Friday, October 12, 2007

Lassitude & Ennui now at

No new stuff (yet), just some random news: I have added a good portion of my stock to shop.onrez (the link takes you directly to my "storefront") - what a convenient way to shop and send gifts! I will be adding various boots over the weekend and of course, every new release will get listed there too.

I've also cleaned up the blog roll a bit, added a few new, removed a lot of defunct blogs or those I just don't read anymore. Well that's it for today :)

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Estampie sculpted shoes

New today at Lassitude & Ennui, "Estampie" sculpted medieval shoes in six muted velvets with contrasting embroidery and prim laces. Those were - pardon the language - a bitch to texture and I had to revise my first plans to account for some heavy mesh distortion on the toe part but it was very instructive. The final texture is a mix of various techniques - the embroidery is hand-drawn, the surface structure photosourced, the shadows baked & heavily postprocessed in PS.

Available in ladies' sizes (0 and 12) and gents' sizes (20 and 30) - they actually are a bit larger but this was fashionable a couple of centuries ago ;) Definitely not SCA approved, while historical exemples were consulted and provided much inspiration, the result is more one for fantasy outfits. Permissions no mod / copy / no transfer, 230L$, size & color demos available for free. And of course a fatpack too.

(The name comes from the medieval dance and music form, the estampie - which is said to have been quite lively and vigorous. Hence the perfect name for comfortable slippers, that would suit both a pretty maid on the dance floor, or the court bard playing for her)

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Isolde - new jewelry at Lassitude & Ennui

Inspired by the Art Nouveau movement and the intricacies of celtic knotwork, Isolde is a dazzling jewelry set that will compliment any formal or medieval outfit.

Set comprises necklace, earrings and a hairpin (attaches to mouth, might need some adjustment depending on hairstyle). All mod / no copy / transfer, great for gift-giving! Free demos available.

To visit Lassitude & Ennui, map Nouveau(60,60) or look up Jackal Ennui, first profile pick.

Thanks for looking!

P.S.: If you write for an SL fashion blog, please IM me if you'd like a review copy! I don't want to spam everyone with stuff so I don't always send out review copies - that doesn't mean I've forgotten you :)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Jewelry Expo 2007 - Auction item by L&E

Jewelry Expo 2007 has been running for 2 days and I'm really happy about the positive reception everywhere - and the sim is usually full by euro afternoon times. There is an auction of one-off, celestial themed jewelry, and I've contributed a choker / earring set called "The stars my destination". The title is, of course, a reference to a book by Alfred Bester - I like the evocative nature of the title. The jewelry is a slight nod to steampunkt aesthetics; I imagine it could be portable star map, or maybe even a travel device?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New sculpted flats @ Lassitude & Ennui

I finally took the plunge into sculptie world and made these flats, which would have been plain impossible with regular prims. They're very simple - only 3 prims per shoe - I was going for a wardrobe basic here. What I really like is that with the clean lines they can really be dressed up or down. Try them with a mini-skirt, a rennaissance dress or Tete a Pied latest calendar release, September.

They come in 14 colors and 3 sizes (0 / 12 / 22) - 200L$ per color or the fatpack for 1400L$. Currently only available at Lassitude & Ennui in Nouveau but I'll be updating the other locations soon. There's demos for size and color. Please note that sculpties can take a while to rez!

For those curious, I've been using ZBrush for sculpting and texture baking, Wings3D for sculpt map export, SLImageUploading for uploading (duh!) and Photoshop for post-processing. Aside from wasting 2 days figuring out that my model had not UV map, ZBrush has been a really pleasant experience. The 2.5D/3D is rather different from regular 3D apps, but the modelling concept is very intuitive and extremly fun. I'm just a bit miffed that a 64x63 sculptie is a bit too small to really use all the modelling possibilities of ZBrush.

I've also dropped the prices for all other shoes & boots (Victoria, Eva pumps 230L$ instead of 300L$, Elizabeth boots 300L$ instead of 370L$ etc) permanently. Currently the updated prices can be found at Lassitude & Ennui in Nouveau, Caledon Tamrannoch and Caledon Victoria City, and I'll be making the rounds to the various mall locations today.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

New retro pumps at Lassitude & Ennui

This is not what I've been working on these past weeks, or something I was planning on making. But sometimes, there's a bitchy, needy idea that comes up and nags "build me! build me! build me now!!!" So I gave in and spent the last few days on these pumps which were quite the texturing challenge - but I'm rather pleased with the outcome. They have slightly uptorned toes and a heel with attitude, finely detailled, button straps (half prims, half texture magic) and piping in constrating color. The Chocobleu coloring (brown shoe with robin's egg blue piping) might be a bit daring in terms of fashion, but I like how well it goes with the Confetti dress at Bossa Nova (seen at [url=""][/url]). Other than that, some basic colors and a bit of spring freshness.

