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Left, right, quarter turn at Avante

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Good news! Miss Trin of ‘Avante’ has done us gentlemen runway models proud once more! She’s made another set of poses for us and this time it’s the ‘Rex QT’ pose set which provides a very useful set of 12 smooth animations and a default pose featuring quarter turn positions. These will do admirably for all runways that require a quarter turn step.

As you’ll see from the pictures, the movement is all in the hands and when put together will in themselves run a sequence, another useful function.
I haven’t seen these done for gents before. Here’s your taxi to the new Avante mainstore.

Recently,  I purchased one of Miss Trin’s special offer packs containing masses of poses for gents, over 100, and I’ve been using them ever since. They are useful for both runway and print and are really smooth in more ways than one! Here’s a couple of pictures to show how nicely these Rex QT poses run, despite me taking my eyes off the camera whilst yapping to at least two friends in separate IMs. Yes – we can multi task, sometimes!

Cheers, m’dears!

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Written by Moz Loordes

14/10/2011 at 9:21 pm

Posted in Fashion, Modeling

Feed a Smile

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In order to raise money and provide positive change to the extreme poor of the Rhonda Slums of Nakuru,Kenya, Live and Learn in Kenya NGO and Loveli Inc would like to announce the Feed A Smile Charity Fashion Event 2011.

This year’s Event begins September 17th and runs through October 2nd.

It is being held online at the FeedASmile For Loveli Sim and features fashion shows, auctions, sales, live music events, art exhibits and more.

Live and Learn in Kenya NGO is a non-profit, charity organization working to aid the impoverished people – especially the children – living inKenya. Loveli Inc is a fashion and art company that believes in giving back to their worldwide community through charitable work. Together, these two dynamos of change are looking to double last year’s results which netted the 2010 Feed A Smile campaign over 2 Million Lindens. This years goal is doubled at 4 Million and the 2011 program would provide incredible strides in helping starving, sick and suffering children because 100% of the proceeds go to help the poor of Kenya and, for example, one child receives a complete, nutritious meal for a mere $0.41! or $100L. Children receive education and medical assistance as well.Also, with LLK operating through the Second Life online virtual charity community –NonprofitCommons, contributors can trust in the NGO’s security as the managers of Nonprofit Commons thoroughly screen every organization for validity and authenticity.

Those wishing to help make a difference in the lives of precious children inKenya can make donations and/or volunteer time and expertise to the event as well as spread the word.

The Loveli Inc. Models CEO and Loveli Inc Partner Mellificent Juneberry says, “This year’s event will be bigger than ever before and reach even more children to put a smile on their faces. We have already had some major contributors join our efforts this year… but we need YOUR help! We can’t do it without you.”

About the Organization: Live and Learn in Kenya NGO, located inSelb,Germany, and its “daughter” organization Live and Learn in Kenya International NGO are non-profit, charity organizations. LLK works to combat desolation, hunger and thirst, poverty, illiteracy, AIDS, child prostitution, child brides, etc of those living in the Rhonda Slums of Nakuru, Kenya.

You can find out more by visiting www.loveliinc.com For more information and how you can get involved Please contact Liata Exonar, Mellificent Juneberry or Brique Topaz.

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Written by Moz Loordes

22/09/2011 at 11:39 am

Posted in Chat, Fashion, Modeling

A right Mesh up at BLM

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To Mesh or not to Mesh, that is the question. Whether ’tis kinder on the computer not to suffer the slings & arrows of V3 or retreat to the sanctity of Firestorm Beta2 and by opposing end them. Hmmm, it’s a question we will all be asking sooner or later. So having had Charity Steampunk gird my loins I ventured into V3 to try out the new Black Label Meshwear suit. After all that angst (and given that I’m a technophobe unless goaded or bribed into it anyway) V3 actually worked until my phone rang and the whole show crashed to the ground in a none too graceful manner which required a network restart. Remind me not to pick up the phone when on V3. This is, of course, one of the delights of living in a rural area with low bandwidth. At least my new graphics card is a help.

Charity coined the term ‘Meshwear’ and it’s his trademark. Apparently, Mesh wins out against sculpts because a well optimised mesh will have no more than 4,000 faces and most will have half that. Given that a pair of trousers will require around five sculpts totalling some 5,100 faces and one 2k mesh will do the same job, it’s got to be easier on the computer. Not to mention 1 texture compared to 5. So all in all, much quicker rendering.

