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Posts Tagged ‘Bellissima’

Yipes, Stripes

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Elle74 from Bellissima sent me this pinstripe suit the other day and asked what I thought of it.

Gorgeous. The components here are what I’ve come to expect from Bellissima and they go together to create a unique look. The jacket is a luscious green Prince Charlie formal coat and she’s placed it over an olive waistcoat and white shirt with olive tie. The pants sport some of the better looking pin stripes that I’ve seen inworld. Those little buggers are difficult to do well because of the way pants and avatar mesh interact. It usually comes out badly for the pants. In this case, Elle74 has made a great compromise between delicateness of the stripe and width of the gap to make a pair of pin stripes that sets up very nicely.

I could see this as the core of a steam punky look, or even as is, for a Victorian or Edwardian period outfit.

If I were to find fault with one thing, it’s that the knot in the tie sits back into the collar just a tad too far, but I’m really quibbling.

Find this outfit on Bellissima’s RFL vendor and you’ll be helping a great cause while getting a terrific look.

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.

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 …