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Royal Highlander

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

My collection of kilts keeps growing, and with it my appreciation for both the kilt as clothing and the art of Elle74 Zaftig in crafting these unique fashion statements.

Blackwatch Piper

This glorious stretch of tartan is a Black Watch Piper’s Kilt. As with all of Bellissima’s kilt ensembles, this one is impeccably tailored with prims and textures that are rendered as authentically as might be managed within the limits of SL’s rendering engines. This particular kilt — with the prim sashes and epaulets — has a bit more trouble than others just because of the prims don’t have the same flex as the avatar’s mesh body, but it’s still an amazing feat of construction. From ghillie boot to regimental collar, this is a wonderful piece of work.

This particular kilt came to me as part of a modeling assignment. If you’d like to see me wearing this kilt on the runway, catch the Deja Vogue Spring Show on Sunday, April 18th, at noon SLT. Rumor is there’ll be more kilts from Bellissima and fashion from other fine designers like Ambergris, Chantkare, and Shiki. Save the date and come see us.

I wonder if I can find a set of pipes before the show …

Pink Shirt Day, Part Duh!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010




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Originally uploaded by roland_zepp

The grid is awash in pink today. It’s really kinda cool.

These pink sneaker boots are a freebie from Renee Harvey at Duh!. I really like the styling. The boot tops and sneaker bottoms along with the nicely realized laces and open tongue make me smile just lookin’ at them.

There are a bunch of other shoes and boots available there as well so if you’re looking for something to go with your pink shirt? Maybe check out Duh.

Thanks, Renee!

Stand Up Against Bullies

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010




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Originally uploaded by roland_zepp

In a tradition of solidarity that began in a Nova Scotia high school in 2007, I’m standing up against bullying today by wearing my pink shirt proudly!

Bullying is one of those ideas that generally gets brushed aside as a kind of right-of-passage but all too frequently the scars of bullying last a lifetime. Bullies get their leverage by attacking the loners, and you can help stop bullying where you see it by standing up together against those who would try.

Today is Pink Shirt Day. Stand up against bullying! I’m wearing this classic Shiki special edition Aloha shirt in pink today. What are you wearing?

Ladies Wear … Aisle Twelve

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I’m a sucker for contests, even when the deck is stacked against me. LOOK Elite Modeling has periodic “Quick Contests” where they announce a sponsor and models have two hours to put together a look using that sponsor’s stuff. It doesn’t have to be the whole outfit, but at least something. The goal is to rock the runway with this look and you can walk away with cash and prizes, etc. I’ve wanted to get in on one of these for awhile now, but today I finally got a chance.

The catch? The sponsor only sells women’s wear. I almost blew this one off but just for the heck of it, I took a trip to MALT to see if I could maybe find a tee-shirt that didn’t have boob-shading on it or something so I could at least show up and walk the runway. I didn’t really have a pixel’s prayer in paradise of winning, but I wanted to at least get in the game.

I’m glad I did.

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Khea Karas is the designer behind MALT and she’s got some brilliant stuff there. Followers of this space know my on-going search for texture and design for men. Yes, I know this is a woman’s jacket and a woman’s pair of jeans, but they’re amazingly well done. The Painted Jacket in grass green sports a unique collar shape consisting of two prims that give the flared jacket and inner shirt collars a very nice structure. The pattern of paint spatters and stenciling is very cool — as if the jacket were sewn from an old painting tarp or something. Moreover, the jacket is not overly shaded across the chest so I didn’t feel like I was trying to walk with extra emphasis on moobs.

The Recycled Jeans are likewise excellently executed with just the right amount of fraying and terrifically matched seams. They’re good solid, skinny legged jeans with some very nice prim-work cuffs that worked very nicely with my JCS Oslo Boots. These also came with a capri length with prim-cuffs and they might just be one of the pieces I’ve been looking for to put together an avant-garde look a la John Galliano.

As it sat, the jacket really is meant for a woman and the square cutout at the neckline would look wonderful on a bit of nicely shaded skin of the female persuasion, but the off-center look on a guy didn’t really do it for me, so I layered one of Simone’s Gun Tee’s in red under it to help emphasize the gorgeous green. The jacket and pants came in more than enough layers that I was able to layer the jacket over the tee and still have the trailing edge of the shirt show up untucked over the jeans.

Of course I didn’t win, but I did get a nice jacket, found a great pair of jeans, was introduced to a fine designer, and I had some fun doing it.

