Ziamela, designer for fun
Continuing our exploration of the "planet fashion" that seems to have become one of the flags of the Italian community, proposing in this case one of the typical features of Italian creativity. Not always the path followed of is that the implementation in SL of a wealth of RL experiences as did our friend Bianca Foulon (aka Diana Eugeni). For other fellow designers in SL, in fact, fashion is and remains for now, above all a wonderful game, although given the results a little thought, who knows, you could always do, no? While waiting for your always welcome comments, here's the summary of a long conversation I had with the designer Ziamelia Loon at the official opening of the main store in Lusca.
Lukemary Slade: First question: how was born as an "SL designer" Ziamela Loon?
Ziamela Loon: I was born as designer a bit for chance, at the beginning I was a dancer and earned 40 linden per day, then I became a ballroom dancer and I needed clothes. Not having enough lindens to buy some I tried to create them, which, moreover, I always wanted to do in RL. Unfortunately RL is RL and some dreams have to remain closed in the drawer. Here everything is different, easier, and dress after dress I pulled out a decent collection and I decided to get involved and voila, Ziamela the designer was born.
L.S.: So unlike some of your other colleagues, your experience is born from the "game" and not a transposition in SL of activities or skills acquired in RL? Maybe that's why I saw some of your clothes very imaginative, like Peacock... unlikely they would see in RL, isn't it?
Z.L.: Well, in RL I do a totally different kind of work, but I like this game.
L.S.: SL is still a game for you or is becoming something more?
Z.L.: No, it remains a game, but like every game should have a purpose and mine is to give every woman the pleasure to wear my clothes, in exchange receiving a lot of satisfaction when I see that my outfits are appreciated.
L.S.: Speaking of satisfaction, we saw you get good results as a model...
Z.L.: Well yes, that is a dream of mine too, I'm a perfectionist, however, and hesitate a little on the catwalk!!
L.S.: What do you think of the debate that we hosted on the pages of Mondivirtuali.it / SLnn.it, the figure of the models in SL? Exists and if so how it should be a "perfect model" here in Second Life?
Z.L.: Nooo… There are no perfect models, they are all special and different, like avatars then the clothes they wear when they buy. I believe that the models have a critical role in enhancing a dress, a bit as in RL. That said then of course I always leave the task to the organizers of my shows to decide who should wear the clothes and the ordering of outputs.
L.S.: Other compulsory question... is said to exist in SL lobby of friends lined up with one or the other island, agency, designer, model... Have you ever had to face some form of ostracism to your work or otherwise have never been able to count on the unconditional support of friends?
Z.L.: Absolutely not, I always keep these things out because I think there is room for everyone. And then "live and let live", not?
L.S.: Sure ... but some members have, or have done all this alone?
Z.L.: Well, not that. I have my friends, my partner Niki Chaffe and my collaborators Traveller Bade and Anthony77777 Bandit and so many friends who have always supported me like Samira Veronika, Stefany Babenco, Annemarie Perenti and so on. You know, it's weird how SL slowly take you to create links "real" even if done by meetings of just pixels, it is extraordinary. A friend of mine in RL (which does not play SL) can not understand me and says "but you talk as if it were true". But in the end it is true, the mind is the mind. Or am I going crazy? Sometimes I imagine old still playing in SL forever young ghghghgh.
L.S.: Posterity will judge, I will first take my leave of you I would get one more question, what other projects is about to give birth to the mind of Ziamela, eternal girl of SL?
Z.L.: I'm thinking of a furniture line, but I do not know, we'll see. For now I'm enjoying the moment.
L.S.: Well, so for now Ziamela consolidates and brings a little wind, with this main store in Lusca to how many stores you have arrived for your Vanity Affaire brand?
Z.L.: At 6 and the seventh is being built at Itland.
L.S.: Do you ever think that one day we might see them on the streets of Rome or Paris in RL?
Z.L.: Why not!ShareThis