Nouveau chez / New from: “Akeyo”, “Dinzeo Designs”, & “Studio Sidhe”

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Dinzeo Designs recently released this nicely textured argyle sweater hoodie, featuring sculpty attachments for hood, cuffs, front pockets and waistband. I’m not usually thrilled with hoodie cuffs or pockets, but I like these for a couple of reasons. First, the waistband (easily adjustable, by the way) has a stretched out look to it that makes it look more natural and realistic to me. Second, the texture of the front pockets reminds me of those soft leather patches you sometimes see on the elbows of jackets. I also like the kind of attention to detail like the ends on the hoodie ties. (This might be picky, but I’d almost like an eyelet where the tie enters the fabric of the hood to give it a nicer finish that matches the rest of the sweater design.) It’s interesting to note that the only thing photosourced on this sweater is the zipper! An excellent example of handdrawn SL fashion.

Completing this ensemble from Dinzeo is a pair of jeans, with a baggy wrinkled effect, highlighted with sculpty side pockets. Good seamwork and shading, and an interesting pairing of photosourced work with the handdrawn sweater. You get both the sweater and jeans for only 200 Lindens!

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

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Akeyo really are masterful at sneakers, and these new AKIDAZ are well done as expected, with the trademark untied laces, and the ease of changing color by script. The nice part is being able to change the color of all the shoe parts. (I wasn’t real adventurous here and went with black, grey and white, but know there are many color choices, in any number of combinations, each shoe colored individually….GO WILD.)

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

I complemented this outfit with the Silver Surfy Wave Pendant from Studio Sidhe, a black enameled silver pendant with a simple wave motif, and the Kavi Poet Ring from Mhaijik Guillaume.

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Akeyo”, “Detour”, “Moderno”, “Mustang Trading Post”,”Studio Sidhe”, & “Style Starts Here”,

I put together this outfit around a few accessories I’ve wanted to show you for a little while, and some newer ones.

Artoo Magneto, the designer behind Akeyo, is a sculpty master! His caps are nicely done and offer a wide choice of patterns. I’m showing one of the last patterns, “Buzz.” Caps are Copy no mod, but they are resizable by menu. A menu offers the possibility to flip the cap with a single click.

Faery Sola (Studio Sidhe) doesnt release a lot of men’s stuff. It’s always a pleasure to get new items from her; she works hard to offer perfectly built and carefully hand textured items. The new “Quartz Crystal Pendants,” showing nice glowing crystals inserted in stones attached to a leather thong, are perfect to reveal the new age in you ;-) They come in 5 colors for the stone, 120 Lindens each or 300 Lindens for the whole set! They are easily moddable to fit your avatar and offered in two pre-sized versions.

Mustang Trading Post (run by Jon Ree) is an original store with a western flair, offering some pieces of furniture and accessories: jewelry, spurs and belt buckles, among others. I’m showing today a cool leather bracelet adorned with turquoise and silver rings. It’s no copy, modify to fit and sells for 250 Lindens.

Released a few month ago, but for the first time on slmen (such a shame, I know! :-)), these sneakers by Detour (by Detour Sideways) are just perfect. Their original cut and pattern is a great alternative to the tons of “converse like” sneakers we can see everywhere on the grid (don’t get me wrong, I love them, but hey, we need more diversity!). These shoes come in 5 colors (350 Lindens each) or in a fat pack of 6 colors (with an exclusive one) for 1000 Lindens. Fat pack isn’t the right expression, as you will get only a pair of shoes (in three presized versions) with an “on touch” color changer: a simple click on each shoe switches from one color to another. Nice way to avoid overfilled inventories!

Completing the outfit with a perfectly finished T-Shirt combo from Moderno (Starley Thereian), a nice pair of cargos from Style Starts Here (Simone Stern), each sold for 100 Lindens (it’s a challenge nowadays to find such high quality stuff at these prices…).

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Midnight Fox

I was asking a Singaporean friend of mine, Junz Darkstone, where he’d gotten that delicate, ethereal skin of his, and promptly received an LM directing me to eXceSs. My curiosity was piqued - I’d not heard of eXceSs before, and teleporting in, found 2 really well-styled guys conversing with each other (Bvrve Cremorne, whom I’d later discover was the powerhouse designer behind Monogrind!, and Johansson Sicling).

