Top Model Competition.  COC, founded by Reign Congrejo and Sequoia Nightfire, showcases the talents of Women of Color in Second Life Fashion across the grid including: Aboriginal, African/African Diaspora, Alaska Native, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American, Maori, Native American, Indian, South Sea and Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous heritages throughout the world.

One need not be a woman of color (in RL) to compete in COC.  The goal is to bring awareness and celebrate the different cultures and ethnicities of women across the global community.  Candidates embrace world cultures, have the spirit and cooperative nature to celebrate beauty, intelligence and creativity of Women of Colour, and honor these women for their contributions and achievements.

img-503597-design-e-arte-de-junko-koshino20130416171366143382Saturday, May 9, 2015 at noon will be the 3rd runway show with the theme Junko Koshino, a Toyko based fashion designer who draw inspiration from “Taikyoku” balancing contrast and harmony.  Significant in Junko designs is the juxtaposition of the individual and the group, dramatic theatrical costuming, futurism, technological innovations, and industrial products.  Koshino work ranges from designing costumes for the opera “The Magic Flute” and “Madame Butterfly,” the Broadway musical play “Pacific Overtures” (Nominated for Tony Award), to designing sport uniforms, and interiors.              homogenic









Koshino challenges almost every preconception about fashion materials available for clothing, her garments feature geometric asymmetrical shapes, bright and contrasting hues, various lengths, and unusual fabrics such as: metals, helmeted figures, sculptural forms, cocoons and spirals, concentric circles, ribbed construction, and materials from plastic to metal to cloth. The circle is most important to Koshino, who sees the form as complete and eternal, both ancient and futuristic.


One of the best parts of judging a styling contest is you learn about real life global fashion designers that you were not familiar with and since you studied the designers inspiration you can create your own interpretation. I greatly enjoyed Koshino artistry and wanted to design an outfit that merge traditional theatrical geisha with avant-garde futurism coupled with industrial metals playing with textures and shapes.  In the Junko’s Spring/Summer 2014 Poland Fashion Week runway show, the color palette was primarily silver, black, white, touches of hot pinks/neon lime and metal with large sculpted hips.  Since the circle is the central element in Koshino designs, I selected a collar that framed the face and traditional geisha styled hair with fan completing the form.  Hope you liked the styling and if you have tomorrow, stop by the show and see the COC candidates interpretation.  Taxi please…

Asian Future Face | Junko Koshino (fr)Asian Future Half | Junko Koshino (fr)

  • Hair: Sys, Hanayo
  • Skin: Belleza, Ria Pale 4
  • Make-up: Madrid Solo, Killing Me Softly (Eye) & Saturn Spoke (Lips)
  • Dress: Legal Insanity, Phoebe
  • Collar/Cuff: Zibska, Varushka (Collar) & Alcmene (Cuff)
  • Shoes: Azoury, Cordelia

Wanderlust: Fashion For Life


In just 2 days the biggest, most extraordinary fundraising event will open, Wanderlust: Fashion For Life.  FFL is an event supporting Second Life’s Relay for Life campaign to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, from June 7- 20, 2014.  There will be 10 sims of fashion, runway shows, live music and DJ events.  Last year was my first time visiting Fashion For Life and I was awestruck by the amazing sim builds, fabulous fashions, and inspiring generosity.  I’m very honored and humbled to be selected as an offical blogger this year. Cancer has touched my life, this cause is incredibly important to me and I urge you to support Relay for Life SL campaign.  Let’s pledge to raise more money this year than ever before.  We have 14 days of giving, let’s start now DONATE!

Fashion For Life runs from June 7 to 20, 2014 across 10 sims designed to reflect modes of transportation (list below). This year’s theme is Wanderlust – a reflection of the Relay For Life theme Journey to a Promise.

  • Barnesworth Anubis – FFL Excursion (water transportation on rivers)
  • Bianca Bender – FFL Amble (Automobiles)
  • Eclair Martinek – FFL Perambulate (Foot-driven, skateboards or skates)
  • Grace Loudon – FFL Meander (water transportation on the ocean)
  • Jara Lowell – FFL Voyage (2-3 wheelers) 
  • Pluto Fairey – FFL Parade (Pedal Power) 
  • Rathmeous Dagger – FFL Promenade (Space)
  • TotalLunar Eclips – FFL Journey (Steampunk Ground transport) 
  • Troy Vogel – FFL Trek (Mechanized Flight)
  • Winter Nightfire – FFL Wander (Non-Mechanized Flight) 

fashion-for-life-2014-sign-with-championsAre you a Very Important Person?  You can be at Fashion For Life.