What’s not to like?

Stuff
Jacket: MALT Fashions – Painted Jacket – Grass
Jeans: MALT Fashions – Recycled Jeans – Brown
Shirt: Simone! – Gun Tee – Red
Shoes: JCS – Oslo Boots – Brown
Glasses: Role Optic – Recon

Skin: Belliza – Mathieu 6 SK
Hair: CriCri – CriCri-mShort04-D
Eyes: Amacci – Forest

Something Different

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

I’ve been looking for haute couture and avant garde fashion for men on the grid for the last couple of weeks. One of the key frustrations has been a lack of variety in texture and a certain sameness of design. Coat, shirt, pants. There’s not a lot of variation there, although I do enjoy my kilt. Shirt, collar, and tie are the most common features with the odd turtle-, crew-, or henly- neck shirt. I understand that men on the grid are a bit more conservative in design and style. I figured they must be, given the almost endless supply of “more of the same” I’ve run across while searching for something different.

But then Xenobia found a blog post that pointed me to North*Wind and Triskall Claremont…

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(Click for the really closeup view)

This is Brocade Rubis and represents one of several jewel-tone sweaters with a unique take on the collar and tie. What grabbed me about this piece was the texture on the sweater itself. It’s not solid, it’s beautifully shaded, and has a dimensionality to it that is second to none. Add in the collar with a trio of trims and ties, and the fact that it’s more lace-trimmed cowl than turtleneck. Add the cuffs with matching lace and ties. Do the sum and you’re left with something quite different in men’s fashion.

As if that weren’t enough, I found this more traditional take on collared shirt there, too.

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A couple of things set this one apart. First, the collar is closed. It’s a very different look than one finds in men’s casual shirts. They normally go for the relaxed, open collar and open chest look. This one has an almost avant garde feel to it — a kind of Geek Cred styling with the shirt buttoned up to the chin. The texture is an exceptionally delicate floral pattern for a man’s shirt — too small for a “hawaiian” and too big to be overlooked as background pattern. There’s even a button on the collar tabs as accent. Not as a “button down” style, you understand, but as decoration.

Triskall adds another little detail to this design and it shows up in the shirtcuffs.

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These french cuffs are “backwards.” One would normally expect the cuff-tail and buttons to be behind the wrist — on the pinkie side of the hand. Triskall has put this uniquely styled cuff with the buttons up, and the detailing on this bit of clothing architecture tells me just how much thought he puts into his work. This is precisely the kind of thing I’ve been looking for in my search for something different.

Find North*Wind at Prelude.

See what Chic Critique had to say about another North*Wind outfit.

Purple Passion

Friday, April 9th, 2010

As part of my studies at the Fashion Institute, I’m required to put together a collection of styles. One of them is “haute couture.” We know that the grid isn’t Paris and there’s no Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Vie Seconde to declare who’s in the club, so the operating definition falls back to “finely done” and, in a certain sense, “making a statement.” I’ve been looking at John Galliano, Viktor & Rolf, and Mads Norgaard for inspiration and running into difficulty. Until Xenobia spotted this beauty at Menslosophy.

Violet Viola

This classically tailored snap collar jacket gets an update to its one-button, slash pocket styling with the addition of wide, folded cuffs on the sleeves and the hallmark silver embroidery on the lapels. Silver piping carries down the front and around the tails, giving this piece a very put-together and finished look. Amanda Bolero of Menlosophy paid extra attention to the tailoring and textures on this with darted seams down the front and swaths of “against the grain” velvet napping realistically placed across the back. With the delicate shading and careful design, you can practically feel the soft velvet in this jacket.

Did I mention that it’s purple?

The traditional black and gray motif of haute couture is maintained by the addition of a classic turtleneck jersey in dark gray from [hate this], a pair of black silk dress slacks from Simone! and JCS’s Italian styled Sebastian shoes in charcoal.

The slacks feature a silver buckled belt, carefully placed creases down the front of the leg and silver buttons at the hip pocket in the back. Simone Stern works her magic on the shading in these pants – taking a flat black into three dimensionals with the careful application of gray and charcoal highlights.

Eponymous Trenchmouth’s skill with the prim in creating shoes is legendary and this pair of Italian style wingtips features exquisitely rendered detailing in the leather and even silvery tips on the laces for a splash of flash where few expect it.

