Dress Me Up Challenge: Arcadia by Cajsa Lilliehook  

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cajsa said: "I would love to see what eshi otawara outfit really draws your interest.Be sure to check out the second floor of her store as well as there's a lot up there and it's all on sale right now."

This was an interesting challenge. I've seen several of Eshi Otawara's designs before in Cajsa's blog and in other fashion blogs and magazines, but I'd never really spent time looking around her store. Her designs are unbelieveable, really. I'm in awe at the level of creativity on display there and can only imagine the time it takes to make such fantastical designs.

However, while I can appreciate the creativity involved, I can't say any of the designs really drew me in and made me fall in love. Of course, this is all a matter of personal taste and you may well find something there that you love. I hope you do, even...because the talent of Eshi Otawara should be appreciated.

I did find one dress on the second floor that I ended up buying, not only because I liked it but because it was a bit ironic. You see, Gabby Panacek did a review of this dress for Glamourazzi right after I joined the blog. I remember thinking how beautiful it was, and also knowing it was completely out of my price range. And now, because of this challenge, here I am reviewing the same dress. Things come full circle sometimes, don't they?

I bought the Smokey Tux Dress in Strawberry and once I put this glowing confection of a gown on, I immediately thought of Dracula. You can take the girl out of the Goth, but you can't take the Goth out of the girl. I'm afraid. So, of course, I tp'd over to the cemetary at Transylvania to photograph this fantastic dress.

Some interesting photos behind the jump.

One of the best features of this dress is the glowing skirt, and glow it does. If you look closely you can see how it lit up the bones in this coffin I'm kneeling on. This dress is just an absolute piece of art. The movement on the billowing skirt is lovely. It floats around your legs as you move, and the light coming from the skirt is a wonderfully creative touch. This is not the dress to wear if you're trying to blend into the crowd.

Of course, when you stand out in a graveyard, you should be prepared to attract attention.

The dress comes with a lovely pearl choker that I somehow managed to lose during my encounter with the sexy vampire. Oh well, sometimes the jewelry just has to go.

Just like the movie. Well, as close as I can get anyway.

Check out Eshi Otawara's store when you get the chance. Be sure to check out the second floor where all the sale items are, including this lovely dress in it's myriad of color options. It would be a lovely addition to any wardrobe.

Photography by Arcadia Nightfire, MDR Photo Studio

Model Info:

Arcadia is wearing:
Skin: Celestial Studios - Charmed Skin 20 (Glitter- Silver 2)
Eyes: Eye AC - darkturquoise
Hair: ETD - Aiiyanna, Elika's Brown
Manicure: Sin Skins - Glitter Manicure, Crimson
Dress:Eshi Otawara (Chambre du Chocolat) - Smokey Tux Dress, Strawberry
Jewelry: Inks & Kinks - Diamond Nostril Stud
Pearl Choker that came with the dress
Bite Marks: Thirst::Bloodlines

Vampire Sutcliffe is wearing:
Skin: AVID - Vampire
eyes: AVID - goldfire
Hair: The Abyss - Illusion
Outfit: Van Helsing from Avid
Shoes: Van Helsing from Avid
Accessories: Bloodlines HUD and Fangs from Bloodlines

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