Joyeuse fin d’année! / Happy end of year! (with some new from “Eros Designs”)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Formal, Night | Monday, December 31st, 2007

Introducing today for the first time a creation from Eros Designs by Keth Mommsen. I show you the last release for men, “James Tuxedo,” a classic black tux with bow tie. You will find in the pack a shirt in the shirt layer, a jacket in the jacket and skirt layer, a pair of pants with satin finished side band, and a prim bow tie. Everything is moddable and transfer. You can have this Tuxedo for 500 Lindens.

I like particularly the attention given to details in the tux: buttons, collar, satin ribbon, even the black is not too black to allow some shadowing work, as SL can’t allow full black items to react to light like irl. Not all designers think of this!

The ring from Kesseret Steeplechase, with its little show-off-still-chic attitude, fits well with a grand party outfit!

I chose the updated Envision skin from Body Politik with some black eye makeup for a slightly decadent look. The new hair design on it is so good I decided to not add any prim hair for this look!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Smoking, Chemise, Nœud Papillon / Tuxedo, Shirt, Bow Tie:
*ED* James Tuxedo (500 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Eros Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
City Walk - black (300 Lindens, Perms NM/C/NT),
@ Shiny Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Robert Dual Tone Gemstone Ring (200 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
with menu driven color changer for the main gem and the side metal,
@ KessKreations [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:
Envision Caramel Chin Stripe Makeup 2 with hair (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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50% Off Sale at “Relika” and upgrade from former versions of Envision Skin by “The Body Politik”

Ben Vanguard | Uncategorized | Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Relika Itamae for “Relika” is having a great 50% off sale from now until January 1st! It’s your chance to get at a very attractive price “The lucas” outfit for men shown on slmen a while ago! You would be able to get a pack with two sweaters and a pair of pants for 100 Lindens, or the everything pack of 6 colors sweaters and three pairs of pants for 250 Lindens. Go for it! Perms are M/C/NT.
@ Relika [Designer, Address & SLURL]

I forgot to give you some information about the upgrade in my post on the new version of Envision Skin from “The Body Politik” Here it is! Every owner of a former version of the Envision skin is eligible for a free upgrade! Just contact Maximillion Grant in world with your transaction number if you bought the skin during the past month, or simply give your name if you bought it before. In case of a problem tracing your transaction, Maximillion will arrange a meeting with you to verify that you own a skin and provide you the new version. This is the most open minded policy for upgrading you could dream of! :-)
Note that upgrades will be available only after the sale period.

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New Update for Envision skin (The Body Politik) + 50% off Sale!

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Introducing today the updated version of Envision Skin for men, by Maximillion Grant for The Body Politik! And at the same time, I’m pleased to announce that The Body Politik is having a huge 50% off sale on every skin (including the updated ones), shapes and skin-shape packs from saturday 29th until the 31st of december at noon SL time! This is a very interesting way to get the new Envision I’m presenting in depth today.

Faithful to slmen policy about comments, I will stay as factual as I can and let you take a look at the many pictures I did.

First, general pictures in two skin tones, then after the jump, you will see all the skin tones offered, then the 12 different facial hair options added to the clean shaven one, and at the end you will have a look at the brand new makeup versions, in three options. They are modeled with 3 different designer’s shapes, to show you their versatility. (so no, it’s not me on the pictures :-D )

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• Shape: Lemon E4:38 (800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Lemon [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Skin: Envision Caramel Clean Shaven (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

Note that the pricing scheme remains the same: you can have a skin in one skin tone and one facial option for 1750 Lindens, a pack of 4 diffrent facial hair option in the same skin tone, including the “clean shaven” one, for 3500 Lindens. 4 Packs are provided. You can choose the complete pack of all 13 facial hair options in one skin tone for 5000 Lindens. Each skin comes in two versions, hair and bald. In the following pictures, you will see the “hair version.” As a complement item, you will also get a color matching texture for your Xcite genitals if you have them.

So, what is new in this update?

Maximillion redid the eyebrows and the hair almost completely. The hair is now incredibly realistic, and can easily be worn without any prim hair.

The ears are retouched, and the result is worth it.

