“By taking my hand, she showed me…that within the real world, a place like this existed. In the space of those ten seconds, I became a tiny bird, fluttering into the air, the wind rushing by. From high in the sky, I could see a scene far away It was so far off, I couldn’t make it out clearly, yet something was there, and I knew that one day, I would travel to that place. This revelation made me catch my breath, and made my chest tremble.” – ‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’, Haruki Murakami.
There’s something about the clothes from Grandma! that invariably brings a smile to my face. Perhaps it’s the tender humour inherent evoked by the name itself. Or the fact that Hanae Nishi works with a bright, happy palette for her line of clothes and unabashedly uses floral motifs in her designs – a real rarity in SL menswear. Or maybe it’s how she weaves in such pleasing little details into her pieces – a button here, a cunningly placed flower there – such that each Grandma! item feels like a veritable handcrafted labour of love.
I found Hanae’s Orange Blossom knitted cardigan an especially apt, lovely piece for spring – perfect for indoor wear or a walk along the beach at a time when there’s still a bit of nip in the air. The vivid, saturated blue brings to mind wide expanses of sky, and against this, Hanae has sprinkled a handful of orange flowers – just enough for a touch of whimsy, without being overwhelming.
To better bring out the bright tone of the cardigan, I’ve paired it with a recent release from Dutch Touch – the Blue Clamdigger, a pair of navy blue cargo shorts. This comes as part of the ‘Cool Blue’ package, along with three striped tank tops in various shades of blue, but as with Iki Ikarus’ work in general, these are all high quality pieces well worth the L$225 price tag.
Rounding off the outfit are Yukirei Greene’s Future Magic earring – a dazzling sapphire set into a silver square, and Noelle Elide’s vintage animal charm bracelet. The latter is a freebie from Le Zoo, and can be found in the gift shop.
Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker
• Blouson / Jacket:
Grandma B-Orange-Blossam-Nit (M) (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Grandma! [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Boucles d’oreilles / Earrings:
YUKI Future Magic L Earrings (100 Lindens, comes with both right and left earrings. Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Yukirei Accessories [Designer, Address & SLURL]
‘Les Animaux’ Vintage Souvenir Charm Bracelet by Joelle Eilde (FREE, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Le Zoo Gift Shop [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Coiffure / Hair:
Chase Black Collection - ‘Splash’ (295 Lindens/3 close colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Chase [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Yeux / Eyes:
Oldman Eye (20 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Kowloon Style Avatar Shop [Designer, Address & SLURL]
Skin: The Abyss