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Duality

Alright, I’ve done this before and I’m bringing it back again. I’ve got two looks today that are on opposite sides of the spectrum. The first look I have for you is one that I’ve been mulling over since I saw a pretty big fashion show that COCO was in. Then Bronson Twine made a post that pushed me over the edge to really go check this out. I know I say it a lot, but this designer really knows her color.

Duality - Chill

Everything cocoro Lemon puts out has really vibrant and welcoming color. The intention of her designs are for the female persuasion, but there are a select few things that can be taken as unisex. Definitely the wrap-around-waist shirts can be worn as a great accessory and the over-the-shoulder sweaters can be added to a nice preppy look. Personally, I went for this fantastic blue and white striped shirt. I went for it because it reminds me of an American Eagle shirt that I bought when I worked there. It’s still in my closet somewhere…or in the basement because it’s a laundry weekend. Anyway, I think Bronson’s and my post here should be used as batman symbols on the sky for COCO to start thinking about guys. 😉

Duality - Work

Speaking of work before, my second look actually follows along those same lines, but not in the same direction. There’s a girl that works in my office who definitely knows her fashion and is on top of her fashion game. Earlier this week she had a black & red lumberjack shirt, black skinny jeans, and some calf-height boots on that the jeans tucked into. I decided to take that look, put some male perspective on it, and present it to you guys. The black & red checked shirt was actually the first thing that sparked up memory. I was searching down a shirt I saw on Naith Smit in one of his Flickr shots a couple of weeks ago. I found out that it was from sey, but when I got to it I wasn’t sure if I really had a look that could go with any of the colors that sey provided. Then, I saw my coworker and it lit right up in my head how I could incorporate it with some of my regular clothing. By regular I mean some of the designers and items that I tend to use a lot on here. I’m a creature of habit and when I find things that I really like or are perfect for me, you’ll see them a lot on here.

For those of you readers in the USA, enjoy the long weekend! I know I will because I’m taking an extra day on Tuesday. 😉 Oh! And a head’s up for you guys & gals reading this. I’ll probably have all of the images gathered for a round-up of F/W09 by the end of next week. I’ll drop all of that on you guys some time in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

The Rundown
Chill
Waist Shirt :: COCO – Shirt Tied Around Waist in Stripe Blue L$200
Tank :: Hell Bop – Hank in White L$75
Jeans :: Valiant – Light Blue Triniti Jeans L$250
Kicks :: SOREAL – Superstars in SSP011 L$399
Glasses :: Solar Eyewear – Nash L$245 (or @ Fab Fash Studios for L$0)
Necklace :: Redgrave – Silver Shoot Necklace L$120
Bracelet :: Mhaijik Things – Silver Elephant Hair Bracelet L$200 (comes with a ring as well)
Hair :: Gritty Kitty – Hoke Troika in Black L$130
Tattoos :: iNFLiCT – Proud Like A God L$549
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

Work
Shirt :: :sey – nel shirt in Red L$400
Jeans :: Calypso Giano – Stonewash Classic Jeans in M10 L$250 (L$1,500 for 10)
Boots :: Hoorenbeek – Patagonia in Black L$520
Shades :: SteinWerk – Aviator Sunglasses L$450
Hair :: Philotic Energy – Mykal in Black L$149 for 8 colors
Tattoos :: iNFLiCT – Proud Like A God L$549
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

The Soundtrack
Chill :: Weezer – Island In The Sun
Work :: Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses

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Olio

37 Across – Hodgepodge – 4 letters :: Answer = Olio. Are there any crossword people in the house? Well it leads into my post that I’ve got for today. I have a LOT of things that have just been sitting in my inventory that I always intended to blog, but just never got around to because RL has been pumping on all cylinders, especially with summer on the horizon and the brutal winter we had here in the Midwest. Thus, when I’ve been getting the chance, I’ve been popping off some quick shots of stuff that I’d like to blog. Now to remember what exactly I’m wearing…

