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London Calling…

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I’ve been trying to get this posted all day and every time I turn around I find a new detail to admire. The big picture of this region is stunning and my photo doesn’t really do it justice.

London

But the real genius of this Caliber build shows up in the details like the various transportation options and great visual puns.

London_Bus

If you don’t get this one, it’s ok. I just depends on Who you are.

But the clothing in RFL vendors blew me away. I went shopping early this morning and found a ton of stuff. There’s a full list at the end of the post, but here are some of the pieces I want to highlight.

London_To_A_Tee

I’m a sucker for steampunk and this Brass Differential Waistcoat called to me. It’s from To A Tee and available in a bunch of layers so it can go under a jacket and over a more elaborate shirt as well. This white shirt came with it and has rolled and full sleeves. My only complaint is that the bottom of the vest is too short. I added a black underwear layer to fill in the gap and it worked fine. The rest of the workmanship is great and I’m tickled to have it.

Keeping in the Victorian theme…
London_Victorian

Lois Allen Designs for Ladies and Gentlemen has a bunch of men’s outfits. I bought several but what caught my eye about this Victorian Gentleman was the suit that I found buried under the cloak and hat. The detailing in this astounded me. It might well become my new favorite set of tails.

Wrapping up my tour for today, I saw this and knew i needed to have it.

London_Kilt

Bellisima’s Elle74 Zaftig has nailed the kilt perfectly in this purple Scott tartan outfit. The photo doesn’t show the excellent prim work in the collar very well or the attention to detail from the pom on the top of the hat to the lacing on the gilley boots, but this is an exquisite piece of work. I’ve wanted a kilt for a long time and I’ve tried on countless samples. This one is the first one where I thought the kilt moved naturally and looked like a kilt even while walking.

Now … if I could get that in a green Wallace …

Tomorrow I’m off to Milan. I got a sneak peak at some men’s jewelry that i want to check out in person and I’m sure there’ll be lots more goodies to report on.

Until then, “Pip, pip! Cheerio!”

Guy Stuff

  • Exclusiva – Gable Suit – Lavender (450L)
  • SF Design – Anniversary Tux in Rose (600L) – Military Jacket and Cap (200L)
  • INDI – Pete (550L) and Hunter (150L)
  • Bellisima – Bell PC Kilt Purple Scott (350L) – Pin striped Vest & Suit (200L) – Bell Jeans and Tees (1L)!!
  • Lois Allen Designs for Ladies and Gentlemen – London Victorian Gent (300L) – London in the Rain (200L) – London at Leisure (200L) – London City Gent (200L)
  • To-a-Tee – Brass Differential Waistcoast (160L)

Blame It On Rio

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The clothing fair is so large, I really have to take it in stages or I just get crazy. So I started with Rio today. The build is astounding.

Rio Day Main Plaza Lion

The lion is gorgeously rendered and guards the pool in the central square. I loved the whimsy in this place. I could almost feel like maybe I was in Rio with the palm trees and the bright colors. At least it’s how I image Rio to be.

RioDay

At night, the place really lights up with wonderfully rendered streetlights and the decorated palm trees set all around.

But I didn’t go to be a tourist. I went to shop. I wasn’t disappointed there, either.

”Rio

This little beauty was hiding in an RFL vendor and I scarfed it up for only 350L. It’s really well done with nicely matched seams, excellent prim work and a very cool “Robin Hood” vibe going on. It’s called “Richard” and you’ll find it at Mystic Sky. I’m really impressed with the workmanship on this outfit and I’ll be visiting them again.

The Guy Stuff

Here’s the list of RFL vendor “Guy Stuff” I found

  • Goth1c0 – Nocturnal Sonata Blood (350L)
  • JariCat – Rafiga Men’s Silks (249L) and Gray Camouflage Tee and Pants (99L)
  • Mystic Sky – Richard (350L)

The Goth1c0 outfit looked very cool, but it’s a bit hidden. You’ll have to look for it carefully.

And speaking of hidden, what would clothing fair be without a treasure hunt?

