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A Hush Fell Upon The Blog…

So if it’s not already apparent, I’ve somewhat stepped aside from SecondLife and the fashion scene within. It comes down to a simple statement of, “Not enough time and not enough desire to continue blogging.” SL was the water that fed my thirst for fashion when I was just a seedling. I always loved going to the fashion shows to see what new menswear designers were putting out and how they followed RL trends or created trends of their own. I actually hopped on to noticing the RL trends because of SL. My RL closet and Gilt Groupe are beaming with a smile from ear-to-ear because of that. I’ll always love fashion and that love will carry me throughout my future days, but these days it doesn’t include SL fashion. Often I log in, clear notices, check notecards, and log right back out (in fact I did it tonight). My time these days is all taken by sports (soccer and kickball) and the things that aren’t getting done while I’m out being a sporting lad. I know I never really posted all that much on here anyway, but I figured I’d give it an official send off.

Designers, keep pushing the limits of your creativity and never give up the fight reach the perfection of your creations. It’s always appreciated in more ways than one. And always remember that for every dress you sell, there’s most likely going to be a man that needs a great outfit to not look like a vagrant with system shoes/hair/skin on next to her.

With that I bid you adieu, adios, aufiderzein, and goodbye.

Peace,
Oscar Page

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Pacific Crisis Fundraiser

I know it has been a while since I strolled through here, but I have a humbling reason to stop by tonight. The news of the 9.0 earthquake in Japan followed by tsunami lit everything from telephones to social media on Friday. The damage cost and death toll are still rising. The threat of nuclear meltdowns may still be on the horizon. The amount the Second Life community gives and has risen to the occasion in the past for Haiti, Queensland, Relay For Life, etc. is incredible. Please go. Please give. Please love. Please remember that there is no force stronger than nature.

**Official Press Release**

An emergency fundraising effort for the victims of the crisis in the Pacific that hit on the 10th/11th of march is being set up.

SL is an international community, with a strong base in Japan specifically. This disaster is worldwide and affects us all, as a community SL has risen up time and time again to help out in times of distress, including very recently.

In September 2010 $11,000USD was raised for the Pakistan flood crisis relief fund (UNICEF) at an SL event. An event organised in four days. This is an example of what our community can do, and we are attempting to prepare for a similar, simple but effective, event.

We are calling for anyone who wishes to help with this fundraiser. We will be providing vendors that donate 100% of sales to a charity account (Charity Shelter) for people to place in their stores and at an event location slurl here. The products in these vendors don’t have to be new, but the more new and exclusive items available the more money we will raise, so even a variation of an existing product is appreciated.

We welcome any and all participation and interest in this event – if you’d like to participate as a designer please go to – http://www.tinyurl.com/pacificfund/

We require all brands involved to have one product sold at 100% to the charity, however if more than one item is available the others can be at 100% or 50%.

Please note that 100% of all money raised will go to the charity Americares. Land was donated by Glam Affair and all volunteers are giving their time without charge.

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S/S11 – Milan

Hoooooray for holiday weekends… at least in the USA here. Earlier this week I was talking to a co-worker and she mentioned that soon enough we’ll forced back into cold here in the Midwest. So I replied to her that the people in the trend department already have their eyes focused on 2011 with all of the runway shows that happening in Milan. This sparked my memory that I really haven’t done any of my favorite looks from the RL runway in a long time. Since the Milan shows only happened a couple of weeks ago, I figured I’d jump right on it and get you some of my fave looks. I’ll work this alphabetically by designers that had looks I liked and give short descriptions of what I like. FYI all of these images were taken by Andrew Thomas for GQ.com, except for the Moschino images, which were given to GQ directly from Moschino.
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F/W09 Sweaters, Scarves, and the Others

There’s always an end and I’m finally ready to say that after this my F/W09 posts are done for the season. Let’s kick it into high gear and finish strong!

