Monthly Archives: September 2009

I Got Da Blues

Last night’s contest was Styling Blue and, since I happen to have a whole bunch of blue in my inventory, I managed to pull an outfit together in short order.

blues

We did this theme a while back and I decided to tone back my “blue-ness” for this trip out onto the stage. The shirt and pants are recent acquisitions from Simone Stern’s Style Starts Here store. The Casual Blue Striped shirt in blue has a rich texture including very subtle shading and wrinkles along with the rich details. It comes on all layers which makes it particularly versatile. The jeans are Russian Jeans in blue. They also come on multiple layers and the detailing at pockets and seams is exquisite. For shoes, my HOC color change sneakers gave me a nice pair of blue shoes that matched the deep blue of the shirt readily enough.

I added a pair of blue eyes, a sapphire ear ring, and a pair of Role Optic’s Recon sunglasses with blue frames.

The Results

I got my two votes. I wasn’t too surprised.

What Would I Do Different?

I’d follow Coco Chanel’s advice on accessory and take off the last item I added — in this case, the Role Optics glasses. The blue on the frames wasn’t a particularly good match and they obscured my eyes.

Without having a better idea of what the judge found appropriate about the three outfits that placed, I have no way to know what else might have worked better. They were a rather broad mix of styles and I really couldn’t discern what set those three apart from the rest. I will note that the description and creativity shown by the first place winner was exemplary – telling a whole story in a paragraph and backing it up with the outfit.

That goes back to advice I give myself here regularly. Get a vision of what you’re trying to do and fulfill that vision. My outfit tonight had that vision — “Lazing around in blue jeans” — but it lacked a narrative subtext.

Stuff
Shirt: Simone! – Casual Striped Shirt (blue)
Pants: Simone! – Russian Jeans (blue)
Shoes: HOC – Sneakers (set dark blue)
Glasses: Role Optic – Recon
Earring: Roland Zepp – Color Change Ear Stud

Skin: LeLutka – Absolute (pale)
Hair: MADesigns – Bernard (TB)
Eyes: MADesigns – ABYSS Atlantic Sea
Shape: Roland Zepp

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Oh, Simone!

Eclectic Visions had their inaugural show Sunday. There were some scheduling issues which postponed the opening from Saturday to Sunday, but all told, it seemed to be a success. The show itself was a modest foray for a new ideal in fashion shows. Most fashion shows have models parading onto the stage, with an announcer who may describe the outfit, but the process is very structured and intended to mimic – at least in spirit – what happens on the runways in Milan, Paris, and New York. In those shows, the designer has creative control of the show in every aspect from model choice to music to stage. In SL that level of control is seldom afforded to the designers.

At Eclectic Visions, the staff researched how the designer — in this show, Simone Stern of Simone! and Style Starts Here — wanted to see her clothing displayed. Simone had very specific stipulations which the staff at EV tried very hard to follow. More over, our goal was not to “show the clothes” but the “sell the clothes.” It does nothing for a designer to have a bunch of people look at clothes they’ll never buy. The goal of EV’s show was to provide a channel between designer and buyer by giving potential buyers the opportunity to see more than just a static picture on the wall.

Several things set this show apart from other shows that I’ve attended. One was that the models came down off the stage and circulated through the audience, talking to the visitors and answering questions about the outfits. It became less a “fashion show” and more a “garden party” as conversations about the outfits involved the designer, the models, and the guests. The stage and seating layouts provided two separate areas for the models to work. As each pair of models brought out an outfit, they’d separate and each visit with half the audience before swapping sides so that each area had as much as two or three minutes with every outfit. Each model used that time to talk to the guests, promote the outfit, and answer any questions the guests may have had.

Originally the show was going to be a “Ladies Only” show, but at the last minute, Simone added an outfit for me to wear and I got to participate as well.

simone_casual

These two separates are the Casual Striped Shirt and Baggy Jeans – both from Simone’s casual and sports clothing line – Style Starts Here. Both of these items come in multiple layers and are available in multiple colors. The shirt comes with jacket, shirt, undershirt, pants and underpants layers so that you can wear it tucked or un-tucked and even under a jacket if you want. At 125L, this is a huge bargain. The jeans come in pants and underwear layers as well as a collection of colors including black, red, tan, gray, and brown as well as blue. Again, at 150L this is a wonderful value. I really like these jeans and shirt.

I had a chance to look around Style Starts Here and while the menswear section is a lot smaller than the ladieswear, it’s very well provisioned with shirts, slacks, jeans, and other stylish casual and sports clothes. While I was there I found a couple of pieces that I wanted and got a very snazzy pair of “Russian Jeans” and a “Print Shirt” to go with it. Again, both items came with multiple layers and were available in multple colors at exceptionally reasonable prices. For Mix-and-Match people like me, having access to the multiple layers means I’ve got a lot of new shirts and jeans to wear with my collection of jackets.

