Thursday, February 28, 2013

SHIKI-VinnWong Art&Fashion Exhibition Recap

For those who came to our Art and Fashion Exhibition, thank you. You had us all mingling with both art and fashion enthusiasts, designers of SL fashion labels, collectors, artists, musicians, models... hell there was even the odd window shopper that stumbled across our event and decided to stay. I think one even went home with one of our prizes too. Ha!

If you couldn't make it to our event this time, make sure to keep an eye out for our next one. Fact was, you didn't have to be into art to have enjoyed our event, nor did you have to be into fashion to have had a great time. We even gave out free gifts every 20 minutes including paintings, an exclusive outfit from SHIKI and lots of gift vouchers. One of them was $L3,000. Yes, Shinichi is quite the generous man.

I would like to personally thank our event organizer Serene Faith for making this all happen. It wouldn't have been such a great turn out without her. She was juggling and handling issues behind the scene and the most impressive thing was she had it all hidden from me until the end of the show. That's what I call a great manager.

I would also like to thank the amazing DJ BonieFacio as well as musician Anthony Galloway for making our show so lively and incredible.

At the event, we came across a rather thought provoking topic. Is fashion fine art? How about vice versa? Well... my answer is. Why not?

Some may consider fashion and fine arts being two separate entities and that to join the two would be to degrade the prestigiousness of the latter while pushing the former into thematic costumes. Well, this year at SHIKI, we decided to challenge this.

When creating any kind of work, concept, application, execution all come into play. I think what SHIKI had done gracefully this year was finding a tasteful balance between these three aspects.

The clothes speak for themselves. But it isn't until you delve into the paintings that inspired them will you understand their true worth. That, I think is artistic enough for me. 

At SHIKI, there is always something to look forward to. Our next event will be a photo competition. This time though, it's opened to all of our outfits across the SHIKI label. The bar is high for this one guys, we will be judging the creativity and overall quality of each entry extensively! What does the winner get? Well, stay tuned. I can only tell you that it won't be anything you wanna miss out on.

So dear Second Life readers, until then. We're also going to be announcing the winners of our VIP contest real soon.


Friday, February 22, 2013

SHIKI-VinnWong Art&Fashion Exhibition Starting Soon!

Want to see the inspiration behind SHIKI's Fall-Winter 2012 Collection? Then, be sure to join us at SHIKI-VinnWong Art&Fashion Exhibition at 3pm SLT FRIDAY 22nd of Feb.

Prizes are going out every 20 minutes to a random member who's at the exhibition.

Prizes include free outfits and paintings from both Shinichi Mathy and VinnWong as well as SHIKI Gift vouchers of up to 3000 Lindens.

There will be live music, a live DJs and  a mix of both art and fashion enthusiasts. So come and join the fun and have the chance to speak to Shinichi Mathy and VinnWong.

Events lasts from 3pm to 6pm SLT.
SLURL to the Exhibition Space

Sunday, February 17, 2013

SHIKI 2012 Fall-Winter Fashion Show

The Ripples of My Heart
by Vinn Wong        

If you didn't  turn up for SHIKI's 2012 Fall-Winter Collection Fashion Show... then you have missed out on one hell of an experience.

Luckily for you, we've taken lots of pictures. So dear fashion readers of Second Life, sink your teeth in.

This year for SHIKI was all about Fine Art Meets Fashion. It all started when Shinichi Mathy and I met in real life around 9 months ago.

Long story short, I told him I painted expressionism paintings and he said he designed for Second Life and I said "what's that?"

Well, so that's how I got here. (We're skipping all that blood, sweat and tears side of things here today... I'll save that for another time... promise.)

Here I was still trying to work out what virtual reality fashion really meant. I've always been a bit of a gamer. Clothes in games were always extravagant religious robes or over the top plated armour. Real fashion? OK. My ears are yours... are there guns?

Well, besides drawing overly detailed highlights and shadows into our clothes, there really was no hacking nor slashing involved. In fact, using a dress instead of a 2D piece of fabric as my canvas was a challenge. I was overwhelmed by the proposal of the project but branching out so drastically from my comfort zone was something that really intrigued me.

