Friday, February 15, 2008

Guest star: Morrigan Hyun

Morrigan Hyun of Elegance Hats; click for a larger image

Back in Victorian times mercury was used to cure felt for hats. This meant that haberdashers inhaled a fair amount of mercury while making hats, resulting in madness, of course. This is why Lewis Carroll's Mad Hatter was mad...

Morrigan Hyun, my fifth guest-star, is a haberdasher, but she is not mad. In fact, when I hopped over to her secret laboratory under her shop, she was the picture of cool composure in her sleek Audrey Hepburn-esque Ivalde frock.

"Elegance Hats had been open for two whole weeks when Neferia Abel stopped by. She offered me a place in her sim on the spot," Morrigan chuckled.

I can see why. Morrigan's shop lives up to its name. I can't pin her hats into one particular era, but if I could, it would be the late 40s and early 50s before women's hats went out of style. I could see them in a film noir, especially the hats with veils, sweeping forward to hide a lady's expression when she's feeling something she shouldn't be.

Can you tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
A smile from a veil?

For Valentine's day, Ivalde and Elegance Hats sent out complementary group gifts -- a sleek pink dress and an adorable gauze-covered bowler, resulting in an outfit that would've made Kim Novak proud. In this photo, Morrigan is wearing Ivalde, and her own creation, the Martha elegance hat in black.

***Hat: Elegance Hats, Martha hat in black.
***Dress: Ivalde
***Necklace: Second Mirage
***Earrings: Valena Glushenko, Diamonde
***Skin: Cryogen Lab
***Hair: Aden Breyer

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