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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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: “Rfyre,” “Gutterblood,” “Ottico” and a Few Words about Sezmra Svarog

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Costume, Night, Special Event | Sunday, September 14th, 2008

When I first thought about shooting “Dysis” from Rfyre, I sampled various hairstyles trying to find something that suited the mysterious feel of this ensemble. I think the obvious choice would have been some untamed tresses, lending a romantic air. But as I experimented with different skins, I suddenly saw Dysis as less of an elegant gothic outfit and more dark, almost post-apocalyptic.

Raven Pennyfeather’s costumes are always inspired and nicely textured, this time in tactile embossed leather, bright metallic tones, soft blood-red velvet. The “jacket” is actually a floor-length leather cloak with collar, accessorized with upper and lower sleeves, extended on the glove layer. A mesh shirt on the undershirt layer is topped with leather lace-up shirt on the jacket layer. The leather pants include sculpty prim cuffs (not shown). Finishing off Dysis is a shimmering silver belt double wrapped around the waist.

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

To complete this outfit, I chose Gutterblood Spoonhammer’s stompy and distressed futureterror boots, still specially priced at 100L. Left boot features an outside buckle and right boot a small outside pocket.

The special anniversary glasses from Ottico fit perfectly, I think, with transparency anti-intuitively set to 100%, giving the glasses a mirror lens.

And underneath it all, the wonderful Black Demonic Skin Claw by Sezmra Svarog, from Nora BodySkins, unfortunately not available anymore. Sezmra is a talented long-time skin designer who recently closed up her shop for good, giving up doing business for money in Second Life for her new endeavor, giving away not only her last women’s skins but the Photoshop files themselves so anyone can customize the skins to their liking. This creative spirit, not the sadly more common desire to get rich, quickly or otherwise, in SL, is pretty inspiring. Hearkens back to the original purpose of SL before it became a land of ad parks and overpriced duplicates of real life fashion. Thank you, Sezmra, for your part in renewing that spark of what used to make us happy to log in here.

edited to add: I’ve received a few IMs in world addressing the comments I made about Sezmra. I have no problem with people who make their living on SL by putting their creative energy into creating…the problem I have is with people who only put their creative energy into marketing, while creating duplicates of real life clothing. Sorry if that wasn’t clear in my text.
Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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In Memoriam

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Special Event | Friday, September 12th, 2008

Like every year, Lexi Morgan (Stellar Designs) offers a free t-shirt in memory of the victims of the 9/11 attacks. It comes with a free pair of jeans (the free outfit is unisex,) but i’m showing it with the last creation for men by Lexi: Rockstar pants. These leather pants come in three colors (shown below), without belt or with belt in two patterns (shown below.) Each of them comes in both pants and underpants layer with sculptie flare cuffs (not shown.) Pants are moddable and copy-no transfer.

To complete this special outfit, I chose the new hair with cap from “Exile”, “Railway”, in Harlow, boots from Style Starts Here, sober jewelry from “Guillaume pour homme”, and the blonde skin from “Damiani:” Angel.

Thank you for your thoughts for the families and friends of the victims…

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Colors and belts’ options available for “Rockstar pants” [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Left to Right: Gunmetal without belt, Black with Rock belt, Worn Gold with Star belt.

• Tee-Shirts, Pantalon / T-Shirts, Pants:
SD 911 Layered Tee (2008) Unisex (FREE with a pair of jeans, Perms: M&NM/C/NT),
SD Mens Rockstar Pants Gunmetal (225 Lindens/color, 525 Lindens/Pack of 3 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Stellar Designs [Designer & Address]

• Chapeau, Coiffure / Hat, Hair:
Exile Railway harlow (250 Lindens/pack of 6 colors, 1000 Lindens/pack of 30 colors, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Exile [Designer & Address]

