Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Casa del Shai,” “JCS,” “Lookr,” “Sey”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, November 3rd, 2008

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New At: “Casa del Shai”, “Color Me Couture”, “Detour”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

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Showing, left to right: Shai scruffy Jeans in Bruno, Gingham Shirt in Red.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

Review, extra pictures and credits after the jump!
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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Casa del Shai”, “Damiani”, “Exile”, “JCS”, & “Guillaume pour homme”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Sunday, August 24th, 2008

With his latest release, Eponymous Trenchmouth (builder and texturer behind “JCS Shoes”) has reached the next quality level, one more time!

His brand new “Havana” sandals show nice proportions, which is a feat in SL, according to the poor characteristics of the avatar mesh at the feet and ankle level, especially on the male avatar.

Knowing that males’ ankles are especially thick (the more muscled an avatar, the more wide are its ankles for some strange reason, thank you LL!), plus that men’s feet are really wide, imagine the challenge for a shoe builder to make decent shaped shoes fitting those constraints. Epy is one of the few designers skilled enough to succeed.

“Havana” sandals are done the old school way, using regular prims. Sure they are a bit primmy, but they rezz pretty quickly without making you look like you’re wearing big balls on your feet for a few minutes (or more, depending on the lag). Their good leather textures are perfectly aligned and seams are almost invisible, even in closeup. They are offered in four colors: black, dark brown, mid brown and khaki (all shown below the cut.)

As you can see your feet inside the sandals, you need to set your feet big enough to get a proper look. The sandals are consequently wide enough to give room to the feet. Believe it or not, even when you use the small size for the sandals (and so, for me, feet set to 27 in appearance mode), they don’t look dramatically huge. I can imagine the amount of work that has been put into their building to get such a nice result.

Last but not least, these “Havana” sandals include a very nice resizing script, user friendly, low lag, giving you instant key access to 6 sizes, plus the usual fine tweaking buttons. This is the first time Eponymous Trenchmouth offers that feature, and his new releases will include it from now on.

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 - Value for money: 5/5

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Showing: Shai Conservationist Safari Suit in Grey, JCS Havana Sandals in Black, Exile Hair Echo in Greystone.

With their classy look and quality materials, Epy’s “Havana” deserve more than your usual board shorts. I chose to show them to you with the “Conservationist Safari Suit” from “Casa del Shai” (by Shai Delacroix). I had them in my inventory for a little while and didn’t have the occasion to introduce them on slmen. This is now done! They come in three color packs: Fatigue, including a brown undershirt; Khaki, including a fatigue undershirt; and Grey, including a grey undershirt (all shown below the cut). Each pack offers a pair of pants on the pants and underpants layer (perfect to tuck in boots without messing the pants’ layer settings), a matching jacket on the jacket and shirt layer (for a tucked look), and a tucked shirt, to wear alone or under the jacket, offering a discreet and elegant camo pattern (I would say “camo-chic” :-)). They will bring you a laid back but yet elegant look, and their colors are, as usual at “Casa del Shai,” nice and subtle.

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4.5/5 - 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: 4/5

Kavar Cleanslate, hair designer of “Exile,” released new hair for the hair fair. Showing today “Echo,” a cool mid-length hair, perfect to give a more trendy look to my outfit. Also a bracelet and a ring from the so poetic and delicate new collection “Found objects” by Mhaijik Guillaume for “Guillaume pour homme,” and one of the latest skins released by Kaoz Koba for “Damiani,” “Neo,” which would be perfect to express your dark side in the most attractive way…

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

“By taking my hand, she showed me…that within the real world, a place like this existed. In the space of those ten seconds, I became a tiny bird, fluttering into the air, the wind rushing by. From high in the sky, I could see a scene far away It was so far off, I couldn’t make it out clearly, yet something was there, and I knew that one day, I would travel to that place. This revelation made me catch my breath, and made my chest tremble.” – ‘South of the Border, West of the Sun’, Haruki Murakami.

There’s something about the clothes from Grandma! that invariably brings a smile to my face. Perhaps it’s the tender humour inherent evoked by the name itself. Or the fact that Hanae Nishi works with a bright, happy palette for her line of clothes and unabashedly uses floral motifs in her designs – a real rarity in SL menswear. Or maybe it’s how she weaves in such pleasing little details into her pieces – a button here, a cunningly placed flower there – such that each Grandma! item feels like a veritable handcrafted labour of love.

I found Hanae’s Orange Blossom knitted cardigan an especially apt, lovely piece for spring – perfect for indoor wear or a walk along the beach at a time when there’s still a bit of nip in the air. The vivid, saturated blue brings to mind wide expanses of sky, and against this, Hanae has sprinkled a handful of orange flowers – just enough for a touch of whimsy, without being overwhelming.

To better bring out the bright tone of the cardigan, I’ve paired it with a recent release from Dutch Touch – the Blue Clamdigger, a pair of navy blue cargo shorts. This comes as part of the ‘Cool Blue’ package, along with three striped tank tops in various shades of blue, but as with Iki Ikarus’ work in general, these are all high quality pieces well worth the L$225 price tag.

