Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MVW Bliss Couture Challenge

It is no understatement when I say that Miss Virtual World is literally what you make of it. You have one of two choices when it comes to each challenge presented: cry like a child or suck it up and get on with the task. I won't lie. There were times when I have done both.

The Bliss Couture challenge was a unique one that tested the skills of the contestants' ability to transform a typical dress into a different creation. We were all given the same three colors of the Wynn gown, as well as a few other accessories to play with. The only rule was that we were not allowed to modify the texture of the pieces themselves. We were allowed to pull apart every prim and relocate it to any part of our body that would result in a fabulous gown.

This challenge took place in October so I know I'm late on this post, but if you recall, it was so I could have my photo taken by Rabia Baxton. She approached me politely to ask if I would oblige her with a photo session for her portfolio and I was happy to do so. As you can see, it was worth the wait. If you are looking to book an appointment, feel free to contact her! (Note: I'm not her personal assistant so please do not send me any bookings. They will go unanswered.)

Back to the challenge story...not much to tell really. It was a runway challenge so we just walked down the catwalk, did a few poses and came back. In the end, one of the contestants' creations was chosen to be sold later as a Bliss Couture gown named after her and that honor went to Miss Hong Kong, Rehana Seljan. Congrats to her and the other top winners for this challenge! (I wasn't one of them. Don't make that face, I tried my best so it's fine.)

I'll post again later on the live press presentation interview all the contestants had. Thanks for reading!

Dress: Bliss Couture (modified by moi)
Gloves: Purple Moon
Earrings: Finesmith Jewelry
Makeup: L. Fauna
Hair: Bliss Couture

Monday, November 12, 2012

Interview with a MVW - Part One

For those of you who have been around long enough, you should recognize the title of my post is a play on Interview with the Vampire. My actual voice interview judges was not nearly as dramatic. At least that's what I keep telling myself.

My ongoing battles with Second Life and its glitches are as old as the feud between Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny. The day of my voice interview, the wascally wabbit known as SL decided to act up--BIG TIME.

My outfits would not fully rez at all. The only solution was to put everything on piece by piece, which is tedious depending on the amount of attachments and layers you have on. However, my brain was occupado with a more pressing issue: my mic wasn't working.

Actually you could hear me just fine on Skype, but the interviews were being conducted on SL's voice system, which is licensed through a company called Vivox. For whatever reason, my Sigma Tel Audio sound program and Vivox battled like dogs over a pork chop. There was constant static coming from my mic, and I knew it was picking up the inner workings of my laptop, which I swear is quite silent in real life. I nearly went mad trying to adjust the settings inworld and offline to find a happy medium that allowed me to be heard over the distorted din. Eventually I got it sorted out.

Coincidentally, the little issue of my outfit not fully rezzing was still present as my friends informed me that not only did my hair base appear to be missing but so were my legs. I toggled between outfits, hoping it would help, yet little did I know it was all in vain as I teleported to the interview site.

The typical greetings were exchanged. A bit of witty banter. The judges began asking me questions as to why I was in Miss Virtual World and the like. Then Mr. Mills asked a most disturbing question: "Is anyone else having problems seeing Anigma's legs?" My brain exploded. This was akin to someone pointing out that your skirt is tucked into your pantyhose--except you are no longer in the bathroom but in a conference room where everyone can see your Hello Kitty. I was so embarrassed.

One of the judges kindly complimented the rest of my appearance and said I still looked gorgeous even if I was bald and legless. I took some comfort in this, but my face was still flush from the awkward moment. From that point on, I rambled my way through the rest of the questions and probably made zero sense to anyone. Alas, that seems to be my lot in life; to be misunderstood always.

We have a second live interview with the press this coming weekend. I'm praying that SL cooperates for once by rezzing all my clothes and allowing my voice to come through clearly. Thanks again for following my MVW journey. Here's hoping for the best!

This is the outfit fully rezzed with my hair base.

Skirt and Shoes: Loovus Dzevavor
Shirt: Baiastice
Hat: Diram (part of the Brigitte dress)
Gloves: Purple Moon (from the Marlene dress)
Hair: Amacci
Eyeshadow: KOSH
Eyeliner: Chelle
Lashes: Maxi Gossamer

Sunday, November 11, 2012

MVW Valentino Challenge...and some TBA later

Before I get into my usual spiel, I should update you on a couple of things that have transpired. For starters, there have been a few MVW challenges that I have not posted yet. We had a Bliss Couture challenge, that required us to recreate a new gown using pieces from the one provided to us. Normally I would have taken my own pic, posted it on Flickr and blogged my adventures in creating it. As it would so happen, I was approached by someone who wanted to take my photo. I accepted her offer and am currently awaiting the finished pic to blog.

The challenge that came after that was another style challenge, which of course means it is only photographed, no runway. The theme was Apocalypse Now, and we were to dress as if the final days of Earth were upon us. Usually, I'd style and post the pic, but again something came up. We were asked not to post them publicly because they will be incorporated into the finals. I can't say much more than that except that I didn't win the challenge and somehow I managed to look like Lara Croft with dreadlocks. You'll have to use your imagination until December to picture that.

I often get asked how well I'm doing in MVW and my response is always the same: I have no clue. I placed in the top 12 for the Anna Wintour challenge and that is all I know. Most of the time we are only told the winner of the challenge or the top 5, and if you're not one of those names, you're left in the dark on your score. For all I know, I could be at the very bottom.

That brings me to the Valentino Challenge. This one was an unexpected surprise because the same day that our apocalyptic challenge was due, we were given this one. We had only one week to style it, take a pic and submit it. My usual photographer, Latrelly Flux, started working a seasonal job so this was really bad timing. I panicked because I had to somehow replicate the style of Valentino and then get the photo done in time. Thankfully things worked out and I couldn't be happier with the finished product. I didn't want to do an exact styling off the runway because it was far too simple. Real runway is all about the clothes so naturally the models have few accessories and tidy hairstyles. I thought about how I would mix and match pieces from the Fall Couture 2012 collection and apply it to a workable style. Couture is especially tricky since it involves complex shapes that one normally wouldn't wear on a daily basis. More specifically couture fashion is typically customized for a particular client, which makes most of it one of a kind. You're not going to find it in department stores.

So here is my one of a kind look. If I'm lucky, I'll hear results and they'll be good ones. If not, I'll be in the dark even more. No matter what though, I am content with what I did so that is a victory in itself.

Dress: celoe
Jewelry and Nails: Finesmith Jewelry
Hair: booN
Jacket: REMY
Hat: LaGyo
Eyeshadow: Ricielli
Eyeliner: Chelle
Lashes: Maitreya (group gift)
Pose: Manifeste