Catch the train for more Meiling

So lovely in Balandra in the fall

Meiling’s Collection, Last Train to San Fernando, inspired by the Johnny Duncan tune from the late 50’s, is amazing in the post modern minimalist sense…her designs are incredibly sophisticated while maintaining a certain simplicity. This collection covers the spectrum of style for the modern day active woman while paying homage to the past of the traveling, forward thinking adventurer ready to meet challenges of the fashion frontier. Today we will show some of the cotton, chiffon and silk outfits, then tomorrow expand into the gingham and plaids of this wonderfully rich collection.

So lovely in Balandra in the fall
The Balandra
Very clever pattern work and tatting are revealed upon close look at this fabulous ensemble. The detail is exceptional considering the shape and silhouette maintain a very uncomplicated and unquestionably flattering contour to move with your body. Perhaps the most notable thing to appreciate about a ‘deceptively simple’ Meiling outfit is that she has given a lot of thought to creating separate options which allow the wearer the freedom to style in a way that suits their own personality.

I selected an accent set of my Vintage Beads in Argyle green from my designs at +Aurora Borealis+ to add with some of my favorite Cassandra Heels from SLink for a kicky overall look that could go anywhere from an early fall jaunt to the flower show or to the city for a shopping outing with your best friend and still have enough sass to meet that special someone for a midnight opening of a new wave art performance.

Dawn @ Macaripe

Dawn at Macaripe
Kym grabbed this lovely little chiffon top immediately when we were reviewing the collection! Which was no surprise to me because Meiling said herself, when she showed me a preview, that she fully expected that Kym would look fabulous in it. As a separate, this piece could be matched nicely with a dark skirt or trousers or, as she has done here, with a pair of lace trimmed tights for a more dressed up look.

Dawn @ Macaripe

Near the time of the Meiling collection release, tosy Xue also had a new release of his amazing Drops-S jewelry set from WTG — a perfectly delightful accent to the soft flowing lines to the Dawn at Macaripe.

Your Path is Red!

Your Path is Red
From the upturned collar to the lace-up bodice to the billows of silk of the skirt it’s all about the RED! The Your Path is Red really doesn’t need a whole lot of explanation it just is! Any woman will definitely be immediately the focus of attention when making her entrance in this stunning dress!

Your Path is Red!

The stylishly tossed coiffure, Folie d’Ete-Soil, from Vanity Hair and a bit of contrasting accent color from my Rainbow Bangles from +Aurora Borealis+ add just the right spice to this fiery mix.

It's Tea Time!

Tea & Crumpets
With deep folds and a crisp linen flare Meiling’s Tea Time Stop handkerchief skirt is just the right look for that mid-afternoon garden gathering. Topped with the soft pastel Crumpets & Cream Blouse the ensemble is set off brilliantly with a bold satin sash in flowery orange. Kym looks fresh and delectably sassy, as she heads off to meet her dear friends for afternoon Tea.

It's Tea Time!

Shoe designer and friend, Delinda Abbott, has created some wonderful flexibility in her Lindy Modern and Retro Shoes. The Kymmie pumps, strong name resemblance to the wearer is no coincidence :), offers color change of all prims which allowed her to easily pick up the colors of the Tea & Crumpets outfit for a head to toe complete look. This is one train you won’t want to miss…

Last train to San Fernando, last train to San Fernando
If you miss the one, you’ll never get another one
Bee-dee-dee-dee-bom-bom to San Fernando.

Style Card


BALANDRA

Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Balandra Smocked Sleeve Mini Dress NEW from Meiling Couture’s “Last Train to San Fernando” Collection
Hair – Labieja BALLZY PONYTAIL by Chantkare
Jewelry – Vintage Beads by +Aurora Borealis+
Shoes – Cassandra Heels by Slink
Poses – Avante
Skin – LAQ

DAWN AT MACARIPE

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Dawn @ Macaripe NEW from Meiling Couture’s “Last Train to San Fernando” Collection
Jewelry – “Drops” NEW from WTG Jewelry
Nails – Rave Reds by Finesmith
Hair – Zaylie by Damselfly
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Shoes – Sydney Stilettos by SLink
Poses – Avante