However, Mesh requires a good texture artist to make the whole show work.  Once this is procured the problems of getting sculpt textures to accurately match clothing layers is a problem no longer. There is also no need to fiddle about getting sculpts to fit your avatar body. Providing the designer includes enough sizes then you simply pick the one that fits the best. I have noticed one slight hitch, though. In models compared to the average avatar, the leg length is often very long and so pants may require a longer variation of sizing for them. At the moment, the customer wearing a mesh piece of clothing cannot change it in any way so it’s up to the designer to provide the extra measurement variation if they want to sell their wares. I am also not sure if this is to do with the constraints of placement on the avatar mesh itself as a clothing layer but then I’m no designer of clothing.

The other thing about Mesh clothing is that it’s not going to be a general option unless everyone uses the Mesh compliant viewers. Otherwise what happens is that the clothing expands into an unflattering but cute  series of horizontal blobs and offers nothing but laughs. Then you can fully expect your friends and colleagues to fall about making rife and witty comments on your questionable choice of outfit.

Having said that, I like Mesh a lot, so here’s that suit by BLM. I’m wearing the blue wool variety which is a bit Saville Row (not sure what the US equivalent is) and it comes with three tie and shirt variations. You cannot wear the shirt on its own as all you’ll get is collar, cuffs and the bit that shows through the front of the jacket. And you’ll need to wear the clothing alpha provided. But choose your shirt and tie combo, add the jacket and pants layers and you have a very nice servicable suit. It also comes in Crocodile, Dragonhide and Snakeskin and I have yet to see those, but it sounds as though Charity has covered most styling options. He also recommends the Mesh compliant Firestorm Beta in preference to V3 as you can get it to look somewhat  like the old V1.23 (don’t forget to do a clean reinstall though, details are on their site).

Check out the BLM store and see for yourself!

Cheers, m’dears! Moz

Written by Moz Loordes

20/09/2011 at 1:00 pm

Posted in Fashion, Modeling

Derby Day Bloggers Challenge

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In honour of the 137th Kentucky Derby, Mallory set us bloggers a challenge – to show our very bestDerby attire! So here is Mozart’s.

“Mozart spent his Derby day showing off the racing horses to an admiring public. The horses weren’t necessarily racing, although some were, but the completing stables wished to get their stock known. So he would take out some of the best ones and parade around the adjoining walled garden where punters intent on making a killing at the races congregated to plan their strategies. The afternoon sun threw shadows onto the cobble stones of the surrounding paths and the horses enjoyed the quiet heat of the day as they drew the attention of their human enthusiasts. Mozart thought he better dress up to match the grandeur of the particular horse he’d taken out for a stroll, so he wore ‘Lord Gear’ which was a smart outfit in the steampunk style made by Brocade Tiger. To match the outfit, he’d chosen a champagne velvet town hat by Hatter is Mad and Dupree boots by [hoorenbeek]. He didn’t know if the horse he was sitting on really appreciated the fact that he’d made an effort, except the AKK Legend black blazed Arabian did seem to pose for the camera in that jaunty manner his species was famous for.”

Written by Moz Loordes

05/05/2011 at 3:26 pm

Posted in Fashion, Modeling

City Chic – thoughts on styling

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I had good  instructors at Arcobaleno (http://arcobalenoagency.wordpress.com/academy-training/) who taught me a lot about styling, namely how to put together an outfit from at least three to four different sources so that it looked as if  ‘belonged’. As I learned and experimented and attended the classes, there were some choice comments – especially from Miss Viola – which had me falling about laughing, hardly able to type a reply. One of those which shall be remembered forever was… “Mozart, I have never had to say this before to a student – but you look like a cross between Street and a pimp!”  This – amongst a set of advanced models who were miles ahead of me in the styling stakes. I should have been embarrassed but I wasn’t since long before that I’d got used to people telling me I was stupid for falling off runways, not turning quickly enough and not walking straight. Those days are long gone, thank goodness.