Treasure

That’s what you’re looking for. They’re not that easy to spot. You’ll need to buy them for a few linden and rumor is there are only 17 of them scattered across the 9 regions.

Happy hunting.

For a great post on What to Wear to the Fair, see Xen’s Pen at her new address!

A Question of Perspective

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

When you’re on the ground and looking at things close up, it’s often difficult to get a good grasp of the nature of the beast. The Relay For Life Clothing Fair 2010 is a lot like that. My first glimpse of it was on the ground at the New Delhi region.

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Charming little village but as I looked around, I realized how much I wasn’t seeing.

PreOpening_NewDelhi

It didn’t take me long to realize that the fair this year was bigger than ever. With eight regions themed for the fashion capitals of the world, there’s bound to be something for everybody.

PreOpening_Tokyo

It didn’t matter where I stood, I couldn’t get a good look at all of it. Perhaps because there was just too much to see. The central plaza in the Entertainment region is filled with sculpture and festooned with stages.

Central_Plaza

But even from there, you can’t really see everything. There’s just too much to see. I tried getting up high enough to see over the whole region. Somebody said this guy’s name was Nelson. He looked like a Nelson to me.

PreOpening_London

But even from way up there, I couldn’t really get a sense of the thing. It was too big — just too vast to take in from a single vantage point. Or at least that’s what I thought until I came to a small corner of the middle region. That’s when I really saw the big picture and I got a very clear picture of what the Clothing Fair is all about.

Yes, it really is a question of perspective.

In_Memoriam

Thank you to all the people who have worked so hard to make the Clothing Fair one of the premier events in SL. As we spend the next nine days celebrating and enjoying the creations that are gathered here for this special time, remember that every linden you spend goes to a worthy cause.

Fashion with Compassion

Friday, March 12th, 2010

I recently got this press release about a show coming up to benefit a worthy cause and wanted to pass it along. Lani Jaxxon has been working hard to herd a bunch of cats and it’s going to happen in just a few days now.

Save the date: March 20, 2010 @ 1:00pm SLT

Eclectic Visions Modeling Agency is proud to present it’s latest fashion production, Fashion with Compassion – A show benefiting the Humane Society of the United States. A cause that is very near and dear to the hearts of many in SL.

Fashion with Compassion will bring SL residents from across the grid together to support a worthy cause while enjoying all of Second Life’s creative fashions. The Fashion with Compassion Team includes some of the most respected designers on SL, and top models from many different agencies donating their time and talents along with the owners of VKC Dog Park & Rescue Shelters. Before and after the show VKC Dog Park & Rescue Shelters will be providing information and showing off a few of the loving animals that are up for adoption in SL.

Help Us Help Them!

For more information, contact Lani Jaxxon and come see what kind of show we do at Eclectic Visions. It’s not just another runway show.

Eclectic Visions

Make It Work

Friday, February 26th, 2010

make_it_work_roland2, originally uploaded by roland_zepp.

Xenobia Foxclaw over on Xen’s Pen pointed out this monthly contest from Models’ Workshop and Tres Beau. The game involves a box o’ parts. The objective is for everybody to start with the same box and come up with two outfits using at least two of the items from the box and then adding to it.

In the first round, you make an outfit and submit a picture. The best pictures get tapped to do a runway show with that first outfit and the second. The catch is that the second outfit needs to use the leftover items from the box. This sounded like a heck of a lot of fun to me, so …

The box for this month included a pair of jeans with prim cuffs and a short sleeved white shirt with henley neckline with an optional prim collar. There are layers for each.

I thought the shirt and jeans had a particularly bohemian look to them and I added a pair of JCS Oslo boots and the jacket from SF Designs Autumn Set. The beret is actually a freebie women’s hat from Tesla (Danielle) that I sized and colored to match the jacket. The look was *really brown* until I added a splash of color with :sey’s Afghan scarf in red. I added Role’s Recon glasses to give it a bit of an intellectual look and I’m really pleased with the way it came out.

I shot the photo on location at Bogarts Jazz Club, using the Bugatti they have parked at the curb for a suitably European setting.

Yes – this could be a lot of fun.

