Thursday, February 28, 2008

A Touch of Elegance


Betty Doyle of Ingenue


I arrived at my ninth guest-star's studio studio and had a strange moment of Hitchcock-esque synchronicity. We stared at each other and I realized that I looked almost exactly like Betty Doyle!

Like many designers, her most recent design is her current favorite, and so we both had the same dress. Not only that, she had on a skin from MiaSnow Myriam (MiaSofia), whom I'd just met. Same skin, same dress, and those Tesla Ziggy boots. It was eerie how matched we were, as though we were members of the same posh (and quite possibly undead) girl's boarding school. No wonder I love her clothes!

I admit that I am a sucker for a certain clothing aesthetic that is marked by covering instead of revealing skin, and that echoes an earlier era. There are stories and stories in Betty Doyle's clothes. She likes Audrey Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Paulette Goddard. Each of these women marries sex and innocence in a way that makes the screen shine, and Betty Doyle's clothes are similarly evocative.

MiaSnow's skin sheds another light upon the outfit, and in my mind, I cast Betty in A Touch of Evil, or perhaps The Birds. Innocence, sexiness, and just a bit of the macabre.

***Hat: Chapeau tres mignon
***Hair: Ingenue - Deco Doll in black
***Skin: MiaSofia - *mia* DAHLIA skin - the starlet
***Outfit: Ingenue - One Boy
***Shoes: Tesla Ziggy boots
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