Rounding off the outfit are Yukirei Greene’s Future Magic earring – a dazzling sapphire set into a silver square, and Noelle Elide’s vintage animal charm bracelet. The latter is a freebie from Le Zoo, and can be found in the gift shop.

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Blouson / Jacket:
Grandma B-Orange-Blossam-Nit (M) (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Grandma! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
*Shai* Luna White Barong Shirt (part of The Luna Suit, 600 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Casa del Shai [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
Clamdigger Glam Blue (part of the Cool Blue package, 225 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T):
@ Dutch Touch [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
JGD - flipflop - White (150 Lindens/color, also available in green, brown and blue. Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ JGD [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Boucles d’oreilles / Earrings:
YUKI Future Magic L Earrings (100 Lindens, comes with both right and left earrings. Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Yukirei Accessories [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
‘Les Animaux’ Vintage Souvenir Charm Bracelet by Joelle Eilde (FREE, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Le Zoo Gift Shop [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Chase Black Collection - ‘Splash’ (295 Lindens/3 close colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Chase [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Oldman Eye (20 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Kowloon Style Avatar Shop [Designer, Address & SLURL]

Skin: The Abyss

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Nouveau chez / new at: “Akeyo”, “Casa del Shai” & “Jewelry Mhaijik Things”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Formal, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Thursday, February 28th, 2008

• Yet another re-creation of the famous “Chuck Taylor by Converse” in SL! Just a few days after the very good sculpty ones from Hoorenbeek, Akeyo released these ones. The sculpty work is simply amazing (and you know I’m not a mad praiser!). Artoo Magneto knows perfectly how to play with sculpties, and more important, succeed in the delicate exercise of texture baking on them. These “Chucks” by “Akeyo” are resizable by menu, very finely, so you can harmonize perfectly the size of your avatar with your shoe size, dealing with the terrible constraints of male feet in SL! The resizing device is synchronized left right, so the menu controls the size of both shoes at the same time. There is more! The colors are menu changeable as well. You can choose to modify the color of both shoes or one at a time, for the creative ones willing to mix different colors left and right! I won’t forget to tell you that you can change separately the foot, tongue, lace and ringlet color, choosing between 12 available tones.

Let’s talk about price now! These sneakers, offering thousands of color combinations, resizable following your most extreme needs, are sold for a very low 600 Lindens. No mod (but the menu driven changes available), copy, no transfer. No more hesitation, get a pair!

What I love: the sculpty work’s quality; the color options; the resizing system; the left untied laces!
What I wish: I just NEED a low top version, it’s too hard to fit pants with these high tops sometimes! I wish I could pick exactly the color I want, with RGB values. I know, I know, never enough… But you have to admit that could have been great to have them in the same pink than the bow tie I’m wearing today!!! Oh, and a glittering version too… no limits! :-)

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

• Classic Tuxedo at Casa del Shai. Well, classic and Shai aren’t really compatible! This formal suit is one more evidence!
“The Classic Tuxedo” comes in black, grey and white (shown today). In each pack, you will find 2 jackets on the jacket layer, one with cummerbund, the other without; on both shirt and undershirt layers, the shirt alone; on both pants and underpants layers, two options: without cummerbund and with it, this last option to wear with the shirt alone. You will get also 2 bow ties, one of the same color as the suit, another one in a contrasted color, soft pink for the white tux, white for the black and grey ones, glitch socks to color the inner side of your pants, and a prim tuxedo coat tail.

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As usual, the texture is great. Shai’s talent at coloring shows even in her whites (which is not so easy, believe me). I won’t praise any longer; after the previous note on Akeyo, you will think I’ve been abducted and replaced by aliens…;-) Plus, admit it, this tuxedo is too sexy to be classic…

Everything is moddable but the jacket layer, for some mysterious reason, copy and no transfer. You can pick your favorite color of “The Classic Tuxedo” for 750 Lindens.

What I love: well, everything!
What I wish: jackets layers with modify perms. Why does Shai make everything moddable but those? Mystery… I know I’m totally OCD, but moddable jackets allow to SLIGHTLY shorten the sleeves for a perfect look when you use the shirt layer to give more volume to the sleeves… same old story. It’s just frustrating when you love an outfit! The price, just a bit too high. But when you like…

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4.5/5 - Usability (different layers, 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

• Mhaijik Guillaume just released “Mesmerizing mystical hypnotic” collection of rings with animated textures. Listen to what the creator says about them: “Gaze into the depths and transcend into a mystical sense of oneness. You will be spellbound by the shimmering majikal colours as they swirl and fade out and back in again. Become lost inside, discover your internal cosmos.
Party boring? Client or Significant other late? Wearing one of my rings offers you an escape from the waiting time. :-D”
6 new, superb and very different rings (showing today “Kavi Poet Ring,” more to come very soon!)
Moddable and transferable. 250 Lindens Each.

What I love: The originality of the animated texture, totally the opposite of bling, only you know it’s here. Discreet luxury and real chic, isn’t it?
What I wish: nothing really. Maybe a slightly lower price!

