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6 Years Of Fashion in SL

Many people like to have huge “rezday” parties and all that. Being who I am, I mostly threw parties every year for my STORE instead. Since she (I guess lool) was born barely a month after I was into Second Life. (And I remember my Very First Sale too!) Not to mention being a retailer, a Fashionista, a Dressmaker, a CEO if you must – was my initial raison d’etre, and my focus really hasn’t changed much over these past six years. (And strange I’ve not yet even logged into SL once today either eeee! Just in a more  reminiscing mood I guess…)

There aren’t that many people on the grid, much less clothing designers who were around before (GASP!) flex prims and even (eee!) sculpties for that matter. Online has its own time-space continuum and things move so fast longevity is rare, and rarer still in Virtual Worlds and even more so in Second Life.

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I’m just glad I’m still around and I think I’ve weathered the changes pretty well, all things considered. Despite Linden Lab doing things like (yeah was just talking about this in AmberSpam the other day) having the eye creation template be backwards, huge seam line-up flaws on the sleeves and pants creation templates, and decided to implement flex on the prim “upside down”. So you couldn’t just make a previously static skirt into a flexi skirt via the Features tab – oh no! You had to start from scratch.

Many people wanted their favorite Ambergris gowns or dresses flexified, and I did a few one-on-one requests, but instead of re-creating some of my fabulous works into flexi – I just started fresh. Hey by that time I was trouper, and had learned a lot (including The Art Of The Flex) from my Mentor, Simone Stern. – I could handle it!

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What I almost could not handle was finding out the feature that USED to bump you off anything you were sitting on, standing on, dancing on (pose ball, chair, dance ball etc) when you went to switch outfits – was actually a BUG…. That they took oh some THREE YEARS to get around fixing. Silly us, just thought that was How It Was And Ever Shall Be. I can’t TELL you how many work arounds I tried with the types of shows and displays I wanted to do, with models on rotating pose stands, switching from outfit to outfit….And here all that time it was a simple fix.

Somehow it was just worse it was a MISTAKE and not just “an SL thing”. Like how in RL a dress or a gown is usually a one-piece garment, but in SL you have to make a top and a skirt separate and make damn sure your seams match so it looks like the one-piece garment its supposed to be. Hey thats just How It Is in here.

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You want to know how it felt as a content creator when SL got all hoity toity with their brand and copyright protection, and STILL. To this DAY – could give a heck about OUR brand and copyright protections? (wait, you do not want to know, really you DO NOT) There is a good reason the name of my store bears my Avatar’s name. And subsequently my copyrighted dot com website, and also this design blog. I took my cue from my very savvy mentor Simone Stern of Simone! Design. You do what you can to ensure whatever protections you can squirrel up.

I used to be the only Avatar on the grid with the first name: Ambergris. That lasted about two years. Now there’s lots more. But I dare any one of them to open up a business bearing THEIR name. Sorry. No Can Do Ma Petite ChouChou. Momma Spank. However, my name is by no means unique. Out in the Real World there’s an island resort named Ambergris Caye. (Now there’s one in SL too lool). There is also some obscure rock group named Ambergris. And yeah, also the whole “Morbid Secretion Of The Sperm Whale” that USED to make you rich if you found some. Now they process it synthetically. (to aide in the staying power of perfumes) But I still think if you found some of the natural stuff, it would bring in a pretty penny. I wanted my biz to stand out.

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But enough about whale secretions. (ewwww!) What have things been like in SL these past 6 years? Bumpy. Fun. Crazy. Sad. Frustrating. Fantastic. Just like RL in many cases. That’s why I its called Second Life right? Many don’t like that name, but I think its a good fit. There is much you can here that you couldn’t possibly do in RL. Many of my clothing designs reflect that. Many people “get” that – a lot don’t. We are funny creatures, human beings. Here is a world where we can FLY and create dragons as pets…. and all you want to do wear is jeans that look exactly like the ones you’re wearing in RL. I don’t get that. But I DO get retail, so as much as I think its weird – yeah I have boring old look like RL jeans for you to buy if you MUST.

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If that gravity-defying bustier on my Out-Of-This-World gown frightens you too much. Here: wear a pair of these SAFE JEANS. There you go.

A dragoneering friend of mine recently commented on my fashions saying something like: “They look painted on”. Which didn’t mean skin-tight when I queried him for more information. What I think he meant was that they look like ART. Like paintings like pictures like THAT. He said that was one of the things he loved about my stuff and likewise sent many friends to go shop at my store. Me Likey!

And it IS Art to me. I paint, I draw, I splash colors around, I dream designs, My Muse points me in directions I’d never think to go. How much FUN I’m going to have when I get to translate my SL fashions into RL clothing! I just need a sewing machine, a small business loan and all the episodes of Project Runway on DVD, and I’m THERE! Turning dreams into something real, even if its initially Virtual Reality – is in part what I think Second Life is all about. And when you can make monies with your dreams too, that ain’t bad either!

