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I’m Too Sexy for My Shirt…

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Salve, tutti!

I just flew back from Milan and I’m still feeling the excitement. As with all the other builds, Milan’s monumental recreation of the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele II staggers the viewer.

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The view down the galleries is as spectacular as the view from outside.

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It’s easy to lose sight of the reality that these buildings are as big as a whole region. Having done some relatively large scale builds myself, I know what a challenge it can be to span a whole region like this, and the crew here did an amazing job. From the historical costumes of Moonstruck to the detailed modern jewelry of a la Mood, there’s really something for everybody here.

I wanted to talk about shirts today and there are a couple of stellar examples in the RFL vendors.

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This first one is from Musashi Do’s collection. It’s a polo shirt — a real polo shirt. Actually a polo club shirt but I’m always on the lookout for great patterns and striking designs. Too few men’s designers have this level of snap in execution and I really like it.

The second is from Touché and features a patterned skull and crossbones. I’ll confess that it’s not my favorite pattern, but I was intrigued by the color choices and the RFL vendor had both blue and burnt orange so I tossed a few L into the kitty. I’m glad I did.

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Taken as a regular shirt – the rolled up cuffs look good, but the prim collar looks a trifle odd with the textured collar under it. Not bad. Just a little odd. It’s ok because I can wear it without the prim collar as an uppermost layer, but what caught my eye here was what happens when I put on my favorite sport coat from Sartoria (the brown jacket from the Sartoria Project in Green). The prim collar adds a finish and pizzazz to the outfit by carrying the line upwards. Bravo, Touché! I really like these shirts.

I took a little extra time to look around a bit and – sure enough – there are treasure globes here as well. They’re not too hard to spot but here’s a couple of clues.

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That’s it for today from the Fair, although I may have another post later in the day on some jewelry from one of the Fair merchants.

Ciao for now!

Guy Stuff

  • Moonstruck – Rodomonte (780L) – Wildlife (600L)
  • Gritzi Design – Gritzi Jeans (49L) – Demon (99L)
  • Styles of Edo – Black Suit with Ascot Tie Coordinated 34 (380L) – Black Suit with Ascot Tie Coordinated 30 (380L) – 2009 Tuxedo1 Coordinated 4 (600L) – 2009 Tuxedo1 Coordinated 1 (500L)
  • Touché – Two Grunge Skull Shirts (200L)
  • Wilson’s Designs for Men – Stingray (200L) – Shine in Brown (400L) – Red Hot (300L) – The Archer (200L)
  • Sartoria – Velvet Suit (700L) – Moon Suit (700L) – Martin Suit (700L) – The Boulevarder (700L)
  • Musashi Do – Polo Club Shirt (79L)

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.

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

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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.

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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…
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Relay For Life 2009

Friday, July 17th, 2009

This morning I got a chance to visit the 2009 Relay for Life build. This place is made of titanium Awesome. I wish I had more time to visit and take pictures but my RL day is already clamoring at the door, so I’m going to put up the post now and hope I get a chance to visit more — and get some more snaps — later.

One of the genres that I’m a huge fan of is Steampunk and Team Caledon steamed my creases with this glorious installation.

Then I headed down the road only to find a wonderful faerie woodland. It’s a gorgeous bit of building but if there was a team sign there, it didn’t rez for me while I was there.

On the other side of the wood, the New Babbage Team just amped up the steam-powered goodness with this installation featuring a zeppelin mooring station, a ferris wheel, and a steam powered globe. The globe tickled me because every good steampunker knows that the world is powered by steam and this was the perfect metaphor for that.

I’d love to show you more, but I’m out of time for today. Let me close with a plea for you – whoever you are and where ever you are reading this from — visit this place this weekend. Give if you can. There are lots of ways you can contribute any time during the July 18-19th weekend. Find an installation you admire and donate there.

You can also “buy” one of the luminaria that line the walkway. Any of the white ones are open. When you buy it, it turns color and your name will appear above it. This is a great way for everybody to own a piece of the cure. If we all give just a little bit, there’s enough of us to make a huge difference when we all contribute together.

The opening ceremony is set for noon SLT on July 18th and the official walk portion will run though noon on the 19th. There will be events all weekend long, and you’ve got plenty of time to get your avis down there to see, to help, and to just be part of this amazing effort. And if you can’t be there, all the official ceremonies will be broadcast live over the Official Relay For Life Radio Stream – T1Radio.

For more information about special events, background, and schedule, visit the site and grab the notecards from the various info givers available.

One World, One Hope.

Amen.

On the AVENUE

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

This week has been a whirlwind of activity because I got a new job on Monday. In addition to my periodic ramblings here, you’ll be able to find my by-line in AVENUE Magazine starting in the August edition. This week has been hectic as the final deadlines have come (and gone) and the final articles are being put together for a two-edition month — the normal August edition along with an SLCC special edition that will be printed on … what’s that stuff? books used to be made out of it? Oh ya. Paper.

So, thanks to all the people who helped me get the position, and to Rusch Raymaker for giving me a chance.

I’m looking forward to a deadline that’s measured in days, not hours, because I think we’re gonna have some fun here.

Helen Keller Day – June 27th

Friday, June 5th, 2009

On the subject of promoting good causes, I got this note from the Virtual Helping Hands people about an upcoming event that promises to be interesting.

“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”
— Helen Keller (1880-1968) American Writer and Activist

“Helen Keller Day in Second Life” is a 24-hour PDT event on Saturday, June 27, in Second Life.com (SL) on the four Ye Olde Supporte Faire sims with vendors, employers, presentations, and fun for all.

If you’re not aware of the VHH, they are an umbrella group with units working on various aspects of accessibility on the Grid.

I’ve seen a list of the events planned and it’s a pretty ambitious schedule for a single day’s effort. The fashion tie-in here is that Style Enabled Modeling Agency is trying to organize a fashion show to showcase the work done by models who may be visually impaired, or in wheel chairs, etc. They need designers who would be willing to participate and take advantage of this opportunity to reach a clientele that’s outside the world of the fashionista on the grid.

If you’re interested contact the head of the agency, Polgara Paine, or leave a comment here in the blog and I’ll pass it to her.

Don’t feel like you need to contribute a ton. If all the designers just contributed one outfit to the cause …

I’ll post more on this as I find out more, too.

LabGraal Concert

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Caliber is reopened and it’s official! They’ve had their first sim crash.

In the middle of the LabGraal opening concert the throng managed to crash the sim and interrupt for just a few minutes. Thanks to fast work on the part of organizers, we got the link to listen in our local browsers and the music continued.

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There’s no way words can do justice to the sound of this fantastic group of musicians. The combination of African, Celtic, and other ethnic musical styles blended in amazing ways to give the unique sound they call Keltic.

It was fantastic.

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But while you may have missed the concert, you haven’t missed LabGraal. You can find more about them on their MySpace page and at their website. You can even order CDs online.

If you are a fan of World music of any flavor, you owe it to yourself to give them a listen. They have a fantastic sound and a great mix of music.

And that’s not all. You may have missed this concert, but it’s just the kick off for a day of music here at the Grand Re-Opening of Caliber. There are two more concerts this afternoon and a party with a live DJ at the new club — Bogie’s. That’s starting at 4pm SLT today and running into the Wheee! Hours.

Get on your horse and get on over to Caliber’s Grand Re-opening.