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Jasper

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.

Let’s Hear It for the Boys

Friday, April 16th, 2010

On Saturday, April 17th at 1pm SLT, Deja Vogue presents “Let’s Hear It for the Boys” — a show dedicated to men’s fashion featuring some of the grid’s best in menswear. I’m honored to be participating in this show and here’s a little preview of what I’ll be wearing on the runway.

First, from Shiki, this very interesting zip-up sweater and grunge jeans combination:

Shiki

I like the fact that Shiki has taken the “jeans and tee-shirt” look for spring and updated it with a nice zip-up (that’s not a hoodie) and added the strappy epaulets for dimension. The grunge jeans are very nicely textured with a crisp grunge look that avoids looking muddy. These jeans actually come with the belt as shown and are available at the Shiki main store in the new Spring 2010 section on the second floor. I looked but didn’t see the sweater available yet, but I’m guessing it’s only because I didn’t look hard enough in the right place.

Next, from Bellissima, the boy-next-door look for a lovely spring day:

bellissima

If you follow my at all, you’ll know I get a bit fanboy over Elle74 Zaftig’s work in kilts. My enthusiasm for her work is only enhanced with this wonderfully understated sweater and trousers outfit. The stripes across the chest and a sumptuous knit texture give the top great dimension while subtle shading on the pants add a low-key foundation. Visit Bellissima and you’ll find that this outfit comes in three different colored stripes (blue, green, and brown camo), two colors of denim trousers (blue and black), and it even comes with the shoes. This ensemble is a virtual wardrobe in a box!

Finally, from Ambergris, this Dark Wedding cut-away:

ambergris

This deceptively simple outfit has a lot of nuances. First, the cutaway jacket owes a lot to the regency cutaway with the over-the-hip styling with the tail-coat. The use of the buttoned waistcoat in a solid gray gives the mottled jacket texture into a brocade feel without the busy-ness often found in brocades. The pants in a lighter gray are actually subtly striped and shaded to give the outfit a nice foundation.

The show also features Chantkare Male with outfits from the new InMOTHion 2010 line inspired by the coloration patterns of various moths. These are amazing works of art that you’ll not want to miss.

To see all the men’s fashion and a rare opportunity to see a show with only men’s wear, mark your calendars for Saturday, April 17th at 1pm. Help support men’s fashion on the grid and come down to Deja Vogue to see this unique showing of spring fashion.