Nouveau chez / new at: “Hoorenbeek” & “Kin”

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Sunday, February 24th, 2008

The new Hoorenbeek All Star tennis shoes are very well-made and come in an array of colors, including the sand shown here and (below) black, pink, purple and red, as well as green and blue, and (previously shown on slmen.com) white and camo. The detail is excellent, as well as the realism. They look quite a bit like the real thing. I look forward to the possibility of a low version as well as these high-tops. To me, high tops are always annoying with long pants on SL as you have to make the pants flare bigger than you might usually wear.

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

This new hair by Kin, Yohkoh, is cool, especially in black (of course). At only 100L a color, it’s a real bargain, too. I like the shaggy style and the flexi touch at the base in the back. You can get a fatpack as well for 600L, including colors like pink and blue. It’s in the women’s section of Kin (is there a men’s section?), but like a lot of Kin’s stuff, it works as a unisex style.

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

Finishing off this outfit are brown chinos from Style Starts Here and a nice striped sweater from Unknown Boutique.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
All Stars - Sand (480 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Yohkoh (100 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens for a fat pack of 9, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Kin [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
Chinos with Leather Belt - Brown (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Style Starts Here [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pull / Sweater:
:: ? :: Striped Sweater - Brown (180 Lindens/pack of 8 colors, Perms M/C/NT)
@ Unknown Boutique [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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Nouveau Chez / New at “Style Starts Here” and “Philotic Energy”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Dressy, Semi-Casual | Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

This retro-style silk shirt, beautifully textured with deep colors and a natural sheen, is a great example of the new collection by Simone Stern called Style Starts Here. With SSH’s signature selection of layers — jacket, shirt, underwear — this is a versatile addition to your wardrobe. At 50L, how can you go wrong?
Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 5/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 5/5

The Chinos are well designed, with a soft, worn finish that gives them a well-washed appearance. They come in numerous colors, with black shown here today.
Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 4/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

I love this new hairstyle by Aemilia Case. “Kai” comes in the usual great selection of colors offered at Philotic Energy. Careful attention paid not only to the front, but to the back of the hairstyles is something not always done by designers, but Kai (and a number of the new styles by Ms. Case) is well done all-around. Shown here in Chocolate.
Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): NA - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Pantalon / Pants:
Menswear Chinos with Leather Belt, Black (100L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Style Starts Here [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
That 70s Shirt - Patterned Retro Shirt (50L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Style Starts Here [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Oslo, Grey shoes (400 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Jeepers Creepers, [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Kai (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/6 tipped, 1200 Lindens/21 colors & 6 tipped, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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New shopping sim “Style Starts Here” by Simone Stern: affordable quality casual clothing.

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Style Starts Here” is the new concept store created by Simone Stern, well known owner and designer behind “Simone! Design.” The idea is to offer affordable quality fashion, to provide multi layered items, and to offer casual but elegant clothing.

Style Starts Here, by Simone Stern, @ Style Starts Here (120, 131, 29)

Practically, that means that you can find there shirts, sweaters and jackets for 50 Lindens (some exceptions go for up to 125 Lindens), pants for 100 Lindens (some exceptions go up to 125 Lindens). Simone Stern is smart enough to know that selling 1,000 items at 100 lindens is better than selling 100 at 300 Lindens. I’m personally pretty fond of win-win deals like this! It’s such a relief to see a well established designer like Simone Stern, providing clothing and accessories to the community for 3 years, offering good stuff at fair prices. Cool stuff without many prim attachments, but with good seams (don’t laugh, it’s not so often), with lower pants which don’t look jagged (yes, there are ways to avoid that, now the trend is to put a quickly done sculpty cuff to hide the bug). After seeing so many poorly done items on the market at delusional prices lately (I’m not talking about high range and high quality expensive items with an exclusive flair you can see often on slmen :-) ), it’s so cool to find a place like this. (Guys, I will tell you a secret: you don’t look good and classy with overpriced poorly done items on your back. You just look ridiculous and stupidly show-off).

