Nouveau chez / New at: “Aitui”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

It was about time! JesseAitui Petion (Aitui) recently released a new collection, after too long a hiatus! Lets face it. If you want original and stylish casuals in sl, if you aren’t into “post cataclysmic” or other alternative looks, you really don’t have a lot of sources.

Some of the best casuals designers with a true creativity have been sucked in by this big money-machine company and work for it now (company especially tailored to provide to avatars in need of social recognition a lot of rl “copied” casuals, done with skills, without any creativity but at high prices, under a flattering name “inspired” by the name of a famous RL luxury Prêt à porter name). Emma Gilmour, I miss your coloring talent! Dakota Buck, I miss your style! Fortunately, JesseAitui and a few others are still here and their creative juice is still ready to express in their designs!

I’m showing you today an outfit done with two items of the masterpiece of that new Aitui collection: the Tokyo range. For this spring-summer look, I’m using capris and a short jacket and shirt combo. I will show you in a few weeks a fall-winter look built with the same range.

No need to tell you the items are perfectly designed. Jesse knows his work, and being the first one selling tats with no seams is the insurance of aligned textures and precise drawing of them. The “fabrics” are so well rendered that you can actually “feel” them. He offers his items in four dark color tones, from coal to brown. The jacket comes in two versions, with and without a long shirt underneath. They are offered with a matching sculpted collar coming in two attachment point options (not shown).

Like with other items with a personality, these pieces won’t please everyone. But you can’t deny the casual elegance they bring to an avatar. They give you a look halfway between what RL Japanse designers offer in terms of creativity and style, and the comfort and easygoing feel of casual classics. If you don’t feel like going formal or official and need to show style and originality, you definitely have to explore this new range, which offers many other great pieces I will show you as soon as possible!

I’m wearing Jesse’s items with my favorite hair of the season, Rabi by Little Heaven, the most well finished flip-flops ever, obviously sculpted, from Detour, and the last collection of men’s jewelry by Mhaijik Guillaume, always masculine and precious at the same time.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Credits after the jump!
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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

More pictures and full credits after the jump!

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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 “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 “Civvies” and “Negko Design”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Costume, Dressy, Night | Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Negko DeVinna has put together a creative batch of skins called Orphee Chapter 1 - The Long Journey. The days don’t really make sense to me, but who am I to question the motives or creativity of a designer? Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 — that’s 10 skins for $888. I’m pretty sure it’s differences in facial hair from one day to the next. This skin I’m wearing is Day 18. Made me feel like a beatnik, which fit perfectly with Posy Trudeau’s new Vasean coat (she calls it a coat; I’d call it a jacket). The whole outfit begged to be shown in a psychedelic atmosphere. This is the brown version of the coat; it also comes in black, red and green.

I think my main complaint about the skin is the hands…they look odd to me. But I’ve only made a fleeting attempt at making a skin and I never even got to the hands. I’m sure they’re difficult as hell. And 888L for 10 skins is quite a deal. Just shove your hands in your pockets!

My only complaint about the coat, which I think is very nicely textured and has a good cut, is that the collar prevents one from wearing a necklace, since they both have the same attachment point. And yeah, I probably could have messed around with attaching either of them to a different point, but that defeats the purpose of ease of use.

Jacket: 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:3/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

The outfit is finished off with Aitui’s Reborn pants in black, and the JCS’s Oslo boots in brown. Hair is “Wentz” by Truth.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Veste / Jacket:
Vasean Coat (300 Lindens/color, includes Small & Large copies, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Civvies [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
REBORN Pants, Black (200 Lindens/color, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Aitui [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Oslo, Brown (400 Lindens/color, 900 Lindens for a pack of 4, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ JCS [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Lunettes / Glasses:
primOptic sofia glasses 1.12 (299 L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Primoptic [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Wentz, Black (100 Lindens/color, 1000L for fatpack of 18 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Truth [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Orphee Chapter 1 - The Long Journey, Day 18 (888 Lindens, 10 skins with a variety of facial hair, two shapes, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Negko Design [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day

Nuno McCullough | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, March 10th, 2008

Today, pants are super low rise jeans By Muism. They have been introduced previously with straight leg option, this one is the rolled-up version with adjustable prim cuffs, with a shirt from Truth, “Grandpa Shirt”. Boots are the very realistic Patagonia from Hoorenbeek. They give you a very sleek comfortable walk on every terrain of SL.
I’m also wearing a necklace and a bracelet are By Aitui: Thatch Bracelet, costing a mere $60L and Tapa Necklace for only $150 L.

Just a few words about the hair… The ‘PE Aeron’ By Philotic, a brand that gives you great flex hairs for low prices! For only $150L each color there is no reason for going out with your bare skull!

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Style, Photography: Nuno McCullough

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

• Chaussettes / Socks:
sf design ankle socks in 6 colors w/sculpty cuffs (FREE, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SF Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
Grandpa (powder) (100 Lindens. Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Truth [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
Super Lowrise Jeans/Denim. 4 styles included (Bootscut, Cowboy, Rolled-up, Straight Leg) (298 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Muism [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Collier, Bracelet / Necklace, Bracelet:
Tapa Necklace (150 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT)
Thatch Bracelet (60 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Aitui [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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

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

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