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Archive for May, 2010

Share the Love

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Triskall Claremont of North*Wind keeps pumping out new looks. His latest one — Love Squad — dropped the other day and this is the first chance I’ve had to check it out.

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I first saw the original of this at the ModelX show where North*Wind was featured along with some Shiki, Deetalz, SF Designs, Gabrielle, and Ginevra Lancaster. Triskall put the prototype for this outfit together in a snazzy red plaid with a bandana around his head. He looked quite piratical and I really liked what he’d done with textures. During the show he talked about putting together the outfit for sale, and he’s done a great job with the prim work. I’m not a big fan of the skully but he’s used it in very interesting ways — as buttons, as a collar insignia, and even on the tam. The other thing I found fascinating was the use of the “bloused” look on the sleeves and pant legs. Adding in the heavy “combat boots” in matching plaid gives this outfit a terrifically pulled together look that tickles my sense of fun.

North*Wind and Prelude have moved and Triskall has his own shop now.

Thanks, Triskall. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Rising Sun

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010




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Originally uploaded by roland_zepp

Saige Elton laid a pair of her new board shorts on me the other day and I really liked them. I have several other pairs of board shorts but I don’t wear them that much because I don’t get to the beach that often.

I may have to change my habits because these shorts are really quite nice. There are no prims that need adjusting, just a nicely textured and wrinkled pair of shorts.

I had one small problem with the bulkiness of them … they took advantage of the “loose fitting” option in Appearance and the way the system flared my thigh gave me a rather odd, drumstick look about the leg. These shorrts are mod/copy so I was able to scale back the bulk and get a good match for my legs and the shorts.

I may have to spend more time on the beach. Cowabunga!

Ease Meets West

Monday, May 17th, 2010




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Originally uploaded by roland_zepp

Summertime and the living is easy. It’s time for casual clothes and easy wear outfits. Shiki is right on top of this with a new (and extensive) spring/summer line up of unique colors and patterns.

I’ll post more of these as I get them unpacked but here’s a taste of what’s in store at Shiki this season.

This Oriental patterned cowboy shirt layers a yoke of blue and white over a lushly textured red body. Prim sleeves and collar add nice touches of dimension while preserving the shape and pattern.

The grungy jeans in paint spattered stone wash are a great foil to the reds in the shirt. The excellent wrinkle and shading add depth to the pants without overwhelming the pattern.

This is a terrific, easy wear look for guys. The prim collar lays down nicely with a minimum of fuss and the cuffs are optional for those who just don’t like to play with prims when they dress. The combination of eastern flower patterns with the blue denim cap at the collar and pocket flap makes this outfit uniquely Shiki.

Thanks, Shinichi! Great stuff.

Butterflies on Guys

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Triskall Claremont of North*Wind continues to exert pressure on the stereotypes of male fashion. This outfit has been out for awhile, but seeing Triskall’s work at the ModelX show yesterday reminded me that I hadn’t written this one up yet.

Papillon

This outfit is a fine example of the superb construction I’ve come to expect from North*Wind. Seams, textures, and prims all match properly and the shading gives extra dimension to the rich blue fabric. Papillon comes in two flavors — the whimsical with butterfly applique on the chest, and a less flamboyant version for those who may be somewhat less adventurous. Personally, I think I’m more likely to wear the plainer one, myself, just because I like the cleaner lines and less rococo nature of the outfit without the jacket tails. As a model, I’m always aware of trying to keep my hands out of my clothing — even when I’m off the runway — and my AO insists on putting my hands close to my hips when I stand. The sharply flaired prim tails and my hands just don’t seem to be able to get along. The tails are optional, and the butterfly version of the tunic sports white lace trim along the hem which gives it a nicely finished look without the conflict with my hands so I may wear it that way. Depends on my mood.

Find this and more of Triskall’s rapidly expanding line of avant grid men’s wear at North*Wind.

Tunic Tops

Monday, May 10th, 2010

While we’re on the subject of shirts, Triskall Claremont of North*Wind let me know about this new release yesterday.

Juli Tunic_Autumn

Triskall continues in his quest for developing new ideas in men’s fashion. This time it’s a tunic style shirt with a square yoke detail pattern across the chest. This one is the “Autumn” variety but he’s also got a colorful floral, a black butterfly, and a nicely textured white ribbon version. The prim collar comes with and without the tie, and the cuffs come in two varieties. In this photo I’m wearing the straight cuff, but there’s also one with a bloused lower sleeve that’s gathered at the cuff for a fuller look. The underlying textures on this piece are excellently shaded and highlighted and with the variety of layers and options available, this is a terrific buy.

Rockin’ RobinSa

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Saige Elton designs some very nice women’s clothing. She’s just started working on a men’s line and she sent me a pack of her new shirts to try out.

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This is “Rocker” in red and it’s a classic “open front” jacket-layer shirt. I particularly like the shading and wrinkling she’s added to this shirt. The prim cuffs have a subtle texture as well that makes them stand up a little better than flat cuffs normally do and the mod/copy permissions let me experiment with getting them just the way I liked. The collar scuplty, likewise, took to mod nicely so I could make it fit around my fat neck and still meet the back of the shirt.

Altogether, this is a very nice jacket layer shirt.

Thanks for the look-see, Saige.

Start Wearing Purple

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

For those who may have missed it, it’s Paint the Grid Purple week in support of the Relay For Life. In order to raise awareness for the efforts to fight cancer on and off the grid, there’s purple stuff everywhere, and I’ve got a very special bit of purple to share.

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Triskall Claremont released this whimsical outfit called Barbarella Poison a few weeks back and I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to write about it. Everything from the glasses to the boots are included and every time I put it on, I smile. Yes, this is definitely avant grid fashion, but Triskall has done a superb job in texture and shade here from the feel of the fabric to the shape of the boots. The feathery sequin patterns on the front, back, and sleeves are so very much 70’s pop styling it’s amazing. There are straps and buckles on the high rise collar and on the boots. The outfit actually comes with two pair of boots — a short pair that can be worn with the prim pant cuffs — and this larger pair with the stuck out tongue and open straps. You can practically hear the buckles jingle when you walk. There’s also the various layer options for tucked in, untucked, with and without shirt, sunglasses on the head as well as on the nose. This is just a fun, and marvelously executed piece.

If you’re looking for a bit of something a little different to wear to your next Paint It Purple event, take a trip to North*Wind at the Prelude store.

And start singing along with Gogol Bordello in style … “Start wearing purple, wearing purple…”

Update

I’m embarrassed to say, I missed a bit.
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One of the things I like about this outfit — and which I really liked when I first put it on a couple weeks back — was the belt and tails. Unfortunately, while half asleep and trying to put the outfit back on again this morning I overlooked it. There *are* a lot of options with this outfit, but you’d think I’d be able to dress myself in the morning.

Sorry, Triskall.