With Halloween fever heating up in Second Life, I thought I’d get in on the act (and make a reappearance on SL Men) with an unearthly outfit that’s haunting in more than one sense of the word. I mean - with everyone else dressed as a vampire/mummy/werewolf/witch - surely you want to go to that SL Halloween party in something with a bit more oomph and pizzazz?
June Dion’s ‘Lich King’ outfit was released some time back, but I think it largely went under the radar of most of the fashion blogs at that point. (Then again, it *would* be hard to find another occasion to don this phantasmagoric number apart from Halloween or if you were visiting an RPG-themed sim.)
‘Lich King’ makes fascinating material for the amateur anthropologist - the horned hat with its twin horns tapering upward like a crescent moon (read: ancient pagan symbol) - seems vaguely Egyptian ; it’s almost like an anti-mitre (mitres being those high hats favoured by high-ranking Catholic clergy - the Catholic ones don’t have horns, of course). The horns are repeated as a motif throughout the costume - most notably on the shoulders, where they flare magnificently outward, but also at the collar and all around the edge of the cape like a bony frill or ruff, and finally, encircling the waist. The bold colours and geometric shapes of the outfit’s utterly opulent textures recall African tribal prints, but the level of detail also makes you think of feel like you’re wearing a Medieval English tapestry or Middle Eastern magic carpet, in a weirdly wonderful way! It was this latter consideration that made me opt for a pair of ornate Turkish slippers by way of footwear.
To top off a fantastic outfit, ‘Lich King’ comes with not one, but three (!) floating skulls that ominously orbit around you like a protective charm or guardian familiar. The vendor board at Barerose doesn’t show the floating skulls - a strange omission, because they add so much to the outfit - but that made the subsequent surprise all the more lovely. June’s also thoughtfully included a pair of eyes shot through with dancing flames, a crown, and an iron mask (great for Mardi Gras and masque-type events; crown and mask not depicted here). (And for SL Men’s female readership - as with many Barerose outfits, June has the female equivalent available too - look for ‘Lich Queen’ under the ‘Gothic’ section).
I’ve chosen a very pale skin to better offset the hyperchromatism of the outfit - Excess’ ‘Vario’ skin from the Androgyne range seemed quite perfect for this purpose. Oh - and for that little extra enchantment, I slipped on one of Ms. Guilaume’s mhajik-al rings.
• Souliers / Shoes:
*TSR* Sultan Slippers (250 Lindens, Perms: C/M/NT)
@ Solange! Fashions and The Silk Raven [Designer & Address]
Androgyne - Marble - Vario (1049 Lindens, Perms: C/NM/NT)
@ eXceSs [Designer & Address]