No shepherds here. No wise men. No baby. No stable, either. No bright, bright star up in the sky. Just an angel.
And not your typical Christmas angel. More of an activist biker geekboy goth-lite grunge punk angel. (Adjectives in alphabetical order, in case you’re wondering.) Probably not what you expected. Certainly not what I expected. I’m not sure I’ve ever gone through as many iterations and variations when putting together an outfit as I did with this one. In fact, you can probably see that I never really settled on one “final” look here. But let us not worry about that, shall we?
The centerpiece of this ensemble is Eow Reverie’s beautiful cardigan sweater, a handsomely designed, beautifully executed garment that’s exactly the kind of thing I like to wear, all winter long. Well, when I’m not wearing a pea coat, my love for which is well known. Or, just maybe, along with. I do so love to layer!
The sweater’s various fabric textures are really quite lovely—realistic rather than stylized, yet soft and appealing, with not a hint of “pasted on” crispiness. And yes, I said textures, plural: the different textures here give the impression of pieced construction. Sleeves and back are the same color, but the sleeves have a fine, close weave while the back seems not simply rougher but rather comfortably, cozily nubbier, and very touchably so besides.
Ribbed cuffs on sleeves and at bottom hem are convincing, buttons are chunky and dimensional, and buttonholes are visibly open. The front panels are especially gorgeous, with a roughly woven woolly fabric texture that’s just to die for. Patch pockets are slightly pouchy upon close inspection, not just two-dimensional shading, however artful. So, really, there’s a lot to love.
Here again, as with so many other mesh garments, this sweater can only be worn unbuttoned, not closed. This is my only gripe, and in the big picture it’s a small one indeed, but still. As mesh clothing designs become ever more realistic and complete, I for one would love to see more wear options than the typical single choice. If you’re a creator of mesh clothing designs, consider yourself challenged!
L$200 each in monochromatic Black, Leopard, and Stone (shown here). At RONSEM (Pluto 156, 196, 28).
Paul Lapointe’s Men’s Biker Boots can be worn as full-height boots and as lower-height “shoes”. (Choose Classic Fit, to the knee, or Tall Fit, to the calf.) L$499 at Lapointe & Bastchild (Evocative 201, 87, 30).
Siyu Suen’s Angel Wings can be worn folded or extended (as separate attachments), and are scripted for color change (11 preset colors/combinations, plus a tintable option). L$350 at Illusions (Carnivale 202, 82, 45).
Location pictures taken at my favorite, decidedly non-traditional Christmas build this year, Slightly Twisted (Slightly Twisted 151, 85, 112).
On Ryan: “Republic – Florence” skin by Theodore DuCasse (Zanzo). “Daniel” shape by Bertu Caiben (S (and) P). “mShort01-E” hairstyle by Aska Watler (CriCri). SOUL Eyes – Summer by Hart Larsson (PXL). NOH8 tee by Fleur Sorbet (Fleur Boys). Ash Jeans by Zabitan Assia (FORM). Biker Belt by Paul Lapointe (Lapointe & Bastchild). Urban Belt and Runes Cuffs by Alexandra Nichols (Wicked Gear). Executive Glasses by Zaira Aura (AXL Pro Fashion).