Tenue du jour / Outfit of the day

Dominic Palisades | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Style, Photography: Dominic Palisades

Credits after the jump!
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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

Review, extra pictures and credits after the jump!
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Nouveau chez / New at: “Redgrave” & “Soreal”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

When I discovered Soreal a month ago, Kwamey Pinion, the designer, talked to me about a sneakers project. Not long after, he dropped me pictures of the sneakers and I got thrilled! Then I tried on the first release and i was disappointed. The shape of the sneakers, if they perfectly fit women’s feet, let the ankle of most male avatars show through the shoes. The only way to avoid that was to make them so huge, even with a biiiiig avatar, It looked ridiculously oversized. Believe me, I tried them on with many shapes. I aways try to harmonize the size of my shoes with the size of my avatar. I’m 6′8″ in sl, not heavy framed, and my ankles showed through the shoes. The only way to have the shoes fitting well at a right size was to build an avatar more than 7′2″ high with body thickness lower than 30. That way the shoes had a size proportionate to the avatar’s size (in a realistic manner) and were big enough to hide the ankles completely. From having spoken about that a lot with Fallingwater Cellardoor (Shiny Things) and Eponymous Trenchmouth (JCS Shoes), I’ve known how tricky men’s shoes are to fit on the sl mesh.
So I went back to Kwamey and explained the problem to him. Like every designer dedicated to creation and quality, he welcomed my criticism and worked on a modified version he released two days ago. This is the reason why you see the “Soreal City Steps Sneakers” so late on Slmen. Showing flawless items is more important than being the first to show them, right? ;-)

Note: the former buyers of the sneakers will receive an updated version automatically with the update system.

• So! These sneakers are not only nicely sculpted (only 17 prims each!) and realistically textured, they are also innovative. They are resizeable by script, which is way easier than doing it manually. You just have to click on each of your shoes and choose to increase or decrease their size a bit, more, or a lot, until you get the perfect size looking the best on on your avie. More! When you buy a three-pack or a “All 13 colors” pack (including an exclusive color), you are provided a hud which allows you to choose the color of your shoes. Less inventory cluttering, one setting for all the colors, it’s the perfect method!

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Showing sneakers and jacket in red.

Soreal City Steps Sneakers” are sold for 395 Lindens a pair, 695 for three colors, and 2395 Lindens for the “All 13 colors” pack. In our opinion, the best bargain is the three-pack including three of our favorite colors (shown below): Red, Brown, and Camo. it’s our “best buy” advice for these shoes. They are no modify (no worries, the scripts allow you to finely tune their size), and copy no transfer, but the vendor in the shop allows you to easily purchase gifts.

What I like: the realistic look, the photosourced lovers will be amazed; some colors, really nicely designed; the scripted resizing system and color changing system.
What I wish: better prices for the packs especially for the “all 13″ one; a laced version, as i’m not a fan of velcro sneakers (ok, it’s totally a personal taste matter :-D);

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

• I couldn’t show good realistic photosourced sneakers without good realistic photosourced pieces of clothing. So I chose the Sporty Sweater Fighter jackets from Redgrave, by Emilia Redgrave, the queen of photosourcing. High quality is here as usual at Redgrave, and it’s maybe the only reason why I show on slmen those very expensive items. They come in two versions in the pack, plain and showing a belt under the jacket. To go along with them, two presized pairs of collar ribbons which add a little bit more realism.

They come in Red, Moss, Brown, Violet (all shown), Black and Coffee (not shown). They are modify and transfer for easy gifting, and are sold for 380 Lindens per color pack.

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack…): 3/5 - Price: 1/5 - Value for money: 3/5

Some other combinations:
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Left to Right:
Sneakers and Jacket in Brown, Sneakers in Pink, Jacket in Violet, Sneakers in Camo, Jacket in Moss.

Soreal’s sneakers: other slmen favorites:
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Left to Right & Top Down: Brown, White, Pink, Camo.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers :
Soreal City Steps Sneakers (395 Lindens/color, 695 Lindens/pack of 3 colors, 2395 Lindens/all 13 colors, scripted resizing, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Soreal [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Veste de sport / Sport Jacket:
Sporty Sweater Fighter *REDGRAVE* (380 Lindens/color, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Redgrave [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Volume pour manches / Sleeve Filler:
Sleeve Filler -all sliders to 100, but: sleeve length: 95, Sleeve looseness: 9- (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Slmen.com Head Quarters [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
MANTRA Destroyed Jeans (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Mantra [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
PE Mykal Kohl & Ash Brown (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [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:
Joshua Normal Skin Stubble 1 (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “Soreal,” plus “Iki,” “Ottico,” “Redgrave,” “0 Style”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Introducing today the creations of a new designer in world: Kwamey Pinion for Soreal. Thanks to Landon Gibbs, faithful reader, who plugged me on this brand!
For now, Kwamey offers a range of vintage sport jackets, nicely textured, with a lot of prim attachments. These attachments have the particularity of being no-moddable, which would usually prevent them from being featured on Slmen, but they are resizable by menu. This way of adjusting attachments is precise and safe. But there is more. The jackets are sold in several packs, in male and female versions, and in each pack you get 2 color options and 2 inscription options. The prim attachment (cuffs, colar, belt) are moddable by HUD. The HUD will allow you to change the color of the collar and cuffs, to match the color of the jacket you selected, to choose the color of the turtleneck under the jacket, or to take it off, to show or not the brand logo on the belt’s buckle, and finally to choose two metal options for the zipper and the belt’s buckle.
You can have each color pack for 495 Lindens.

To go along with these jackets, I wore very realistic sculpted sneakers from Redgrave, good jeans from Iki (I chose them because they come in white, and good white jeans are really rare in sl!), and for the first time on Slmen, hair from Zero Style, by Rei Gully, whose new creations I will soon show! You can appreciate one more time the new updated Envision skin from The Body Politik, in a very masculine “Scraggly Goatee” facial option. To finish the look, some very edgy glasses from Ottico! Enjoy!

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Showing City Sport Jacket (SCS008M) in Red, Hair in Black, jeans in Black, Sneakers in Red.

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Left to Right:
City Sport Jacket (SCS010M) in Brown, Hair in Brunet, Jeans in Black, Sneakers in Brown,
City Sport Jacket (SCS009M) in Red, Hair in Black, Jeans in White, Sneakers in White.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste de Sport / Sport Jacket:
City Sport Jacket (495 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT-resizable by HUD-)
@ Soreal [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
(Iki) Skinny Jean (50 Lindens each, 300 Lindens/pack of 6 colors, each in w. & w/o belt version, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Iki [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
* 0 Style * BRP (250 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ 0 Style (Zero Style) [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
Sneakers Stripped (450 Lindens/color, 2000 Lindens for a pack of 5, Perms NM/NC/T),
@ Redgrave [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Lunettes / Glasses:
*ottico* numero08 novita (250 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT)
@ Ottico [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:
.:: TBP ::. Envision Caramel Scraggly Goatee Skin v2 B M2 (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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