Maybe it’s because I come from an island country that’s completely surrounded by water, where the sea’s never more than a half hour drive away. Or perhaps it was the updated Village People sensibility about the outfit. Either way, the moment I laid eyes on it, I was seduced by CheerNo Destiny’s ‘Sexy Sailor’ set, part of A.C. Store’s just-released line of menswear for spring.
CheerNo’s new line is steeped in Christian iconography. The belts in his different sets have enamel buckles with pictures of Jesus, Mary and the saints. There’s a sweet wittiness at play in the clothes - the Sao Sebastiao set comes with a shirt with black X-es over arrow puncture marks, as well as a pack bag (not unlike a golfer’s bag) but here filled with arrows where you would expect golf clubs (Saint Sebastian, a Christian martyr from the 3rd century, is traditionally depicted as tied to a post and pierced with arrows). The ‘Like A Prayer’ set has a gorgeous black lace jacket, a rosary-like necklace, and - check this out - a matching black lace veil (at once a comment on blind faith as well as an ironic inversion of gender roles)!
But back to sexy sailors. This particular set comes with a blue-and-white striped tank top, a pair of jeans with one leg rolled up, the image of the Sacred Heart emblazoned on it, and what is quite possibly the nicest sailor’s cap I’ve seen in Second Life. All of the new menswear sets at A.C. Store additionally come with a pair of angel’s wings and a splendid 18-point halo.
I thought I would play up the nautical references when accessorizing - hence the pirate’s skulls a la Treasure Island on the pleasingly detailed Love & Hate bracelet as well as the Spirit Love Collar, both from Primitive Design, and a good sailing watch - the Seamaster in black, from Steinwerk Watches.
Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker
• Chemise, Jean, Chapeau / Shirt, Jeans, Hat:
Sexy Sailor set (300 Lindens, also includes halo and wings, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ A.C. Store [Designer, Address]
• Collier, Bracelet / Necklace, Bracelet:
Spirit Love Collar - Male Edition (Blackheart) (170 Lindens, comes with 2 collars, with hearts in red and black, Perms: M/C/NT)
Love & Hate Unisex Bracelet Set (180 Lindens, 2 bracelets with different tags, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Primitive Design [Designer, Address]
• Sandales / Sandals:
D2TK Beach Bum Mens (250 Lindens, menu-driven customization for straps, main texture, stitching and soles, also includes 7 walks, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ D2TK [Designer, Address]
• Boucles d’orielles / Earrings:
Wing Claw Earrings (130 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T)
@ Yukirei Accessories [Designer, Address]
• Montre / Watch:
Steinwerk Seamaster - Black (500 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Steinwerk Watches [Designer, Address]
• Coiffure / Hair:
Chase Hair Golden Collection - Splash (295 Lindens, includes 3 colours; also available in all-colour pack for 1500 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Chase [Designer, Address]
• Yeux / Eyes:
Hydro Natural Eyes - Marine Blue (No longer available for sale at time of writing, Perms: NM/C/NT)