Nouveau chez / New at: “Philotic Energy” & “Yum Yum,” plus “A.C. Store”, “Akeyo”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Sunday, March 15th, 2009

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Dinzeo Designs,” “Kalrau”…

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Tenue de Rentrée / Back to School Outfit: “Argrace”, “Elite Prim Watch”, “Sweetest Goodbye”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Monday, September 8th, 2008

Morphine Janick has created a short and original collection for men under her brand “Sweetest Goodbye.”
I’m showing today her “School Boy” outfit. It comes in 8 colors (3 shown below); each color pack contains the following items, all modify and copy-no transfer: pants on the pants layer, a sweater/shirt combo on the shirt layer, sculpted pants’ cuffs, sculpted shirt’s cuffs, sculpted collar and tie combo and, last but not least, a lower sculpted attachment for the shirt and the sweater. This piece gives a loose look to the sweater, something you absolutely can’t get in sl according to the clothing layers limitations. After a few adjustments, the lower attachment looked the way it was designed to, loosened and distressed sweater and shirt, without looking ugly during the walk and standard AO poses, as so many prim clothes do.
I just wish the combo sweater/shirt were fully drawn on the jacket layer, for a more “sl classic look” for those times when you want to lower your Avatar Rendering Cost or simply to get an alternative look. I wish also a bit more work on the textures, especially on the pants which show the “jagged bottom bug” when you choose to wear them without the cuffs. This bug is so easy to avoid following this simple hint.
Though, I’m happy to see prim clothing looking good even when your avatar moves around!

Quality: 3/5 - Style-Originality: 4.5/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 3/5 - Price: 3/5 - Value for money: 3/5

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Wearing “Sweetest Goodbye” School Boy - Indigo+Red

Domch Raymaker introduced the work of Gospel Voom for “Angel & Gos Watches and Builds.” He creates incredibly detailed watches which actually work! I chose for today a simple model, “Leather Navimeter.” The leather belt is color changing by script (chat commands) and offers 6 possibilities. The watches are moddable to fit your avatar and transfer for easy gifting. Indulge yourself with a nicely crafted accessory. Just the opposite of bling. Something simply chic.

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 3/5 - Value for money: 4/5

Also showing a cap and hair combo from “Argrace,” “Neo” skin from “Damiani,” and “Chucks” sneakers by “Akeyo.” Enjoy!

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Wearing “Sweetest Goodbye” School Boy - Grey+Mint & Khaki+Beige

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New at: Akeyo & Brogear

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Were you, like me, tired of wearing short pants with your “Akeyo Chucks” scuplty-Converse-like sneakers? Okay, they’re great, but, as high-top shoes, they’re hard to match with long pants without having them show through the pants texture. Artoo Magneto promised a low version of them, and here they are! Same clever script to adjust their size and color (with different colors for each shoe if you want). You will get a pair of laced shoes, and a pair of unlaced ones — your choice to wear them the way you want. If you loved the “Chucks,” a great piece of sculpty work from AKEYO, you definitely need the new low-top version! 600 Lindens. Copy-no transfer.

Look at the latest release at Brogear! You will find cool tee-shirts sold in a pack of three colors for a very friendly price. I’m showing my favorite “Cassette,” but you might prefer “Guitar” or “heart.” 150 Lindens per pack. You will get every possible layer for the tees, copy-modify. This new collection offers short pants, underwear and arm warmers as well. Definitely must see! Oh, you have to know that Broder Kubrick finally uploaded all his stuff on OnRez! Good news for those wanting ordering stuff from the web, without running all over the grid!

Also: cool and more than fairly priced jeans from Duck Nipple, hair from Exile (I just can’t get enough of these), and jewelry from Guilaume pour Homme. Enjoy!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Fight Club

Domch Raymaker | Casual, Punky | Saturday, April 26th, 2008

There are days when life just seems to have blown a great big hole through you. Moments when you feel like you’ve been punched repeatedly in the gut and you can barely breathe. But there’s also that sense that you’re not going down without a struggle. That if you have to bow out, it’s going to be in a blaze of glory.

