Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Avatars, RL fashion and beauty.

I read the fashion mags, mostly Marie Claire, Allure and Lucky. Though I do read others on occasion. In the November 2007 Marie Claire, there was one of those "send a staffer out to test a runway trend on the street" 1 page articles by MC's Style Director, Cleo Glyde. In it, she tested out a riding crop, as seen on some runways.

Now when I saw that, I thought, "Hey I bet I could duplicate that look in SL if I wanted to." I also wondered how she could walk in those needle thin heels. But at the time I didn't have the clothing and accessories. Eventually I remedied the situation and here is my interpretation of Cleo's look. Blouse by Winter Moon, skirt from Ingenue, Armidi Bombshell hair in Ginger 3, Tete a Pied Vivant Red Lips 3 skin, Sunglasses from Paper Couture, Jane ankle strap pumps from Tesla, Riding crop by Carricre Wind (Admiral, Imperial Navy of Caledon)

I got pretty close, which leads into this rumination I had:

We all know about the RL fashion influences on SL fashion and beauty, but I think RL beauty is becoming more avatarized. Here's a few links for a start: photoshop of horrors

Evolution of Beauty video

Have you seen the magazines lately? They even photoshop Angelina Jolie, apparently even she is not pretty enough in her natural form to be on a magazine cover. And inside the magazines, some of the models look more like dolls (essentially avatars themselves) than human beings. Even in "beauty editor does blurbs on new products" type articles, sometimes the beauty editor is represented by a "chick lit style cartoon avatar" a la the original cover of "The Devil Wears Prada", than herself.

Or even compare the pictures of Rachael Ray on her books to her actual appearance on the show.

I'm beginning to think that avatars of some sort will replace RL women in print work (the average L'Oreal, Ralph Lauren, Chanel ad) in about 15 years or so.


Anonymous said...

C.Cloud! i think your post is awesome, you are so right; in 15 years time, avatars would probably take over the role of real models in chanel's ad etc hehe^^

A. Burgess said...

great observations, CronoCloud. I think also, but not as soon as 15 years, "avatars" of a sort may be able to replace our physical selves--not just in print, though the idea of "publication" may take on entirely new meanings that we don't quite yet grasp.

Anonymous said...

Check out the movie "Looker". Old but good. They would digitize the models and then kill the real girls so they didn't have to pay them.

Anonymous said...

Check out the movie "Looker". Old but good. They would digitize the models then kill the real girls so they wouldn't have to pay them.