Nouveau chez / New at “Dutch Touch” and “0 Style”

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It has been way too long since Iki Ikarus designed new men’s stuff for “Dutch Touch!” Patience got rewarded though, as the new “Tinus” series is a total delight.

This new series completes perfectly the existing range of urban wear for men you can find at Dutch Touch, one of the very few places where you can find urban and punky stuff that don’t seem being soaked in some questionable sewage!

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Showing :: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Brown N Blue.

Each color pack (4 available) comes with the following: a pair of jeans with nice stylish details, a casual jacket with amazingly realistic lapels in two shadowing versions, one more for girls, the other more for guys, but it’s up to you, depending on your avie shape, and a stylish horizontal striped sweater, coming in both jacket layer (untucked) and shirt layer (tucked) with, obviously, the little complement on the underpants layer.

The textures are, as always at Dutch Touch, gorgeous. Colors in each pack make a very cool harmony. Iki knows her work at coloring, her subdued hues are just beautiful. This point is the very difference between designers who are just talented graphic technicians and real artists. No doubt Iki is an artist. I just wish she did more men’s stuff! :-)

Each color pack can be yours for 225 Lindens, a very reasonable price. Everything is moddable and transfer.
You can have all the sweaters in a pack, copy no transfer this time, for 300 Lindens, and all the jackets in a pack including two complementary colors (added to the ones you can get in each basic pack), copy no transfer as well, for 300 Lindens too.

TinUs from Dutch touch packs:
Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price:4.5/5 - Value for money: 4.5/5

Also showing a new hair from “0 Style”, Euphoria, a great messy proposal from the talented Rei Gully, and the still unsurpassed “Chucks sneakers” from Akeyo.

I’m wearing the too unknown “Adam” skin by Hart Larsson for PXL Creations. You really have to take a look at it. Some details are very unique, as, in the version I chose for today, the trimmed eyebrow! This skin is a truly great alternative to the blockbusters!

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Left to Right and Top Down:
Wearing :: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Jeans and jackets, in Brown N Blue, Blue N Violet, Blue N Green, Black N Olive.

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Left to Right and Top Down:
Wearing :: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Jeans and sweaters, in Brown N Blue, Blue N Violet, Blue N Green, Black N Olive.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste, Jean / Jacket, Jeans:
:: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Brown N Blue (sold with a jacket, 225 Lindens/color, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Dutch Touch [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Débardeur / Tank Top
*Muism* 20% transparency Tank top/black (250 Lindens/color, 500 Lindens/pack of 3 colors, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Muism [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]

• Bague, Colier / Ring, Necklace:
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Ring,
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Necklace (275 Lindens/PACK OF BOTH ITEMS, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
* 0 Style * Euphoria *(Chestnut) (300 Lindens/3 close colors, 1000 Lindens/Every 18 colors packs, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Zero Style [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_Face00_v6 (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ PXL Creations [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Outfit of the day

Nuno McCullough | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Saturday, March 29th, 2008

Having bought my new motorcycle, I just needed to get the outfit, so I simply took out of my wardrobe my Argrace jeans and paired them with this nice 79 Cycle Jacket from Form which reminds me the movies from the 70s, and my strong-all-the-road Patagonia boots from Hoorenbeek. Today’s accessories are Inone’s Native necklace and Mhaijik’s Minimal in Montreal ring (a pack that includes 3 different rings)

Being ready, lets go for a ride…

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Style, Photography: Nuno McCullough

• Jacket:
79 Cycle Jacket (125 Lindens. Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Form [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
Jeans Dark Blue (100 Lindens. Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Argrace [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Boots:
Patagonia Boots black (520 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Collier / Necklace:
Necklace Native (80 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Inone [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Ring Minimal in Montreal (pack of 3 rings Metal and Gem Organics) (150 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity Realeyes - Lavander (Free, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Zada (shape by) [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
MMS GEN3 chesthair (1700 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Minnu Model Skin [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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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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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

This free hair from boon is so cool, you really need to go grab it. Twelve colors, each in two sizes, with flexi bits for added fun and realism. I’m showing “Ash” here. Seriously, though, free. How can you go wrong?