Everyone has to learn. Many times I thought that I’d just give up but my good friends LatrellY and Spicy (who is co-founder of ‘Beauty of Colour’ Modeling Agency – shortly to open in the New Year) were always there with plenty of encouragement and good natured humour. LatrellY’s blog (http://fierceandepicfashionhotness.blogspot.com/) says… “We limit ourselves to what we consider fashion. Fashion does not stop because you’re not a size zero, fashion stops when you stop believing that you’re HOT. Trust what you consider hotness and work it!!!”

My thoughts on styling are that there are definite styles laid down by the fashion designers and many people follow those. Whether there is anything left in fashion which could be said to be truly innovative after all this time or whether style simply goes around in big circles of rehashment is debatable. But there is also a point in the process of getting together an outfit where one can recognise that it ‘fits’, that it’s ‘OK’ and this is either an innate gift or something which can be learned. Obviously the innate thing is somewhat superior as it takes no effort.

On the whole styling is subjective, in tune with one’s personality. What is one person’s idea of style may not be another’s. Above all of the ordinary people are the successful designers who have enough money/connections/talent to market their wares to the top.  Maybe we become lazy and take their word for it – I wouldn’t like to say. Maybe we just can’t be bothered  forging a style that is apart from the fashionista herd. Again – it’s all debatable and perhaps there’s more important things to be concerned with in this world than peacockness. Make up your own mind.

My teachers suggested that in the world of virtual modeling we attempt to adhere to certain styles but still put our own stamp on them. It’s the only way that a potential model can stand out since it’s easy to purchase a nice shape and skin.  You can look as good as anyone else in that respect. I have to agree.

Here’s a couple of everyday styles that are much better than the ones I used to wear. As Mr V. will tell you, I still have a penchant for awful pants (I don’t think they look that bad) but here I have restrained myself. Designers and slurls follow the pictures.

1. EMO-tions Eric hair, dark brown
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Hells%20End/199/157/25
JeSyLiLO Zabedy skin, light shade (out next week)
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tranquillity/45/157/501

Jeepers Boots – Quixote in Maroon
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Shoes/182/186/37
Gentleman Waistcoat, red print – Brocade Tiger (coming out soon, various with/without points) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Mirr/122/35/54
Connors Dress shirt in White
http://slurl.com/secondlife/SleeplessMUSIC/181/128/31
DeeTalZ bootcut jean in red, with two leg variations
http://slurl.com/secondlife/DeeTaleZ/116/111/35

Mandala LUCK Necklace – brown/gold version
http://slurl.com/secondlife/TEMPURA%20SOBA/98/115/24

2. SM Renan hair in black
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sensual%20Mistery/129/90/24
JeSyLiLO skin Sixxy tan version
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Tranquillity/45/157/501

Adjunct Classic Aviator glasses, silver
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Acrux/111/202/418

UBU PornStar Lo-tops shoes
http://slurl.com/secondlife/HIPHOP/216/24/22
jfL Sheepskin coat
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Australia%20Style/189/225/26
Rob leather pants
http://slurl.com/secondlife/A%20New%20Beginning/230/27/22
SHIKI sweater and shirt combo from Twilight outfit
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Shiki/115/145/22

Written by Moz Loordes

10/12/2010 at 7:24 pm

Posted in Fashion, Modeling

Writing Scripts for Modeling

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(This is a post for Model Curiosity)

Sometimes as models, we’re told to write a script for the outfit we’re going to model and to send this to the Event Co-ordinator before a show. If we’re lucky a professional may be writing the scripts. If not, we need to be aware of what’s required for reasonable script writing. It’s yet another point which might help when the Event Co-ordinator remembers that XYZ model was good in all areas last time and so might be useful again.

There are a number of ways to script clothing. A lot depends on how long the model is going to be walking on the runway. This, in turn, depends on the length of the runway circuit and how many outfits need to be shown in a certain amount of time. For instance, an example of a long circuit may be when an aspiring model is taking an exam and will be stopping and posing on various parts of the runway to test her/his abilities. A shorter circuit may be at a show where many outfits are to be presented and it’s a short up and down runway with not much time for the audience to read about the outfit and watch the models. With the longer circuits it’s necessary to say more and/or to split up the script into suitable paragraphs. The shorter the circuit, the more need for something snappy and to the point while at the same time still building the fantasy.

