The first styling challenge of 2014 was held on Feb 19th and 23rd. Congratulations to the winners: JewelOfDeNiel (left – Feb 19th Winner) and Chloe Panthar (right – Feb 23rd Winner). Both models did a fabulous job showcasing their Vintage Great Gatsby-inpired outfits on our new runway, built by Monica Balut. We introduced some new elements to the Challenge this year, adding a judges score and an extra date to welcome those in different timezones around the world…READ MORE
Originally posted on I LOVE MODELS:
One of the pieces of knowledge I wish I’d had at the outset of my interest in modeling and blogging was the need for different shapes depending on the type of garments or outfit that would be worn. It would have saved many headaches. I suppose to some this might be logical, but the aim of this entry is to identify the main shape types you will need. Before I go any further, a reminder: Always make copies of your shapes before you modify them so you don’t lose the original!
First, you want to think about the types of modeling you will do. Most commonly there is print, runway and in-store. The main difference between these shape types will probably be height, although many people choose to use the same shapes across all three (including myself). For runway, long limbs and good height are key. Max out the height slider on the body tab to 100. Wearing standard heels, you will likely reach 7′. For in-store and print modeling, height is not as important. Proportion is everything, as you do still want to appear as having lean limbs.
I have three shapes that I typically use: One for system skirts, another for wearing mesh and a third for wearing non-mesh.
We had a very good turn out for tonight’s discussion on Changing Trends in SL modeling. The title of this discussion turned out to be a bit broad as some people expressed their different ideas of what the topic would address. I started off the conversation by talking about the changes in shapes and facial features and showed a picture of an avatar with a bit of an overbite. The discussion quickly led it’s way to the core nature of modeling: tall, slender, striking; beautiful. Very good questions were raised and some where answered by the group census. Questions like: What makes someone’s look appropriate for Virtual Modeling? Why are models so tall? It seems that Virtual Models have to be more then just “models” to work in SL, for example, must they be photographers, graphic artists, bloggers, stylists…..? If you missed our discussion you missed a great sharing of our collective professional opinion, but don’t fret… because we will be hosting this topic again. Days and Times to be announced.
Congratulations Jay Jay (jj26 Ragu), winner of the December 2013 “Christmas Around the World” Styling Challenge at Model’s Workshop. Jay Jay’s look was inspired by the original American toy soldier commonly seen in The Nutcracker ballet. The feminine touches of the blue skirt with suspenders, frilly jacket bottom and high wintry white boots complement the classic military jacket, hat and gloves. She kept it playful with red candy swirls on her cheeks and keyed necklace hanging from her mouth…READ MORE
Please join us in welcoming Chloe Electra, Ava Jhamin and Caryn Ashdene, our newest Committee Staff members at Model’s Workshop.
Not so new, Chloe has been part of the MW Styling Challenge team for half a year now, providing support and expertise to help make the Challenge the popular event it is today. In addition to her activities at MW, Chloe is a model, a writer and a reporter at ModeLS Magazine, for which she donates her time to interview and write the monthly articles featuring the winner of the MW Styling Challenge, a prize donated by the Editor, BonieFacio Boucher.
Chloe will continue to support the Styling Challenge team, but will be out of commission for a month as she prepares to compete and represent Sweden in the upcoming 2014 Miss Virtual World pageant.
Ava brings her wealth of knowledge as a model, stylist, fashion blogger and model instructor to MW. CEO of L’Amour Model Management and Productions, Ava has been very active in the SL fashion world, hosting and producing numerous fashion shows and events, and working with some of the top designers on the grid. Ava’s charitable spirit, passion for fashion and infectious enthusiasm makes her a perfect addition to the Model’s Workshop team.
Ava recently hosted a series of seminars on Poses and Prim Placements at MW, and is a regular participant at our Styling Challenges. Moving forward Ava will be assisting us with those Challenges and in other areas as time permits.
Caryn is a model, writer and avid fashion blogger, running her own blog and blogging for many designers and stores. She has written scripts for fashion shows. She’s involved in many fashion focused groups in SL. Her eagerness for all things fashion and excellent writing as well as strong communication skills will prove to be a plus for Model’s Workshop. We’re excited to add her to the team.
Caryn is no stranger to MW, hosting a past workshop on Store Models. Watch for details about her upcoming series of workshops on Fashion Blogging, exclusively at Model’s Workshop.
If you would like to be part of the MW Committees, please contact Suki or Jena.
Suki R. Barrowstone (Suki Rexen), MW CEO
Monica Balut, MW Founder
Jena Adder, MW COO
I look forward to sharing some of the things I’ve done with my own blog for the past 18 months and how that blog came into existence. I will share ideas related to my original purposes and how those purposes evolved and grew as I grew as a model, stylist and participant in the Second Life fashion world. I think a small group at a round table rather than a large auditorium might offer that personal touch. I will make notes and repeat the workshop 2 or 3 times a month in hopes of getting those who are only on in the morning, only on in the evening, only here on weekends and those who are never here on weekends. Hopefully this will encourage you to try your own hand at blogging, help you define the ‘why’ behind your blog, and what your message might be in the process.
Currently I follow avidly a number of bloggers. However, at the end of the day, there are two that I feel lost without and those are blogs created by Caoimhe Lionheart and Wicca Merlin. No two bloggers could be so juxtaposed on very extreme ends of a continuum. In the balance between both of them, I learn how to translate heart into style and how to dare to style far beyond my comfort zone at times. I will share a bit of how they influence the blogger I am today, a bit of how I began, and we’ll go from there. I’m excited!
My plan will be to offer the workshop three times in a given week. If you attend one, you would receive all that will be shared that week. Tentatively, I will do this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. SL, then repeat Wednesday at 1 p.m. SL and again Friday at 7 p.m. Please watch this space for updates regarding scheduling as I want to work with the leaders, especially the calendar keeper Ms. Suki.
We will get started in December and really look eagerly towards 2014 with you!
~Caryn aka ~C
Congratulations JewelOfDeNiel, winner of the Model’s Workshop Graffiti Couture Styling Challenge on November 13. Jewel’s stylish interpretation featured a colorful dress and fur jacket. She added colorful jewelry, hot thigh-high boots and hair that emphasized the defiant look, while the glasses, lipstick and the artistry props added the finishing touches to her ensemble…READ MORE