MW 3.10 pants and shirt
JCS – Oslo boots
Tesla – Danielle hat
Role – Recon glasses
sf designs – Autumn Set (jacket)
:sey – Afghan scarf
mustang – knotted leather bracelet

Belleza- Mathieu 6 SK

Clothing Fair 2010

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Clothing Fair 2010, originally uploaded by Nevar Lobo.

It’s coming.

Barely two weeks away.

It’s gonna be bigger than last year.

I can hardly wait!

Oh, Simone!

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Eclectic Visions had their inaugural show Sunday. There were some scheduling issues which postponed the opening from Saturday to Sunday, but all told, it seemed to be a success. The show itself was a modest foray for a new ideal in fashion shows. Most fashion shows have models parading onto the stage, with an announcer who may describe the outfit, but the process is very structured and intended to mimic – at least in spirit – what happens on the runways in Milan, Paris, and New York. In those shows, the designer has creative control of the show in every aspect from model choice to music to stage. In SL that level of control is seldom afforded to the designers.

At Eclectic Visions, the staff researched how the designer — in this show, Simone Stern of Simone! and Style Starts Here — wanted to see her clothing displayed. Simone had very specific stipulations which the staff at EV tried very hard to follow. More over, our goal was not to “show the clothes” but the “sell the clothes.” It does nothing for a designer to have a bunch of people look at clothes they’ll never buy. The goal of EV’s show was to provide a channel between designer and buyer by giving potential buyers the opportunity to see more than just a static picture on the wall.

Several things set this show apart from other shows that I’ve attended. One was that the models came down off the stage and circulated through the audience, talking to the visitors and answering questions about the outfits. It became less a “fashion show” and more a “garden party” as conversations about the outfits involved the designer, the models, and the guests. The stage and seating layouts provided two separate areas for the models to work. As each pair of models brought out an outfit, they’d separate and each visit with half the audience before swapping sides so that each area had as much as two or three minutes with every outfit. Each model used that time to talk to the guests, promote the outfit, and answer any questions the guests may have had.

Originally the show was going to be a “Ladies Only” show, but at the last minute, Simone added an outfit for me to wear and I got to participate as well.

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These two separates are the Casual Striped Shirt and Baggy Jeans – both from Simone’s casual and sports clothing line – Style Starts Here. Both of these items come in multiple layers and are available in multiple colors. The shirt comes with jacket, shirt, undershirt, pants and underpants layers so that you can wear it tucked or un-tucked and even under a jacket if you want. At 125L, this is a huge bargain. The jeans come in pants and underwear layers as well as a collection of colors including black, red, tan, gray, and brown as well as blue. Again, at 150L this is a wonderful value. I really like these jeans and shirt.

I had a chance to look around Style Starts Here and while the menswear section is a lot smaller than the ladieswear, it’s very well provisioned with shirts, slacks, jeans, and other stylish casual and sports clothes. While I was there I found a couple of pieces that I wanted and got a very snazzy pair of “Russian Jeans” and a “Print Shirt” to go with it. Again, both items came with multiple layers and were available in multple colors at exceptionally reasonable prices. For Mix-and-Match people like me, having access to the multiple layers means I’ve got a lot of new shirts and jeans to wear with my collection of jackets.

After the show, the models came out from back stage and held an impromptu party with the guests which lasted for a couple of hours as we tried out various toys and gizmoes, and talked about fashion, modeling, and building. All told, we had a ball and we sold some clothing. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Thank you, Simone!

Outfit
Shirt: Style Starts Here – Casual Striped Shirt – blue (125L for 5 layers)
Pants: Style Starts Here – Baggy Jeans – blue (150L for 2 layers)

Shoes: BeReal – Fabric Sneakerz
Hair: MADesigns – Akami – brown
Skin: LeLutka – Absolute – pale
Eyes: MADesigns – Abyss – Atlantic Sea

Eclectic Visions

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Suzanne Xeltentat is my new boss. Since the grand opening is Saturday at 4pm, I think it’s safe to say that.