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I made it through funky design templates, LL’s bloops and blunders, flexi and (barely) sculpties – and now I’m (sort of) tackling MESH. Mostly I’m in Wait And See mode. Most likely I will handle it like I’ve handled sculpts: I’ll buy the full perm stuff and Amberize it for ya! But the waiting part is to see the impact mesh will have on the fashion industry in SL:

Will my customers care about having mesh clothing offered? Will I have to incorporate mesh into my everyday designing? What are the pros and cons of mesh clothing? Will it even be worth my while? (last I heard, mesh uploads were going to be pricey – I haven’t heard a peep on that yet as it pertains to clothing.) That sort of thing.

What I do want to leave you with today, this my 6th rezday in SL is this: Be creative. Whether you are a content creator, retailer, consumer or whatever. Think out of the box – try new things. If your creations don’t turn out exactly as planned, you can always ditch them into my ever burning Bonfire Of Designs That Must Never See The Light Of Day ;)

But you will have grown from the experience and have always learned something too. So hang in there and one day you too will be able to look back over the years and say: OMG! What a Ride! weeeeHOOO!

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AmberBrats Girls and Boys

My new clothing line (For Kids!) is doing quite well :) Here is a very cool new design out for both Girls and Boys!

Features bi-color polo shirt, matching plaid shorts with prim cuffs and a matching cap set at a jaunty angle to complete the look.

Minty
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Girls: Hair by AmberStrands, Skin by Risatina
Boys: Model is Geordy Resident, Hair by Boys Hair Freestyle Black by Khryzteen Maggs, Skin by *Zanzo* Boyhood – Bobby, Shoes by Flip Flop Stomp (freebies) (blue) by Robin Sojourner
Buy NOW online right HERE!

Reddy
ReddyFM
Girls: Hair by AmberStrands, Skin by Risatina
Boys: Model is Geordy Resident, Hair by Boys Hair Freestyle Black by Khryzteen Maggs, Skin by *Zanzo* Boyhood – Bobby, Shoes by Flip Flop Stomp (freebies) (blue) by Robin Sojourner
Buy NOW online right HERE!

Sky
SkyFM
Girls: Hair by AmberStrands, Skin by Risatina
Boys: Model is Geordy Resident, Hair by Boys Hair Freestyle Black by Khryzteen Maggs, Skin by *Zanzo* Boyhood – Bobby, Shoes by Flip Flop Stomp (freebies) (blue) by Robin Sojourner
Buy NOW online right HERE!

You can grab these cool outfits at AmberBrats! TRANSFER for Fun Gift Giving and MODIFY to fit YOUR kid avie shape.
enjoy!

Out Of This World Fashion Show

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An Intergalactic Gala of Designs from Ambergris Deadly Fashions
Featuring ADF Wear The Universe Collection
Gravity-Defying Menswear

Shown exclusively by the Luxe Modeling Agency Models
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Princess 2011 and More

AmberBrats clothing line has already proved to be quite popular! yay!

Two new ‘Brats designs for you today :)

Princess 2011
Princess for today! Adorable design features prim cuffed jeans, princess applique front and back on the tee, pink flex tutu and FREE crown!

Get the boots FREE at AmberBrats in world location

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Hair: Babette w/Color change bands avail at AmberBrats & AmberStrands
Skin: Sunkissed (3 makeups) avail at Risatina

Shop online right HERE for this design :)

Tropical Fun
Beach breezy fun floral top and shorts set!
Tropical flower textures, Semi-sheer flexi prim top.

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Hairstyle available in world at AmberBrats or AmberStrands, Skin at Risatina

Grab this outfit HERE online!

You can get both of these designs inworld at AmberBrats ~TRANSFER~ for Fun Gift Giving and MODIFY to fit your own child avie shapes.
enjoy!

Tupa Inka

A good portion of my designs come from influences in many different areas. Books, movies, my imagination – really from anywhere and everywhere. This design is no different.

I was inspired to create this outfit after (re)reading Excavation by James Rollins. A fast paced thriller that delves into the mysteries and culture of the Inca.

Done up in traditional Incan textures, you get a peek-a-boo bodice with a single shoulder strap, flouncy skirt and matching headband

Tupa Inka
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Hair: Cafe Brown Sugar by Analog Dog
Skin: Spring Flowers Deep by Risatina
Armband: by {Zaara}
Shoes: Goldwind Sandal by Adorned

You can find this design in the New Items Area at Ambergris Deadly Fashions ~TRANSFER~ for Awesome Gift Giving.
enjoy!


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This is a definite MUST READ for anyone who shops in SL, creates content or knows anyone who does either or both.

Please pass it along! I think its wonderful :D Thank You Harper Beresford for writing this!

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Amber Gets Plastic Surgery!

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With the rumors flying since AmberAvie has been scarce on the Grid of late, inquiring minds wanted to know WHY. Well it seems that Ambergris Baphomet of Ambergris Deadly Fashions has been recouperating from some minor facial reconstruction surgery.

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