Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Birdhunting with Meriken

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Semi-Casual | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: All That Glitters

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Dressy, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, May 26th, 2008

With the global economy being what it is, the advice from invesment analysts on Wall Street has been to store your value in gold. And strangely enough, the folks on Seventh Avenue seem to be agreeing - metallics, in particular gold, have been making a strong comeback on fashion runways the world over, and in Second Life, is best embodied by this gold jacket and pants from Muism.

It’s hard to go wrong with anything from Muism, really. Icemocolo Voom has an such a keen sense for the uber-cool and, together with Mirai Jun from CE Cubik Effect, has pushed the boundaries for men’s suits and jackets in Second Life through their use of sculpties and prim attachments.

The thing with sculpties, though, is that they’re notoriously difficult to get ‘just right’ and consequently, to wear precisely, such that all the seams are aligned. This gold biker jacket was no exception, but if you’re willing to overlook such matters, then on all other counts it’s certainly going to help you get your shine on.

The Muism pants stand out not just for their colour but the clever gold/brown combination - gold on the front, and brown on the back. The pants come in belt and beltless versions, and Icemocolo has also included a very bold belt buckle with the letters ‘MU’ in gold, for all Muism afficionados to visibly demonstrate their sartorial loyalties.

Completing the outfit are a pair of Muism headphones (DJ-ing animations built in), creme double-strap loafers (beautiful metallic sheen on these!) from Redgrave, and a cuff leather watch from the House of Shaea, which features very fine primwork on the cuff. I particularly like Moon Ling’s use of an serif font on the watch, which makes it feel as if the watch was an antique watch which has been repurposed and set into a leather cuff.

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Blouson, Chemise, Pantalon / Jacket, Shirt, Pants:
Skinny Biket Jacket - Gold (700 Lindens; jacket comes in 2 versions with sleeves rolled down and up, with 2 layers for each version; sculpted prim attachments come in 4 sizes, Perms: M/C/NT),
Paradigm Shirt / Off White Roll-up Sleeve (1200 Lindens, Part of the Skull Biker Set/Rock; shirt comes in 3 versions with different tuck and sleeve length variations; set also includes a leather jacket in 2 layers (not depicted), damaged lowrise jeans (not depicted) and a loose gray wool tie (not depicted), Perms: M/C/NT)
Leather Biker Trouser / Gold-Brown (350 Lindens, comes in 2 men’s versions, one with a belt and one without, also includes prim pant extensions and a prim belt buckle with the letters ‘MU’, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Muism [Designer, Address]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Strap Loafer Creme (450 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Redgrave [Designer, Address]

• Ecouteurs, Bonnet, Coiffure / Headphones, Hat, Hair:
SL.DJ Headphones / Black (298 Lindens, includes 2 DJ animations with a drop-down interface for selecting the animation, Perms: NM/C/NT),
Rio Tuque with Short Hair - Dark Ash Highlight (250 Lindens for a single hair colour, 1000 Lindens for a set containing 6 colours, and 2500 Lindens for the full set of 18 hair colours, cap comes with a range of menu-driven colour and texture options and is resizable, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Muism [Designer, Address]

• Montre / Watch:
Moon Resizeable Cuff Watch Diamond/Brown Leather (200 Lindens, comes in 2 sizes, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ House of Shaea [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (3rd Edition) Beach Tan - Goatee (1500 Lindens for 1 skin; Full pack includes 5 skins, and 6 shapes; Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer, Address]

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Space Invaders

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Punky | Sunday, May 18th, 2008

I’ll admit it - I’m old enough to remember Space Invaders. I think video games had evolved a fair bit to the level of ‘Donkey Kong’ and ‘Mario Brothers’ by the time I was old enough to go to the arcades myself, but Space Invaders had incredible staying power, and spawned a whole host of ‘alien invasion’ video games the likes of Galaxian, et al. Yes, yes, geek stuff, I know.

Today’s outfit is my take on geek chic. I came across the monogrammed Space Invaders tee (by Pes Voom, of CCDM) in a Japanese sim some weeks back and really loved it, but it wasn’t till I saw the Astro Zapper belt with its Space Invaders buckle that everything fell into place. The toy gun that comes with the Astro Zapper belt is great fun - it comes complete with firing poses and ‘pew pew’ noises.

The shoes, from Coke Dreadlow’s Urban Bomb Unit, have been duly raved about by other menswear blogs, and it’s praise that’s well-deserved. Lots of texture options, and a great deal of customizability - you can change the fabric, the colour of the stitches, and even the sole!