F/W09 Sweaters

With fall and winter collections, obviously, out come the sweaters. My favorite in this group is definitely that fantastic, yellow shawl-collar sweater from Hermès. It’s clean, simple, and very fashionable all in one package. My second favorite sweater is actually the busiest. I love how playful the lines are and it’s the same sort of yellow that’s in the Hermès sweater. Of course I’m talking about the one from Missoni. It almost has a modern Charlie Brown feel to the pattern that makes it even better. I love when designers take iconic patterns, toss them into their own designer blender, and hit frappé. The last two sweaters I want to talk about are kind of a tied for third, if you will, and they’re actually the first two in the image. I love that knit sweater from Adam Kimmel, although I think the attitude of the model wearing it really does help its image. He brings that extra touch of personality that makes it almost feel like you’ve caught a shot from The Sartorialist.

F/W09 Scarves

Again, because this was Fall/Winter and these are cold weather looks, the designers kicked in some really great scarves. If I were forced at gunpoint to pick 3 of them (oh the horror 😉 ) I would definitely take the Givenchy, Emporio Armani, and Michael Kors scarves. I love the hand-knitted feel to the Givenchy one. It’s almost like an heir loom or something that your grandmother made you (if your grandmother had extremely excellent knitting craftsmanship). It’s that touch of authenticity that really drives this one home as one of my favorites in the group. On the Emporio Armani scarf, I really like the touch of the floral patter on there. The brushed velvet look of the blazer definitely helps the scarf to stand out as the centerpiece in this look. Finishing off my faves is the neck muffler from Michael Kors. A lot of designers came at us with some neck mufflers for Fall/Winter and I was definitely digging them. I know all three of the ones I chose are all black, and I do kind of like that bright red one from Iceberg, but these were the standouts. The other thing of note here that I really liked was the purple sweater from Burberry Prorsum. I love how the patterns switch up and play together through it.

F/W09 The Others

Welcome to the final contact sheet…obviously there is a bunch on here. There are even a few that I kicked out to get a nice even 20 looks. I’ll give you a quick-hitter on all of the highlights in my eyes here. I love the salt & pepper accented seams on D&G cardigan and that nice blue oxford underneath. Double pocket and cut of that jacket from Dunhill really make it a winner. I love the huge scarf in the Gilded Age look and ladies…his name is Chad White and I can’t you tell if you he’s single but he is a nice guy. I love this sweater from Libertine and it seems that NoaR did as well. Moschino hit us with some upscale geek chic. The glasses and pen stitched into the sweater make it simply awesome. Most of Number (N)ine’s very editorial selection was a bit too much fantasy for my tastes, but there was just something about this look that I really liked. I like how the jacket hooks together. It almost feels like he’s some sort of mythical Shaolin cowboy. Moving down the line, I liked the interesting cut on the sweater here from Raf Simons where it looks as though there’s a piece from where neck is on the sweater comes down over the shoulders. To the last row we go here with Ralph Lauren showing a quality way to pop some color into Fall/Winter. Looping back to my first post about the colors, the mauve vest is used to perfection here. I love the amber color in the velvet blazer from Salvatore Ferragamo and the pattern on that tie is so interesting. The last two in this collection of extras have this great knit sweater that’s actually created in the same sort of pattern that the aforementioned Givenchy scarf was.

Alright that wraps up my posts on Fall/Winter 2009. I hope you all enjoyed them and were able to at least pull one thing out of these that you really liked. If I can get some of this fashion through to one person, I think all of my efforts here putting these together were worthwhile. Over the time I’ve been putting these together my SecondLife inventory has swelled to about to bursting point, so I’ve got some looks that I’m going to throw out at you guys in quick succession. Thanks so much for reading and be well everyone.

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F/W09 Suits!

Ladies and…wait…Gentlemen and Gentlemen, it’s time to get suited up! Much like my previous post this one will be much more about the pictures than what I have to say about them. So without boring the crap out of you, here’s what I’ve got!

