Nouveau Chez / New at: “Hoorenbeek” and “Defectiva”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Semi-Casual | Saturday, June 28th, 2008

These tweed jackets at Hoorenbeek are sharp, with excellent textures and colors. So far, they’re available in green, beige, brown and dark grey, with new colors coming soon according to the sale board. Each color comes with the jacket open or closed, with alpha, t-shirt, turtleneck or a casual, open dress shirt underneath. Good shading and detail throughout. “Feels” very comfortable, but can look a bit dressy as well. Price isn’t bad, either, with the fat pack being the best deal at 1,300L for all colors and combinations. The shirt is tintable, and there’s a sculpty collar for the turtleneck (not shown). Also, several accessories, including cigarette packs and hPod earbuds.

I like this hair a lot, available at Defectiva. “Muse” comes in black, blond and brown. Nice combination of textures, some soft and straight, some thicker and wavy. Good detailing, especially the sideburns curling in front of the ear.

Finishing off the outfit…Dublin boots in black from JCS, and the Reborn pants in black from Aitui.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day, with a new Renegade skin.

An outfit with a burgundy tone today, with nice striped shirt from “Style Starts Here,” coming in every possible layer and sold for 100 Lindens, following the more-than-fair pricing policy of the brand; a good pair of sneakers from FNKY! in the new range of “Racer” colors; and a nice hair from “Philotic Energy,” just updated with 96 new textures!

Also, I’m wearing a skin from Kaejo DaSilva for Renegade. This skin isn’t photorealistic and is a cool alternative to the dominant trend. Showing it in the “Tan” tone, with this particularly nice facial hair version called “Patch.”

Accessories are from “Guillaume pour Homme” and “Shiny Things.”

Enjoy!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau Chez / New at: “Hoorenbeek” and “Guillaume pour Homme / Mhaijik Things”

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

I love all the new accessories coming out for jeans, and the new jeans at Hoorenbeek have a variety of attachments to choose from. Chains, keys, belts w/Swiss army knives, an ‘hPod’ with earphones, cigarettes, lighters, a wallet with chain. With a bit of adjusting, most of these things work, except for the wallet. No matter how I rotated, moved, or nudged it, I couldn’t get the wallet to look like it was naturally tucked in my back pocket. Still, the other items look good with a minimum of adjustment, and maybe your av’s body is better able to hold a wallet in its pocket! The jeans come in a variety of colors, all shown here except for the faded blue. The texture is nice, with enough colors to choose from that you should be able to find something you like. Plus, the belt was small enough that I didn’t have to adjust it….a first for me in SL.

Mhaijik Guillaume has a new line of Pride jewelry out. Here I’m showing the pride bracelet and the 4 thong men’s choker. As usual, Mhaijik has put together a nice set of pieces, with a free gift of a plain thong bracelet (not shown) with each purchase.

I’m also showing the Knight hair from Exile, in the color “Harlow.” It’s a good cut, with nice textures and a good selection of colors.

Finishing off this outfit are the Sand colored all-stars, also from Hoorenbeek.

Oh! I almost forgot, this shirt is the classic v-neck t from Stellar Designs, shown in Smoke. It’s one of my favorite shirts ever in SL, and I’m surprised I’ve never worn it in a post before!

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Nouveau chez / New at: AOHARU & FNKY!

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Machang Pichot, designer behind “Aoharu,” creates very interesting pieces of clothing. She succeeds, IMHO, in mixing realism and hand drawn effect in her items. I’m showing you today “ColorDenim” (will be followed with many other as soon as I will have a bit of time!).

They come in tons of colors, some in gradations of colors (shown). Colors are subtle, textures are well shadowed, and I really like them! Each color pack comes with a set of pre-sized sculpty cuff attachments. They are moddable for a perfect fit. I didn’t show you them, since I’m still not convinced of sculpty cuffs for pants.

Now that so many designers work hard to avoid seams in their textures, these attachments rarely match the layer texture. The lighting plays differently on them than on the layers as well.
Fortunately, Machang’s pants are nicely designed on the pants layer, so they are just fine without cuffs! They don’t show the ugly “jagged bottom bug” that I wish more designers knew how to avoid, instead of spending time with not so useful prim attachments. (Speaking of that, I will do a post very soon, explaining how to design pants textures without the jagged bottom bug, a technical post, not directly useful to customers, but it will maybe help them to buy more nice pants without being forced to wear cuffs on them for a perfect finish!)

I chose to mix these hand drawn jeans with photorealistic sneakers from FNKY! Funk Schnook released his “Racers” recently, and I found them fitting well together. As usual, Funk’s building is perfect. They are scripted so you can adjust them precisely to fit your avatar size. Plus, a script allows you to choose to show or not show the laces knot, for a perfect finish with long pants! Much kudos to Funk for that. The twelve available colors are sold one by one or in a nicely priced full pack!
I was about to write I would like the colors to be more subdued. But I went to FNKY! store for the usual checking before posting, and just saw the “Racers2,” brand new release of the Racers in ten new more subdued colors! YAY!

