Cool But Not Cold

Lately I have been exploring questions of Otherness and identity in my friendships in SL. It’s a long story but one that has found me poking around into putting on other avatars and looks. A friend challenged me to make a man and make the one I would like. Well, truth is that I like lots of types of men. And making men here is not exactly an easy task for me—there is something indefinable about men for me—elusive and mysterious. I always struggle, probably because I am not male.

Cool But Not Cold

Check out my guy. I worked hard on him. Are we allowed an alterego? This might be mine. I start with a guayabera shirt. I just have a thing about them—I think they are sort of retro and sexy and Latino-tinged all at once with a casual cool elegance. This one, made by Floatie Hock, is the first one I have found in SL, and it’s all I need. Floatie has a whole treasure trove of vintage and cool clothes in her store, by the way, and she does this white shirt deftly with all the appropriate wrinkles and pockets. (And designing white clothes is no easy task.)

I accompany the guayabera with cool pants from my pal Rob1977 Moonites. I met Rob when he and his partner, Lexie Jansma, double-handedly pulled off the Menswear Fair. Rob had some great designers there but he’s no slouch himself. Rob is a straight-forward guy, and he understands that the typical guy in SL—one who is not into RP or glam, for example—just wants a decent pair of pants. He provides that in these black cords.

Cool But Not Cold

The skin is a photorealistic rendering from iLLNiniA Palmer, one of ten male skins she has recently released in her new store in the Wastelands. I was prompted to seek out her skins after I read in plurk that someone felt they were the ugliest skins she had ever seen. In our world of airbrushed cartoon realism, elven ears and sour puss faces, perhaps a real looking male face is kind of startling, but it certainly isn’t ugly. Who hasn’t had a crush on a guy like this at one time or another, zits and all? The guy is, even with his little flaws, cool. Let’s face it. Please note that this skin is worn over my regular male shape—not the one provided with the skin. It still works pretty well.

Hair is from Truth Hawks. I was pretty stuck on this hair but I wanted the hat, so I jammed Maddox DuPont’s hat with hair over the Truth hair and moved prims around to make it all fit together. So, yes inside my head is another whole head of hair. The glasses are a cute color-change pair I received from Posy Trudeau. They include scripts to change the glasses to one of five cool tortoiseshell patterns or several other colors, and they are offered in small or large sizes.

Cool But Not Cold

Boy’s got his mojo on:

Hair: >TRUTH< Hank – almond by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<

Skin: ILLNINIA SKINS-06-JOSHUA-LIGHT NO HAIR by iLLNiniA Palmer for Illninia Skins

Shirt: HB – Juan – guayabera – mexican wedding shirt White by Floatie Hock for Hell Bop

Pants: *FIR* Black Cords by Rob1977 Moonites for *FIR* *

Hat: .::MADesigns HAIR::. ~ CHRIS casual F3 ~ MTBR I by Maddox DuPont for .::MADesigns HAIR::.

Glasses: Homespun Hornrimmed Glasses – LG by Posy Trudeau for Homespun *

Shoes: Shanghai Black/Red by Eponymous Trenchmouth for JC’s

Cigar: (Tableau) Lunar Lounge Cigar by Polyester Partridge for Yummy! (given as a freebie on the Tableau sim a while ago)

Thank you to my buds, Skarat and Erehwon, for reviewing my maleness and giving me approval. And Eshi, darlin, if I were this guy, I would do you too ;)

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Manly

As you all know, I like to don a male shape and do some male modeling when SC isn’t able to. I just got my hands on some really terrific men’s skins, so I took this opportunity to enjoy the view for a while and share it with you.

Manly

I have done a few other male blogs and my male friends all come back and complain that I am not man enough. What gives?! (Besides that I am really a woman, but come on!) I received the new Mark skin from LaVie, and this time I am challenging you to tell me I am not manly enough. Especially wearing this great new hair from Truth Hawks. Stop complaining, guys—these hair makers are working hard to get you what you need. And how could you pass this one up?

Manly

Check out this chest! (Yeah his eyes are not open. We don’t need to be looking in them anyway. We can be looking at his chest!) And check out the poses. MANLY poses. Rogan Diesel is a man and he gets that you guys don’t want to look like dorks. He has made masculine poses that go beyond the caveman to the sensuous and sexy without looking wimpy.

