Distinguished Aesthetics

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Silent Sparrow’s Gloomy

Knowing I wished to make use of a Silent Sparrow suit, when I asked Hya which ensemble of hers I should feature on the upcoming cover of “Acquiring Gentleman’s Victorian and Victorian Inspired Attire”, she suggested Severin or Gloomy. As I’d already blogged Severin, I thought that I would choose Gloomy, even though it’s not completely Victorian, the elements are present and regardless, it IS a stunning suit. And I trust that my gentleman readers are interested in fine fashions even if they stray a little from the traditional.

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Name of Ensemble: Gloomy (Soot)

Creator: hyasynth Tiramisu

Shoppe: Silent Sparrow


I really try not to be biased, and objectivity is something I strive for. But where Silent Sparrow is concerned, such goals are swept away by the truth of perfection. I have never found a clothing creator in Second Life that is as accomplished and astounding as Silent Sparrow is presently. Hya is in a class unto herself for consistently evolving and producing spectacular suits and ensembles. There are other creators I enjoy very much, and I am ever on the look-out for new and exciting tailors, and others who are also developing their craft. However, I really find myself stricken with sadness between Silent Sparrow suit releases… mind, that does make me cherish them all the more.

But I digress…

One of my primary loves of Silent Sparrow’s suits are the prim tail coats. I do not know how she does it, but the tail coats fall and flutter perfectly, with stylistic grace and elegance. Sometimes I fear discussing her textiles is redundant because they are positively captivating with each and every design, laden with detail that makes clothing obsessed men such as myself weep.

Just look at the cut and fabric of those coat tails! Stunning.

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The rich swirls of Gloomy caress the torso brilliantly, and I must confess that I did not use the included neck tie with this ensemble. As beautiful as the neck tie is, it’s not my personal style, so I married Silent Sparrow’s (Ash) Batty Shirt Collar w/ Jabot with this ensemble.

Gaslights Emporium (sadly, no longer among us)’s steel cane was a perfect accompaniment to this fabulous ensemble.

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This is the second thigh syringe and dagger I have purchased from Insania Aeon. I could have modified my other, but honestly couldn’t be bothered. For an unusual apothecary such as myself, this suits me well.

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The Batty jabot is also a favourite of mine. I am always enchanted how Silent Sparrow creates a unique jabot for every suit, and ones that can be mixed and matched with other ensembles as desired. Hat’s off to Hya.

Speaking of hats, this splendid creation is from Allegory Malaprop of Schadenfreude and her Strigoi Viu ensemble. A perfect topper for Gloomy. I must interject at this juncture and state that most top hats in SL are too large for my head (difficult to believe, I know). I do not mind being a slighter male, but I forever must modify hats for my head. This one — fit perfectly! Thank you, Alle.

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Gloomy’s belt is brilliant, featuring a nicely cool crafted metal buckle, resting firmly on this hips. The suit jacket cuffs, of course, radiate with the care and attention to detail that has become synonymous with Silent Sparrow.

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While these trousers are cited as “jeans” in the inventory, they feel more like well loved and worn velvet to me. The spectacular bottoms are obfuscated by Siyu Suen of Illusions’ decadent Beau pirate boots — apologies for this, but do know that the trousers are wonderfully detailed and very rich indeed.

In addition to being obsessed with coat tails, cravats and canes, I am also obsessed with gloves. I’ve always enjoyed that Silent Sparrow fashions appropriate gloves for each suit. Gloomy’s gloves, like the trousers, have a very soft, almost velveteen feel.

And once more I must say that Gaslights Emporium’s Steel cane accents Gloomy exceptionally well.

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A side/rear view of Schadenfreude’s Strigoi Viu top hat. The decorative bat crests the rear brim, and from it flows a flutter of silken fabric.

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A complete rear view of Gloomy provides you with a view of the exquisite tail coat edging detail as well as the back of the jacket with its sensuously swirling accents.

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As always, Silent Sparrow pays particular attention to the interior of the coat tails, with luxurious fabric lining.

This is a suit you wish to caress your skin. I’m sure you’ll agree.

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Other Details:

Cane: Steel Cane by Vincente Shepherd of Gaslights Emporium (sadly, now absent from the Grid)
Hat: Strigoi Viu by Allegory Malaprop of Schadenfreude
Monocle: GC-Monokel (Dark-Knight clock) by Grazioso Alekseev of Crie Style
Boots: Beau Pirate Boot by Siyu Suen of Illusions
Thigh Syringe & Dagger: ~SA~ Another Poison – black by Insania Aeon.

Photos taken at Syzygy Pyxis: Photo Studio Planetoid (which is open for all to use and enjoy)

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  • Hair – Elliot (LightBlond) by Six Kennedy of GuRL 6
  • Skin – Scorpio Revelation (3A Smooth) by Khai Sinister of The Abyss
  • Eyes – Blue Opal by Miriel Enfield of Miriel (very sadly retired)

About The Author

Elric Anatine is an apothecary in Second Life with a penchant for exquisite apparel (especially canes), Victorian & Elegant Gothic (and inspired) fine fashions, and intoxicating absinthe. Within this blog will reside his reviews and thoughts regarding these very important topics.


4 Responses to “Silent Sparrow’s Gloomy”

  1. Rhianon Jameson says:

    A lovely ensemble, Mr. Anatine! I agree about the quality of Silent Sparrow outfits, though some for women are a bit…revealing for both my taste and for wandering about the Victorian world. Gloomy, however, cheers me up.

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