YOUR PATH IS RED

Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Your Path is Red Gown – NEW from Meiling Couture’s “Last Train to San Fernando” Collection
Hair – Folie d’Ete-Soil by Vanity Hair
Jewelry – Vintage Beads – Sangria Red earrings and Rainbow Bangles from +Aurora Borealis+
Shoes – Casandra Heels by Slink
Poses – Avante
Skin – LAQ

TEA & CRUMPETS

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Tea Time Handkerchief Skirt and Crumpets & Cream Blouse NEW from Meiling Couture’s “Last Train to San Fernando” Collection
Jewelry – Spring Pearls from Eclectica
Nails – Rave Reds by Finesmith
Hair – Salem by Damselfly
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Shoes – Kymmie from Lindy Modern and Retro Shoes
Poses – Body Talking

M as in Mentor, M as in Meiling !

Yay!!! Anya Won!!!! Anya who? won what?




Second Life fashion continues to grow in relevance, more imaginative minds are making their way to share their art and creative force and networking connections are made expanding real life markets. One such influence came from Team Anya, a SL group formed to support a contestant in Lifetime televisions 9th season of Project Runway and lo and behold if she didn’t go out and win!

A week ago, like so many other fashion followers, i was anxiously awaiting the outcome of Project Runway. This season was a bit more personal because of the Second Life connection to the winner, Anya Ayoung-Chee. Anya is from Trinidad & Tobago which is also home to Meiling confidante & SL designer Chigadee London of Couture Chapeau and real life designer Meiling Esau or as she is known in Second Life, Meiling Couturier. Her SL brand, Meiling Couture, was chosen by BOSL magazine as one of the top 5 designer houses in Second Life. Deservedly so! the SL designs are recreations of her real life collections. So… you ask what does that have to do with Anya winning? Well…Meiling has long been a part of Anya’s life long before she was accepted into Project Runway’s 9th Season. Anya described in her own words her relationship with Meiling in an interview with AfroBella.

Interview with Anya Ayoung-Chee of Project Runway, Season 9 | Afrobella

Meiling nurtured Anya’s ambition of being a designer long before Project Runway was a possibility, and she advises her on more than just fashion – Meiling offers expert counsel on life, love, and building a brand. When I told Anya that I think Meiling sees her as more than just a mentee, she agreed. “Meiling is like my mom. I remember sitting in her foyer in 2008 and telling her I wanted to have my own fashion line and she just said — let’s do it. There is no ego or competitiveness there and perhaps from others there would be. She has been supportive to the nth degree.”


A touch of fall in the breeze

To celebrate this momentous occasion over the next days we wanted to share some of Meiling’s most recent releases in Second Life directly inspired by her real life collection ‘Last Train to San Fernando’ beginning with one of the Meiling’s Mavens, KymSara Rayna, wearing Ode to Matura.

A touch of fall in the breeze

CARIBBEAN FASHION STYLE REVIEW


There is a reason why Meiling Esau is named as one of the top Caribbean designers, stands at the head of the local fashion scene in Trinidad and has made an impact outside of the region as well. There is a reason why this designer has lasted more than four decades in the fashion industry, where so many others try to find their footing and either fail or give up. There is a reason why a Meiling fashion show can fill a space to capacity, all for the sake of watching 40-50 outfits walk the runway.

It is seven months into the year of 2011, and Meiling has already shown two full collections – her Macafouchette Carnival collection as well as this current collection entitled ‘Last Train to San Fernando’; she has shown a selection of pieces at San Fernando Fashion Week 2011, stolen the limelight at Caribbean Fashion Week 2011 in Jamaica just last month, and this is before we even begin to list her separate projects working with soca queen Fay Ann Lyons and her annual collaborations with Rapso group 3Canal. No other Caribbean designer works harder, smarter or more consistently than Meiling Esau.– Darcel de Vlugt, Editor-in-Chief of CFstyle


A touch of fall in the breeze

A better case could never be made for having art imitate life!
Experience the designs of Meiling for yourself at Meiling Couture

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Ode to Matura by Meiling Couture
Hair – Caitrin by Exile
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Jewelry – Audrey Earrings by +Aurora Borealis+
Shoes -Thick heel Pumps by Lindy Modern and Retro Shoes
Poses – Glitterati
On Location lighting by LumiPro