Most importantly, the upper eyelid is now lightened. That makes Envision now able to fit many more shapes. The main problem of the previous version IMHO was these dark eyelids which didn’t look good with many face shapes. This is now fixed!

There were little problems with light spots next to the eyes; these are fixed too. Last but not least, the skin suffered from dark patches, depending on lighting conditions, which have been fixed as well, so the skin looks more natural in more situations.

But wait, there’s more! Maximillion Grant went through the whole skin, top to bottom, and did a lot of work smoothing out any graininess while trying to keep all the details. As a result, the entire skin has much better definition.

A few words about the makeup options. They come for each skin tone in every facial hair option! Makeup 1 is an eyeliner, makeup 2 is the same eyeliner with some black eyeshadow, makeup 3 looks to me like the number two version, but tear-stained. Interesting options which stay masculine looking. I know that Maximillion has been working a lot on them!

Envision is now an achieved skin. It was already a good alternative, but its flaws and especially the lack of versatility according to facial shapes prevented it from being in the top category. Now it’s part of the top range and it’s good for the competition between skin creators!

What I like: the huge variety of facial hair options, and now the makeup options, which come in every facial hair and skin tone; the gentle face you get with that skin; the hair; the slim and toned appearance it gives, without overdeveloped abs or pecs.

What I wish: a blonde version. A real black skin tone and maybe a natural tone lighter than “titanium” (maybe with a blonde or reddish version? :-) )

Remember that the 50% sale will make these skins particularly more attractive until the 31st of december 2007 noon SL time!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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• Shape: Lemon E4:38 (800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Lemon [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Skin: Envision Platinum Clean Shaven (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

More pictures after the jump! (Skin tones, facial hair options, makeup options)
(more…)

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day : Akeyo, Muism, Sirena…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Thursday, December 6th, 2007

Introducing the high quality products from artoo Magneto & Akemi Yoshikawa for AKEYO. I show you today a hoodie with sculpty prim attachments. It’s fully tintable (jacket layer and attachments) so you can have it in as many colors as you want, all is “copy.” The attachments are really good and the general design is neat. I show you also the AYEKO sneakers: highly detailed, very realistic, with a great shape. They make me think of some RL “VANS.” They look pretty badass! Their size is moddable by menu, little step by little step, allowing you a perfect fitting. They come in Grey, White, Black and White (shown), and also in black and white with colored details. They are “copy” and are sold for 320 Lindens, which is low compared to quality sneakers on the market.

NEW product at Sirena hair with “Dominic,” a new hair for men. I show it today in a bright red: scarlett, but you can enjoy it in one of the 60 colors. All Sirena hair styles can be color tinted to give you more color options (The color tints are ADDED to the existing textures of the hair), and come with built-in Face Lighting. The setting for both lighting and coloring is chat driven. I won’t forget to mention that Sirena hair is available for a very sweet price: 195 Lindens for a pack of 4 close colors, 995 Lindens for a 60 colors pack.

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(showing AKEYO Sneaker02 Dustie Gray)

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(showing AKEYO Sneaker02 Dustie White and Black-White)

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
Sirena Dominic - Red Scarlet (195 Lindens for a 4 close colors pack, 995 for an “everything” pack),
by Natalia Zelmanov,
@ Sirena Hair & Fashion, West Sunset (159, 50, 21)

• Veste à Capuch / Hoodie:
AKEYO_HOODIE_SPREY_BROWN (175 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
totally tintable (the worn model is sold as “brown” and has been easily modified) comes with sculpted prim cuffs and collar,
by artoo Magneto & Akemi Yoshikawa,
@ AKEYO, anyMOTION (82, 236, 225)

• Jean / Jeans:
*Muism* Original Jeans/Red [Male] (298 Lindens/color, 1999 Lindens/pack of 9 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
comes in a pack with a damaged version,
by Icemocolo Voom,
@ *Muism* Home - Shopping Street, Far Sight (85, 227, 80)

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers :
AKEYO_SNEAKER02_DUSTIE_grey (320 Lindens/color, Perms: C/NM/NT),
by artoo Magneto & Akemi Yoshikawa,
@ AKEYO, anyMOTION (82, 236, 225)

