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

Butterfly Wishes…

…really do come true. I have some great news, the Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Awareness in Second Life event has been extended to May 12, 2014!  Truly wonderful news, you have another week to check out all the charming butterfly creations and don’t forget to DONATE!  Please support Debra of America to find a cure for the worst disease you never heard of!

So here’s the plan, the EB Awareness Fundraisers remains at the Burdenya Islands sim generously donated by Ray Burdenya until Monday, May 5.  Then the fundraiser moves to Mr. Burdenya homestead, LM will be provided on Tuesday, May 6.  Please join me in an enormous shout out ….THANK YOU Ray!!!!

Below, I’m modeling a few more items you can purchase at the EB Awareness fundraising event, a portion of the proceeds donated to Debra of America to fund reasearch to find a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa.  EB is a very rare genetic connective tissue disorder that affects 1 child out of every 20,000 births (that means about 200 children a year are born with EB).  EB is a prominent manifestation of extremely fragile skin that blisters and tears from friction or trauma. Internal organs and bodily systems can also be seriously affected by EB.  There is no cure or treatment.  Daily wound care, pain management and protective bandaging are the only options available.  Children affected with Epidermolysis Bullosa are known as butterfly angels because their skin is as fragile as the wings of a butterfly.  Event Taxi…

GDit Jewelry Clear Butterfly {color change HUD}, Dulce Secrets Diamond Ombre Slink Nails, & Glitterati by Sapphire Light n Shadow Blue Eyeshadow (booth #25, #34 & #5):

GDit Jewelry, Clear Butterfly set

Glow Designs Pencil Dress {also available in Orange & Tan} (booth #33):

Glow Design, Placid Blue Pencil Dress

Stars! Jewelry Earth Butterfly Set {100% donated}, Dulce Secrets Karma Eyeshadow #1 & Watercolor Splash Slink Nails (booth #26 & #34):

Stars Earth Butterfly Set

Dirty Little Secrets Drapey Dress & Pumps (booth #36):

Dirty Little Secrets Drapped Dress & Shoes

GDit Jewelry Summer Tyme Set & Glitterati by Sapphire Light n Shadow Fire Eyeshadow (booth #25 & #5):

GDit Jewelry Summer Tyme set

Entice Papillon Gown (#15):

Entice Papillon Gown

*Skin: Glam Affair, Brandi Drama Queen

*Hair: Ploom, Kat (Photo 1-4), Clawtooth, Hang it Up (**C88 item)

*Poses: Ma Vie, Becoming (**Lazy Sunday 5/4/14)

EB Event Map:


EB Event Schedule:



Trick or Treating at Fi*Friday

Fi*Friday, a weekly discount shopping center is hosting a Halloween Hunt at their mall with gifts costing 25L each from top SL designers, available until October 31, 2013.  Included in the Fi*Friday Halloween Hunt is menswear, female fashion, shoes, make-up and accessories. Today, I will showcase the Liv Glam Halloween Hunt items, 55L sale items and Chop Zuey Halloween gifts for members and non-members.

LG Fi*Friday items

For Fi*Friday this week, Liv Glam and the K Collection are offering 3 items each available both at the main Liv Glam store and the Fi*Friday shopping mall until next Friday.

Liv Glam: Cold Cold Heart

10:10:13- 100L (Steals & Deals)- Cold Cold Heart Dress Hud 3

  • Dress: [LG] Boutique-[Fall 13] Cold Cold Heart Hud 3
  • Jewelry: *Gatsby’s*,  The Sun Set
  • Skin: Belleza, Leila Pale 1
  • Hair: D!va, Giz Black Amber
  • Clutch: Finesmith, Sequin Mesh Bag


Halloween Hunt @ Fi*Friday 

KCollection: Beautiful People Jumpsuit

101913- Fi*Friday Halloween Hunt- Cat Jumpsuit

  • Outfit: K Collection, Beautiful People Jumpsuit (Fi*Friday Halloween Hunt Item)
  • Skin: Amacci, Liane Goth
  • Make-up: Pink Acid, Candy Girl Lipstick Purple (Fi*Friday Halloween Hunt Item)
  • Jewelry: Chop Zuey, Something Wicked Set (Group Gift)
  • Eyes: Madrid Solo, Deya Tabu
  • Hair: Truth, Angie Elvia
  • Shoes: U.Refind, Black/Gold Sleek Platform Booties (Fi*Friday Halloween Hunt Item)
  • Belt: Prism, Silver Ring Mauve
  • Trick or Treat Goodie Bag: Free @ Fi*Friday
  • Orange Pumpkin & Pose: Exposeur (5L Pastel Pumpkin Gacha)
  • Backdrop: Katink, Halloween Pack 4 (Group Gift)
  • Prop: Cleo Designs, Window & Curtain (The Nest Halloween Hunt, free)

