Nouveau chez / New at: “Exile,” “Lookr,” “Slab Designs,” & “Surreality”

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New at “JCS,” “Kalrau,” and “Lookr”

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Thursday, November 13th, 2008

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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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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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Amodica”, “Philotic Energy”, “Simone!”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Dressy, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

I’m introducing today the first dress shoes for men created under the brand “Simone!” by Lissa Maertens. For a first try, they are simply great. The textures are nice; the seams between the prims are pretty good. They offer a classic but original style.

They are offered in three colors (brown, black and the “Cordovan” shown below). They are copy no transfer and resizable by menu.

I have to mention their totally more-than-fair price: 200 Lindens per color. Demos are available for one Linden, so they’re worth a try!

You will find them in the main space at “Simone!” — the one where you land, not in the men’s section. (I wish this shop were easier to browse, I swear! It may be me, but it takes me forever each time I try to find something at “Simone!” - Lissa, Simone, do something!)

For my outfit, I used the many times updated “Form” suit series by Adam Soler for “Lookr.”

All the separates offer many options:

Blazers come on every possible layer: jacket, shirt, undershirt, plus complement on the underpants layer. Three colors are available.

Trousers come on pants and underpants layers, plus two pairs of pre-sized and moddable cuffs: standard and flared. Three colors available.

Shirts some in closed version, open versions in three sub-versions: to wear with or without prim collar, plus a rolled sleeve version, each on jacket, shirt, undershirt layer, plus a complement on the underpants layer. You will get in the pack as well a pair of cuffs, and two prim collars, for closed and open shirt version! 4 colors are available.

Everything is moddable and copy-no transfer. Many add-ons are available to complete “Form”: ties and alternative shirts’ cuffs… Probably one of the most versatile outfits available. I like this series a lot, as it’s really different from what you can get everywhere, and it’s a pure creation, without any RL “close inspiration” as we can see too often on the grid now.

Plus a cool hair by Aemilia Case for “Philotic Energy,” the new “Damiani” blonde skin “Angel” you will soon discover in a dedicated post (as soon as possible, I promise!) and not so new but still interesting jewelry with animated textures from “Guillaume pour Homme.”

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New at: Lookr

I’ve known Adam Soler from Lookr since his very beginning. He is now an established designer, with a lot of stuff covering various needs. I’m showing today his new FORM suit. It comes in three colors (400 Lindens each), each color pack can be completed with a complement pack, one offering 5 alternative cuffs and the different cufflinks for 50 Lindens, one offering an alternative open shirt for 90 Lindens. In a color pack, you will find a jacket, a closed collar shirt without tie, another one with a tie, all of them on all layers available (shirt, jacket, undershirt plus complement on the underpants layer), a pair of pants on both the pants and underpants layers, three versions of sculpty prim collar: a simple one, one including a tie knot (to wear with the shirt with tie and closed jacket, for example), and one including a full prim tie (to wear with the shirt without tie, worn without jacket, for example). You will also get a pair of sculpty cuff attachments. Everything is totally moddable and copy no transfer.

FORM shows a very neat handdrawn texture with cool details. It has a strong personality without being show-off. A must have for elegant male avatars!

Lookr will open a new big store on a new sim on May 14th. You will find the press release after the cut! There is a modeling contest with nice prizes!

Also featuring: a ring from the last collection of Mhaijik Guillaume, and another hair from Exile in one of the nice textures offered!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Costume, Chemise, Cravate / Suit, Shirt, Tie:
LOOKR ~ Form ~ Gold (400 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
LOOKR ~ Form ~ Gold Complement1 (50 Lindens/pak of 5 alternative cufflinked cuffs, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Lookr [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Flare Oxfords men - Brown (300 Lindens/colors, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shiny Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Ring:
Star Silver Ring a Miscellany on leather Mns Sz (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Exile Knight Cheyanne (250 Lindens/pack of 6 colors, 1000 Lindens/pack of 30 colors, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Exile [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:
MMS-sexy-LGHT-CHbeard2 (1700 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Minnu Model Skin [Designer, Address & SLURL]
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Nouveau chez / New at “Lookr” and “Mhaijik Things”

• Introducing today a new outfit from “Lookr” by Adam Soler: “Form,” a black suit with white shirt and black tie. Mostly handdrawn with a few basis photosourced and heavily reworked, it looks incredibly “real” though, thank to shadows and highlights, very well done. This black suit shows a lot of highlighted parts figuring the light when it plays with the fabric irl, giving an in-depth vision.