• Bracelet, Bague / Bracelet, Ring:
Mhaijik Titanium w Black C Bracelet Mns Sz (250 Lindens w/ free bracelet, Perms: M/NC/T),
Mhaijik Titanium w Black C Ring Mns Sz (250 Lindens w/ free ring, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Guillaume pour homme [Designer & Address]

• Bottes / Boots:
(Style Starts Here) Stomper boots Black (300 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T w/ resize script)
@ Style Starts Here [Designer & Address]

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

• Skin:
Angel Normal Face 1 (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer & Address]

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Nouveau chez / new at: “Dahlinks”, “JCS”, & “Sf Designs”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume, Special Event | Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Just after the “Toltek” (shown here), Eponymous Trenchmouth created on the same base “Sebastian,” with a totally different flair, with laces, but still with medium heels. I wondered how the hell I could find something to fit these dress shoes, as, in my humble opinion, they were difficult to match with contemporary stuff. Fortunately, after Rfyre who created an outfit to complete the “Toltek,” Swaffette Firefly (SFDesign) found on her last release an historical costume which fits perfectly the Sebastian in red!

“Sebastian” shoes are offered in many colors (coal, mustard, midnight, chalk, olive and red). In each color pack you will get three versions to match your avatar size. Note that the shoes, as it has become very usual now, are designed to adjust on your feet set to zero. The texturing is as good as usual at JCS, and the quality of the design is totally astonishing. You don’t only wear pixel shoes for your avatar when you wear JCS shoes, but also some of the best built and textured items an SL artist can produce… I just can’t wait for the next release, hoping a style which will better fit usual clothing! ;-)

“Isambard” costume from SF design is offered in a complete pack offering many outfits in one. You will find in the f-pack: a pair of pants, a coat with prim lower part (in three pre-sized versions, moddable), a vest, a shirt, everything on many layers, sculpty cuffs for the shirt, sculpty collar (in two sizes), a prim tie, a prim shirt frill and a combo tie+frill. I’m showing below two of the looks you can get. Everything is copy and modify, so you are sure everything will fit your avatar perfectly.

I’m always happy to discover a new range of jewelry for men. Alexandra Nichols just released some pieces for men a few days ago: a monocle (shown) in a steampunk spirit, a bracelet (you will discover it on slmen very soon, resizable by menu), and three rings with diamonds, maybe a bit show off but (thanks god) without bling script inside. I’m showing today the “Eternity male dress Ring” from Dahlinks in “gold and diamond,” but you might prefer the very masculine “titanium and black diamond” or the “silver and diamond.” Each of them comes in three sizes able to fit any avatar. Note that Alexandra Nichols will be more than happy to modify any Dahlinks items for you if your avatar is especially big or small!

I can’t finish this post without talking to you of the customer service offered by the featured designers: it’s just top notch, period. Now that customer service seems to be becoming an option for some designers, considering the low price in RL money of their stuff - such an argument, frankly! :-( - it’s comforting to do business with such customer conscious sweet people!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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More pictures and full credits after the jump!

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• Costume, Chapeau / Suit, Hat:
sf design ‘isambard’ (400 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SF design [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
JCS-Sebastian - Red (300 Lindens/color, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ JCS! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Monocle, Bague / Monocle, Ring:
(Dahlinks) The Mad Coder’s Monocle (125 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
(Dahlinks) Eternity Male Dress Ring - Gold & Diamond (200 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Dahlinks [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
LH_hair13_rabi Ash (200 Lindens/color, 1000 Lindens/8 colors pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Little Heaven [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 Tone Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Sakura Sorcerer

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Costume, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Special Event | Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

BareRose was a real revelation for me the first time I visited it. I still remember that heady sense of sheer visual intoxication - all those endless columns and rows of neo-Gothic Japanese couture. It made my head reel - you want to take in all at once, but of course it’s just impossible. I was 5 and in the giant toy store of my dreams all over again.

