Wanderlust: Fashion For Life

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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.

Mission:

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.

Fashion For Life – Tribute to John Galliano & The 7 Wonders of the World

Update:  I want to spotlight the ethereal Lolly gown designed by *SoliDea FoliEs*, exclusively for Fashion for Life.  It was worn by the beautiful, talented, creative and soulful Cao Lionheart, Miss. Virtual World, South Korea (retired).  Personally, I’m always inspired by Cao’s dramatic artistic styling, the humanity she portrays in her blog and her generosity of spirit.  The Lolly gown embodies all that is soft and graceful, airy and fragile, qualities that personify Ms. Cao.

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The Fashion for Life final runway show was a tribute to John Galliano that took place on the  Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10am SLT.  I was invited by Warm Clarity-Jupiter, CEO of Ghee and unfortunately, I crashed more times than Liz Taylor married.  However, I was able to see the final ‘one of a kind gown’ worn by Frolic Mills, CEO of BOSL and designed by the extraordinary Belle Roussel of Chop Zuey.  Frolic was dripping in 500 diamonds and rockin’ a nice weave.  The gown was auctioned off right there on the runway.  Drama and catfights abound, and that was in the audience.  The auction started at 5,000L and quickly turn serious when a two ladies tried to out bid each other (and at some points out bid themself).  Finally, the price hit 100,000L and everyone was sure that one of the ladies were going to be seen on the grid in this gown….but out of nowhere a silent bidder drove the price up to 140,000L and crazy offers were being thrown in to sweeten the pot (Frolic will style you in the gown for 150,000L, Belle will make the same gown in black diamonds for 175,000L, and a little something about someone sucking on toes,  eeew).  The winning bid was from the silent bidder for 150,000L and one of the ladies donated 100,000L for the black diamond gown.  All the proceed goes to the American Cancer Society.

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Following the live auction, some of the exclusive runway gowns were placed ‘on sale’ for 50% off, at the back of the runway available until close of FFL, Sunday, March 17, 2013.  Honestly, the sale prices were so high that I couldn’t consider attempting to justify taking any of the gowns home.  But, I took a few pictures of some of the creations to wet your appetite.  And, if you have not checked out FFL, do so now.

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The week-long event closes on Sunday, March 17, 2013.  There are 7 sims, designed after the Seven Wonders of the World.  The Egyptian sim, Temple of Zeus at Olympia is awesome and houses Liv Glam, Body Doubles and Amacci.  The Greek Temple, Artemis at Ephesus houses Virtual Impressions, Mohna Lisa Couture, Belleza, and Bliss Couture.  For a lush and tropical escape, stop by the Gardens of Babylon.  This sim is truly gorgeous and it’s my favorite by far, it houses Tres Beau, Gizza and !deviousMinds.  The far out Pyramid of Giza sim is sensational, just the ride alone entering the sim is worth it….. well for anyone who saw Star Wars opening with Luke speeding in and out of tunnels, you get that and so much more.  The sim houses Chop Zuey, Madrid Solo and Morea.  Up next is the half under water sim, for a lack of better description, Lighthouse of Alexandria.  (And, for all my Steampunk lovers out there, a crazy cool half chair, half eye, half garlic thingie that worth a peek).  Personally, I got a little creeped out here but it could be my fear of seagulls rather than the sim.  This one houses Purple Moon, Boudoir and Carrie’s Lingerie.  And, finally the giant stone man, Colossus of Rhodes.  Honestly, I have nightmares about this dude and my constant climb up his leg.  He houses Finesmith, Emotions and Wet Cat.  For the sim build only and the art, go and participate.  The runway and party lounge represnted the final Wonder of the World, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.  Also, at the main landing point there is a memorial garden, hope haven, resource library and a survivors gazebo, a peaceful and serene escape that you need to see.  Remember 100% of the proceeds goes to charity, so that’s worth taking a look for, right?