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Share the Love

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

Triskall Claremont of North*Wind keeps pumping out new looks. His latest one — Love Squad — dropped the other day and this is the first chance I’ve had to check it out.

love squad

I first saw the original of this at the ModelX show where North*Wind was featured along with some Shiki, Deetalz, SF Designs, Gabrielle, and Ginevra Lancaster. Triskall put the prototype for this outfit together in a snazzy red plaid with a bandana around his head. He looked quite piratical and I really liked what he’d done with textures. During the show he talked about putting together the outfit for sale, and he’s done a great job with the prim work. I’m not a big fan of the skully but he’s used it in very interesting ways — as buttons, as a collar insignia, and even on the tam. The other thing I found fascinating was the use of the “bloused” look on the sleeves and pant legs. Adding in the heavy “combat boots” in matching plaid gives this outfit a terrifically pulled together look that tickles my sense of fun.

North*Wind and Prelude have moved and Triskall has his own shop now.

Thanks, Triskall. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

Butterflies on Guys

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Triskall Claremont of North*Wind continues to exert pressure on the stereotypes of male fashion. This outfit has been out for awhile, but seeing Triskall’s work at the ModelX show yesterday reminded me that I hadn’t written this one up yet.

Papillon

This outfit is a fine example of the superb construction I’ve come to expect from North*Wind. Seams, textures, and prims all match properly and the shading gives extra dimension to the rich blue fabric. Papillon comes in two flavors — the whimsical with butterfly applique on the chest, and a less flamboyant version for those who may be somewhat less adventurous. Personally, I think I’m more likely to wear the plainer one, myself, just because I like the cleaner lines and less rococo nature of the outfit without the jacket tails. As a model, I’m always aware of trying to keep my hands out of my clothing — even when I’m off the runway — and my AO insists on putting my hands close to my hips when I stand. The sharply flaired prim tails and my hands just don’t seem to be able to get along. The tails are optional, and the butterfly version of the tunic sports white lace trim along the hem which gives it a nicely finished look without the conflict with my hands so I may wear it that way. Depends on my mood.

Find this and more of Triskall’s rapidly expanding line of avant grid men’s wear at North*Wind.

Tunic Tops

Monday, May 10th, 2010

While we’re on the subject of shirts, Triskall Claremont of North*Wind let me know about this new release yesterday.

Juli Tunic_Autumn

Triskall continues in his quest for developing new ideas in men’s fashion. This time it’s a tunic style shirt with a square yoke detail pattern across the chest. This one is the “Autumn” variety but he’s also got a colorful floral, a black butterfly, and a nicely textured white ribbon version. The prim collar comes with and without the tie, and the cuffs come in two varieties. In this photo I’m wearing the straight cuff, but there’s also one with a bloused lower sleeve that’s gathered at the cuff for a fuller look. The underlying textures on this piece are excellently shaded and highlighted and with the variety of layers and options available, this is a terrific buy.

Start Wearing Purple

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

For those who may have missed it, it’s Paint the Grid Purple week in support of the Relay For Life. In order to raise awareness for the efforts to fight cancer on and off the grid, there’s purple stuff everywhere, and I’ve got a very special bit of purple to share.

barbarella_poison

Triskall Claremont released this whimsical outfit called Barbarella Poison a few weeks back and I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to write about it. Everything from the glasses to the boots are included and every time I put it on, I smile. Yes, this is definitely avant grid fashion, but Triskall has done a superb job in texture and shade here from the feel of the fabric to the shape of the boots. The feathery sequin patterns on the front, back, and sleeves are so very much 70’s pop styling it’s amazing. There are straps and buckles on the high rise collar and on the boots. The outfit actually comes with two pair of boots — a short pair that can be worn with the prim pant cuffs — and this larger pair with the stuck out tongue and open straps. You can practically hear the buckles jingle when you walk. There’s also the various layer options for tucked in, untucked, with and without shirt, sunglasses on the head as well as on the nose. This is just a fun, and marvelously executed piece.

If you’re looking for a bit of something a little different to wear to your next Paint It Purple event, take a trip to North*Wind at the Prelude store.