This is an outfit for just such a day. I’ve been wanting to feature CheerNo Destiny’s A.C. Store range for some time now; CheerNo’s Sport Red Male set is one of his signature pieces and it’s easy to see why - the sight of it ups your adrenaline and drive by a few degrees. The set includes a well-shaded red vest with a white and red bar pattern running down the front, a prim hoodie, 2 wrist wraparounds in white, and a pair of jeans (not depicted). A.C. Store’s menswear line for spring is due to be released today or tomorrow has just been released, and I think that’s definitely worth looking out for.

I’m also wearing the pair of Legendary Indigo jeans from Ocean Lane’s Chase store. These come in 2 pairs, one belted and the other sans belt. The package also contains two prim back pocket attachments (with a wallet sticking out of the right back pocket), and a prim buckle and belt.

Completing the outfit are Makaio Stygian’s sassy Rock City Knuckle Busters - these have letter-plates which you can customize with up to 4 characters/alphabets on both the left and right knuckle busters; the set also comes with a ‘Represent’ gesture (depicted below) which literally allows you to shove your attitude in your friend’s (or foe’s) face.

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise / Shirt:
A. C. Store - Sport Red Male set (300 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ A.C. Store [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
Legendary Jeans - Indigo (350 Lindens, comes in 2 versions - belted and without belt, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Chase [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
AKEYO_shoes_CHUCKS (600 Lindens (size and color changing script included), Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Akeyo [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
Aitui Tattoo - Dire - Faded (475 Lindens (pack contains tattoos in 3 versions - Faded, Fresh, Worn - with 3 layers for each version), Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Aitui [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
Makaio Stygian’s Rock City Knuckle Busters (600 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT), only available on SLExchange at time of writing

• Yeux / Eyes :
Bright Eyes - Gossamer - L (75 Lindens, pack includes 3 iris sizes, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Jack Skin - Tan - Fight (500 Lindens, also available in a pale version, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair: Naughty

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Nouveau chez / New at “Shiki Designs”

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Semi-Casual | Thursday, April 17th, 2008

‘Tis the season for things to positively bloom! New menswear shops. New menswear lines. And now, it’s my great pleasure to introduce to you Shiki, a Japanese menswear line that celebrates the season with a riot of colours alltoo rarely seen in SL men’s fashion circles.

Shiki (Japanese for ‘Four Seasons’) quietly blossomed in a Japanese sim about a fortnight back, the joint brainchild of Shinichi Mathy and his friend, Jeckie Hax. Shinichi’s fertile mind has hatched a whole range of various menswear items all thematically linked by a floral motif.

The designer’s playful sensibility shines through in every pixellated thread of his clothes - for example, his staid ‘Stratos’ suit, a sombre grey jacket with matching pants, has a cheeky floral pattern on the jacket’s lapels. Also noteworthy are the 3 pairs of handpainted pants with colours that literally pop out at you, off the screen.

My favourite piece from Shiki’s first season, however, is the ‘Bouquet Long-Sleeve Shirt’ (shown here with the sleeves slightly rolled up). To me it encapsulates all the boldness and vitality and joie de vivre of Spring. Shinichi’s hard work on the pieces may not be immediately obvious - the more discerning among us will, however, appreciate the good job he’s done to ensure minimal ‘creasing’ in the shirt centre. Also especially praiseworthy is the thoughtfulness with which Shinichi has packaged the shirt - you get 2 jacket layers (1 buttoned all the way up, the other allowing you to show a bit of chest), 2 shirt layers (ditto the jacket layers), and 1 underwear layer (absolutely crucial!).  

Here, I’ve paired his Bouquet shirt with a pair of dark blue denim jeans, also from Shiki. Again, lovely details on this one - Shinichi’s woven a highly distinctive floral pattern into the front pockets and back pocket flap. Shiki’s clothes are moddable, copiable, and no transfer.

