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Ceci n’est pas un pistolet!

April 5th, 2010 by Roland

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!


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.

After Word

March 27th, 2010 by Roland

The clothing fair has been torn down, the regions returned to owners. Many of the designers still have their RFL Vendors active in their own shops. There’s a certain glow that comes after the Fair. Knowing that you helped — even in a small way — to raise over 4.3 million Lindens is cause for a pause and a deep breath before going on.

That’s not to say that the activities have ended. Events come up every day on the RFL Volunteer group and the Clothing Fair Designers can be a bit of a noisy group on occasion. I feel honored to be part of the group year round and to play with them occasionally in the “off season.” They’re an awesome group of people who give so much to help the Fair be the success it is.

One of the outfits that caught my eye — and there were so many — was the Bellisima Scott Kilt. When I wrote about it in my London post, I asked if there were a Wallace in Green. Elle74 Zaftig of Bellisima dropped this on me yesterday.


This amazing work blows me away every time I see it. The attention to detail staggers me. From the honor blade in the Ghillie boot to the individual chain links in the sporran, to the pom on the top of the Glengarry hat, it’s amazing. I’ll never own a full Wallace kit in RL — even though I am a Wallace there — but through this marvelous effort, I can wear my tartan on the grid and connect to my clan.

Thank you, Elle. This means more than you’ll ever know.

And thank you, again, to all the designers, builders, models, DJ’s, and countless others who gave of themselves to help the Relay For Life. The countless customers who came and shopped and bought (or not) could not have had the opportunity to do so without your efforts.

Go, Relay!


March 22nd, 2010 by Roland

The after shocks from the Clothing Fair are still being registered on seismometers around the grid and one of the tremors is in my inventory. I get caught up in the moment and just go into “massive acquire” mode and my inventory is strewn with the debris of uncontrolled purchase.

One thing I didn’t purchase — it was given to me as a prototype by Jori Watler of a la Mood — is this viciously cool signet ring.

I have a hard time with men’s jewelry as a whole. Between scale, bling, and message, I’m just not going to wear some of this stuff about. Rings in particular have long been one of my peeves because they’re usually too clunky and they don’t stay where you put them. Any time a hand gesture moves your fingers, the ring gets pulled off line. I understand why the geometry of avatars causes that, but I’ve never really understood why men’s rings had to be so heavy.

A few days ago, Jori contacted the Clothing Fair group looking for some men to try out a new ring that she was making and I volunteered to be a guinea pig for her. Frankly, I didn’t know what to expect but what I got was this pair of rings. The full signet came first and I was immediately taken with the style and design. Because of the size of the bezeled mounting, I put it on my middle finger and sized it down to fit. Jori got an enthusiastic thumbs up from me and she sent me the offset version to look at. I liked that one even better.

The upshot of this whole episode is that I’ve now got a great ring that works spectacularly with most of my every day outfits. I’m very impressed with how much a simple accessory like this can make a huge difference in the overall look, even when the viewer isn’t consciously aware of the details. More, because these stay close to the center-line of my hand, they only really move a lot when I get a hand bend that clenches my fist or otherwise makes some kind of extreme gesture. I can work around that and live with the minor deformations.

I’m not sure if she has these for sale yet, but if you’re in the market for a men’s signet, this is a great piece. Simple, elegant, and perfectly weighted for a man’s hand.

Thanks, Jori. I told you I’d write it up. Sorry, it’s taken so long!

The Big Apple

March 21st, 2010 by Roland

As I sit to write this, there’s still time for you to get to the 2010 Clothing Fair and support the race for the cure. To wrap up my series on the regions, I’ve saved New York for last and it’s so quintessentially New York, it’s almost unbelievable.

The view from above is pretty spectacular.


Yeah, the builder took a little liberty with the placement of a few things, but one can only do so much with a single region. It’s still a city of tall buildings and single bounds.

From the street level, it’s got the same gritty vitality that you’d find on Fulton Street. I’ve been there in person and this is a darn good simulation — in feel, if not in actually fact.


The level of detail and the degree to which the builder was able to capture the feel of the city — from the Lions at the New York Public Library, to the parking lots and dumpters. This isn’t necessarily the uptown, upscale New York, but the working class down town.

I found several pieces of clothing and even a great necklace from Earthstones to show you.


I was pleased to see this piece in and RFL vendor because there’s never enough good men’s jewelry. Too much of it is either clunky-large, or misogynist, or both. I’m always on the lookout for a good piece with nice design and detail and this Jumoke necklace for men grabbed me.

For clothing, I found two separates that looked like they might have been made for each other, they went that well together.


