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Nizam Jewellery by Zaara

Yesterday, Zaara Kohime, the design talent behind the delightfully exotic Zaara brand, released “Nizam” – a highly ornate 11-piece Mughal “Jadau”-style set that is fit for royalty. The Mughals were  an imperial group of Persian-influenced Muslims that assumed power over India, and brought their aesthetic ideals and highly skilled craftsmanship to the Indian Subcontinent in the 1500s.

Jadau (“engraved”) jewellery is considered to be a traditional jewellery type in India and is used in many auspicious occasions, like weddings, ceremonies and festivals. It is customary to embed precious and semi-precious stones, gems, crystals and beads in the gold. The Zaara sets make use of uncut diamonds, rubies, emeralds and pearls.

Nizam is divided into two sub-sets; the coloured set with rubies and emeralds, and the white set with pearls – both include uncut diamonds and are inset into lavish antique gold.

L to R: Head jewels, tikka, jhumar

L to R: Head jewels and long necklace, tikka headpiece and choker, jhumar headpiece and short necklace

Just as with Jadau lapidists and goldsmiths, master crafter Miss Kohime offers exceptional care and attention to every minute detail to create a perfect product.

Nizam’s pieces can be purchased separately or in two complete colour sets (shown here in white). Comprised of three head pieces (“head jewel”, tikka””, and “jhumar”), earrings (“jhumkas”), a nosering (“nathni”), three neck adornments (long and short necklace versions and a choker), arm bands (“bajuband”), hand jewels (“haath-phool”) and bangles (“choodiya”) for each hand, and foot jewels with toe ring extensions (“payal”) Nizam is  fit for a Mughal princess.

Maitreya designer Onyx LeShelle has created three beautiful hairstyles to compliment the Nizam head jewels – fanned updos “Aisha” and “Aisha II” (shown in Coffee), and the long, flowing “Amber”. In Arabic, the names mean “life” and “jewel” respectively. The hair is designed with a sensitivity to the way each of the three jewelled headpiees fall against the head. Each purchase set has a hair version that is specifically fitted to the jewellery.

Nizam will undoubtedly provide avid fashionists like the adorably cute Anemysk Karu with ample opportunity to bring East closer to West.

Teleport to Zaara @ Zaara (128, 128, 2)

Teleport to Maitreya @ Maitreya Isle (200, 175, 23)

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For store locations, see SLurls page.

Body:

  • Skin: Rockberry: Uma, Dark by Heather Beebe
  • Hair: Maitreya: Aisha, Coffee by Onyx Leshelle

Outfit:

  • Dress: Zaara: Frawla, Black by Zaara Kohime

Accessories:

  • Jewllery: Nizam: The White Collection by Zaara Kohime

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GIA Style Card: Whippet Good

@ Glance International Agency:

Since February, fashion audiences have been teased by crisp ads of fresh-faced models wearing polished casual sophisticates on the Of Deer and Dogs product blog. Several months later, set-backs aside, whippet&buck opens the doors to its beach house-style store … and it doesn’t disappoint. Today’s Style Card is the result of colour experimentation with w&b’s menu of delectables.

whippet&buck’s current range of products includes options for both genders making use of its mix of 32 signature colours, ranging from vivid hues and subdued pastels to somber neutrals.

Mid-sleeve tops, short-sleeve cropped jackets, button shorts, necklaces, riding gloves and two styles of system skirts and dresses for the ladies. Long-sleeve henleys, tailored slacks, and preppy board shorts (with belts available separately) for the men. w&b clothing comes in multiple layers for versatility, and is ideal for mixing and matching.

Brand products, developed by Twiggy Whippet are under the creative direction of Dakota Buck. The conservative silhouettes of the clothing give a message of aloofness, but the colour palettes spells out F-U-N – a mixed message that is artfully balanced.

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For store locations, see SLurls page.

Body:

  • Skin: Karamia Skin: Dark Skin, Tropic by Kara Eagle
  • Hair: KΨoot Army: Hot Mess, Dark Brown by Saeya Nyanda

Clothing:

  • Dress: whippet&buck: Bardot Tartan Tube Dress, Olive Drab by Twiggy Whippet
  • Shirt: whippet&buck: Cole Boatneck Top, Electric by Twiggy Whippet
  • Shoes: Maitreya: ChiChi Pumps, Cherry Blossom Velvet by Onyx LeShelle

Accessories:

  • Necklace: whippet&buck: Aemilia Necklace, Olive Drab by Twiggy Whippet
  • Earrings: artilleri: Bead Hoop Earrings by Antonia Marat
  • Bangles (left wrist): artilleri: lulu6, Purple by Antonia Marat
  • Bangles (right wrist): artilleri: Wooden Bracelet by Antonia Marat

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GIA Style Card: Summer Fling

@ GLANCE International Agency:

At the first hopeful sign of sunlight – an indication of the approaching warm summer months – browbeaten citizens, begin to shed the multiple layers required to tolerate the Winter months. Dreary April showers have barely subsided before many can be colourfully seen, bare-shouldered in tank top straps, leg-loving capris or with manicured toes exposed in thongs.

Though Second Life™ is not limited or driven by the influence of the seasons, the parallel has been drawn within the fashion community as some designers cater to the standard and traditional season-driven product releases.

When I think of “summer” attire for Second Life wanderings, one of the places that immediately comes to mind is Twosome by Shelby Wrangler and Visa Volare. Their fun and frisky clothing collection is always colourful, light-hearted and geared for mix-and-match practicality.Comfortably sexy and simple sophistication is the look inspired by today’s Style Card, which began with Twosome’s Frilly Summer thing, a flimsy sheer top (including bikini top and bottoms) that transforms into a breezy babydoll dress.

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For store locations, see SLurls page.

Body:

  • Skin: LeLutka: London Tan by Minnu Palen
  • Hair: Gritty Kitty: Hoke-Troika, Brown by Noam Sprocket

Outfit:

  • Shirt: Twosome: Frilly Summer Thing by Visa Volaire
  • Pants: Zaara: Soul Curry Capris (from Soul Curry outfit), Saffron/Olive by Zaara Kohime
  • Shoes: ETD: Hampton Wedge, Ivory by Elikapeka Tiramisu

Accessories:

  • Earrings: JUNK: Belly Dancer Earrings by Koge Cleaver
  • Necklace: Lucas Lameth (luc) Fashion Jewelry: Her Prayer Rosary, Onyx/Wood by Lucas Lameth
  • Bangles (left wrist): Shiny Things: Ruma Bangles, Silver by Fallingwater Cellardoor
  • Bangles (right wrist): Boing Fromage: Random Bangles by elka Lehane
  • Ring: Shiny Things: Florina Ring, Silver by Fallingwater Cellardoor
  • Nails: Love Soul: Starry Sky, Emerald prim nails by BlueStarRUI Villota

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