Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Boon”, “Elite Prim Watch”, “Kalnins”, “Exile”, “Sweetest Goodbye”…

[Update] From now on and for 30 days, Gospel Voom offers a 50% rebate on the watch featured on this post! Contact him in world to get your refund on the “Windrider”!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New at “Dinzeo Designs” and “Hybrid”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Nouvau chez / new at: “SF Design”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Dressy, Night, Official, Punky, Semi-Casual, Special Event | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau Chez / New at: “MUWU” and “Style Starts Here”

Perry Proudhon | Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Punky | Friday, August 15th, 2008

MUWU’s new “Taste of Harajuku” set comes in five colors: red, black, purple, blue and pink. The pants come in versions with and without zips. I chose the version with zips to show here. The main fabric of the pants is nice, a punk plaid, but the zippers are blurry. The main idea gets across, and the effect is good, but I tend to like clearer textures.

The jacket, on both shirt and jacket layers, features sculpty attachments: fur cuffs (’bracers’) and sculpty sleeves which seem a bit redundant (not shown here). I have to say, the fur texture is beautiful, very soft in appearance, almost tactile. The shading on the jacket is nice, especially around the top of the front, where the fabric is visibly ’stretched.’ It almost has a lycra look and feel to it, which is a little different than the wool appearance of the back of the jacket.

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

These new stomper engineer boots from Style Starts Here are nicely hand drawn, with good detail and texture. They’re not comically large like some stompers, and are able to be easily resized by script (I love this option, and am glad people are using it more).

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 5/5 - Price:3.5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

Rounding off this outfit, the Bon75 hair from boon in jet black.

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Midnight Fox

I was asking a Singaporean friend of mine, Junz Darkstone, where he’d gotten that delicate, ethereal skin of his, and promptly received an LM directing me to eXceSs. My curiosity was piqued - I’d not heard of eXceSs before, and teleporting in, found 2 really well-styled guys conversing with each other (Bvrve Cremorne, whom I’d later discover was the powerhouse designer behind Monogrind!, and Johansson Sicling).

There are some styles that I know I can’t do half as well as the people who are really into a particular niche culture - the neko (cat) and kitsune (fox) look chief among these. Johansson, on the other hand, seemed to have gotten the kitsune style down beautifully; his androgyne appearance perfectly complemented the Japanese origins of the neko/kitsune style - and then there was that lovely swishy tail of his! I promptly IM-ed him, found him wonderfully open to being featured on SL Men, and the fruit of that conversation is this post.

To achieve his look, Johansson started with the twitchy fox ears and tail from the Aventity Fox AV, as well as the black sweater and skin from eXceSs. He opted for long hair, reasoning that it would go well with the pale skin and the turtleneck collar, and chose a deep blue so that this would form an interesting contrast with the general gray/black base. The torn and stained Nekogear jeans, belted army boots from ShOOz! and wired legwarmers from Primitive Design helped provide a bit of aggro to balance out an otherwise feminine ensemble.

Also noteworthy is the belt from Monogrind! - there are so many grunge/emo/punk clothing and accessory stores out there, but Bvrve Cremorne still manages to make his items distinctive and special. Definitely worth a visit.

P.S. Johansson DJs at the Body Shop, an *ahem* gentleman’s club, on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight, SLT, so go catch him there if you want to see more of his tres chic dress sense in action.

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Style: Johansson Sicling. Photography: Domch Raymaker

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Nouveau chez / New at: Gearshift, Ottico & Random.

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Punky | Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Donovan Brennen, the designer behind Gearshift, was on a creative hiatus. I know many people missed him. He came back a few weeks ago on the SL fashion scene with a couple of hoodies and matching tee shirts which are definitely must-have.

“Guile Man” (shown in the main composite) and “Icon Red Male” (look at it on the secondary composite) offer very original textures in cool colors. “Guile” shows a very nice and original pixelated camo pattern in khaki and olive for the jacket, worn over a tee shirt full of bombs! “Icon Red” jacket is softer, with its jacket with subdued red pattern and fur collar worn over a modern-lover themed tee-shirt.

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Showing [GearShift] GUILE MALE.

In each pack, you will get different layers allowing you to wear the hoodie alone, or with a tee-shirt underneath, or the tee-shirt alone (combinations of shirt and jacket layer); two prim sculpty cuffs to wear with the sleeves rolled up (using the sleeve length slider of the jacket on appearance mode); a hood, worn down, in three sizes; the same hood in a worn up version, in three sizes as well; 2 pre-sized prim lower parts. Note that you can buy for a small price a special hair complement especially designed by the talented Aemilia Case, coming in four colors, to wear with the hood up. This is a really good idea, as most of the time you are forced to go bald under hoodies, due to the hair showing up through them.

