When mesh goes wrong or “how I hid a small turkey in my pants”

I have come across a disturbing fashion trend that looks to have been brought on by the advance of mesh.

I am talking about the bizarre mesh pants that have a crotch that comes to just about knee level. They are not hard to miss. Just about any designer that is dabbling in mesh has kicked out a pair of these things and for the life of me, I don’t know why.

I mean, look at these pants in the photograph. It looks like I am carrying a sack of potatoes inside my pants, or worse. I am not even going to mention where they came from, because it would not be right to single anyone out. Besides, these are pretty tame compared to some that drop down to the knees.They are everywhere, usually modeled by a pouty mouthed elf girl with hips the size of a volkswagon.

Like plutonium, mesh is a wonderful tool until it falls into the wrong hands. All I can figure is that some designers decided that actually creating something that resembles actual pants with some style to them was way too tricky, so they just threw these things out and figured they would start a new trend. Typicaly though, fashion in SL tends to mimic fashion in the real world. I mean that was the idea of mesh, right? It was supposed to help us bring more realistic shape and flow to objects.

I searched far and wide to find anything in real life fashion trends that resembles these droopy drawers. I could find nothing. Even teenagers won’t wear these pants! I mean baggies they aren’t. Baggies sag form the top, not from the bottom. Any rapper, or gangsta wannabe can tell you this.

And speaking of rap.

I did FINALLY manage to find a real life fashion trend to match these pants. However, I had to go way, way back to the 80’s when hair was big, but the baggie  trousers where even bigger. They were knows as baggies, banana pants, parachute pants and …well, unless your name was MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice, you looked silly in them. In fact, if your name was MC Hammer or Vanilla Ice, you still looked silly.

That is where these pants came from, and do any of of us really want to go back there? No. Not even Vanilla Ice wants to go back there. You would not even catch MC Hammer himself in these things today. I am officially ranking this style right up there with bling and the mouth chew necklaces and will slip back into my comfy jeans. Meanwhile, here is “U Can’t Touch This”

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FASHION VOODOO 2012

Had some time this week to check out the Fashion Voodoo urban style fashion fair and was really pleased. The event is sponsored by Depraved Events who do some great events and features over 100 labels including Insanya, Razorblade Jacket, Beeleza, Kmadd, Gawk!, Ducknipple and many more.

A lot of it is urban style, but this fair stretches out a bit and you will find everything from high fashion to lowbrow. There is a lot of mesh to be found, most of which wont fit me of course, and plenty of unique event only pieces. What I really liked, was the easy time I had shopping on the Fashion Voodoo sim. Normally the fashion events are one big lagfest where one is advised to strip off all attachments and prims just to make the experience functional. Not here. I visited the sim on three separate occasions over two days, with me wearing all the attachments that my little avi can carry, and had very little lag issues at all.

The shops are also laid out nicely in a very open setting so it was pretty easy to check out every store. The event runs through August 30th, so there is plenty of time to stop by.

Fashion Voodoo 

New mesh done by some old hands

Karma has been out shopping.

I have been checking out some of the new mesh offerings in Second Life with mixed results. I am not one of those folks who thinks mesh will change the face of Second Life as we now it, nor I am one of these who believes mesh is a curse upon all that is holy.

Some of what I have seen is fantastic. Some of it…uhm…not so much. A lot of what I call “hard goods” such as houses, structures and vehicles are where mesh really looks and functions well. However, presumably because this is where the money is, designers immediately started applying mesh to clothing. In many cases, this is probably the most difficult and least beneficial use of mesh. It can be a hard fit. Since mesh can not be adjusted, if it isn’t perfect out of the box, it is NEVER going to be perfect.  Being an avi of realistic proportion (as in not 7 feet tall) this makes mesh tricky at best for me. Often the smallest size provided by a designer fits me with all the style of a pillow case.

One thing thing that is becoming clear to me is that, designers who have established themselves with sculpts and textures, are producing the best mesh products as well. If you’re a good designer – well, then you are a good designer.

Some of the mesh products I have found that I really like are my new steampunk leather jacket “Ruth” from Dirty Lynx, and my new Magician’s Hat from Wasabi Pills. Both stores have long been a staple of mine and their designers have been establishing themselves long before mesh rolled in. Dirty Lynx was one of the first stores i ever visited in SL and to this day I think the textures in their clothing is still some of the best on the market. Wasabi Pills has always created well done hair style with just a bit of whimsy without being over the top.

So, if you are wanting to try out some new mesh products, my advice it to simply look at see what your old tried and true favorite designers of non-mesh clothing are doing. Chances are, they are creating something good.

Dirty Lynx

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bytegang/130/208/32

Wasabi Pills

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Coraline/206/135/53