• Bracelet, Bague / Bracelet, Ring:
Mhaijik moi … Bracelet Leather Silver ID Bar Mns Sz (200 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
Mhaijik Moi… Ring Leather and Silver ID (100 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

• Montre / Watch:
Outdoor Time - Boating - Watch with real movement and modifiable time zone (399 Lindens, Perms M/NC/T),
by Fim Fischer,
@ Fim Fischer’s Watches at Slmen.com Headquarters, Birchwood (72, 206, 392)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada office & mainstore, Triangulum (24, 22, 26)

• Skin:
Envision Caramel Soul Patch Skin (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Maximillion Grant,
@ .:: The Body Politik ::. - Eventide Far East (137, 169, 41)

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day : Punk in Black and White

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Saturday, November 24th, 2007

We again have Harper Beresford as guest blogger.

I met Infiner Morigi at Sinistyle one night when I was shopping for my last blog. Infiner had such a distinctive and amazing look that I had to talk to him, and I asked him if he would be interested in collaborating on a blog with me (by basically showing up in his amazing look and letting me take photos). He agreed to and showed up at my studio with a smile on his face, ready to go. Turns out a lot of what Infiner was wearing was from Sinistyle. Infiner is the head DJ at Club Industry, so see him there. Club Industry, Amberville (183, 69, 24)

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Style, Model: Infiner Morigi
Photographer: Harper Beresford

• Skin:
Max Envision Wraith Chin Stripe Skin Blk H (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Maximillion Grant,
@ .:: The Body Politik ::. - Eventide Far East (137, 169, 41)

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
Etchd Jekyll top (undershirt, Colorable)(200 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Sinjun Soyer,
@ EtchD Main Store by Sinjun Soyer, Koreshan (14, 216, 29)

• Yeux / Eyes:
*AE* Nemesis S - Gris Irise (Medium Grey) (50 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
by Mokushiroku Kamachi,
@ *** An Eye for An Eye - Best rea, Celsia Island (159, 227, 305)

• Coiffure / Hair:
Deviant Kitties Cili - Black (175 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Helyanwe Vindaloo,
@ Deviant Kitties Designs, Deviant Kitties (128, 127, 22)

• Piercing:
PUNK STORE MOLLER - Labret_Spike006 (79 Lindens, Perms M/NC/T),
by Pre Moller,
@ ! PUNK Store MOLLER - MAINSTORE, NineInchNerds (29, 31, 21)

• Ceinture / Belt:
Gritty Kitty: Trinitee belt (150 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Noam Sprocket,
@ Gritty Kitty (Main Store), Koreshan (30, 37, 24)

• Brassard, Chemise, Collier, Gants, Pantalon, Boots / Armbands, Shirt, Necklace, Gloves, Pants, Boots:
SiniStyle Barb Wire Arm Bands, Clean (225 Lindens for “Clean” and “Rusty”, Perms: M/C/NT),
SiniStyle Black T from Black T Pack (175 Lindens for 5 t-shirts, Perms M/NC/T),
SiniStyle Dog Tags (Large)(200 Lindens, pack of 2 in either S or L, Perms M/C/NT),
SiniStyle RaGe Gloves (Black)(500 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
SiniStyle Manglers - 02, Regular Fit (100 Lindens, Perms M/NC/T),
SiniStyle Shit Kicker - Black Boots (400 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
by Krius Misfit,
@ SiniStyle Design, SiniStyle (6, 6, 6)

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Body Positive - Nouveau chez / New release at: “Tete a Pied”, Vivant Men’s skins.

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Thursday, November 8th, 2007

Introducing today the new men’s skins by Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot for “Tete a Pied” (which means absolutely nothing in French, but whatever!).

These skins are a total breakthrough in the men’s skin market, as they are priced at only 500 Lindens, which is absolutely new for such quality work.
It’s a very hard point for the competitors and an excellent one for the customers!

