Hoods are comforting, I think. There’s something very reassuring about pulling up a cowl or some fabric around your ears and over your head. Some years back, I came across a design book which featured what clothing might look like in the near future, say 10 or 20 years down the line. Quite a number of the designs had hoods in them, in one form or another. It’s not hard to see why - we live, after all, in an age of increased uncertainty - whether it’s about the world’s weather or water levels or air safety. And, of course, there was *that* white hood, in the music video of Kylie’s ‘Can’t Get You Outta My Head’.
With this outfit, I’ve tried to do some sartorial crystal ball-gazing of my own. The hoodie’s from Defectiva, a shop by Disembodied Hand that stocks his t-shirts and skins. It’s a well-shaded hoodie with a nod to Star Wars (the emblem on the front is the insignia of the Empire, and there’s a stormtrooper-and-crossbones on the back). What makes it stand out from most, however, is Disembodied’s thoughtful inclusion of follicles - if only more designers would include hair options with their hats and caps! The pack includes a hood with hair, as well as hood and hair as separate pieces, which maximises its customizability.
I’ve accessoried with various items from 3 cyberpunk stores - the watch and eyes are from Juliet Ceres’ Bitter Thorns; the boots (’GongFo MoonBoots’ - how can you not love a name like that?), utility leg strap and lip piercing are from Mantis Oh’s Hybrid Productions, and the belt is from Neaky Larsson’s Paradox line. All 3 designers produce excellent work - Juliet’s Cybereyes, the items from Hybrid Productions and Neaky’s belt all come with animated textures - the MoonBoots, for instance, have a very subtle energy band effect under the top cuff. Mantis Oh’s mainstore is quite a visual treat in itself, too!
Speaking of visual treats, the outfit was shot against the backdrop of Nebulosus Severine’s ‘Null’ artwork, over at Arthole (a collaborative exhibition space shared by Nebulosus and Arahan Claveau.) Brilliant, thought-provoking art to be found there.
Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker
• Veste à capuche / Hoodie:
Defectiva: The Remake (175 Lindens, also includes shoulder fillers, hair and hood together as one item, as well as separately, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Defectiva [Designer, Address]
• Bottes, Pièce de jambe, Piercings / Boots, Leg Ornament, Piercings:
GongFo MoonBoots Silver (350 Lindens, includes 2 sizes, animated textures Perms: M/C/NT),
Contrast Leg Utility (202 Lindens, includes 2 sizes, animated textures, Perms: M/C/NT),
Chi Point Piercing Set (169 Lindens, includes lip, belly, ear and nose piercings, animated textures, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Hybrid Productions [Designer, Address]
• Ceinture / Belt:
Belt - oXo Ligne - Black (145 Lindens, animated textures, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Paradox [Designer, Address]
• Yeux, Montre / Eyes, Watch:
Cybereyes 3 - Darth (300 Lindens, 12 colours with menu-driven colour change, animated textures)
Digital Watch - “Clear” v1.4 (250 Lindens, fully functional digital watch, prim digits, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Bitter Thorns [Designer, Address]