Just so you’ll know, I do occasionally learn from my own experiences. Although I’m embarking here on an overall designer review (rather than a specific new release), I will endeavor not to make again the tactical error I made when I reviewed Gaia Goodnight’s Darkstar Designs earlier this month, namely the ill-advised decision to include umpteen different outfits and items in a single post. And don’t get it wrong–the temptation to do so again with Kavar Cleanslate’s designs at Exile was very, very strong. However, I’m confident that you are a gentle and patient people, and you’re willing to accept delayed rather than instant gratification. If not, you can just TP over to the shop and check things out for yourself.
Kavar mentioned to me that he’s really into themed outfits and costumes right now, and I want to cover a couple of his new releases for you here. Imagine the possibilities for themed nights at your favorite club! Hmm, sometimes there are cash prizes…I’m just sayin’.
First up is “Grease Monkey,” Kavar’s ode to Guys Who Work On Your Car. Having owned (more than) my share of junkers over the years, I have some familiarity with this particular archetype, and this is a fine interpretation. The set includes a grubby open industrial-grey work shirt, fairly filthy beater, seriously worn and torn jeans, surprisingly pristine mechanic’s toolbelt (in smaller and larger sizes), bandanas, leather wrist cuff, gloves that give you greasy hands, and Kavar’s own “Dorag” hair style. The fabric textures are all nicely executed–the work shirt in particular has that recognizable waffle-y texture of indestructible but entirely non-breathable industrial nylon/polyester blend, so you know you’re going to be sweaty. That may be part of the point, if your fantasy life (or that of a loved one) includes Mechanic After Hours. I myself was told by my own S.O. that this outfit made me “surprisingly hot.” Don’t make fun, that’s a direct quote!
Who says the female of the species is more deadly than the male? More suave, more debonair, and much more deadly, “Harry” is one sharp-dressed mafioso who, should the occasion call for it, will kill you with a look if his gun isn’t handy. This ensemble includes belted dress pants, subtly pinstriped dress shirt, black vest, asymetrically striped flexi tie, and “Gangster” hair with hat. Although Kavar is particlarly proud of the sculptie fedora, I think the highlight in this outfit for me is the texture work on the vest. The elaborate embroidery flanking the front buttons is gorgeous, an unexpected touch of luxury on an item that at first glance seems so straightforward, and the slim elastic strap in back looks just right.
“Grease Monkey” and “Harry” are considered “deluxe sets” (they include both the clothing/costume items and hair) and are priced at L$550; other costume-only sets are L$300. Hairstyles are also available separately for L$300 each and include at least four colors: Black, Blonde, Red (shown here) and Brown; some styles may include additional colors or variations. All permissions are Modify / Copy / No Transfer.
All available at Exile (Ivy Falls 133, 130, 27). Kavar’s designs are also available on SLX and OnRez for easy gift-giving, and he is happy to arrange for inworld delivery of gifts–just drop him a notecard.
Check back for a follow-up postÂ featuring additional designs from Exile by Kavar Cleanslate.