After the show, the models came out from back stage and held an impromptu party with the guests which lasted for a couple of hours as we tried out various toys and gizmoes, and talked about fashion, modeling, and building. All told, we had a ball and we sold some clothing. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

Thank you, Simone!

Outfit
Shirt: Style Starts Here – Casual Striped Shirt – blue (125L for 5 layers)
Pants: Style Starts Here – Baggy Jeans – blue (150L for 2 layers)

Shoes: BeReal – Fabric Sneakerz
Hair: MADesigns – Akami – brown
Skin: LeLutka – Absolute – pale
Eyes: MADesigns – Abyss – Atlantic Sea

Eclectic Visions

Suzanne Xeltentat is my new boss. Since the grand opening is Saturday at 4pm, I think it’s safe to say that.

I’m pleased and honored to have been chosen as one of two model trainers who will work with the staff at Eclectic Visions to create an alternative venue for models of all shapes, sizes, and experience levels. I’m looking forward to this new opportunity and I’m excited about the possibilities that it offers in terms of showing the work of talented designers from around the grid. I’m particularly excited by the emphasis being placed on men’s fashion and the opportunities that might open up for a lot of guys on the grid.

Mark your calendars for the grand opening show for a wonderful new venue. Saturday, Sept 19, 4pm SLT. Come see Simone! in a whole new way.

Rich Corinthian Leather

Last night’s event was Styling Leather. This is the kind of event that brings everybody and his mother out and last night was a packed house with a wide variety of leathers – mostly black – and styles. Me? I trolled through my inventory for pieces that worked together. I’ve got a lot of leather.

The jacket was a hunt gift from Jeckalicious called Nightwalk and the pants came from a SaniZen outfit called Incubus. I liked the way the leather textures worked together and the pants had a nice buckle feature on the thigh. The boots were my Arcavim Sky Sailors and I really admire the rich detailing.

The “dark and dangerous” look needed a darker skin and I went with my Mathieu 6 in tan, along with a more exotic looking Jin II hair from UW.st.

The Result
Two votes. I didn’t place. I don’t know why the winners did. It was another ‘roll the dice’ night with an experienced model, a relative newcomer, and one of the semi-regulars taking places. With that herd and with only one person to officiate, I wouldn’t blame him if he did roll dice. At least we all had an equal shot.

What Would I Do Different?

Themes like this *really* need a unifying ideal around which to form. I didn’t have it.

Still it didn’t cost much — not counting the two hours of my life that I’ll never get back — and I did manage to do some stuff in another window while I waited.

Stuff
Jacket: Jeckalicious : Night Walk
Pants: SaniZen : Incubus
Boots: Arcavim : Sky Sailor (black)
Gloves: V-Twin : Biker gloves (black)
Skin: Belleza : Mathieu 6 (tan)
Hair: UW.st : Jin II
Eyes: E’s : Broken Doll (silver)

Taking Care of Business

For Labor Day our assignment was “Styling Office Outfit Theme.” In one of the typical ironies of life in this pageant, like everyone else, I dressed, not as Labor, but as Management.

I started with the SF Designs’ Performance Suit in Marble. I love this suit’s use of texture and the styling. It comes with a variety of options but I picked the “straight up and buttoned down” configuration. For shoes I picked JCS Sebatian in charcoal. The wingtip styling fit the theme perfectly. The outfit needed the appropriate accessories so I dug out my briefcase and bluetooth earpiece, and added a discrete silver loop earring. For that final touch of ‘serious’ I added Role Optic’s Recon glasses but set the frames to highly reflective and put a pale blue lens gradient on to give them a glassy look.

The challenge with an outfit like this is picking poses that keep the briefcase out of the body. I had just enough of them to make a very simple routine and it worked well.

The Result

Two votes. I have no idea why the winners were chosen. It was a relatively large field that all looked pretty good. Taking nothing away from the winners, I couldn’t identify anything about them that made them stand apart from the rest of us. Obviously the judge did, but I couldn’t begin to think what.

What Would I Do Different?

Not knowing what the judge was looking for, I have no idea how to make this outfit better. I thought I looked very “office chic” but perhaps taking a different spin at “office outfit” and picked something like “Casual Friday” or “Mailroom Boy” would have provided a creative and different organizing idea around which to build an outfit.

Stuff
Suit: SF Designs – Performance Suit (Marble)
Shoes: JCS – Sebastian (Charcoal)
Glasses: Role Optic – Recon

Ear piece: Kazyanenko – Bluetooth Earpiece
Briefcase: Roland Zepp
Earring: Roland Zepp

Skin: LeLutka – Absolute (Tan)
Hair: UW.st – Hibiki (Coffee)
Eyes: Bowerbird – Posiedon