In my previous “Winter formals” post I featured some contemporary but classic men’s formal-dress items by edo Tone. You may still be searching for the perfect suit to wear, though, if the formal winter festivities you’ll be attending are a little less conventional, a little more…gothly. If that’s the case, I dare say you may need look no further than the Revenant Suit by Allegory Malaprop. Although sloe-eyed Frosty here seems indifferent to its charms, not to mention my own, I can assure you that it’s a remarkable piece of sartorial engineering indeed. It has, in fact, already prompted unsolicited compliments (the best kind) from unexpected quarters. You really must take a closer look. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for December, 2008
That’s right, the throwdown is back! As I told you last week, we’ve got twice as many people this time around for a tag team throwdown. I’m up against Nicolas Sinatra and Dahlia Eilde of the couples fashion blog, Bonnie & Clyde. Both are experienced models, currently employed by Nex-Core Model Management. On top of that, Bonnie & Clyde is one of the first couples fashion blogs for Second Life, so they have plenty of experience working together. I’ll be teaming up with my lovely wifey, TheDiva Rockin, Chief of the SL Fashion Police, and hoping we can keep pace with em.
Our theme is “Snow day.” Why’s that? Because a good portion of the Northern Hemisphere has experienced snow in the past few weeks. Basically, its too cold for me go outside. Luckily, SL lets us play in the snow without the cold, the wet, the mushy, and the soggy.
It’s a win-win for everyone.
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So, I had this crazy idea that I would do a series of posts featuring formal wear for the holidays. This thing called Christmas kinda got in my way, but I’m kicking it off anyway.Â I’ve got a few things already lined up; we’ll see how far I get. Consider these recommendations for winter parties in general, holiday or otherwise. Hey, New Year’s Eve is still coming! Read the rest of this entry »
I know, I know–we all bitch aboutÂ stuff in SL all the time.Â I include myself when I say that.Â I have to say, though, that SL has been more than usually rocky for me lately.Â Between one undesirable symptom and another, it seems like I have to work extra hard to get anything productive done.Â (Having fun is another matter.)Â In that spirit, I submit the following holiday musing.Â It can be sung to a tune you doubtless know well; I’ll spare you the recitation of all twelve verses.
The Twelve Days of SL Christmas
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:
twelve viewer crashes,
eleven failed attachments,
ten rolling restarts,
nine script errors,
eight missing textures,
seven rezzing failures,
six sudden logouts,
five failed TPs,
four amorphous clouds,
two capped IMs,
and a hairstyle up my ass!
Not to be taken too seriously.Â Yes,Â as a matter ofÂ fact I have been drinking.Â If you aren’t having fun, you aren’t doing it right.
A happy Christmas to all!
So y’all might be wondering what happened to the throwdown. Basically, my last opponent had a lot of RL issues come up halfway through the round and I’ve had RL and SL issues so we called it off for a bit. I had been planning to introduce something new, so that’s coming to you now.
The process of choosing a theme is basically spinning a big wheel. I use two random numbers. One of them acts as a bit of salt, choosing where the wheel starts spinning from. The other, usually much larger, is the equivalent of actually spinning the wheel. I get the numbers in different ways — sometimes I use a website and other times I just ask my opponent to pick a number.
I’m thinking of using yet another wheel. Up till now I’ve used a somewhat vague theme, that both my opponent and I can interpret as we see fit. But more and more, those outfits and feeling like costumes and not actually something most folks could wear on a day to day basis. To remedy the situation, I just need to have more types of themes — another wheel. Read the rest of this entry »
I won’t argue with you.Â The juxtaposition may indeed seem odd.Â Skinkie Winkler’s new “Esprit de Neige” (Spirit of Snow) men’s necklace is is a stunning piece of simple, icy elegance, eminently suitable for dressy, even formal holiday occasions.Â And I’m wearing it with…antlers?
Yes.Â Â Let me tell you why.Â There is, as the saying goes,Â a method to my madness.
I think we sometimes worry too much about “properly coordinating” our clothing, jewelry, hairstyle, accessories, toys and whatnot when we put ourselves together.Â Now, I’m not tryingÂ to discourage you fromÂ striving for sartorial harmony rather than chaos.Â But there’s also nothing wrong with whimsy, or with occasionally wearing, let’s say, a more “formal” piece of jewelry with a more “casual” outfit, just to let it really stand out and shine.Â Once you understandÂ certain guiding principles, then you can begin bending them, even if you prefer not to break them outright.Â Hey, this is SL, not RL–it’s supposed to be fun! Read the rest of this entry »
The ARGRACE Fall/Winter collection by AIR Winx is, in a word, impressive.Â A good double handful of the designs have been burning a hole in my inventory for several days now–I’m long overdue sharing them with you.Â Although I love and enjoy exploring some of the incredible variety of themed clothing you can find in SL, there’s still a place in my heart (and room in my wardrobe) for contemporary designs.Â A beautiful sweater, a handsome jacket, an eye-catching accessory: these all make me happy.Â If they do the same for you, I’d be surprised if you don’t find something here worth taking home. Read the rest of this entry »
Starting with this issue, Second Style Magazine dramatically expands its coverage of menswear.Â Of course, this issue is All Guys, All the Time, but going forward youâ€™ll see more menâ€™s fashions each issue in a variety of new columns and features.Â Iâ€™m very happy no longer to be the sole voice speaking for men in this publication, but the change naturally leaves me wonderingâ€”what direction do I take now?
For starters, the name of the column has changed.Â While menswear doesnâ€™t take up nearly the SL acreage occupied by womenâ€™s fashion, itâ€™s still a worthy, growing market and surely deserves more than a “corner.”Â The new name was a suggestion from Iris that I liked better than my own ideas, and I liked it even more the more I thought about it.Â Hopefully it also says something about what Iâ€™m trying and hoping to do here. Read the rest of this entry »
When I was a kid, living in Kansas City, we had a black-and-white tabby cat named Patches.Â He didn’t much care for winter–he was an indoor cat, but he liked to run around in the yard, chew on the grass and chase grasshoppers.Â Snow three feet deep was, for Patches, a major buzzkill.
But not all cats hate snow.Â In fact, some of us kittehs can’t wait to get out and tear around in it.Â When you think about it, snow is water that doesn’t make your fur get all clumpy.Â What’s not to love? Read the rest of this entry »