I was dragged in the Paper Couture’s shop by my dear friend and favourite stylist Iumi Cline. She wanted to show me the first Lu sisters’ release for men, and also to play doll with my avie. Girls…
The shop at Tableau is delicately designed and deliciously early 20th century styled. This was the first good surprise. The picture of the Lu sister above the big stairs gives the tone: women of taste with a strong personality. Just like the new spring-summer 2007 collection for men! The clothes are hanging, just like in a real boutique. There is space to walk around and to easily use the camera. The music stream broadcasts classical music (where in SL do you find a shop with a classical music’s stream?). One of the best shopping experiences I had in SL. Omg, time to start, let’s try those new outfits, I can’t wait!
Faux Fur Jacket (300L$): complete outfit with grey pants and, on the shirt layer, an assorted jacket with a luxurious fake fur collar, and a green sweater which comes with prim attachments for collars and cuffs. Unfortunately, in the copy I bought, the prim collar is no-modify, so I couldn’t stretch it to fit my neck, and my neck is not the biggest in SL, believe me! But the outfit does it without it. Look at Ben on the picture, he is so proud to be so elegant and stylish, slightly precious… He won’t tell anybody, but I’m sure he is daydreaming about the stars… Movie stars!
Cream Casual Tux (200L$): another complete outfit at a totally bargain price. And what an outfit! Beige short pants (modable) and a cream knitted zipped vest, Irish style, worn on a classic white shirt with a black bow tie, all that on the shirt layer. The outift’s name is perfect: casual-chic, dressy-laid back, Ben has his place everywhere, every time with this outfit. And he starts to think he is TPed into a Visconti movie, I assure you!
Spring Ruffle Shirt & Jacket (250 L$): the last outfit is composed of faded blue-grey jeans (no-modify, unfortunately) and a simple black jacket on a ruffle shirt, both on the jacket layer. One more time, the mix is astonishing, but works perfectly. The final touch is given by cream gloves. Ben has some new movies’ flashbacks, he thinks about “Funny Games” by Michael Haneke, or “Clockwork Orange” by Stanley Kubrick… wow, freaky ! Maybe a matter of weird contrast and decadence. Oh my… I’m losing my mind… For sure this outfit is the opposite of common…
Funny-nostalgic, cartoon-chic, smooth-decadent? How to talk about the Lu Sisters’ style for men? Probably a dash of each one. Maybe we just have to enjoy it without searching references or being prejudiced. Like the sisters said: “We owe nothing to our mother”, and “After all it’s very difficult to understand our work if you have no taste…” Aren’t they lovely!:-)
Assets: Definitely the style, totally unique and no mainstream! And also the more-than-fair prices.
Liabilities: no-modable pants and attachments, and maybe the top pieces on a single layer, but it can be an asset for men in a hurry!
Best mix with: other hand drawn pieces of garment (like those from Barnes Boutique or Nylon Outfitters… both at Tableau, so easy!). Shoes: those by Eponymous Trenchmouth (Jeepers Creepers) and those by Fallingwater Cellardoor (Shiny Things), since Fally had the wonderful idea to release her shoes in many sizes (including a new version of the Citywalk shoes): with the no-modify pants from Paper Couture, the small size is the only one to fit.
Do you want a bath of creativity and originality? It’s at Paper Couture main store @ Tableau (160, 100, 25).