F/W09 Suits #1

Alexander McQueen set out on a mission to bring across this early 19th century feel to his collection and he definitely hit the mark. I feel like these two guys could be in the same gang where the one on the left is the boss and then the one on the right is the young enforcer. I love the pattern on the enforcer’s suit and those fingerless gloves on the boss are fantastic as well. Calvin Klein hit us with a great suit here. The color and power of that blue suit absolutely shines right through. The model almost feels like Clark Kent walking down the street and at any moment he could hop into a phone booth and turn in Superman. My other two faves from this group are straight down from the Alexander McQueen ones. These two looks from D&G are excellent. I love the double pocket on the one blazer and that fantastic quilted pattern on the other one. The crushed velvet appeal of those pants with the quilted blazer is really great as well.

F/W09 Suits #2

The first image I like out of this group is the suit from Hermès. The clean lines and subtle shine really make this a great classic look. What takes it to the next level is that it only has two buttons total on the blazer and that shine scarf as more of an accentual piece than being what the entire look is about. The second one that I’m feeling out of this is that great looking suit from Jean Paul Gaultier. It’s almost reminiscent of a zoot suit. Jean Paul Gaultier hit the runways with a whole lot of afros and these military style suspenders. He really hit the mark for me with this look and that black-and-white striped skinny tie really adds to this look. Again, for the love of the updated classics, I really liked the suit from Loewe. The dark mauve bow tie on the deeper purple shirt with that nice, thick scarf really put this ahead of the rest. The last of my faves from this group comes from a designer whose entire collection I really dug, PLUS he used a one-man-band for the music of his show. How awesome is that? Miharayasuhiro came out with a really great F/W09 collection and this suit is just one of the many splendors of his show. I strong suggest checking out his entire collection because there are so many pieces from so many different influences all brought to together for his looks.

F/W09 Suits #3

Honestly, picking out a favorite in this group would be like picking which amazing supermodel I’d like to marry. They’re all so amazing, so I’ll touch on what I love most from each of them really quickly. The Raf Simons suit is very classic with that shine to it and those kicks are just awesome. For the Rag & Bone suit, I really like the accented edges and how well they crafted the layering in that suit. The first suit from Salvatore Ferragamo is really just awesome on all levels. It’s one of those pieces that really transcend the group where it could be dressed up very well and dressed down just as well. I am in awe of the versatility of that suit. The second suit from the Italian designer is almost as good as the first. Again, it’s a one-button blazer and that clean light gray look is just tip top. Again with Salvatore Ferragamo I love the clean lines on this suit and that camel colored shirt underneath accented by the off-center bow tie. The last one in the Ferragamo group here I picked because of the great use of color. It’s a very studious look and the sheer, pale violet, deep v-neck sweater really sets it off. Z Zegna gave us that same sort of look as the one before it, but in a much more formal form. I love that sheen feel to the shirt and tie underneath delicately playing off of the light. Last, but certainly not least is this black on black on black on black on…you get the point look from Z Zegna. What I love about this look that a lot of designers understand is that if you’re going to pull this off you have to mix up the materials and shine levels in the layers to set them apart.

F/W09 Shawl Collar Suits

The final thing I wanted to kick out there was these shawl collar suits. I have to say that I absolutely love this wrinkle in suits. Not a lot of designers took the risk to throw these out there for F/W09, but I give mad props to the ones that did. The shawl collars are just about everywhere, most notably in sweaters lately, but bringing it into these suits is absolutely brilliant. Now, these are nothing NEW new…I mean shawl collar suits were all the rage back in the 70’s, but updating them and bringing them out in this fashion is just awesome and I had to give kudos to those that used it effectively. Thus, I raise a glass to you Miharayasuhiro, Shipley & Halmos, and Versace for these superb suits.

