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Friday 24 September 2010

Business shirts for the suits (as it were)

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I must have suffered a temporary blindspot, to have released a range of double-breasted suits without also supplying the shirts and ties that they need. So, it was back to the drawing board for a day and out with a range of business shirts designed specifically for the suits. There are three shirt and tie combinations. The white shirt can be worn with either a red tie or a striped blue and pink tie, and the blue shirt comes with a cream-gold tie. Combine them with the suits any way you like. Although they are meant to be worn with the suits, they can all be worn on their own, as the following pictures show:

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Tuesday 21 September 2010

Contemporary business suits

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Here I have taken an excursion into contemporary fashion, with a small range of business suits. This is in response to the evident increase in interest in Blue Mars among the more serious corporate and education sectors. It has been refreshing to exercise a bit of artistic license and to throw off the fetters of historical accuracy. Indeed, with these suits I have done things just a little differently. While double-breasted, the suits have four buttons instead of the more common six, one has horizontal stripes, and the way they button at the front and the cuffs is quite unusual. I am therefore pretty confident that within the limited sartorial repertoire of the business crowd, wearers of these suits will stand out.

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Tuesday 14 September 2010

Australian-style riding coats, for men and women

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Beginning in the late 1800s, coats like these were used on the cattle and sheep stations of Australia, by stockmen who spent days in the saddle, often in inclement weather, and they are still common in rural Australia today. They even enjoy a certain popularity among cityfolk, too. The coats are rain- and wind-proof oilskins, and seal up tight around the neck and wrists to keep out the wet and cold. They have a couple of features to suit riders: the tails actually strap to the legs to stop them being blown up and dragged back while riding, and the back is split right up to the base of the spine so that the coat hangs properly over both flanks of the horse.

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I've released both a male and a female version, and both are available in my shops in Caledonia.

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Saturday 4 September 2010

Panama hat

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"Panama hats (which come from Ecuador, not Panama) are the first choice for summer or the tropics, stylish and practical protection from the sun."

And this one, newly released from QA, is available from my shop in Caledonia.

Wednesday 1 September 2010

Fedora in grey felt

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A grey felt fedora with detail inside and out. The Fedora appeared late in the Victorian era and has enjoyed cultish popularity ever since.

I am particularly pleased with this item, as it achieves a high level of realism and, as with all my hats, it is perfectly compatible with all my hair styles.

Saturday 14 August 2010

New hair styles - for the Victorian gent

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Four new male hair styles, or rather four hair types in the same new style. This is a Victorian style, very conservative, slicked down and quite close-cropped. It has sideburns, a floppy fringe, and a side parting. I expect that it will work very well with most hats, but one thing of which I am absolutely certain is that it will work perfectly with all of my hats, following judicious application of Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator.

All these styles are in the Caledonia shop already - just go to the back of the shop and look in the window display. You may like to try on one or two of the Regency styles too, while you are there.

Wednesday 28 July 2010

Hair upgraded, yet again

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Blue Mars recently added a new shader specifically for hair. It took a little while to figure it out, but now that I have, I have applied it to my existing Regency hair styles. The result is a look that has a more realistic sheen. This, combined with better normal mapping and diffuse textures, has created the pomaded, Macassar oiled, look that was once rather popular. These hair styles will look quite different under varying lighting conditions, just as real hair does. For now, I am displaying the new hairstyles alongside the older ones, together in my shop in Caledonia. Should you own or buy one style, I will be happy to let you have the same colour in the other style for only ß50, the minimum I can charge.

All of these hairstyles, old and new, work with all of my hats, completely glitch-free on the standard avatar, thanks to Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator.

Monday 26 July 2010

No-shirt Shirt

NB: I have withdrawn this item, as it is no longer necessary. The Blue Mars clothing system now allows you to take off your shirt.

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Well, how do you illustrate a shirt that cannot be seen? For that is what the No-shirt Shirt is: a shirt that cannot be seen.

And what good is a shirt that cannot be seen? It has two purposes: the No-shirt Shirt does allow men to go bare-chested, so feel free to wear it around the pool, but more important than that it allows men to dispense with the teeshirts and tanktop undershirt that often glitch with other garments. It is primarily as a relief from some forms of glitching that I offer the No-shirt Shirt. I first noticed the need for this with my morning trousers (though they have since been adjusted and do not require the No-shirt Shirt for glitch-free wear). However, with custom avatars the glitching can only be more unpredictable, and wearing the No-shirt Shirt may therefore be a good way to avoid unforeseeable glitching.

And since it would be hard to know whether an invisible shirt was on the shelf I have created the No-shirt Shirt with a floating display image. Look for this on a shelf:

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Sunday 11 July 2010

Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator - for hats and hair that work together

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Mr Magellan has developed a patent Method and Apparatus whose concerted operation provides a CERTIFIED FIT between Hair and Hat, thereby ensuring that no ill-fitting Headgear will disgrace the Blue Mars Gentleman. Based on sound Scientific Principles and EXACTING engineering Standards, Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator prescribes a truly sympathetic harmony between Coiffure and Chapeau, betwixt Mane and Mitre. No more Locks sprouting  through Sir's Bowler, GONE for eternity any unbecoming Tufts atop the Topper.

Yes, we all say! Mr Magellan's Hats and Hair are CERTIFIED mutually compatible.

But remember, there is unfortunately no Protection against Glitching with unusual body Shapes. Mr Magellan's Items are designed, tested and certified on the standard Avatar only.

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Nota Bena: Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator must not be confused with the far inferior foreign  Conformator illustrated beneath. Such foreign Methods leave the Hair untouched and therefore FAIL in the Task of preserving a Gentleman's Appearance and DIGNITY.

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Saturday 10 July 2010

Men's hairstyles have all been upgraded

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All four of my men's hairstyles have been upgraded, with a very specific and important goal in mind - compatibility with hats. Carefully avoiding the term 'hair replacement', I should point out that these are not new products, per se, but are most certainly intended as upgrades to previous versions. All I have done is make small changes so that the hair will not glitch with hats, and owners of these styles may not even notice the differences. Does this change indicate that hats may soon be in the shops? You might well think so!

It is a good time to outline my policy in regard to upgrades. If you own one of my products and you notice that the version number (I use a number system like this: Mk I, Mk II, Mk III, etc) of that item in the shop is higher than that of the item you own, you are entitled to an upgrade, and you are also free to keep the previous version too, just in case you like having the choice of both. At present I am unable to give free transfers, but if you contact me, I will arrange for a transfer of the latest version to you at the current minimum price of ß50. We will have to meet in my shop to do this.

In future, I hope that providing upgrades becomes an automatic process, and that it will be cost-free, but for now, in these days of beta, that remains a dream.

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