 So we decided to run with it. Let's combine what we both do best and see how it turns out.

Shinichi and I both have a very similar sense of design and taste for aesthetics. Not only was I surprised by how well we connected at first, working with him has really revealed another part of me both as a person and as an artist. What we have ended up with was a collection of intricate, well balanced and cohesive designs that told a personal story of who I was, who I thought I was, who I think I am and who I really am.

This time, our show was organized by DEJAVOGUE. One thing I must commend about this agency was the quality of models that they hired.

I realized that simply making a dress doesn't complete it... unlike a painting, it's not complete until it's been handed over and put together by someone else... a stylist or in this case, a model.

Giving your work away to someone else while it has yet to be finished and letting them do your bidding is by far something any artist would want to do. (Any other artsy out there, you're hearing me, right?)

But much to my surprise. I was "pleasantly in awe." (Yes you can be horrified and in awe at the same time. Iffy feeling. Don't recommend it.)

What I really was touched by was realizing
that I wasn't telling my story alone anymore. It evolved and it rippled from many other hearts and radiated.

So those looking at getting their hands on some virtual high end fashion. Be sure to know that at SHIKI, you're not just buying a piece of clothing. You're spreading this ripple with a rendition of your own story to tell.

I'd like to personally thank all the models and the manager of DEJAVOGUE Dolce.Enderfield for making this all happen. Script writer Miele.Tarantal for writing such a detailed script on the runway. (It was precise, artsy and rubbed me the right way ok) Our wonderful models were:

Apollo Call

Adonis Hansome

Paradox Messmer


Tai Galicia

Federica Galtier

Delinda Dench

Phedre Lefevre

Veronica Krasner

It was a stunning show. And there will definitely be more to come. As I will also be in direct collaboration in SHIKI's 2013 Spring-Summer Collection. This season, we're talking about unique, original mesh and a rather quaint story to tell through our new designs and fabrics. After all, coming up with unique fabrics is what we do best here at SHIKI.

So until next time. And next time... is real soon.

We're going to be having an Art & Fashion Exhibition at the SHIKI Sim next Friday at 3pm SLT.
Shinichi Mathy and I will both be there with live music to chat to everyone about our latest creations. As it is held in my gallery inside the SHIKI Sim, you'll also be able to see all the inspiration behind this current season. So, for any art or fashion enthusiast, be sure not to miss this exciting event. I'd love to see you all there.

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SLURL To the Event:
VinnWong Gallery @ SHIKI


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Levana Euphoria

Levana Euphoria Mesh Dress by Shiki. Outfit comes with optional fur collar not shown in the photo. Visit SHIKI MAIN STORE to see the entire collection.

Don't forget to join Shiki's Photo Contest. Deadline is February 15, 2013. Please click here for details. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

VIP Gift for men

Shiki's vip gift for members of Shiki Design's inworld group. Membership is free. Check out Shiki today!
Enter the Shiki Vip Photo Contest ending on February 15, 2013.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Shiki Vip Group Gift

Shiki's vip gift for members of Shiki Design's inworld group. Membership is free. Check out Shiki today!

Enter the Shiki Vip Photo Contest ending on February 15, 2013.

Click here for details. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2fer sale at Shiki

For two days only, get your hands on two outfits for a single price of $100. On sale at SHIKI until February 7, 2013. Each outfit are sold individually for $390-$590.

Hurry on over to SHIKI's main store to take advantage of this exclusive sale.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Wintry Blues Sweater Dress

Exclusive dress from Shiki. The Wintry Blues Sweater Dress is sold for a special price of $99 at the Gypset Bazaar for a very limited time. Visit the Gypset Bazaar to get your hands on this and many other items for less than $99.

Visit The GYPSET BAZAAR today!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

SHIKI - Dark Angel Minuit

Something moody, something black. SHIKI's Dark Angel Minuit.

TP to SHIKI to purchase and see the collection of fall and winter outfits.

Purchase this outfit on the SecondLife Marketplace here.

See the artwork that inspired this year's collection here.

Visit Vinn Wong's website to read all about his works.