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Ladies Wear … Aisle Twelve

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I’m a sucker for contests, even when the deck is stacked against me. LOOK Elite Modeling has periodic “Quick Contests” where they announce a sponsor and models have two hours to put together a look using that sponsor’s stuff. It doesn’t have to be the whole outfit, but at least something. The goal is to rock the runway with this look and you can walk away with cash and prizes, etc. I’ve wanted to get in on one of these for awhile now, but today I finally got a chance.

The catch? The sponsor only sells women’s wear. I almost blew this one off but just for the heck of it, I took a trip to MALT to see if I could maybe find a tee-shirt that didn’t have boob-shading on it or something so I could at least show up and walk the runway. I didn’t really have a pixel’s prayer in paradise of winning, but I wanted to at least get in the game.

I’m glad I did.


Khea Karas is the designer behind MALT and she’s got some brilliant stuff there. Followers of this space know my on-going search for texture and design for men. Yes, I know this is a woman’s jacket and a woman’s pair of jeans, but they’re amazingly well done. The Painted Jacket in grass green sports a unique collar shape consisting of two prims that give the flared jacket and inner shirt collars a very nice structure. The pattern of paint spatters and stenciling is very cool — as if the jacket were sewn from an old painting tarp or something. Moreover, the jacket is not overly shaded across the chest so I didn’t feel like I was trying to walk with extra emphasis on moobs.

The Recycled Jeans are likewise excellently executed with just the right amount of fraying and terrifically matched seams. They’re good solid, skinny legged jeans with some very nice prim-work cuffs that worked very nicely with my JCS Oslo Boots. These also came with a capri length with prim-cuffs and they might just be one of the pieces I’ve been looking for to put together an avant-garde look a la John Galliano.

As it sat, the jacket really is meant for a woman and the square cutout at the neckline would look wonderful on a bit of nicely shaded skin of the female persuasion, but the off-center look on a guy didn’t really do it for me, so I layered one of Simone’s Gun Tee’s in red under it to help emphasize the gorgeous green. The jacket and pants came in more than enough layers that I was able to layer the jacket over the tee and still have the trailing edge of the shirt show up untucked over the jeans.

Of course I didn’t win, but I did get a nice jacket, found a great pair of jeans, was introduced to a fine designer, and I had some fun doing it.

What’s not to like?

Jacket: MALT Fashions – Painted Jacket – Grass
Jeans: MALT Fashions – Recycled Jeans – Brown
Shirt: Simone! – Gun Tee – Red
Shoes: JCS – Oslo Boots – Brown
Glasses: Role Optic – Recon

Skin: Belliza – Mathieu 6 SK
Hair: CriCri – CriCri-mShort04-D
Eyes: Amacci – Forest

Purple Passion

Friday, April 9th, 2010

As part of my studies at the Fashion Institute, I’m required to put together a collection of styles. One of them is “haute couture.” We know that the grid isn’t Paris and there’s no Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Vie Seconde to declare who’s in the club, so the operating definition falls back to “finely done” and, in a certain sense, “making a statement.” I’ve been looking at John Galliano, Viktor & Rolf, and Mads Norgaard for inspiration and running into difficulty. Until Xenobia spotted this beauty at Menslosophy.

Violet Viola

This classically tailored snap collar jacket gets an update to its one-button, slash pocket styling with the addition of wide, folded cuffs on the sleeves and the hallmark silver embroidery on the lapels. Silver piping carries down the front and around the tails, giving this piece a very put-together and finished look. Amanda Bolero of Menlosophy paid extra attention to the tailoring and textures on this with darted seams down the front and swaths of “against the grain” velvet napping realistically placed across the back. With the delicate shading and careful design, you can practically feel the soft velvet in this jacket.

Did I mention that it’s purple?

The traditional black and gray motif of haute couture is maintained by the addition of a classic turtleneck jersey in dark gray from [hate this], a pair of black silk dress slacks from Simone! and JCS’s Italian styled Sebastian shoes in charcoal.

The slacks feature a silver buckled belt, carefully placed creases down the front of the leg and silver buttons at the hip pocket in the back. Simone Stern works her magic on the shading in these pants – taking a flat black into three dimensionals with the careful application of gray and charcoal highlights.

Eponymous Trenchmouth’s skill with the prim in creating shoes is legendary and this pair of Italian style wingtips features exquisitely rendered detailing in the leather and even silvery tips on the laces for a splash of flash where few expect it.

I love this outfit. The traditional smooth lines and use of the turtleneck jersey in lieu of shirt and tie pays homage to Versace and Lauren. The classic styling of the pants and the detailing in the shoes takes nothing away from the sumptuous feel of the velvet plush in the jacket.