“These skins fall very nicely between photoreal and hand drawn. Like our women’s line, they are a hybrid skin. We wanted them to compliment our women’s line but gave them a little extra contrast to add strength to the detail. Each skin comes with a version with and without scalp hair and they are available in 6 skin tones. We might consider red haired and blonde versions if we hear there is enough of a demand and as always, we are happy to do customs. In addition to a Clean Cut and Beat (goatee) option, we’ve created a Mature look, a few extra lines and wrinkles lend the skin a dignified older man look,” Roslin Petion said.

Maybe they will offer some more facial hair options later, and if you can’t wait for different facial hair color, IM Roslin Petion or CJ Carnot; for a small fee you could have a custom skin! For sure we weren’t used to that, guys! :-)

You will find in this long post a first composite with the details of the skin, then the 6 skin tones. After the jump, you will discover the three versions, mature, clean cut and “beat,” a full goatee, with and without designers’ prim hair. Then last but not least, you will see how “Vivant skin for men” looks on 6 different MODIFIABLE designers’ shapes (I can’t say it enough: never buy a no modify shape, you would regret it one day or another.)
I tried on around 60 of them, and I can say “Vivant” is pretty versatile and fits most of the skins on the market. Anyway, I chose 6 which offer different faces and a particularly good fitting.

What I love: the smooth details; the totally successful mix of “hand drawn” and “photosourced” design; the subtle colors offered, the possibility of custom personalization.

What I wish: a better definition of the feet; more facial hair option, color and cut! This skin deserves them!

Conclusion: go grab the demos now!

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TaP Vivant Bronze Mens

Darker Tones:[Click on the picture to enlarge]

TaP Vivant Chestnut Mens
TaP Vivant Bronze Mens
TaP Vivant Buff Mens

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TaP Vivant Cream Mens
TaP Vivant Almond Mens
TaP Vivant Blush Mens

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Skins:
TaP Vivant Mens Skins
CJ Carnot & Roslin Petion,
@ Tete a Pied Vivant Men’s Skins, Nouveau (203, 127, 22)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada office & mainstore, Triangulum (24, 22, 26)

More about Tap Vivant for Men after the jump!
(more…)

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: “Keep laughing, this is your girlfriend’s shirt”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit | Thursday, August 30th, 2007

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
*~* Damselfly*~* Delta Black (275 Lindens/3 colors pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Shylah Honey,
@ DragonFly Designs - DamselFly Hair, DragonFly Oasis (111, 56, 25)

• Skin:
Nora Entice - Hunter Expresso (Hair) ((1000 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)),
by Sezmra Svarog,
@ Nora BodySkins & Fashions, Sonata (227, 72, 27)

• Yeux / Eyes:
(Avatar) Eyes: Natural - Obsidian (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Nephilaine Protagonist,
@ Pixeldolls, Port Seraphine (32, 132, 27)

• Tee-Shirt / T-Shirt:
[/AMBUSH/] Girlfriend’s Shirt in Pink (untucked) (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Faye Gelfand,
@ [/AMBUSH/] (mainstore), Shantos (159, 160, 515)

• Jean / Jeans:
Body Politik Casual Comfort Jeans - Grunge (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Maximillion Grant,
@ .:: The Body Politik ::., Eventide South (52, 177, 36)

• Chaussettes “Pieds nus” / Bare Feet Socks,
Tintable Barefoot Socks - setting : Color RGB (113, 108, 102) (FREE, Perms: C/M/NT),
by Robin Sojourner,
@ Robin Sojourner, Livingtree Island Center, Livingtree (135, 121, 24)

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
Gray Mens Dragon Chillin (400 Lindens, Perms M/NC/T),
by Ninja Petion,
@ Digital Dragon Design, Digital Dragon (113, 113, 23)

• Montre / Watch:
Sun’s Gate Watch (with real movement and timezone settable) (399Lindens, Perms M/NC/T),
by Fim Fischer,
@ Fim Fischer’s Watches at Slmen.com Headquarters, Birchwood (72, 206, 392)

• Collier, Bracelet, Bague / Necklace, Bracelet, Ring:
Japan in Organic Necklace Mns Sz (275 Lindens, including the following ring, Perms: M/NC/T),
Ring Mask in Japan,
Cord Bracelet with Copper Lg Sz (150 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

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