Lapointe & Bastchild Classic Black Tuxedo (mesh design)

So Lapointe & Bastchild have been playing around with mesh lately.  A lot of us are cautious about the mesh we use, and with good reason!  I’m not a fan of mesh jeans with a non-Mesh top, or with a mesh top that doesn’t hang over.  The alpha prim almost always shows at the waist on me with a non-mesh shirt, making it look as if I have Mysteeerious Haaaaunted Paaaaants. Every piece of mesh that L&B have produced and I’ve tried, I’ve loved.  The jeans they’ve been doing come in SEVEN sizes, which reduces the odds of the Mysterious Haunted Pants happening, and the shapes they sculpt for pants are, uhm, nice and flattering to one’s backside.
When I heard that they were going to do tuxedoes, I was thrilled: I’ve always liked L&B’s formalwear for men, and I assumed that when they played with mesh I would also be thrilled.  So, sadly, nothing to report here… except that the suits are positively gorgeous, and come with a HUD so you can set several different textures on several different parts of them.

This suit’s brand-new – Paul and Bastchild just got it out last night.  The tux has several textures available: from a simple wool tuxedo to a glossy silk edge for the tuxedo’s lapels.  The stripe on the trousers has the same variety available. Here’s a pic:

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As you may have noticed, there are more than one color for the tie and cummerbund and pocket square available; you can set these with the HUD as well, easy as point-and-click. Here’s the four basic looks that L&B have supplied: you can mix-and-match any of the two shirts and four accessory colors as you choose!

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And as Bastchild’s forte is the patient attention to detail and texture involved in creating remarkable little jewels, flowers, and other sculpted accents for the clothing that she and Paul make, here’s a glance at some of the cufflinks she’s made to go with the suitImage

You can acquire this suit from the marketplace website, or from Lapointe & Bastchild’s inworld store.

Stylecard:

Suit, accessories, and shoes: Lapointe & Bastchild (note: Shoes are sold separately)

Hair #1: LoQ “Malibu”
Hair #2: W&Y “Appollo”

Poses: ‘Dante’ and ‘Gabriel’, from Diesel Works.

UPDATE: I should have linked to Lapointe & Bastchild’s blog above!  Do have a peek.

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An Actually Fun Thing I’ll Likely Do Again (with apologies to D. F. Wallace)

Today’s exploration of things that are new is really just things that are new to me.
I’ve been a participant in the Menstuff hunt since it was founded, and in the original Make Him Over hunt, as well.  One of the creators who’s been one of the most enthusiastic participants in the hunts has been Egoisme Fashion.  Their CEO, Ramses Meredith, seems to spend a lot of time working up outfits or single items that are terrifically well-styled, but which just don’t seem like ‘me’.  However, I decided to try out putting on an outfit of things that were entirely from the shop and seeing how they worked together: I have to say that I am MOST impressed with a whole outfit of Egoisme, and I obviously needed to change my pre-conceptions!

If you’re looking for a good casual outfit, Egoisme has some terrific jackets, jeans, T-shirts; if you’re looking for something flamboyant and flashy, they do some beautiful fur coats, and they also do clothing intended for role-playing, both modern and medieval, fantastic and science-fiction.  Additionally, they do skins, and eyes, and they’ve invited a few accessory designers to have shops on their sim, as well.  Egoisme has definitely made serious efforts to be a one-stop menswear shop.

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I would recommend that you should definitely check out Egoisme if you’re in the mood to shop for a complete outfit.  Also, if you like to mix-and-match your clothing, I’m finding that any individual Egoisme clothing item or accessory works really terrifically with the other ones, even if they’ve come out several years apart!  I would definitely recommend Egoisme to anyone who likes piecing together an outfit to exactly suit his own taste.
You can visit Egoisme here.

Stylecard:
Everything is from Egoisme except for the hair and the pose: the hair can be found at Zeus’ shop.
Pose: ‘Gabriel 8’ from Diesel Works
Skin: ‘SAMMV2 – Pale – Unbald – Normal’ (a hunt gift from some years ago)
Shape: I made it myself: sorry, it isn’t for sale!
Hair: ‘YH-01 5color Black’ from Zeus
Eyes: ‘Egoisme – Grey eyes 2’ (another hunt gift!)
Pants: ‘Ego Brown jeans’
Shirt: ‘Egoisme shirts – C’est La Vie’
Jacket: ‘EGO – Pea Coat – Black – M’
Shoes: ‘Egoisme Snake Bronze’

UPDATES:
1: Ramses pointed out to me that he’s done a new version of the skin I’m wearing which I’m quite sure is an improvement on this one.  Though I am quite pleased with the older version!
2: Someone got another photo of Nath in the same outfit: please click here to go to Flickr!

