Nouveau chez / New at: “Grandma” and “Sand Shack Surf & Co.”

Shopping at “GrandMa,” Hanae Nishi’s brand, is like browsing the flea market and finding the vintage piece which will be the start of a new trend, as creation is now mainly re-creation! Here you can find funny and cool items, and their very low price (50 Lindens/item) is an incentive to put together original outfits and dare to try what you usually don’t. All is moddable, like at all the good makers, and copy/no transfer. I chose these plaid distressed pants with bright colors in the last collection from “GrandMa.”

Also new, the Suit Shirt by Emma Gilmour for “Sand Shack Surf & Co.” in the Surf Couture range. They come in 8 colors, and are very nicely done. The precision of the drawing gives a very interesting look, neither cartoonish nor photosourced.

I Like Emma’s work, plus she is one of the most adorable designers I’ve met. I was about to not show this jacket-shirt combo on Slmen though.

Because the jacket layer of the combo jacket-shirt is “no modify,” I had to fight for ages with a sleeve filler on the shirt layer to give it a satisfying appearance, avoiding the ugly tight sleeves of the jacket – I must be the only one hating the tight sleeved jackets, everyone seems ok with that, including all the fashion gurus from everywhere on the grid. I suppose a simple guy working on his fashion blog without seeing the daylight, should accept like everyone. But I just can’t!!!

Things would be so much easier if only the bloody jacket would be moddable: just one or two points less on the sleeve’s length would be fine on the jacket layer, with a basic setting of the sleeve filler’s “sleeve looseness” in appearance mode. I would have gotten a way better look for way less work.

PLEASE, PLEASE! Tell me why these jackets-shirts combo are set to “no modify?” This is just plain stupid. I don’t understand what the designer gains doing that, but I’m perfectly aware of what the customer loses…

These good jackets are no copy-transfer, unfortunately not moddable, and you can get your favorite color for 110 Lindens, or get the fat pack of 8 for 600 Lindens.

To complete the outfit, I chose one more time shoes from “Perfect Tomorrow” in their low version in Black and Gray, perfectly matching the jacket and shirt combo; also my favorite hair from “Aitui,” a simple but beautiful ring from “Eye Candy” and a pair of glasses from “Sergeys,” for a slightly intellectual look ;-)


ADD ON: Emma Gilmour just let me know that you can, on request, have a moddable version of the jackets. She usually sets the perms to “no-modify” to avoid the items being totally destroyed (and so the customer being disappointed), as her stuff is mainly “No copy-Transfer” (easily giftable).
If you feel able to mod your stuff, ask Emma for an exchange! If you need to learn how to modify items, you better make a copy of a “copy-no transfer” item and mess with it as much as you want until you get skilled enough to do it on a “no copy” item!
When you use a sleeve filler on the shirt layer like I did to give some volume to the sleeves, you could have a perfect look shortening the sleeves of the jacket layer a little bit, by one or two points of the “sleeve length” slider in appearance mode, first on the top!
B.V. 01.19.2008

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Pantalon / Pants:
GRANDMA!**P&G-check-pants(M) (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ GrandMa [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Veste, Chemise / Jacket, Shirt:
[SC] Surf Couture - Suit Jacket - Black w/ Striped (110 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Sand Shack Surf Co. [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Volume pour manches / Sleeve Filler:
Sleeve Filler -all sliders to 100, but: sleeve length: 95, Shirt fit: 12, Sleeve looseness: 20- (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SLMen [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Lunettes / Glasses:
*Sergeys* Glasses Toronto Black (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Sergeys [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Platinum Moria Men’s Band (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Eye Candy Designs Jewelry [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes :
Perfect Tomorrow Low Standard BLACK GRAY (285 Lindens, Perms NM/C/NT),
@ Perfect Tomorrow [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Aitui - Sleepwalk Hair /Black/ (225 Lindens, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Aitui [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:
Joshua Normal Skin Stubble (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “Color Me Couture” & “JCS”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Dressy, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Introducing today the brand new “Shanghai” shoes from JCS. They are another great artwork by Eponymous Trenchmouth. Look at the details of the texture. No other shoes in sl are so well finished, even inside and on the sole! For a man of taste, what is invisible is as important as what is visible. The build work is as achieved as the texture work with, as usual now at JCS, different builds for the left and right shoe.

