Nouveau chez / New at: “Civvies”, “Kalnins”, “Guillaume pour homme”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Semi-Casual | Saturday, November 15th, 2008

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Showing “Civvies - Nonchalant Blazer” in Grey, “JHZ - Blood Wings” in Grey.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Aitui”, “Boon”, “Civvies”, “JHZ”, “Style Starts Here”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Dressy, Night, Semi-Casual | Friday, October 17th, 2008

Two months ago, I showed you some items of the new “Aitui” collection in a summer outfit, telling you how versatile it is, and especially the “Tokyo Intake” jacket and shirt combo. I’m showing today another look with this jacket, more a fall look this time. I chose “Baggy Jeans” from Civvies to go along with it, and the “Stomper Engineer Boots” from “Style Starts Here.”

Each piece of this outfit shows the same level of quality and attention to detail. Textures are very well done, showing a “realistic” look without being simply “photorealistic” in the most boring way. What I mean is, even though the designers could have simply used photosources, they weren’t satisfied with their work without adding a lot of their own creativity and vision to it. The result is a look that isn’t cartoonish at all, but doesn’t give you the impression you just have RL photographs applied to your avatar. In the end, a very cool look, full of SL spirit, with creativity and craftmanship in every component, thanks to Lissa Maertens, Posy Trudeau and Jesseaitui Petion!

I added nice gloves by Armin Wiefel for “Drawmachine,” with prim attachments for a better look, a modern and casual Watch and Bracelet by HugoZion Kondor for “JHZ,” a very cool haircut by Bo Nakamura for “Boon” and “Neo” by Kaoz Koba for “Damiani,” in tan with beard for today.

Enjoy!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue de rentrée / Back to School Outfit: “Hoorenbeek”, “JHZ”, “Kalrau”…

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Saturday, September 6th, 2008

The Blood Wings t-shirt collection from JHZ features a winged globe graphic against a thankfully not-too-realistic blood spatter. The shirt comes in blue, gray, green, yellow and brown (shown). The wrinkles and shading give the impression of a very tightly fitting tee, well done. My only complaint would be its availablility only on the jacket layer. Shirt layer (plus undershirt layer!) with an underwear-layer extension would be nice to wear tucked, or to show off belted pants.

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 2/5 - Price:4/5 - Value for money: 4/5

The Luxor Warrior Jeans from JHZ are nicely textured, with a roughened, worn look, and featuring a portrait done in red. The color is almost a brownish-black, or perhaps black with brown highlights. Either way, it allows the jeans to be worn with the brown t-shirt without a lot of conflict.

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…): 3/5 - Price: 3/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

Kalrau’s backpack is perfect for stuffing with too many books; you can tell its overstuffed by the fact that the zipper can’t quite close all the way. Little details like this are what make me a fan of Kal’s stuff. Not as whimsical as I expect from Kal…he could hang some little trinket from the pack, or stuff something in the pocket! Still, good textures as usual, color changeable by script, with 6 preset textures and 6 sizes. Shown here is “DJ.”

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

Along with the featured selections from JHZ and Kalrau, I’m showing the All Stars from Hoorenbeek in brown, the free hair from booN, and a found objects bracelet from Mhaijik Guillaume.

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Nouveau chez / New at: “JHZ Store”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Saturday, August 9th, 2008

HugoZion Kondor is a new designer in world. He started his business in May 2008. His first collection under the brand “JHZ Store” offers a small range of T-shirts and jeans, plus a few accessories.

T-shirts come in subdued tones, offering nice graphic patterns that will please the men for sure. I hope, though, that his next collection will offer more bright colors and more items out of the “basics” field. Everything is set modify copy no transfer. The textures are very precise and defined. I’m showing today a pair of jeans with discreet but interesting drawing on them, and an off-white tee with a cool motorbike on it.

Watch and bracelet easily achieve a masculine and contemporary look. Although his prices are not the lowest, you need to pay his shop a visit if you want to explore less known creations and support new designers!

I used the nice pendant from Studio Sidhe (already featured a few weeks ago), the shiny sculpted boots from Tesla, a beanie-hair combo from Exile and the Zero Skin from Minnu Model Skin. Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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