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Yipes, Stripes

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Elle74 from Bellissima sent me this pinstripe suit the other day and asked what I thought of it.

Gorgeous. The components here are what I’ve come to expect from Bellissima and they go together to create a unique look. The jacket is a luscious green Prince Charlie formal coat and she’s placed it over an olive waistcoat and white shirt with olive tie. The pants sport some of the better looking pin stripes that I’ve seen inworld. Those little buggers are difficult to do well because of the way pants and avatar mesh interact. It usually comes out badly for the pants. In this case, Elle74 has made a great compromise between delicateness of the stripe and width of the gap to make a pair of pin stripes that sets up very nicely.

I could see this as the core of a steam punky look, or even as is, for a Victorian or Edwardian period outfit.

If I were to find fault with one thing, it’s that the knot in the tie sits back into the collar just a tad too far, but I’m really quibbling.

Find this outfit on Bellissima’s RFL vendor and you’ll be helping a great cause while getting a terrific look.

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.

love squad

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


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


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.


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.

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.


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…”


I’m embarrassed to say, I missed a bit.

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.

A Rose By Any Other Name

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I’m just in awe of Triskall Claremont’s ability to imagine what’s never been seen. From his pastel striped over-alls to the Rubis sweater that I wrote about before to — well, just everything he’s done. It’s not easy to create something new within the confines of a particular context like clothing and yet Triskall has done it again and again.

Over the weekend he gave me a sneak peak at his newest release–Shimmer :: Noir.


The shirt and slacks are richly textured with a black background and a stylized flower pattern down the front of the shirt and the outside of the leg. Triskall did a masterful job on the shading and wrinkles here — no mean feat with a black background to work on. On top of that he’s added a very nice lace cuff for the shirt and an asymmetrical prim cuff for the pants. All perfectly matched and needing only a bit of scaling to fit.

Then, there’s the collar and optional belt. The belt consists of a bouquet of roses on a “twisted vine” belt that places the roses at the place where one might find a sash knotted — at the left hip. It’s garnished with a few sprigs of rose bush that wrap around the hip and thigh.


The collar comes in two flavors — Roses and Simple. The collection of roses on the lace collar is accented with a few sprigs of green-leaved rose cane and create a unique look for this outfit. For those who prefer a less flamboyant look, Triskall includes a stand up collar that works well with, say, an open jacket or even as just a stylish sweater

If you’re looking for something a bit different — a terrific texture and unique style — try North*Wind. Noir is just one of the unique offerings you’ll find in his little corner of Prelude.


Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Things in Zepp-ville have been a tad hectic over the last week or so and I’ve been remiss in some of my other blogging duties. One of the things that happened was that Zane Macpherson from Jasper dropped a pack of goodies on me and I’m only getting around to looking inside it now. Sorry, Zane.

One thing that readers here know is that I’m always looking for new texture. There was plenty here. Start with this…

Jasper Hoodie and Shorts

The top is Jasper’s Kai-Hoodie. I love the whimsy in pink here with the stylized animal and the zipper front. I also am intrigued by the pouch pocket in the front. Of all the hoodies I’ve seen, got on hunts, etc, this is the first one I’ve spotted with that feature. I’m wearing it with the gray tank that came with and I like the look, but I could easily have put something else on under it for a bit of accent. I had some problems with the “no mod” cuffs and my big-size body, but I turned them upside-down and they worked really well — maybe better than they would have in the intended position. I’ll probably wear this hoodie around. It makes me laugh.

The shorts are part of a “Summer Plunge” set that seems very well done. The plaid texture and knee-prims set this pair of shorts up nicely. I’m seeing more and more plaid on the grid these days and I have to say, I’m kinda liking what I’m seeing.

And speaking of textures, I first became aware of Jasper because of their skins. I’ve been watching the development for a while now and I like the way this skin works.

Jasper Diurnal Honey

This is Jasper’s Diurnial in honey tone with a dark brow and eyeliner. The color representation is going to be difficult just because the differences in color/light settings in world, your monitor, and my post production of this image have all conspired to change the way you will see it in world. I’m wearing the same skin in the photo above so that’ll give you an idea of the variation in look.

I like this skin. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s the clean-ness of the coloration and shading. Maybe it’s the simple definition. The neck/collarbone is particularly well done and if the face is a tad on the bland side, I think that sometimes that’s a good thing. The dark brows don’t do much for me, in all honesty. I thought they started too low on the inside of my eye socket and the way they end on the inside … a kind of straightline effect over my nose … seems a bit abrupt. I’d like to see those with a bit of curve there. Even with that, I think this is a darn nice skin. I can see me wearing this for those times when the designer wants a more background look for the model — or for somebody like Simone Stern who likes her models to be a bit on the paler side. Yes, sir, I like it.

Thanks, Zane!

Visit Jasper’s Main Store for more cool stuff. Take a look at the Mr. Bear Chucks when you get there.

Jules Verne

Monday, April 19th, 2010

I needed to put together an “avant garde” outfit for my recent graduation assessment and, frankly, it’s been a bit of a struggle. Looking at the works of John Galliano, Mads Norgaard, and Viktor & Rolf really only made it worse. Much of the kind of thing that they do isn’t available on the grid, as nearly as I’ve found and I lack the skills to make them myself. In a recent show, I got a chance to see the InMOTHion Collection from Chantkare and realized that “avant garde” does exist on the grid, beyond the ultra outre stylings of the likes of alpha.tribe with their hybrid skin/prim outfits. So inspired by Chantkare and with a little help from my friends, I decided to see what I could do to create my own “avant grid” creation.

Here’s what I came up with along with an extract from the show description:

Homage Take2

“An Homage to Jules Verne on the 200th Anniversary of His Birth, February the Eighth, in the Year of Our Lord 2028.”

The inspiration for this work comes from the vest — The Brass Differential — a beautifully rendered waistcoast from To-a-T. The brassy colors and rich textures developed into this outfit. Triskall Claremont’s take on the collar and tie, in a richly textured Rubris sweater is topped by an exquisitely rendered Prince Charlie jacket from the skilled kilt makers at Bellissima. For trousers, I selected a pair of silk tuxedo pants with cummerbund from RFyre’s Eitienne. The smoothly textured and subtly shaded blacks complement the rich reds and provide the foundational element.

Eponymous Trenchmouth’s art as shoe maker is presented in the sumptuously rendered Dublin Boot in Maroon. With side laces, generously rendered complete with lace, eye, and silver aglet, and exquisitely detailed stitching on the lasts, these gorgeous red shoes maintain the retro feel of this avant garde construction.

While it’s not part of the larger show description, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the primOptic Crowe glasses and the TTF Mohawk. These two pieces add so much to the overall look. The glasses are color, opacity, frame change and let me select a nice gold color that picks up the piping in the vest nicely. The mohawk from Thea Tamura Fashions is set up in gold and silver options making this match up of metal and hair practically seamless. I love the way this hair moves! The only problem I had with it was that two of the innermost locks on the inside of the back fell into my clothing and that – for a model – is a no-no. I was able to deal with that by making those two strands of hair transparent and then shaped the lengths on a few more to give it a more rounded shape in the back that let me pose on the runway without faux pas of the hair variety.

My only problem now is that I don’t want to take this “avant grid” outfit off.