Crazy Hair Hunt

So I found myself jabbering with somebody today about how much fun the third Crazy Hair Hunt was.  Which led me to showing him some photos of the stuff I’d found, which led me to looking around and realizing oh, shit.
Not only is the designer who did the awesome mohawk that everybody jabbers on about the awesome of gone, but so is the designer who RAN the hunt.  I’m dubious if there’ll be a fourth Crazy Hair Hunt, gorrammit.

So I’m wondering: do you know people who would be willing to take the time to do a silly hair that was in a set theme? Would they want to participate in a hunt that’d drive some traffic to their shops?  Frankly, the crazy hair hunt had some amazingly clever stuff in it, and I feel like we’re missing out on new and fun weirdness in SL because we won’t have it.

Your thoughts?

Jack or Jill Hunt #2

The Jack or Jill hunt has returned! This hunt is a bit unlike others: while some hunts ask that the gifts either be unisex or include a gift for each gender, the ‘Jack or Jill’ Hunt has two separate paths of gifts, 50 for the gals, 50 for the guys.

The gifts this go around do not include hair (which I find disappointing, as a hair addict), but there is a lot of mesh.  A lot of good mesh, at that. The gifts are hidden in what the folks running the hunt (depravednation.com) call a ‘hockey puck’: on the flat surface of the hockey puck is a male or a female symbol, depending on which gender the gift is intended for.

Here’s a photo of some of the gifts, modeled by yours truly.  While the prim hair, the eyes, and the skin aren’t from the hunt, everything else is.

Styling notes:
the ‘Mesh Tailored Jacket’ and ‘stripe stole’ (i.e., scarf) are both from Gabriel. It bears note that the scarf comes with a color hud, so you can get it to EXACTLY the color you want it to be to go with your outfit.

The slacks are the ‘Ripped Work Jeans’ from Rispetto.

The hairbase is the ‘Tattooed Razor HAIRBASE’, which is the gift from VyC Designs.

Lastly, the shirt is the ‘Ispachi Mesh [Polo Neck Sweater’]’ from, shockingly enough, Ispachi.

If you like the look of these gifts, then you should do the hunt!  It ends February 28.  The hunt list and SLURLs for all the shops are here: http://depravednation.com/jack-or-jill-2-0

What Fresh SL Is This?

I’ve been playing around with photography in SL for several years, now: what can I say, it’s handy having a medium where your camera can swing around to any point you might like, and you can adjust your model’s pose however you desire.  The other day, I noticed that a lot of my recent Flickr posts have been about what I find appealing and new in SL: places I’ve discovered, new clothing or accessories.   At the same time, I noted that I especially enjoy new things in SL.  New content: new sims, new efforts at strange and unusual things.  Using SL to allow us to create things that we can’t create in the real world.  So eventually, I decided that I would give this blogging thing a go.  Updates are likely to be sporadic, but I hope to keep everyone amused, and perhaps to boost things that impress me with the care that went into their creation.

But what to call this blog?  I’ve come up with a name for a blog or two before, and I realized I wanted something that would give people a good chuckle, rather than something that’d make me seem like a pompous overbearing self-indulgent twatwaffle.  However, that doesn’t tell me what TO call it, only what I don’t want to evoke with what I DO call it.  What do I want to evoke, though?  Hmmmm…  I went flipping around through various books on the shelf in my library and I came across the perfect name.

I ran across a favorite paraphrase of one Dorothy Parker (who you may have heard of).  So it seems that whenever the doorbell to her apartment rang, she would say ‘What fresh hell can this be?’, according to biographers.  Just a slip of the tongue and we’re wondering about fresh SL, then.

I do hope to amuse you, to entertain you, and to help you find new and enjoyable things in a forum we may all have gotten entirely too hum-drum about.

Why won’t people take me seriously???

Welcome aboard!