Maniera Institute of Style - Graduation Show

Taking a look at another Model Academy in SL - Maniera. I watched a graduation show.

There were four trainees. In spite of some poor choice of poses, this was in general quite a good fashion show to watch. The four graduates did quite well, actually.

This is Chloe Panthar

I saw Chloe's avatar ruthed, so I won't comment on shape or attachments; however, this outfit next could have had more 'out of the box' poses. The style allowed a bit more eccentricity, but in all, the pose is quite alright.

This next pose is not so good. Doesn't seem natural at all.

With more formal attire Chloe did good chosing poses.

This is Sazzy Oh

I'd like to call your attention to the pose above. It doesn't look good with the outfit's style. A little after, Sazzy chose to use the same pose, as you'll see.
Next outfit also allows a more eccentric pose, but she kept it simple. That's good. One thing I didn't like here was the shoes. It depends, however, if the designer made a specific request. If not, these shoes weren't a good choice to style this outfit, in my opinion.

See here the repetition of the first pose.

In this set, Sazzy chose also simple poses to showcase this elaborate outfit. She did well.

Again, it's a good pose, hands out of the skirt, etc, but it could be better.

This is Lovis Timeless

This next outfit is extremely difficult to pose with. We have to agree on that.

But here, next pose was not so good. I do admit it's very hard to find good poses for this amazing outfit.

This is Shae Sixpence

Shae did good. Simple poses, for a simple and casual outfit.

And she did good again. This kind of outfit - extremely creative - is always a challenge to style and pose. I'd like to call your attention to the choice of 'shoes' here. If this was Shae's choice, awesome choice! Very well styled.

Again, take a look at her 'shoes'. Great pose, also.

This option was rather obvious. By chosing this next pose at the end of the runway, Shae chose a 'comfort zone' pose. I see this pose a lot, with gowns, in several fashion shows. She could have done better here, being more creative in this pose.

Finally, the formal outfit.

Simple, clean posing. Perfect!

I cannot rely much on my graphic card, but to be absolutely perfect - as far as I can see - Shae needs to make some adjustments to her shape. I didn't see her ruthed at all, so I assume I was seeing correctly and confirmed with my raw photos. Shae needs to reshape. If she does, she may become an excellent avatar.

Overall, being a graduation show, with only four Models, it was actually very nice to watch. Good to know that some Model Academies in SL do value quality in the training. Maniera trainees did good.

D'ior Graduation Show

Model Graduation Shows can be good and entertaining, especially for more unexperienced SL Models. They should attend, if possible, even to compare Model Academies by the work presented during the graduation show. It's a good tool to learn by observing what a SL Model should or shouldn't do.

D'ior presented a Graduation Show with two model trainees, having on the runway also members of the staff, a Model and a Top Model - it was written in their tags.

You'll see ruthed avatars and for that reason I won't focus on shape or attachments. This post is all about posing. That's what I ask you all to do - take a look at the posing and how poses were used in relation to their style and outfit.

I will only refer to three names, here.
First, take a look at this first 'Model's poses. The photos shown here are not in the sequencial walk order of the graduation show. Each set is a 'model' or trainee in different poses.

Set A

The avatar is clearly ruthed but we all can see in the above photo, the two "victory fingers" on this pose. Never to be used on a runway! The next pose is good for a photoshoot, not for runway as well. Keep both feet on the ground, unless you are leaning or supported by some kind of prop.

This is the same 'model' using one of the looped animated poses, over and over.

See what I mean?

Set B
In this case, this 'model', did this the whole show. Animated looped poses, non stop. Obviously, whenever there was a transition from one pose to another, the movement was quick and not smooth.
And again

Set C
This 'model' or trainee didn't use animated poses, but all these poses don't 'sell' the designer's outfit.
Another 'model' posing in equilibrium - if we keep this real, the RL Model needed to have extra balance skills. Again, both feet are expected to be on the ground.

and again

and here an armpit pose, legs crossed in a strange position!!!

Set D
Here is another 'model' - armit pose - not good.

And here is the same 'model' wearing a long dress - or a gown, if you prefer - again with an armit pose!!!

Set E
In this case, I'm going to tell you this avatar's name, because she actually did a good job in this show, both adjusting poses well with the outfits she was wearing and styling.

amethys Inglewood
Good pose for this kind of style, simple and 'clean' pose

amethys in a gown.
As the outfit changed and so did the style, she changed to different poses and made good choices.

The poses were well put together along with the style of what she was wearing. In general, she passed a good image of herself with her work.

Set F
This is Cafee Maximus.
In this graduation show, she had a Top Model Tag. Besides that, D'ior's CEO publicly presented Cafee as being trained and shaped by herself - mariella Spitteler.

And here is the result:
Cafee chose always animated looped poses - non stop.
Here she is presenting a different style - in a gown and the same kind of poses. This is the beginning of the pose and

the pose continues

This is just an example of the show finale. Cafee right up front, not posing!! Using her ao!

I really don' have much to say, after showing you this photos.
There was no description of any of the outfits; mariella was just saying the names of the 'models' and she went way over the top when she presented Cafee Maximus as her 'masterpiece' - so to speak.

In my personal opinion, the best on the runway was amethys. Simple, 'clean' posing, adapting her style to the outfits she was wearing and consequently adapting the posing as well.

When posing, always adapt poses to the style you are wearing; there are new posemakers in SL updating poses constantly. When you find new poses, use them well, pose in a smooth way. That means practice, much practice before walking the runway. Keep trying poses, see how they bond together, if you have both feet on the ground, no armpits or tip of the toe poses. Think about elegance and style. A good SL Model is always practicing 'behind the scenes'. Some people have a great sense of poise, others need to keep working on it.

See you next post.

Good SL Model Training

I 've been to several SL Fashion Shows, some of them were SL Academy graduations. Next post is about one of them.
I felt the need to address to this one in particular, because of the low standards of quality, in my opinion.

SL Model Academies can be 'good' or 'bad'; by this, I mean have quality in the training or no quality at all.

Quality SL Model training would be, in my opinion:

* Prepare a SL Model to what's coming up for him/her (in every way possible, from the difficulties of finding a good and steady job; to the money that needs to be spent by a model trainee and a SL Model; to shaping and editting attachments - runway poise - the most important for me - and a huge number of topics could go on here. )

* When it comes to poses, and runway poise, it worries me a lot. While some SL Models have clearly improved, others seem to be stuck in what I call 'the latest trends' : animated looped poses that are new; obviously, in SL this happens all the time. New designers, new styles, new poses. And this is great!

* If new poses are available in SL, the Model should practice them. Not only use them because they are new. Use them with quality on the runway. There are some animated looped poses that have been launched a couple of months ago in SL that are being used on the runways not in the best way. They can be used, of course. But well combined with other poses, to make all movements smooth.

* Right now, SL Models must be thinking - what do you mean 'smooth'? sometimes, in a huge lag fog, how can we make the moves smooth?
I know it's not easy. But, just a hint? During a SL Fashion Show, don't use model huds or aos. Never, ever. If your Model Trainer tells you to use model huds or aos during a fashion show, you have two choices: try using a model hud once in a show and next show try not to use it and see for yourself what works best.
Again, you may now be asking yourself - if I don't use a model hud or some kind of ao on the runway, what do I use?
Why not trying to use your poses manually? Nothing like trying it, right?

You'll see what I mean in my next post - I watched a SL Academy graduation show and these issues can be clearly seen.

Coming up - next!

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