To give more depth to the monogrammed shirt, I’m wearing it on top of an old pullover from Form (the Mesh Bleach jacket), which sadly isn’t available anymore. The Weird Monkey Designs (WMD) jeans, with their rising sun motif, are my nod to the Japanese origins of the video game - Space Invaders was designed and programmed by Toshihiro Nishikada for the video game company Taito back in 1978. The jeans are part of a larger series by Maruko Sakigake, which includes Amsterdam and UK-themed jeans as well, available from the WMD store.

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• Chemise / Shirt:
Super Disco Hitters Tee01 - Monogram - Black (60 Lindens, includes 2 shirt layers, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ CCDM [Designer, Address]

• Chemise / Shirt:
Form - Mesh Bleach (No longer available for sale at time of writing)
@ Form [Designer, Address]

• Jean / Jeans:
WMD-Sugoi ‘Big in Japan’ High Rise (199 Lindens, also includes a jacket (not depicted) and low-rise pants layer, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Weird Monkey Designs (WMD) [Designer, Address]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Pornstar Slip-Ons Multicolor (Unisex) (495 Lindens, menu-driven texture options, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Urban Bomb Unit [Designer, Address]

• Ceinture / Belt:
Astro Space Zapper (200 Lindens, includes gun with action poses and sounds, and belt (with a separate gun, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Gritty Kitty [Designer, Address]

• Scarf:
Gritty Kitty - Invaders Scarf (1 Linden, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Gnubie [Designer, Address]

• Bracelet, Montre / Bracelet, Watch:
T3 Clubgear - Colour Cycle Bracelets (150 Lindens, comes with right and left bracelets; bracelet size is moddable, Perms: NM/NC/T),
T3 Chro-Range ChroStrap (250 Lindens, colour controls, can be set to GMT or SLT, M/NC/T),
@ T3 [Designer, Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Transparency Shine Eyes - ClearGray (300 Lindens, includes 2 eye sets in different iris sizes, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Glanz [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (2nd Version) Nude - Goatee (1200 Lindens for 1 skin; Full pack includes 5 skins, and 6 shapes; Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer, Address]

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Sith Lord

Hoods are comforting, I think. There’s something very reassuring about pulling up a cowl or some fabric around your ears and over your head. Some years back, I came across a design book which featured what clothing might look like in the near future, say 10 or 20 years down the line. Quite a number of the designs had hoods in them, in one form or another. It’s not hard to see why - we live, after all, in an age of increased uncertainty - whether it’s about the world’s weather or water levels or air safety. And, of course, there was *that* white hood, in the music video of Kylie’s ‘Can’t Get You Outta My Head’.

With this outfit, I’ve tried to do some sartorial crystal ball-gazing of my own. The hoodie’s from Defectiva, a shop by Disembodied Hand that stocks his t-shirts and skins. It’s a well-shaded hoodie with a nod to Star Wars (the emblem on the front is the insignia of the Empire, and there’s a stormtrooper-and-crossbones on the back). What makes it stand out from most, however, is Disembodied’s thoughtful inclusion of follicles - if only more designers would include hair options with their hats and caps! The pack includes a hood with hair, as well as hood and hair as separate pieces, which maximises its customizability.

I’ve accessoried with various items from 3 cyberpunk stores - the watch and eyes are from Juliet Ceres’ Bitter Thorns; the boots (’GongFo MoonBoots’ - how can you not love a name like that?), utility leg strap and lip piercing are from Mantis Oh’s Hybrid Productions, and the belt is from Neaky Larsson’s Paradox line. All 3 designers produce excellent work - Juliet’s Cybereyes, the items from Hybrid Productions and Neaky’s belt all come with animated textures - the MoonBoots, for instance, have a very subtle energy band effect under the top cuff. Mantis Oh’s mainstore is quite a visual treat in itself, too!

Speaking of visual treats, the outfit was shot against the backdrop of Nebulosus Severine’s ‘Null’ artwork, over at Arthole (a collaborative exhibition space shared by Nebulosus and Arahan Claveau.) Brilliant, thought-provoking art to be found there.

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• Veste à capuche / Hoodie:
Defectiva: The Remake (175 Lindens, also includes shoulder fillers, hair and hood together as one item, as well as separately, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Defectiva [Designer, Address]

• Bottes, Pièce de jambe, Piercings / Boots, Leg Ornament, Piercings:
GongFo MoonBoots Silver (350 Lindens, includes 2 sizes, animated textures Perms: M/C/NT),
Contrast Leg Utility (202 Lindens, includes 2 sizes, animated textures, Perms: M/C/NT),
Chi Point Piercing Set (169 Lindens, includes lip, belly, ear and nose piercings, animated textures, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Hybrid Productions [Designer, Address]