I love this outfit. The traditional smooth lines and use of the turtleneck jersey in lieu of shirt and tie pays homage to Versace and Lauren. The classic styling of the pants and the detailing in the shoes takes nothing away from the sumptuous feel of the velvet plush in the jacket.

Stuff
Jacket: Menlosophy – Violet Viola Jacket
Shirt: [hate this] – Turtle Neck (dark gray)
Slacks: Style Starts Here – Men’s Dress Pants (Black)
Shoes: JCS – Sebastian (charcoal)

Hair: UW.st – Al (coffee)
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu 6 (tan)

Ceci n’est pas un pistolet!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Sometimes it just pays to be in the right place at the right time. This morning I logged in to check messages and heard Simone asking for a guy to help her out. I thought maybe she needed somebody to mow the lawn at Style Starts Here or maybe change the oil in her Maserati. No! She needed a guy to stand around with his arms out so she could fit the cuffs on this great new tee!

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This beauty has all the layers I’ve come to expect from Style Starts Here including tucked, untucked, jacket, shirt, and under layer. All the parts are mod and can be worn with sleeves up or down. It’s got the classic Simone styling with perfectly matched seams and great wrinkles. The graphic is suitably distressed and looks like it’s been through the wash about a hundred times. Not only that, it comes in eight colors!

Which Color...?

That model looks really familiar!

Find it at Style Starts Here!.

Oh, and btw those jeans? Simone – Russian Jeans in Blue. Great wrinkles, superb shading, and great detailing on the pockets and seams. Find them at SSH in the Men’s Department.

Simone a la Lagerfeld

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

I’ve long admired the classic Lagerfeld advertisements for Chanel. There’s an iconic set from (I think) the ’90s with a wide format image with the single word Chanel on it. There are dozens of them. Ever since we did the Oh Simone! Show for Eclectic Visions last year, I’ve been obsessing about doing a kind of homage to Lagerfeld’s vision featuring the work of Simone!

This is the best one so far, I think.

Mix and Match

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I said earlier that I love all these separates from Simone! They make mix and match a breeze.

The baggy jeans and blue twill shirt are separates from Style Starts Here. I took the jacket from yesterday’s suit and added it to dress up this very casual look. I love the way the baggy jeans drape and the shading in the shirt is superb, even if you can only see a little of it in this picture. The suit jacket adds just the right amount of polish and class.

Seriously, guys, if you’re looking to fill in a wardrobe with some great looking pieces that all work well together at a very reasonable price, you need to get your avis over to Simone! and Style Starts Here.

The Goodies

Pants: Style Starts Here Style – Baggy Jeans – Blue
Shirt: Style Starts Here SSH Mens Wear Cotton Twill (blue)
Jacket: Simone! for Him from Simone! for Him – Black Suit with Grey Vest

Hair: UWst – Jin.02.03 (Coffee)
Eyes: Glanz – NightSky
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu Tan 6

Takin’ Care of Business

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

It’s surprising how difficult it can be to find a good suit on the grid without going broke.

Surprising unless you know about Simone! that is.

For several days I’ve been looking around for something approaching a conservative business suit. There are a lot of great formals, and even some superb suits, but finding a nice conservative, vested suit has been difficult. While I was at Simone’s Style Starts Here the other day, I stopped into her men’s shop over in Simone! I’m glad I did.

This is the black vested suit and it was just what I needed. When I snagged it, the price tag caught my eye. I paid 100L for it.

You read that right. 100L!

This was so reasonable I bought the blue one to go with it.

The great thing about buying a suit is that you get a bunch of separates to mix-n-match. This set is no exception. The plethora of layers and the standalone jacket layer make this an exemplary value at three times the price. It was such a good value, I went back and bought two more – in red and green.

This outfit has two things that I wish were different. First, I wish the pants had at least one layer without the tail of the vest on it. It keeps the pants out of the mix-n-match pool which is not a biggie. I’ve got other pants that I can wear with the shirt. Second, I really wanted the navy suit to have a navy jacket instead of the black. I understand it would be weird to have just the one suit with the different color jacket, but this is such a great piece and the navy version is the only one with different colored pants. At 100L I’m not complaining, mind you. The black jacket over the navy pants with the grey vest and blue tie look great.

The Goodies

Shirt: Style Starts Here – Men’s Vested Suit – Black
Shoes: JCS – Sebastian (Black)

Hair: UWst – Hibiki (Coffee)
Eyes: Glanz – Brown
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu SK 6