Fashion For Life opens June 7th, but for a generous few it will open on June 6th with VIP Early Access. What is that and how does it work?  Well, designers are busy setting up their displays and will be finishing tonight.  On the 6th, all the stores get inspected to see they are using the official Relay For Life vendors and so on before the grand opening on the 7th.  Meanwhile, it’s also going to be open to up to 100 early access VIPS who make a generous 2500 linden donation to Relay For Life at the special vendor on the American Cancer Society island.

So if you have always wanted to get into an event before it opened, stroll the shops while it is uncrowded and lag-free, this is your chance. With 100 people over 10 sims, there will be plenty of room to stretch and enjoy the space.


Our mission is to maximize donations to the American Cancer Society via the SL Relay for Life while creating a great sales environment for in-world avatar content (including lowered lag). Our goal is to provide complete transparency in financial and operational actions to all residents. And to have fun doing this!

Efforts and funds committed to FFL go to support American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. We are entirely volunteer driven and 100% of the funds raised are presented as a charitable donation to ACS from the residents of Second Life.

Men, women and children clothing designers, skin, tattoo and hair designers, jewelry and accessory designers and pose/hud/stand designers are all encouraged to participate. This is an event celebrating Second Life® fashion and the many businesses that make us fabulous.

The Party Has Begun.

Gold Dust

Quick post, just wanted to spotlight the Glam Affair’s Mokatana The Diva skin for Fifty Linden Friday, Tableau Vivant Gloster Hair (My Attic @ The Deck), Chop Zuey’s Heart & Soul Set (free for members and nonmembers) and Prism’s Petra Leather Dress (free @ Opium Gatsby event).  Pose is Diesel Works, free March gift and they are having a 50% off sale, so stop and grab some. Background decor items, The Loft’s Bacall set (Collabor88).

Opium Evolution



You are cordially invited to The Gatsby Mansion for a night to remember.

18 stellar designers
Fabulous exclusive designs
30 talented models

Join us for a fashion production that will leave you wanting more!

March 30 12pm

There are shops located across from the Gatsby Mansion with stunning designs and gifts (including the Prism Dress and Glam Dreams Gold Clutch above).  I hope you will join me this Sunday at noon.  It is sure to be a magical experiences.  Taxi please…


Style Icon | Downtown Attitude & Fashion Show

Liv Glam Royal Dress & Hollyhood Farrah Boots

The Style Icon Fashion Fair is still going strong until February 28, 2014!  Today’s feature Style Icon designers are Liv Glam and Hollyhood.  LG’s is offering the Royal Dress with 6 Pantone Hud system (Blue, Black, Purple {shown}, Pink, Red & Green, free to all group members).  Also worn is Belleza Ria Pale 2, Pure Poison Gia Gold Earrings, & LG Snake Clutch.  Hollyhood was inspired by the late television star Farrah Fawcett and the Farrah Black Leather Boots resemble 60’s Go-Go boots.  Hop over and pick up this modern downtown style.  Taxi please…

Liv Glam Royal Dress close-up

Mark your calendars for the long-awaited Style Icon Runway show will be kicking off on Friday, February 21st, 2014 at 3 PM SLT. In preparation for this incredible runway show, designers such as Zibska, Vero Modero, LivGlam, Snowpaws, Deesses Skins and Legal Insanity have been working hard alongside their entire teams of models, coordinators and production cast to bring excellence on to the Second Life grid. Designers from across the world will come together to showcase their collections exclusive to the Style Icon event. You will be sure to be amazed and awed by the extraordinary designs from some of the most talented creators.

These illustrious designers looked for inspiration in their own style icons from the past to present. Those who have shaped their style and have influenced the designers to be the sort, that they are today.

The show will embody uniqueness while offering an array of fabrics, graphic prints, from the traditional classic long flowing gowns to the eclectic.

We invite you to experience Legal Insanity’s Style Icon runway show which will be sure to bring your style icon from within. Check back for taxi tomorrow.

The Style Icon with Sponsors

Top 10 of 2013!

imagesHappy 2014!  Tomorrow kicks off a new year and a new direction.  I’ve always enjoyed the year in reviews from magazines, tv programs and news.  I find that some stuff I forgot about or rather wish to never be reminded of (ie: Miley Cyrus), but most of the time, I’ve somehow missed major events completely.  I find that looking back is a great way to move forward and reflect on the change over the year.  And, wow what changes I’ve had over this year.  Late last December, I started Hidden Gems in Second Life with no plan, or connections.  I saw a void in most Second Life blogs and hoped to serve as a resource on fashion, hunts, contests, men’s wear and interior design.  In the beginning, I focused heavily on hunts and slowly discovered shopping events and discount rooms.  As I become more and more comfortable with the medium, I disclosed pieces of myself and started to build a community of readers.  With the myriad of changing hair styles, skins, looks and some terrible fashion choices; you the reader commented, gave suggestions and we became friends.  Thank you for your support and I look forward to the journey in 2014!

