Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day: “deVOL,” “Gadge Allen Design,” “Miau Haus,” “Shop Therapy”

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Thursday, August 27th, 2009

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

Review and Credits after the jump!
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Tenue de Rentrée / Back to School Outfit: “Argrace”, “Elite Prim Watch”, “Sweetest Goodbye”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Monday, September 8th, 2008

Morphine Janick has created a short and original collection for men under her brand “Sweetest Goodbye.”
I’m showing today her “School Boy” outfit. It comes in 8 colors (3 shown below); each color pack contains the following items, all modify and copy-no transfer: pants on the pants layer, a sweater/shirt combo on the shirt layer, sculpted pants’ cuffs, sculpted shirt’s cuffs, sculpted collar and tie combo and, last but not least, a lower sculpted attachment for the shirt and the sweater. This piece gives a loose look to the sweater, something you absolutely can’t get in sl according to the clothing layers limitations. After a few adjustments, the lower attachment looked the way it was designed to, loosened and distressed sweater and shirt, without looking ugly during the walk and standard AO poses, as so many prim clothes do.
I just wish the combo sweater/shirt were fully drawn on the jacket layer, for a more “sl classic look” for those times when you want to lower your Avatar Rendering Cost or simply to get an alternative look. I wish also a bit more work on the textures, especially on the pants which show the “jagged bottom bug” when you choose to wear them without the cuffs. This bug is so easy to avoid following this simple hint.
Though, I’m happy to see prim clothing looking good even when your avatar moves around!

Quality: 3/5 - 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…): 3/5 - Price: 3/5 - Value for money: 3/5

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Wearing “Sweetest Goodbye” School Boy - Indigo+Red

Domch Raymaker introduced the work of Gospel Voom for “Angel & Gos Watches and Builds.” He creates incredibly detailed watches which actually work! I chose for today a simple model, “Leather Navimeter.” The leather belt is color changing by script (chat commands) and offers 6 possibilities. The watches are moddable to fit your avatar and transfer for easy gifting. Indulge yourself with a nicely crafted accessory. Just the opposite of bling. Something simply chic.

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

Also showing a cap and hair combo from “Argrace,” “Neo” skin from “Damiani,” and “Chucks” sneakers by “Akeyo.” Enjoy!

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Wearing “Sweetest Goodbye” School Boy - Grey+Mint & Khaki+Beige

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

Credits after the jump!
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Tenue de Rentrée / Back to School Outfit: “A.C. Store”, “Detour”, “Dutch Touch”, “Exile”, “Shop Therapy”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

CheerNo Destiny for “A.C. Store” has just released a new series of jeans “Jeans forever.” They offer some interesting features. As with many jeans now, cuffs are provided. I’m usually not fond of pants cuffs, but these rolled up cuffs can give an interesting and different look; plus, the sculpted cuffs are resizable by script, and synched with each other, so you have to adjust the size of only one of them and the other follows. No more tedious manual adjusting of prim cuffs which end with different sizes! This is a great improvement. “Jeans Forever” come in 6 colors (shown below), some are really original like “modern” and “green” (a very pale green). Each color comes in 4 finishes (shown below), including an original “drawing” which is definitely my favorite. They are copy-no trans, moddable (cuffs aren’t moddable but are menu driven). This one version is worth it, even at this price, but I’m more reserved about the “basic” finish: 230 lindens for a plain pair of jeans, even with sculpted cuffs, is a bit too much compared to what the competition offers for similar quality.

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 2/5 - Value for money: 3/5

One more new release for men at “Dutch Touch!” Iki Icarus is spoiling us, guys! She offers new sweaters with nice tone on tone stripes. They come in white, black and grey in no-copy-transfer version, or in a pack of 5 (including the colors sold separately) in a copy-no trans version. They come in both a tucked version (undershirt layer plus complement on the underpants layer), and untucked on the jacket layer. They show the usual “Dutch Touch” quality of texturing and coloring. The white one is my favorite, off white I should say, with pure white stripes. It is easily tintable to match any piece of clothing, but it looks gorgeous as is! I’m wearing it with a sleeve filler on the pictures, for a more comfy look.

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

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I’ve had in my inventory this series of bag from Proda Jie for “Shop Therapy” for a little while, but I haven’t had the occasion to show them to you until now. This “messenger bag” shows a very nice photosourced texture (Proda used his own bag as a source) with cool details like the iPhone. This bag comes in many colors and patterns. It is resizable by script and fits pretty easily. Note that Proda Jie has no shop in world for now, so I gave the SLX link where you can get them in the address page.
[UPDATE] Shop Therapy is back online at BigStar! Go to this page for a direct tp [Designer & Address].

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers for each item, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 2.5/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

Also showing the perfect “Jaywalker” sneakers from “Detour,” one more new hair from “Exile,” Relentless shown in Mink, glasses from “Ottico,” and a ring from “Dahlinks.” Enjoy!

A.C. Jeans Forever: available finishes (in “Grey”) [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Left to Right & Top Down: Drawing, Basic, Painted, Torn.

