Sometimes you see a store’s stuff a million times and it never really clicks until you go there, immerse yourself in it, try everything on and get down in the look of it. I always see tulip at events, you know, and I always thought it was nice and I meant to go, but it’s been a while since I had time.
I should have made time. Minami Susanowa’s work is delicate and lovely, and I always assumed it just wouldn’t work for me, but it really does. Many mesh creators right now fall back on the strength of their mesh work and forget how important texturing is to the virtual illusion, but at tulip the textures really shine: this halterneck drape shirt has a subtle, silken sheen to it, and it’s all the texture and shading, not a trick of materials. The shoes show details like the stacked wood of the low heel and the the nap of the brushed suede, even in black (and oh, god, so many texturers lose all their detailing skills once they need to work in black or white!). Sweaters appear lush and soft; tank tops look comfortable and well-worn.
It’s all about the textures, creators. It was all about the textures back when all we had was system layers, and that hasn’t changed just because the technology has evolved from prim to sculptie to mesh. Show some love for the beautiful textures: it’s what keeps our little world real.
Skin: Glam Affair, as always
Hair: CheerNo — Salvio by Cheerno Destiny
Shirt: tulip — Halterneck by Minami Susanowa
Trousers: Maitreya — Leather skinny pants by Onyx LeShelle
Shoes: tulip — Suede loafer by Minami Susanowa
Tattoo: Aitui — The Bombing of Pearl Harbor by Jesseaitui Petion
Hairbase: Aitui — Etched Hairbase by Jesseaitui Petion (at TMD)
Glasses: SORGO — BELL shades by Arscene Dubrovna (at Chapter Four)
Nails: A:S:S — Deco by Photos Nikolaidis
Pose: marukin by Valencia Southard