Nouveau chez / New at: “Dutch Touch,” “Exile,” “Hoorenbeek,” “Ottico,” plus “MRM Factory”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Saturday, March 28th, 2009

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

More pictures, Review and Credits after the jump!

Besides the layered tees and sweaters in her latest collection, Iki Ikarus from Dutch Touch has released three “Camo Pants.” Showing the black one for this outfit. Nicely textured, working with and without sculpted cuffs (meaning nicely textured to the bottom), they are really worth a look. I won’t forget to mention they are truly original and show nice subdued colors and fine texturing work, Dutch Touch’s signature!

After the Samoa Sneakers, Hoorenbeek just released his Cargo city-sneakers, inspired by RL brand Gola. Resizable by menu, they might be a bit tricky to fit. The detailed laces coolide with long pants, plus I find them a bit too narrow, and you are forced to wear your shoes a bit too long to have them fitting your sl feet. I know, I know, many avatars wear their shoes way too big, but I just refuse this trend in sl!!! These sneakers that are clearly done more for walking down the street than running in the country show a nice sculpted and texturing work. Cargo sneakers are available in a bunch of classic colors to suit all your needs.

Quality: 3.5/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack…): 3/5 - Price: 2/5 - Value for money: 3/5

New Hair at Exile, in a brand new sim (see address page for a slurl). Three new men’s hair cuts are offered, with sculpted prims and new textures. Kavar Cleanslate never stops improving his work, and we get all the benefit, especially due to the fact his prices stay on the low range. Showing today Rage, in Mink in the main composite, plus several other colors below. Slightly funky but still wearable, it’s a very original one. I think it could perfectly fit a black skin. 42 colors available including nice ashed tones plus funky colors, you will obviously find your favorite!

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

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Left to Right & Top Down:
[MRM] World Walker *Tokyo* & Exile Rage Mink
[MRM] World Walker *Rio* & Exile Rage Ash
[MRM] World Walker *Moscow* & Exile Rage Scarlett
[MRM] World Walker *Milan* & Exile Rage Greystone
[MRM] World Walker *Barcelone* & Exile Rage Pyre
[MRM] World Walker *Toronto* & Exile Rage Dust

Last but not least, I’m showing the World Walker jackets by MRM Factory. They’re not new, and you’ve certainly seen them already, but they had to be on slmen!
Technical data first: in each of the 14 color packs available, you will find a jacket and a hoodie. The jacket is made of a jacket layer and sculpted attachments: lower part, cuffs, sleeves, pockets, collar. Each of them is moddable and come with two presized versions for male and female. The hoodie comes on all the upper body layers available (jacket, shirt, undershirt, plus a complement on the underpants layer). A sculpted hoodie, in two presized versions, is provided as well. Everything is moddable for a perfect fitting, and the hoodie on the shirt layer is set to wear the jacket over it and give it a more realistic appearance. The hoodie can be worn alone, plus you can choose to wear the jacket with another sweater or shirt. Just pay attention to apply on the shirt layer of your choice the same settings as the ones of the provided hoodie!

If you’re a regular reader of slmen, you know that I’m not fond of sculpted attachments. Most of the time, they are tricky as hell to adjust, and they look good only on static poses. When your avie moves, your attachment enters your body in the most weird manner. I don’t understand the point of such realistic pieces for so little realistic effect in the end. I have to admit the lower part of this jacket is good, even when you walk. Sure, many poses won’t work with it. But this is SL and it has its limitations…
Masaru raymaker’s work is great, the textures incredibly detailed, everything is moddable to let you adjust things to your shape. Some details really stand out, like the pockets containing stuff, the buttons, the belt buckle. Shadowing and highlighting are ok, I just wish a male version of the hoodie, because the unisex version of it tends to gives us the “boobs effect,” another classic from sl, when designers design stuff for girls then decide to offer them for males as well… anyway, worn under the jacket, it doesn’t show.

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 4.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 3.5/5 - Price: 3.5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

Also showing:
New cool glasses from Ottico, cheap and moddable manually, not scripted, but with a “Matrix” look I like a lot. Also my favorite skin of the moment, “Jude” from PXL Creation, in its darker tone.


• Veste Parka, Sweatshirt à capuche / Jacket, Hoodie:
[MRM] World Walker *Tokyo* (550 Lindens/Color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ MRM Factory [Designer & Address]

• Pantalon / Pants:
:: DUTCH TOUCH :: Camo Pants Grey (135 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Dutch Touch [Designer & Address]

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
Cargo - White/Black (520 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T, resize script),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer & Address]

• Lunettes / Glasses:
*ottico* numero83 (150 Lindens, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Ottico [Designer & Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Rage - Mink (250 Lindens/pack of 6 colors -brown, blondes, blacks, red, wild card, wild card 2, Facets, 1200 Lindens/All 42 colors, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Exile [Designer & Address]

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

• Skin:
Jude Summer Face06 (2000 Lindens/facial hair, 15 head and body hair combinations included, 3000 Lindens/minipack of 2 facials, 9000 Lindens/Pack of 8, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ PXL Creations [Designer & Address]

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  1. Great outfit! I never noticed the boobs til you mentioned them, now I can’t stop seeing the boob effect : (
    But otherwise the outfit rox. That skin is drool worthy =D

    Comment by Mhaijik — 28 March 2009 @ 17:59

  2. LOL, Mhaijik, I was thinking the same thing! (re: boobs effect)

    I love the jacket. Oh, and the glasses.

    Well, the whole thing.

    Nice job, Ben!

    Comment by Perry Proudhon — 29 March 2009 @ 9:29

  3. Nice work Ben. I love everything about this outfit. The hair is also really nice :-)

    Comment by Dominic Palisades — 30 March 2009 @ 14:55

  4. Although I generally go gaga over Hoorenbeek stuff, I have to admit I am getting a little tired of the “inspired by” items, which are so close to IP theft that I’m reluctant to buy them. I much prefer to see items that are “inspired by” only insofar as they have laces and a hole to put your feet in!

    So come on, Hoorenbeek, use your obvious talents to create things that are different from RL, not the same.

    Comment by Sigmund Leominster — 4 April 2009 @ 17:46

  5. I agree with you Sigmund. I’m becoming sick of that. Just i would add that EACH AND EVERY sneakers maker does the same, not only Hoorenbeek, and that since the first no sculpty copies of Converse years ago.

    Talking about talent, having the talent and skills to manage 3D creations for a game is one thing, creating shoes is another, and without willing to be despising toward our content creators here in sl, the very edgy talents you need to create sophisticated sneakers from scratch isn’t one of theirs. Just I wish they change the logos or typical signatures like the swoosh of Nike, for example (some makers copied even the logos of rl brands on their sneakers, which is a blatant case of copyright infringement, when being “inspired” by rl models is not really the same).

    Comment by Ben Vanguard — 5 April 2009 @ 3:16

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