On June 20, AVENUE Models Kryptonia Paperdoll, Shenandoah Saintlouis, Chirzaka Vlodovic, Laurel Luminos, Nekki Lovenkraft and Tatiana Kurri, breathed life into the Sky runway with a showcase of the brilliant designs of Prism Haute Couture.
Journey McLaglen, designer and owner of Prism Haute, is an award-winning writer in real life who developed a passion for Second Life fashion, and was able to launch the Prism Haute brand a little over a year ago. Her clever designs speak of a highly complex and creative mind, which is only natural to that of a writer: each one of Prism’s outfits tells a story and has an interesting little twist to it; which makes the outfits as much fun to contemplate as they are to wear.
AVENUE’s showcase featured a sumptuous variety of Prism’s new releases for the summer of 2009, ranging from the little cotton dress to the full glamor gown.
First below- The Frills and the Heather designs are two sexy little dresses that do not sacrifice comfort.
Frills (worn by Shenandoah in pale green) is a hugging fit with a strapless bustier, low demi cups and a short frilled skirt. It is so alluring and inviting in its simplicity. It comes easy to wear in simple top/shorts/skirt, and is available in several gorgeous colors at the main store.
Heather (worn by Tatiana, in the yellow variation) combines soft pastel colors with fine horizontal stripes for a subtle attention-grabbing effect. The spice is added with a tailored brassiere that wraps around the bosoms with a skimpy tie at the front, leaving below it a tantalizing slit that goes all the way down to the navel. The fit of this dress is snug enough to flaunt the curves and loose enough to be worn in comfort.. It comes complete with elegant scarf, leg warmers and pumps.
Superstar and Toast & Jam are two more designs by Prism that represent a la mode couture with a twist; below-
Superstar is an out-of-the-box design in an interesting combination of tweed and nylon. The silvery gray bodice fits snugly around the torso and is highlighted by a horseshoe collar with embroidered stars in dark teal. The elegant tweed trousers are accented by rich black stitching at the hips and along the seams. The masterful balancing act in this design comes in the extravagant hoop over the shoulders, which encircles the upper body like the ring of Saturn, adding a flair of unique glamor, and completing the symmetry of the ensemble.
Toast and Jam is inspired by the color duality of a culinary classic, and carries this clever contrast into every aspect of the design -making this outfit not just fun to wear, but a great conversation piece as well. It comes complete with stylish accents like the thick buckled belt, mitten gloves, sheer thigh-highs and matching heels.
Flower Girl, Petaloompa, and Poppy are three flower-inspired designs by Prism, equally intriguing but with slightly different styles-
Shown below, Flower Girl is a casual a la mode ensemble as fresh as the Alpine countryside- with light pastel hues and an exuberant fan-shaped mini skirt, balanced with a classic cardigan in tweed along with elegant thigh-highs and heels.
Petaloompa with the “flower skirt” is a charming cocktail dress in floral print, lavender lace ribbons, sassy puffed sleeves, and a marvel of a ballerina skirt in the shape and shade of a flower in blossom.
The bold and seductive Poppy gown is exactly that! A Poppy! In a dramatic shade of red with rich saturated hues and shimmering highlights. The long sleek stem of the bodice descends down the body in one seamless stroke, before it opens up into delicious poof of a Poppy flower below the shins.
The final crescendo by Prism Haute comes in a stunning collection of evening gowns, rich in their variety and playful in their themes. Two refreshing examples are the Hollywood and Fierce designs:
Hollywood is superbly feminine design, which instantly grabs the attention with its unusual composition of clashing colors and patterns. The black and white (ladybug) cups of the bustier are cleverly highlighted by the hot pink bodice below them, which then morphs into a rich sultry black with the full flared skirt.. The color code of this design is that of innocence, romance and riches, all brought together in an artful balancing-act to achieve a surprising new harmony. Hollywood also comes in short skirt and pants variations for more casual occasions.
The Fierce Gown, below, takes after Zebras in the wild, who distract and disorient lions with a contrasting pattern of spots and stripes on their coats. The beauty of this formal gown is equally as bedazzling in its composition, and adds a wild touch to the natural grace of the female form. The entire gown is divided into a duality of stripes on one side and spots on the other, with a clear zig zag border down the middle of the bodice, which resembles the meandering rivers of the savanna. The fabric wraps around the curves from shoulder to hip like a second skin, then swells into a masterpiece of a flanked skirt with the same extended spots and stripes design. This creates a seamless fluidity and grace to this gown that can only be inspired by the impeccable style of mother nature.
Prism Haute Couture is owned by designer Journey McLaglen. The main store is located right at the heart of the Fashion District at Tampa Bay (107, 35, 22).. Here’s the SLURL
A complete photo set of this astounding collection is available at our flickr page.
Photography by Tillie Ariantho