No. A hole would be something. This was Nothing. And it got bigger, and bigger…
–The Neverending Story
The menace of the all-destroying Nothing imbues the new trenchcoat by Beckenbauer Productions. Worn sleek and dark, or bulky and ominous, it’s a coat worthy of Sephiroth, Vampire Hunter D or Roland the Gunslinger. Because I am nowhere near as cool as any of those people (and because any attempt of mine to be menacing is met with giggles and pats on the head), I asked Makhai Hammerer to model the coat for us, and he graciously (if forebodingly) assented.
The main body of the coat is on the jacket layer, but the real appeal here is the attached primwork. Seven attachable pieces– chest, shoulders, cuffs, back, and flexi skirt– fill this coat out into something extraordinary. Here, the skirt texturing is impeccable. This isn’t just black, it contains blue, green, and purple highlights in an odd moire’ pattern that suggests some futuristic fabric. The front of skirt, seen above, has deep upward-projecting shadows, giving remarkable depth of dimensionality.
The primwork on chest and back acts as body armor, with layers of plating and studs on the front, as well as a neckguard, throwback to the medieval gorget. The additional plate and studding on the shoulders bulks up the silhouette, a rerebrace on steroids.
The four-buckled cuffs replace vambraces, while adding balance to the heaviness of the upper body armor. If you choose to go for a more streamlined look, forgoing the armor, the cuffs add detailing and texture that prevents you from being completely swathed in black. Even without the armor, the coat’s flat chest planes and upper arm straps give an aura of danger. Meet this man in a dark alley, and you may not be walking out again.
Feri Beckenbauer is known as a futuristic armor designer par excellence, and is one of the SL household names in boots. (The Oi! boot alone is seen on almost everyone, and deservedly so.) The clothing offerings are fewer, but made with the same aesthetic and attention to detail that has made Beckenbauer Productions one of the top names in SL design. I’m looking forward to more designs in this vein. Even if I don’t dare to wear them.
The Nothing Trenchcoat is L$500. Permissions are no copy/mod/trans, with a guarantee if something goes wrong. It’s available at Beckenbauer Productions in Beckenbach.