Nouveau Chez / New at: “Civvies” & “Kalrau”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

This white jacket from Kal Rau is part of his newly released collection of men’s clothing, and — as usual — is superbly textured, a sort of net fabric overlaying a subtly patterned underlayer. Comes on the jacket layer with moddable hood.

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…):2.5/5 - Price:3/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

The sunglasses, also from Kalrau, are sleek and stylish, and easily scripted for clickable resizing. (I love resizing scripts, sorry!)

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:2/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

Posy Trudeau’s Baggy Jeans at Civvies are put together in a pack with different versions of belted jeans — brown, blue, gray, green, orange, pink, and red — 7 colors in two presized versions, plus two presized pair of sculpty cuffs, all moddable, in baggy and shabby baggy versions! I know you can’t see the belt here, but it made no sense to put it under the jacket. ;)

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

Rounding off this outfit, the new and recently featured Stomper Engineer boots from Style Starts Here, Danny hair from Truth (still available as a dollarbie, soon to be discontinued…go grab it!), the recently featured Square Link Black Titanium Link Bracelet from Dahlinks, the air vial pendant and a black rubber thumb ring from Mhaijik Guillaume.

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Kalrau”

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, August 11th, 2008

Kal Rau, one of my favorite SL designers, has really been producing a lot of new stuff lately! He has a new line of casual men’s clothing, including these black cargo shorts, with a subtle black and grey striped design and sculpty side pockets. They look cool coming just below the knee. His textures are amazing, very detailed and realistic.

The shirt looks comfortably worn, with a grey 3/4 length sleeve shirt underneath and a faded star design in navy blue.

With these new pieces, I’m wearing the Patagonia hiking boots from Hoorenbeek, in black, the free SF Designs hiking socks, tinted to match the shirt, the adjustable Black Titanium Men’s bracelet from Dahlink’s, and Titanium with Black ring from Mhaijik Guillaume. Finishing it off, the Knight hairstyle in Twilight from Exile.

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Dahlinks”, “Insert Cool Name” & “Tesla”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Hi there!

Tesla Miles for Tesla makes nicely done sculpty items. I’m showing today her latest creations: “Oracle” sunglasses and urban tactic boots. Both are copy no trans and moddable by menu: size for boots, color and size for the glasses. The shoes are pretty shiny, and even though they are boots and done in one piece, you can fit them easily under pants, which is not so obvious with some others on the market! The flexi laces add a bit of realism. They come in black, red, blue and brown. 399 Lindens a pair and 1000 Lindens for the everything pack! The sunglasses are sold for 499 Lindens. Less expensive versions are available, without the color changing menu.

Malte Antfarm is a young designer in world. He started the brand “Insert cool name” and offers very low priced items. Some of them are really original with cool patterns, like the purple hoodie shown. Some others are classics on the grid, like these seriously ripped dark jeans, but for less money than what you can usually find. At 50 Lindens a piece, hoodie and jeans are worth a look. Everything is moddable, and the hoodie offers a sculpty hood.

Alexandra Nichols for Dahlinks can’t stop doing men’s stuff! I hope she’ll keep up that pace! I’m showing today her last “Power player dress ring.” It comes in three sizes to fit every avatar. Copy, no transfer, 300 Lindens.

Thora Charron creates new skins for Minnu Model Skins. The “zero” range offers seven skin tones, with 5 body hair versions and 12 facial options. Each skin comes with painted hair or bald option, each in eyeliner or without makeup choice. Basically you get 4 skins when buying one. 1700 Lindens for a facialoption in one tone and one body hair option. 2250 for a duopack. The body hair options are interesting, from smooth to frankly hairy on the chest and belly! I hope these options will be kept in the next release. Due to the character of the skin, less photorealistic than the previous skins from MMS, the very hairy options aren’t really fitting, in my humble opinion, but they will ravish the ones who think a man has to have hair!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: “Dahlinks”, “JCS”, “Little Heaven”, “Shiki”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Official, Semi-Casual | Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Are you (like me) somewhat tired of “realistic” items, and looking for more genuine creativity? There are some designers to fit your needs, and Shinichi Mathy for Shiki designs is one of them. He offers colored items for guys that make you feel happy!

I’m showing today “Mustard suit.” It comes in two versions (open and closed) for jackets, two versions for pants (brown and black belt) and 3 undershirt colors (Olive -shown- plus Teal and Grey), available in the three layers possible for top items, plus an underpants complement. As the shirt has half sleeves, you can’t use the short layer to give solme volume to the jacket over it, so I chose the undershirt layer and completed it with my personal sleeve filler.
Everything is moddable and copiable. You can have this suit for 450 Lindens!

With the last unisex hair from Little Heaven (Salva), the Eternity Dress Ring from Dahlinks in black diamond and titanium, and Grey Carl Perkins shoes from JCS, I had a lot of fun trying to mimic some well known RL designer ;-) This “face 3 eyeliner” version of the Joshua skin by Damiani helped me a lot!

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Take a look at the credits after the jump!