The Standard Henley from Nylon Outfitters comes in three colors, with a t-shirt for wearing underneath. So, a nice set of options to choose from, for 120L. I wouldn’t call the blue indigo, but hey…

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

The G-check pants from Grandma! are soft and comfy-looking, and can be worn with a casual shirt (like here) or dressed up with a jacket, I would imagine. As with most pieces at Grandma! a very reasonable 50L.

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

I borrowed this Magik Vial necklace from a friend while scrounging around for a piece of jewelry to wear (and not being successful). It’s nice…the version you can buy switches colored gemstones (190 possibilities, it appears from the ad at the shop). I thought it fit well with the sort of scruffy Henley.

Another color choice from the Bright Eyes collection at Flesh Peddler, this time ‘Polar.’ It’s a nice icy blue, similar to a pair of ice-blue eyes I used to wear more that aren’t available any more.

Oh, I couldn’t help but pair this “Rogue” colored shirt (wow, I wonder if she meant ‘rouge’ instead of ‘rogue’…) with the pink FNKY! kicks.

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Showing Standard Henley, left to right, in Indigo, Rogue with T-shirt, and Canary.

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Chemise / Shirt:
Standard Henley, Rogue (3 colors, with T-shirt, 120L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Nylon Outfitters [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
G-check pants (50L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Grandma! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
FNKY! Kicks, Pink (600 Lindens/color, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Ratri Night Dark Ring (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Necklace:
Magik Vial Necklace (179L, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ EARTHTONES boutique [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
boon NMR32 hair, Ash (Free (12 colors, small & large), Perms: M/C/NT),
@ booN [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Medium - Emo (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Bright Eyes, Small, Polar (75 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

“By taking my hand, she showed me…that within the real world, a place like this existed. In the space of those ten seconds, I became a tiny bird, fluttering into the air, the wind rushing by. From high in the sky, I could see a scene far away It was so far off, I couldn’t make it out clearly, yet something was there, and I knew that one day, I would travel to that place. This revelation made me catch my breath, and made my chest tremble.” – ‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’, Haruki Murakami.

There’s something about the clothes from Grandma! that invariably brings a smile to my face. Perhaps it’s the tender humour inherent evoked by the name itself. Or the fact that Hanae Nishi works with a bright, happy palette for her line of clothes and unabashedly uses floral motifs in her designs – a real rarity in SL menswear. Or maybe it’s how she weaves in such pleasing little details into her pieces – a button here, a cunningly placed flower there – such that each Grandma! item feels like a veritable handcrafted labour of love.

I found Hanae’s Orange Blossom knitted cardigan an especially apt, lovely piece for spring – perfect for indoor wear or a walk along the beach at a time when there’s still a bit of nip in the air. The vivid, saturated blue brings to mind wide expanses of sky, and against this, Hanae has sprinkled a handful of orange flowers – just enough for a touch of whimsy, without being overwhelming.

To better bring out the bright tone of the cardigan, I’ve paired it with a recent release from Dutch Touch – the Blue Clamdigger, a pair of navy blue cargo shorts. This comes as part of the ‘Cool Blue’ package, along with three striped tank tops in various shades of blue, but as with Iki Ikarus’ work in general, these are all high quality pieces well worth the L$225 price tag.

Rounding off the outfit are Yukirei Greene’s Future Magic earring – a dazzling sapphire set into a silver square, and Noelle Elide’s vintage animal charm bracelet. The latter is a freebie from Le Zoo, and can be found in the gift shop.

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Blouson / Jacket:
Grandma B-Orange-Blossam-Nit (M) (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Grandma! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
*Shai* Luna White Barong Shirt (part of The Luna Suit, 600 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Casa del Shai [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
Clamdigger Glam Blue (part of the Cool Blue package, 225 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T):
@ Dutch Touch [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
JGD - flipflop - White (150 Lindens/color, also available in green, brown and blue. Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ JGD [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Boucles d’oreilles / Earrings:
YUKI Future Magic L Earrings (100 Lindens, comes with both right and left earrings. Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Yukirei Accessories [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
‘Les Animaux’ Vintage Souvenir Charm Bracelet by Joelle Eilde (FREE, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Le Zoo Gift Shop [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Chase Black Collection - ‘Splash’ (295 Lindens/3 close colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Chase [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Oldman Eye (20 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Kowloon Style Avatar Shop [Designer, Address & SLURL]

Skin: The Abyss

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Monday, March 17th, 2008

One of those days where you rummage through the hamper, looking for something salvageable. Rummaging through my inventory, I found these nice black chinos from Style Starts Here. Crush-resistant, thankfully. Topped off the outfit with a striped pullover in blue, also from SSH.

