Fashion Vote: Petit Ange
Who doesn’t love browsing through the Japanese sims? Seriously, there are so many reasons to adore them. The builds and textures are almost always of a superior quality, what with innovators such as Hansode Miasma behind them; there are tons of whimsical creations being sold, wonderfully playful items that will grab hold of your imagination, such as houses shaped like mushrooms and robots and fishes, headphones made to look like fruits, or umbrellas resembling kalo/taro leaves; the prices you’ll find in these sims are often quite affordable (one of my favorite items is a leather belt bag that I picked up for only L$10!); and of course, the plethora of fashion offerings, a good portion of which are inspired by the fashion sub-genres borne out of the legendary Harajuku area in Japan.
I decided to treat myself to a little shopping excursion at a Japanese commercial sim called Aventi Island. It isn’t really a single island, however; it’s more like the sim is dotted with dozens of tiny islands, and on each of these are a single, different store. This refreshingly different approach to the traditional shopping mall actually made browsing the shops seem even more interesting; it’s as if the act of island hopping lends to the sense that you are exploring and discovering. 🙂
Aventi Island did not disappoint — combing through it yielded a lot of cute, interesting, and inexpensive items. For me, the highlight was landing at the Black Cats/Petit Ange location. Anyone who follows RL clothing trends to some degree knows that one of the biggest “gotta-have-it” items of this season is the sweater dress, and Petit Ange offers a whole bunch of them in both pastel colors and darker, richer colors.
Since I already have the beautifully done Starley II mini sweater dress set from Last Call, I was mainly interested in just the pastel set at Petit Ange. I was admiring the white and the pink sweater dresses, which were 110L each, when I saw the poster advertising all four colors — white, light green, light blue, and pink — in a single package for 390L. 😀 I dunno, maybe it’s the American in me who likes buying in bulk when she thinks she’s getting a great deal, but I ended up buying the set instead of just a single dress.
These dresses come with an insane amount of options; I could almost hear my inventory groaning in protest at the newly added load, there were so many items in the folder. It was a little overwhelming at first, and I would suggest to anyone who buys this set to create a sub-folder for each color. The dress top comes on either the jacket layer, or on a combination of the undershirt/underpants layer. This was a great idea on the part of the designer because the top will look nice under, say, a leather jacket or open coat. There’s also two prim skirts in a large size and a small size, and prim sleeves that attach to the forearms. These have some great fringes at the ends, and the way the sleeve prims drape over the tops of the hands slightly is a nice touch as well. The shading is nicely done, too; there’s a relative flatness to the texture except for some highlights and shadows on the chest area, creating the illusion of figure-hugging knit material fitting smoothly and snugly over the body. The muffler prim also has the same fringes at the end and sways nicely as you move about; I found that if you’re wearing the muffler there’s really no need to also attach the prim collar since it’s almost completely covered up.
In a couple of separate packs, there are yet MORE options in the same pastel colors. One pack comes with knit caps, mufflers with stripes at the ends, and adornments for your sweater, such as a knit teddy bear or a knit corsage. The leg warmer pack also comes loaded with leg warmers in each color, at two different sizes. The leg warmers have been given some nice details, too; the tops have strings tied round them, as if to keep the leg warmer from falling 😀 and the strings are decorated with little pompoms. You can also decide whether or not you’d like to continue the teddy bear motif by donning one of two left-side leg warmers; one of them will come with the teddy bear attached to the side and near the knee.
Overall, I’m quite pleased with these dresses and the additional packs. They weren’t terribly pricey, came with a bazillion options, the pastel shades are quite lovely, and the details like the teddy bears, fringes, and pompoms are really sweet. Petit Ange totally gets my fashion vote for this set. If you’re not afraid of a little extra bulk in your inventory and are in the market for lighter colored sweater dresses, you may want to pay a visit to Petit Ange’s store in the Sokri sim: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sokri/229/73/70
Other items I’m wearing…
1st image — Skin (Trisha) from RaC, hair (Amy Jane in black) from Truth, eyes (brown deep) from Simtropia, boots (white bloom) from Maitreya, shape is my own. 2nd & 3rd images — Skin (Deviant Nation Ether/Void Pure) from Celestial Studios, eyes (cerulean light) from Simtropia, shape (pink lady) from Mela’s. 3rd image, left side — hair (Rumor in red grape) from Cake.