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Saturday 2 October 2010

An upgraded suit jacket (and a mea culpa)

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I've just released Mk II of the jacket for the hooped suit I released a few days ago. This is essentially a correction; I found that no matter what steps I took inworld to minimise glitching, there was just too much, and so there was nothing else for it but to release a new version of the jacket with a slightly roomier fit around the shoulders and elbows. There is always some compromise to be made with clothing, and in this case I just went too far with the tailored fit. That problem, however, is now solved, and I have contacted all customers who bought this jacket to arrange their upgrade. Furthermore, corrected versions of all the other jackets in the range will be available next week, and customers of those will be equally entitled to the upgrade. I apologise for the inconvenience.

And good news: the jacket is improved in ways other than fit. The pockets are better defined. The lapels are sharper. There is more symmetry in the overall design. The seams are better drawn. The silhouette is smoother, and the buttoning is now the more traditional left-over-right. Of course, if you prefer the earlier version, you will always now have the choice.

Thursday 30 September 2010

Navy blue shirt with maroon tie

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Here's another contemporary item, a dark shirt-and-tie combination - pictured almost entirely covered by a white jacket. So, for the curious, here's another picture of the combination on its own:

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Tuesday 28 September 2010

Double-breasted white suit

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If your vanity has a touch of the bonfire about it, you might like to don the new white suit - double-breasted, tailored, and with pleated trousers.

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Of course, if the full 'Tom Wolfe' look is what you are after, these items might be the right stuff to add:

Sunday 26 September 2010

Gloves and gauntlets

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These new gentlemen's brown and black gloves are similar to the evening wear gloves and Regency kid gloves that I released in July.

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The new large white military riding gauntlets have been on the drawing board for even longer, but it was only the advent of the new valet system for adjusting Blue Mars clothing that made them usable. It is now possible to decide whether gloves are worn under or over the sleeves of a jacket. In the case of gauntlets, they must obviously be worn over the jacket, and wearers should therefore take care to place them below their jacket in the clothing hierarchy.

I have updated my Suggested Combinations to reflect these new accessories.

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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Thursday 16 September 2010

Regency shirt

The quest for the clean white shirt may well be over.

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For all gentlemen who already have one or the other Regency-style breeches, here is something new to wear with them. This is a Regency-style shirt. It has a closed front (you pull it on over your head), ruffles at the neck, a very loose cut and (in a concession to Martian variation) an attached collar of the stand-up variety. So, regardless of whether you are interested in the Regency look, release your latent buccaneer! Nurture the inner bohemian!

One note of caution: this shirt is far too voluminous to wear under a jacket.

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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Friday 10 September 2010

Emma Fortuny evening dress in darkest purple

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This is an asymmetrical figure-hugging evening dress, so dark it almost looks black. But, if you are observant, you will see that over the deep, deep purple of this little dress green highlights flash on the tight Fortuny pleats. Available now, I am using this dress to decorate the window of my ladies shoe shop in Caledonia.

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.

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