• Ceinture / Belt:
Belt - oXo Ligne - Black (145 Lindens, animated textures, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Paradox [Designer, Address]

• Yeux, Montre / Eyes, Watch:
Cybereyes 3 - Darth (300 Lindens, 12 colours with menu-driven colour change, animated textures)
Digital Watch - “Clear” v1.4 (250 Lindens, fully functional digital watch, prim digits, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Bitter Thorns [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (2nd Version) Nude - Eyeliner (1200 Lindens for 1 skin; Full pack includes 5 skins, and 6 shapes; Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer, Address]

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Baby, The Stars Shine Bright

It comes over us every now and then, that urge which a wise woman by the name of Rihanna described as the instinct to “get my body moving / Shake the stress away”. And, of course, look good into the bargain. Today’s outfit was put together with those twin urges in mind - a little number that seeks to transcend the stiffness of a formal suit as well as the over-casualness of a tight tank top + jeans combo.

The shirt’s from an Italian clothier, Genius Target, and is apparently inspired by a real life Dior piece. It features a field of white stars against a backdrop of gray - very beautiful from a distance, and when you’re fluidly grooving away in a club, it positively shimmers.

Perry featured the Black/Steel Shanghai shoes from JCS a while back. What you see here is that pair’s Gray/Silver cousin. This version has a Chinese coin motif on the front of the shoes, very delicate stitchwork, and a lightly burnished leather texture which somehow manages to look like leather and metal at one and the same time.

Helping to anchor the ensemble is the very bold, masculine Nightstalker watch, with its black titanium casing embedded in a wide, sturdy black double-latched leatherband. It comes as a fully working watch in its own right, with several choices of backlights, but the watch’s very thoughtful designer, Aveline Stein, has also thrown in a HUD version that attaches to the SL client screen.

Spiking things up a bit are Insurrection Piercing Set from Primitive Design, a black headscarf (complete with flung back, gravity-defying platinum locks) and a silver bracelet, both from booN, as well as an intriguing unisex necklace from Satryra Singh’s MadeForYou, made up of alternate braids of leather and what looks like…nylon cord!

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise / Shirt:
G/T TShirt inspired by Dior 1 (330 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Genius Target [Designer, Address]

• Pantalon / Pants:
Strap Pocket Black Pants (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Pixelmen [Designer, Address]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Shanghai - Gray/Silver WH (400 Lindens, includes a clog with powerwalk anim, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ JCS Shoes [Designer, Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
booN FAA25 hair ash big (220 Lindens/color, 550L for pack of 6 colors, 1000L for all 12 colorsPerms: M/C/NT),
@ booN [Designer, Address]

• Colier / Necklace:
Unisex Necklace - Chestwearn (120 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ MadeForYou [Designer, Address]

• Montre / Watch:
Nightstalker Homme (299 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Steinwerk [Designer, Address]

• Bracelet:
booN Silver Bracelet 2Cross01 (160 Lindens, package includes bracelet in 4 sizes, Perms: NM/C/NT)
@ booN [Designer, Address]

• Piercing:
Insurrection - Complete Piercing Set (200 Lindens, includes eyebrow, mouth and nose piercings which attach to different locations, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Primitive Design [Designer, Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Transparency Shine Eyes - ClearGray (300 Lindens, includes 2 eye sets in different iris sizes, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Glanz [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (2nd Version) Beach Tan - Regular (1200 Lindens for 1 skin; Full pack includes 5 skins, and 6 shapes; Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer, Address]

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Nouveau chez / New at “A.C. Store”

Domch Raymaker | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Maybe it’s because I come from an island country that’s completely surrounded by water, where the sea’s never more than a half hour drive away. Or perhaps it was the updated Village People sensibility about the outfit. Either way, the moment I laid eyes on it, I was seduced by CheerNo Destiny’s ‘Sexy Sailor’ set, part of A.C. Store’s just-released line of menswear for spring.

CheerNo’s new line is steeped in Christian iconography. The belts in his different sets have enamel buckles with pictures of Jesus, Mary and the saints. There’s a sweet wittiness at play in the clothes - the Sao Sebastiao set comes with a shirt with black X-es over arrow puncture marks, as well as a pack bag (not unlike a golfer’s bag) but here filled with arrows where you would expect golf clubs (Saint Sebastian, a Christian martyr from the 3rd century, is traditionally depicted as tied to a post and pierced with arrows). The ‘Like A Prayer’ set has a gorgeous black lace jacket, a rosary-like necklace, and - check this out - a matching black lace veil (at once a comment on blind faith as well as an ironic inversion of gender roles)!

