Nouveau chez / new at: “A.c Store,” & “Gadge Allen Design,” plus “Little Heaven,” “Withered Angel”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Philotic Energy” & “Yum Yum,” plus “A.C. Store”, “Akeyo”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Sunday, March 15th, 2009

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Nouveau chez / new at: “BalAni” & “Exile”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, MV-SL-Fashion | Saturday, November 29th, 2008

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Showing BalAni Argyle Vest in Color.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue de Rentrée / Back to School Outfit: “Argrace”, “Elite Prim Watch”, “Sweetest Goodbye”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Monday, September 8th, 2008

Morphine Janick has created a short and original collection for men under her brand “Sweetest Goodbye.”
I’m showing today her “School Boy” outfit. It comes in 8 colors (3 shown below); each color pack contains the following items, all modify and copy-no transfer: pants on the pants layer, a sweater/shirt combo on the shirt layer, sculpted pants’ cuffs, sculpted shirt’s cuffs, sculpted collar and tie combo and, last but not least, a lower sculpted attachment for the shirt and the sweater. This piece gives a loose look to the sweater, something you absolutely can’t get in sl according to the clothing layers limitations. After a few adjustments, the lower attachment looked the way it was designed to, loosened and distressed sweater and shirt, without looking ugly during the walk and standard AO poses, as so many prim clothes do.
I just wish the combo sweater/shirt were fully drawn on the jacket layer, for a more “sl classic look” for those times when you want to lower your Avatar Rendering Cost or simply to get an alternative look. I wish also a bit more work on the textures, especially on the pants which show the “jagged bottom bug” when you choose to wear them without the cuffs. This bug is so easy to avoid following this simple hint.
Though, I’m happy to see prim clothing looking good even when your avatar moves around!

Quality: 3/5 - Style-Originality: 4.5/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 3/5 - Price: 3/5 - Value for money: 3/5

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Wearing “Sweetest Goodbye” School Boy - Indigo+Red

Domch Raymaker introduced the work of Gospel Voom for “Angel & Gos Watches and Builds.” He creates incredibly detailed watches which actually work! I chose for today a simple model, “Leather Navimeter.” The leather belt is color changing by script (chat commands) and offers 6 possibilities. The watches are moddable to fit your avatar and transfer for easy gifting. Indulge yourself with a nicely crafted accessory. Just the opposite of bling. Something simply chic.

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

Also showing a cap and hair combo from “Argrace,” “Neo” skin from “Damiani,” and “Chucks” sneakers by “Akeyo.” Enjoy!

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Wearing “Sweetest Goodbye” School Boy - Grey+Mint & Khaki+Beige

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Tenue de Rentrée / Back to School Outfit: “A.C. Store”, “Detour”, “Dutch Touch”, “Exile”, “Shop Therapy”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

CheerNo Destiny for “A.C. Store” has just released a new series of jeans “Jeans forever.” They offer some interesting features. As with many jeans now, cuffs are provided. I’m usually not fond of pants cuffs, but these rolled up cuffs can give an interesting and different look; plus, the sculpted cuffs are resizable by script, and synched with each other, so you have to adjust the size of only one of them and the other follows. No more tedious manual adjusting of prim cuffs which end with different sizes! This is a great improvement. “Jeans Forever” come in 6 colors (shown below), some are really original like “modern” and “green” (a very pale green). Each color comes in 4 finishes (shown below), including an original “drawing” which is definitely my favorite. They are copy-no trans, moddable (cuffs aren’t moddable but are menu driven). This one version is worth it, even at this price, but I’m more reserved about the “basic” finish: 230 lindens for a plain pair of jeans, even with sculpted cuffs, is a bit too much compared to what the competition offers for similar quality.

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 2/5 - Value for money: 3/5

One more new release for men at “Dutch Touch!” Iki Icarus is spoiling us, guys! She offers new sweaters with nice tone on tone stripes. They come in white, black and grey in no-copy-transfer version, or in a pack of 5 (including the colors sold separately) in a copy-no trans version. They come in both a tucked version (undershirt layer plus complement on the underpants layer), and untucked on the jacket layer. They show the usual “Dutch Touch” quality of texturing and coloring. The white one is my favorite, off white I should say, with pure white stripes. It is easily tintable to match any piece of clothing, but it looks gorgeous as is! I’m wearing it with a sleeve filler on the pictures, for a more comfy look.

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

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I’ve had in my inventory this series of bag from Proda Jie for “Shop Therapy” for a little while, but I haven’t had the occasion to show them to you until now. This “messenger bag” shows a very nice photosourced texture (Proda used his own bag as a source) with cool details like the iPhone. This bag comes in many colors and patterns. It is resizable by script and fits pretty easily. Note that Proda Jie has no shop in world for now, so I gave the SLX link where you can get them in the address page.
[UPDATE] Shop Therapy is back online at BigStar! Go to this page for a direct tp [Designer & Address].

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 2.5/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

Also showing the perfect “Jaywalker” sneakers from “Detour,” one more new hair from “Exile,” Relentless shown in Mink, glasses from “Ottico,” and a ring from “Dahlinks.” Enjoy!

A.C. Jeans Forever: available finishes (in “Grey”) [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Left to Right & Top Down: Drawing, Basic, Painted, Torn.

A.C. Jeans Forever: available colors (in “Drawing” finish) [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Left to Right & Top Down: Grey, Black, Green, Indigo, Modern, Old.

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Tenue du jour /Outfit of the Day: “A.C. Store” & “GutterBlood Spoonhammer”

This “Taxi Addicted boy” from CheerNo Destiny for A.C. Store is quite original. This complete outfit (including socks, short pants on the pants layer, shirt on the jacket layer, belt, hat and prim collar) won’t please everyone, and that’s what’s good about it!

I like it because it excites my imagination. I feel like it’s a futuristic taxi driver outfit, or maybe some cyber-punk private investigator outfit (because of the hat!)? Also, for some reason it makes me think of the movie “Clockwork Orange.” Anyway, it’s cool to have something different to show!

The whole outfit is sexy looking, with abs showing under the shirt and strategic highlights on the pants. The items are quite well done, with quality textures. The double belt is especially good, with nice badges on it. Attachments (belt, collar, hat) are resizable by menu, which is really useful, and every other item is copy, modify, no transfer. Note that you will get two pairs of socks in the pack, whites (shown) and yellow ones. You will get the whole pack for 520 Lindens. Many other outfits of this “taxi” series are available in store!

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 3/5 - Price:3.5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

It took me some time to find shoes I could wear with it, avoiding Converse like shoes for once ;-) Know that the racers from FNKY! work well with this outfit, and the Jaywalker from Detour as well.

I went for simple boots from Gutterblood Spoonhammer, Da Chic, that are not too high and let the sock show. I wonder whether GutterBlood will sell his boots for long or not, as there is no mention of them any more on his profile. They are still at Glass Earth, on the roof, at a discounted price: 100 Lindens only, a pure steal for moddable copy no transfer alternative boots. Go there to complete your collection and drag your friends, as I feel (but maybe I’m wrong) that these nice boots won’t be here for long!

[EDIT] Gutterblood has still a shop (direct tp here [Designer & Address]) , with new sculpty boots that are worth it! It’s confirmed, old boots will be taken down soon!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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