These Shanghai offer a precious look, inspired from Asia. The first idea is to find rich and sophisticated clothes to fit them, brocard and stuff. But I think too much sophistication kills sophistication, especially in men’s style. These shoes have to be the master piece of the outfit. So I looked for quality basics composing a blue palette (Aitui Slacks, Moderno sweater, Eye Candy Designs Ring), and added a rough necklace from Goth1c0 as a dash of spice in the cocktail! I hope you’ll enjoy this outfit of the day as much as I do!

“Shanghai” shoes come in copy-non transfer or no copy-transfer according to your preferences. They are no modify as usual at JCS, but they are sold with two sizes in the package. Black-Red, Black-Blue, Black-Steel and Gray-Silver are the available colors (shown). New colors are about to be released: Brown-gold (shown) and black gold (not shown). You can have each color for 400 Lindens, and bargain packs will be available offering the 6 colors for a very nice price!

Also new, “Ethan” by Tag Mulligan for Color Me Couture (CMC). It comes in 5 colors for a low 99 Lindens each. It finishes the look of the day with a bit of an attitude! We’ll have to keep track of hair from this young designer!

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Showing JCS - Shanghai - Black/Blue.

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JCS - Shanghai - Black/Blue: details

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Left to Right and Top Down:
JCS - Shanghai in: Black-Red, Brown-Gold, Black-Steel and Gray-Silver.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Souliers / Shoes:
JCS - Shanghai (400 Lindens, Perms NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ JCS Shoes [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Slacks:
Aitui - Reborn Series Slacks /Blue Hue/ (150 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Aitui [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
CMC Ethan Brown (99 Lindens:color, Perms C/M/NT)
@ Color Me Couture [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Sapphire Celtic Band (95 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Eye Candy Designs Jewelry [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Collier / Necklace:
-Goth1c0- Wings of destruction Dark (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Goth1c0 [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 Medium - Rock Star (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Sweater: Moderno

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Nouveau chez / New at “JCS Shoes” and new sim for Tete a Pied (plus free outfit!)

New ankle boots at JCS Shoes! Eponymous Trenchmouth offers you each time more accomplished items. He knows like no other how to work no sculpty shoes. The textures are, as usual, perfectly drawn and the build, different from left to right for a better realism, is absolutely precise. Look at the finish of the zipper, at the engraved sketch under the sole!
Soma comes in 4 versions, combinations of black and grey. You can get your favorite pair for 400 Lindens, or have them all for 900 Lindens.
They are no modify, delivered in 2 sizes. Demos are available. Perms are No-Copy from the vendors, but you can have them Copy/No-Transfer on demand. Eponymous Trenchmouth offers the most open and caring customer support ever!

Tete a Pied just opened a new sim. Gorgeous build, plenty of space to show their work. For the occasion, Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot give away a free suit for men. You could find it in the train, behind a crate. Is there a sneak preview of a future collection for men? I hope so! I love the texture! The suit parts are no-modify. Well, as you know, I hate no modify items, and i think no-modify pants are a total no-no, so i never show them on slmen. But this is a freebie… Plus, fortunately, the pants were set loose enough to fit the shoes. So i made an exception, for this time only :-D
I show you Vivant, skin for men, in the new “Late shift” version. Even the name of it is way more evocative than a simple “stubble”!
As always, a very low 500 Lindens per facial hair and skin tone.