I re-experienced that same giddy joy last night when I popped by Discord Nightmare City. The parallels with BareRose are unmistakeable - wall upon wall of lace-and-latex-and-leather-confections, creative energy coursing up and down the panels like so much electricity. But Discord seems to have taken the narrative process one step further, weaving a story of futuristic fin-de-siecle into the collection of spaces (what they’ve called ’streets’) that together make up Nightmare city - searchlights ply the different floors in search of fugitives, and occasionally, the unwary shopper is momentarily trapped in a crosswire cage.

I’ve elected to showcase the one Discord outfit that seems to me to best exemplify its creativity, in this case, a reimagining of the neo-Gothic staple of the Victorian men’s suit. The Discord iconoclasts have dipped the usual black suit in an psychedelic pink dye and I find the end result most enchanting. Speaking of magic users, I owe a debt of inspiration to the SL artist Arahan Claveau and his trademark madcap spellcaster ensemble (Hello Kitty knickers and magic staff, in particular!). The Discord outfit is a little less culturally knowing, but I doubt I’d have dared to have donned something quite so pink if he hadn’t shown me just how much fun off-red magi have. The outfit comes with the belt depicted here, gloves, as well as glove strap attachments.

The other accessories on this outfit are the excellent Shearwater glasses from Serious Giggle, which comes with menu-driven controls for lens colour, transparency and lens gradation; there’s Mhaijik Guilaume’s new Kavi Poet Ring, whose gemstone’s kalediscopic colours swirl ever-so-gently around; as well as Striker Albatros’ delightful little magic bottle earring, from his ‘Maho-Do’ (Japanese for ‘Magic Emporium’) shop. Striker also stocks some great magic staves, which he’ll customise to a colour of your choice for a nominal fee. No prizes for guessing which colour I had my staff changed to.

Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

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• Costume, Coiffure, Bottes / Suit, Hair, Boots:
Ro-zan - Pink (60 Lindens, includes pants, shirt, collar, belt, gloves (not depicted here), glove belts, Perms: M/C/NT),
Prim Hair - Kiwame Black-Pink (99 Lindens, includes the Garou hairstyle in black and pink as well, Perms: M/C/NT),
Ka-soku Black-Pink Boots (99 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Discord [Designer, Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
1koro-eye Basic Violet (250 Lindens, includes 18 eye sets, Perms: NM/C/T),
@ Glanz [Designer, Address]

• Lunettes / Glasses:
Shearwater Board (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Serious Giggle [Designer, Address]

• Boucles d’orielles / Earrings:
Bottle Earring - Pink (25 Lindens, includes left and right earrings, also available in other colours, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Maho-Do [Designer, Address]

• Bague / Ring:
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Ring (250 Lindens, animated gemstone texture, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address]

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Cocooning for Valentine

Cocooning for Valentine…

…with luxurious slippers by Eponymous Trenchmouth for JCS shoes. They come in 6 patterns/fabrics, from leather to emboidered velvet, quilted silk, etc! In each pack you will find two sizes to harmonize with your avatar size (and not to your feet, which have to be set to zero for most of the shoes, because of the mediocrity of the mesh for male avatars’ feet, not for some Chinese torture reason (I read that somewhere, such an idea LOL). They are no modify, no copy and transfer for easy gifting, but you can ask Epy for a copy-no transfer version if you are, like me, fond of the outfits folders for instant changings! They are priced at 300 Lindens. Well, it’s expensive for slippers you will, frankly, not wear that much in SL. But they are such beautiful pieces of prim work (not sculpted) I’m sure you could be tempted! Note that for Valentine’s, the “crimson quilted” model is sold at 50% off!

…with sensual silk boxers by Lexi Morgan for Stellar Designs. A pack including five of them (black, pink, red, silver and white) on the underpants layer, no modify, no transfer, is sold for a low 50 Lindens.

