Wow, um, sorry about that post title.Â Apparently I’m pathologically unable to resist aÂ pun, even a fairly obvious one.Â Iâ€™m also such a sucker for sweet fabric textures, I canâ€™t even tell you.Â Maybe this is why I find Wicked Loudonâ€™s new menswear designs so appealing.Â After all, one could argue that, on the surface, theyâ€™re not necessarily breaking much new ground from a design perspective.Â Sweater vest with shirt?Â T-shirt?Â Jeans?Â Ho-hum, I hear you sayingâ€¦some of you, anyway, and you know who you are.Â But surely thereâ€™s room enough in the world for designers to put their own spin on familiar items, and hopefully, just maybe, bring something to them thatâ€™s fresh?Â I like to think so.Â Because hereâ€™s the thing: a good designer can take a familiar design and bring freshness to it, even if itâ€™s â€œonlyâ€ the designerâ€™s own unique stylistic tweaks.Â I donâ€™t know about you, but in RL I have more than one pair of jeans.Â Letâ€™s not even talk about shoes.Â And am I a whore for a beautiful sweater?Â You bet your ass I am.
This brings me back to Wicked Loudonâ€™s clothing designs for men.Â Even if you find yourself less than wowed by the admittedly limited initial selection (a handful of unique items, but each in several variations), you canâ€™t help but be impressed by the fabric texture work on display.Â Consider first the Sweater Vest combo Iâ€™m wearing hereâ€”the fabric texturesÂ make the garments look lovingly worn and comfy rather than pristine and new.Â The wrinkles and folds are soft, not crisp, and the shading suggests some slight fading from wear, not just highlights.Â Thereâ€™s no prim collar, but you do get sculpted cuffs.Â Shirt and vest are combined on the jacket layer, which makes sense.Â My only gripe is that the front-to-back texture alignment is slightly off on the left side, at the collar.Â L$95; shown in Espresso (Vest) and Black (Shirt), but youâ€™ll find several other color combos to choose from.
Iâ€™m also wearing the Nouveau Jeans, in Jetwash finish, with Ripped texture.Â You may say, â€œOh, Ryan, there are tons of jeans out there!â€ and youâ€™d be right, of course.Â But did I mention that I own more than one pair?Â Iâ€™m sure itâ€™s possible to have plenty of jeans, but Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s possible to own too many.Â Wickedâ€™s jeans have sculptie cuffsÂ that slouch realistically over your shoes or feet, and the fabric texture has details that suggest photo-sourced origins, but the overall look is that of hand-painted softness.Â Choose from a wide range of washes and finish options; Jetwash Ripped is shown here.Â L$100 a pair.
My shoes are the Nouveau Slip Ons, in the pattern called Night Check.Â These are classically familiar Vans-style old friends, with the rubber sole construction we all know and love.Â But for me itâ€™s the realistically detailed canvas texture that really sells them and makes them work.Â A boatload of different designs is available; as you see, I also like them in Alice Swirl White.Â L$125 a pair.
For an even more casual look, I turned (as I do in RL, pretty much all summer long) to tee, jeans and sandals.Â NouMir Graphic Tees come in a wide range of colors, with graphic designs in a variety of styles an subjects, so thereâ€™s almost no excuse for you not to take home at least one.Â The wrinkle and fold shading is a bit heavier than I prefer myself, but thatâ€™s perhaps not inappropriate for a tee, especially if the look youâ€™re going for is â€œJust Rolled Out of Bed on Saturday Morning.â€Â L$95 each.Â Here the jeans are Medium Wash Paint-stained.Â My sandals are Wicked’s Beach Flip Flops.Â Their sculpted shape is sturdy rather than delicate, but not at all ungraceful.Â This color combo is Espresso/Soil, but you can choose your favorite from several different variations.Â L$155 a pair.Â Although they donâ€™t have the scripted â€œbonusâ€ features of some of my favorite eyewear, Wickedâ€™s Aviators sunglassesÂ have a beautifully smooth sculpted shape, with oversize lenses and retro proportions.Â L$95 a pair; shown in White Gold/Black Fade.
My third ensemble features the Trademark Jacket + TeeÂ in Bronze.Â This interesting design features several different fabric textures, clear muscle detailing that suggests a skin-tight fit, and almost baroque embellishments.Â Itâ€™s not the kind of thing I typically go for, but when I saw it in the shop I knew I had to give it a try.Â Several colors, L$85 each.Â Worn here with the Nouveau Jeans in Diesel.Â The Liberty BootsÂ are ankle-high and very military-issue, but with a bit more style than you might expect to find at the Army-Navy Store.Â I understand itâ€™s not easy to make â€œone-pieceâ€ boots that work wellâ€”in fact, the rumor I hear is thatÂ itâ€™s a bitch of a challengeâ€”and the ones Iâ€™ve tried on all show signs of the designerâ€™s efforts to beat the beastÂ into submission.Â Here, Wicked has used a fairly substantial invisiprim on each boot to prevent ugly fallout like your ankles pushing through the tight-fitting sides.Â You may, as I did, decide to use Edit Linked Parts to tweak the invisiprim to a minimum footprint (so to speak) that still does the job.Â L$145 a pair in a bunch of colors.
Unfortunately, there are no demos available for the shoes or other prim accessories, although there are demos for hairstyles and skins.Â Maybe this is something Wicked can do in the future.Â Youâ€™ll also find a line of clothing for women, and a growing selection of hairstyles that includes one, â€œAlexander,â€ for men.Â (This was released after I had already taken the pictures for this postâ€¦dâ€™oh!)Â I happen to think itâ€™s a great style, so letâ€™s all band together and encourage Wicked to come up with not just more clothing but more hairstyles for men.Â In fact, buy â€œAlexanderâ€ today to show your support!Â No, seriously.Â Go and buy it now.Â Try on the demo, at least!
All available at Nouveau Miranda (Nouveau Miranda 132, 100, 79).Â Look for Nouveau Casuals shoes and Glamrock Jackets as dollarbies.