Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Birdhunting with Meriken

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Semi-Casual | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

Review & Credits after the jump!

I think I’ve figured it out at last. It’s quirky clothes that make me the happiest, those which resemble something which your dad might’ve worn, but updated for the 21st century with a little dash of humour. The clothes from Gbberish and Grandma fall into this genre of ‘vintage/retro quirky’, as do some particularly imaginative pieces from Shiki. Yesterday, I came across Yaszi Mornington’s ‘Meriken Co.’, a store that’s probably been around for some time but hasn’t seemed to have received the attention it deserves.

There were several standout pieces, and like a greedy little boy, I couldn’t decide on which piece to feature, at first; I eventually settled on a recent release, the birdhunting suit depicted above. The tweed detail on the jacket is so well picked out and strokesome that it might get you some wanted/unwanted female attention - giving more meaning to the term ‘birdhunting’, I guess!  Fabric aside, look out also for the lovely chocolate polka dot lapels and pocket flaps - and elbow patches!!!, and the tenderly handdrawn buttons.

And that’s *just* the tweed jacket and pants (in their own layers) - there’s more goodness yet - also included in the package are a grey vest with linear pink trims (included as a shirt layer), and a long-sleeved shirt with a purple bird motif that’s vaguely reminiscent of one of M. C. Escher’s woodcuts (the shirt comes in 3 layers - jacket, shirt and undershirt & pants). My only gripe about the entire ensemble would be the shortness of the gray vest, but that’s probably more a limitation of SL layers than anything else. Blue and green variations on this gray Bird-hunting suits are also available, and sold separately. 

I’ve tried to accentuate the quirk factor of the outfit with a monocle and birdcage earring from Schadenfreude (several menu-driven colour and texture options for the monocle, and HUD-driven options for the earring - which gets the thumbsup from me), a mood ring from Redd Columbia’s ‘Cluster’ (that actually changes colour depending on what you type in the main chat channel), hair from Din Raymaker’s ‘Uncleweb’ (whose hairstyles just seem to go from strength to strength; no relation to me, I swear) and sneakers from Menno Opehlia’s ‘Kari’ (again, lots of colour options, but Menno’s indulgently named these after friends (’Aemilia’, ‘Canimal’, ‘Catero’…you get the idea), so it takes you a bit of time to figure out which colours go with which names). A resize option on the shoes would have been nice, too. 

Incidentally, you might want to check out Yaszi’s Meriken Co. blog here, for his latest releases. Also highly recommended: Yaszi’s ‘Little Bird Shirts’ (available in white and yellow), his ‘Sesame/Sesami’ suits (with their gorgeously patterned shirts and jacket lapels), and the very eyepopping (and appropriately-named) @@ pants (I kid you not - that’s what he called them!).

• Pants, Jacket, Vest, Shirt:
Meriken Co. Bird-hunting Suit (450 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Meriken Co. [Designer & Address]

• Monocle, Boucles d’orielles / Monocle, Earring:
The Geoffrey Monocle (80 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T, color-changeable by menu),
Birdcage Earrings (& Necklace) (90 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT, colour-and-texture-changeable by HUD)
@ Schadenfreude [Designer & Address]

• Bague / Ring:
-RC- Mood Ring (25 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Cluster [Designer & Address]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Kicks (350 Lindens, shoes come in 2 sizes as well as a version that is resizeable by script; all versions have 20 preset designs which are changeable by menu) Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Kari [Designer & Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Uw. St Jeff-Hair mesh black 02 (130 Lindens, pack of 2 hair types, with 2 sizes per type, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Uncleweb Studio [Designer & Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Glanz. Transparency Shine Eyes: PurePurple (300 Lindens, eyes come in 2 sizes, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Glanz [Designer & Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-001 Beach Tan - Regular (3rd Edition) (999 Lindens/facial option, 2990 Lindens/pack of 5, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer & Address]

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