Fits foot size 0, permissions no mod / copy / no trans, demo available for 0L$ (try it on, pretty please!) - 300L$ per pair or get the fatpack: all colors, half off. Available at Lassitude & Ennui in Nouveau(60,60) on the new products wall, right across the door.

I've moved some of my older styles (Urban, City, Calf boot, Casual) to the bargain basement and deeply discounted them - 100L$ for the shoes, 150L$ for the boots. If you don't know where the bargain basement is, there's teleports in the shoe section. (Or just walk down to the jewelry section, then keep left - there's some stairs further down to the basement)

Saturday, April 14, 2007

New bag at Lassitude & Ennui

To go with the Traveller boots posted recently, I made this casual bag after seeing a random girl (RL) with a cute square leather bag. Well, it ended up looking pretty different but I really like the result! The textures used here are the same as with the traveller boots, so they go well together. I made three different holding poses for the bag - hand on strap, hand on bag and arm hanging down - for a bit more individuality. There's also a "no pose" mode because I noticed that the bag looks good with many of my AO poses. Everything's controlled with an easy touch dialogue menu. The poses animate the right arm only and they're prio 4, so they should play well with most AO poses. There's a fully featured demo available so you can actually verify that directly with your AO.

Permissions are mod / copy / no transfer (script and poses are no mod) so yes, you can resize it bigger. I considered adding a second, larger size version but decided that making it +mod would be easier for all around. Attachment point is spine so you can wear it & some jewelry (typically attaching to chest). I don't know about collars, they might attach to spine too, but it should be easy enough to change the attachment point to chest - if not, ping me in-world and I'll take care of that for you.

Available in black or brown, 300L$. Only at Lassitude & Ennui in Nouveau(60,60). Thanks for looking!

Monday, April 09, 2007

Lots new at Lassitude & Ennui!

I've been severly slacking in the blog update department ... so let's catch up on the last week of releases:

A while ago, elka asked me to make plattform versions of the Elizabeth boots, for a more Harajuku / gothic loli compatible style - while this is totally not my usual style, I was very excited to take on this project and go into a totally new direction. And that's how Asuka and Hitomi came to be. Asuka comes in 9 colors with contrasting trim and both silver & gold buttons, like the Eli boots. Hitomi comes in 7 colors with lace trims and a cute little bow in front and behind the ankle. Both fit best with foot size 0; but the actual shoe size is bit larger and corresponds to a 20 - it's just easier to hide the foot mesh inside the prims when it's size 0. As usual, permissions no mod / copy / no transfer, 370L$ for Asuka and 250L$ for Hitomi.

To go with Hitomi:

Dainty cameo choker with lace detailling, and delicate prim frame around the (texture) cameo. Comes in the same 7 colors as Hitomi, set containing both gold & silver version available for 160L$. Permissions mod / no copy / transfer.

More shoes - "Signature" sandals with leather straps in 3 colors and large metal Signature ornament, to go with the Signature choker. And, staying in the spirit of the freebie Signature jewelry, these shoes are free too - 0L$! Set includes both silver & gold version. As always, careful detailling & custom textures.

And last but not least, the divalicious "Elena":

A dramatic necklace, luxurious cascade of diamonds set in gold, silver or blackened metal. With matching bracelet and two different sets of earrings, one straight diamond drop and one with double curved diamond rows. This jewelry set is great with formal gowns & dresses. Permissions mod / no copy / transfer - 450L$.

Everything's available in Nouveau(60,60) - I'm currently renovating the Caledon Tamrannoch store and will hopefully have the full selection available there mid-may at latest.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

New Traveller boots at Lassitude & Ennui

Scruffy, sturdy boots with punk attitude. Comes in brown & black leather in two sizes, for girls and for guys. As usual, all-prim details and custom textures. Permissions no mod / copy / no trans, 330L$. See the rezzed model or try the demo at Lassitude & Ennui.

Monday, March 12, 2007

A change of pace (new stuff at L&E!)

These boots have been a long time in coming .. I started on them in late December after elka had asked me to make a gothic lolita / plateau version of the Elizabeth ankle boots. And so this little project has morphed and evolved into a totally unexpected direction and ended up rather industrial-looking. Then a friend wanted them in guy size so I converted them and made my first items for men. No more discrimination at L&E :D I will probably get the GL boots released next month or so.