And start singing along with Gogol Bordello in style … “Start wearing purple, wearing purple…”

Update

I’m embarrassed to say, I missed a bit.
barbarella_poison2

One of the things I like about this outfit — and which I really liked when I first put it on a couple weeks back — was the belt and tails. Unfortunately, while half asleep and trying to put the outfit back on again this morning I overlooked it. There *are* a lot of options with this outfit, but you’d think I’d be able to dress myself in the morning.

Sorry, Triskall.

A Rose By Any Other Name

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I’m just in awe of Triskall Claremont’s ability to imagine what’s never been seen. From his pastel striped over-alls to the Rubis sweater that I wrote about before to — well, just everything he’s done. It’s not easy to create something new within the confines of a particular context like clothing and yet Triskall has done it again and again.

Over the weekend he gave me a sneak peak at his newest release–Shimmer :: Noir.

Noir_Roses

The shirt and slacks are richly textured with a black background and a stylized flower pattern down the front of the shirt and the outside of the leg. Triskall did a masterful job on the shading and wrinkles here — no mean feat with a black background to work on. On top of that he’s added a very nice lace cuff for the shirt and an asymmetrical prim cuff for the pants. All perfectly matched and needing only a bit of scaling to fit.

Then, there’s the collar and optional belt. The belt consists of a bouquet of roses on a “twisted vine” belt that places the roses at the place where one might find a sash knotted — at the left hip. It’s garnished with a few sprigs of rose bush that wrap around the hip and thigh.

Noir_CloseUp

The collar comes in two flavors — Roses and Simple. The collection of roses on the lace collar is accented with a few sprigs of green-leaved rose cane and create a unique look for this outfit. For those who prefer a less flamboyant look, Triskall includes a stand up collar that works well with, say, an open jacket or even as just a stylish sweater

If you’re looking for something a bit different — a terrific texture and unique style — try North*Wind. Noir is just one of the unique offerings you’ll find in his little corner of Prelude.

Something Different

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

I’ve been looking for haute couture and avant garde fashion for men on the grid for the last couple of weeks. One of the key frustrations has been a lack of variety in texture and a certain sameness of design. Coat, shirt, pants. There’s not a lot of variation there, although I do enjoy my kilt. Shirt, collar, and tie are the most common features with the odd turtle-, crew-, or henly- neck shirt. I understand that men on the grid are a bit more conservative in design and style. I figured they must be, given the almost endless supply of “more of the same” I’ve run across while searching for something different.

But then Xenobia found a blog post that pointed me to North*Wind and Triskall Claremont…

triskall_brocade_rubis
(Click for the really closeup view)

This is Brocade Rubis and represents one of several jewel-tone sweaters with a unique take on the collar and tie. What grabbed me about this piece was the texture on the sweater itself. It’s not solid, it’s beautifully shaded, and has a dimensionality to it that is second to none. Add in the collar with a trio of trims and ties, and the fact that it’s more lace-trimmed cowl than turtleneck. Add the cuffs with matching lace and ties. Do the sum and you’re left with something quite different in men’s fashion.

As if that weren’t enough, I found this more traditional take on collared shirt there, too.

triskall_spring_fling

A couple of things set this one apart. First, the collar is closed. It’s a very different look than one finds in men’s casual shirts. They normally go for the relaxed, open collar and open chest look. This one has an almost avant garde feel to it — a kind of Geek Cred styling with the shirt buttoned up to the chin. The texture is an exceptionally delicate floral pattern for a man’s shirt — too small for a “hawaiian” and too big to be overlooked as background pattern. There’s even a button on the collar tabs as accent. Not as a “button down” style, you understand, but as decoration.

Triskall adds another little detail to this design and it shows up in the shirtcuffs.

triskall_spring_fling_cuff_detail

These french cuffs are “backwards.” One would normally expect the cuff-tail and buttons to be behind the wrist — on the pinkie side of the hand. Triskall has put this uniquely styled cuff with the buttons up, and the detailing on this bit of clothing architecture tells me just how much thought he puts into his work. This is precisely the kind of thing I’ve been looking for in my search for something different.

Find North*Wind at Prelude.

See what Chic Critique had to say about another North*Wind outfit.