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showing JCS Shoes: SOMA 1- Gray/Black

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Left to Right & Top Down: SOMA 1- Gray/Black, SOMA 1- Black/Gray, SOMA 2 - Gray/Black, SOMA 2 - Black/Gray.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Costume / Suit:
TaP Mens Charcoal Suit (FREE, Perms: NM/C/NT),
Tete à pied [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Gants “mains nues” / Bare Hand Gloves:
Bare Hand Gloves - 95% - (Tinted RGB: 244,242,244) (FREE, Perms: M/C/NT),
Robin Sojourner (wood) [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Volume pour manches / Sleeve Filler:
Sleeve Filler - (all sliders to 100, but: sleeve length: 95, Sleeve looseness: 12; Tinted RGB: 244, 242, 244) (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
Slmen [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Ruby Celtic Band (95 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
Eye Candy Designs Jewelry [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
TaP Vivant Bronze Late Shift (bald) (500 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
Tete a Pied [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
*MODERNO*: Jack Hair - Mocha (150 Lindens for a pack of 3 close colours, Perms: M/C/NT),
Moderno [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]

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Eye Candy Jewelry” (Candy Cerveau) & “Stellar Designs” (Lexi Morgan)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Introducing today new jewelry for men by Candy Cerveau for Eye Candy Jewelry: the “Gold Copper and Silver Mokume Gane - Men” series.
Ring, bracelet and necklace (not shown) come in gold, silver and copper. Each item shows well done engraving work. Everything is moddable and Copy-No trans. Be aware of that and contact the maker if you want to buy the items as gifts! Price range is from 110 Lindens for a ring to 200 Lindens for a necklace.

New items for men by Lexi Morgan for Stellar Designs, thermal shirts and distressed jeans. The thermal shirts come in Blue, White, Red, Brown, Smoke and Green (not shown). Each is offered in a tucked version (shown, including shirt layer and complement on the underpants layer) and in an untucked version on the jacket layer as well. This is the first time that Lexi offers more than one version for the same item, and I thank her very much for that. I think it’s important to offer to the customers as many options and layers as possible, to allow them to mix and match easily different pieces of clothing.
The pants come in blue with three washes: dark, medium and light, and in Dirty, a brown wash. They show a studded belt. Thanks to the tucked version of the thermal shirts, you can see it perfectly!

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Showing SD Thermal Shirt Tucked - Blue, & SD Distressed Jeans - Dark

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Left to right:
SD Thermal Shirt Tucked - White, & SD Distressed Jeans - Light,
SD Thermal Shirt Tucked - Smoke, & SD Distressed Jeans - Medium,
SD Thermal Shirt Tucked - Brown, & SD Distressed Jeans - Dark,
SD Thermal Shirt Tucked - Red, & SD Distressed Jeans - Dirty.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Pull, Jean / Thermal, Jeans:
SD Thermal Shirt (130 Lindens/color, 575 Lindens for a pack of 6, Perms: NM/C/NT),
SD Distressed Jeans (125 Lindens/color, 400 Lindens for a pack of 4, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Lexi Morgan,
@ ::: STELLAR DESIGNS :::, Stellar Isle (111, 129, 24)

• Bracelet, Bague / Bracelet, Ring:
~EC~ pale gold mokume gane leather cuff (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
~EC~ Brushed Gold Mokume Gane Ring (110 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Candy Cerveau,
@ Eye Candy Jewelry, Narcolepsy (185, 77, 41)

• Souliers / Shoes:
Maitreya Man - Desert Boots Green (400 Lindens/color, 1500 Lindens/fatpack of 5 colors, Perms: C/M/NT),
by Onyx LeShelle,
@ Maitreya Main Store, Glam World 2 (242, 213, 26)

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Billie II Auburn (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/6 tipped, 1200 Lindens/21 colors & 6 tipped, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Aemilia Case,
@ Philotic Energy, Imogen (57, 17, 57)

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

• Skin:
MM-DarkSkin-Bald-Goatee ,
by Minnu Palen & Thora Charron,
@ MM SKINS, **Minnu Model Skins**, Glam World (109, 136, 23)

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