Nouveau chez / New At: “Pale Heretic”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Dressy, Official, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Pale Janus, the designer behind “Pale Heretic,” is a man of many surprises. After having brought the spirit of bespoke in SL with his limited — and quite expensive — suits, he comes back on the scene with a couple of super affordable suits: “Core suit” (sold for 80 Lindens with 5 different shirts), and “Twisted Suit” (sold for 240 Lindens with 3 jacket versions, 3 pants versions, 6 shirts, gloves, 4 tattoos…) soon on slmen. Exclusivity amateurs, don’t worry, Pale will offer you soon new limited series of suits! Limited or unlimited series offer the same level of quality: the best. Just on one hand everyone can have a suit, with a low price and unlimited amount of copies sold, and on the other hand only a few will buy a limited very short series, at high prices, but for a real exclusivity and not, as some do — too many these days it seems — just selling at stratospheric prices items with unlimited amount of copies.

Lets talk about this “Core Suit”: in the pack, you will get a pair of pants on the pants layer, a jacket on the jacket layer, and 5 different shirt and tie combos on the shirt layer. Four shirts are dark grey, one with a nice embroidery on it (it shows only when you wear it without the jacket), with different green ties, one is green with a black tie. Everything is nicely textured, with an attention to details which is Pale Heretic mark of fabric. No prim attachment here, but shadowing and highlighting are so good you really don’t need any. Shirts are preset with some volume to the sleeves, so when you wear the jacket with them, no ugly tight sleeve look. You may want to tweak the setting to suit your taste, which is totally possible as everything is moddable (and copy-no transfer). Useless to tell you to run to take your copy of this very good suit at an incredible price!

Quality: 4.5/5 - 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…): 4/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 5/5

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Also showing: a nice new hair from Exile, “Avant Garde,” in the beautiful texture “Mink,” a preview of the new skin from Minnu Model Skin “Beijing” in “Sunkissed” tone in a nice chin beard version — Soon an indepth review on slmen —, the always perfect “Dublin” boots from “JCS” in this “Sage” color which matches perfectly the green on the “Core Suit,” and a superb platinum ring from “Guillaume pour homme.” Enjoy!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

Credits after the jump!
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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: “Dahlinks”, “JCS”, “Little Heaven”, “Shiki”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Official, Semi-Casual | Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Are you (like me) somewhat tired of “realistic” items, and looking for more genuine creativity? There are some designers to fit your needs, and Shinichi Mathy for Shiki designs is one of them. He offers colored items for guys that make you feel happy!

I’m showing today “Mustard suit.” It comes in two versions (open and closed) for jackets, two versions for pants (brown and black belt) and 3 undershirt colors (Olive -shown- plus Teal and Grey), available in the three layers possible for top items, plus an underpants complement. As the shirt has half sleeves, you can’t use the short layer to give solme volume to the jacket over it, so I chose the undershirt layer and completed it with my personal sleeve filler.
Everything is moddable and copiable. You can have this suit for 450 Lindens!

With the last unisex hair from Little Heaven (Salva), the Eternity Dress Ring from Dahlinks in black diamond and titanium, and Grey Carl Perkins shoes from JCS, I had a lot of fun trying to mimic some well known RL designer ;-) This “face 3 eyeliner” version of the Joshua skin by Damiani helped me a lot!

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Take a look at the credits after the jump!

• Costume, Chapeau / Suit, Hat:
Shiki Mustard Suit (450 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SHIKI [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Volume pour manches / Sleeve Filler:
[SLMEN.COM] Sleeves Filler (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Slmen Headquarters [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
JCS-Carl Perkins - Grey (250 Lindens/color, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ JCS! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
(Dahlinks) Eternity Male Dress Ring - Titanium & Black Diamond (200 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Dahlinks [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
LH_hair20_Salva Black (200 Lindens/color, 1000 Lindens/8 colors pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Little Heaven [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Skin:
Joshua Normal Skin Face 3 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at: Lookr

I’ve known Adam Soler from Lookr since his very beginning. He is now an established designer, with a lot of stuff covering various needs. I’m showing today his new FORM suit. It comes in three colors (400 Lindens each), each color pack can be completed with a complement pack, one offering 5 alternative cuffs and the different cufflinks for 50 Lindens, one offering an alternative open shirt for 90 Lindens. In a color pack, you will find a jacket, a closed collar shirt without tie, another one with a tie, all of them on all layers available (shirt, jacket, undershirt plus complement on the underpants layer), a pair of pants on both the pants and underpants layers, three versions of sculpty prim collar: a simple one, one including a tie knot (to wear with the shirt with tie and closed jacket, for example), and one including a full prim tie (to wear with the shirt without tie, worn without jacket, for example). You will also get a pair of sculpty cuff attachments. Everything is totally moddable and copy no transfer.