Just a quick note about the skateboard from the Skateboard Store and Park: it comes in three versions in each color/graphic pattern pack you can buy for 600 Lindens. One to wear in hand (shown) one in a back pack and THE one you can ride, scripted, with many tricks included, and a very sophisticated scripting allowing you to create trick series. I’m sure you will enjoy it!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New at: MUWU

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Monday, June 16th, 2008

This vest and jeans outfit from MUWU is a mix of very casual jeans and a somewhat formal vest and shirt set with optional tie. The jeans come in two versions: ripped, and ripped and stained (shown here). The vest, a woolen-looking texture in black, black/white checked and red/white checked, tops a white long sleeved shirt open at the neck, tail hanging out from the vest. The prim tie (in four colors) hangs loosely atop the vest.

Shown here also is the cool short haircut from Little Heaven, featured just yesterday by Ben. I love this hair, and the place it comes from. Little Heaven is a freaky sim. It gives you the feeling of playing a game of Silent Hill…you’re not sure what you’ll find around the next corner, or down the next stairway.

Finishing off this outfit, the black leather high-tops from Hoorenbeek.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Coupe de cheveux très courte pour hommes! Very short hair for men!

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Sunday, June 15th, 2008

I’ve been searching for very short prim men’s hair for a long long time. I knew it could be more than tricky to build, especially the nape of the neck.

I discovered these ones recently in “Little Heaven,” the shop of Falastear Aeon, a Japanese designer, and picked them up immediately.

They come in 8 colors, in each color pack you will get 3 presized versions for men, and 3 for women.
After a bit of adjustment (cuz short hair has to fit your head shape more closely than longer ones), I was pretty happy with it!

This very short haircut has a very trendy flair, with hair swept to the front. The work with alpha texture is very nice and the 3D effect is very good on such short hair. Front and sides are totally great. The nape of the neck is less convincing, but, as I told you, this is the most difficult part on short hair, plus it has to adjust on many head shapes.

Its building is very original, compared to the way hair is usually done. It means a lot of work, as usual textures for hair can’t really be applied on these prims.

Now i just wish many hairmakers will follow Falastear Aeon and offer us more nicely done short hair!

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Little Heaven Rabi hair, shown in Ash, black, and White.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
LH_hair13_rabi (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 Tan Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at: JCS, Philotic Energy, Rfyre.

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume, Night | Saturday, June 14th, 2008

In these times when dramas about content theft are running all over the grid, with “collateral” witch hunts and false accusations, it’s nice and comforting to see how great designers can INSPIRE each other in the best way.
All through history, artists have gathered to share and vivify their creativity. Artists of the same field, of course, but also artists from different fields.

When Raven Pennyfeather (costume designer behind Rfyre) saw Eponymous Trenchmouth (shoe cobbler from JCS), something clicked. Let’s listen to Raven:
“Eponymous made some wonderful shoes for men called Toltec. I have made a suit of clothes to match, which I am calling Casteneda as he studied the Toltec. Aren’t they marvelous?”

So, i’m showing today Raven Pennyfeather’s last creation “Castaneda,” the new creation from Eponymous trenchmouth “Toltec,” and to go along with them, a new hair from another great artist, Aemilia Case from Philotic Energy, “Saxon” that comes in her so good new 96 textures.

I have to say it was a pure pleasure to put together items designed by such master-texturers!

“Toltec” comes in two colors (clay/olive and black/red); in each pack, copy or transfer following your needs, you will get 3 sizes.
Choose the size that looks best with your build. Adjust your foot size to 0 (unless you’re going barefoot). That way, you will have always the best fitting with any shoes (except sandals!). To get the best posssible appearance, it may be necessary to adjust the length and flare of your pants.
As usual, the textures are carefully designed, the building is ultra-precise, with an attention to detail I wish I could find more often in sl.
These Toltec have relatively high heels for men. In my humble opinion, they go better with historical costumes or fantasy outfits than “RL-like” outfits.

Fortunately, Raven Pennyfeather designed her “Castaneda” to perfectly fit the “Toltec.” It comes in two colors, Earth and Noir. Each color pack offers, as usual at Rfyre, many items and attachments, allowing more than one look (a mere 11 items in each pack!). Attachments and pants are modify, jackets and shirts aren’t. If you have issues with the length of the sleeve showing under the sculpty cuff attachment (these are perfectly designed and textured) like i did, Raven will provide you modify versions of them. “Castaneda” offers all the creativity you are used to getting at Rfyre!

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JCS Toltec Clay/Olive, PE Saxon Ash Black Tipped, and Castaneda Earth.

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JCS Toltec Black/red, PE Saxon Steel Black Tipped, and Castaneda Noir.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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