Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: “Rfyre,” “Gutterblood,” “Ottico” and a Few Words about Sezmra Svarog

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Costume, Night, Special Event | Sunday, September 14th, 2008

When I first thought about shooting “Dysis” from Rfyre, I sampled various hairstyles trying to find something that suited the mysterious feel of this ensemble. I think the obvious choice would have been some untamed tresses, lending a romantic air. But as I experimented with different skins, I suddenly saw Dysis as less of an elegant gothic outfit and more dark, almost post-apocalyptic.

Raven Pennyfeather’s costumes are always inspired and nicely textured, this time in tactile embossed leather, bright metallic tones, soft blood-red velvet. The “jacket” is actually a floor-length leather cloak with collar, accessorized with upper and lower sleeves, extended on the glove layer. A mesh shirt on the undershirt layer is topped with leather lace-up shirt on the jacket layer. The leather pants include sculpty prim cuffs (not shown). Finishing off Dysis is a shimmering silver belt double wrapped around the waist.

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

To complete this outfit, I chose Gutterblood Spoonhammer’s stompy and distressed futureterror boots, still specially priced at 100L. Left boot features an outside buckle and right boot a small outside pocket.

The special anniversary glasses from Ottico fit perfectly, I think, with transparency anti-intuitively set to 100%, giving the glasses a mirror lens.

And underneath it all, the wonderful Black Demonic Skin Claw by Sezmra Svarog, from Nora BodySkins, unfortunately not available anymore. Sezmra is a talented long-time skin designer who recently closed up her shop for good, giving up doing business for money in Second Life for her new endeavor, giving away not only her last women’s skins but the Photoshop files themselves so anyone can customize the skins to their liking. This creative spirit, not the sadly more common desire to get rich, quickly or otherwise, in SL, is pretty inspiring. Hearkens back to the original purpose of SL before it became a land of ad parks and overpriced duplicates of real life fashion. Thank you, Sezmra, for your part in renewing that spark of what used to make us happy to log in here.

edited to add: I’ve received a few IMs in world addressing the comments I made about Sezmra. I have no problem with people who make their living on SL by putting their creative energy into creating…the problem I have is with people who only put their creative energy into marketing, while creating duplicates of real life clothing. Sorry if that wasn’t clear in my text.
Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: “Keep laughing, this is your girlfriend’s shirt”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit | Thursday, August 30th, 2007

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
*~* Damselfly*~* Delta Black (275 Lindens/3 colors pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Shylah Honey,
@ DragonFly Designs - DamselFly Hair, DragonFly Oasis (111, 56, 25)

• Skin:
Nora Entice - Hunter Expresso (Hair) ((1000 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)),
by Sezmra Svarog,
@ Nora BodySkins & Fashions, Sonata (227, 72, 27)

• Yeux / Eyes:
(Avatar) Eyes: Natural - Obsidian (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Nephilaine Protagonist,
@ Pixeldolls, Port Seraphine (32, 132, 27)

• Tee-Shirt / T-Shirt:
[/AMBUSH/] Girlfriend’s Shirt in Pink (untucked) (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Faye Gelfand,
@ [/AMBUSH/] (mainstore), Shantos (159, 160, 515)

• Jean / Jeans:
Body Politik Casual Comfort Jeans - Grunge (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Maximillion Grant,
@ .:: The Body Politik ::., Eventide South (52, 177, 36)

• Chaussettes “Pieds nus” / Bare Feet Socks,
Tintable Barefoot Socks - setting : Color RGB (113, 108, 102) (FREE, Perms: C/M/NT),
by Robin Sojourner,
@ Robin Sojourner, Livingtree Island Center, Livingtree (135, 121, 24)

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
Gray Mens Dragon Chillin (400 Lindens, Perms M/NC/T),
by Ninja Petion,
@ Digital Dragon Design, Digital Dragon (113, 113, 23)

• Montre / Watch:
Sun’s Gate Watch (with real movement and timezone settable) (399Lindens, Perms M/NC/T),
by Fim Fischer,
@ Fim Fischer’s Watches at Slmen.com Headquarters, Birchwood (72, 206, 392)

• Collier, Bracelet, Bague / Necklace, Bracelet, Ring:
Japan in Organic Necklace Mns Sz (275 Lindens, including the following ring, Perms: M/NC/T),
Ring Mask in Japan,
Cord Bracelet with Copper Lg Sz (150 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

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Body Positive: Ariantho’s Angels, Body Politik, Nora Entice and RaC

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

A shape and 3 skins, as usual. I chose the skins which offer the best fit for the face contour, then the best fit for the body, and I tried to avoid the one you can see everywhere ;-)

The shape is shown “As is.” Jadenne Ariantho for Ariantho’s Angels did it. Jadenne offers a few very original shapes of both human and elf, adults, teens and even children. Of course, as all quality skins from good and fair creators, these skins are modify, so you will be able to adapt it to your own taste and to fit all shoes, attachments and clothes with simple minor modifications.

