Itâ€™s good to know that some things donâ€™t change.Â Or maybe Alphonse Karr had it right, and the truth is more along the lines of his famous saying, “Plus Ã§a change, plus c’est la mÃªme chose” (usually translated as “The more things change, the more they stay the same”).Â I could get all philosophical, and bore you to death, but fortunately for you thatâ€™s not why weâ€™re here today.
No, weâ€™re here to talk about clothing.Â Menâ€™s clothing.Â Casual menâ€™s clothing, in fact.Â I donâ€™t have to imagine your shock and surpriseâ€”I can feel it from here!Â Now, itâ€™s true, I admit itâ€”I donâ€™t always give a lot of love to jeans and tees.Â Itâ€™s true that pretty much anyone and everyone who sells clothing in SL has taken a stab at jeans and tees, commodity items that they are.Â But itâ€™s also true that, in spite of their commodity status, itâ€™s possible to do them well, even exceptionally so.Â Some of my favorite jeans and tees have consistently come from the creative minds and artistic talents of Donovan Brennen, Dragontat Zagato and Zabitan Assia.
And this is where itâ€™s nice to see some things not changing, or maybe changing but retaining their defining qualities.Â Recent months have seen DT not as routinely present in SL as he once was, and new designs at Desert Moon have been relatively rare.Â But now heâ€™s making what he describes as a â€œslow but steadyâ€ return to SL.Â Heâ€™s been putting in long hours on a collection of new items, which he has just released under his new brand, Deserted.Â I put together three outfits from his new releases, just to give you a teasing taste of what youâ€™ll find.
One of the first things that caught my eye as I walked around DTâ€™s new shop was the gleeful expression of the saucy devil wench on the Lucky T-Shirt (L$125).Â Clearly she knows how to have a good time, and she hopes you do tooâ€¦and, if not, it seems highly likely that she can provide private lessons.Â With the naughty lady Iâ€™m wearing the Hustler JeansÂ (L$195), which are artfully ripped and have sculpted slouchie cuffs.Â The fabric’s colorÂ is a deep but not dark blue thatâ€™s only slightly faded from new.Â I love how DTâ€™s photo-sourced denim textures look soft, comfortable and naturally lit, not harsh, â€œcrispyâ€ and ironed-on.Â I chose the Seeker JacketÂ (L$250) in Brown to coordinate with the sunset color wash of the shirt, and the jacketâ€™s open front lets the shirtâ€™s artwork shine.Â Here the fabric textures have the look of hand painting, which makes for an interesting contrast with the jeans.Â Sculpted cuffs, prim raised collar and flexi lower section complete the jacket.
For another look thatâ€™s a bit more Bad Boy, I decided to go with basic black all around.Â Well, almost all aroundâ€”if basic black seems like too much of a clichÃ©, hopefully the pink sneaks help to avoid that particular unforgivable sin.Â Iâ€™m a complete and total sucker for leather jackets, and here Iâ€™ve opted for DTâ€™s Ryder JacketÂ in Black (L$225).Â The leather texture is realistic, the black deep and true, and details like seams, zipper and snaps stand out clearly.Â CollarÂ and cuffs are sculpted attachments, and in back youâ€™ll find the Deserted logoÂ subtly worked into the leather.Â Although the closed jacket doesnâ€™t let it show, Iâ€™m wearing the Essential Deep V ShirtÂ in Black (L$125).Â Itâ€™s not easy to impress me with whatâ€™s essentially a plain, undecorated shirt, but they certainly deserve a place in any manâ€™s wardrobe, and here the fabricâ€™s wrinkles and shading absolutely make it work.Â The fabric itself is plain and simpleâ€”no big surprise thereâ€”but the shadow shading and wrinkle artwork appear to arise naturally from cloth pulling and stretching over the body, rather than being artificial or arbitrary.Â Iâ€™m also wearing the Desolate JeansÂ (L$195), which are impressively, authentically black.Â Â This means that careful attention has been paid to shades of grey and even bright highlights, so the garment doesnâ€™t look like just a blot of inky black.Â Nicely done.
Iâ€™m tempted to say that my third outfit is the most casual of the three, although how much more casual is it, really, to omit a leather jacket?Â The Solitude T-ShirtÂ in Rain (L$125) has a calm, peaceful vibe thatâ€™s set off nicely by the crisp white belt on the Essential JeansÂ (L$195 in a variety of fabric finishes and belt colors).Â Since I felt kinda sorta naked not wearing a jacket, Iâ€™m also wearing the Dutch CuffsÂ (L$200).Â The leather cuffs have metal accents and are constructed with some real depth, not just 2-D textures.Â Theyâ€™re also conveniently scripted for automatic resize, for your fitting convenience.Â If you prefer prim belts, several different styles with different artwork are available.Â I really like the Turntable BeltÂ (L$200), but look around the shop for a number of other designs.
These are only a few of the wide-ranging selection of DTâ€™s new designs, out now at Deserted (Deserted 163, 64, 22).Â Youâ€™ll find shirts featuring what seems like dozens of different graphic designs, jeans in several fabric finishes, jackets in a solid handful of colors, and belts and cuffs in shades to mix, match and coordinate.Â You should feel free to knock yourself out.Â