There are some styles that I know I can’t do half as well as the people who are really into a particular niche culture - the neko (cat) and kitsune (fox) look chief among these. Johansson, on the other hand, seemed to have gotten the kitsune style down beautifully; his androgyne appearance perfectly complemented the Japanese origins of the neko/kitsune style - and then there was that lovely swishy tail of his! I promptly IM-ed him, found him wonderfully open to being featured on SL Men, and the fruit of that conversation is this post.

To achieve his look, Johansson started with the twitchy fox ears and tail from the Aventity Fox AV, as well as the black sweater and skin from eXceSs. He opted for long hair, reasoning that it would go well with the pale skin and the turtleneck collar, and chose a deep blue so that this would form an interesting contrast with the general gray/black base. The torn and stained Nekogear jeans, belted army boots from ShOOz! and wired legwarmers from Primitive Design helped provide a bit of aggro to balance out an otherwise feminine ensemble.

Also noteworthy is the belt from Monogrind! - there are so many grunge/emo/punk clothing and accessory stores out there, but Bvrve Cremorne still manages to make his items distinctive and special. Definitely worth a visit.

P.S. Johansson DJs at the Body Shop, an *ahem* gentleman’s club, on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight, SLT, so go catch him there if you want to see more of his tres chic dress sense in action.

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Style: Johansson Sicling. Photography: Domch Raymaker

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Nouveau chez / New at: Akeyo & Brogear

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Were you, like me, tired of wearing short pants with your “Akeyo Chucks” scuplty-Converse-like sneakers? Okay, they’re great, but, as high-top shoes, they’re hard to match with long pants without having them show through the pants texture. Artoo Magneto promised a low version of them, and here they are! Same clever script to adjust their size and color (with different colors for each shoe if you want). You will get a pair of laced shoes, and a pair of unlaced ones — your choice to wear them the way you want. If you loved the “Chucks,” a great piece of sculpty work from AKEYO, you definitely need the new low-top version! 600 Lindens. Copy-no transfer.

Look at the latest release at Brogear! You will find cool tee-shirts sold in a pack of three colors for a very friendly price. I’m showing my favorite “Cassette,” but you might prefer “Guitar” or “heart.” 150 Lindens per pack. You will get every possible layer for the tees, copy-modify. This new collection offers short pants, underwear and arm warmers as well. Definitely must see! Oh, you have to know that Broder Kubrick finally uploaded all his stuff on OnRez! Good news for those wanting ordering stuff from the web, without running all over the grid!

Also: cool and more than fairly priced jeans from Duck Nipple, hair from Exile (I just can’t get enough of these), and jewelry from Guilaume pour Homme. Enjoy!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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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 “Shiki Designs”

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Semi-Casual | Thursday, April 17th, 2008

‘Tis the season for things to positively bloom! New menswear shops. New menswear lines. And now, it’s my great pleasure to introduce to you Shiki, a Japanese menswear line that celebrates the season with a riot of colours alltoo rarely seen in SL men’s fashion circles.

Shiki (Japanese for ‘Four Seasons’) quietly blossomed in a Japanese sim about a fortnight back, the joint brainchild of Shinichi Mathy and his friend, Jeckie Hax. Shinichi’s fertile mind has hatched a whole range of various menswear items all thematically linked by a floral motif.

The designer’s playful sensibility shines through in every pixellated thread of his clothes - for example, his staid ‘Stratos’ suit, a sombre grey jacket with matching pants, has a cheeky floral pattern on the jacket’s lapels. Also noteworthy are the 3 pairs of handpainted pants with colours that literally pop out at you, off the screen.

My favourite piece from Shiki’s first season, however, is the ‘Bouquet Long-Sleeve Shirt’ (shown here with the sleeves slightly rolled up). To me it encapsulates all the boldness and vitality and joie de vivre of Spring. Shinichi’s hard work on the pieces may not be immediately obvious - the more discerning among us will, however, appreciate the good job he’s done to ensure minimal ‘creasing’ in the shirt centre. Also especially praiseworthy is the thoughtfulness with which Shinichi has packaged the shirt - you get 2 jacket layers (1 buttoned all the way up, the other allowing you to show a bit of chest), 2 shirt layers (ditto the jacket layers), and 1 underwear layer (absolutely crucial!).  