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): N/A - Price: 2.5/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Smoking, Chemise, Ceinture de smoking, Noeud Papillon/ Tuxedo, Shirt, Cummerbund, Bow Tie:
*Shai* The Classic Tux in White (750 Lindens/color, Perms: NM & M/C/NT),
@ Casa del Shai [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
AKEYO_shoes_CHUCKS (600 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Akeyo [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Ring (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
Jared - Silver (slightly over tinted in pink) (200 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/Every 72 colors packs, Perms: M/C/NT),,
@ Truth [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
{FP} Bright Eyes - Small - Taffy (75 Lindens/color including 3 sizes, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Joshua Normal Teint Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “Casa del Shai”, “Guillaume pour Homme”, & “Philotic Energy”

• Alpine man is one of the outfits in the new Casa del Shai release!

Each outfit pack includes: a white mandarin shirt on the undershirt layer, a sweater on the shirt layer, a vest on the jacket layer, a combo vest/sweater on the jacket layer, and a pair of pants on the pant and underpants layer. You can wear the shirt alone, or with the sweater, or with the vest, or with both!

This is a semi casual outfit, like Shai Delacroix does often, each time with the same sense of chic and comfort, exactly the kind of stuff you can wear for almost every occasion!

Style and colors are just fine. (I’m sorry to say all the time the same things about Shai’s work!) Everything is modify for a perfect fitting, and copyable. You can pick your favorite color for 750 Lindens, or get the fatpack for 2500 Lindens. A bit overpriced in my humble opinion ;-)

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 4/5 - Price: 2/5 - Value for money: 4/5

• Also new, a hair for men by Aemilia Case from Philotic Energy. It’s no secret I love Aemilia’s work, which gets better and better at each release. This Mykal hair, short and casual, is really sexy and a pure masterpiece of prim work. Look at the rear side of the hair! It’s too often the weak point of hair. They come in 21 colors and are very fairly priced at 150 Lindens per color. I will show you soon two other short cuts Aemilia just released too!

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

• Introducing another new ring by Mhaijik Guillaume in the new Surfer Dream series, “In a Sunny Wanting the Ocean Mood.” Showing you today “Mhaijik Surfers Dream R Pinky Finger,” Gold with Green Sea Topaz gems. 100 Lindens, moddable and giftable.

• Poses from the main composite were provided by CGBG. They are sold for 100 Lindens each or gathered in a cool AO ready to wear for 700 Lindens. The poses look pretty natural, and I really appreciated working with them.
CGBG, by Sean Gorham @ Roosa (180,157,29)

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Showing Alpine Man in Blue, Shiny Things Murphys shoes in Tan, Philotic Energy Mykal hair in Ashed Brown;

Available colors for Alpine Man:
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Left to Right and Top Down:
Alpine Man in Blue, Shiny Things Murphys shoes in Tan, Philotic Energy Mykal hair in Ashed Brown,
Alpine Man in Black, Shiny Things Murphys shoes in Blue, Philotic Energy Mykal hair in Kohl,
Alpine Man in Earth, Shiny Things Murphys shoes in Brown, Philotic Energy Mykal hair in Chocolate,
Alpine Man in Cabernet, Shiny Things Murphys shoes in Red, Philotic Energy Mykal hair in Natural Red.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Pantalon, Pull, Chemise, Gilet / Pants, Sweater, Shirt, Vest:
Alpine Man (750 Lindens/color, 2500 Lindens for a fatpack of 4, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Casa Del Shai [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Mykal (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/6 tipped, 1200 Lindens/21 colors & 6 tipped, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Mhaijik Surfers Dream R Pinky finger (100 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes :
Shiny Things Murphys (350 Linden/Color, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shiny Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Skin:
Joshua Normal Skin Face 1 (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “Casa del Shai”

This Nehru Suit is part of the most recent collection for men by Shai Delacroix for Casa Del Shai.
It comes in 4 colors (shown below). In each color pack, you will find a jacket, a pair of pants on the pants and underpants layers, a shirt without collar in the shirt and undershirt layer, 2 prim cuffs for the pants.
As usual at Casa del Shai, the style is just perfect and so is the texture. One more time, this new piece shows Shai’s talent at coloring.

Gently subdued and washed, the colors are just subtle. The textures show the fabric. The shadowing is nicely done and gives a lot of presence and realism even to dark items.

This Nehru suit is a great alternative to the classic suit, just like Shai’s Barong Tagalog was a few months ago. Shai Delacroix finds her inspiration in the Orient, offering us original clothing, and opening our mind to other cultures.

You can get your favorite color for 700 Lindens, or get the fatpack for 2240 Lindens. A bit expensive maybe ;-)

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 3/5 - Price: 2/5 - Value for money: 4/5
Shai Delacroix offers a very kind and careful customer service.

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Four available colors
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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Costume, Chemise / Suit, Shirt:
*Shai* Nehru Suit (700 Lindens/color, 2240 Lindens/pack of 4 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Casa del Shai [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Sandales / Sandals :
Boho Sandals - Black (250 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shiny Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Ring:
Hand Silver 3 Gem Ring (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
PE Indy Kohl (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/6 tipped, 1200 Lindens/21 colors & 6 tipped, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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

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