For my next trick…er…post I’ll hit you guys up with some sweaters, scarves, and a random collage of looks that didn’t really fit into any specific categories that I happened to like to. That will finish off everything that I’ve got from F/W09, so hopefully I’ll have that done and written up very soon. Thanks everybody and happy weekend!

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F/W09 Military, Layers, and Delivering the News

Buenos dias everybody I am back at it again. I’m combining posts like crazy here trying to get all of this stuff out as S/S10 shows have already hit the runways in Milano! Since I’m going to be running the rest of this show on a condensed time table as fall in the Northern hemisphere draws near, I’m not going to talk about EVERY outfit. For the rest of these I’m just going to slap images in your face and then talk about my faves of the bunch. Let me flip on some music to play into my ears (my Thievery Corp station on Pandora) and the slapping shall commence!!

F/W09 Military #1

So the military uniform influences were all over the place in F/W09, but none more prevalent than in the D&G shows. My favorite overall looks from this group are definitely D&G 14 and 17. I love the bow tie with v-neck sweater underneath that awesome jacket in #14. I honestly don’t even know what to say about #17. It’s just so awesome. That jacket is great and pairing it up with the lightly destroyed denim gives it that sort of real appeal that I could see myself wearing out on the town for an evening. The other look that I like in this group is D&G #21. That fur down the inside for the cold Russian nights in 1940 and the whole regal appeal that rolls with it is awesome. The other things that I really like in this group are the black & red jacket from D&G #3 and I love that little touch of the flower on the Armand Basi trench.

F/W09 Military #2

Here’s your second set of military up in this piece. My favorites from this group are the looks from Diesel Black & Gold, Moschino, and Trovata. I like the overall feel of the Diesel Black & Gold look and that coat is extremely well made. The Moschino look is also excellent in its own right. The clean lines and extra-shined leather definitely give that feel of a high ranking officer. Also, note the red, white, and blue tie that they snuck in there as well. In my previous post about the RWB showing up, there were a couple of Moschino looks. Thus, it’s them carrying over that pattern into multiple looks. The Trovata look is probably my favorite in the bunch. The shawl-collar navy (in color and branch of the military) pea coat is definitely one of the better pieces in this group. Add in the accented straps on the lower forearms to hold out the water and you’ve got yourself a superb coat. Other pieces I like in this group are the three D&G looks leftover from the last one. The two coats are awesome and then red piping accents on that light blue shirt really sets it apart from a lot of the looks seen in F/W09.

F/W09 Layered Colors

It’s time to layer it up ladies and gentlemens. Although, in this group it’s not so much physically putting on layers, but layers of colors. In a lot of the past shows and recent trends there was a color fade trend where gray would fade to black. Well what I noticed through F/W09 was that a lot of the designers made their colors much more defined. There’s still a little fading in this group, but it’s not as gradual. There are more steps to it. My top 3 looks in this group (in no order) are Emporio Armani (minus the leather fanny pack-esque thing), Hermes, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. I love the sweater and overall feel of this look and the flat cabby-style hat adds to it even more. The Hermes look I love because it was so simple, but so different from everything else I saw. The subtle change up of the color of the stripes on the shirt on this shirt makes it my fave. I’m definitely a fan of the subtle details that really show the designer took their time in crafting the garment. Next in my fave three is this awesome sweater from Marc by Marc Jacobs. I really like the mix up of the colors on this. It’s very Rivers Kuomo (lead singer of the band Weezer) and two of the swatches are donegal tweed/salt & pepper in nature. Other faves in this group would be the great sweater from Dirk Bikkemberg and the diagonal white stripe that runs from sleeve to body to opposite sleeve and the sort of Charlie Brown feel that Missoni tosses at us.