• Costume, Chapeau / Suit, Hat:
Shiki Mustard Suit (450 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SHIKI [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Volume pour manches / Sleeve Filler:
[SLMEN.COM] Sleeves Filler (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Slmen Headquarters [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
JCS-Carl Perkins - Grey (250 Lindens/color, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ JCS! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
(Dahlinks) Eternity Male Dress Ring - Titanium & Black Diamond (200 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Dahlinks [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
LH_hair20_Salva Black (200 Lindens/color, 1000 Lindens/8 colors pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Little Heaven [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Skin:
Joshua Normal Skin Face 3 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez : New at “Hazard” and “Miau Haus”

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Okay, first off, these corduroy pants designed by Posy Trudeau, from Miau Haus, are some of the best fitting pants for guys on Second Life. Posy’s always been one of my favorite pants designers, and these cords, in many colors, are my new favorite pants. Nice, tight fitting, excellent texture, cool colors (I’ll show more on a later post). I’m wearing the black ones here.

On top of these pants, the best belt I’ve seen so far on SL. Sorry for all the superlatives, but seriously, this belt is great, sculpty and menu-driven for shape (waist and 3 kinds of low-rise), texture (lots to choose from, I chose solid green here after messing with a bunch of different designs), and color. It fits my somewhat small av without a lot of trouble. Thanks to Kid Kokorin for a nice piece of work. The t-shirt is Kid’s as well. This design is called “Arcadia.” He has a good selection of odd (but cool and very inspired!) t-shirts.

Rodney Trenkins’ shop, Republik, offers these “Fight Club” glasses as well as the Grunge shoes shown. Shoes are menu driven for size, texture, and color. I love the trend toward this easy way of adjusting prim clothing.

Finally, the Men’s Square Link Black Titanium Link Bracelet from Dahlink’s, delicate links of black and silver, resizeable by…menu!

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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• Belt:
Hazard classic belt (300L, Perms: C/M/NT), at
Hazard [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Tee shirt:
Arcadia (75L, Perms: C/M/NT), at
Hazard [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
Kazuho corduroy pants, black (100L, Perms: C/M/NT), at
Miau Haus [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Lunettes de soleil, Chaussures de sport / Sunglasses, Sneakers:
Fight Club Glasses (120L, Perms: NC/NM/T)
Grunge Shoes (325L, Perms: NC/NM/T), at
Republik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bracelet:
Men’s Square Link Black Titanium Link Bracelet (200L, Perms: C/NM/NT), at
Dahlinks [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Muse, Black (150 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Defectiva [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Natural Eyes in Blue (50 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ PixelDolls [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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Nouveau chez / new at: “Dahlinks”, “JCS”, & “Sf Designs”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume, Special Event | Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Just after the “Toltek” (shown here), Eponymous Trenchmouth created on the same base “Sebastian,” with a totally different flair, with laces, but still with medium heels. I wondered how the hell I could find something to fit these dress shoes, as, in my humble opinion, they were difficult to match with contemporary stuff. Fortunately, after Rfyre who created an outfit to complete the “Toltek,” Swaffette Firefly (SFDesign) found on her last release an historical costume which fits perfectly the Sebastian in red!

“Sebastian” shoes are offered in many colors (coal, mustard, midnight, chalk, olive and red). In each color pack you will get three versions to match your avatar size. Note that the shoes, as it has become very usual now, are designed to adjust on your feet set to zero. The texturing is as good as usual at JCS, and the quality of the design is totally astonishing. You don’t only wear pixel shoes for your avatar when you wear JCS shoes, but also some of the best built and textured items an SL artist can produce… I just can’t wait for the next release, hoping a style which will better fit usual clothing! ;-)

“Isambard” costume from SF design is offered in a complete pack offering many outfits in one. You will find in the f-pack: a pair of pants, a coat with prim lower part (in three pre-sized versions, moddable), a vest, a shirt, everything on many layers, sculpty cuffs for the shirt, sculpty collar (in two sizes), a prim tie, a prim shirt frill and a combo tie+frill. I’m showing below two of the looks you can get. Everything is copy and modify, so you are sure everything will fit your avatar perfectly.

I’m always happy to discover a new range of jewelry for men. Alexandra Nichols just released some pieces for men a few days ago: a monocle (shown) in a steampunk spirit, a bracelet (you will discover it on slmen very soon, resizable by menu), and three rings with diamonds, maybe a bit show off but (thanks god) without bling script inside. I’m showing today the “Eternity male dress Ring” from Dahlinks in “gold and diamond,” but you might prefer the very masculine “titanium and black diamond” or the “silver and diamond.” Each of them comes in three sizes able to fit any avatar. Note that Alexandra Nichols will be more than happy to modify any Dahlinks items for you if your avatar is especially big or small!

I can’t finish this post without talking to you of the customer service offered by the featured designers: it’s just top notch, period. Now that customer service seems to be becoming an option for some designers, considering the low price in RL money of their stuff - such an argument, frankly! :-( - it’s comforting to do business with such customer conscious sweet people!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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More pictures and full credits after the jump!

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• Costume, Chapeau / Suit, Hat:
sf design ‘isambard’ (400 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SF design [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
JCS-Sebastian - Red (300 Lindens/color, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ JCS! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Monocle, Bague / Monocle, Ring:
(Dahlinks) The Mad Coder’s Monocle (125 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
(Dahlinks) Eternity Male Dress Ring - Gold & Diamond (200 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Dahlinks [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
LH_hair13_rabi Ash (200 Lindens/color, 1000 Lindens/8 colors pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Little Heaven [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:
Joshua Normal Tone Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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