Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: CE Cubic Effect, Exile, Hoorenbeek…

Hello peeps!

I haven’t been online as much lately, and I’d like to apologize to slmen.com’s faithful readers who are used to daily posts, for the slower routine the past two months. If I had more time to spend in Second Life, I would have shown the work of Mirai Jun, the designer behind CE Cubic Effect, much sooner! Mirai isn’t just another photosource designer; he is more than that. With a few talented others, he has introduced prim clothing for men. Each item comes with many attachments that take realism to the next level.

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Sure, I would always prefer graphic designers talented enough to hand draw clothing, with the genius to transform 2D textures into the illusion of volume. They would always be my favorites. But it would be unfair to reject what customers like sometimes: hyper-realistic items. Mirai works with sculpty prims, obviously, and those who know the work needed to properly apply textures to sculpties (photosourced here) can’t do anything but applaud the result.

I chose this short leather jacket in red; you can have it in many other colors. Attachments are moddable, and yes, it’s a bit tricky to adjust, but the time spent is worth it. 380 lindens per color.

Also showing for the first time on slmen, a hairstyle by Kavar Cleanslate for Exile. I should have shown his work earlier, too, but patience has been rewarded: Kavar just released new textures, and they are just perfect. You will discover “Alex” in my favorite colors below. My very favorite is this rich deep brunette named “Mink.” I simply love it! You can have a set of 6 colors for 250 lindens (Browns, blonds, reds, wild card, blacks, or a special selection named “Kavar’s favs”) and an everything pack for 1000 lindens (30 colors.)

My Favorite hairtones from the new texture collection:
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Left to Right and Top Down:
Exile Alex in: Mink, Autumn, Greystone, Ash, Sahara, Chimera, Strawberryblonde, Toxic.

Also showing: a new creation from Hoorenbeek in their realistic shoes series — “Combat boots,” some “Doc Martens-like” boots; an original bracelet from Shiny Things; some very used and torn pants from GG Couture, especially made to wear inside boots; an especially revealing tee from Muwu; and last but not least, a skin from the excellent “Adam” series from PXL Creations.

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Blouson / Jacket:
!_Ce Cubic effect Short leather jackets for men(Red) (380 Lindens/color, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ CE Cubic Effect [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
*GC* Tore Up Jeans (Black) (125 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ GG Couture [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• T-Shirt:
[MUWU] Flesh Mechanic (90 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Muwu [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Boots:
[ hoorenbeek ] Combat Boots - Black/Red (520 Lindens/colors, Perms: NM/NC/T or NM/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
Mechanica men’s bracelet - gunmetal (100 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Shiny Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Exile Alex Mink (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:
PXL_Adam_Skin_Med_Face01_v6 (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ PXL Creations [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day

Emma Gilmour, under the name “Hudsen Armidi,” has recently designed these very well done moto jackets. They come in a wide range of colors. In each color pack, you will find a jacket layer, and, in two pre-sized but moddable versions (one for men, one for women or small avatars), cuffs, collar and a bottom piece in sculpty prims. As you might notice on the following pictures, the texturing of the prim attachment is totally great. You can often find unmatching textures between clothing layers and prim attachments, but these ones are melting almost perfectly, with a level of quality I never knew ’til now. Everything is, obviously, moddable and copy-no transfer. Choose your favorite colors for 475 Lindens each! Besides the classic ones, try on the bright ones, like the luminous green I’m showing in the main composite!

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Showing: ! SLAB Uno Green (Black Belt), Armidi Limited - Moto Leather Jacket [Moss], [ hoorenbeek ] Air Force - Grey/Blue.

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Left to Right: Armidi Limited - Moto Leather Jacket [Shale w/Creme] and [Charcoal].