I like the amount of options offered. The prim attachments are nicely done and not too tricky to adjust, but I have to say I’m not a fan of the the prim lower part for jackets idea. Donovan’s work is not the problem; I have the same question on each and every piece of clothing on the market with a prim lower jacket. You can adjust them the best you can, and it looks good on a certain pose, with an amazing 3D feeling you can’t get even with the best texture ever; but how can you deal with them when you walk, sit, or let your AO change your poses? You will see that prim attachment passing through your body, again and again… Okay, first, it’s not painful at all; and second, I know many people who really don’t care. But I’m definitely not convinced, although I agree it’s a great enhancement on a purely aesthetic point, on static poses, after proper adjustment . Maybe one day we will have some script making this kind of attachment follow your body movement (like the one for women’s skirts, kinda)? Until then, I consider SL limitations too much of an issue to really allow this kind of enhancement on clothing. That said, I’m very thankful to those at Gearshift, Muism and Cubic Effect, to name a few, for trying to push the limits to the max!

Each of the new hoodie/shirt packs from Gearshift is sold for 400 Lindens. Everything is moddable and copy-no transfer. You can get special hair complements for 75 Lindens each.

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Letf to Right and Top Down:
[GearShift] GUILE MALE: Jacket and shirt, Bombs Away shirt alone, [GearShift] iCON Red MALE: jacket and shirt, Geek Heart shirt alone.

Also showing: another great hair from Exile, “Leto,” nice gloves with prim attachments (can we live without them? :-D) from Drawmachine, superb jeans from Random (without prim cuffs! YAY), and the Combat Boots from Hoorenbeek in that new color “old brown.”

I wouldn’t forget the special anniversary googles from Ottico! They come in three versions: on nose, on head (both shown) and hanging around the neck. They are fully scriptable for color changing, moddable and copy-no transfer. I love their buckles and leather texture. Thank you Youki Rau, and keep up the good work!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Space Invaders

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Punky | Sunday, May 18th, 2008

I’ll admit it - I’m old enough to remember Space Invaders. I think video games had evolved a fair bit to the level of ‘Donkey Kong’ and ‘Mario Brothers’ by the time I was old enough to go to the arcades myself, but Space Invaders had incredible staying power, and spawned a whole host of ‘alien invasion’ video games the likes of Galaxian, et al. Yes, yes, geek stuff, I know.

Today’s outfit is my take on geek chic. I came across the monogrammed Space Invaders tee (by Pes Voom, of CCDM) in a Japanese sim some weeks back and really loved it, but it wasn’t till I saw the Astro Zapper belt with its Space Invaders buckle that everything fell into place. The toy gun that comes with the Astro Zapper belt is great fun - it comes complete with firing poses and ‘pew pew’ noises.

The shoes, from Coke Dreadlow’s Urban Bomb Unit, have been duly raved about by other menswear blogs, and it’s praise that’s well-deserved. Lots of texture options, and a great deal of customizability - you can change the fabric, the colour of the stitches, and even the sole!

To give more depth to the monogrammed shirt, I’m wearing it on top of an old pullover from Form (the Mesh Bleach jacket), which sadly isn’t available anymore. The Weird Monkey Designs (WMD) jeans, with their rising sun motif, are my nod to the Japanese origins of the video game - Space Invaders was designed and programmed by Toshihiro Nishikada for the video game company Taito back in 1978. The jeans are part of a larger series by Maruko Sakigake, which includes Amsterdam and UK-themed jeans as well, available from the WMD store.

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise / Shirt:
Super Disco Hitters Tee01 - Monogram - Black (60 Lindens, includes 2 shirt layers, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ CCDM [Designer, Address]

• Chemise / Shirt:
Form - Mesh Bleach (No longer available for sale at time of writing)
@ Form [Designer, Address]

• Jean / Jeans:
WMD-Sugoi ‘Big in Japan’ High Rise (199 Lindens, also includes a jacket (not depicted) and low-rise pants layer, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Weird Monkey Designs (WMD) [Designer, Address]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Pornstar Slip-Ons Multicolor (Unisex) (495 Lindens, menu-driven texture options, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Urban Bomb Unit [Designer, Address]

• Ceinture / Belt:
Astro Space Zapper (200 Lindens, includes gun with action poses and sounds, and belt (with a separate gun, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Gritty Kitty [Designer, Address]

• Scarf:
Gritty Kitty - Invaders Scarf (1 Linden, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Gnubie [Designer, Address]

• Bracelet, Montre / Bracelet, Watch:
T3 Clubgear - Colour Cycle Bracelets (150 Lindens, comes with right and left bracelets; bracelet size is moddable, Perms: NM/NC/T),
T3 Chro-Range ChroStrap (250 Lindens, colour controls, can be set to GMT or SLT, M/NC/T),
@ T3 [Designer, Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Transparency Shine Eyes - ClearGray (300 Lindens, includes 2 eye sets in different iris sizes, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Glanz [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (2nd Version) Nude - Goatee (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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