Jacket: Menlosophy – Violet Viola Jacket
Shirt: [hate this] – Turtle Neck (dark gray)
Slacks: Style Starts Here – Men’s Dress Pants (Black)
Shoes: JCS – Sebastian (charcoal)

Hair: – Al (coffee)
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu 6 (tan)

Ceci n’est pas un pistolet!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

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.

Simone a la Lagerfeld

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

I’ve long admired the classic Lagerfeld advertisements for Chanel. There’s an iconic set from (I think) the ’90s with a wide format image with the single word Chanel on it. There are dozens of them. Ever since we did the Oh Simone! Show for Eclectic Visions last year, I’ve been obsessing about doing a kind of homage to Lagerfeld’s vision featuring the work of Simone!

This is the best one so far, I think.

Mix and Match

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I said earlier that I love all these separates from Simone! They make mix and match a breeze.

The baggy jeans and blue twill shirt are separates from Style Starts Here. I took the jacket from yesterday’s suit and added it to dress up this very casual look. I love the way the baggy jeans drape and the shading in the shirt is superb, even if you can only see a little of it in this picture. The suit jacket adds just the right amount of polish and class.

Seriously, guys, if you’re looking to fill in a wardrobe with some great looking pieces that all work well together at a very reasonable price, you need to get your avis over to Simone! and Style Starts Here.

The Goodies

Pants: Style Starts Here Style – Baggy Jeans – Blue
Shirt: Style Starts Here SSH Mens Wear Cotton Twill (blue)
Jacket: Simone! for Him from Simone! for Him – Black Suit with Grey Vest

Hair: UWst – Jin.02.03 (Coffee)
Eyes: Glanz – NightSky
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu Tan 6

Takin’ Care of Business

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

It’s surprising how difficult it can be to find a good suit on the grid without going broke.

Surprising unless you know about Simone! that is.

For several days I’ve been looking around for something approaching a conservative business suit. There are a lot of great formals, and even some superb suits, but finding a nice conservative, vested suit has been difficult. While I was at Simone’s Style Starts Here the other day, I stopped into her men’s shop over in Simone! I’m glad I did.

This is the black vested suit and it was just what I needed. When I snagged it, the price tag caught my eye. I paid 100L for it.

You read that right. 100L!

This was so reasonable I bought the blue one to go with it.

The great thing about buying a suit is that you get a bunch of separates to mix-n-match. This set is no exception. The plethora of layers and the standalone jacket layer make this an exemplary value at three times the price. It was such a good value, I went back and bought two more – in red and green.

This outfit has two things that I wish were different. First, I wish the pants had at least one layer without the tail of the vest on it. It keeps the pants out of the mix-n-match pool which is not a biggie. I’ve got other pants that I can wear with the shirt. Second, I really wanted the navy suit to have a navy jacket instead of the black. I understand it would be weird to have just the one suit with the different color jacket, but this is such a great piece and the navy version is the only one with different colored pants. At 100L I’m not complaining, mind you. The black jacket over the navy pants with the grey vest and blue tie look great.

The Goodies

Shirt: Style Starts Here – Men’s Vested Suit – Black
Shoes: JCS – Sebastian (Black)

Hair: UWst – Hibiki (Coffee)
Eyes: Glanz – Brown
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu SK 6

Rust Never Sleeps!

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again … and again … and again.

I love Simone!

This afternoon I took a break from working to replenish an aged wardrobe. With my new classes at Fashion Institute, I’m finding that I need to take more pictures of me and to prepare more styles. I’m up to my av-pits in tee shirts and jeans but there are some serious gaps in the “fashion staple” department. Not the least of which is a collection of non-jean trousers and some suitable buttoned shirts. Luckily, I know Style Starts Here has a nice collection.

It didn’t take long to find this great rust colored shirt and a pair of clay colored trousers to go with. One of the things I love about Simone! is that she always has stuff on multiple layers. The shirt, for example, comes in under, shirt, and jacket layers (with the boxer or pant layer shirt tail) so I can wear it tucked or not in almost any circumstance. I frequently like tossing on a jacket to dress up an outfit (more on that in a later post) so having the ability to go “untucked casual” with a shirt works well for me.

The clay slacks, likewise, come in boxer and pants layers so I have a lot of flexibility in how I wear them. The boxer layer, of course, requires some tall boots but I have a few pair of those and this pair of heavy pants will go well with them.

Thanks, Simone!

The Goodies

Shirt: Style Starts Here – Men’s Wear Raffee Long Sleeved Shirt – Rust
Pants: Style Starts Here – Heavy Pants – Clay
Shoes: JCS – Oslo Boots (Brown)

Hair: UWst – Hibiki (Coffee)
Eyes: Glanz – NightSky
Skin: Belleza – Mathieu SK 6