On a Golden Wintery Eve & Bamboo Dreams

On a golden wintery eveI am continually amazed at the creative elegance of Vivien Emerald’s spectacular couture designs. In these latest releases from DESIR Haute Couture, Vivien has captured the allure and mystery of the traditional lines of Chinese costume while exploiting the beauty and flow of the most incredible silk brocades to bring us two gowns of breathtaking beauty. The Chinese Golden Dragon Costume features a high collar bolero with very traditional capped shoulder elements, over a gown which dramatically emphasizes the form and movement of the wearer. The ensemble includes an incredible dragon headpiece, with an appropriate hair addition to complete  the traditional costume look. I chose however, to style this one to show its flexibility as a more modern formal gown, adding tosy Xue’s fabulous Myth Jewelry set from WTG Jewelry (which seems almost magically matched to Vivien’s gown) and a typical western updo from Amacci. Regardless of your personal approach to this gown, you will be delighted with the look, fit and ease of wearing the myriad parts and attachments that are a part of this most amazing design.
On a golden wintery eveOn a golden wintery eve

Wearing – Chinese Gold Dragon Costume NEW from Desir Haute Couture
Jewelry – Myth Ensemble from WTG Jewelry
Hair – Rona by Amacci
Skin – Essential Saga NEW from LAQ
Shoes – Menisa from Enkythings
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location in Amatsu Shima – maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amatsu%20Shima/28/110/22

Bamboo Dreams

It is difficult to choose a favorite between these two costumes from DESIR Haute Couture! In the Shena ensemble, Vivien once again finds inspiration in the line and fabric of the most traditional Chinese dress, moving forward from there with her typically stunning interpretation. The billowing soft silk she uses in this gown contrasts so effectively with the detailed fine lines of the primary gown pieces. As soon as I saw the floral and bamboo embellishments on this rich fabric I knew right away that the perfect jewelry match would again be one of my favorite sets from  WTG Jewelry. This is one of tosy Xue’s earlier designs with a relatively unremarkable name of J:D-02, but an amazingly detailed floral cluster which echoes the embroidery of the gown’s collar. Vivien also includes her awesome dragon headpiece/hairpiece attachments with this ensemble to enable you to capture more fully the essence of the traditional costume.

I really enjoyed a visit to the China and Amatsu Shima sims to shoot this series in two of the most tranquil and dreamlike settings in SL. And, having the on-location lighting flexibility of my LumiPro, enabled me to capture the beauty of these designs in a most appropriate environment.

Bamboo Dreams

Wearing – Chinese Shena Costume NEW from Desir Haute Couture
Jewelry – J:D-02 from WTG Jewelry
Hair – Faye by Mirone (No longer available)
Skin – Nellie from LAQ
Shoes – Baba Yaga from Enkythings
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location in China – maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/China/146/213/1250

Bamboo Dreams

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