Moonshines had this gritty looking men’s hoodie in charcoal while just down the street I found a matching pair of pants at Spellbound. The prices were very reasonable and I couldn’t resist helping the cause by snagging them both. I’ve added the Assassin’s Boots I got from the Melbourne sim the other day for a really kick-butt look that I might submit to the photo contest, except I’m too late. The deadline passed an hour ago.

Before I wrap with the Guy Stuff for this region…

I met this guy up in the balloon over the region. He seemed a little despondent that the fair was almost over for another year. I told him to cheer up, most of the vendors will be available for a few more days (at least) in the various stores and areas around the grid. If there’s something he missed, there’s plenty of time to find it — even if it’s not right here all together.

That cheered him up.

Thanks to everyone for all the hard work, long hours, and personal sacrifice to help bring this Clothing Fair in at what should be at least four million lindens before it’s over. A lot of that (nearly a quarter) comes from the vendors themselves who shelled out for the privilege of giving part of the proceeds from each sale to the Relay effort. Not only did they do a lot of hard work, they paid cash to do it. Thank them when you see them.

RIP: Bluewave Ogee – we lost you this year to leukemia, but we’ll never forget you.

Guy Stuff

  • Moxie Polanos – MP Guy Fawkes Mask (600L) Mp Mens Gold Giles Mask (600L)
  • EarthStones Jumoke Male Necklace – Sugilite (RFL/Boxed)(350L)
  • Moonshine – Hoodie w/sculpt prim hood, cuffs, all layers(90L)
  • Spellbound – [SB] Ridge pants (50L)
  • SD Wears – SD Ovation Male Jackets Chubby Pack (750L)
  • N’vhe King Neptunes Formal IEVL (199L)
  • Moodswings – ~D~ Real Men (300L)

I Think I’m Turning Japanese…

March 20th, 2010 by Roland

Ok, maybe not, but the styles floating around from the Tokyo region have been rocking my world. Before I show you the clothing, I really need to show you the build.

It starts out with a classic Torii Gate in red at the corner, the path leads to the central plaza.


The region is beautiful in its simplicity and gleans much of its elegance from the spare lines of the architecture and minimalist design.


But like the oni in the woodpile, the strange old grandmother in the woods, there is this one amazing build lurking in the corner.


This wonderful monster looks like it should be in a Miyazaki movie. I found it simultaneously intimidating and fascinating. It’s the home to Store KwZ and it’s just perfect.

Fashion here is heavily skewed toward the Japanese pop with a smattering of traditional and, here and there, a few flashes of something very different.


I’ll start with the traditional and this Tsunami in Black and Red from House of Zen. At 200L this got an almost automatic buy from me. I’ve been eying these outfits for a long time. I do tai chi in RL and this is exactly the kind of outfit I’ve always wanted to wear when I’m doing Waves Hands as Clouds. I’ve never actually dropped the cash to get one before this because it seemed too much like “costume” and not something I’d just — you know — wear. With the added incentive of a donation to a good cause, I couldn’t resist actually splurging. Now I need to find the right (and left) shoes to go with it.

AITUI’s shop had a great set of items last year. I’ve been wearing the shirts off and on all year long. This year, my Lindens got snagged by this bad boy.


It’s called Hisashi’s Verdict and I clicked “buy” without a second thought or a look back. The piece comes in the usual layers with some chest belts and this great sculpty collar and diagonal slash zipper. I can’t explain it, but I had to have this piece. I’ll probably see it all over the grid now, but I don’t care. The combination of uinque style and exemplary execution is enough for me. This might be my new favorite shirt and it’s still available for another day at the Tokyo region of the Clothing Fair.

One last tease, and this outfit isn’t in the RFL vendors, but it’s the outfit that I got to wear on the runway in the Tokyo show earlier this evening.


I’m not much for fur trim. Between the flexi and the alpha, it’s a bugger to rez. This piece has fur at cuffs and collar and the unique execution gives the coat a kick that I think really justifies the viewer load. It’s called the Skull Stitch Jacket in black because there are little tiny skulls set in the lines of the stitching. Unless you’re looking you might not notice. The pants are the Winter Strap Pants. There’s a series of primmed belts and buckles on the right thigh that match up with some textured detailing and gives these pants just a little kick in the butt.

All the buckles and the talk of winter brought a pair of SF Design’s Slouch Boots out of my closet and while I know swaffette isn’t in the Tokyo region, I didn’t think either she or Nagaru Kawashima of Demise would mind if I brought this little touch of winter to the show.