FORM shows a very neat handdrawn texture with cool details. It has a strong personality without being show-off. A must have for elegant male avatars!

Lookr will open a new big store on a new sim on May 14th. You will find the press release after the cut! There is a modeling contest with nice prizes!

Also featuring: a ring from the last collection of Mhaijik Guillaume, and another hair from Exile in one of the nice textures offered!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Costume, Chemise, Cravate / Suit, Shirt, Tie:
LOOKR ~ Form ~ Gold (400 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
LOOKR ~ Form ~ Gold Complement1 (50 Lindens/pak of 5 alternative cufflinked cuffs, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Lookr [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Flare Oxfords men - Brown (300 Lindens/colors, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shiny Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Ring:
Star Silver Ring a Miscellany on leather Mns Sz (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Exile Knight Cheyanne (250 Lindens/pack of 6 colors, 1000 Lindens/pack of 30 colors, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Exile [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:
MMS-sexy-LGHT-CHbeard2 (1700 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Minnu Model Skin [Designer, Address & SLURL]
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Nouveau chez / New at “Muwu” & “Tesla”

Namida Akami, the designer behind the MUWU brand, has designed stuff for girls for a little while, and started men’s fashions a few weeks ago. This “English boy” jacket, sweater and shirt combo is one of the very first items she created, and it’s a complete success! Textures are nicely done, and you can really feel the different fabrics: soft wool, rougher fabric for the jacket, perfectly ironed shirt. For 90 Lindens, you will get a combo. I like having separates to mix and match things, but I have to admit combo clothing is maybe easier for men in a rush! Three layers are provided — jacket, underpants and jacket layer. You can use the shirt layer under the jacket layer and set the sleeve looseness to a higher level to give the jacket a more natural look, as this looseness is not adjustable on the jacket layer. English boy is now available in red, green, black and blue as well. Im sure you will soon see more MUWU stuff on slmen :-)

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Today I’m wearing new shoes from Tesla by Tesla Miles, “Oxford Shoes.” These simple dress shoes for men can fit many outfits, and they come in a wide choice of dark tones, adding to their versatility. You can get a pair for 349 lindens, and a fat pack of six for 1999 Lindens (Black, Brown, Magenta, Olive, Snow and Slate, all shown below.)

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Also showing a ring from the last collection by Mhaijik Guillaume, neat slacks from Style Starts here and hair from Aitui, in the best ashed blonde tone ever!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste, Chemise, Pull / Jacket, Shirt, Sweater,:
[MUWU] The English Boy (90 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Muwu [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
SSH - Black Slacks (Pants Layer) (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Style Starts Here [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
-TESLA - Men’s Oxfords Leather Shoes (349 Lindens/colors, 999 Lindens for a pack of 6, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Tesla [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Spring Cord Ring Bluesz (50 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Guillaume pour Homme [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Aitui - Sleepwalk Hair /Ash Blond (225 Lindens, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Aitui [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:
Joshua Normal Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “SF Designs” & “Hoorenbeek”

Nuno McCullough | - Tenue/Outfit, Dressy, Official | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

The phone rang. It was my boss and he wanted this article as soon as possible on his desk… Suddenly after hanging up the phone my clumsy hand spilled the coffee on my new suit!! It was the suit I was about to write about in the article, a complete outfit in the same pack, for a mere 350L$. We have several layers that allow us to have different looks with the same suit. The pack bring 2 pairs of pants (with and without belt), 2 jackets (open and closed) and 2 different shirts (open, closed with tie, and closed without tie). It also includes 2 prim ties which we can use with both or open shirt. To match this outfit I chose the Hoorenbeek Allen shoes in black leather, a classic style with shoe laces that goes well with both classic or casual looks. These shoes come in 4 sizes and cost 480.

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Other versions of Saville Suit available in the pack.

Style, Photography: Nuno McCullough

• Costume, Chemise, Cravate / Suit, Shirt, Tie:
Saville Suit Grey (350 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SF Designs [Designer, Address]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Allen Black Leather (480 Lindens. Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address]

• Bague / Ring:
Ratri Night Dark Ring (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Guillaume pour Homme [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Antonio Cave Man (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address]

• Hair: @ Naughty

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Eros Design”

This Alex3 suit by Keth Mommsen for Eros Design is not only perfectly done, it will allow you to express your creativity at coloring, as he offers a tintable version of the tie and of the shirt in the package, added to a ready to wear version!

In the pack you will get two sets of pieces, conveniently numbered, 1 for the ready to wear version, offering a great red tie on a white shirt, with a vest and a long jacket with a complement on the skirt layer (moddable so you can have a more classic look), 2 for the tintable version, offering the same jacket, pants and skirt, plus a special shirt layer for the shirt and a very special undershirt layer for the tie, both tintable. This is the most clever way to offer different ties for a single shirt, as you keep the ability to modify the shirt sleeve to give volume to the jacket’s sleeves, and you still have the ability to change the tie’s color.