Manly

I am wearing jeans from machang Pichot. Usually when someone does male and female clothing, they do one or the other more strongly. machang seems to have a handle on both types. These jeans are light colored, I know, guys, but look at the belt! And I didn’t tuck them into the boots this time. Come on! The boots are the gift given by Limer Fredriksson for the Le.Look holiday giveaway. Manly boots. Look!

Manly

You make me feel.. you make me feel… you make me feel like… nevermind.

Hair: >TRUTH< Hank – cocoa by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: LaVie Mark Full Beard Cut Hair Base Normal by KaoZ Koba for LaVie *

T-Shirt: *TSM* Equilizer V-neck Tee in Steely Teal by Helena Stringer for The Stringer Mausoleum *

Jeans: AOHARU_BT_VintageDenim_Washed by machang Pichot for AOHARU

Boots: hoorenbeek : LE.LOOK! l’homme – Boots by Limer Fredriksson for hoorenbeek

Poses: from the new Dante set by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

PeterX, if you read this, ping me ;)

The Fashionable Gentleman

SC put together a look this week that I insisted he blog. Based on what is walking down today’s real life runways, the look is composed of elements found on SL—all adding up to one great-looking man. ~ Harper

As Harper knows,  I’m interested in RL fashion that translates to SL. The RL menswear Spring/Summer 2010 shows are history, and next summer mens accessories seem to be reaching their golden age. There were more than a few interesting belts trucking down the menswear runways à Milano. And more interesting ways to wear them. I pinged on how Raf Simones is styling with belts cinching or snaking around classic suits, blazers and, well, everything else.

The Fashionable Man

Running to my inventory, I threw my Rfyre* black double belt over SF Design’s new Westminster Suit. The shape and layers are great to style up with different accessories. Opting out of a tie, I added the scripted Afghan stole from :sey, creating a layer of tamed-down John Galliano. The shoes are an elegant, classic, Hermes Men’s Formal Shoes in black leather from Styles of Edo. I love anything with the name Hermes in it.

A wardrobe should be curated a mix of a lot of elements that work together. I got good advice from a RL fashionista friend from a major brand–“…anyone who wears head-to-toe anything looks like a Sales Associate at the store.”

The Fashionable Man

“Hot” off the runway:

Hair: “Petrelli” Hair by Krius Misfit for Sinistyle

Skin: Noah Stubble Tan by KaoZ Koba for Damiani

Suit: SF Westminster Suit and Coat by Swaffette Firefly for SF Design

Scarf: :sey, Afghan Stole, Paisley by Risey Araifor for :sey:

Belt: Rfyre, Men’s Double-Wrap Belt, Black by SC Tracy for RFyre

Shoes: Hermes Men’s Formal Shoes Black Leather by Edo Tone for Styles of Edo

Resolution: Wild-Sided, 2010

SC Tracy got back from his winter holiday rarin’ to go. Find below his recommendations for the New Year. ~ Harper

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Yeah, it’s 2010. I’m goin’ bare chested. Not because Harper asked me to take my shirt off again. (Not that I mind! ~Harper) I just got a chance to preview a new skin series from WolfM Voyager of SaWoDe*, “Pascal” in the Sunkist skin color. It’s a hot, totally dangerous skin that has versions with different tats over either left or right eye. Sexy eyeliner, enviable six pack, with almost bare, beautifully rendered chest hair that will get the attention of the ladies, and statistically many of the men.

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

This was a rough week for me, it was new years. I needed to go to a place to gather my strength, a place to recharge my spirit and refocus.

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

I went to Le Look. Specifically, Weird Monkey Design (WMD) at Le Look. I’m  thinkin’ I gotta get wild, gotta hook up. With some new jeans and a few accessories, and boots, too. Looking around, I somehow wound up at the WMD main store, scanners locking on  Ronin, The Zoo Jeans. I’m wearing the dark edition. What the hell, picked up the regular wash, too. Some of the best matched and fitting sculpted prim legs I’ve seen. Love the sculpted legs with the turned up cuffs. Sexed-up low-rise. Color and workmanship, ultra real. Back pocket detail has an almost designer late 70’s, early 80’s feel.