Here, I’ve paired his Bouquet shirt with a pair of dark blue denim jeans, also from Shiki. Again, lovely details on this one - Shinichi’s woven a highly distinctive floral pattern into the front pockets and back pocket flap. Shiki’s clothes are moddable, copiable, and no transfer.

Truly, it’s time to let a hundred - no, a thousand flowers bloom!

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise, Jean / Shirt, Jeans:
Shiki Designs - Bouquet Long-Sleeve Shirt (180 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
Shiki Designs - Shiki Blue Denim (160 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT, also available in red and green)
@ Shiki Designs [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]

• Collier / Necklace:
(Yummy) Bro Locket (130 Lindens (picture insert script included), Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Nylon Outfitters [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
Truth Woodspin - Men’s Bracelet (Not available at time of writing, Perms: M/NC/NT),
@ Truth [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
SKA-002 Commercial #3 Goatee (1000 Lindens, 5 skins with a variety of facial hair, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair @ The Abyss

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Nouveau chez / New at “Dutch Touch” and “0 Style”

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It has been way too long since Iki Ikarus designed new men’s stuff for “Dutch Touch!” Patience got rewarded though, as the new “Tinus” series is a total delight.

This new series completes perfectly the existing range of urban wear for men you can find at Dutch Touch, one of the very few places where you can find urban and punky stuff that don’t seem being soaked in some questionable sewage!

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Showing :: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Brown N Blue.

Each color pack (4 available) comes with the following: a pair of jeans with nice stylish details, a casual jacket with amazingly realistic lapels in two shadowing versions, one more for girls, the other more for guys, but it’s up to you, depending on your avie shape, and a stylish horizontal striped sweater, coming in both jacket layer (untucked) and shirt layer (tucked) with, obviously, the little complement on the underpants layer.

The textures are, as always at Dutch Touch, gorgeous. Colors in each pack make a very cool harmony. Iki knows her work at coloring, her subdued hues are just beautiful. This point is the very difference between designers who are just talented graphic technicians and real artists. No doubt Iki is an artist. I just wish she did more men’s stuff! :-)

Each color pack can be yours for 225 Lindens, a very reasonable price. Everything is moddable and transfer.
You can have all the sweaters in a pack, copy no transfer this time, for 300 Lindens, and all the jackets in a pack including two complementary colors (added to the ones you can get in each basic pack), copy no transfer as well, for 300 Lindens too.

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

Also showing a new hair from “0 Style”, Euphoria, a great messy proposal from the talented Rei Gully, and the still unsurpassed “Chucks sneakers” from Akeyo.

I’m wearing the too unknown “Adam” skin by Hart Larsson for PXL Creations. You really have to take a look at it. Some details are very unique, as, in the version I chose for today, the trimmed eyebrow! This skin is a truly great alternative to the blockbusters!

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Left to Right and Top Down:
Wearing :: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Jeans and jackets, in Brown N Blue, Blue N Violet, Blue N Green, Black N Olive.

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Left to Right and Top Down:
Wearing :: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Jeans and sweaters, in Brown N Blue, Blue N Violet, Blue N Green, Black N Olive.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste, Jean / Jacket, Jeans:
:: DUTCH TOUCH :: TinUs Brown N Blue (sold with a jacket, 225 Lindens/color, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Dutch Touch [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Débardeur / Tank Top
*Muism* 20% transparency Tank top/black (250 Lindens/color, 500 Lindens/pack of 3 colors, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Muism [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]

• Bague, Colier / Ring, Necklace:
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Ring,
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Necklace (275 Lindens/PACK OF BOTH ITEMS, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
* 0 Style * Euphoria *(Chestnut) (300 Lindens/3 close colors, 1000 Lindens/Every 18 colors packs, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Zero Style [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:
PXL_Adam_Skin_Med_Face00_v6 (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ PXL Creations [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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