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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.

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.

Monday 11 October 2010

Four casual shirts for Blue Mars

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Four more casual shirts to supplement the three I released recently. All seven are to be found in Beach City.

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.

Thursday 7 October 2010

Three casual men's shirts, in red, green and blue

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One plain, one checked, and one striped. These shirts are meant to be worn without a jacket; they are untucked, as is clear in the pictures, and they are rather loose-fitting around the middle. I am getting a bit pressed for space, so I have displayed all three at Beach City.

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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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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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.

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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