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Then a moment Zen—the WMD, Necklace. A simple design, Yin and Yang 70’s chic.  Great, idiosyncratic  detail, especially a screw closure in back. But the moment of Zen ended quickly when I saw Rawdoll’s studded Juxtabelt and its biker “Iron Cross” buckle. Also, got the fully scripted (like amazingly so)  Nuthin’ But Trinkets bracelets, which I wear constantly. (Both include men’s and women’s sizes).

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Finally, das boots. New from GutterBlood Spoonhammer, the Rot Test Boot. These are a masterful interpretation of a paratrooper boot. They’re the sh*t. The realistic, detailed texture speaks volumes about where you’ve been and what you’ve been doing. I’ll leave that to the individual to interpret. But interestingly, they’re fully scripted for not only color (Dark, Black and Red) but prim weight as well. Those clubs get so damn crowded, no one wants their boots responsible for crashing a sim just as the party gets hot.

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Resolution, 2010: Wild Sided

Really smart.

Hair: MADesigns Hair,  AKAMI ~ NB III by Maddox DuPont for MADesigns

Eyes: a.C STD GLOX.eye Line [Photo.X] *Water 02 by CheerNo Destiny for CheerNo

Skin: “Pascal” Sunkist by WolfM Voyager for *SaWoDe* *

Jeans: WMD-Ronin “the Zoo” Jeans Low Rise dark Edition by Maruko Sakigake for Weird Monkey  Design

Necklace: WMD – Necklace 603 V2< YING YANG > boy by Gort Grot for Weird Monkey  Design

Bracelets: Rawdolls: Nuthin’ but Trinkets by Lindal Janus for Weird Monkey  Design

Belt: Rawdolls Juxtabelt by Lindal Janus for Weird Monkey  Design

Boots: Rot Test Boot by Gutterblood Spoonhammer for Weird Monkey  Design

The Man Show

As part of my New Year’s Resolutions, I am going to strive to have more empathy. That’s a pretty vague resolution, but it has to do with understanding where other people are coming from, walking in their shoes.

So I have been taking a walk in men’s shoes lately. I have some opinions, some of them pretty common sense, some of them kind of philosophical, about men’s content in SL. I have already expressed some of this in other venues, but I will continue to pursue them in my mind and perhaps in this blog or my other.

The Man Show

Regardless, you all get the benefit. Today’s ensemble came from a gift set (not a freebie) that machang Pichot set out for sale so people could purchase transferable gifts for their friends for the holidays (in other words, I am not sure it’s still available). It was a godsend for many a woman purchasing for men on the grid and a steal. machang’s work is top-notch, between the incredible use of sculpty prims, the beautiful and realistic textures, and the amazing styling. I mean, check the butt on these jeans. To DIE for. A man could get one of these gift packages and walk out into SL knowing he was suave and sexy.

The Man Show

One thing a friend pointed out to me, and this has nothing to do with this outfit, is that being a man in SL and being fashionable, is a difficult task. Yes, we know—there are no decent hair choices, the clothes suck, etc. But beyond that, the attachments for men, the ways of styling an avatar that was birthed originally from a female shape (it’s true! Ruth was the mother of us all…) and then codifying men’s fashion into this world—it’s amazing it gets done at all. And then add to that that most men are pretty deficient in fashion sense. It’s surprising more men aren’t walking around with just t-shirts and jeans! It’s to machang Pichot’s credit that this amazingly handsome look came out.

The Man Show

I show Tricky Boucher’s skin Ewan II here on my male shape (still a work in progress). I have to say I inevitably send men to Belleza because the skins are realistic, manly, and proportionate. He does photosource but he combines his photosourcing with good blending so the entire body is seamless. As I understand, Tricky will be coming out with two more men’s skins in the next week or two—definitely Thomas, which is the whole line corresponding to the male skin he offered as a gift at Le.Look and another. I can’t wait to see them.

Bryce Tully’s new hair tops my head. When men IM to ask where to get decent hair, I am ready for them with a notecard of places. Bryce shows up on my list, but not on many other’s and I am not sure why. We are all, appropriately, in love with the hair that Maddox DuPont makes (cuz it’s darn good) but folks like Bryce have been putting it out there for a while and keep working on it and making it better.