A.C. Jeans Forever: available colors (in “Drawing” finish) [Click on the picture to enlarge]

Left to Right & Top Down: Grey, Black, Green, Indigo, Modern, Old.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day: FNKY! – Inone – Shop Therapy

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Blouson de cuir / Leather Jacket:
Jacket Leather JetPack (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Moth Swell,
@ Inone Style @ Mainstore, Blue Quill (159, 52, 59)

• Jean / Jeans:
FNKY! Filthy Fives (275 Lindens/pack of two versions in one color; 700 Lindens/Packs of 4 colors; Perms: M/C/NT)
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
Prodas R66 Sneakers V1.0 (burgundy) (420 Lindens/color in 5 sizes, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Proda Jie,
@ Shop Therapy, TRUE (59, 227, 22)

• Lunettes de Soleil / Sunglasses:
FNKY! SuperStar Glasses (Gold/Burgundy) (250 Lindens/color, 1000 Lindens for a pack of 6 colors, Perms: M/C/NT)
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Coiffure / Hair:
*MODERNO: Devyn Hair - Cafe (150 Lindens for a pack of 3 close colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Starley Thereian,
@ Last Call ::MODERNO:: Menswear, Dazzle (130, 10, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada office & mainstore, Triangulum (24, 22, 26)

• 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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Nouveau chez / New at “Dutch Touch” (Iki Ikarus), “Philotic Energy” (Aemilia Case) & “Shop Therapy” (Proda Jie)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

• Showing today some great pieces of clothing by Iki Ikarus for Dutch Touch. They have very original fall colors and a very good design. I do particularly like the pants, probably my favorite plaid pants in SL today! Used and subdued, you can wear it everyday without being bored! The sweater in RuDi is set to “modify” and it’s tintable. You will find in the pack a sweater to wear as is (shown) or tinted following your own creativity, and in three pre-tinted versions. The pants are moddable.

• New sneakers by Proda Jie for Shop Therapy. An interesting alternative, as we don’t have so many good sneakers in SL. These ones are Burgundy, more colors soon, Proda promised, and are sold for a fair 420 Lindens. They come in 5 sizes to fit everyone, boys and girls!

• Go pick the “Boyd” hair with beanie by Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy! It’s cute and it’s sold for only 5 Lindens and the pack includes every color available in the shop. A good way to make your choice of color for the other hair you can find at Philotic Energy, a great alternative to the mainstream hair you can find everywhere!

• Interesting scarf by Funk Schnook for FNKY!, you can choose from 11 textures and color it in 42 colors by menu. Well that’s a lot of scarves in one for 200 Lindens.

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Pantalon, Pull / Pants, Sweater:
RuDi :: DUTCH TOUCH :: 300L (300 Lindens/pack including a tintable sweater and 3 pretinted ones, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Iki Ikarus,
@ :: DUTCH TOUCH MAINSTORE =^.^= U, Willow Beach (30, 216, 32)

• Volume pour manches / Filler for sleeves:
Filler for sleeves - (50 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
by Ben Vanguard,
@ Slmen.com Headquarters, Birchwood (72, 206, 392)

• Echarpe / Scarf:
FNKY! Multi Scarf (200 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Souliers / Shoes :
Prodas R66 Sneakers V1.0 (burgundy) boxed 420L (420 Lindens, Perms: C/NM/NT),
by Proda Jie,
@ Shop Therapy, TRUE (59, 227, 22)

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Boyd Ash Blonde with beanie (5 Lindens for an everything pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Aemilia Case,
@ Philotic Energy at Lemon, Imogen (57, 17, 57)

• Bague / Ring:
Mhaijik Roux-Ga-Roux Ring Silver (400 Lindens/set including a necklace, a bracelet and a ring, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharblue (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada office & mainstore, Triangulum (24, 22, 26)

• 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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Nouveau chez / New release at: “Kyoot Army” by Saeya Nyanda

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Dressy, Semi-Casual, Special Event | Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Even without the scripted knives (included in the pack) this suit looks great and really different! Saeya Nyanda has put her signature on her first men’s stuff for Kyoot Army. I hope she will offer us more items soon! :-)

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
Cake - Europa - Rough Black - Flexi Hair (300 Lindens),
by Stumbelina Ophelia,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Skin:
MM-LightSkin-Bald-Shaved (1500 Lindens),
by Minnu Palen & Thora Charron,
@ MM SKINS, **Minnu Model Skins**, Glam World (109, 136, 23)

• Costume / Suit:
In “[KA] - The Knife Thrower Suit” (350 Lindens)
[KA] - Undershirt (wear for jacket shape),
[KA] - Knife Thrower Dress Pants,
[KA] - Knife Thrower Suit Jacket,
by Saeya Nyanda,
@ Kyoot Army, Vakkert Gal (190, 223, 21)

• Lunettes / Glasses:
Gudshu Glasses - Leon - Scripted (149 Lindens),
by Gudshu Udal,
@ Gudshu Glasses *Eyewear ONLY*, Satang (35, 247, 34)

• Souliers / Shoes :
Doc Proda’s Rev-1 Suede Blue Boots (250 Lindens),
by Proda Jie,
@ Shop Therapy at The Emerald City, BigStar (40, 69, 32)

• Bague / Ring:
Platinum and Sapphire Ring,
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

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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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