…with cool tattoos from Kaori Masala for Devol. Although the seams are not perfect (lets face it, for now Aitui is the only one providing really seamless tattoos), I found them interesting. This FujinRaijin-karajishi tattoo comes on shirt and undershirt layers, in two versions, with and without kanjis on it. It’s copiable, and moddable so you can change its color if you want to. You can get the pack for 180 Lindens.

…with brand new eyes from Posy Trudeau for Flesh Peddlers. They are nicely done, come in 28 colors (no less!!!), each eye comes in 3 sizes, from natural to anime style. Some colors are THE nice. Showing today Chambray, one of my very favorites. 75 Lindens for a pack of 3 size of one color. Copy-no transfer. I just wish for a fat pack!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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• Pantoufles / Slippers:
Kippers - Crimson Quilted (150 Lindens for Valentine, thos model only, other models: 300 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ JCS Shoes [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Boxers:
SD Romance Silk Boxers (50 Lindens/Pack of 5 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Stellar Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
.:::: dEVOL ::::. FujinRaijin-karajishi no Kanji (180 Lindens/pack of two versions, w. and w/o kanjis, on2 layers, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Devol [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Yeux / Eyes:
{FP} Bright Eyes - S - Chambray (75 Lindens/color, 3sizes included, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Joshua TAN Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: “Accessory Arsenal,” “KR,” “Philotic Energy,” “SF Designs,” “Young Urban”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Special Event | Monday, February 4th, 2008

Decided on putting together a hiking outfit after getting these new hiking boots by swaffette Firefly. The boots come in three sizes, much appreciated by those of us with smaller avatars. I spent my first months on SL looking like a clown, finally settling for primless shoes, so smaller sizes are welcome. With the boots, you can get six colors of ankle socks with sculpty cuffs, for free.
Quality: 3/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): NA - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

The next most important piece to ensure that a hike is safe and successful is a decent backpack, filled with essentials just in case one gets lost in the wilderness. I’d seen this pack a while ago at Accessory Arsenal and after reaching into the recesses of my memory, remembered the sim it was located in (but couldn’t remember the name of the shop!), tp’d with my fingers crossed and found the place still there. It’s a wonderful backpack, beautifully textured, very realistic looking but still whimsical. (I love the Hershey bar tucked into the side.) It was a little hard to adjust so the straps looked right, but not too bad. Comes with a flashlight and a walking stick (not pictured).
Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): NA - Price: 3/5 - Value for money: 4/5

The green plaid shirt from Young Urban is a nice sportshirt, comfortable and broken in. Very reasonably priced at 80L, it’s worth tossing in your inventory for a casual option. It comes in short sleeves (untucked on the jacket layer), with prim cuffs (not shown), or long-sleeve, tucked on the shirt layer (but pretty short if you’re wearing low-rise pants) and untucked on the jacket layer.
Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 3/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

The white capri pants from KR (also available in black) come with prim side pockets (I didn’t attach them) and prim cuffs (shown). I like the cords on the cuffs a lot, and the pants look natural, with good detail and shading. A bit on the expensive side at 250L.
Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 3/5 - Price: 2/5 - Value for money: 3/5

Finished up the outfit with Aemilia Case’s “Mykal” in Auburn, messy and casual and easy to manage while outdoors; and a cool watch by Fim Fischer.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Boots, Chaussettes / Boots, Socks :
sf design hiking boots (200 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT), sf design ankle socks in 6 colors w/sculpty cuffs (free),
@ SF Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Backpack:
Hitchhiker backpack (350L, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Accessory Arsenal [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
Capri White (250L, Perms: NC/M/T),
@ KR Mega Store [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
Green Plaid Shirt (80L, Perms: NC/M/T),
@ Young Urban [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Mykal (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/6 tipped, 1200 Lindens/21 colors & 6 tipped, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Montre / Watch:
Outdoor Time - Boating - Watch with real movement and modifiable time zone (399 Lindens, Perms M/NC/T),
@ Fim Fischer’s Watches [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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