First of all, I want to give a big hug, bow and compliments to the winners of the Fashion Contest! Congratulations! This has been a wonderfully creative contest and I admire all of the winning entries!
There has been much debate on the forum regarding the difference between judging the outfit and judging the screenshot. In my view, the outfit itself is the first and most important part of this contest. The outfit should be well matched in design and colours and it should be an original creation (meaning not just a generic set). But the outfit itself is only the beginning, because from there comes the challenge to match it with the right background and setting. Sometimes even the time of day can be important. In other words, the outfit itself is always the focal point but putting care into the rest of the screenshot as well can greatly influence the perception of an outfit. I think Fleurlis, who won the Fan Favorite award for the contest, expressed this very well in both her entry and her responses.
I had a great deal of fun creating some outfits for the contest myself. I decided to experiment with ambiance, lighting and colours a bit. I had so much fun doing all kinds of crazy things to test effects and going through trial and error that I ended up with a file full of useless pictures and a very limited number of useable ones. I selected a few and sent them in for the contest, knowing full well that some screenshots were a bit avant-garde and I had no idea if they would even receive a second glance from the jury.
But regardless of the jury’s opinion, I thought they are worth sharing with you!
Click on the pictures to see the full screenshot!