Sunday, January 13, 2013


Miss Virtual World may be all but over for another year, but now we ordinary folk can get our hands on some of the absolutely sensational designs in which the finalists glided across the stage.  MVW Japan, Shinobu Istmal was lucky enough to have Azul design this beautiful formal gown as part of her Top 12 wardrobe.

The Shinobu Gown comprises a fitted satin bodice with a bejewelled shrug bolero and detailed layered skirt.  Long shards of sheer embellished fabric float from the fitted sleeves as well as the skirt overlay.  In Amethyst we can see the deep berry colour with fuschia accents.

The satin of this Shinobu Gown is highly textured; just look at the way the light bounces off the bodice! An assymetric belt adds curves and creates a central focal point to balance the bolero at the top and flowing skirt further down.  This Champagne version is a lovely alternative to traditional white and is a great compliment to most skin tones.

The use of complimentary yet contrasting colour in the skirt and sleeve layers creates a colour-popping effect reminiscent of traditional Japanese fabrics and kimonos.  It's hard to go wrong with a red gown and Azul does it so so right.  This Garnet colour especially highlights the different shades used in the bottom half of the gown.

Rainforest greens and ocean blues create a stunning effect in this the Teal version of Azul's Shinobu Gown.  I love the cascading effect of this dress as the layers float around me.  I had trouble finding a Pick of the Kitty Litter this post; I had a few favourites but this colour definitely makes my top three!

I never would have picked it, but pumpkin orange and grass green go perfectly together in the Mandarin Shinobu Gown.  How perfect would this one be for Halloween? The colours really stand out and contrast with each other giving a unique effect.

I love what Azul have done with their Onyx version of this MVW Gown.  By accenting it with gorgeous lavenders and violets they have completely changed the dynamic of the traditional black gown.  This closer shot really highlights the detailed shading and amazing wrinkle detail of the bust area.  I also adore the faded gauzy appearance of the sleeves; divine!

Shimmering pure white is fringed with mauvy charcoals in this Pearl version of the Shinobu Azul Gown.  This one is so lovely you really could get away with having it as your wedding gown! This shot again shows just how lovely that bolero jacket really is.     

The eighth and final version of Azul's Shinobu Gown is this Autumnal Topaz creation.  The fiery reds, oranges and yellows along with mossy greens are reminiscent of fallen leaves against the muted moccha dress.

With eight lovely and original colour variations of this Azul MVW Shinobu Gown, you are guaranteed to find at least one that you fall in love with! These special edition pieces are currently available instore at Azul for 1000$L a piece; find yours here today:

You can see all your favourite Azul designs, and add your own photos wearing these amazing gowns, via the Azul FlickR page; well worth taking a look at I must say!

And don't forget to bookmark the Azul blog site; this one is written by Mami Jewell herself so you can trust you will always know what is happening with your fave gown designer:

Thanks to Azul we can all take home a piece of Japan, and a piece of Miss Virtual World 2013!

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