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BlakOpal’s Nantes: Feeling Bookish

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Names of Item: Nantes

Creator: blakopal Galicia

Shoppe: BlakOpal Designs


First, from the creator: “A stylish mens suit with houndstooth tweed patterned jacket with dark suede sculpted collar, flexi coattails, and rows of small buttons down the front. Worn with copper-red colored vest with standing collar and white shirt with high collar turned out at the chin. A patterned bow tie is knotted around the neck. The vest has a subtle gear brocade pattern, and the vest has brass buttons down the front. The white sculpted shirt cuffs fold back at the wrist, with cog cuff links. The suit has coordinating pants with zipper front and prim pants flares. Finishing off the suit is a Mekanikal Belt, wide suede leather, with metal gear conchos and a large animated belt buckle with rotating gears.”

And now with some more photos and commentary…

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I decided to complement the Nantes ensemble with my PrimCision: ClockWork Cane by Talia Tokugawa. While the cane does not contain any animations, it is quite fitting for the suit.

The belt is elaborate and a joy to wear. Unfortunately I could not resize it any smaller to account for my frame, but nonetheless, it’s quite spectacular. When I have the time I will adjust it myself because it IS mod!

That’s right, no resizer scripts (thankfully)! I’m delighted to be left to my own devices with respect to modifying Nantes’ prim components.

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I thought the bowtie very spiffy and conveyed the appearance of a bookish gentleman (or gentlefox in this case) quite well.

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There are two prim collar pieces and they blend brilliantly! I did have to adjust them a little, but nothing dramatically. I find most prim collars do not mesh well with the rest of the suit, but not so with the Nantes.

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For gloves, I choose XNT~ FORTISSIMO Gloves, Shiraz (slightly modified tint) by Nix Sands.

I must add that Nantes’ shirt cuffs are exquisite, complete with gear cufflink accessories.

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Side and rear view of Nantes. I am undecided on the coat bottom, but I am more accustomed to longer coat tails that are very fluid. On the other hand, a tweed coat shouldn’t be too flexible. I might try notching up the flexi values a little.

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The vest and jacket are quite brilliant. Note how well the collars mesh.

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And on my human self.

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I am also undecided regarding the prim trouser bottoms. I did resize and adjust them for my frame but I think I need to tinker a little more.

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The trousers themselves, however, are quite nice.

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The detail of the belt is perhaps one of my favourite aspects of the ensemble. The folds of fabric are quite realistic. And again — the collars are just perfect.

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This is an outtake. While taking photos I scroll through hundreds of poses and sometimes amuse myself with what position I find myself in — like this image of casually jamming my cane up into my chin.

And I would like to end this post with four photos from a brief trip my Lady, Pipsqueak Fiddlesticks, and I took to the Babbage sims. Sadly, due to inclement lag, we did not get very far, but we did take in some of the sights.

In the two photos below, Lady is wearing Blak Opal’s Mechanique Steampunk.

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In the two photos below, Lady is wearing Blak Opal’s Shelley Gown–Black Brass.

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PS: Happy Birthday, Dearest!

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Main ensemble: Nantes by blakopal Galicia of BlakOpal Designs
Gloves: XNT~ FORTISSIMO Shiraz, White by Nix Sands of XCENTRICITY
Cane: PrimCision: ClockWork Cane by Talia Tokugawa of PrimCision Jewelry
Shoes: Men’s Black Oxford Captoe by Shenlei Flasheart
Monocle: GC-Monokel (Dark-Knight clock) by Grazioso Alekseev of Crie Style

Fox Avatar

Hair: The Dauphin (Powdered) by Siyu Suen of Illusions
Avatar: Male White Fox by Mephitis Jezebel of Aventity

Human Avatar

Hair: Jardar Hair – Platinum by MissAllSunday Lemon of Wasabi Pills
Hair 2 (Babbage): Elliot – LightBlond by Six Kennedy of GuRL 6 HAIR
Skin: Scorpio_Revelation by Khai Sinister of TheAbyss
Eyes: Blue Opal by Miriel Enfield of Miriel (very very sadly retired)

Photos taken at Syzygy Pyxis: FREE Photosphere for all to use (please use as you wish) and Babbage

About The Author

Elric Anatine is an apothecary in Second Life with a penchant for exquisite apparel (especially canes), Victorian & Elegant Gothic (and inspired) fine fashions, and intoxicating absinthe. Within this blog will reside his reviews and thoughts regarding these very important topics.


3 Responses to “BlakOpal’s Nantes: Feeling Bookish”

  1. Pip says:

    Thank you, Darling. How handsome you are. I really love that suit, as you know. :) Thank you, too, for the Birthday wishes. You make every day special.
    Your Pip

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