So, what do we need to put in a script? Well, a description of the clothing to start with. If the audience at a show sees the models unrezed because of lag, at least we’ve told them a little of what the outfit looks like. It may be that certain sculpties/attachments don’t rez in time for them, either – another reason for a description. Secondly we need to create some sort of clothing fantasy for the audience. By this, I mean that we attempt to create a scenario where the audience might be persuaded to buy the outfit because they can see themselves actually wearing it for some event or other. Or maybe we’ve piqued their interest and it’s something that appeals to them, reminds them of something they’ve dreamed about or read in a favourite novel or seen on the silver screen. This is ‘marketing the product’ and if done successfully it makes the difference between a good script and a great script and, of course, it makes sales.

Here’s an example of a long circuit script written for an exam where the students were told to say something at every pose stop. It’s about as long and rambling as you’ll get in script writing but it does contains some useful pointers.

(Introduction where the model was posing at the curtains)

XYZ is wearing the Young Master outfit designed by BareRose, Tokyo. From their men’s fantasy collection, this stunning outfit comes in a range of colours – blue, gold, red and green – all included in one set and sold at an extraordinarily reasonable price. BareRose have an enviable reputation for producing these sorts of costumes which are made with much care and attention to detail.

(Second pose spot)

Here, the Young Master outfit is shown in the red variety, a beautifully muted brocade highlighted with elements of antique gold in the shoulder, buckle and scrollwork. The leather armbands and obi waist sash have tonal qualities which complement the suit material. Frog fastenings at the collar and chest complete the look.

(Third pose spot)

BareRose is a huge, rambling but ultimately fascinating store which covers many alternative scene outfits – cyber, casual and gothic – in addition to its casual and Japanese range. June Dion has taken the trouble to think about her client’s precious time and made a website which shows every outfit complete with its own landmark that takes one directly to the vendor unit… http://barerose.xeraweb.com/index2.php

(Top pose spot facing VIP members of the audience)

The inspiration for the Young Master outfit comes from historical sources and would have been worn by the samurai warrior class as an informal costume at home, when visiting, and when at leisurely pursuits. BareRose see these costumes primarily for use in fantasy roleplay.

No weapons would normally be carried with this outfit but of course a young samurai is never off duty.

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Basically, it’s a lot of description, something nice about the designer (June Dion) and some historical notes which I hoped would create scenarios of where the audience might use the outfit. Note the repetition of the name of the outfit ‘Young Master’ so at least, if nothing else, the audience will remember it when they go to buy the outfit! Even with short scripts it’s a good idea to mention the outfit name somewhere near the start and the finish. If you’re short on descriptive words, open a Thesaurus, and endeavour to make your script stand out. Think of it as an art, as much of an art as styling an outfit is. Your art is in both the description and the fantasy.

Here’s an example of a shorter script, the more usual variety. Just a paragraph but containing descriptive points and a lot of fantasy. This was written for a House of Beningborough show:-

 

‘Zabela’ is the sort of captivating costume you might wear on a Nile river cruise back in the 1930s, it evokes that period of fashion perfectly and is as spectacular now as it was back then. XYZ wears ‘Zabela’ in black and silver silk. Cleverly designed to flatter, this gown has real film star potential! A bodice of curving stripes – typical Egyptian art deco style – is fitted to the figure as far as the knees where it flares out into a spectacular train of folds and feathers. There’s a matching feathered bustle which balances the outfit perfectly and, together with the headdress, makes for pure glamour. A confident and sensational party winner.

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Phew! I really had to restrain myself on that one. But there’s a lot to be said for brevity. The audience’s collective eye is really on the model and they may or may not be receptive to words or voice, so the shorter and more concise the description, the better. In some ways the script pleases the Event Co-ordinator more than the audience! But I jest. A recent Miamai show put on by Avenue Agency was so well scripted that the setting was already laid down by the excellent fantasy story before the models even took a step onto the runway.

Hope this has been useful. If you go to shows and the lag isn’t too bad, try to save some of the descriptions of the outfits to read later. You’ll soon see what makes a good script and then you can begin to emulate the style of writing that you admire the most.

Cheers!

Written by Moz Loordes

12/10/2010 at 3:01 pm

Posted in Modeling, Tutorials