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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Body Positive: New skins at “Signature”

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Monday, July 14th, 2008

Hi guys! I’m so happy to introduce today a new range of skins! One more occasion to allow men not to look like clones! YAY!

Simple Spad runs the new brand Signature and just released six skins to fit many needs.
Alika is a young caucasian, brunette, with a bit of a dark side. Looks maybe in his early twenties.
Chase is maybe in his late twenties or early thirties, brunette as well, perfect guy next door type.
Daniel is blonde! Yes, at last another blonde skin! Young as well, with lighter facial hair and eyebrows.
Jose is a dark young brunette, with a dark complexion.
Kevon is a young black guy.
Lee is a young Asian type.
Each of them comes in 3 tones (medium one shown on the composites below), accorded to the skin type, in eight facial hair options (shown below spread on the different composites), each with and without eyeliner option (shaven face with eyeliner shown on each skin composite, top-right picture, without eyeliner in various facial options on the other face pictures).
The body is smooth with no body hair option for now.
They are, as usual in SL, pretty athletic looking, with well defined abs and pecs.
They are fairly priced, at 1000 linden each, with two fatpacks available, all 8 facials with or without eyeliner for 5000 Lindens.

• What I like: the diversity of types offered, skin and hair colors; the interesting facial features, good looking without being too much photosourced (well i should say the post processing of photosource material has been done in depth to make the skin not showing it too obviously, avoiding the weird look you can get with very photorealistic skins); some details on the face are really good, like nose, eyebrows, lips; prices are good.

• What I wish: Better feet (but it’s always the weak point on skins… SL fault); better ears, those would be worth a bit more work; smoother shading and highlighting; a more detailed body; a painted hair option, as we can get with many skins, so usefull when you wear a cap or a hat; an everything pack with an irresistible price.

Conclusion: The first Signature skins aren’t totally as good as some of the best skins in SL, but at this price, these skins are really worth a look, as they offer good features, especially on the face (but who needs more frankly ;-) ) The Asian, blonde and black skins are a great tribute to diversity. Those wanting to look sexy without spending 2000 Lindens on a skin everyone is wearing definitely have to consider them!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

New Signature skins: click to reach the individual composites!

Left to Right & Top Down: Alika, Chase, Daniel, Jose, Kevon, Lee.

Individual skin details and full credits after the jump!
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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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New skins at “Adam n Eve”

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

It’s always nice to have new skins for men to try on! Especially good ones like the “David” and “Nicholas” from Sachi Vixen for “Adam n Eve”.

Guys, you have no excuse to all look like clones wearing the same two skins from the same two major sellers! Now you have even less excuses.

Each skin comes in 4 facial options: Shaven, Goatee and chin beard, plus Black Eye Liner for Nicholas, and a lighter goatee for David.

I do love the chin beard options, very original and realistic. On David, it’s more discreet than on Nicholas. (All facial options shown after the jump.)

Each comes in four tones, slightly different from one skin to another (see below).

Faces, clearly photosourced, are nicely worked. Sachi paid attention to details. The ears, a weak spot of many skins, are totally good on these skins.

Both young looking, Nicholas has a more “exotic” face maybe, with a nice shine on the lips. Best choice for personality. David is clearly the handsome 20-something man. Best choice for sexiness ;-)

Bodies of both skins are alike, with very well defined muscles, which is a must have on men’s skins in sl… Too bad for diversity, but I can imagine people want to show a well defined body because it’s what they consider great in RL. The skins looks great on the usual big shapes, it’s a bit more difficult to wear with a thin avatar but, hey, the faces are great and, after all, for me a skin is all about face and hands as i usually go dressed :-) Hands are pleasant, and feet are clearly the weakness of these skins, but it’s a very common problem, due to the poor feet Linden Labs gave us!

You definitely need to take a look at these skins. They’re fairly priced, at 1200 for one, 3000 for the four facial options in one color.

These skins are the perfect complement in the range of Adam n Eve skins for men, nearby the great Damien, Jared and Darcy, perfect choice for those wanting a Thirty something look.

As usual, pick the demos you’re interested in and take your time to make your final choice!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

Skin tones for “David” [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Adam n Eve skin - David Chin Beard Head Hair - Hyperion Studio-PHRIXUS Shape (modifiable)

Skin tones for “Nicholas” [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Adam n Eve skin - Nicholas Chin Beard Head Hair - Hyperion Studio-PHRIXUS Shape (modifiable)

More detailed pictures and full 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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More pictures and full credits after the jump!
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Nouveau chez / New at: MUWU

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Monday, June 16th, 2008

This vest and jeans outfit from MUWU is a mix of very casual jeans and a somewhat formal vest and shirt set with optional tie. The jeans come in two versions: ripped, and ripped and stained (shown here). The vest, a woolen-looking texture in black, black/white checked and red/white checked, tops a white long sleeved shirt open at the neck, tail hanging out from the vest. The prim tie (in four colors) hangs loosely atop the vest.

Shown here also is the cool short haircut from Little Heaven, featured just yesterday by Ben. I love this hair, and the place it comes from. Little Heaven is a freaky sim. It gives you the feeling of playing a game of Silent Hill…you’re not sure what you’ll find around the next corner, or down the next stairway.

Finishing off this outfit, the black leather high-tops from Hoorenbeek.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

Full credits after the jump!
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Coupe de cheveux très courte pour hommes! Very short hair for men!

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Sunday, June 15th, 2008

I’ve been searching for very short prim men’s hair for a long long time. I knew it could be more than tricky to build, especially the nape of the neck.

I discovered these ones recently in “Little Heaven,” the shop of Falastear Aeon, a Japanese designer, and picked them up immediately.

They come in 8 colors, in each color pack you will get 3 presized versions for men, and 3 for women.
After a bit of adjustment (cuz short hair has to fit your head shape more closely than longer ones), I was pretty happy with it!

This very short haircut has a very trendy flair, with hair swept to the front. The work with alpha texture is very nice and the 3D effect is very good on such short hair. Front and sides are totally great. The nape of the neck is less convincing, but, as I told you, this is the most difficult part on short hair, plus it has to adjust on many head shapes.

Its building is very original, compared to the way hair is usually done. It means a lot of work, as usual textures for hair can’t really be applied on these prims.

Now i just wish many hairmakers will follow Falastear Aeon and offer us more nicely done short hair!

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Little Heaven Rabi hair, shown in Ash, black, and White.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
LH_hair13_rabi (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 Tan Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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