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Sunday 9 September 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen...

This blog is the virtual shop window of my Blue Mars emporia, which are to be found in Caledonia and Beach City. In these shops you will find a selection of menswear both historical and contemporary, and many designs of ladies footwear. A small sample of the above are shown here:

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I also supply jewellery in the form of rings, weapons in the form of swords for both genders, ladies apparel, men's accessories, hair, items of furniture and decoration. The lady who wishes to exude a certain style, the gentleman who is particular about the authenticity and quality of his garb, the military gent, the louche habitue of clubs and the upright pillar of society should, one and all, feel that their needs are perfectly catered for at Mako Magellan's delightful and surprising establishments.

Thursday 4 November 2010

All coats have been upgraded

Avatar Reality released a new cage last week, one which is for long coats for men. This significantly improves the mesh deformation of coats, and I have therefore remade all my coats to take advantage of this.

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This includes both Regency-style coats.

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Both morning wear and evening wear coats have been upgraded, too.

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As has the Australian-style riding coat.

Friday 15 October 2010

Tux redux

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Here's a look at the modern evening wear items all worn together. I have added this ensemble to the Suggested Combinations page.

The key to putting together an outfit in Blue Mars (at the time of writing) is adjusting the relative position of the garments in the clothing hierarchy, so that the inner clothing does not appear through the outer clothing. To the right is a partial screendump showing how I have arranged this outfit. The first point to note is that the jacket and trousers (marked B) are kept far apart, so that they glitch as little as possible, across the widest range of animations. There are two provisos to this, however. Shoes must be placed closer to the body than the pants, as one might expect. Secondly, the bow tie must be placed further from the body than the jacket. This is so that its wings appear to rest above the lapels. If the bow tie were made part of the shirt (which must, obviously, be placed closer to the body than the jacket) then the tie would appear to dip beneath the lapels in a very unrealistic way. That is the reason for keeping shirt and tie as separate garments, and the reason why the tie is defined as an outer garment. You may need to remember that when you go looking for it in inventory.

The spaces between the trousers and jacket are where everything else needs to go - hair, shirt, hat, gloves, etc. In this example, only my shirt and hair are there.

It certainly pays to become adept at arranging your Blue Mars clothing. This system is not just a good way to minimise glitching, it also offers greater flexibility when putting together outfits from multiple developers.

Saturday 9 October 2010

A modern take on evening wear

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Although 'modern' refers to a look that was more prevalent fifty years ago than today, today I release an outfit in four parts: dinner jacket, trousers, bow tie and shirt. This is a look popularised in the early James Bond films: white or cream-coloured jacket, white shirt, and contrasting trousers and bow tie. All items are available in my shop in Caledonia, but you may have to look hard for the bow tie. Because of its small size it is quite hard to see, but rest assured it is there in the space below the shirt, and just to the right of the trousers.

There is huge variability in the design of dinner jackets. They can be black or white, single- or double-breasted, have 1, 2, 4, or 6 buttons, have notched, peaked or shawl lapels, be vented or unvented, and even button right-over-left as well as left-over-right. You can see from the picture above just which design decisions I took. Mine is a very simple jacket - pocketless, without buttonhole and with only two buttons, both on the breast and at the cuffs. The buttons are made from a dark polished stone. The bow tie is also simple, an unpatterned black velvet. The trousers are pleated at the front, and have a black braid side stripe running down each leg. The shirt is a close-fitting type, with black studs that match the jacket buttons.

The new clothing system in Blue Mars has made this outfit possible. In earlier days it was necessary to combine jackets, shirts and ties, but they can now be separated, which certainly allows for greater flexibility. Note that the tie can sit over the lapels of the jacket, if it has been positioned that way in the valet system.

Tuesday 10 August 2010

"Savoy" evening wear trousers

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Here is a belated announcement of the second item I uploaded to Blue Mars - evening wear trousers for the "Savoy" outfit.

The trousers are made in two materials - barathea for most parts, and grosgrain for the side stripe. I created both material textures from scratch. The buttons are all individually modelled and textured. The button texture was also created from scratch. Even the backs of the buttons are properly textured. There are altogether seven buttons on the waistband; six for braces and one for the fly. Note also that the fly and side pockets are properly modelled, with recesses.

This level of detail may be too extreme even for Blue Mars, but I hope you will agree that there is a certain aesthetic satisfaction in exploring the realm of the possible.

Sunday 8 August 2010

Patent leather opera shoes for men

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This blog did not exist when I first started releasing items in Blue Mars, and some items have therefore never been properly announced. Nothing that cannot be rectified retrospectively, of course. The very first item I uploaded was this pair of patent leather opera shoes - evening wear for men. These pictures show the shoe both with and without its sheer black silk sock (it is sold with the sock). The detail close-ups show the grosgrain bow and edging used to finish the shoe.

Monday 2 August 2010

New "Savoy" evening wear ensemble

In my relentless search for a crisp white shirt I have released an upgrade to the "Savoy" evening wear ensemble - jacket, shirt, bow tie and waistcoat.

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Those elements of this ensemble that are cut from white pique (shirt, bow tie and waistcoat) should now appear a more realistic white under a wider range of lighting conditions than hitherto seen. In particular, they will appear white in the Welcome Area, a place notorious for odd effects. It may now be easier to see that the shirt has a fly front placket.

Thursday 22 July 2010

Evening wear gloves

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I am extremely glad to be able to offer white gloves for evening dress. This is the final essential element of male evening dress and has been a long time coming. These gloves are short, and buttoned at the wrist with a clear crystal button.

It is said that there are two reasons that gentlemen always wear gloves as part of evening dress. The first is as a precaution against leaving marks on ladies' gowns while dancing. The second is that to have direct skin-to-skin contact while dancing would be considered scandalous. Whatever the reason, no gentlemen would ever dream of being without gloves.

Sunday 18 July 2010

The "Duffield" Top Hat

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Not all top hats are the same and, as with most clothing, the variations tell a story. The "Duffield" top hat is a more restrained brother to the Ashbourne. It is slightly shorter in the crown, has a straighter and smaller brim, and the sides are less concave. It suits a proper Victorian gentleman more than a Regency dandy club regular.

The product description of the Duffield runs as follows:

"This is an understated top hat, slightly conservative and therefore perfect for Victorian outfits, or gentlemen with sober reputations to protect."

Skilled application of Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator has ensured that the Duffield works with all my hair styles.

Wednesday 14 July 2010

The "Ashbourne" Top Hat

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The Ashbourne top hat is described thus in the product description in Blue Mars:

"This is a classic top hat, neither conservative nor rakish, but perfect for evening wear, morning wear, and all periods from Regency to the present day."

The top hat has a history going back to the late 1700s, and is still worn today on most formal occasions. It has become identified with formality, and is an essential part of both morning and evening wear.

The most important point to note about this top hat is that, due to the application of Magellan's Patent Cranial Ordinator, it is perfectly compatible with all my hair styles. Gentlemen can be confident that wearing my hats and my hair styles together will ensure a proper appearance, free from any glitching.

My work on a top hat for Blue Mars started in May 2009. The top hat was my first project for Blue Mars, and was probably completed about October 2009, but its release has been unconscionably delayed by the late scheduling of the accessories cages in the Blue Mars cloth editor. It is therefore with something of a sigh of relief that I now place the Ashbourne on display. Visit Caledonia to see it and try it on; it's at the back of the shop.

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