Monday, February 23, 2009

SuperELITE Model of the Week: Sami Kutanaga

Name: Sami Kutanaga

SL Rez Day:1-21-2008

Nickname / Name you liked to be called: Sami or Sam

Interests / Activities: Modeling (a given ), some combat, hassleing Krise Shepard, Changing houses out, annoying Tiara and Topaz :)

Your major influence(s) in Business: My Brother in RL. he runs his own business and i look to him for advice all the time, RL and SL

Your major influence(s) in Life: In RL, the kids I work with, I learn alot from them and Betty Williams of Ireland. Marilyn Monore for modeling. Lastly my parents for the crazy life i have. In SL, Ella Quinsette, I would not be a model if not for her, and Topaz Joubert who taught me dedcation. Of Course Rhi Rossini for telling I can be anything.

Best SL Experience(s): Anytime on the Runway and my wedding, and my sister coming back to SL.

Worst SL Experience(s): When I got cut from the 1st show I was suppose to be in a few days before and had to send the clothes back.

Favorite SL Hangout(s): My Moutain Cottage and Beach houseWhy:Very quite and a great getaway from SL

Favorite SL Store(s): One that sells clothes or shoes or furniture or other stuff.Why:Confession of a shopaholic

Favorite SL Designer(s): This will so get me in trouble :) But Samsara Nichi and Zually Thor, two wondrful friendsWhy:They are wonderful Friends

Saturday, February 21, 2009

SuperELITE Encounters

by Tiara Calvert

Recently the SuperELITE Fashion Academy held two spectacular shows featuring the students of SL’s two Top Supermodels. The current reigning Miss Virtual World, Mimmi Boa and the beautiful and elegant former title holder, Isabel Brocco. The photos found on this blog show you the grandeur of the shows, but here now in a series of articles we get an insight into some of the preparations that helped mold some of the models for their time under the spotlights and before the crowds.

How do we define talent? In SL I’m constantly awed by the talents of those around me, from the amazing people who sit behind computers all over the world and make manifest into this medium extraordinary forms of self expression. Recently one such woman, who does just that, arrived to speak to some of SL’s established and upcoming Supermodels as a guest of the SuperELITE Fashion Academy and Mimmi Boa to speak to her ELITE level class.

Elettra Gausman really needs no introduction to anyone who has been around the fashion world in SL for even a short time, but in case you’ve been living under a rock she is the owner and creative genius behind *OC* Orage Creations. Her designs and impact on the Fashion world of SL have been no less then astounding. But it’s not just clothing she fashions us with and in, eyes and skins are also areas where her creativity and talent have found yet another outlet. And when you consider she began to design and create her line only in June of this past year it’s impossible not to be amazed by the talent she displays and excited to see what the future holds.

Not only does Elettra create some of the most notable, fashionable and gorgeous designs to grace the runways and magazine spreads of the Fashion world but she does it when not fulfilling her duties as a real life Doctor. Add to this the fact that she has founded and runs the BeStar Fashion Club, The calendar of which was recently one of the modeling industries most coveted to be in competitions. She runs BeStyle Magazine and if that wasn’t enough is part owner with Annemarie Perenti, of the Best of Italian Sims!

Elettra sat down with the class and her good friend Mimmi Boa to shed light on the fashion industry, share her thoughts on the keys to success in it and some of the experiences she has had. What does one of the grids most prolific, talented and accomplished designers look for in a model?

“They have to check and edit attachments.”

“They have to check and choose right poses to bring out clothes a wrong pose can make bad a wonderful dress.”

I don’t think there was a single model in the room not zooming in on prim eyelashes in that moment.

“You have to choose right shoes and hair, to bring out clothes.”

Details, specifics, attention to styling and to the fit of the clothes adjusted to maximize the creations you are given the honor or displaying, these are the things that will get you noticed by Elettra. And it’s this commitment to effort and details she herself displays. Eletrra hand draws all her dresses on paper first. Allowing her talented vision to take free form in art, long before they ever reach the stores for our eager hands. After, she chooses the textures and real life fabrics she will use before moving the process into Photoshop where her creative genius and artistic talent merge, bringing forth some of the most stunning, original works found in SL. And though for the moment her designs have been for us women she hinted at the possibility of branching out into the world of designs for men as well, and noted her leather pants are uni-sex.

