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Mini Rundown
Shirt :: SCARS – Smooth Drape Cutsaw in Black L$150
Necklace :: Paper Couture – Treasures Bib L$256
Bracelet :: Hoorenbeek – Maximus Cuff in Black L$360
Hair Base :: Aitui – Standard L$299
Skin :: PXL – Daniel in Dark L$1,900

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Fashion Is Danger

You think you know fashion, but fashion’s a stranger. You think fashion’s your friend, my friend fashion is danger. Moscow, Berlin, Paris, London, Tokyo, Wellington, Rome, Geneva, New York City.

I couldn’t have started this out any better. I saw Flight of the Conchords last weekend and they were pretty amazing. I mean they even brought out the robot suits! Alright I’m going to hit you with the three shots and then I’ll hit you with my words on each.

Springy #1
Springy #1
Springy #2
Springy #2
Springy #3
Springy #3

Spring is in the air and FINALLY here for some us in the northern hemisphere. The bright colors can finally creep back out and I’ve been seeing them all over the place with the nice weather we’ve been having around these parts. I’m actually going to touch on something that I missed in all of my previous S/S09 male fashion posts. Besides all of the blue that flew at us in all of the shows, there was also a secondary dominant color in the shows that I overlooked and that was Coral/Melon. Above I’m displaying some of my looks that incorporate that sort of color.

Springy #1
This is actually an outfit I put together when I was going to double team a couture fashion article on Runway Mag with my boy Catero, but before we had the chance Runway blew up like the Lindenberg. To be completely honest, I don’t know an official name for this suit. This is actually a preview version of a Z Zegna influenced suit by Hoorenbeek that will be coming out in the near future. The shading is a little heavy, but overall this is a really great and fashionable suit. I actually went down to Fabulous Fashion taping in the Springy #2 outfit yesterday because Hoorenbeek was being featured on the show. The show for Hoorenbeek will be up very soon and I’ll update right -> here <- when the show is up if you’d like to check it out. The shirt underneath is actually one of the Cambridge shirts from Armidi’s Gisaci, but I threw my own flavor onto it. I had to do a bit of prim work to put this together, but I think it really ended up being very well worth it. To create the look of this shirt it required removing the long cylinderesque sculptie from each of the pieces that go on the upper arm. Then I took the small ends, attaching them to the forearms, and rotating + positioning them to look right. Note that this shirt is actually the Aufren White shirt with a coral-colored tint to it. The official tint I used to get this color is:

Red: 255
Green: 157
Blue: 122
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Hue: 16
Sat: 100
Lum: 74

Finishing off this look are probably my current favorite pair of shoes in all of SL, the Classica’s from Kalnin’s. Please note that if you have not put on your Kalnin’s shoes in a while that you should put them on to get your automatic update to them. I don’t think they came with a notecard detailing what exactly was upgraded on the shoes, but after putting on both the Classica’s and the Gallop’s I was automatically sent newer versions of them.

Springy #2
My second look here comes from a lot of different places. The first and most vibrant thing that pops out at you is the jacket and vest. These come from the Shiki Gingham Check suit in Mandarin. Not exactly Coral/Melon, but very very close. Personally, I felt like the entire suit was a little busy and overbearing with the texture. Although, when you break it up like this I think it comes off looking a LOT better. The next thing that I should draw your attention is the hat from Apollon. Connecting this look to the first, I initially heard about these while Catero (srsly would you get out of my head Cat? kthx) was researching some Japanese fashion designers and he told me that I’d look good in one of the hats. When it happened I kind of laughed because I didn’t think they were really my style, but then when I got there and saw that the hats were only L$140 for two I figured I could buy a couple and see if I liked them. Well, obviously, I really did like them and found a couple of looks for this one to go with. Staying in Asia, I slid in the Isis shirt under the jacket layer from Zaara Kohime. Zaara has been dabbling in the male realm and I really like these Isis shirts. They come on a lot of different layers with the ability to tuck in and there’s a semi-sheer version of the shirt on the jacket layer.

Springy #3
My final look is the latest and greatest from those crazy ladies at Paper Couture. I haven’t had a chance to talk to her much since the early conceptual stages of what Paper Couture’s S/S09 collection was going to look like, but I was given the early hint from Ava Lu that it was going to be an Indian (Bombay not Native American) style to it. Of the three looks that they put out for men, I felt like this one really hit the spot. (other bloggers did as well as other blogs have been popping up with this look) This one also features some of the coral coloration on the breast and collar of the jacket. Note that all three looks for men pretty much come with a shirt and pant layer (two of them come with collars for shirts), so if you’re looking to mix and match fuhgettabotit. Finishing up this look I thought that the LeLutka Carson sandals would work very nicely. I got a taste of these from the freebies that LeLutka tossed out to their groupies, and knew they had the colors to fit this look. Again, I had to do a little prim work on these because I’m sorry, but the only reason that men have size 0 feet are to crunch them into shoes. When you open up the shoe, the feet look tiny and awkward. Thus, I moved my feet up to 25, as that’s what proportionally looks best with my shape, and had to do a little prim work to resize them for my feet and tighten up the straps. Thank you to LeLutka for making them only no transfer and allowing me customize them to my needs.

Alright, I’m going to hit you with the Rundown and Soundtrack and get myself out of here. If you have any male Coral/Melon leads please let me know in the comments. I’ve been searching high and low, so keep me in the loop. Enjoy your first and second lives to the fullest everybody.