I needed high quality jeans to match these jackets. I chose the new UNO jeans from SLAB. I’m pretty ok with the great Robin Sojourner when she says, “jeans shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg.” But I have to admit that these jeans from Pompo Bombaci are really nicely done, and are worth it, especially since he cut their price! They come in four colors (shown below.) In each color pack, you will have four versions with a different belt color, on both pants and underpants layer, plus a pair of matching socks, very useful to make the inner side of those nicely textured items look as good as the outside (for newbies, inner color and texture of pants is done with the socks); I wish more designers would think of offering these kinds of goodies! Elegance hides in details, like the devil… :-) So, you will get your color pack for 395 lindens, with 20% off the introductory price. For bargain chasers, the fat pack is now priced at 995 lindens. 12 versions of the jeans, in every color, every belt color, each of the twelve in both pants and underpants layers, plus matching socks. If you want great photosourced jeans for each and every occasion, this is the master choice!

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Left to Right: ! SLAB Uno Green (Black Belt), Blue (Blue Belt), Basics (Brown Belt), and Gray (Purple Belt).

I’m showing also the good “Nike-like” from Hoorenbeek: Airforce. The designers behind the brand offer now a wide range of casual and dress sculpty shoes. These Airforce show quality building. They come in six colors, each of them in 4 sizes. You can choose your perms: copy or transfer, according to your needs, for 520 Lindens per color. If you want shoes that mimic RL ones, Hoorenbeek has definitely become a brand of choice.

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Left to Right & Top Down: [ hoorenbeek ] Air Force - Grey/Blue, Grey/Red, Beige, Black/Red, Brown, and Orange.

Also showing the last Ottico glasses and a new cool and funny hair from Boon: KAR07. You need it if you’re looking for middle length heavily curled hair!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Jean / Jeans:
! SLAB Uno Green (Black Belt) (395 Lindens/color, each including 4 belt colors, 995 Lindens for a pack of 4 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SLAB Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Blouson / Moto Jacket:
Moto Leather Jacket [Moss] (475 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
by Hudsen Armidi (aka Emma Gilmour, owner and designer of Sand Shack Surf Co [Designer, Address & SLURL])

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
[ hoorenbeek ] Air Force - Grey/Blue (520 Lindens/colors, Perms: NM/NC/T or NM/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Coiffure / Hair:
booN KAR07 hair jetblack (220 Lindens/pack of 2 colors, 550 Linden/pack of 6 colors, 1000 Lindens/pack of 12 colors, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Boon [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:
FNKY! Antonio Dark - Stubble (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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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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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: “4 Minutes to Save the World”

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Costume, Punky | Friday, March 28th, 2008

The new Madonna single ‘4 Minutes to Save the World’ and John Galliano’s urban warrior outfits collided, made passionate love to each other, and fused in my subconscious, and this is their lovechild: a hallucinogenic, over-the-top outfit that merges the work of two SL designers - Tonk Tomcat and Kabraxxis Desade.

What you see here chanelling a latter-day Asian Dr. Who is Tonk’s brooding, post-apocalyptic ‘Extinction’ set hybridized with Kabraxxis’ classical 18th century samurai outfit. And there to prevent the whole ensemble from taking itself too seriously are two irreverent pieces by Sabina Gully - her Time Traveller necklace, as well as her ‘Time Has No Meaning’ bracelet. Both feature watches with their hands madly whirling round and round.

One disclaimer: I’m not usually a fan of the Resident Evil / Silent Hill look, but Tonk’s Extinction outfit won me over with its customizability and sheer attention to detail. Included in the very full ‘Extinction’ pack are camo pants in 6 different colours, 5 shirts, 3 pairs of goggles, and a bevy of other sculptie attachments (bomb bags, gloves, and a headscarf, among others), that any self-respecting doomsday survivor would presumably need. The boots shown in the picture are, however, different from the ones included in the ‘Extinction’ set.

Kabraxxis is no slouch in the prim attachment department, either. I counted 13 attachments in his Black/Red Samurai Special pack - these include shin guards, a neck guard and a mask (on top of the items depicted hree).