But back to sexy sailors. This particular set comes with a blue-and-white striped tank top, a pair of jeans with one leg rolled up, the image of the Sacred Heart emblazoned on it, and what is quite possibly the nicest sailor’s cap I’ve seen in Second Life. All of the new menswear sets at A.C. Store additionally come with a pair of angel’s wings and a splendid 18-point halo.

I thought I would play up the nautical references when accessorizing - hence the pirate’s skulls a la Treasure Island on the pleasingly detailed Love & Hate bracelet as well as the Spirit Love Collar, both from Primitive Design, and a good sailing watch - the Seamaster in black, from Steinwerk Watches.

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise, Jean, Chapeau / Shirt, Jeans, Hat:
Sexy Sailor set (300 Lindens, also includes halo and wings, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ A.C. Store [Designer, Address]

• Collier, Bracelet / Necklace, Bracelet:
Spirit Love Collar - Male Edition (Blackheart) (170 Lindens, comes with 2 collars, with hearts in red and black, Perms: M/C/NT)
Love & Hate Unisex Bracelet Set (180 Lindens, 2 bracelets with different tags, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Primitive Design [Designer, Address]

• Sandales / Sandals:
D2TK Beach Bum Mens (250 Lindens, menu-driven customization for straps, main texture, stitching and soles, also includes 7 walks, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ D2TK [Designer, Address]

• Boucles d’orielles / Earrings:
Wing Claw Earrings (130 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T)
@ Yukirei Accessories [Designer, Address]

• Montre / Watch:
Steinwerk Seamaster - Black (500 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Steinwerk Watches [Designer, Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Chase Hair Golden Collection - Splash (295 Lindens, includes 3 colours; also available in all-colour pack for 1500 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Chase [Designer, Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
Hydro Natural Eyes - Marine Blue (No longer available for sale at time of writing, Perms: NM/C/NT)

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
Aitui Tattoo - Dolphin Peau (100 Lindens, includes tattoos in black and green ink, 3 layers per ink colour, Perms: NM/C/NT)
@ Aitui [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (2nd Version) Beach Tan - Regular (1200 Lindens for 1 skin; Full pack includes 5 skins, and 6 shapes; Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer, Address]

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Silver Sea Breeze

Domch Raymaker | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Many of the clothes at Valiant live up to their name - military blazers, racing jackets, you get the idea. Wavie Haller’s Emo Checker Vneck shirt, however, is less concerned with firing guns or getting one’s jaw broken, and more concerned with an ol’fashioned love. It’s there in the oh-so-retro checkered pattern that harks back to a simpler time, and there, too, in the tender buttons in different colours that run down the front of the shirt like little M&M chocolates.

The shirt seemed to go well with Kai Rau’s roomy white capris - included are 2 lateral pockets and a back pocket, but what I really like about the KR capris are the little drawstrings on the cuff attachments.

I’ve also donned Gospel Voom’s grungy Gos Windrider Damaged watch - all distressed metal on the outside, but whose tough little heart is still faithfully telling the minutes and the hours. It’s a fully functioning watch which sets itself to SL time when rezzed, but can also be adjusted to any timezone. Gospel Voom’s included some animations and gestures that go specifically with this watch, including one which has you tapping the watch in apparent frustration. The laughs from those alone are worth the price of the watch!

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Style, Photography: Domch Raymaker

• Chemise / Shirt:
Emo Checker Vneck shirt (250 Lindens, also includes prim arm scarf and collar not depicted here, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Valiant [Designer, Address]

• Pantalon / Pants:
KR Capri White (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ KR [Designer, Address]

• Sabots suedois / Clogs:
CM White Clogs WH (250 Lindens, includes a clog with powerwalk anim, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ JCS Shoes [Designer, Address]

• Bandana:
Hand Bandana White (80 Lindens, comes with bandanas for both hands, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Emery [Designer, Address]

• Colier / Necklace:
Valiant Bullet Necklace (225 Lindens, includes the necklace in 2 sizes, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Valiant [Designer, Address]

• Montre / Watch:
Gos Windrider Damaged (350 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Angel & Gos Elite Watches [Designer, Address]

• Lunettes / Glasses:
Nylon Outfitters Tintable Frames (80Lindens, includes 3 colours; also available in all-colour pack for 1500 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Nylon Outfitters [Designer, Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Chase Hair Platinum Collection - Seabreeze (295 Lindens, includes 3 colours; also available in all-colour pack for 1500 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Chase [Designer, Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
1koro-eye Basic Violet (250Lindens, includes 18 eye sets, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Ichikoro [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Millage Valenti SKA-010 (2nd Version) Beach Tan - Regular (1200 Lindens for 1 skin; Full pack includes 5 skins, and 6 shapes; Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Millage Valenti [Designer, Address]

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