I wanted to show you today “more than pale” skins. Diarmuid from Ariantho’s Angels was one of the very few shapes which could match pleasantly the three interesting skins that attracted my attention. I chose Diarmuid because it was the thinnest one, and I thought a pretty thin body was the best match for that kind of skin.

Diarmuid is an adult human male. He is 6‘7“, so a pretty good height in SL, he is in shape without being overmuscled or beefy. He will please those who want an original masculine tall shape without looking like one of the millions of Hulks we can see on the grid.

For further information about the choice criteria, please read this Introduction.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Shape:
AA-Diarmuid-Human Adult Male - (6‘7“) - 800 Lindens,
by Jadenne Ariantho,
@ Ariantho’s Angels SHAPES, Green Goblin (143, 135, 501)

• Skin (Top down)
<> Nora Entice - Hunter Glow Gothic Liner (bald) - 1000 Lindens,
by Sezmra Svarog,
@ Nora BodySkins & Fashions, Sonata (227, 72, 27)

<> Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin Blk B - 1750 Lindens,
by Maximillion Grant,
@ .:: The Body Politik ::., Eventide South (52, 177, 36)

<> =RaC= Johnny05 skin design - 4000 Lindens (including 6 facial hair styles),
by Mallory Cowen,
@ =RaC=, RaC City (188, 136, 27)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The Good Life - Menace - White - 199 Lindens,
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
FNKY! Eyes - Frosted - Black (No Veins) - 100 Lindens,
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Boxer / Boxer Briefs:
DMC Boxer Brief Black - 50 Lindens,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ The Block - Desert Moon Clothiers, Varado (108, 102, 31)

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• Shape:
Ariantho’s Angels-Diarmuid-Human Adult Male
• Skins:
<> Nora Entice - Hunter Glow Gothic Liner
<> Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin Blk B
<> =RaC= Johnny05 skin design

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• Shape:
Ariantho’s Angels-Diarmuid-Human Adult Male
• Skins:
<> Nora Entice - Hunter Glow Gothic Liner
<> Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin Blk B
<> =RaC= Johnny05 skin design

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, August 13th, 2007

Dave from “Threadbare” offers us his first range of casuals. Basic forms, basic colors, but we can feel the passion of this young designer for style and quality. :-)
I look forward to seeing more.
Take a look at his store!

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
*MODERNO: Jack Hair - Pearl (150 Lindens for a pack of 3 close colors),
by Starley Thereian,
@ Last Call ::MODERNO:: Menswear, Dazzle (130, 10, 28)

• Skin:
Nora Entice - David Cinnamon Light Stubble (bald) (1000 Lindens),
by Sezmra Svarog,
@ Nora BodySkins & Fashions, Sonata (227, 72, 27)

• Yeux / Eyes:
Eyes GREEN-BROWN *REDGRAVE* (150 Lindens),
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens FASHION, SANDS Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• Veste à capuche / Hoodie Jacket:
In “THREADBARE White Hoody” (150 Lindens):
White Hoody,
White Hoody Undershirt,
White Hoody Hood (prim attachment),
White Hoody Pocket (prim attachment),
White Hoody Sleeve L and R (prim attachments),
by TheManKnownAsDaveP Crosley,
@ THREADBARE Clothing, Osteria (220, 143, 501)

• Jean / Jeans:
THREADBARE Golden Faded Jeans (100 Lindens),
by TheManKnownAsDaveP Crosley,
@ THREADBARE Clothing, Osteria (220, 143, 501)

• Sac / Bag:
Bauer Bag (225 Lindens),
by Aemilia Case,
@ Philotic Energy, Plio (193, 39, 594)

• Chaussures / Boots:
Dr. Proda’s Boots 001 Classic Black (250 Lindens),
by Proda Jie,
@ Shop Therapy at The Emerald City, BigStar (40, 69, 32)

• Bague / Ring:
Mens Diamond Ring (100 Lindens),
by Cailyn Miller,
@ *Cailyn’s* - Classic Jewelry, Gisborne (114, 211, 28)

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Bunch of new skins!

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes), - Tenue/Outfit | Saturday, August 11th, 2007

Well, I don’t know how it’s going for you, but today is a terrible SL day for me. Textures don’t rezz, attachments don’t attach, my studio can’t work properly because of an excess of lag… Thank you Linden Labs! Consequence: no pictured post today…

It’s really too bad, because I have a lot of things to show you! Especially skins, new skins which are valuable additions to the choices we already have!

The time when we had only one decent skin for men (Dxxx by Nxxx, you see what I mean…) is over and it’s good for diversity!

We have now the hand drawn from Form, those from Chip Midnight, very photorealistic, the envision by Body Politik, the ones from The Good Life, the last three ones from Adam n Eve, some really good skins from RaC, the new “Advance Skins” from Aitui and, of course, the great Antonio from FNKY. More recently we were offered the pleasant Nora Entice for men.

You have seen all these good and very good skins on slmen, in the new “Body Positive” series (if not, follow this link!), and you will see them again soon!