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise, Pantalon, Bottes / Shirt, Pants, Boots:
Tonktastic Extinction Outfit (Black) (3240 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
Biker Boots Extreme (500 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT)
@ Tonktastic Quality Wear [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chapeau / Helmet:
Black/Red Samurai (Black) (900 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Inverted Horizon Studios [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Collier, Bracelet / Necklace, Bracelet:
Time Traveler Necklace (129 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
Time Has No meaning (199 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Magika [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Ceinture / Belt:
booN WG15 belt with studs (220 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ booN [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Valiant Eyeline Silver Sky eyes (80 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Valiant [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin: The Abyss

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Nouveau chez / New at “DE Designs” and “Insomnia”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Punky | Saturday, January 26th, 2008

DoC Eldritch’s shop, DE Designs, is HUGE. I know because I was wandering around it late last night trying to find something. It was right in front of my face, of course, but hey, it was late…Anyway, these basic leather pants are nice. The texture is pretty authentic, giving you the feel of real leather. They come in three colors: slate (shown in main pictures), black and brown.
Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 2/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 3/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 5/5

Sark Lane has a new place just upstairs from Zona Cero at Icewater. It’s called “Insomnia” and features some interesting, quirky shirts and jewelry. This shirt, Two Faces, drew a lot of positive comments when I wore it in world the past couple days. I’m also wearing Sark’s “obsession bands,” as well as the snakebite necklace from Zona Cero.
Quality: 3/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 2/5 - Price: 4/5 - Value for money: 4/5

The Envision Wraith skin has also been drawing a lot of comments from people, all positive. I enjoy the distinctly different look a wraith skin gives you; I’ve always found them sexy. Philotic Energy’s Billie II hair and JCS’s Oslo shoes in black, The End!

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Other available colors (black, brown):
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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Pantalon / Pants:
DE Basic Leathers (50L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ DE Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
Two Faces (90L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Insomnia [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Armbands:
Obsession Bands (120L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Insomnia [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Collier / Necklace:
Snakebite Necklace (180 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Zona Cero [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Oslo, Black shoes (400 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Jeepers Creepers, [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin v2 (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Billie II, Black (150 Lindens/color, 1200L for fatpack of 22 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Punky | Sunday, January 13th, 2008

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Style: Eric Szuyuan - Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Jean / Jeans:
Nuke Denim [gravel] (100 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Truth [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Débardeur / Tank Top:
Immortals Tank (49 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Renegade [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Guitare / Guitar:
Jimi Hendrix Psychedelic Flying Guitar (2499 Lindens, Perms: M/C/T),
by Nomasha Syaka,
@ Nomasha Syaka [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bouteille de lait / Milk Bottle:
Milk IV (180 Lindens, Perms M/NC/T)
@ Catnip [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Eyes - Gray (50 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ Miriel [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bottes, Gants / Boots, Gloves :
Shit Kicker Black Boots (400 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
RaGe Gloves M (Black) (500 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Sinistyle

• Coiffure / Hair:
Liquorice Disembodied, Black (150 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Gritty kitty

• Ceinture / Belt: Gritty kitty

• Skin: Naughty Designs

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day : “Civvies”, “Flesh Peddlers”, “Form”, “Zero Number”…

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Thursday, December 27th, 2007

Several people have attempted “beaten” skins…I think Posy Trudeau has succeeded quite well with her “Fight” version of the Jack skin at Flesh Peddlers. Looking at the bruises and cuts makes your eyes water, I swear.

The War-Torn Gear is a series of tanks and tees in different neutral colors on jacket, shirt and undershirt layer that can be mixed and matched for various effects.

FORM’s F*cked jeans, shredded and duct-taped, fit the ensemble well. Tied to my leg is the DarkPANDA *Leg Bag by Nana Beatty, from Kana-Na. The outfit is finished off with Engineer Boots by Mai Runo for Zero Number.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Skin:
{FP} Jack Skin_Tan_Fight (500 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Tee-Shirt:
War-Torn Tees (400 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Civvies [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
F*cked Jeans (75 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ FORM [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bottes / Boots:
[0N] Engineer Boots (400 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Zero Number [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bandana:
Black Arm Bandana (70 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Tonic [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Natural Obsidian (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ PixelDolls [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• DarkPANDA *Leg Bag (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Kana-Na [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair: Tami McCoy

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