Regency Alpaca – A Genre Experience

Avatar-Bizarre-Chauncey-Regency-Shoes---AlpacaWhat do you get when you put an alpaca in two sets of Regency shoes?

Yeah, I don’t know either.  But this is Alex the Alpaca modeling the latest pair of shoes from Avatar Bizarre; a stunning selection from the Regency Era.  Alex traveled with me to Buckingham Palace (in Texas?? sim), and obligingly allowed me to snap picture after picture once he’d fitted the shoes to all four of his tiny hooves.

We spent some time in the Marble Room, marveling at the…well the marble.  And the pink chairs.  We were greeted by a guardsman who, interestingly enough, was wearing an older Avatar Bizarre 18th Century military uniform.  I have to say this made me incredibly happy.

Our alpaca friend here is quite dashing in a monocle and those fantastic shoes.

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The Chauncey Regency Shoes will be available at the next round of Genre (opening mid-month).  These shoes (made for the SLink foot, but clearly fit alpacas rather nicely) are materials enhanced and come with a color HUD that includes several colors.  They are normally priced at 175L, but will cost 100L for the duration of Genre, so get them while they’re hot (and cheap!)

In addition to the Chauncey, a mid-heel SLink enhanced shoe for women will also be sold for 100L.  The Lady Rose Slipper, like the Chauncey, includes a color HUD with several colors, and is materials enhanced.  Both sets are unrigged so they can be resized and whatnot.

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These Shoes Were Made For Wokkin – Hanfu Warped Head Shoes

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All you speak and all you hear
Hand that’s strong and voice it’s clear
An unforgotten memory when the moon begins to call – Red Rockers, China

Okay, so really, really bad title pun. Fine, I see the pun jar, and happily pay the tax therein.  Meanwhile, take a look at these awesome new shoes I’ve just made!

Honestly, when I was doing research on Chinese Traditional Footwear for men, not a lot of interest came up, till I found some photos of Hanfu Qing Dynasty Warped Head Shoes.  They were traditionally worn by men (along with the Hanfu robes), and generally made from silk or satin with cotton soles.  In more recent times, these shoes have been adopted by both men and women, as a Traditional fashion choice.  Since the thought of making Lotus shoes feels repellent, it’s safe to assume these unrigged shoes are for everyone with SLink flat feet in Second Life.

The Hanfu Warped Head Shoes, which are copy and modify, include a color HUD with six color choices.  They’ve been materials enhanced, so the pattern (and particularly the dragon on the front) really pop.

I do want to do more traditional Asian footwear (Lotus shoe is simply not gonna happen, folks), and I’m quite excited about this project.  You can now find the Hanfu shoes on the Marketplace and Inworld.

The Fashion Police Would be Astounded

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Velvet Goldmine, you stroke me like the rain
Snake it, take it, Panther Princess, you must stay
Velvet Goldmine, naked on your chain
I’ll be your King Volcano right for you again and again
My Velvet Goldmine” – D. Bowie

A few decades ago, there lived an alien by the name of Ziggy Stardust.  He had a flaming red mullet, a skin tight lycra catsuit wardrobe, a flair for theatrics, and some stunningly amazing platform boots.  He was quite the character; brought to Earth to become a rock star, and ultimately destroyed by his fans.  He was androgynous, and sexual, and the he was the Nazz with God-Given ass.  David Bowie brought him to life in 1972, and we were treated to a great rock and roll spectacle that included all the Glam style and music that you could possibly handle, and then you were given more.  Ziggy’s cohorts included the street walkin’ cheetah with a heart full of napalm, Iggy Pop; and the man who hustled his way through the Wild Side, Lou Reed.  Together, the three created a scene that was bred of Andy Warhol’s Factory parties, and thrust into the unsuspecting public like a glitter-encrusted juggernaut of awesome.

Some time later, a movie was made that would ultimately capture some of the history of these three, though it was thinly veiled as a fictional account of a rock star’s life.   Brian Slade (more or less David Bowie, in the guise of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers), met his best friend Curt Wild (Ewan MacGregor) in America, and many drug induced glam hyjinx ensued.

To commemorate the movie, the song, and David Bowie (though word on the street is he really hated the movie), Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to inflict the World of Glam into the male avatar side of Second Life with the Curt Wild Platform Boots.

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These boots are 100% original unrigged mesh, and are available in seven glitzy colors.  For those with Advanced Lighting turned on, there’s also a material shine with a contrasting color flickering across the plastic feel of these boots.  In true Plastic Fantastic Androgynous fashion, these boots work for male and female avatars.

They are available inworld at Avatar Bizarre, and on the Marketplace.  Simply do a search for Avatar Bizarre, and you will find them!

And if you’re on Reddit, there’s a nifty subreddit called r/sl.  Check it out!

Should these sandals be worn with socks?

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So these sandals happened.

I’ve never been big on making shoes for the sake of having shoes, but I know lots of folks enjoy buying shoes, sometimes rather obsessively.  Since the SLink mesh feet came out, there was suddenly a reason to start.  The first pair, the Neo Toes, came out last week. This week’s offering is the Medieval style Sandal for the SLink mesh flat feet.

Just to keep everyone else from feeling left out, there’s a version in the box that fits normal Second Life flipper feet.  After all, not everyone really wants to deal with mesh body parts.  Both sets of sandals are unrigged, so they can be resized as needed.  They are also available in around nine colors, including:  Black, Brown, Red, Gold, Green, Blue, Purple, Silver and Teal.

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These sandals work beautifully for casual summery sorts of outfits, but since I’m such a fashion maven, I wore them with a Greg Brady style outfit with bellbottom pants and nylon shirt during my DJ gig last night.

And since I’ve been remiss in publishing set lists lately, it’s probably time to inflict one on you now.  Don’t worry, this won’t happen with any kind of frequency, because frankly I’m not that motivated.  I do love it when I can just let loose and play some of my favorite music for folks.  Include some requests, and mix thoroughly, and you end up with the following list.  Share and enjoy.

Play List

Leaether Strip – Reunited With My Bitterness
Clan of Xymox – A Question of Time
Ian North – Youth in Asia
Covenant – Tour De Force
Armageddon Dildos – East West
Alphaville – Big in Japan (Extended Mix)
*** Request*** Skinny Puppy – Assimilate
*** Request*** Goldfrapp – Ride a White Horse
*** Request*** Howard Jones – The Prisoner
Echo Image – Neverending Story
Lene Lovich – I Think We’re Alone Now (Japanese Version)
Our Daughter’s Wedding – Lawnchairs (Dance Club Mix)
The Spoons – Nova Heart
China Crisis – Working with Fire and Steel
Altered Images – See Those Eyes
*** Request*** Cristina – Drive My Car
*** Request*** Neuroticfish – They’re Coming To Take Me Away Ha Haa
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult – Dirty Little Secrets
*** Request*** Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Dancerama
Delhi 2 Dublin – Code Red
*** Request*** The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Suburban Space Invader
Intaferon – Steamhammer Sam
Aneka – Japanese Boy
*** Request*** Santa Hates You – Bootcamp
The Cruxshadows – Monsters
*** Request***
Rammstein – Te Quiero Puta
Juno Reactor – Pistolero
*** Request*** James Ray & the Performance – Dustboat
B-Movie – Remembrance Day
Scooter – You
Silver Pozzoli – Call Me
Shonen Knife – Daydream Believer

Thus was a play list generated.  The sandals are available inworld and on the marketplace.