This week offered us 2 new skins, and they are more than good! Minnu model skins released its new range for men, and Redgrave its “Emil.”

There will be dedicated posts for those skins very soon, I mean as soon as SL will allow me to work properly…

You can always use the following links to take demos and try them out.
Remember that skins are really different on different shapes. Please never buy a skin too quickly. Take several demos, go back home, try them, take your time, and wait until the day after to buy the one you like. :-)

Slmen likes:
Redgrave: Emil,
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens FASHION, SANDS Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• Minnu Model Skin: MM Skin for men,
by Minnu Palen & Thora Charron,
@ MM SKINS, **Minnu Model Skins**, Glam World (109, 136, 23)

• Nora Entice: David, Hunter,
by Sezmra Svarog,
@ Nora BodySkins & Fashions, Sonata (227, 72, 27)

• The Body Politik: Envision
by Maximillion Grant,
@ .:: The Body Politik ::., Eventide South (52, 177, 36)

• CMFF PhotoSkin: Rook, Crow, Hairy Tan, Hairy Male, Male 1.1,
by Chip Midnight,
@ CMFF - Skins & Clothing by Chip Midnight, Freelon (42, 62, 23)

The Good Life: Aaron and Justin,
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

RaC: Aidan, Jim, Lee, Mike, Johnny, Sam, Jack,
by Mallory Cowen,
@ =RaC=, RaC City (188, 136, 27)

Aitui: Advance skin.
by jesseAitui Petion,
@ Aitui Shopping, Aitui !129, 129, 27)

• Adam n Eve: Damien, Darcy and Jared,
by Sachi Vixen,
@ Adam n Eve, Genesis (192, 150, 35)

• :FORM Skin,
by Zabitan Assia,
@ The Block - FORM, Varado (139, 137, 31)

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Body Positive: CMFF, Nora, RaC and Stellar Design

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes), - Tenue/Outfit | Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

A shape and 3 skins, as usual. I chose the skins which offered the best fit for the face contour, then the best fit for the body, and I tried to avoid the one you can see everywhere ;-)

The shape is almost shown “As is.” Lexi Morgan made these shapes for Stellar Design. Stellar Design offers beautiful, sexy and pretty “stocky” shapes that will please men who want to look powerful! And because they are “modify,” you will be able to change and, maybe, choose to have other proportions one day! :-)

For this “Rocker” from Lexi, I just had to set the foot length to 30 for better proportions with the body, and the eyelashes to 0. With some skins, eyelashes look odd on men. One more reason to avoid no modify shapes!

Rocker is 6‘6“, so an average height in SL. He is powerful and muscled, without being genetically modified or taking steroids. Let’s say he must spend a lot of his time in the gym! :-)

Lexi’s shapes look great and appealing and they match perfectly the best selling skins in SL, but I wanted to show you black skins today, and this shape is one of my favorite for that purpose. Believe me, I mixed and matched skins and shapes for hours before the final choice!

For further information about the choice criteria, please read this Introduction.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Shape:
SD Perfect Man Avatar - Rocker - (6‘6“) (modifications: Feet 30, Eyelashes length 0) - 750 Lindens (including a pair of jeans),
by Lexi Morgan,
@ ::: STELLAR DESIGNS :::, Stellar Isle (111, 129, 24)

• Skin (Top down)
<> CMFF PhotoSkin Ultra: Rook - 1500 Lindens (including 6 facial hair styles),
by Chip Midnight,
@ CMFF - Skins & Clothing by Chip Midnight, Freelon (42, 62, 23)

<> =RaC= Mike01 skin design - 4000 Lindens (including 6 facial hair styles),
by Mallory Cowen,
@ =RaC=, RaC City (188, 136, 27)

<> Nora Entice - David Espresso (bald) - 1000 Lindens,
by Sezmra Svarog,
@ Nora BodySkins & Fashions, Sonata (227, 72, 27)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The Good Life - Delinquent - White - 199 Lindens,
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
(Avatar) Eyes: Natural. (Obsidian) - 50 Lindens,
by Nephilaine Protagonist,
@ PixelDolls, Port Seraphine (45, 131, 27)

• Slip / Briefs:
be : ika brief - 75 Lindens,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ Brief Encounter : Underwear for Men, Yeanim (142, 163, 21)

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
.:InkD - Tinker (Modifications: RVB: 185, 185, 185) - 400 Lindens,
by Laylah Mistral,
@ InkD! Tattoos, Ravens Requiem (139, 125, 27)

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• Shape:
Stellar Design Perfect Man Avatar - Rocker
• Skins:
<> CMFF PhotoSkin Ultra: Rook
<> =RaC= Mike01 skin design
<> Nora Entice - David Espresso (bald)

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• Shape:
Stellar Design Perfect Man Avatar - Rocker
• Skins:
<> CMFF PhotoSkin Ultra: Rook
<> =RaC= Mike01 skin design
<> Nora Entice - David Espresso (bald)

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