Olio

Alright we’ll work the top row first here and left to right. In the upper right we have a look that’s mainly IZUMIYA fashion set number 8. I know, again more black and white from me with IZUMIYA, but I like it. I like the use of the prim top to the skirt layer. I don’t think I’ve seen that anywhere else and especially for a male av it works because we’re a wider bunch than our female counterparts. The skirt layer will keep to your form so your legs aren’t always poking through it with your AO and the prim part covers up the need to futz with the poof of the skirt that always seems to mess with my lower back. Granted you get all of this innovation for the low price of L$25…seriously. Another piece I need to talk about here are the shoes. The Sk8Sneaks from ZHAO are pretty awesome. This is actually a creation of Lissa Maertens of Cattiva e Cattivo. I was talking to her the other day and she had told me that she was starting to create shoes under the Zhao brand. Personally, I think this is a great addition to the Zhao brand because Zhao has mainly wrapped their brand around the female shoe. Bringing in somebody like Lissa that has successfully created some great male shoes really helps them. I’d love to see it make Zhao a staple in the male shoe arena or at the very least shake some things up. The style I chose for this look is the white zebra ones, but there are a lot of different colors and styles to choose from.

The next two down the line to the right we have a couple of main pieces that I’d like to talk about from Laqroki. Both pieces surround the color blue (go figure) and the first is the Eagle jacket in blue. I can’t really pinpoint what exactly makes me love this jacket so much. I think it’s probably the great hue of blue that they used in it and the subtle striping that looks like shading until you get in close. You know, I notice that Laqroki really uses a lot of gray scale tones in their clothing, but they really need to throw some color in there. Usually when they throw in color they get it right and I seem to always end up feeling like I want another color but it’s not there. The other thing I wanted to speak on in this look is the hair. UncleWeb Studios has been open for…maybe two weeks and Din has already released another new hair. The latest to be released is this Jin02.03 hair. I really like a lot of the new hairs from UncleWeb and the new textures are fantastic as well. Although I will admit that there is one thing that I don’t like. The mesh black hair textures are a little inconsistent. In some of the hairs they’re really noticeable and in others they’re much more subtle. I prefer the subtle, but it does make for somewhat of a guessing game as to what you’re going to get. Anyway, I like this hair here and this is the 03 style in black. It has some structure to it and then some playfulness to it as well. Jin 02.03 gets a thumbs-up from me.

The other Laqroki one that I threw in here in the upper right is the white blazer. This version of the blazer comes with a light blue undershirt and it just felt so nice a light for spring that I had to get it. I picked up a nice little 3-pack of the blazers without the shirts underneath as well because I like to mix & match shirts underneath.

Moving to the bottom row we have a store that I picked up on from a Japanese blog that’s in my blogroll over there >>>>>>>> It’s a blog by Cary Kiarx and the store is called NWYD. I picked up three of these shirts, but the one I really wanted to blog was this red one. I mean if you look at the images placed up there by Cary, you see all of the sweaters over shirts hanging up on the wall and this red one practically jumps off of the wall and says, “BUY ME! BUY ME!” I listened to its Sirens call, bought it, and couldn’t have been happier with my purchase. When you buy this shirt you get regular sculpted cuffs without the button-up shirt cuff showing up underneath and then a version of the cuff with the button-up shirt cuff showing. I really like how they worked out the cuff showing through the prims.

Next up we’ve got something that’s pretty cool. Although the tie and shirt are sold separately they still mesh together really well. Essentially the tie is sort of an add-on to the shirt. You can get this shirt with the regular collar and then for an added L$80 you can purchase the collar + tie combo. What’s really nice about it is that you can wear the tie with any of the plethora of colors that Schadenfreude provides this Oxford shirt in. The ties come with a HUD with which you can change the color of the collar to any of the collar to any of the colors of the shirt. Thus, no matter what color of shirt you want to buy, you can customize your tie to fit it. Again on this look, I tossed the Sk8Sneaks from Zhao in blue zebra onto here. As I mentioned before, I like the subtle mesh black from UncleWeb Studios and this free style up on the counter in the store called Reed in mesh black is perfection. Also in this look we have taped Buddy glasses from Artilleri. Artilleri has been coming out strong with some new releases for men. They’ve been covered so much that I’ve held myself back from overloading you with them, but I do really like these Buddy glasses. They’re very geek chic and come in a plain version along with this extra geek taped version.

The last look I have for you is actually the oldest one that I’ve had sitting in my inventory. It is the Argrace With You sweater + scarf. I love the softness of the texture on the scarves and richness of the color in them. I had to do a bit of futzing with the size of the scarf to fit around the prim neck piece (they don’t come connected together), but it was well worth it for a sweater of this quality. The prim neck and sweater come on where they’re connected to different points of the body. This allows for ease of leaving the scarf on or taking the scarf off. The main thing I like about this again comes down to the color. I like the deep olive color on this sweater and the half-rolled sleeves. It feels very everyday and almost mountain man. I really dig that about this.