And as for originality, Elettra was careful to stress the importance of that to those fortunate enough to be in attendance during this ELITE level class.

“Originality is very important” She said, stressing that a Model who can find a way to craft an original look and shape will always be ahead of the pack. A sentiment shared by and repeated too those in attendance by Elettra’s good friend and current Miss Virtual World, Mimmi Boa. “The first important thing is "to be unique".

Eletrra continued on that vein expressing that a model should have one “live in” skin that they felt at home with. But, was careful to stress that a model who hopes to be successful needs to have a varied and deep collection of skins for use in whatever situation, style or opportunity she might find her or himself in.

“I'm proud of BeStyle and BeStar, and I try to help models.”

And Eletrra has much to be proud of, when she isn’t helping forge Fashion in SL, she is living her words. She gives a good deal of time to the models in her groups as well as to her friends and customers. Just after the release of her Jolie dress in stores I was fortunate enough to visit and pick it up. I immediately fell in love with it as I have all her designs. In the store ad was hair, perfect for showing the design in the spirit of the namesake the outfit was based on. Unable to find it I sent Eletrra an IM. We had never met or spoken and no doubt I was just another of the countless IM’s she was likely going through that day from a host of models, show producers, customers and others all vying for her time. But in nearly no time at all she was responding to me, telling me exactly where I might find the hair and sharing how much she loved the styles and work of the creator. A true story that shows the caring, helpful nature of a beautiful spirited woman, whose presence, insights and advice in the ELITE level class run by Mimmi Boa was a pure pleasure, and inspiration to all!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mimmi's Grad show pics

Thank you to Betsey Laval for the pictures. You can see the rest here.


Welcome to SuperElite's 100L Show!

This is a contest for the greatest shoppers on SL. In fact, they need to find deals so good, they can dress a supermodel for a runway show for only 100L.

The contest will be set up in teams. One is a model from SuperElite The other is the shopper....from anywhere.

The teams will have a week to get together and do the shopping. They can ONLY spend 100L.

There are several prizes for this contest:

1) At the end of the week each team gets to participate in a SuperElite Fashion show, with the models sporting all the outfits

2) The audience will vote on which model is the Best Dressed and there will be a prize of 1000L for the winning team.

3) There is also a 500L prize for the team who spent the least amount of money.

4) And lastly, the winning teams will get a write-up in our blog.

The Rules are simple:

1. Each team must sign up a week before the show. And the shopper must do the shopping.
2. Each team must designate who is the model and who is the shopper.
3. You get one week to prepare for the show.
4. You must hand in a list of the items and the cost for those items (the winning team may be asked for proof of their transaction history.
5. You cannot go over 100L...not even by 1L.
6. Models can wear their own skin, hair and eyes if none was bought for them to wear.
7. Shoppers and models can be male or female.
8. Each team splits the prize money

For more information, contact Lacey Bade.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

SuperELITE Model of the Week: Rhi Rossini

Name: Rhi Rossini

SL Rez Day: 3/27/07

Nickname / Name you liked to be called: Rhi

Interests / Activities: Zyngo, hunts, shopping, photography, contests, shopping, spending time with my wife and my friends, attending fashion shows, and shopping.

Your major influence(s) in Business: I really love helping others to succeed. From the models at JCNY, to the numerous designers I have blogged for, to all of my co-workers and bosses here at SE, I hope all that I do is beneficial to everyone.

Your major influence(s) in Life: Myself. I always try to look at myself and see how I can improve more from one day to the next.

Best SL Experience(s): The marriage to my wife, Sami. All of our friends who came, and Wena and Jens who built our amazing was just awesome!

Worst SL Experience(s): I got greifed once, in my own home, and it was so awful, I was so mad!

Favorite SL Hangout(s): Hangout? People get to "hangout"? Wow...

Favorite SL Store(s):
I have way too many, and new ones every day!

Why: I am always immersed in fashion. And in fashion, there is always something fresh and new.

