Nouveau chez / New at “A.C. Store”

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

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.

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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)

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
Aitui Tattoo - Dolphin Peau (100 Lindens, includes tattoos in black and green ink, 3 layers per ink colour, Perms: NM/C/NT)
@ Aitui [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (2nd Version) Beach Tan - Regular (1200 Lindens for 1 skin; Full pack includes 5 skins, and 6 shapes; Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer, Address]

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  1. Interesting stuff. It looks like you just stepped out of Querelle!

    Comment by Joshua Walsh — 29 April 2008 @ 1:53

  2. I was going to suggest that maybe he was on the run from Gaultier.

    Comment by Winter Jefferson — 29 April 2008 @ 2:16

  3. I just checked and Millage Valenti is Abyss skin rips. Same nipples, same belly button (among other things), different ab shading etc. Make the comparison yourselves. :/

    Comment by Lucas Lameth — 29 April 2008 @ 12:12

  4. Domch, as i said is some like Querelle. Personally i like it, gives some kind of touch of humour.

    Comment by Raul Crimson — 29 April 2008 @ 19:45

  5. Lucas, I think it’s possible for 2 skins to look similar without one having to have ‘ripped’ the other (here I’m thinking about the recent Seven controversy), and as far as I’m able to tell, Millage Valenti skins are distinct from Abyss ones - I find I’m able to achieve a more Asian look with MV skins than Abyss ones. Maybe I’m just imagining things. :)

    Comment by Domch Raymaker — 30 April 2008 @ 1:43

  6. I think the Millage Valenti team has been studying TheAbyss skin too much and followed the style they were trying to make, but since they have been updating skins again and going for 3rd change, perhaps they will come up with more distinct style. The texture was not ripped but the style is similar.

    Comment by Perfect Aeon — 30 April 2008 @ 1:52

  7. Don’t forget many “designers” use photosources from the same libraries, abyss/naughty is known for using sources from a major provider, and everyone has right to use the same, until further notice…
    Ripping textures or buildings is copyright infringement.
    Inspiration, even after “deep study” isn’t.
    Don’t tell me most “designers” in sl aren’t at least “inspired” with rl creations.
    i’m pretty sick of all the witch hunts in sl lately, about “rip offs”.
    The problem is real, especially with people using software copying the textures at the videocard level and copy bots. But many so called “rip offs” are just “looking somewhat alike” or “close to”…
    One designer friend was falsely accused from ripping textures not long ago. Well, her crime was probably just to have done good gowns! A terrible crime indeed, as someone did gowns before she did! (less good ones, so the crime was even worse.) Also, I remember the drama when the skin Antonio from FNKY was released, the maker of the best seller skin at this time spread false rip off accusations everywhere. Please!!!
    It sounds to me like some “designers” can’t take competition…
    That said, REAL texture’s or building’s thieves have to be toughly fought, obviously.

    Comment by Ben Vanguard — 30 April 2008 @ 13:46

  8. I like the necklace & bracelet, but couldn’t find it at the SLurl provided in the Designers & Addresses. I went to a few other locations and found different things at different locations (no big surprise there with different markets), but I still didn’t come up with either item. If anyone knows a specific SLurl where I can find the necklace & bracelet I would appreciate it. Anybody can drop it on here or simply slide it my way on my account.

    Comment by Oscar Page — 30 April 2008 @ 23:54

  9. Hi Oscar, do a search for ‘Geyer Schnyder’ (the designer), and you’ll find the LM for the Primitive Design Mainstore under his ‘Picks’, where I found the necklace and bracelet. Keep well!

    Comment by Domch Raymaker — 1 May 2008 @ 4:31

  10. This isn’t how men dress in SL…. unless they wanna be gang raped by sex starved men in prison

    Comment by Bob — 23 June 2009 @ 2:18

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