So, back the "Reckless" boots - they come in distressed black leather with rusted or clean metal details, and both the men's and the women's version can be worn in three different ways: shoes only, medium-high boots or knee-high boots. On the women's boot, I am so very proud of the curvate of the sole in front & back .. that was quite the texture fight. Of course, all custom textures. The cuffs are a cute little accesory to go with the boots (or alone) and come in a four-pack (L/R with leather strap, L/R just metal).

400L$ for the boots, 180L$ for the 4 cuff set. Only available at Lassitude & Ennui in Nouveau(60,60), where a rezzed model of the items can be seen.

(Skin by Tete a Pied and Naughty Designs; Eyes by Fashionably Dead; Hair by Playfull Kitten and Naughty Designs; Tattoos by FORM; Clothing by UFOnly and Canimal)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Jewelry show at the L-word

I just wanted to highlight a jewelry show that's taking place hat the L-word - the event itself was last night, and there's a writeup on the ESC blog, but the exhibitor stands are still up until saturday or sunday. I wish I could've been present at the event itself, but timezones were in the way, as they often are.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

And now for something completely different ..

I recently had the pleasure to collaborate with caLLie cLine to make her monogram jewelry line for the iVillage fashion show, and now the first items are available! It's been quite a change of pace, doing something totally unlike my usual style but I'm very happy with the results - fancy high-fashion accessories that totally scream "I love wearing designer stuff!!" :) Get the full details over at caLLie's blog.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

New Valentine's jewelry

Sick of Valentine's stuff yet? I hope not. Just in time for Feb 14th, a romantic collection of necklaces - Be mine, Desire, Faithful, Vows and Queen of hearts. Available in gold, silver or black with either moonstone or carnelian, permissions mod / no copy / transfer - 300L$ for a necklace & earrings set. Or for a smaller treat, just the earrings - same perms, 60L$. As usual, careful full-prim construction with reasonable prim count - necklace between 63 and 85 prims, earrings at 9 prims each. Currently only available in Nouveau, I'll update the other locations once this computer shows itself a bit more cooperative and stops crashing.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

FashCon - the group to get your fashion updates from!

A week or two ago, I received a notecard from fellow SL resident and fashionista Honey Fairweather, who had an innovative proposal to get around the dreaded 25 group limit when it comes to designer update groups - why not bundle everyone into one central group? The shoppers don't have to waste all their group slots on update groups, and the designers get a larger audience and some potential new customers who never heard of them before. Of course I had to jump on this one right away - what an awesome idea! The group, "Fashion Consolidated", hasn't been in effect for long but has already gathered roughly 200 members. So why not join up today, it's open enrollment :)

Saturday, January 06, 2007

New jewelry - "Chasm"

First off, some boring stuff ... if you want to see shiny pictures, scroll down a bit, ok? ;)

I have been thinking about posting something re: review copies for a while - now this topic was broached first in Sol Columbia's blog, and then got picked up on PXP and Secondstyle. Seems to be the season for it, so here we go: I love giving out review copies, there's just too many of you fabulous fashion bloggers out there for me to know who to send them to, and I don't want to mindlessly spam people. I think review copies make for better reviews all around, since one can judge from the actual object, and not just an image. So if you're writing for a fashion blog and would like to get a review copy of a new release, IM me or leave a blog comment. No review obligation, of course.

Now, for the more interesting part:

Inspiration is a fickle thing, sometimes it strikes and wants to be acted upon, no sketches, no planning, things just flow together naturally without fighting against the prims, and unexpected things like "Chasm" emerge.

Thank you to Roslin who was instrumental in finding a name - for those wondering, it's a reference to "Chasm City" (a science-fiction book by Alastair Reynolds) with it's almost organic city. And while we're at the subject of SF, why not have a little mini-game? There's three other jewelry sets in Nouveau that take their name from a female character in a science-fiction novel. If you think you've recognized one (or two or three) of them, post in the comments section of this blog post, name the character, book and author. If you're the first to post a correct guess, you win your choice of a L&E jewelry set!

(Details & credits: "Chasm" jewelry set - necklace, bangle & earrings - available in gold or silver with black highlights, or black with silver or gold highlights. Permissions modify / transfer / no copy, 300L$. Best viewed with shiny. Rather low-prim - 58 prims for the whole set. Hair by ETD (Janae), skin by Tete a Pied (Gothique Vixen Bloody), eyes by Miriel (Dark blue))