Truly, it’s time to let a hundred - no, a thousand flowers bloom!

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise, Jean / Shirt, Jeans:
Shiki Designs - Bouquet Long-Sleeve Shirt (180 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
Shiki Designs - Shiki Blue Denim (160 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT, also available in red and green)
@ Shiki Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
AKEYO_shoes_CHUCKS (600 Lindens (size and color changing script included), Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Akeyo [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Collier / Necklace:
(Yummy) Bro Locket (130 Lindens (picture insert script included), Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Nylon Outfitters [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
Truth Woodspin - Men’s Bracelet (Not available at time of writing, Perms: M/NC/NT),
@ Truth [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
SKA-002 Commercial #3 Goatee (1000 Lindens, 5 skins with a variety of facial hair, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair @ The Abyss

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Nouveau chez / New at “Dutch Touch” and “0 Style”

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It has been way too long since Iki Ikarus designed new men’s stuff for “Dutch Touch!” Patience got rewarded though, as the new “Tinus” series is a total delight.

This new series completes perfectly the existing range of urban wear for men you can find at Dutch Touch, one of the very few places where you can find urban and punky stuff that don’t seem being soaked in some questionable sewage!

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Showing :: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Brown N Blue.

Each color pack (4 available) comes with the following: a pair of jeans with nice stylish details, a casual jacket with amazingly realistic lapels in two shadowing versions, one more for girls, the other more for guys, but it’s up to you, depending on your avie shape, and a stylish horizontal striped sweater, coming in both jacket layer (untucked) and shirt layer (tucked) with, obviously, the little complement on the underpants layer.

The textures are, as always at Dutch Touch, gorgeous. Colors in each pack make a very cool harmony. Iki knows her work at coloring, her subdued hues are just beautiful. This point is the very difference between designers who are just talented graphic technicians and real artists. No doubt Iki is an artist. I just wish she did more men’s stuff! :-)

Each color pack can be yours for 225 Lindens, a very reasonable price. Everything is moddable and transfer.
You can have all the sweaters in a pack, copy no transfer this time, for 300 Lindens, and all the jackets in a pack including two complementary colors (added to the ones you can get in each basic pack), copy no transfer as well, for 300 Lindens too.

TinUs from Dutch touch packs:
Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price:4.5/5 - Value for money: 4.5/5

Also showing a new hair from “0 Style”, Euphoria, a great messy proposal from the talented Rei Gully, and the still unsurpassed “Chucks sneakers” from Akeyo.

I’m wearing the too unknown “Adam” skin by Hart Larsson for PXL Creations. You really have to take a look at it. Some details are very unique, as, in the version I chose for today, the trimmed eyebrow! This skin is a truly great alternative to the blockbusters!

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Left to Right and Top Down:
Wearing :: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Jeans and jackets, in Brown N Blue, Blue N Violet, Blue N Green, Black N Olive.

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Left to Right and Top Down:
Wearing :: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Jeans and sweaters, in Brown N Blue, Blue N Violet, Blue N Green, Black N Olive.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste, Jean / Jacket, Jeans:
:: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Brown N Blue (sold with a jacket, 225 Lindens/color, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Dutch Touch [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Débardeur / Tank Top
*Muism* 20% transparency Tank top/black (250 Lindens/color, 500 Lindens/pack of 3 colors, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Muism [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
AKEYO_shoes_CHUCKS (600 Lindens (size and color changing script included), Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Akeyo [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague, Colier / Ring, Necklace:
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Ring,
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Necklace (275 Lindens/PACK OF BOTH ITEMS, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
* 0 Style * Euphoria *(Chestnut) (300 Lindens/3 close colors, 1000 Lindens/Every 18 colors packs, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Zero Style [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
PXL_Adam_Skin_Med_Face00_v6 (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ PXL Creations [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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