Tuesday, January 1, 2013

claiming blissful listlessness

Still going through Charisma Designs fashions from their Advent calendar; this time, I'm talking about their Chocolate Fantasy gown:

(from the fashion album; more Charisma Designs Advent work)

The box art makes this dress look luxurious and rich. Deep, chocolate-brown satin trimmed in strings of shimmering gilt pearls, wrapped into a decorative arrangement along the bared back, and left as simple detail work across the bodice. Simple, and simply lovely.

(from the fashion album; more Charisma Designs Advent work)

Well, until I put it on. Note to self: never use this pose with this style of dress again.

(from the fashion album; more Charisma Designs Advent work)

As mentioned, the glass-pearl work along the back; there's a hint of shadow beneath each painted dot, that does a marvelous job of convincing the eyes it's actually a pearl with definition and structure. Well done.

(Though as you can see, there are problems between my shape, and the panels on the skirt.)

(from the fashion album; more Charisma Designs Advent work)

Along the front, it's a low décolletage, without being unnecessarily showy where the cleavage is concerned. It manages to be comfortably sensual, without being tacky.

(from the fashion album; more Charisma Designs Advent work)

The texturing on the big belled skirt could be better, but it does manage, in a fairly simple texture, to seem like a sweeping, draped satin skirt with very few shading lines. The color is good, the highlights are good; I'd just prefer a better repeat for the texture itself.

(from the fashion album; more Charisma Designs Advent work)

But I mentioned the problems with the skirt, above. It's no-modify. More on that issue later.

(Worn with this: Curious Kitties' Azil skin in Peach [Winter Ice variant, free currently for group members at the main store, or for everyone on the Marketplace]; IM Capped's Soul Windows eyes in Snow Day [Visined]; the 'Holiday Shadow - Blue 2' makeup layer from elymode; and the "Sierra" mesh hair in Brown from Alice Project. All were either seasonal gifts or actual Advent calendar offerings. With the skirt so full, also, I forwent wearing stockings or shoes underneath it.)

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