The suit is black, which is really challenging for the maker, as in SL the textures do not have thickness like irl, thickness and volume which could grab the light and show the details. Keth did a great job on the pockets, lapels and buttons, to make them visible even on a dark background. There is more: Keth Mommsen knows to place her lapels in the right place to lessen the impact of the body distortion due to movements. You can use many poses and AOs, still looking good without too much ugly distortion.

It goes without saying that this kind of attention to detail ravishes me. I just wait for new versions of this great suit, a version without a vest, more colors of course, and especially in case of tintable objects, a copy-no transfer option. Plus I (and many other) lost so many “no copy” items, eaten by SL…
Anyway, this Alex3 suit is an absolute must have in my humble opinion. I just really hope there will be more colors soon!

Everything is moddable and transfer; you can get your copy for 600 Lindens.

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 4/5 - Price: 4/5 - Value for money: 4/5
We have no information about the customer service’s quality provided by Eros Designs.

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What you can have playing with the ties and shirt colors:
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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Costume, Chemise, Cravate / Suit, Shirt, Tie:
*ED* Alex3 w/Tintable Tie (600 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Eros Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Boots :
JCS SOMA 1 Black/Gray (400 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ JCS [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Ring:
Loved Ring a Miscellany on O-Ring Mns Sz (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
PE Faris Kohl (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Skin:
.:: TBP ::. Envision Caramel Scraggly Goatee Skin v2 (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day : “Adam n Eve”, “Color Me Couture”, “Hoorenbeek”, “Mhaijik Things”.

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Dressy, Official, Semi-Casual | Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Introducing today some items from “Hoorenbeek.” This brand has recently started to offer quality stuff which might interest you!
Today I’m showing “Suede jackets” and “Davit boots,” with complementary pants.

“Suede Jacket” comes in 4 colors (shown); in each pack you will find 4 different jacket layers: one combo with a sweater and a shirt underneath, showing a bit of the belt part of the layer; one without to allow you to wear it with the shirt or sweater of your choice on the shirt layer; and for each of them you will get two versions: one stand alone, one to wear with a complementary skirt. I’m not usually fond of the skirt layer to finish jackets, but this one fits well with minor adjustment (you will obtain a better look modifying your shape a bit, simply reducing the butt size under 35; there are other ways, but a bit more complicated). You can choose to wear the jacket made for the skirt layer complement alone, for a slightly different look with a shorter jacket. Two cuff prim attachments are included to finish the jacket.

The texture is nicely done, detailed without being obviously photosourced. Everything is moddable and copy-no transfer.

“Davit boots” show an original form. Their textures are detailed and show nice selvedges and elasticed sides. The leather texture is realistic. They come in three colors (shown). They are not moddable but come in three sizes for a perfect fitting to the proportions of your avatar. Copy-no transfer.

You can have no copy-transfer version of these items for easy gifting. The vendors offer the alternative. Note that Hoorenbeek is currently running a sale for the holidays, with around 20% off of selected items. Tomorrow, Saturday December 22nd, is the last day!

Another reminder for Mhaijik Guillaume’s limited Christmas rings: After the first of January, they won’t be for sale anymore!

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Showing [ hoorenbeek ] Suede Jacket - Grey, Pants Grey, Davit Boot - Leather - Black, CMC Hair Chase - Black

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Left to Right and Top Down
[ hoorenbeek ] Suede Jacket - Grey, Pants Grey, Davit Boot - Leather - Black, CMC Hair Chase - Black,
[ hoorenbeek ] Suede Jacket - Green, Pants Grey, Davit Boot - Leather - Brown, CMC Hair Chase - Auburn,
[ hoorenbeek ] Suede Jacket - Light Brown, Pants White, Davit Boot - Suede - Brown, CMC Hair Chase - Brown,
[ hoorenbeek ] Suede Jacket - Dark Brown, Pants Khaki, Davit Boot - Suede - Brown, CMC Hair Chase - Blonde.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste, Chemise, Sweater, Pantalon / Jacket, Sweater, Shirt, Pants:
[ hoorenbeek ] Suede Jacket (260 Lindens/color, Perms: M/NC/T),
[ hoorenbeek ] Pants (220 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT)
Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
[ hoorenbeek ] Davit Boot (360 Lindens/color, Perms: C/NM/NT)
Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Christmas Ring Silver (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
Guillaume pour Homme / Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
*CMC* Chase (99 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
CMC Color Me Couture [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:
Damien t1 5 0 clock shadow tone 3 (1500 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
Adam n Eve [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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