That wraps up my olio o’ looks here. Please note the new page to my blog called the Creators Glossary. It covers all of the stores that I use in my blog. I’ll continue to provide slurls in my posts, but that’s more of a log of the history of places that I’ve covered in blog and what I covered or like best about the stores. The only letters not covered in there are Q and X. If you know of any menswear stores that begin with Q or X…let me know and I’ll check ’em out. 🙂 Here’s the laundry list of items with extra starch:

The Rundown
Top Left
Outfit :: IZUMIYA – Fashion Set No. M08 L$25
Shoes :: Zhao – Sk8Sneaks in Zebra L$400
Bracelets :: Action Surf & Sk8te – Unisex Studded Buckle Bracelet in Black L$200
Glasses :: Artilleri – Buddy Glasses L$130
Hair :: MADesigns – James in NB I L$300 for 3-pack
Tattoos :: iNFLiCT – Proud Like A God L$549
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

Top Center
Jacket :: Laqroki – Eagle Jacket in Blue L$225
Jeans :: Valiant – Ripped Cream Dark Blue Jeans L$250
Shoes :: Hoorenbeek – Nylon Trainers in Blue/White L$520
Glasses :: Artilleri – Buddy Glasses L$130
Hair :: UncleWeb Studios – Jin 02.03 L$190
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

Top Right
Jacket :: Laqroki – White Blazer with Light Blue Shirt L$300
Jeans :: Casa del Shai – Pedro Jeans L$300
Shoes :: Hoorenbeek – Docker Shoes in White L$520
Shades :: Rughster – Aviator (not currently available, but msg sent to creator)
Hair :: MADesigns – Brad in NB I L$300 for 3-pack
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

Bottom Left
Sweater + Shirt :: NWYD – Flower & Knit Shirt in Red L$100
Jeans :: Fishy Strawberry – Distressed Denim in Classic L$145
Shoes :: SOREAL – Superstars in SSP014 L$399
Glasses :: Solar Eyewear – Nash L$245 (or @ Fab Fash Studios for L$0)
Hair :: Gritty Kitty – Hoke Troika in Black L$130
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

Bottom Center
Shirt + Tie :: Shadenfreude – Oxford shirt in Azure L$160 Bird of Happiness Necktie Pair L$80
Pants :: Pixel Dolls Belted Pants . Stripe in Grey L$50
Shoes :: Shoes :: Zhao – Sk8Sneaks in Blue Zebra L$400
Glasses :: Artilleri – Buddy Glasses L$130
Hair :: UncleWeb Studios – Reed in Mesh Black L$0
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

Bottom Right
Sweater + Scarf :: Argrace – With You in Olive L$300
Jeans :: Calypso Giano – Stonewash Jeans – Classic in M8
Boots :: Maitreya – Desert Boots in Green L$400
Shades :: Armidi Gisaci – Lifestyle Aviators – Silver L$325
Hair :: Armidi – The Law in True Black L$295 (5-pack)
Skin :: Belleza – Miguel L$2,000 single (L$5,000 for 4-pack)

The Soundtrack
Random songs from every Pandora station I have
The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes
John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom
Al Green – Tired of Being Alone
The Ting Tings – Great DJ
Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed
Death Cab For Cutie – The Sound of Settling
Sevendust – Shine
Air – All I Need

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Be Koi

Yo yo yo. I’m back at you once again. Now that I’m finally awake after the tryptophan nap (like chloroform, but without the headache) that is synonymous with Thanksgiving for me, I have some fashion to swing your way. I’ll come at you in three parts here and each part is set apart below the full shots here:

KoiShift Collage

The first part is these jeans from GearShift. Recently GearShift was used in a collection of images for Homme Magazine. What I noticed as I flipped through the magazine was that the jackets and sweaters were used, but nada on the jeans. Obviously, I don’t know what items were given for that shoot, but the jeans are definitely something to be displayed. GearShift jeans are definitely some of my favorites. I really feel like Donovan nailed a great pair of jeans in his Maverick jeans set that come in 2 colors (blue and black) and 2 styles (plain and ripped). From there he scooped up a handful of his own style and tossed it in to create these three unique jeans. Left to right above, we have the Rider Punch, Tainted Love, and Rider Kick jeans. The Riders are obviously influenced by Japanese style. That Japanese/harajuku/anime field is what Donovan usually throws our way and he has a hard time missing. The textures and graphics on these jeans really do pop out at you. The Tainted Love jeans touch on another style that you’ll find throughout a lot of Donovan’s items and that is graffiti. On this denim masterpiece it seems he took his blue jean texture and gave it a very nice dark blue hue and adorned it with very nice graffiti touches. If I had to order them, the Tainted Love jeans are definitely at the top of the three. Also, I do have something else I need to mention. Donovan has a new main store location for GearShift. It’s pretty cool and has some extra freebies in it if you’re in the group. I believe he opened it up on Monday and it’s the GearShift Academy, so go check it out in Raven Moore.

The second part comes in relation to the Japanese influence brought by Donovan. Koi in Japanese simply means “carp”, but koi is actually a homophone (a word that sounds the same as another, but has different meanings) that also means “strength and perseverance”. The Japanese legend says that if a koi were strong enough to make it all the way up stream and climb the falls at a location called Dragon’s Gate on the Yellow River that it would then turn into a dragon. Based on that legend the koi is also a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. I seem to be drawn to tattoos of koi. One of these tattoos I’ve actually already shown you guys back in my Golden Years. Left to right again we have the Koi Upper Body from EtchD, Koi Farm from Aitui, and then again the Serenity tattoo from iNFLiCT.

The final part to this all are the SOREAL Superstars that have been out for a while now. I really wanted to blog on these shoes closer to our historic US election, but I didn’t have a chance to. I say that because on these shoes I actually manned up and bought the full pack of them from Kwamey, and with the full pack I got a special texture in 3 styles. The extra styles have the same base texture of groundbreaking and influential black musicians in 3 different colors. The style displayed on the right side is the extra style in purple. Now, I did have to ask Kwamey for the exact name of the artists displayed on this texture, but I will say that I was not all that far off on them when I dropped a note card guessing on him (I got 8 out of 12). If you look closely you can see some of them. The official word from Kwami on his texture is as follows:

#1 Bob Marley, Roy Ayers, George Clinton, Louis Armstrong
#2 Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye
#3 Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, James Brown, Quincy Jones

These are definitely the most realistic Superstars on the SL market and the price says so. Personally, I wish they were scripted like the Pornstars from Urban Bomb Unit, where you can mix and match textures, lace colors, shells, stitches and other portions, but sadly they are not. You’re locked into the styles you buy. These shoes are size scripted allowing you to resize them to your feet with ease.

Alright that’s all I’ve got on this one. I hope you enjoyed it and seriously slide over to snag any and/or all of these. Even if you don’t buy these, at least check out what they all have to offer. One of the things I love about fashion blogs is that even if I don’t particularly like what the blogger had on, the designer may have something else that strikes a perfect note with me. It’s all about discovery and expansion, so that you can strike that perfect note of your own. Also, note that I snuck in my favorite pink mohawk again. That’s one amazing sculpty prim I tell you.

The Rundown
In All Three
Shoes: SOREAL Superstars L$399 single (L$3499 18 pairs in 1)
Shades: Young Urban – Alaskan Aviators in Silver L$90
Skin: FNKY! – Baby Face Soul L$1,850 single (L$3,000 pack)
Necklace: Shiny Things – Mechanica men’s necklace L$100
Bracelet: Shiny Things – Mechanica men’s bracelet L$100

Blue Collection
Tattoo: EtchD – Koi Upper Body
Jeans: GearShift – Rider Punch L$200
Hair: The Abyss – Blade in Pink L$200

Red Collection
Tattoo: Aitui – Koi Farm L$350
Jeans: GearShift – Tainted Love L$200
Hair: UncleWeb Studios – Dan in Cool Black L$130

Purple Collection
Tattoo: iNFLiCT – Serenity L$599
Jeans: GearShift – Rider Kick L$200
Hair: Chase – Seabreeze in Coal Black (L$295 for 3 colors)

The Soundtrack (Myspace Playlist Link)
Kasabian – Shoot The Runner
Gorillaz – All Alone
Daft Punk – Technologic
Fatboy Slim – Love Island
Rock Kills Kid – Paralyzed
Digital Underground – The Humpty Dance
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
Toe Jam & Earl Theme

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