Favorite SL Designer(s): Miko Omegamu of *ICING* and the late Ginny Talamasca of Last Call/Dazzle.

Why: Miko's clothes were the very first "good" stuff I encountered, once I realized what crap most newbie freebies are! After *ICING*, I found Last Call, and that was that! Ginny's use of shading and textures were so lovey, and her designs just exquisite. Such a loss. :-(

Monday, February 16, 2009

Rena Mascot, new Head Choreographer

SuperElite is proud to announce that Rena Mascot has accepted the position of HEAD CHOREOGRAPHER.

Rena is an extremely accomplished model who has done shows for several of the best agencies in SL.

Starting today, Rena will oversee choreography with SE shows. She will also handle new model applications and auditions. And most importantly...Rena will begin overseeing WEEKLY SE PRACTICES. More on that later :)

Congrats Rena. We can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Mimmi and Isabel's SuperElite Grad shows!

Mimmi Boa's SuperElite Elite Graduate students will be doing their graduation show at 1pmSLT on Tuesday February 17th. Come down and see the latest fashions from OC Orage Creations, Indyra Originals and Total Betty. You can find us here!

xxxIsabel Brocco's SuperElite Elite Graduate students will be doing their graduation show at 6pmSLT on Tuesday February 17th. We hope you will join us for the second show to see the designs of Patrizia Blessed, Digit Darkes, and Zullay's Designs. Again, we will be here.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cute shapes, and more!

Scarlia Inc is a brand new store opened by Alia Whitfield and Scar Ayres. They have quite a nice offering of different products in their store. Shapes, eyes, women's clothing, jewelry, and more! I am sharing with you some of the unique shapes they offer. You can really find just about any shape you could want here, it’s awesome!
Workin’ Man: Neither big nor skinny, he’s a healthy, athletic medium.
SL Height: 6’7”
RL Height: 6’1”
Age: Mid 20’s
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Build: Slender & Athletic
FNKY! Antonio Tan - H16/B02 - Funky Monk Soul
FNKY! BullRing - Earrings
Laqroki ~ Air (M) - Dark Brown
SinSkins Intense Ocean Eyes
Canimal - Boxers (white)
xxxVava Voom: Sexier and curvier than the average girl.
SL Height: 5’11”
RL Height: 5’5”
Age: Early 20’s
Ethnicity: Non-Specific
Bust: Medium
Hips: Medium
Build: Plus Size
Beauty Avatar Couture Enea Skin
Scarlia Dualtone Eyes - Unnatural - Frosting 1
Detour Faded Lashes
Cake - Cutie - Midnight
Scarlia Essentails Earrings - Rose
Scarlia Ribbon-Kini Honkey Tonk
xxxHarajuku Girl; A tall, willowy Asian shape.
SL Height: 6’1”
RL Height: 5’7”
Age: Mid 20’s
Ethnicity: Asian
Build: Tall, Slender & Leggy
Redgrave - Jennifer - Pale - Deep Red
Scarlia Monochrome Eyes - Naturals - Sky 2
Detour Faded Lashes
Detour - Writer - Java - Flexi Hair
Scarlia Essentails Earrings - Emerald
Scarlia Ribbon-Kini Honkey Tonk
xxxWild Acacia; Soft & deliciously curvy.
SL Height: 6’1”
RL Height: 5’7”
Age: Late 20’s
Ethnicity; African
Build, Med Height & Extra Curvy
SinSkins Tone 7: 01
Scarlia Dualtone Eyes Island 4 (freebie)
Detour Faded Lashes
Analog Dog - Kia - Brunette
Scarlia Essentails Earrings - Anemone
Scarlia Ribbon-Kini Honkey Tonk
xxxNow this thing is way cool! It is called SI Emotion HUD. It is so easy to use and is great for modeling or catwalk. You can choose from 19 different expressions, and hold them as long as you need. You can also mix up the emotions for fun looks, or turn them all on at once for a real freakshow!

I encourage you to stop in at Scarlia Inc today and check it all out for yourself.