Slipped into the black dockers from Hoorenbeek, grabbed a coiled nail ring from the dresser top, didn’t have time to comb my hair before running out the door.

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• Pantalon / Pants:
Chinos with Leather Belt, black (100L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Style Starts Here [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
Striped pullover, blue (50L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Style Starts Here [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
[ hoorenbeek ] Docker Shoes - White Leather (480 Lindens/color, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
1 Nail, coiled (part of 5 piece set, 500L, (Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
BON75, Black (220 Lindens/2 colors, 550L for pack of 6 colors, 1000L for all 12 colorsPerms: M/C/NT),
@ booN [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Medium - Emo (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Bright Eyes, Small, Grape (75 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “Adam n Eve” & “Hoorenbeek”

Sachi Vixen for “Adam n Eve” has just released a new collection: Catwalk Collection for men. A brand new range with stylish basics, jeans with embroidery, shiny silk shirts, snakeskin jackets…and more to come for sure!

I’m showing today one of the silk shirts worn with an embroidered pair of jeans. The shirts come in 6 colors, white (shown), black, blue, sand, khaki and red. The hand drawn texture is very good, as well as the shadowing-highlighting work. Each shirt is provided in two tucked versions on the shirt layer, with and without textured collar, and a prim collar (to wear with the “without textured collar” version of the shirt, one of the most convenient I’ve known, although i’m still not a fan of prim collars for shirts, due to my everlasting laziness when it comes to precisely adjusting attachments) and a pair of prim cuffs. I really miss a complement on the underpants layers that could allow wearing the “silk shirt” with low-waist pants. I know that Sachi will think of it!

Also shown is a pair of embroidered jeans, part of the “Serpent male suit.” Yet another pair of jeans, but with the sophistication of contrasted emboidery on the left thigh. It comes in six colors: black (shown), grey, green, blue, olive and purple. With each suit you will get a pair of jeans (on pants and underpants layers) and a nice matching jacket (jacket layer, not shown).

Everything from the Adam n Eve’s Catwalk collection for men is moddable, copy and no transfer. Note that you can get a dollarbee demo for each and every item. This is a great initiative from Adam n Eve, and for once, I hope it will be widely copied!

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

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After the “All Stars” sculpted “Converse like” sneakers two weeks ago, after the “Patagonia,” sculpted “Timberland like” boots a week ago, Hoorenbeek, the brand which forces its designer to work 24/7 has just released “Dockers”… yes, yes, “Sebago docksides like,” sculpted of course. For me it’s a lot of fun to find in SL almost exact replicas of shoes I own in RL. The ultra-realism offered by the sculpted prim technique is really amazing. I’m sure I will soon shift my attention back to more “SL authentic” shoes, as I did with clothing after the huge wave of very good photosourced items we were offered last year. But for now, I won’t refuse my pleasure with these sculpted pieces of work. “Dockers” come in 6 colors: black leather, white leather, blue and brown, brown leather, brown suede and green suede. Each color is offered in 4 sizes (no moddable). I wish the sizes were less different from each other, especially the “large” one, done for giants! instead, I wish there were something between x-small and small, and between small and medium :-) Well, better yet, a script allowing an infinity of sizes, to suit every need! A demo would be great as well. Anyway, these dockers are cool and you will certainly get a pair sooner or later!

Hoorenbeek Dockers:
Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 3,5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 3/5 - Price:2.5/5 - Value for money: 3/5

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Chemise, Jean / Shirt, Jeans:
Adam n Eve Catwalk for Men- Catwalk Shirt - White (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/pack of 6 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
Adam n Eve Catwalk - Serpent Jeans Motif - Black (sold with a matching jacket, 250 Lindens/color, 1000 Lindens/pack of 6 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Adam n Eve [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
[ hoorenbeek ] Docker Shoes - White Leather (480 Lindens/color, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague, Colier / Ring, Necklace:
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Ring,
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Necklace (275 Lindens/PACK OF BOTH ITEMS, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Leif Kohl (200 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/Every 72 colors packs, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Skin:
Joshua TAN Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]
Docker: every available colors.

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