The Man Show

Handsome is as handsome does:

Hair: Bryce ~ Dexter – Coffees – Espresso by Bryce Tully for Bryce Designs

Skin: -Belleza- Ewan v2 SK 1 (hair) by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Jacket and Shirt: AOHARU_BT_LeatherTailoredJK_withShirtBK_DarkBrown by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Pants: AOHARU_BT_VintageDenim_Black by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Scarf: AOHARU_BT_KnitScarf_G2_Snow/ChocoFudge by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Boots: ANEXX_2WayBeltLaceupBoots_Gray/Male by machang Pichot of Aoharu

Golden Boy

It turns out that gentlemen read my blog too. So this is a shout out to you, guys. I will continue to feature men’s clothes as they come into my pretty–*ahem* manly and rugged hands.

Golden Boy

One of the prerequisites of SL for men is owning a tuxedo. Now, you can walk around in the freebie tuxedo from Phats or Franks (thereby letting everyone know that you are either fashion-challenged or cheap), or you can invest in finer haberdashery.

I highly recommend you check out Shiryu Musashi’s newest tuxedo, which comes with 10 colors of waistcoat plus the ever wonderful bowtie HUD that Shiryu has developed (which sets your bowtie to the color you choose and also allows you to fit your lapels).

Golden Boy

My gorgeous Ethan skin from Mallory Cowen over my male shape looks amazing wearing this tuxedo. If you’re tired of the same old, same old, this is a look that might put you heads above the other gentlemen. And this hair from Daaii Jinn. Holy cow! Delish!

I ran over to Jeepers Creepers and grabbed a pair of Eponymous Trenchmouth’s Shanghais, which are my FAVORITE men’s shoes. Look how brilliantly they echo the patterns in Shiryu’s tuxedo without being matchy matchy.

Golden Boy

Catch her eye:

Hair: null_hair_Rio-de-Janeiro_dusk by Daaii Jinn for null

Skin: Laqroki ~ Ethan 05 Portrait skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Tuxedo: (Musashi-Do) Party in Venezia by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do *

Shoes: Shanghai – Black/Green by Eponymous Trenchmouth for Jeepers Creepers

Suiting Up

A while ago, when I was still exploring fashion in SL and learning places and names, I would consult with Dirk Talamasca, who always seemed to pull something out of his pocket to show me. (In fact, he is the one who brought Raven and me together.)

Suiting up

When I asked about the best men’s suit, he would always point me to Musashi-Do.  A year later, I met Shiryu Musashi when we were working on the Renascimenti Virtuale together. I later met him when he reintroduced himself. He is an old player but a good one, exacting in detail, careful about hand-drawing every pixel of his suits. And the quality shows.

Suiting up

(Check out the obligatory back shot here.) From top to bottom, system piece to prim piece, everything is perfect on his suits. The textures are more developed than his older suits, and Shiryu lends a sensibility about fashion from his own RL fashion experience and education. He also lends his eye as a man, knowing well what men want.

Suiting up

You get several shirt colors with this suit, and he has included in the mix a clever way of changing out your tie and collar with a handy hud. This is perfect for men, who love gadgets and hate shopping. Buy one suit, get the whole shabang.

And the whole suit is transferable! So ladies (or gentlemen), you can buy these for your favorite men!

Suiting up

I am wearing the luscious Ethan skin from Mallory Cowen. I used to be exclusively a Raq girl. Now I am a Raq guy—go figure. For the men who complain there is no decent hair in SL—go to KMadd. It’s all there. Really. OK, so they don’t have the “skullet” (mullet for bald men—thanks, Bear, for that one). They got the good stuff.

And had to finish this off with shoes that suit the man and his suit, so of course I went to Eponymous Trenchmouth. Epy is one of the best men’s shoe makers in the grid. And my favorite shoes from him are the Shanghai. Stylish, sleek, eclectic—not every man will be right in these shoes but the one who is.. oh, he is oh-so-right. I show the shoes with the cuffs from Shiryu’s suit draped at perfect height, in perfect alignment, with perfect texturing.

Suiting up

Ready to go:

Hair: .::MADesigns Hair::. ~ AKAMI ~ CP I by Maddox DuPont for MADesigns

Skin: Laqroki ~ Ethan 05 Portrait skin by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Suit: Evening in Roma by Shiryu Musashi for Musashi-Do*

Shoes: Shanghai Black/Red by Eponymous Trenchmouth for JCS (Jeepers Creepers)

Listening to Clean by Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson