Nouveau chez / New at “A.C. Store”

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Maybe it’s because I come from an island country that’s completely surrounded by water, where the sea’s never more than a half hour drive away. Or perhaps it was the updated Village People sensibility about the outfit. Either way, the moment I laid eyes on it, I was seduced by CheerNo Destiny’s ‘Sexy Sailor’ set, part of A.C. Store’s just-released line of menswear for spring.

CheerNo’s new line is steeped in Christian iconography. The belts in his different sets have enamel buckles with pictures of Jesus, Mary and the saints. There’s a sweet wittiness at play in the clothes - the Sao Sebastiao set comes with a shirt with black X-es over arrow puncture marks, as well as a pack bag (not unlike a golfer’s bag) but here filled with arrows where you would expect golf clubs (Saint Sebastian, a Christian martyr from the 3rd century, is traditionally depicted as tied to a post and pierced with arrows). The ‘Like A Prayer’ set has a gorgeous black lace jacket, a rosary-like necklace, and - check this out - a matching black lace veil (at once a comment on blind faith as well as an ironic inversion of gender roles)!

But back to sexy sailors. This particular set comes with a blue-and-white striped tank top, a pair of jeans with one leg rolled up, the image of the Sacred Heart emblazoned on it, and what is quite possibly the nicest sailor’s cap I’ve seen in Second Life. All of the new menswear sets at A.C. Store additionally come with a pair of angel’s wings and a splendid 18-point halo.

I thought I would play up the nautical references when accessorizing - hence the pirate’s skulls a la Treasure Island on the pleasingly detailed Love & Hate bracelet as well as the Spirit Love Collar, both from Primitive Design, and a good sailing watch - the Seamaster in black, from Steinwerk Watches.

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise, Jean, Chapeau / Shirt, Jeans, Hat:
Sexy Sailor set (300 Lindens, also includes halo and wings, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ A.C. Store [Designer, Address]

• Collier, Bracelet / Necklace, Bracelet:
Spirit Love Collar - Male Edition (Blackheart) (170 Lindens, comes with 2 collars, with hearts in red and black, Perms: M/C/NT)
Love & Hate Unisex Bracelet Set (180 Lindens, 2 bracelets with different tags, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Primitive Design [Designer, Address]

• Sandales / Sandals:
D2TK Beach Bum Mens (250 Lindens, menu-driven customization for straps, main texture, stitching and soles, also includes 7 walks, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ D2TK [Designer, Address]

• Boucles d’orielles / Earrings:
Wing Claw Earrings (130 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T)
@ Yukirei Accessories [Designer, Address]

• Montre / Watch:
Steinwerk Seamaster - Black (500 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Steinwerk Watches [Designer, Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Chase Hair Golden Collection - Splash (295 Lindens, includes 3 colours; also available in all-colour pack for 1500 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Chase [Designer, Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Hydro Natural Eyes - Marine Blue (No longer available for sale at time of writing, Perms: NM/C/NT)

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
Aitui Tattoo - Dolphin Peau (100 Lindens, includes tattoos in black and green ink, 3 layers per ink colour, Perms: NM/C/NT)
@ Aitui [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (2nd Version) Beach Tan - Regular (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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Nouveau Chez - New at “hoorenbeek” II

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Monday, April 28th, 2008

I was happy to learn of these new cowboy boots at hoorenbeek because I’ve always been fond of the Keith hair/hat combo from Moderno and never had boots that went with it. And these boots are great….the top matches the bottom nearly flawlessly. The pattern in the leather is beautiful, the texture of the leather realistic and soft. The black are my favorite (go figure), but all colors are cool.

Muism’s black tank worked well under this sadly no longer available jacket from Desert Moon (sorry, folks…). (There is a very similar one available called Rampage, though.)

Also worn: the Ratri Night Dark Ring, one of my favorite recent pieces by Mhaijik Guillaume, and the snakebite necklace from Zona Cero.

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Left, brown; right, wheat.

• Boots:
Cowboy Boots, Black (520L/color, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ [hoorenbeek] [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
*Muism* Tank, Black (250 Lindens/color, 500 Lindens/pack of 3 colors, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Muism [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Keith Hair - Black Hat (150 Lindens/3 close colors, 1000 Lindens/All 39 colors fatpack, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Moderno [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
“mainLine” black wash ripped jeans (Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Callie Cline [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - Emo (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [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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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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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 “hoorenbeek”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Hoorenbeek’s special edition All Stars are so fun…I don’t think I’ve worn any other shoes for weeks. My favorites are the red tartan, followed closely by the brown tartan. The black with white logo, and the all black versions are cool…the red, I find the red of the laces just a touch too bright to feel real, but I’m not complaining! I love the All Star line of converse-like shoes.

The Muism tank is hot, and makes my av look more muscled than he really is, which is okay, because it cuts down a bit on the ridicule. I squeezed my unrealistically straight-line tiny-assed avatar into a cool pair of red-belted jeans from Indigo. These jeans are an amazing value at a mere 100L for 9 belt options (red shown). They come in a bunch of colors, with midnight pictured here.

What else…oh! Gritty Kitty still has this really nicely done beaded bracelet in four different color themes. I chose the earth toned Mud Belly version. Nicely textured beads…one of my favorite bracelets in my inventory.

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Showing hoorenbeek All Star Special Edition in Red Tartan.

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Left to right, top to bottom: hoorenbeek All Star Special Edition in Black Leather, UK, Brown Tartan, Black Leather - Red Details (Blue Jean and Black Leather - White Logo not pictured.)

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Chemise / Shirt:
*Muism* Tank, Black (250 Lindens/color, 500 Lindens/pack of 3 colors, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Muism [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
[Indigo] Midnight Denim (red belt) (100 Lindens/9 belt options, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Indigo

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
hoorenbeek All Star Special Edition (480 Lindens/color, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ [hoorenbeek] [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
Snake Charmer Beads - Mud Belly (75 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Gritty Kitty

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

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Silver Sea Breeze

Domch Raymaker | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Many of the clothes at Valiant live up to their name - military blazers, racing jackets, you get the idea. Wavie Haller’s Emo Checker Vneck shirt, however, is less concerned with firing guns or getting one’s jaw broken, and more concerned with an ol’fashioned love. It’s there in the oh-so-retro checkered pattern that harks back to a simpler time, and there, too, in the tender buttons in different colours that run down the front of the shirt like little M&M chocolates.

The shirt seemed to go well with Kai Rau’s roomy white capris - included are 2 lateral pockets and a back pocket, but what I really like about the KR capris are the little drawstrings on the cuff attachments.

I’ve also donned Gospel Voom’s grungy Gos Windrider Damaged watch - all distressed metal on the outside, but whose tough little heart is still faithfully telling the minutes and the hours. It’s a fully functioning watch which sets itself to SL time when rezzed, but can also be adjusted to any timezone. Gospel Voom’s included some animations and gestures that go specifically with this watch, including one which has you tapping the watch in apparent frustration. The laughs from those alone are worth the price of the watch!

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise / Shirt:
Emo Checker Vneck shirt (250 Lindens, also includes prim arm scarf and collar not depicted here, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Valiant [Designer, Address]

• Pantalon / Pants:
KR Capri White (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ KR [Designer, Address]

• Sabots suedois / Clogs:
CM White Clogs WH (250 Lindens, includes a clog with powerwalk anim, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ JCS Shoes [Designer, Address]

• Bandana:
Hand Bandana White (80 Lindens, comes with bandanas for both hands, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Emery [Designer, Address]

• Colier / Necklace:
Valiant Bullet Necklace (225 Lindens, includes the necklace in 2 sizes, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Valiant [Designer, Address]

• Montre / Watch:
Gos Windrider Damaged (350 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Angel & Gos Elite Watches [Designer, Address]

• Lunettes / Glasses:
Nylon Outfitters Tintable Frames (80Lindens, includes 3 colours; also available in all-colour pack for 1500 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Nylon Outfitters [Designer, Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Chase Hair Platinum Collection - Seabreeze (295 Lindens, includes 3 colours; also available in all-colour pack for 1500 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Chase [Designer, Address]

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

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (2nd Version) Beach Tan - Regular (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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