Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Aoharu,” “Mechanism,” “UBU”…

Dominic Palisades | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, March 30th, 2009

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Fing,” “Redgrave” & “Studio Sidhe” + “Aoharu,” “Kalrau,” “Madesigns”….

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

*Addenda*
Following the review we did on the new Athlete Sneakers from Redgrave (read below the cut), Viola Leigh, the designer, decided to make several improvements to her great latest creation: A resize script will be added in the shoes for an easier fitting, the basic size will be smaller, fitting most common avatar size, and last but not least, a version without the upper laces will be added in the pack, to allow a better look when the sneakers are worn with long untucked pants. Residents who already bought the “Athlete Sneakers” can ask Viola Leigh the new version. Just send her a notecard showing your transaction history for the original purchase, title it like that: “Athlete Sneakers update - Your_Name” . Thank you so much Viola for being so customer conscious! :-)

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / new at: “JCS” & “Madesigns Hair,” plus “Aoharu,” “Hoorenbeek”…

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Devol” & “Sweetest Goodbye”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, MV-SL-Fashion | Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

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Showing Sweetest Goodbye: One Way - Yellow
Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Civvies”, “Kalnins”, “Guillaume pour homme”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Semi-Casual | Saturday, November 15th, 2008

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Showing “Civvies - Nonchalant Blazer” in Grey, “JHZ - Blood Wings” in Grey.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Aoharu”, “Arai”, “Guillaume pour Homme”, “J’s”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Friday, July 25th, 2008

We’ve already shown Arai’s items a few months ago. Mappy Handrick offers cool items at very low prices. I’m showing today one of the last releases, a madras shirt. It comes in 4 colors (pink shown), on as many layers as possible, is copy, modify and no transfer. 50 Lindens per color.

Machang Pichot of Aoharu designs handdrawn items with cool colors. These pink jeans are smooth and bright at the same time. They’re modify, no transfer, come with 4 pairs of presized sculpted cuffs (male/ female, Skinny/regular). You can chose your favorite colors among a bunch of colors for 180 Lindens each.

I’ve just discovered the sneakers from J’s. These city casual shoes are pretty original and come in 8 colors. Sculpties are definitely excellent when it comes to doing casual shoes. They are copy no modify, offered in 4 sizes. You can get your favorite pair for 300 Lindens, or pick the fat pack which offers 8 pairs for 1200 Lindens, so 50% off!

Mhaijik Guillaume, for Guillaume pour Homme, released a new collection of titanium jewelry. Showing today a bracelet and a ring. As usual, they are transfer for easy gifting, and moddable to fit your avatar. 250 Lindens for a pack of two different rings or two different bracelets. Titanium is great to create very mascuine pieces of jewelry.

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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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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