The Rundown
Springy #1
Suit :: Hoorenbeek Suit – Tweed Suit L$960
Shirt :: Gisaci – Cambridge Shirt in Aufren White (tinted) L$250
Shoes :: Kalnins Classica L$400
Shades :: SteinWerk – Aviator Sunglasses L$450
Hair :: MADesigns – Eric in Ash Browns L$300 for 3
Tattoo :: Negko – Humaga L$149
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel in Tan Face #11 L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

Springy #2
Jacket + Vest :: Shiki Designs – Gingham Suit in Mandarin L$480
Shirt :: Zaara – Isis Shirt in White L$150 (3-pack for L$400)
Pants :: Sartoria Italiana – Riva Dress Slacks in Light Linen L$100
Shoes :: Kalnins Classica L$400
Hat :: Apollon – Homberg Hat in White 2-pack for L$140
Shades :: SteinWerk – Aviator Sunglasses L$450
Tattoo :: Negko – Humaga L$149
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel in Sunkissed Face #11 L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

Springy #3
Shirt, Jacket, + Pants :: Paper Couture – Fine and Dandy L$250
Sandals :: LeLutka – Carson sandals in White L$300
Hat :: Apollon – Homberg Hat in White 2-pack for L$140
Shades :: SteinWerk – Aviator Sunglasses L$450
Tattoo :: Negko – Humaga L$149
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel in Sunkissed Face #11 L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

The Soundtrack
Fashion Tracks
Flight of the Conchords – Fashion is Danger
The Kinks – Dedicated Follower of Fashion
Kelly – Borrow That Top
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Spring Tracks
Raphael Saadiq – Never Give You Up
Ray LaMontagne – Hey Me, Hey Mama
Yerba Buena – El Burrito
Thievery Corporation – Sol Tapado

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The Avatar Formerly Known As Oscar Page

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted one time to see you laughing
I only want to see you laughing in the purple rain

I’m not going to lie; I had a lot of fun shopping for this one. When I saw the new collection from Paper Couture and saw the Learning Suit, I immediately thought of Prince. The only person that could rock this outfit in today’s world and not get mocked is Prince. I wish I could have found his symbol guitar, but with the quickness of the turnaround and the highly unlikely probability that it actually exists in SL…I don’t have it in this. If anybody has any leads on where I could maybe find that guitar, please let me know because I’m sure I’ll bust out my Prince somewhere down the line. I first picked up that Paper Couture had released their fall season of clothing when I saw Iustinian’s post. That I know of, they’re the only group of designers that releases an entire seasonal collection, instead of on a item by item process that most designers do. As I had mentioned in my comment on Iustinian’s post, their Spring/Summer ’08 (usually shortened S/S08) collection did not have any men’s clothing in it at all. I was pretty sad about that at the time because Paper Couture always comes out with something interesting. It’ll always be something that will make you rethink design in general. When you look at their stuff, you’re not exactly sure whether you like or not, but you can’t stop looking at it. It’s that mystery that holds your attention. I think that the same sort essence that got everybody caught up with Prince when he initially came out. He made you rethink what sexy is. This 5’2″, skinny guy in heels that pumps this music into your veins that’s sexually charged, funky, and has a presence that’s second to none. So with that I give you my Prince look:

Purple Rain

A final couple of things of note about the Learning Suit are that Paper Couture did something different this time around. In all of their previous releases, most items could not be worn separately. With this outfit you can wear the pants, jacket, and shirt as stand-alone items. Not all of the outfits are this way, where you can disconnect, but it’s very nice to see some step in the right direction toward mixing and matching items. Also, most of the male designs carry a similar pattern across the board. You can see it all throughout this outfit and it’s on the jacket of two other outfits as well as the pants on the other two that round out the entire male collection. I’m not sure if this is a signature pattern for the season or something that we’ll consistently see in the future of their collection. Either way it’s a little nuance to watch for.

Other portions of this look that you should note would be #1 the skin #2 the shoes. Starting it off here I’ll talk about the skin. When concepting Prince, I knew I needed some funky fresh facial hair. The only way to go was Defectiva. I was in the store checking out the skins and I seriously couldn’t believe my eyes when I went to snag one. L$300…I mean L$300. That’s pretty amazing. Now, the skin only comes with a hair on version and it’s no mod, but it’s a very functional skin for a very cheap price. I would also mention what I saw Disembodied Hand (the designer) wearing, but I’ll save him the embarrassment. In a short conversation that I had with Disembodied he mentioned that he was really looking forward to taking the time to update his male skins with a photorealistic approach like he had done with his female skins. The final thing I’m going to kick at you would be…well the kicks. These are the Gallop shoes from Kalnins. (I know Kalnins love in two straight posts…sometimes you just get in that groove) They come in 11 different colors and you get them all for L$500. You may even consider them having 22 different colors because of the shiny feature scripted into the shoes. SL client and graphics permitting, the shiny feature to the shoes can give your shoes a different tint depending on the local light. If you do make it over to Kalnins, note the new RoadBlazers that just came out today. I haven’t decided which of the two sets of colors to tackle, but eventually I’ll figure it out.

So that’s all I’ve got for you on this one. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did playing around with my shape and throwing out Prince at you. I know my gf is happy that this is over because I don’t know how much she could stand looking at Prince (who barely stood up to her shoulders). Enjoy your week everybody!

The Rundown
Outfit: Paper Couture The Learning Suit L$300
Shoes: Kalnins Gallop v1.2 (L$500 all 11 colors)
Hair: Gritty Kitty – Czech Mate in Black L$130
Eyes: SLAB – ICE in Brown L$65
Skin: Defectiva – Conor – Light – Fresh L$300

The Soundtrack
Prince & The Revolution – Erotic City
Prince – P Control
Prince – Sexy MF
Prince – Gett Off
Prince – Kiss
Prince – Cream
Prince – 7
Prince – Purple Rain
Prince – When Doves Cry
Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy

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