Nouveau chez / New at: “Kalnins,” “Kalrau” & “Kumaki”, plus “Den-Dou,” “MRM” & “Philotic Energy”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Dressy, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, March 16th, 2009

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

More pictures, Review and Credits after the jump!

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Some of the eleven included color to choose by menu.

Kalnins (Maris Kanto) just released a new pair of men’s dress shoes: “Elegance.” These sculpted shoes come with the most sophisticated and complete control script ever! Not only you can resize the shoes, with 6 preset sizes plus the ability to fine tweak them, not only you can change their color choosing from a 11 tone palette, you can also turn on or off the shininess, adjust finely the position of the shoes on your feet (I don’t see the point of this feature, since it seems easier to me to “visually” reposition” the shoes in edit mode, but hey, nobody forces anyone to use it!), and, last but not least, you can turn on or off the invisiprims used in the build. As you probably know, there are two schools of shoemakers concerning invisiprims: those hating them, because they play weird with alpha chanels of textures behind them, because they add some weird transparencies in areas where they shouldn’t be. Also because they think it’s better to embrace the horrid feet LL gave to men and to work hard on creating nice stuff despite the difficulties and constraints which, in art, are the source of the most gorgeous masterpieces. Some others, in a more pragmatic way, think it is worth it to use invisiprims to get narrow elegant shoes and hide some extra feet part showing through the shoes. Kalnins went halfway. The shoes work not bad at all without invisiprim, but as you need to hide too wide feet (due to a large body, since some shape sliders about muscles and size of the overall body have an impact on feet and particularly on ankles) you can turn on the invisiprim to get perfect looking shoes. Your choice, your will. I love a designer who offers his customers enough consideration and freedom of choice like that!

These slipons bring something new in sl in terms of style, which is always good! I would call them semi-casual. The colors offered are subtle, but as always in Kalnins’ palette, I miss truly dark classic colors. No transfer.

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 4.5/5 - Price: 4/5 - Value for money: 4/5

This new grey jacket from Kalrau offers a realistic look, due to the quality photosourcing. Allowing a laid back semi casual look, it goes well with a pair of jeans or chinos. It comes in two versions, with and without underneath V-neck tee. The texture show nice details, like a double collar in two tones (drawn on the texture, no need for a prim attachment). It’s detailed enough to show the fabric’s weaving, linen probably. Each comes in both jacket and shirt layer, with compement on the underpants layer. I love layering stuff, so I’m a sucker for items on as many layers as possible, but for a jacket I would prefer a complement on the PANTS layer, allowing to wear a coat on the jacket layer for example, with the jacket on the shirt layer and the lower untucked part on the pants layer, while wearing a pair of pants drawn on the underpants layers. I can’t imagine anyone would wear his jacket tucked ;-) But too much is better than not enough, right? I advise you to use the shirt layer under the jacket one, and set the sleeves to give some volume to them for a better look. Grey Jacket is modify-copy and is offered at a really good price!

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 3.5/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

Also showing:

Sculpted glasses from a new maker, koguma Kumaki who offers under the brand Kumaki Glasses a short but cool collection of glasses and goggles. They are scripted, of course, with moddable frame color, lens color, transparency, shininess, the whole usual lot, plus a switch between on nose, on forehead position. Note that resizing is possible, but only in the old school way, using the white handles in edit mode.

Jeans from Truth, nicely textured (avoiding pants’ bug), with optional sculpted scripted cuffs, coming on both pants and underpants layers: honest jeans that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Yeah, it’s not so common, and yeah, it’s incredible jeans’ prices have reached those stratospheric levels lately. Thank you Truth Hawks for keeping us down to earth!

A skin by denchu Dench for Den-Dou, Ichiro, which offers a nice alternative to the usual suspects (soon an in depth post about this skin on Slmen).

The great “Harrison” hair from Philotic Energy I’ve shown you lately (click onthe brand name to see the post), today in my second all time favorite texture color at PE: “Kohl.”

A very nice ring from MRM factory, big without being show-off, with a nice built in stylized flower. MRM offers really cool jewelry for men, you really should stop by and take a look at their collection!


• Veste, T-Shirt / Jacket, T-Shirt:
Grey Jacket (180 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Kalrau [Designer & Address]

• Jean / Jeans:
Blade Denim-Luna (125 Lindens/color, 400 Lindens/pack of 4, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Truth [Designer & Address]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Kalnins Footwear - Elegance (750 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT, resize & recolor script),
@ Kalnins [Designer & Address]

• Lunettes / Glasses
K_gs CatzEye R3 (300 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Kumaki Glasses [Designer & Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Harrison Kohl (199 Lindens/one color set including regular plus two tipped hair, 2000 Lindens for the whole shebang of 34 color sets, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer & Address]

• Bague / Ring:
[MRM] Silver Ring *Flora* (male) (300 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ MRM Factory [Designer & Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Dark Marble (i) - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Zada [Designer & Address]

• Skin:
Ichiro -Bronz- /03 Goatee1 (1000 Lindens/facial hair, 8000 Lindens/Pack of 10, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Den-Dou [Designer & Address]

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  1. That skin looks great on your av! A simple, elegant outfit.

    Comment by Perry Proudhon — 16 March 2009 @ 4:50

  2. Great post Ben. Simply fabulous!

    Comment by Dominic.Palisades — 16 March 2009 @ 14:44

  3. Very nice outfit ben!! congratulations!!! …. always doing a good job!!

    Comment by kal Rau — 16 March 2009 @ 15:50

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