Tenue de Rentrée / Back to School Outfit: “Artilleri,” “Find Ash,” “Hoorenbeek,” “Philotic Energy”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Dressy, Semi-Casual | Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Hoorenbeek” always sells classic casuals and semi-casuals that don’t seem to stand out from the others, but are definitely worth a second look to appreciate their assets. These new “Jacket with hoodie” packs are very generous. Each of them offers on the jacket layer no less than 6 versions of the jacket hoodie combo: two colors of hoodie, brown and grey (shown), for each: with closed hoodie, with open hoodie and integrated undershirt, with open hoodie with alpha, aka showing what you want to wear, even simply your skin, on an underneath layer.

Two shirt layers are provided: a tee-shirt with long sleeves, tintable and pre-set to give volume to the jacket’s sleeves above, and a simple sleeve filler named “broad sleeve,” allowing you to show your skin with the open hoodies without having your sleeves look horribly tight on your arms. (I don’t understand how people can wear jackets with tight sleeves, although they seem very attracted by photorealistic clothing on the other hand - That sort of schizophrenia between the seeking of excessive photorealism opposed to that sort of terribly unrealistic AND ugly tight sleeves makes me cringe, but I will try to survive!) I’m very grateful to hoorenbeek for paying attention to this detail! You will get two sculpty hoods completing the hoodie, plus a pair of white earphones hanging from your pocket as a prim attachment, for a cool discreet finish. You will see after the jump a few ways of wearing the grey hoodie with green velvet jacket. It’s nice when the content creators let the final user express their own creativity (sl is all about creativity, right?) by offering so many customization possibilities in a single pack. I just miss a layer with the jacket alone, and the hoodie alone. But hey, “Hoorenbeek” sells them separately ;-)
Note that you can have the same jackets with shirts or turtlenecks in another series.

“Jacket with hoodie” comes in six color packs (shown below). Each of them is sold for 520 Lindens. The real bargain comes with the fat pack: for less than the price of three colors, you will get all six.

Everything is, obviously, moddable and, to your choice, copy-no transfer or no-copy-transfer. I wish more designers offered this choice!

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - 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: 3.5/5

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Wearing “[ hoorenbeek ] Green Velvet Jacket - Grey Hoody - Open w/Alpha + Shirt - Tintable.

Also showing: the laid back and still elegant “Murphys” in black by Shiny Things (Fallingwater Cellardoor hasn’t released any men’s shoes for ages!!!!), a nice sleek bag by Aemilia Case for “Philotic Energy,” and a really nice hair, “High Wind,” from Reopa Laval for “Find Ash,” in a superb brown tone named “Charcoal Grey.” Enjoy!

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Left to Right & Top Down: [ hoorenbeek ] Jacket w/ Hoody in: Green Velvet Jacket - Grey Hoody - Closed,
Black Blazer - Grey Hoody - Closed, Brown Suede Jacket - Grey Hoody - Closed,
Black Leather Jacket - Grey Hoody - Closed, Brown Tweed Jacket - Grey Hoody - Closed,
and Beige Corduroy Jacket - Grey Hoody - Closed.

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

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

Credits after the jump!
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Tenue de Rentrée / Back to School Outfit: “Boon”, “FNKY!”, “Dinzeo Designs”, “Valiant”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Thursday, September 4th, 2008

I didn’t know “Dinzeo Designs,” run by Devon Dinzeo, until a few days ago. This designer, who used to be a builder for 4 years with another avatar, now creates great quality clothing at more than fair prices.

I bought this “Dooger” outfit, and I must say I was impressed with the quality of the items I found in the package for a mere 175 Lindens! A pair of low waist brown pants (on the pants layer), a black sweater (on the jacket layer), a sleeve filler on the shirt layer (which can be used as a tucked sweater with high rise pants), plus a sculpted turtleneck and a sculpted beret (not shown). Everything is modify and transfer.

The textures are really good: the pants show nice creases and the sweater is perfectly highlighted; everything is done using the best practices: neat collar zone finish for the sweater (often a weak point) and no jagged bottom bug for the pants. All I can do is to advise you to visit the shop, to discover a short but already interesting collection (complete outfits and separates), at sweet prices!

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

Also showing the very good “Kicks II” sneakers from “FNKY!,” a new hair from “Boon,” and a bag from “Valiant.” Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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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.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue de Rentrée / Back to School outfit: “Kalnins,” “Kalrau,” “Ottico,” “Robin (Sojourner) Wood”…

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Semi-Casual | Sunday, August 31st, 2008

The Gallop Shoes from Kalnins are script controlled, where you can choose from eleven colors (light blue, light brown, white (shown on main composite), blue, green, light green, and grey, as well as brown, magenta, black and brown grey (shown in second composite). By clicking the left shoe, you can also control size, choosing from small, medium or large preset sizes as well as Size- and Size+ for fine tuning the size manually, and position control. Lastly, you can control the shininess (shininess is set to ‘off’ here), as well as accessing the landmark for Kalnins and choosing whether or not you want a walking sound (I find walking sounds unnerving in SL, personally).

These shoes are unique, featuring uncommon colors (although some classic colors are missed, like dark brown, burgundy, maybe a true dark blue), a long narrow shape so unlike most SL shoes for men that it’s almost disturbing, and a sharp design that matches both dressy slacks and jeans. They are copy/no trans, a great bargain since you get all eleven colors for only 500L.

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

This grey cardigan from Kalrau is stylish and comfortable looking, with typical Kalrau texturing, a soft grey sweater over a subdued green plaid shirt. Because it only comes as a jacket layer, I miss having the choice of different layers, as it could conceivably be worn with a jacket over the top, or a coat. I wear sleeve fillers set at 6 to avoid “tight sleeve syndrome.”

Quality: 4/5 - 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:4/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

Ottico Numero 74 glasses, also script controlled, allow you to control the frame color, with a choice of pink, green, black, red or wood (shown). A classic, sturdy shaped frame and slightly translucent lens, allowing you to easily see your av’s eye color, make these a good choice for glasses. I only wish I could adjust the opacity of the lenses.

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

Completing this outfit are jeans from Robin (Sojourner) Wood, available for a mere 50L, masterfully textured and tinted a dark grey, a ring from Mhaijik Guillaume’s found objects series, Exile’s Echo hairstyle in Greystone, and a bag sadly no longer available from Republik (sorry).

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Showing Gallop Shoes by Kalnins in white.

Some available colors within Gallop Shoes by Kalnins [Click on the picture to enlarge]

left to right, top to bottom: Black, Brown Grey, Brown, Magenta

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