“Designing Dreams” Avatar Apparel Graduation Show

Join us as we celebrate the graduation of four avatar apparel designers, Jare Capalini (AU V), Misteria Loon (Pas de Deaux), Xand Nagy (Kicks & Twirls), and Wollemia Sands (Bull & Bear Careerwear) from the six-month long emerging avatar apparel designer program sponsored by the Fashion Research Institute, Inc.

“Designing Dreams” Fashion Installation


Please join us at 7 am PDT on Saturday, May 30, in Fashion Research Institute’s Shengri La estate in Second Life to celebrate the graduation of our first cohort of emerging avatar apparel designers.  Designers Jare Capalini (AU V), Misteria Loon (Pas de Deux), Xand Nagy (Kicks & Twirls), and Wollemia Sands (Bull & Bear) will each show two looks in this specially designed fashion installation in honor of their graduation from the Shengri La Vintage MArketplace program for emerging avatar apparel designers.  The emerging avatar apparel designer program was developed specifically to help avatar apparel designers bring their label to the next level, however they define the next level to be.

These designers have all grown their brands substantially over the last six months, under the mentorship of FRI founder and CEO Shenlei Winkler.  Changes have ranged from creating new logos and rebranding the designers’ labels to presenting fashion shows and installations, and everything in between.  Please join us in applauding these designers with all their hard work at this special show celebrating their graduation.

Last Day of Peace on Earth Hunt…

We participated in the Peace on Earth Grid Wide treasure hunt, and today is the last day to visit the lovely Shengri La sims and collect our offerings.  Two of our designers, Wollemia Sands and Xand Nagy, chose to participate, and of course, Debutante and the Fashion Research Institute also placed globes.

Debutante offers Viva Glam! in black:


The Fashion Research Institute offers Jingle, in Turquoise:


Xand Nagy of Kicks and Twirls has this to say about her offering:

This ensemble, which includes 2 flexi dresses with companion glitch pants (short and long), a skirt, 6 different shirts, a lacey undeshirt, and silk stockings, is based on a texture from a photo of a stained glass window in the Saint Louis Cathedral, the oldest Cathedral in North America, founded as a Catholic Parish in 1720 along the Banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans. We all know the story and tragedy of New Orleans, and this building has witnessed almost 300 years of that history. While the texture has been modified and abstacted to make an attractive outfit, remember as you wear it the story of the stuggle behind it all.


Wollemia Sands of Bull & Bear Career Wear offers Nicole, a lovely outfit for the professional:


Fashion Research Institute Announces Selection of Avatar Apparel Designers in Shengri La

The Shengri La Vintage Marketplace for Emerging Avatar Apparel Designers

The Shengri La Vintage Marketplace for Emerging Avatar Apparel Designers

We are pleased to announce the acceptance of three new designers to the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace for Emerging Avatar Apparel Designers.  The three designers include Xand Nagy, Saiyge Lotus and Misteria Loon.  Xand and Misteria are apparel designers; Saiyge is a jeweler.  All three have very different styles, and we invite you to come explore these new designers, and return to see how their work evolves over the coming months.

Designer statements and images of their work follows.

Xand Nagy's Line in Second Life

Xand Nagy

Xand Nagy:  Designer’s Statement – I LOVE SL, for the creativity that so many people express here with sim design, virtual environments, sculptures, photos, AVs, and so many many things that either exist in the RL, or could NEVER exist in the RL (especially the latter).

I started designing because I was a penniless wanderer and I got tired of how freebie clothes looked. A friend staked me 200L which I used to bring in textures and I made my first dresses. I loved playing with flexis (ask me about my “dance-snakes…”) and dresses are probably the most fun thing to do with flexis, especially when you are dancing with them. All my creations are EXTENSIVELY tested for “dancability” (LOL) by ME and anyone else I can enlist.

I have a small store in the Dreamcatch Distillery in depo 10 but I am hoping that exposure here in the beautiful Shengri La Vintage Marketplace in gorgeous Shengri La will lead to bigger and better things for me and my line of clothing.

Red Chantilly Lace Dress by Xand Nagy  Photography by Callipygian Christensen

Red Chantilly Lace Dress by Xand Nagy Photography by Callipygian Christensen

Red Chantilly Lace Dress by Xand Nagy; Photography by Callipygian Christensen

Red Chantilly Lace Dress by Xand Nagy; Photography by Callipygian Christensen



Saiyge Lotus's Line in SL

Saiyge Lotus' line in Second Life

Saiyge Lotus: Designer’s Statement – My Rez Date is October 18th,  2006.   I am the creator/owner of Balderdash Jewelry.  I wouldn’t say that I got into making jewelry with alot of thought beforehand. I find the better work often channels itself in some form or fashion.  Mostly, I often start working with the main thought not of what I want the piece to be, but rather, what I -don’t- want it to be…. 

I grew up in a unique situation, surrounded with craftspeople and artisans. At an early age, I was exposed to a love of those who came before us, of having a profound respect for crafting something with your own hands, to appreciate the small things that often go unnoticed. To embrace being different.

I have never been drawn to the mass produced, cookie cutter types of jewelry…  The ultra “modern’ bits they usually sell in most upscale jewelery places.  The things I love are imperfect…they are old and tarnished with character.  I like to think that this comes out in my work here in Second Life. Here, it is all too easy to make the perfect things, the pristine things. It’s far harder to give things the feel of age, the patina of memory.  When I am making jewelry, I’m trying to infuse a general feeling of nostalgia into the prims themselves. I don’t know if I manage to do that, but I do try.

I think what I most like about Second Life is that I don’t have to focus on financial limitations in order to create something. There’s no worry about running out of paint, having the right adhesives or the correct equipment to do the work. As long as I can sit and torture prims, or create textures, I can get something done, I can go from start to finish and try to get the vision in my head out into the open where others can share it. That in itself, is worth more than I can ever possibly describe.

Saiyge Lotus Sunlight and Whiskey

Saiyge Lotus' Sunlight and Whiskey


Misteria Loon's Avatar Apprel Line in Second Life

Misteria Loon

 Misteria Loon: Designer’s Statement – Rezz Day 6/30/2007

I started designing fashion in August 2008.  That’s when I made my first dress (called Leotard) and established the ‘Pas De Deux’ line of fashion.  Pas De Deux is fantasy clothing or fashion for dancing.  I’d like to develop the line into fantastic, dreamy dresses, including some formal gowns for ballroom dancing.  My textures sometimes come from photographs of nature, flowers, trees, and even animals.  SL is a great space for creators.  We can use our imagination.  I recently made a pumpkin dress for Halloween that was written about in blog, and a Blue Fairy Dress, that was mentioned in another blog.  I also created a BonBon dress that is a bit unique with a round skirt.  The skirt is embellished with a few fun balls that are scattered on the inside.  Now, after just starting to create fashion, I am so very lucky and happy to have this opportunity to sell my creations for the next six months in the Shengri La Vintage Marketplace!

Misteria Loon

Misteria Loon