Let’s start at the beginning
Face of Virtual Asia, round 5 contest: 1/22/13

Late December 2012, I won the FOVA round 4 and thought why not blog about it.  Quickly, I became obsessed and started blogging every day.

Focus on photo contest
Ready, Set, Pose!: 2/28/13

Finding information on modeling contests was the main reason I started Hidden Gems in Second Life.  For the life of me, no mater how long I researched, googled, read blogs, I could never find any updated info on photo contests, castings or modeling opportunities.  The 2/28/13 Ready, Set, Pose post I liked the best because of the diversity of contests and looks.  I actually I won the I “Love New York” City sweepstakes but never took advantage of the free 2-week stay in NYC.  Hmmm, winter in New York sounds romantic….

Honors and Awards
Huge Honor: I’m Moolto Model of the Month!!!!!!!: 3/4/13

In March, Maxes Loon of Moolto named me Face of the Month.  This was my first honor and I was so excited.  Other awards followed including being nominated as a Favorite Model for the Avi Choice Awards.  During the spring, I highlighted a number of hunts and made some rather interesting styling choices, but that is what’s wonderful about looking back (she says as she quickly deleted all blue lipstick from her inventory).

Life in the Fast Lane: 6/13/13

Boys/menswear blogs & hunts: 5/19/13, 6/13/13 & 8/7/13 (liked best 6/13 & maybe 8/7/13)

During my travels, I noticed I couldn’t find male bloggers who concentrated on reasonable or free male gifts, so I made a male alt, Grant Richmond and blogged away.  I have a couple of menswear blogs I’m proud of, but the 6/13/13 Life in the Fast Line post showcased Moolto hunts items with attitude.

Avenue Magazine July issue- Liv Glam, Glam Girls: 7/21/13

In June, I competed in the first Liv Glam Glam Girls contest and to my surprise I won the Business category.  In the December finale, I placed in the top 6.  This honor will always hold a special place in my heart.  In my 8/3/13 post, I finally shared a piece of the Real Me and my photo was featured in ModeLS Magazine.

Shopping Events & Discount Rooms
New York State of Mind….: 7/28/13

As I explored more treasures on the grid, I found Collabor88, The Dressing Room, Belleza Best Buys, The Attic, SL fashion Week and other such events.

My First Sponsor
Boat & Bikini Expo Part 2: Chaos at the French Rivera!: 7/26/13 

Unlike most SL fashion bloggers I don’t have five hundred sponsors because honestly I’m selective and don’t have the time to blog everything on the grid.  I never ask for “blogger packs” (ie free stuff) and don’t submit my application for every event on the grid.  When I was contacted by Cortez Brandriss to blog the Boats & Bikini Expo, I thought how fun!  And it was fun, not only did I model tons of bikinis, but got some cute beach decor pieces for my summer cottage.

Another great surprise was being asked by CloClo Seljan to join the PumpkinTown 2013 team of bloggers.  As most of you know I’m crazy for Halloween, hunts and bargains so this perfect combo was presented in the 10/22/13 Quest for the Crystal Skulls blog.

Liv Glam
Liv Glam Events of the Week: 10/15/13

Samantha S. Jones asked me in late September to be an official blogger for Liv Glam!  YAY for me!!!  I created “Deals of the Week” highlighting all the Liv Glam & KCollection offerings for Secret Wednesday, 55L Thursday, Fi*Friday, 60L Weekend, Super Saver Weekend and Steals & Deals.

Charity Events
Stand Up, Speak Up & Bid High: 11/22/13

I was very honored to join some esteemed models and friends for the 2Lei fundraising event to Eliminate Violence Against women.  What a great day and huge success… tons of money was raised (over 470,000L) and love prevailed all around!  Another great event I was pleased to be a part of was the Relay for Life Christmas Expo 2013.  Not only was I an official blogger  but I attended a number of charity events including Holiday of Hope Ball and Avi Choice Awards.

Interior Design
Happy Thanksgiving!: 11/27/13

My love for interior design was taken to a new level this year.  I moved 7 times this year and changed my interior to include everything from modern, beach, shabby chic, zen, Asian, traditional, and rustic.  My inventory expanded greatly and I try not to pass up any hunts or sales on home decor.  Next year, I’m expanding my blog to include tons more interior designs and homes.


Gloria Silverstone, Happy 2014!

  • Gown: Leri Miles Designs, Caroline Gown (Peace On Earth Hunt Gift)
  • Jewelry: Chop Zuey, The Lazy Mist Set (POE Hunt Gift)
  • Skin: Belleza, Ashley Pale Xmas Gift Red (Christmas Group Gift)
  • Hair: Truth, Fernanda (Truth Group Gift)
  • Tree: LAQ Decor, Christmas Tree Silver