Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “sf design”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Costume, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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… il faut bien que quelqu’un le fasse! /… somebody has to do it!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard
Model: Perry Proudhon

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Slmen’s Team Wishes You a Merry Christmas!

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume, Special Event | Thursday, December 25th, 2008

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard
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Nouveau chez / New at “Civvies” and “LCC”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume | Monday, November 24th, 2008

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Tenue de jour / Outfit of the Day: Moonage Daydream

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume | Sunday, October 19th, 2008

t has become increasingly common for websites and computer media to provide computer generated visual images, called avatars, to represent users and bots during online interactions. In this study, participants (N=255) evaluated a series of avatars in a static context in terms of their androgyny,…attraction, and the likelihood they would choose them during an interaction. The responses to the images were consistent with what would be predicted by uncertainty reduction theory. The results show that the …lack of androgyny of an avatar…significantly influence(s) perceptions of avatars. - Kristine L. Nowak & Christian Ruth, “The Influence of the Avatar on Online Perceptions of Anthropomorphism, Androgyny, Credibility, Homophily, and Attraction”

People of ambiguous gender are attractive. If ambiguity persists after second, third, and more glances, the greater the attraction. If gender cannot be precisely determined at close range even after listening to the individual’s voice . . . there are no words to describe this level of appeal. I know my particular tastes and preferences very well. Rarely do they intersect with mainstream concepts of beauty and desire, leading to my ignoring most of the world and those who comprise it. - Satoruvash, ‘Androgynous Attraction’

I’ve been trying to understand why I’ve been so drawn to an androgynous look of late. Call it a kneejerk reaction, if you like, to the hypermasculinity that prevails on Second Life - the overbuff guys with bulging pectorals and biceps that look like they could eat the Incredible Hulk for lunch. You might say it’s an exercise in futility - bucking one trend only to jump onto another bandwagon. But I like to think of my attraction to androgyny as something brought on by the mystique of uncertainty - the beauty of Keatsian negative capability as applied to one’s virtual identity (”I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason”)

Okay, onwards with the post before Ben has my head lopped off for all this philosophizing on SL Men. (”It’s about the clothes, Domch” he chides. “Yes, boss,” I dutifully reply)

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Today’s outfit is a tribute to that sharpest spearhead of glam rock, David Bowie. The ‘Information Overload’ outfit from Grim Brothers seemed a wonderful update on Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona from the early 1970s - Cutea Benelli, the designer, has used Matrix-like animated textures generously on the cape, visor and forearm bracer, as well as the belt and thigh attachments. (She describes ‘Information Overload’ as a ‘retrofuturistic cyberdroid outfit’; incidentally, Information Overload also comes in cyan - here I’m showing the neon green version).

The overall effect, especially when you set sun to midnight, is mesmerizing - your eye never quite knows where to rest, as it alternately darts from one animated item of clothing to another. The visual restlessness of the outfit is, in this sense, a perfect complement to the uncertainty that underlies the attractiveness of androgyny. (Oops, I’m waxing philosophical again, sorry Ben!). :P

Softening the outfit’s sea urchin spikes is a feather jacket, also from Grim Bros. (10 points to you if you spot the feather boa/drag queen reference, too).

Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

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Costume du jour / Costume of the day: “JCS”, “Rfyre”, “Sky Everett Designs”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume | Monday, October 13th, 2008

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Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Necromancer By Night

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Costume, Night, Special Event | Sunday, September 28th, 2008

With Halloween fever heating up in Second Life, I thought I’d get in on the act (and make a reappearance on SL Men) with an unearthly outfit that’s haunting in more than one sense of the word. I mean - with everyone else dressed as a vampire/mummy/werewolf/witch - surely you want to go to that SL Halloween party in something with a bit more oomph and pizzazz?

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Style/Photography: Domch Raymaker

June Dion’s ‘Lich King’ outfit was released some time back, but I think it largely went under the radar of most of the fashion blogs at that point. (Then again, it *would* be hard to find another occasion to don this phantasmagoric number apart from Halloween or if you were visiting an RPG-themed sim.)

‘Lich King’ makes fascinating material for the amateur anthropologist - the horned hat with its twin horns tapering upward like a crescent moon (read: ancient pagan symbol) - seems vaguely Egyptian ; it’s almost like an anti-mitre (mitres being those high hats favoured by high-ranking Catholic clergy -  the Catholic ones don’t have horns, of course). The horns are repeated as a motif throughout the costume - most notably on the shoulders, where they flare magnificently outward, but also at the collar and all around the edge of the cape like a bony frill or ruff, and finally, encircling the waist. The bold colours and geometric shapes of the outfit’s utterly opulent textures recall African tribal prints, but the level of detail also makes you think of feel like you’re wearing a Medieval English tapestry or Middle Eastern magic carpet, in a weirdly wonderful way! It was this latter consideration that made me opt for a pair of ornate Turkish slippers by way of footwear.

To top off a fantastic outfit, ‘Lich King’ comes with not one, but three (!) floating skulls that ominously orbit around you like a protective charm or guardian familiar. The vendor board at Barerose doesn’t show the floating skulls - a strange omission, because they add so much to the outfit - but that made the subsequent surprise all the more lovely. June’s also thoughtfully included a pair of eyes shot through with dancing flames, a crown, and an iron mask (great for Mardi Gras and masque-type events; crown and mask not depicted here). (And for SL Men’s female readership - as with many Barerose outfits, June has the female equivalent available too - look for ‘Lich Queen’ under the ‘Gothic’ section).

I’ve chosen a very pale skin to better offset the hyperchromatism of the outfit - Excess’ ‘Vario’ skin from the Androgyne range seemed quite perfect for this purpose. Oh - and for that little extra enchantment, I slipped on one of Ms. Guilaume’s mhajik-al rings.

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