Grand Valentine's Day Ball


Monday, February 9, 2009

SuperELITE Model of the Week: Raine McCellan

Name: Raine McCellan

SL Rez Day: 8/21/2006

Nickname / Name you liked to be called: Raine

Interests / Activities: Modeling, shopping with friends, exploring and discovering new places, going to live concerts and spending time with my husband.

Your major influence(s) in Business: Alianna Logan, what an amazing lady! She's always so supportive and encouraging. It's an honor to work with her.

Your major influence(s) in Life:

Best SL Experience(s): My very first fashion show.

Worst SL Experience(s): I can't say that I've had any.

Favorite SL Hangout(s): Home
Why: I like to relax and unwind with my husband and watch a good movie.

Favorite SL Store(s): Patrizia Blessed, Baiastice, Armidi, Maitreya, Bliss, Stiletto Moody, MichaMi, Ce Cubic effect.
Why: Quality

Favorite SL Designer(s): Same as above.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SE Grad Show coming up!

Sami Kutanaga and her assistant, Tiara Calvert, are proud to share with you their newest graduates in a presentation of LionSkins, Icing, LeeZu, and Pacific Heights Mall clothing. Join us at 9am this Saturday on the Cloudwalk Runway at Fashionista.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The most beautiful eyes in SL.

The title says it all. And I am dead serious. Anyone who has sent stuff my way to be reviewed knows I am very serious about it, and I will only publish reviews that are top notch in my opinion. Well, these eyes are beyond top notch. And I am picky about my eyes, let me tell you. Just as in RL, the eyes are the view to the soul. And my avatar’s soul is the human me. So I expect nothing but sheer beauty when it comes to the eyes.
Yasmine pointed me in the direction of Dane Tolsen, the creator of these spectacular eyes. I was a bit reluctant at first, because as I stated before, I am so picky about the eyes. Boy was I pleasantly surprised when he invited me to his store, Page 3, which he runs with his SL wife, Jag Voom. The nice, large display with all the eyes stood before me as I stared in wonderment. There are seven shades of eye color: Blue, Blue-green, Brown, Green, Hazel, Turquoise, and Violet. You can then choose from 5 different tones of each shade. If you can’t choose however, don’t fear! Fat packs are available too!

I highly encourage you to visit Page 3 today and check out the gorgeous eyes. You can also find shoes, men’s and women’s casual clothes, lingerie, pose ball animations, and furnishings.

LionSkins Su fair 22
Redgrave - 7 Individualist Lashes

Eyes in color order in my picture are:

More pictures, from Krise of "AiM" show

Wow! I love these! they are all so unique, and creative! Thanks Krise for giving a glimpse from your eyes! Lovely!

SuperELITE Model of the Week: Donald Feld

Name: Donald Feld

SL Rez Day: April 1st, 2008

Nickname / Name you liked to be called: Donald

Interests / Activities: Clothing Design, Photography, Modeling, Disc Jockey

Your major influence(s) in Business: Devine Hunt. Shelly Lemay

Your major influence(s) in Life: I'm my own motivator, cheerleader, and mentor. I strive to do good at everything that I attempt to do BUT I must mention Devine Hunt. She pushes me to do more and even better and celebrates with me when I have success

Best SL Experience(s): My graduation from SuperElite Model Academy was fulfilling and satisfying after the successful journey. Special thanks to my instructors there.

Worst SL Experience(s): I really haven't had a "bad" experience. It has all been fun and new experiences

Favorite SL Hangout(s): Irie Vibes, Caribana Lounge
Why: Place I go where I can express myself freely with no hiccups :).

Favorite SL Store(s): Beauty Avatar. Head to Toe Men's Wear. Tango NY. Alphamale. Made Men, UK Couture
Why: Quality Clothing in Styles that I like

Favorite SL Designer(s): Yelmer Pfeffer
Why: Creates Quality Clothing in great styles for the single as well as committed males.

SuperELITE Model Spotlight: An Interview with Phillip Dollinger

SE: Hello Phillip and thank you for agreeing to sit down with me to discuss you and your career as a Male model in SL.

Phillip Dollinger: Hello Tiara, I'm happy to meet you today and to answer to your question about the career of a Male model in SL

SE: What can you tell our readers about yourself and how you first heard of Second Life?