F/W09 Newsboy Hats

Finishing us off here we’ve got some Newsboy and Driver hats that were working the runways. Burberry Prorsum definitely took the reins on this and came out with some really fantastic looks. The first look from Burberry is probably my fave in the entire group. I love how all of the clothing has very deep, rich color and then the shoes come at you like mirrors with the shine on them. Also, note that on three of the four Burberry looks I have up there, they have them with fingerless gloves. That’s definitely something to pick up for the colder months if you happen to live in a climate where you’d need them. Now, the driver’s caps from Dolce & Gabbana are fantastic couple with those suits and the skinny ties. I mentioned before that the gradual fade had gradually faded out, but actually the pants in the first Dolce & Gabbana looks have that fade to them with horizontal lines up the pants. It’s a very cool and complex pattern in what seems to be a very simple pair of pants. Again it’s me with the subtleties. 🙂

That should just about wrap up this one. Next up, I think I’ll finally suit you guys up with some fantastic formal wear from F/W09. Stay tuned everybody. Same Oscar craziness, same Oscar blog.

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F/W09 RWB and Donegal Tweed

Alright ladies and gentlemen we have another couple of trends that were burning up the runways. The first one I’m going to toss at you is a touch of Americana. OK OK, so maybe there are a bunch of other countries whose flags are red, white, and blue. Call me a big, fat American if you will, but on the runways this fall a few designers hit us with these gems:

F/W09 Red, White, & Blue

Starting off with a bang we’ve got a fantastic sweater from Adam Kimmel. The colors are so clean and vibrant it really stands out in this crowd of other red, white, and blue looks. Honestly, it reminds me a lot of a cardigan sweater I had as a child. I don’t think I have any pictures of me in the sweater and I wouldn’t subject my childhood to the peanut gallery here. 😉 Also in this look the muffler with the cut edges has the colors, but in different hues. It’s a nice little touch to this look.

Next, we get suited up in excellent fashion. Gucci tosses this classic power suit at us with very clean lines and a shirt and tie to lighten it up a little. I obviously don’t mean that it’s lightened up color-wise, but more in having some fun. The banker white colored shirt and the checked pattern definitely pop out in this look as well as the shine texture to the tie.

Strolling in now, we’ve got a couple of looks put forth by Iceberg. In the first look, well…we’re missing the white, but the red and blue are there! That’s actually why I did throw this one in because I love how the red and blue announce themselves on the scarf. It’s almost like a red-winged blackbird how the color stands out in this look. That right there really forced my hand in putting in this look into this group. Also, in this first look I adore the intricacy of the detail put into those shoes. The second look from Iceberg is definitely more on the casual side of things. I love the big, red neck on the turtleneck portion of this and those clean, white Velcro shoes are excellent as well.

Moving to the bottom, we’ve got this awesome sweater from Michael Bastian. It’s in the same category as the Adam Kimmel sweater right above it. However, this sweater has a nice shawl collar to it and a much busier Native American pattern to it with the two chiefs and teepees.

Coming up next we’ve got a couple of looks from Moschino. I love the regal appeal of the first one from Moschino. It’s definitely a step back into time with the bowler hat atop and the crisp cut and feel of the navy blazer. Where the Gucci look had a lot of fun, this Moschino look has a lot less. The only fun you get out of this look is the diagonal stripe to the tie. Speaking of fun, the other look from Moschino that I have in this red, white and blue trend is this awesome blazer, tie, and shirt combo. I love how from the waist up that it’s very busy and pops against the very reserved pants and shoes.

The last look in this group is simply a scarf that really did it for me. I really like how Yohji worked this into the sporty feel of Y-3. The way that they tied up the sweater around the neck like an intricate pretzel is just awesome and really adds to the casual feel of this entire look.

F/W09 Salt & Pepper #1

Donegal tweed hit the runways HARD in the F/W09 shows this year. There was a flash of it in almost every collection this season and here are some of my favorite looks from it.

Starting it off we’ve got a fantastic coat from Alessandro Dell’Acqua. I love the black fabric accents and the solid gray sleeves on this. It almost feels as if the coat is a vest with a collar. I’m also a big fan of the light shine to those slacks with the cuffs on the bottom. It’s a very dressy casual fall style on this. The pants may take it a little out of that realm, but overall it still has that feel.

