Nouveau chez / New at: “Stellar Designs”

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Kalnins”, “Muism”, “Style of edo”…

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New at: “JCS”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Saturday, October 25th, 2008

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Showing JCS aXion in Olive

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Boon”, “Elite Prim Watch”, “Kalnins”, “Exile”, “Sweetest Goodbye”…

[Update] From now on and for 30 days, Gospel Voom offers a 50% rebate on the watch featured on this post! Contact him in world to get your refund on the “Windrider”!

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Nouveau chez / New at “Dinzeo Designs” and “Hybrid”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

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Tenue de jour / Outfit of the Day: Moonage Daydream

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume | Sunday, October 19th, 2008

t has become increasingly common for websites and computer media to provide computer generated visual images, called avatars, to represent users and bots during online interactions. In this study, participants (N=255) evaluated a series of avatars in a static context in terms of their androgyny,…attraction, and the likelihood they would choose them during an interaction. The responses to the images were consistent with what would be predicted by uncertainty reduction theory. The results show that the …lack of androgyny of an avatar…significantly influence(s) perceptions of avatars. - Kristine L. Nowak & Christian Ruth, “The Influence of the Avatar on Online Perceptions of Anthropomorphism, Androgyny, Credibility, Homophily, and Attraction”

People of ambiguous gender are attractive. If ambiguity persists after second, third, and more glances, the greater the attraction. If gender cannot be precisely determined at close range even after listening to the individual’s voice . . . there are no words to describe this level of appeal. I know my particular tastes and preferences very well. Rarely do they intersect with mainstream concepts of beauty and desire, leading to my ignoring most of the world and those who comprise it. - Satoruvash, ‘Androgynous Attraction’

I’ve been trying to understand why I’ve been so drawn to an androgynous look of late. Call it a kneejerk reaction, if you like, to the hypermasculinity that prevails on Second Life - the overbuff guys with bulging pectorals and biceps that look like they could eat the Incredible Hulk for lunch. You might say it’s an exercise in futility - bucking one trend only to jump onto another bandwagon. But I like to think of my attraction to androgyny as something brought on by the mystique of uncertainty - the beauty of Keatsian negative capability as applied to one’s virtual identity (”I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason”)

Okay, onwards with the post before Ben has my head lopped off for all this philosophizing on SL Men. (”It’s about the clothes, Domch” he chides. “Yes, boss,” I dutifully reply)

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Today’s outfit is a tribute to that sharpest spearhead of glam rock, David Bowie. The ‘Information Overload’ outfit from Grim Brothers seemed a wonderful update on Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona from the early 1970s - Cutea Benelli, the designer, has used Matrix-like animated textures generously on the cape, visor and forearm bracer, as well as the belt and thigh attachments. (She describes ‘Information Overload’ as a ‘retrofuturistic cyberdroid outfit’; incidentally, Information Overload also comes in cyan - here I’m showing the neon green version).

The overall effect, especially when you set sun to midnight, is mesmerizing - your eye never quite knows where to rest, as it alternately darts from one animated item of clothing to another. The visual restlessness of the outfit is, in this sense, a perfect complement to the uncertainty that underlies the attractiveness of androgyny. (Oops, I’m waxing philosophical again, sorry Ben!). :P

Softening the outfit’s sea urchin spikes is a feather jacket, also from Grim Bros. (10 points to you if you spot the feather boa/drag queen reference, too).

Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Aitui”, “Boon”, “Civvies”, “JHZ”, “Style Starts Here”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Dressy, Night, Semi-Casual | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Two months ago, I showed you some items of the new “Aitui” collection in a summer outfit, telling you how versatile it is, and especially the “Tokyo Intake” jacket and shirt combo. I’m showing today another look with this jacket, more a fall look this time. I chose “Baggy Jeans” from Civvies to go along with it, and the “Stomper Engineer Boots” from “Style Starts Here.”

Each piece of this outfit shows the same level of quality and attention to detail. Textures are very well done, showing a “realistic” look without being simply “photorealistic” in the most boring way. What I mean is, even though the designers could have simply used photosources, they weren’t satisfied with their work without adding a lot of their own creativity and vision to it. The result is a look that isn’t cartoonish at all, but doesn’t give you the impression you just have RL photographs applied to your avatar. In the end, a very cool look, full of SL spirit, with creativity and craftmanship in every component, thanks to Lissa Maertens, Posy Trudeau and Jesseaitui Petion!

I added nice gloves by Armin Wiefel for “Drawmachine,” with prim attachments for a better look, a modern and casual Watch and Bracelet by HugoZion Kondor for “JHZ,” a very cool haircut by Bo Nakamura for “Boon” and “Neo” by Kaoz Koba for “Damiani,” in tan with beard for today.

Enjoy!

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