Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Dinzeo Designs”, “Minnu Model Skin”, “Unknown Boutique”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Dressy | Saturday, November 8th, 2008

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Kalnins”, “Muism”, “Style of edo”…

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Nouveau chez / New At: “Pale Heretic”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Dressy, Official, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Pale Janus, the designer behind “Pale Heretic,” is a man of many surprises. After having brought the spirit of bespoke in SL with his limited — and quite expensive — suits, he comes back on the scene with a couple of super affordable suits: “Core suit” (sold for 80 Lindens with 5 different shirts), and “Twisted Suit” (sold for 240 Lindens with 3 jacket versions, 3 pants versions, 6 shirts, gloves, 4 tattoos…) soon on slmen. Exclusivity amateurs, don’t worry, Pale will offer you soon new limited series of suits! Limited or unlimited series offer the same level of quality: the best. Just on one hand everyone can have a suit, with a low price and unlimited amount of copies sold, and on the other hand only a few will buy a limited very short series, at high prices, but for a real exclusivity and not, as some do — too many these days it seems — just selling at stratospheric prices items with unlimited amount of copies.

Lets talk about this “Core Suit”: in the pack, you will get a pair of pants on the pants layer, a jacket on the jacket layer, and 5 different shirt and tie combos on the shirt layer. Four shirts are dark grey, one with a nice embroidery on it (it shows only when you wear it without the jacket), with different green ties, one is green with a black tie. Everything is nicely textured, with an attention to details which is Pale Heretic mark of fabric. No prim attachment here, but shadowing and highlighting are so good you really don’t need any. Shirts are preset with some volume to the sleeves, so when you wear the jacket with them, no ugly tight sleeve look. You may want to tweak the setting to suit your taste, which is totally possible as everything is moddable (and copy-no transfer). Useless to tell you to run to take your copy of this very good suit at an incredible price!

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 4.5/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 5/5

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Also showing: a nice new hair from Exile, “Avant Garde,” in the beautiful texture “Mink,” a preview of the new skin from Minnu Model Skin “Beijing” in “Sunkissed” tone in a nice chin beard version — Soon an indepth review on slmen —, the always perfect “Dublin” boots from “JCS” in this “Sage” color which matches perfectly the green on the “Core Suit,” and a superb platinum ring from “Guillaume pour homme.” Enjoy!

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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!

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Akeyo”, “Detour”, “Moderno”, “Mustang Trading Post”,”Studio Sidhe”, & “Style Starts Here”,

I put together this outfit around a few accessories I’ve wanted to show you for a little while, and some newer ones.

Artoo Magneto, the designer behind Akeyo, is a sculpty master! His caps are nicely done and offer a wide choice of patterns. I’m showing one of the last patterns, “Buzz.” Caps are Copy no mod, but they are resizable by menu. A menu offers the possibility to flip the cap with a single click.

Faery Sola (Studio Sidhe) doesnt release a lot of men’s stuff. It’s always a pleasure to get new items from her; she works hard to offer perfectly built and carefully hand textured items. The new “Quartz Crystal Pendants,” showing nice glowing crystals inserted in stones attached to a leather thong, are perfect to reveal the new age in you ;-) They come in 5 colors for the stone, 120 Lindens each or 300 Lindens for the whole set! They are easily moddable to fit your avatar and offered in two pre-sized versions.

Mustang Trading Post (run by Jon Ree) is an original store with a western flair, offering some pieces of furniture and accessories: jewelry, spurs and belt buckles, among others. I’m showing today a cool leather bracelet adorned with turquoise and silver rings. It’s no copy, modify to fit and sells for 250 Lindens.

Released a few month ago, but for the first time on slmen (such a shame, I know! :-)), these sneakers by Detour (by Detour Sideways) are just perfect. Their original cut and pattern is a great alternative to the tons of “converse like” sneakers we can see everywhere on the grid (don’t get me wrong, I love them, but hey, we need more diversity!). These shoes come in 5 colors (350 Lindens each) or in a fat pack of 6 colors (with an exclusive one) for 1000 Lindens. Fat pack isn’t the right expression, as you will get only a pair of shoes (in three presized versions) with an “on touch” color changer: a simple click on each shoe switches from one color to another. Nice way to avoid overfilled inventories!

Completing the outfit with a perfectly finished T-Shirt combo from Moderno (Starley Thereian), a nice pair of cargos from Style Starts Here (Simone Stern), each sold for 100 Lindens (it’s a challenge nowadays to find such high quality stuff at these prices…).

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Dahlinks”, “Insert Cool Name” & “Tesla”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Hi there!

Tesla Miles for Tesla makes nicely done sculpty items. I’m showing today her latest creations: “Oracle” sunglasses and urban tactic boots. Both are copy no trans and moddable by menu: size for boots, color and size for the glasses. The shoes are pretty shiny, and even though they are boots and done in one piece, you can fit them easily under pants, which is not so obvious with some others on the market! The flexi laces add a bit of realism. They come in black, red, blue and brown. 399 Lindens a pair and 1000 Lindens for the everything pack! The sunglasses are sold for 499 Lindens. Less expensive versions are available, without the color changing menu.

Malte Antfarm is a young designer in world. He started the brand “Insert cool name” and offers very low priced items. Some of them are really original with cool patterns, like the purple hoodie shown. Some others are classics on the grid, like these seriously ripped dark jeans, but for less money than what you can usually find. At 50 Lindens a piece, hoodie and jeans are worth a look. Everything is moddable, and the hoodie offers a sculpty hood.

Alexandra Nichols for Dahlinks can’t stop doing men’s stuff! I hope she’ll keep up that pace! I’m showing today her last “Power player dress ring.” It comes in three sizes to fit every avatar. Copy, no transfer, 300 Lindens.

Thora Charron creates new skins for Minnu Model Skins. The “zero” range offers seven skin tones, with 5 body hair versions and 12 facial options. Each skin comes with painted hair or bald option, each in eyeliner or without makeup choice. Basically you get 4 skins when buying one. 1700 Lindens for a facialoption in one tone and one body hair option. 2250 for a duopack. The body hair options are interesting, from smooth to frankly hairy on the chest and belly! I hope these options will be kept in the next release. Due to the character of the skin, less photorealistic than the previous skins from MMS, the very hairy options aren’t really fitting, in my humble opinion, but they will ravish the ones who think a man has to have hair!

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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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• 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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