KCollection: Tainted Love Dress

101913- Fi*Friday (55L) K Collection- Tainted Love Dress

  • Dress: K Collection, Tainted Love Dress (Fi*Friday Halloween Hunt Item)
  • Jewelry: Chop Zuey, Crux Invictus Set & Enigma Variations Bracelets (Group Gifts)
  • Eyes: Poetic Colors, Autumn Song (Group Gift)
  • Hair: Exile, Just a Reason Reds
  • Skin: Belleza, Mya BBB Oct Pale 2
  • Shoes: U.Refind, Black/Gold Sleek Platform Booties (Fi*Friday Halloween Hunt Item)
  • Handbag: BSD, Caoimhe Handbag (Finesmith Fall Bazaar gift)

KCollection: Tainted Love Dress 2

101913- FiFriday Halloween Hunt- K Collection, Tainted Love Dress 2 (Halloween Print)

  • Dress: K Collection, Tainted Love Dress2 (Fi*Friday Halloween Hunt Item)
  • Jewelry: Finesmith, Black Joy (July Group Gift)
  • Skin: Glam Affair, Amberly
  • Shoes: U.Refind, Black/Gold Sleek Platform Booties (Fi*Friday Halloween Hunt Item)
  • Mint Green Pumpkin & Pose: Exposeur (5L Pastel Pumpkin Gacha)

She’s a Rainbow

Alice Project Hair & .ellabella. Lace-up pants

  • Alice Project Alexis Glitter Rainbow Streaks hair in 5 colors
  • Faster Pussycats Lace-up Psychedelic jeans
  • Aisling Unicorn tail
  • CIA Design Tie-Dye beaded top (available at Euphoria)
  • Pose by ibang fluidty set (not on the hunt)

“Taste the Rainbow” hunt has official started and as promised I wanted to show you the remaining hunt gifts.  After trying on all the new clothes, I channeled my inner Cher and immersed myself in the flower power culture of the late 1960’s.  You can never have too many ribbons, or flowers, worn in your hair :-)!  While reading this post don your shades.  Once again, the Taste the Rainbow hunt runs from August 10 to September 3 with exclusive gifts from selected designers and items for sale at a discount at the Rainbow Cart Event.  I’ve supplied you with a Rolling Stones’ song, so you can embrace the hippie vibe of this post.

The Plastick- Tee's

  • The Plastik Tops in 5 prints
  • Pure Poison Neon Fashion Necklace (available at Euphoria)
  • Pose by marukin limon set (not on the hunt)

Pink Fuel Metallic Lipstick

  • Pink Fuel Metallic Lipsticks in 16 colors for light & dark skin

The World is a Rainbow

Taste the Rainbow” summer hunt starts tomorrow, August 10 until September 3.  The hunt is exclusive with only 14 stores and fabulous free offerings.  Chandra Meehan, designer of !dM deviousMinds & (*chanimations inspired top SL designers to challenge themselves to dream rainbow theme items for the hunt and for sale at the Rainbow Cart Event.  Some designers have exclusive colorful discounted items at their stores.  The focus of the hunt is to celebrate the richness of colors in our community.  I have a few sneak peeks of the free hunt gifts below and will bring you more tomorrow.

Blacklace Make-up

DeviousMinds Rainbow corset

  • Blacklace Beauty, Rainbow Kisses Make-up
  • !dM deviousMind, Sweet Rose Valentina Headpiece
  • WetCat, Rainbow Backdrop

Blacklace Lingerie

  • Blacklace Beauty, Rainbow Kisses Make-up
  • Blacklace, Primal Rainbow Tiger Print
  • WetCat, Rainbow Backdrop

Lil'Lace- Scribble Bag

  • Lil’Lace, Scribble Bag

Hunt List: 

!dM deviousMind
Blacklace Beauty
Faster Pussycat
::WetCat:: Builds&Poses
The Plastik
Studio Sidhe
ChiC buildings
Alice Project
Pink Fuel