Phillip Dollinger: Well, I live in Paris, France, and I'm 29 years old in RL, and I heard the first time about SL at the end of 2006 by one of my friends, so I've been curious to know this world.
Phillip Dollinger: I've create my first avatar, the one I use all the time in fact

SE: What are some of your favorite aspects of SL?

Phillip Dollinger: to meet some different people, different cultures speaking different language, in fact SL is an easy way to meet people all around the world, to meet the creators, builders, interesting people, that's for me the best aspect of SL

SE: Can you tell us how you first become interested in the Fashion world within SL? And what drew you to want to model?

Phillip Dollinger: The fist time I saw a nice outfit from a great designer I though it was an amazing thing to create a so nice clothe on SL and that this world can permit so much of possibilities in the design, the choice of the fabrics. And about my choice to become a model, it was because I like the fashion world, to model, its sooo interesting and the people in this world are very friendly

SE: So you knew right away you would enjoy modeling, did you have anyone you would say was your inspiration a friend or mentor who you feel has helped you most up to now in your career?

Phillip Dollinger: I met at the beginning of my career some nice friends, as Olyvia and Ivyana, who helped me as instructors for the advanced runway classes, and of course all the staff at SuperElite who were so friendly, a great thanks to Sami and Yasmine

Phillip Dollinger: and of course at you Tiara

SE: Some share a belief that Men face different hurdles and less potential roadblocks in terms of becoming a successful and sought after Model in SL. Many point to the number of really good models overall as one possible reason. What are you feelings on this?

Phillip Dollinger: first it's a fact that we can find a lot of women as models and not so much of male models; it's certainly one of the reasons

Phillip Dollinger: but it's true that all the man models I met were very good, very professional, but as you know my experience of the fashion world in SL is new.
Phillip Dollinger: A model must be the best way for a designer to show their creations, and as models the men must show the best of the creations, as all the models, and they did.

SE: You say you’re relatively new to the Fashion scene but you've had some success, can you share with us some of your accomplishments to date? And what are you most proud of currently?

Phillip Dollinger: Well, I'm really proud to be now one of the [Alta Moda] model and I'll show the creations of this great designer with a lot of enthusiasm. And I've been the winner of the Kmadd contest for the best outfit a few weeks ago, that was great. Of course, I hope to become Model for some other designers very soon, I'll do my best for this.

SE: Congratulations, that is very impressive. You've certainly started off running and those are great honors.

Phillip Dollinger: Thanks Tiara, my deal is to become a good model and to live this passion for the fashion world of SL completely.

SE: What are now your short term and long term goals with regards to Fashion and your modeling?

Phillip Dollinger: My goals are to meet some designers that trust me enough for to give me the opportunity to show their creations in first. I'll make some contests and castings of course in the same time. And for the long term, to become a good model, very professional, hard working, and to make a lot of runways.

Phillip Dollinger: the JCNY contest will be the next one.

SE: Who are a few of your favorite designers?

Phillip Dollinger: I like a lot Redgrave, Argrace, Muism, and Leezu, for some, but I can't to name all here

Phillip Dollinger: some of the SL designers are some genious, really

SE: Lastly, when you aren't busy modeling or attending classes like the SE Elite level course with Mimmi Boa, what does Phillip like to do for fun in SL?

Phillip Dollinger: hehe, that's a good question. I like to go to shop as a lot of us, to see the new clothes, I'm a fashion victim, and for the rest of the time, I'm a builder too in SL
Phillip Dollinger: so a lot of things to do as you see, but the most part of my time is for modeling

SE: Phillip, on behalf of myself, the rest of the SuperELITE family and our readers, I would like to thank you for this chance to learn a bit more about you and wish you continued success, thank you!

Phillip Dollinger: thanks to you Tiara

Monday, February 2, 2009

"Art in Motion" pictures!

What an amazing show we had today! The set was spectacular, the models inspiring, and the art, fabulous! You can see all of the pictures at SuperElite's flickr stream. I hope you enjoy!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

"Art in Motion"

You can find the amazement here. Today at 11am SLT. Don't miss it