I’m pleased and honored to have been chosen as one of two model trainers who will work with the staff at Eclectic Visions to create an alternative venue for models of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels. I’m looking forward to this new opportunity and I’m excited about the possibilities that it offers in terms of showing the work of talented designers from around the grid. I’m particularly excited by the emphasis being placed on men’s fashion and the opportunities that might open up for a lot of guys on the grid.

Mark your calendars for the grand opening show for a wonderful new venue. Saturday, Sept 19, 4pm SLT. Come see Simone! in a whole new way.

Shocked!

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

The finals for the Maverick Designs “Best Look” Contest were this afternoon. I’ve been looking forward to them all month. I wrote up my look and why I picked previously and also dissected the shape on in comparison to my own normal shape, so I won’t spend a lot of time on it here. In case you’ve forgotten, this was the look:

The field was very large for women with over 20 contestants, and while the men’s field wasn’t quite so large, the competition there was fierce. The region had serious challenges dealing with the load placed on it, but it didn’t actually crash. It made it very difficult to do simple things, like walk, but the 30 odd contestants all did their best.

I’ll cut to the chase, in case you haven’t guessed by now. I won the first place for men’s look. I’d like thank Ivy Maverick and the other judges for the hard work and dedication it took to actually watch all the contestants struggling with the lag, and then grade them. It was a long contest, spanning close to three hours, but it was a great deal of fun – and I confess that I have really been inspired by this foray into shape design.

I’m looking forward to perhaps working with Maverick in the future to create new looks and even new designs.

Congratulazioni, Molto Sete

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

In one of those “ain’t it a small grid” days, I found out through a back channel that one of my modeling cronies and her partner were opening up a new sim today and kicking off with a massive day of fashion aboard the Steam Ship Serenade with three shows back to back to back. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the first two, but before I talk about that, you really need to see the amazing build that is Molto Sete and the Steam Ship Serenade.

The build itself is a cruise ship anchored in the lagoon of a pair of islands. The setting is idyllic and the place is crammed with things to do – like shopping, surfing, fishing, and even a romantic overlook.

The ship itself is a great build as well.

On the top deck is a fabulous pool that’s got floats, pose balls, and lots of places to sit out and enjoy the sun and company.

And if you really like it, there are staterooms for rent so you can live there. I’m not sure how many of them there are, but at 450L a week for 100prims it’s a pretty nice deal.

I didn’t discover everything that was aboard, but I did manage to find the theatre.

And, then, of course, no model could build a ship without having a runway.

It was this runway that attracted my attention this morning. At 9am, Ghost Trefoil and the Serenade Supermodels put on a great display of SF Designs current line. From the Performance Suit modeled delightfully by a pair of models through dresses and tuxes, costumes and casual, the models did a great job for a large crowd that included Swaffette herself in the audience. At noon, one of the only “men only” shows I’ve ever seen went off, apparently without a hitch. Ghost did a wonderful job of calling a show of Sartoria’s men’s wear that included several pieces that I’d never seen before. The final cardigan, modeled very nicely by Apollo Call, was matched with a nice ensemble of jeans and sneakers that put the sweater in perfect context. The audience wasn’t as large for this noon show, but they were very enthusiastic and in a surprise appearance traveller Bade showed up at the back of the venue.

I managed to snag a couple of pictures, but with a bad connection, they didn’t come out very well.

For me, it was a great day getting to meet swaffette Firefly and traveller Bade in the same day, in the same venue. I’ve long admired both of these designers’ work and to get to actually meet them in the avatar, that was something.

Unfortunately, real life kept me off the grid for the 2pm showcase of new designers but I have no doubt that the show went off marvelously, showing off the work of Alair Cortes of Pocket Mirrors, LadyCatherine Fairey designer from Butterfly EffectZ, and AprilR1 Braveheart of The Rose Collection (TRC) — names that might well become as famous as SF Designs and Sartoria. Ghost Trefoil has demonstrated a rare ability to collect skilled and talented people around her and I expect that shows aboard the Serenade will become hugely popular events in the future.

Congratulations to Captains Ghost Trefoil and Rush Parkin on a Grand Opening to remember.