Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Dahlinks”, “Guillaume pour homme”, “JCS”, “SF Design”, “Zero Style”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Dressy, Formal, Night | Monday, November 10th, 2008

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouveau chez / New at “sf design” & “Soreal”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Semi-Casual | Thursday, October 9th, 2008

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Nouvau chez / new at: “SF Design”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Dressy, Night, Official, Punky, Semi-Casual, Special Event | Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “Fleur”, “JCS”, “Sf Design”…

While trying to think of what to say about Swaffette Firefly’s new outfit for SF Design, I seized the opportunity to bone up on my art history. My first idea was that the outfit put me in the mind of Claude Monet, one of the founders of French impressionism, and I re-experienced the watery beauty of that amazing artist.

I went on to do a quick search of some other Impressionists, only to find Mary Cassatt. Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844–1926), an American painter and printmaker, lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Her paintings “The Boating Party” and “Summertime” resonated most strongly, reminding me of the overall feel of Swaffette’s most recent release.

Then I thought, wait a minute, you high-minded freak, this is a blog of virtual fashion, not a crash course in art appreciation!

So here I am to tell you that Swaffette Firefly’s outfit is, as always, beautifully hand drawn and shaded, with an excellent eye for texture and color. The SF Design Henly, at 400L, is an amazing bargain for a feast of options on multiple layers — slacks, shirt, vest, jacket…

And Swaffette has done something I’ve been waiting for for quite a while…an ingenious prim attachment to the back of the jacket that eliminates that annoying hyper-fitting appearance (you all know what I mean, I’ve never had a jacket stick quite THAT tightly to my backside irl!). It comes in two different sizes and is easy to attach and barely needs adjustment, and naturally covers the back of the jacket, making it look even more realistic.

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

I thought the Fleur Vivant men’s skin in bronze was a good choice to complement Swaffette’s artistic flair. This is a unique, soft skin, not known (and worn) enough, pleasant to wear, very reasonably priced…one that I frequently forget I have buried deep in my inventory! I need to wear it more often, I think.

Eponymous Trenchmouth’s Scratch shoes in sand/brown round out the Henly nicely, along with the Nimaj Gold Brick ring from Mhaijik.

Enjoy!

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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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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Nouveau chez / New at “SF Designs” & “Hoorenbeek”

Nuno McCullough | - Tenue/Outfit, Dressy, Official | Thursday, April 24th, 2008

The phone rang. It was my boss and he wanted this article as soon as possible on his desk… Suddenly after hanging up the phone my clumsy hand spilled the coffee on my new suit!! It was the suit I was about to write about in the article, a complete outfit in the same pack, for a mere 350L$. We have several layers that allow us to have different looks with the same suit. The pack bring 2 pairs of pants (with and without belt), 2 jackets (open and closed) and 2 different shirts (open, closed with tie, and closed without tie). It also includes 2 prim ties which we can use with both or open shirt. To match this outfit I chose the Hoorenbeek Allen shoes in black leather, a classic style with shoe laces that goes well with both classic or casual looks. These shoes come in 4 sizes and cost 480.

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Other versions of Saville Suit available in the pack.

Style, Photography: Nuno McCullough

• Costume, Chemise, Cravate / Suit, Shirt, Tie:
Saville Suit Grey (350 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SF Designs [Designer, Address]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Allen Black Leather (480 Lindens. Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address]

• Bague / Ring:
Ratri Night Dark Ring (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Guillaume pour Homme [Designer, Address]

• Skin:
Antonio Cave Man (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address]

• Hair: @ Naughty

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Nouveau chez / new at: “Hoorenbeek” & “SF Designs” & “Stellar Designs”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

• New at SF Design: Knitted Jacket. They come in three colors: blue, my very favorite (shown), grey, and maroon. In each color pack, you get 2 versions of the jacket, with high collar or open collar, 2 sizes of prim collar to wear with the high collar jacket, sculpted cuffs. I noticed with pleasure that the sculpted addition perfectly fit the jacket layer, the prim work as well as the texture. Great job Swaffette Firefly!
You can pick your favorite color for 120 lindens. Like every item you can buy from good and fair makers, the knitted jacket is fully moddable.

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack…): 3/5 - Price: 4/5 - Value for money: 5/5

• I show also brand new sneakers from Hoorenbeek. Those “All Stars” are another great sculpty work. I’m not sure sculpty shoes are such a breakthrough for dress shoes, knowing the level of perfection reached by some items from JCS for example, but I have to admit that, for casual and sporty shoes, sculpties are a bliss.

These sneakers come in four sizes per color, in ten colors. I personally find the difference between each size a bit too high. The “large” ones are especially big, and even tested with a very tall and big avatar, looked really big. On the other hand, I’m not sure the xsmall are small enough for the interested ladies or particularly small avatars.

These “All Stars” from Hoorenbeek are, for now, and in my humble opinion, the best “converse like” shoes on the grid. I just wish for some more subtle colors, those offered being a bit too basic for my taste. Some are really great though, like the white shown today, the camos (will be shown in a few days by Nuno McCullough), the sand, red and black ones. Perry Proudhon will show you some other colors in a few days, too.

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Such good work has a price, and, at 480 lindens, they are certainly not given. Anyway, the guys from Hoorenbeek did a great job and the “All Stars” sneakers will probably be a hit, until the next talented competitors show off! As usual at Hoorenbeek, you can choose from copy-no transfer and no copy-transfer versions. It’s good to have a choice!

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 2/5 - Value for money: “3.5/5

• I won’t forget to say a few words on the last jeans from Stellar Designs. These “Burnin Love Destroyed and Ink’d Jeans” bring a little something more in the universe of jeans we can find on the grid. They are torn, very used and show a hand drawn sketch on the right thigh. This way, Lexi Morgan succeeds in renewing a bit these old good jeans.
They come in four colors, from light to dark blue, plus silver, available for 130 Lindens for one color, 400 for all four. Copy-no transfer and obviously moddable.

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 3/5 - Price: 3/5 - Value for money: 4/5

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste Tricot / Knitted Jacket:
SFD Knitted Jacket Blue (120 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SF Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
SD Burnin Love (Destroyed & Ink’d) Jeans - Light (130 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Stellar Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
[ hoorenbeek ] All Stars - White (480 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Hair:
The GL - Luffer - Ashed (250 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/24 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),,
@ The Good Life [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Blue Steel (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - H03/B02 - Stubble (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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