Tomorrow is the last day, folks and last I heard, we still have stuff for sale and a goal to reach. If your Linden Balance is anything like mine, it’s beginning to squeak a little even after having had a recent influx, but remember it’s for a good cause. Not only do you get a great outfit, but the money you spend helps support the race for the cure.

Don’t forget the photography contest. It’s not too late to get your entry in! You have until 1pm SLT on Sunday.

Finally, don’t stop shopping yet. I know it’s getting expensive out there, but remember the big picture and help us reach our goal.

Guy Stuff

  • KWZ: Orient Tuxedo (500L)
  • -DEMISE- : D:suits 01 white set (450L) – Leather jacket with studs (350L) – Devote my heart (full body tatts) (250L) – ARGOS (full body tatts) (300L)
  • AITUI – Hisashi’s Verdict Jacket (RFL 2010) (250L)
  • HOUSE OF ZEN -Tsunami-Black and Red Uni-Sex (200L) – Tsunami-White and Black Uni-Sex (200L) – Red and Black Uni-Sex (200L) – Tsunami-Martial Arts Uniform (300L)

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least mention “Skin Canvas” and their entire shop of tattoos in RFL vendors. I didn’t take the time to document the dozens of tattoos there, but there are some nice looking ones there for a very reasonable price.

We’ll Always Have Paris

March 19th, 2010 by Roland

There’s never any question about fashion when it comes to Paris. Call me old school but the phrase “runways of Paris” has just that little extra bit of fashion magic to it. It turns out I’m going to be in the Paris show in a few days, and I can’t wait to find out what I’ll be wearing. Anything from this group of designers will be spectacular!

First, the build is marvelous.


I love the Versailles inspired architecture around the periphery with the shops inside at street level.

The House of RFyre sponsored this region and their palace holds pride of place at the end of the bridge. I keep using the word monumental, but it certainly applies here.


The multi-globed streetlights give this an amazing old world flair and the views make me think of springtime, even though it’s currently snowing outside my window.


It was very relaxing to stroll along the boulevard, but I really needed to get back and post this bulletin before the ship sailed for the colonies … oh, wait. Wrong script.

House of RFyre has some wonderful gothic tuxes on their RFL vendors and they looked wonderful. It’s not really my style of choice so I had to dig a little deeper and found Eros – Fashion by Keth across the courtyard.


By now you know I like shirts and I found “Carl” here in a lovely aqua color tucked away around the corner in an RFL vendor. The subtle pattern to the texture and the realistic wrinkling gives this shirt a soft look. It comes with open and closed versions in a multitude of layers, including that all-important underwear layer to keep the clean tuck look on lowcut jeans. The prim collar and cuff give the piece dimension and the prims are well formed and matched in color. At 300L it’s a bit pricey for a shirt, even with all the layers, but it’s a nice piece and contributes to a good cause so I have no complaints.

After all, it came from Paris and everybody knows how expensive Paris fashion is.

Two more to go — New York and Tokyo — and I need to start looking seriously for my outfit for the photo contest. Time’s slipping away and I’d love to snag a little extra momento of this year’s RFL.

Au revoir from Paris. À bientôt!

Guy Stuff

  • House of Rfyre -Eitiene Mens Tux Black: Satin (500L) – Evariste Mens Tux Midnight (500L) – Leon Mens Tux Check Black (500L)
  • Eros – Ken Teal (500L) – Carl – Aqua (300L)
  • Alyssa Bijoux – RFL lapel pin (250L)
  • Avrele Designs – Citizen – Forest (450L)

A Land Down Under

March 18th, 2010 by Roland

G’Day and good on ya!

This morning I visited the Melbourne region and it’s quite lovely.


The huge trees give this region its own unique flavor with the heavily wooded parkland in the middle and the shops arrayed around the outer edge. A replica of the Melbourne Arts Centre Spire graces the top of the Melboure Relay Designer’s Showcase Gallery on the northeast corner of the region.

One thing that did confuse me is this trolley fountain.


I’m not quite sure what that’s about. Maybe it’s an Aussie thing. I particularly liked the outdoor plaza with the tables and chairs under the trees. I could see sitting there on a pleasant day.

Men’s wear was represented in a variety of modes and today I’ve picked out a couple of the more interesting ideas.


This was the first RFL vendor I’ve found with footwear in it, and since I’ve been looking for a great pair of gnarly boots to round out my biker look, this pair of boots with matching daggers seemed to fill the bill. These are from Eclipse and are called the Assassin’s Boots. A corresponding female version looks equally appealing. I loved the richness of the detailing in the texture and the use of strappy buckles to add dimension.

While there were other choices available in Melbourne including a great casual outfit from Lapointe and Bastchild and an intriguing looking duster from Suki’s Silken Fashions, this bit of whimsy caught my eye.