This next look from Bottega Veneta also comes with that same feel, but the shine on those pants are a bit too high to wear to your local coffee shop. I’ve always been a fan of the light collared shirt under the sweater and they did something interesting here. Usually when the collared shirt is underneath you’ll have a V-neck sweater, but on this they used it on a crew neck.

Coming through now, we’ve got a couple of looks from two different Armani collections. The first here is a very casual look from Emporio Armani. I love the look and feel of that coat along with the newsboy hat in a brown version of that same salt and pepper feel. This look is for sure my favorite in the group mainly because I can envision myself wearing that down the streets of a snowy New York City, even if I do live in middle America.

The other look from Giorgio Armani definitely has that more regal, affluent feel to it. The salt and pepper relaxed blazer with that vest underneath are perfectly paired up. I also like how the pocket square helps to tie the jacket into the overall look. It’s a very nice touch indeed.

The following look is probably the most mixed up in terms of the patterns. You’ve got your full suit of donegal tweed, diagonal strips on the tie, dotted multi-color shirt with a banker white collar, and red/white/black slip on shoes. When you read that you would think that the look would be WAY too busy, but somehow Gucci pulled it off where it doesn’t look all that overly busy. It definitely leans toward the busy side, but, in my opinion, it didn’t break over that threshold of too busy.

The last one in this group from Iceberg falls right between the Bottega Veneta and Emporio Armani looks. You’ve got your low shine the pleated dress slacks and then that donegal tweed look in a knitted pea coat. My favorite in this though is the blue, knitted, loose turtleneck sweater. A younger dad could definitely pull that off on the sidelines of a brisk, cool day for their kid’s soccer game.

F/W09 Salt & Pepper #2

Starting it off on this second set we’ve got this great clean and sleek look from Jil Sander. I like this clean look and how it really makes the donegal tweed style the central piece of the entire look. They didn’t add anything amazingly flashy to run with it. The salt and pepper is the statement of fashionability in itself.

Michael Bastian tossed his cap into the ring on this group as well. This fantastic, sporty look I really like the double pocket on the jacket and those blue fingerless gloves are awesome as well. You can’t really tell if they’re connected to the full-zip underneath or not, but I would assume that they’re simply complementary to the full-zip.

Now, we’ve got another classic Michael Kors look. Salt and pepper not only works its way along the jacket, but also the turtleneck sweater as well. My favorite part of this is actually something very simple: buttons on the inside of the coat. Often buttons are a great accent, but when you can hide them inside and make the look even cleaner it’s excellent.

Next on the palette of donegal tweed we’ve got this jacket from Neil Barrett. The first thing that’s great about this is how Neil breaks it up with the rest of the coat being a deep black with the salt and pepper fabric shining through. Then he goes and allows you to break it apart and use it as a scarf. Form and function work perfectly hand-in-hand on this coat and I think it’s awesome. Those shoes are pretty cool too. 😉

One of the designers that really caught my eye in all of the Fall/Winter 09 shows that hit the runways was Trussardi 1911. I don’t know what it was about their looks, but they really just hit that spot for me. I like how the grays play off of each other in this look and, same as the jacket from Michael Bastian above it, has the double right-side pocket. It is very business attire oriented with great class.

Finishing off this post we’ve got a great salt and pepper stole from Victor Glemaud. I really like the casual appeal to this look and note that across the board on the bottom there’s either a hem to the cuff of the pants or they’re rolled up. A lot of designers were doing this in menswear for this season.

That wraps up this post. I hope you all enjoyed this. I’ve got about 6 other topics to cover, so I’ll try to bust through them as my schedule is much more open this week. Thanks everybody and up next I’ll cover the military influences, layered colors, and newsboy hats that lit up the runways.

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