So, I was hanging out in SL last night, grumping about the usual post-update foolishness…oh, great, I can’t TP. Â Oh, no, the Christmas decorations I just tried to rez are lost in limbo somewhere! Â Hmm, and Search appears to be borked, so I can’t find anything, and God only knows how out-of-date my landmarks are or, oh right, if TP will even get me there. Â Well, now I’m definitely not doing anything like building or shopping where things could go awfully awry. Â Now I’m alone, bored, and getting lonely…sigh. Â So when my friend Andy sent me a TP invite with the hopeful encouragement “Grab it if you can,” I was thinking about bravely taking the plunge. Â And then he said, “Oh, come on–Shai’s here too!” Â Fortunately the TP worked and at least I had friends to hang out with.
Shai Delacroix is a madwoman. Â She’s mad, I tell you, mad! Â And her madness has infected me. Â I don’t usually post reviews of items that last time I checked weren’t actually available in-store yet, but hey, rules were made to be broken. Â Here’s what happened: Â Shai said, “I’m working on this coat, and I’m not sure I’m completely happy with it yet. Â Ryan, would you be a dear and try it on for me?” Â Why, um, yes, and thank you! Â And it turns out to be this beautiful shearling coat, a re-working of a women’s design she just released. Â Frankly, I think the men’s coat is even better than the women’s version! Â The upper coat is worn as aÂ jacket, so you can layer it with a shirt. Â (Or not–I’m wearing it with a simple tee, but don’t be afraid to show a little skin.) Â The bottom of the coat is worn on the skirt layer, and it’s moddable so you can adjust for size and fit. Â The transition between the two pieces is very cleverly camouflaged by the coat’s belt, and once you get the bottom piece properly sized, you really can’t tell it’s not a single garment.
All of Shai’s amazing design skills are on display here. Â The detailing is all gorgeous–the big, shiny buttons, the seams between the leather pieces, the texture and shading on the leather itself, the fuzzy collar and cuffs. Â We debated the possible merits of a prim collar, to make it stand out even more.Â I have one coat (the beautiful Nomad Trencher from SiniStyle Design) that has a similar collar done as a prim attachment. Â On that coat it works very well, but on this coat, which has a very different design, I honestly don’t think a prim collar would look any better–the collar artwork already has great relief and depth. Â I think I helped to convince her that the coat is great as it is, and definitely ready for prime time. Â :)
So, here’s the plan as I heard it:Â Shai intends to have this coat out in her shop in the very near future. Â (I checked first thing this morning, but didn’t see it yet. Â For all I know, it’s there now!) Â She has four colors in mind and is thinking about a coordinating shirt to go with the coat. Â I will update this post with price, color availability and other details as I learn them. Â And, you see, there’s a method to my madness–now that I’ve posted this, she has to release it!
This fabulous coat will be available at the all-new, completely redesigned Casa Del Shai (Deimos 231, 45, 40). Â Head on over there now and look for it!
Update: Â As Shai mentions in the comment she posted, it’s official! Â The shearling coat is available for L$380 at Casa Del Shai in three colors: Â Cinnamon, Forest Green, and Steel Blue. Â The Taupe color you see on me in the pictures is reportedly in the works.