Everything, jacket, shirt and pants come in as many layers as possible (including of course complements on the underpant layers for top pieces, to allow you to wear them with low rise pants). In the pack, you will find three versions of the shirt, one to wear stand alone, with tie and collar drawn, another one showing only the tie drawn, to wear with a prim attachment collar and tie knot, another without tie drawn, to wear with a combo collar tie attachment, your choice when you wear the shirt without a jacket over it. You will also get cuffs which make you look like you’ve folded the shirt cuff over the jacket sleeve, a cool laid back way of wearing a suit I’ve not seen yet in sl, perfectly adequate with the informal look of the suit.

Now waiting for more colors!

Everything is moddable and copy-no transfer. You can get your copy of “Form” for 350 Lindens.

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

• Also, yet another ring from mahijk Guillaume, definitely in the valentine mood (Guillaume pour homme), and another view of the last Akeyo Slippers, shown a few days ago.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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• Costume, Chemise, Cravate / Suit, Shirt, Tie :
Lookr Form Final Version (350 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Lookr [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Akeyo Slipper Black Slim (320 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Akeyo [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Mhaijik <3s… Ring Leather and Gold ID (100 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Guillaume pour Homme / Mhaijik Thngs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
Kensei - Sable (100 Lindens/color, 1000 Lindens for a fact pack of 18, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Truth [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:
MMS Sexy Light Liner ChinBeard2 (1700 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Minnu Model Skin [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau Créateur / New designer: Adam Soler for “Lookr”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Adam Soler is a new designer in world. He has started with a few basics in many colors, and recently enlarged the range of his products under the brand “Lookr.”

They are a change compared to the usual stuff we could find these last months in sl, as they are mostly hand drawn (99%, Adam told me). Let me tell you that I don’t really care how items are created, and I will certainly not enter the polemic between photosourcing fanatics and hand drawn lovers. This is absolutely without interest in my humble opinion, and we can find the same creativity (or lack of it) in both ways of designing. But I’m forced to admit that nowadays a lot of designs include a good amount of photographic sources, and it’s becoming boring to me. Adam goes against the trend and makes us rediscover the freshness and originality of handdrawn items, and it’s good for the diversity of SL creations!

Today I’m showing you three outfits put together with items from his collection. It’s a breakthrough after so many more or less photosourced items, but after a while the charm is obvious. You can appreciate the subtle colors and poetic details on the outfits shown. The garments are nicely designed, the graphic inspiration is very thoughtful, including Christian messages on some items.

The prices are low, count 60 Lindens for a pair of pants or a shirt/jacket/tee, 100 Lindens for a pack including top and pants, 150 for a pack including 2 tops and 2 pairs of pants; the pack of 5 rings is at 50 Lindens, the 6 dogtags too. The hoodies, with sculpted prim attachments, are sold for 100 Lindens. All the tops come in both jacket layer and shirt/underpant layers, all is “Modify” for a perfect fitting and “Copy No-Transfer.”

For sure, some of Adam’s items for “Lookr” in your inventory could be a breath of fresh air in your wardrobe! Go take a look at his underwater shop and grab at least the free T-Shirt he offers. And bring your lady friend with you, there are girl’s things too!

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LOOKR ~ Rural ~ White (Untucked), LOOKR ~ Jean ~ Rural, LOOKR ~ Class ~ Ring ~ Emerald.

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Left to Right:
LOOKR ~ MTHW 5: 11-12 - Blue (Untucked), LOOKR ~ Jean ~ Moon.
LOOKR ~ Tribal ~ Brown (Untucked), LOOKR ~ Jean ~ Sandstorm.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Vestes, Chemises, Pantalons / Jackets, Shirts, Pants:
LOOKR (All individual pieces between 50 and 100 Lindens, Perms: M, C, NT),
by Adam Soler,
@ Adam Soler, Lookr, Narnia (83, 206, 3)

• Boots:
Traveller boots (men’s) - black leather (250 Lindens, Perms: C/NM/NT),
by Jackal Ennui,
@ Lassitude & Ennui, Nouveau (65, 63, 30)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The GL - Delinquent - Ashed (250 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/24 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
Jenika Eyes - Green 3 w/Highlights (50 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Jenika Connolly,
@ Jenika’s Eyes and Optics, Stadtrand (20, 77, 22)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - Stubble (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

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