Fashion Exploration: How men dress in Naraka (I)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Fashion Exploration, Punky | Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Believe it or not, Second Life isn’t only about fashion, celebrity, hunts, or the latest dark drama involving some combination of any or all of the above. Some people spend a lot of time and energy on RP sims, roleplaying an intricate life wrapped in backstory.

This is the first of a series of posts featuring the unique looks of some of these roleplayers.

Geoffrey Welders, aka Hermes in Naraka [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Style: Geoffrey Welders, Photography: Ben Vanguard

Credits after the jump!
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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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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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Nouveau chez / New at “Akeyo” and “0 Style”, plus “Dutch Touch”, “Fuse”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Friday, January 11th, 2008

Introducing today new slippers from “Akeyo” and new hair from “0 Style.”

For now, the slippers come only in “bean” (some brown plaid), shown, and in “splat” (white with some red product splattered on them, strawberry jam or blood, depending on what scene you are playing in). More colors will be soon offered!

They come in two widths in the same pack, for two different looks, and their size is finely modifiable by menu. You can precisely adjust their size to make them harmonious with your avie size (this is not done to fit your feet, which have to be set to zero in appearance mode in any case!).

As each shoe must be adjusted independently, be careful of what modification you apply on the first shoe, to do the same to the other one! Don’t worry, if you got lost, you would just have to reset the size and modify it again. These slippers are, as always at Akeyo, nicely built and textured. You can have them for 350 Lindens per color.

Rei Gulli has created a few original men’s hair for “0 Style.” Reo is one of his last production. I like the “gently messy” look it gives. This hair is very flexi, which adds some realism outdoors. It comes in 6 packs of 3 close colors each (darks, brunettes, blonds, reds, whites and gray - more ashed blonds for this last one). Each triple pack is sold for 300 Lindens.

To go along with these new items, I chose good jeans from “Fuse,” an original tank top from “Dutch Touch” and some “rough” jewelry from BroGear and Philotic Energy.

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Souliers / Shoes:
City Sport Jacket (350 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT-resizable by menu-)
@ Akeyo [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Débardeur / Tank Top:
TankTop Printed Eat Life *MOD* (220 Lindens/pack of 5 colors plus one tintable, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Dutch Touch [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
*fuse - Jeans 101 [City/Clean] (110 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Fuse [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
* 0 Style * Reo *(Black Cherry)_M (300 Lindens/pack of 3 close colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ 0 Style (Zero Style) [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
Fuse bracelet rustyred (150 Lindens/pack including a matching necklace, Perms M/C/NT)
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Collier / Necklace:
BroGear - Tooth Necklace (110 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT)
@ BroGear [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - Stubble (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: Aitui, Brogear, Moderno, Sidewalk…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Punky | Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Hello all slmen Readers. My name is Dominic Palisades and after an invitation from Ben I will do the post for the today’s outfit…but before doing so, I would like to thank Ben for the wonderful opportunity he gave me

So here we go:

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Style, Photography: Dominic Palisades

• Débardeur / Tank Top:
Aitui/ Plain Tank Top, Black (60 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
by Jessaitui Pation,
@ A I T U I, Aitui (195, 120, 23)

• Jean / Jeans:
[Sidewalk] Clothing/ Black Grunge Jeans-Mid Rise (The package contains three fits: loose, regular and tight) (99 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Rhyph Somme,
@ [Sidewalk] Clothing, Isle of Tharen (27, 227, 33)

• Coiffure / Hair:
*MODERNO*: Jack Hair - Shadow (150 Lindens for a pack of 3 close colours, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Starley Thereian,
@ Last Call ::MODERNO:: Menswear, Dazzle (130, 10, 28)

• Bottes et autres accessoires / Shoes and other accessories:
Brogear/ Tramplers Black Boots (299 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
Avant Military Brat Back pack (250 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
Smoker’s arm band (150 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
Hand Wrapping (70 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
by Broder Kubrick,
@ Brogear, Isle%20of%20Tharen (50, 171, 33)

• Yeux / Eyes:
FNKY! Eyes - Electric - Blue (Light veins) (70 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (129, 76, 24)

• Skin:
The Good Life - Justin Skin (Fair) - Aftermath (1700 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Queue, oreilles et moustaches de chat / Cat’s tail, ears and whiskers:
Neko Counter Culture ears (250 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
Neko Wastelands Tail (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
Black Whiskers (they come in a pack containing 6 different styles) (75 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Philo Sion,
@ Hybrid, Gnoma (11, 192, 47)

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Nouveau chez / New at “Brogear” (Broder Kubrick) & “DE Designs” (DoC Eldritch)

Ben Vanguard | Uncategorized | Friday, October 19th, 2007

Just a quick note to tell you that DoC Eldritch set all the pieces of this outfit to “modify”, which is great to avoid tight looking sleeves for the jacket and allows a perfect fitting. Thank you DoC! :-)

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6 more ways of wearing “1846″

1846 comes in a women’s version as well (shown on Ana Lutecia’s blog).

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste, Gilet, Chemise, Pantalon / Jacket, Vest, Shirt, Pants:
DE 1846 Mens (395 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by DoC Eldritch,
@ DE Designs, DE Designs (203, 132, 30)

• Bottes / Boots:
BroGear - Sparrows - Brown (299 Lindens/color, 500 Lindens/2 colors, comes in black and brown, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Broder Kubrick,
@ BroGear, Isle of Tharen (38, 171, 33)

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

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - Bouncer (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the day: Survivor

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Costume, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Special Event | Friday, August 31st, 2007

VERY URGENT I’m on vacation in Tuscany, Italy until the end of September darling STOP Wearing the Neko Islander Outfit from Broder Kubrick for BroGear STOP I thought it was the best thing to wear in the country STOP Local people look at me in a weird manner darling. STOP They are quite hostile although I told them it’s fake fur on my delicious accessories STOP Life here is very tough darling STOP They don’t even have an organic deli in the neighborhood STOP Broder gave me a bad slingshot, so I can’t get any bird STOP Trying to catch a fish in the pool with one of Broder’s knives, but the bloody fish keep hiding darling STOP I’m starting to starve darling! STOP Please come to bring me back to Paris ASAP! OVER

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
The GL - Broder - Ashed (250 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/24 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - Rugged (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Yeux / Eyes:
Eyes GREEN-BROWN *REDGRAVE* (150 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens FASHION, SANDS Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• “Survivor” outfit:
BroGear - Neko Islander Set (Six pieces pack, 400 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Broder Kubrick,
@ BroGear, Isle of Tharen (38, 171, 33)

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