Every item comes in every layer possible. This is the best way to perfectly mix and match many outfits, and at slmen we are neverending advocates of multi-layer items. So you get shirt, undershirt, jacket and complement on the underpants layers (those which allow you to wear a shirt or undershirt layer with low waist pants without showing your belly) for the tops, and pants and underpants layers for the pants, the underpants layer being a great alternative when you want to wear your pants tucked in boots without messing with the sliders in appearance mode, and back to normal when you want to wear them untucked.

A few samples of what SSH offers for men:
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Top Down: some separates shirts and sweaters, some separates pants, some complete outfits, some leather items.

Everything is obviously moddable, another point we are extremely sensitive about at slmen. That should really be the rule, and I’m glad more and more fair and customer conscious designers allow their customers to have clothes that actually fit well, whatever kind of shoes they wear, for example, but also to avoid the ugliest thing in sl men’s clothing (in my humble opinion): jackets with tight sleeves. This is so simple: the volume of the sleeves is given by the shirt layer, “sleeve looseness” in appearance mode. You just have to give a dozen or a bit more points to that slider, adjust a bit the sleeve length of the shirt and of the jacket layer to have a perfect realistic look. Too many “designers” are forgetting this, and preventing their customers from looking good.

Finally, the range of classy casual that “Style Starts Here” offers is a great addition on the market. You can choose in sl between hundreds of jeans, from clean to the dirtiest you could ever dream, brand new or torn to death, in all washes you can imagine. But when it comes to wearing a cool pair of chinos, the selection is terribly narrow. Some people complain that SL offers too many sleek and classy items and not enough alternative items. Well, we must not connect to the same grid :-) On the other hand, you can get plenty of good suits and tuxedos, official and formal wear. To summmarize, lets say that Style Starts Here is the perfect outlet for casual friday wear, and a bit of a weekend wear, when you want to be cool and comfy without looking like you are about to wash, or just finished washing, your car!

Style Starts Here, by Simone Stern, @ Style Starts Here (120, 131, 29)

Style Starts Here
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Left to Right and Top Down:
The new Style Starts Here Shop. Coffee corner with the reward system. One phone booth, housing the super gift system

What else? This! Simone Stern offers in “Style Starts Here” the most flexible gift system. No store card with imposed amount. Here you can reach one of the phone booths in the sim which houses the system, make a deposit on your account, and then give the exact amount of money you want to whomever you want in the grid. It’s simple and secure. The person you are offering such a gift could even, if you want it, receive an IM telling her about your gift. The mad coder behind this is Stephen Psaltery, and he is damm good! I was told that, maybe, this system will be for sale on the grid soon. I can’t wait! Another way to give gifts or to shop soon will be to browse “Onrez.com.” The items will be available there in a little while.

But wait, there’s more! Simone Stern wanted to reward her customers, hanging out on the sim, helping each other. So she offers a cool coffee corner with free coffee, tea and cookies. You want more? You’ll have more! Members of the group will soon be able to benefit from the reward system. When you come here and chat with your friends, helping the newcomers, you will be rewarded with 4 lindens every 5 minutes. The amount you gain will allow you to buy SSH stuff. This is not camping, as the system pops the people off the chairs in the coffee area every 30 minutes. Another smart way of being good with her customers in a win-win deal!

Note: I often get criticized in IM when I show Simone Stern’s items. Not because they have flaws and that I push readers to buy bad products, not because they are ugly, which could after all be possible, as a matter of taste! No, just because I’m showing Simone Stern’s items.

So this is the occasion to make some things clear: Simone Stern lets her customers know about what she does and doesn’t do in her customer service. Yes, she doesn’t pretend to be your friend to sell you more stuff, like many others do. You know what? It suits me well. And I intend to promote her stuff, as often as she will offer good and reasonably priced items.

More. Simone Stern doesn’t pay me. Simone Stern is not my friend, she is on my list for easier contact, period. We don’t hang out together, gossiping on every other designers, she has no time for this, and neither do I. Yes, I respect a lot Simone Stern’s business as I consider her a fair seller and content creator. Yes I’m thankful because she helped me a lot when I started slmen and I was totally unknown. She provided me stuff without even thinking of any reward, as slmen could stop without taking off. This is not a reason why I would show stuff from her that I don’t like. As a conclusion, I won’t tell you that I’m paying everything to run this blog, and therefore I do what I want, it could sound rude…

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