Anybody who’s been in world for more than a few weeks has run across somebody who’s riding the drama llama. Usually, it’s a figurative notion, but at the RFL, there’s actually a drama llama (complete with stylish neck scarf) that you can ride. Being guilty of overacting without a valid dramiatic license myself, I found this to be delightfully funny and reminds me to keep my own drama to a minimum. It’s quite an image.

Speaking of image, there’s a RFL photography contest going on now and there aren’t that may men who have entered. Here’s the blurb from the Official Notecard:

Category name: RFL exclusive style (both categories: Male and Female)

Goal: Mix and Match the exclusive items available from the RFL-kiosks during RFL Clothing Fair to create a composite style.
Each Item must be purchased from the fair.

The look must include items from at least 3 different designers.

The person must add on the description of the photo the reference of store name and item name for each RFL-item that comprise the final look, so other people can buy them if they wish have the same look.

Theme must be considered in each photo – Theme this year is ” Fashion Cities of the World”


Mix and Match

Prizes will be given to the Best Male and Best Female COMPOSITE. This event is sponsored by the designers of the fair and Glitterati. Each winner will recieve a 5000L gift card to Glitterati and a wonderful gift bag from the designers.

Just some basic rules to remember…1. all photos must be PG rated…absolutely NO nudity…2. May be post processed. We want your best work … .3. Focus of the photo must be a of RFL outfits purchased at the fair…4. No more then three entries per person…5.Have fun!

All Entries must be uploaded to :

Contest Runs from 3pm slt March 13, 2010 till 1pm slt March 21, 2010 . Winners will be announced at the closing party at the Clothing fair. Party is from 6pm-8pm slt on March 21 on the Entertainment sim at the Fair.

There are still a few days left to get your submissions in there and, guys, if you notice, each day’s post has a catalog of the available items for men at the bottom so you can get a feel for what you might like to do and seek out those vendors with the guy stuff you need to make it happen.

That’s it for today. I need to get moving on my photo styling. I can do up to three photos and I still have four regions to go!

Guy Stuff

  • Sn@tch – DramaLLama Tee (25L)
  • Eclipse – Gallant -Grey (400L) – Assassin’s Boot -black (350L)
  • Suki’s Silken Fashions – Stardust Duster Outfit (400L)
  • Lapointe & Bastchild “S’Wear” Edge Mens Clothing Gift Set (399L)

Mystics and Merchandising

March 17th, 2010 by Roland

New Dehli was where I first saw the Clothing Fair 2010 build and I was taken with the the bazaar stalls arranged along the sides. The central plaza is spacious and appointed with delightful fountains. When I started taking my pictures today, though, something exquisite emerged.


The placement of the Temple on one end and the Mashooka build on the other gives the plaza a wonderful asymtetric balance and seemed to draw me in and take me away to a different place, a different time.


The textures and shape of the temple’s interior was stunning. The pictures here can’t really do it justice, even in the larger sizes. You might be tempted to visit just for the view alone but let’s not over look the clothing. The shops are filled with different textures, and brilliant colors. I was impressed by how well the clothing fit the regional them.


This suit by Mashooka is a case in point. The silvery filigree adorns the sumptuous green top and a silky pair of trousers with prim cuffs adds a base. I’m a long time fan of Mashooka’s work and this one didn’t let me down.


I’m a sucker for a Hawaiian shirt, especially if it’s executed well and this Purple Hawaiian from Brocade Tiger certainly lives up to that expectation. Brocade Tiger has a lot of interesting men’s wear and I’m sure to be going to visit them in their main store with the Fair folds up the tents.

My one disappointment with New Delhi was the dearth of men’s wear. Frankly, I can understand why there isn’t more. Guys don’t shop as much as women and I’ve heard vendor after vendor make the same remarks about men-as-customers. I think we’re making progress slowly, but we’re not out of the woods … yet.

Below is a list of “guy stuff” and I’m looking forward to what new adventures tomorrow will bring.

Is it just me or does everyone have a sudden hankering for Tandouri Chicken with a side of papadums?

Guy Stuff

  • Mashoka – Men’s suit Veer (350L)
  • Zaara – Nalin (pale blue) with Chinos set (250L)
  • Falln – Sherwani Sahi Sone Ke – (550L)
  • Brocade Tiger – BT Purple Hawaiian Shirt (50L) – BT Sugar Band (250L)

I’m Too Sexy for My Shirt…

March 16th, 2010 by Roland

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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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…

March 15th, 2010 by Roland

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.


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


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.


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…

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.


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)