One of my SL sisters, Sakira Mirabella from !!Smesh only holds around 15K items in her inventory – something which I find particularly outstanding for a Designer. In contrast, my own SL inventory has once again reached monumental and unmanageable proportions, almost like the virtual reflection of my RL. In both lives it has become increasingly difficult to find things and it´s once again time for a cleanup but this time a major one, one that will go deep, deep, deep into the crevices and dark corners of my past.
Accepting that since I retired from SL modeling I have been exclusively wearing mesh bodies and heads is making the process simpler at least in this life. I simply must get rid of old system layer clothing and make-up that I´ve collected for the past 5 years. So I began the slow process of going through each item, in some cases just to make sure and in others to take a little trip down memory lane.
So far I managed to delete items of clothing as well as complete saved outfits from summer (I have items classified by season) of 2009, 2010 and 2011. I was amazed at the stuff we used back then, but even more amazed at how designers managed to make such intricate articles of clothing with perhaps very basic tools but very keen attention to detail. I miss that.
From those early years of my SL life, several special brands and creators stood out for me in particular: The Master Painter Series of Lady Thera,the urban sophistication of Anubis Harturian, the sensual look and feel of Boudoir,the freshness of Très Jolie and long robes from Digit Darkness.
I found myself thinking that I would still wear some of these items if I had the mesh body versions or if I used mesh body friendly body suits to complement them, but then again I needed to remind myself that this was after all an exercise in reduction and a process of elimination, something I achieved with (admitted) difficulty.
I realized that I had become attached to some of these pieces not only because they were beautiful but because of the memories they evoked; the days when I could move freely around SL with very little lag, minimal technological complications and the feeling that I was discovering a vast new world while looking at everything as if for the first time.
Most challenging of all was getting rid of my Lady Thera´s and Anubis items, because these two great designers were my first two sponsors in SL. I will be forever grateful to them for this and for their friendship.
Is it worth it? I think so. Just summer 2010 reduced 1,442 items from my inventory. I just can´t keep it all, nor wear it all, but I do know some do. How about you? Please let us know!
Duke Dumont – I Got U. ft. Jax Jones
Draped asymmetrical dress in a satin jersey texture. It actually combines the best of the old days and today´s technology by way of the addition of traditional prim parts on the sleeves ( shown) and on the long skirt and train that moves with old times sinuosity which I decided to go without for a more informal look.
Mesh strapless dress with a ballerina flare from the waist out and prim feather sleeves. It also comes with a long skirt and train that you can choose to wear to make it more formal depending on the occasion.
Vero Modero – Truth or Dare. Lode – Flowers.
All poses in this story by VITALIS ANIMATUM.