After months of anticipation and two sneak peaks for Dazzle Girls group members, Ginny Talamasca (a.k.a Devyn Carmichael) opened the doors to Last Call, her updated fashion haus. Prior to Last Call, Ginny designed the hugely successful Dazzle brand which was particularly well-known for its formal dresswear.
The spacious store itself has a department store layout which is divided into six key areas. Though layout signage has been strategically placed throughout, the floorplan is well laid-out. Even without reading the signs shoppers have easy visual and physical access to the various departments. In addition to the primary Femme and Homme sections, Last Call is comprised of “Qismat” (Gorean fashions for men and women), “Vamp” (couture-inspired shoes for the ladies), “Covet” (jewellery and accessories by Lyra Muse; located in each gender-specific section), and “Catharsis” (men’s undergarments and women’s lingerie). Display panels located in the central lobby area feature a selection of female skins which have been themed to reflect the new brand, in addition to gift certificates in denominations of 250L, 500L, 1000L, 2500L, and 5000L.
Towards the rear of the store men will find LC Homme, a daring collection of non-traditional casuals with a dash of denims and decorative accouterments. Featuring spokesman and alter-ego Devyn Carmicheal, the line is currently comprised of a dozen or so outfits – many of which push the traditional bounds of male casual wear. The anterior walls display a selection of over 30 pairs of jeans ranging in tone from faded to midnight with options in clean or dirty, burnt, grungy or ripped – a bargain at 100L per pair.
Men’s ensembles range in price from 225L to 300L – well worth the Lindens considering the quality of the texture work. Ginny has always been known for her delicate and highly articulated touch, and lucky for metrosexual males across the grid she’s plumped up her menswear repertoire. Select outfits are available in multiple colours, many of which correspond to products available in Covet, allowing for optimal wardrobe coordination.
Let’s have a look at some of the pieces in the collection. Ryan has also covered some great LC content in a previous post.
Thierry. Ideal for the geek chic male, this set is comprised of an Argyle sweater (pictured in “Moss”) and silkscreened acid-wash jeans with gryphon motif. The academic-style pullover says “I have differential equations on my mind”, but the untucked dress shirt and weather-worn jeans say “I’d like to divide your integers, yannowhadimsayin’? *wink*”. The mixed message, creates a great contrast between formal and informal that aptly mirrors the outfit’s nonchalantly misspelled name. While wearing this people won’t know whether to ask you for help with their homework or take you behind the football shed for some second-base action. Possibly third. Fortunately in SL, you can do both and still have time to make it to the pep rally.
Fastidious. If holding hands with your sweetie in Hyde Park doesn’t keep you warm on a pea soupy day, this double-breasted pea coat with knit scarf will be sure to bring up your body temperature as you daydream of balmy afternoons in the tropics. Wearing the coat unscarfed reveals a flat Barrymore-esque collar and a hinted crew neck beneath. One of my favourite features of this outfit is the wallet chain on the dark-wash jeans that tucks into the back pocket (but where’s the wallet bulge?). This feature nicely compliments the polished buttons of the breast panelling.
Damascus jacket. Two words: rugged refinement. This military-style jacket with mandarin button collar comes in 4 muted earthy tones (pictured in “Slit”), each with undershirted versions. The combatant nature of the outerwear is offset by the velutinously textured surface with deliberately placed patchworking. The breast pocketing adds a lift-and-separate effect to accentuate the manly pectoral curvature.
With some sound fashion selections under your belt you’d be remiss to neglect what goes on underneath. Saunter over to the adjacent “Catharsis” section for a selection of plain, prismatic or patterned underwear at 100L per set. Garments are available in boxer and boycut styles. The basics in black, grey and white paisley have an attractively fibrey cotton weave that looks well-insulated. Duotoned briefs with vibrantly coloured piping come in combinations of orange and green, aqua and red, blue and yellow. Playful hawaiian (my favourite) and paisley in pastels are also a fixture.
Within this new collection Ginny has decorously remixed some conventional attire, vitalizing it with a more modern flair. Other sets include Urban Cowboy, Life Guard, B.R.A.T., Guerilla and many more. You can browse Last Call Home @ Dazzle 59, 65, 22.