Numerian Sleeves

I have become completely enthralled with the sleeve worn but the member of the Technic League on pg 33 of Numeria.  This is obviously how the TL recruits new members.  With great sleeves.

The sleeve part looks like a standard 2-piece jacket sleeve down to the elbow.  The bodice part has an undersized side panel, which ends just a few inches below the armscye (The seam where the sleeve is sewn to the bodice).  I have no idea what to call this, so I’m going to go with “gusset”, even thought that’s not what it is)

The coat is made from 2 different fabrics, one for most of the coat and one for the under sleeve and gusset. Presumably, this is for ventilation or freedom of movement.

I can’t wait to reverse engineer it and see how it works.  There’s also some interesting chevroning around the waist.  I have nowhere to wear this coat, but I’m dying to figure out how it’s made.

 

Plastic in Numeria

I’m pretty excited.  But I don’t get out much.  I’ve made it up to about page 30 of Numeria (because I’m the world’s slowest reader) and found this little gem on pg 25 in the section on Corrosive Rain (emphasis mine):

Rains vary widely in what they affect, some dissolving nearly any material, others affecting only organic matter, metal, or plastics.

Unrelatedly, last week’s What If xkcd tackled the question of how much real dinosaur (via petroleum) is in a plastic toy dinosaur. Short answer: not much. He doesn’t ask the more important question: What is the AC of a polyester jumpsuit, and whether it can be raised my adding more dinosaur.

Report from Numeria

This weekend, I got the answers to all my burning questions about Numeria when my book arrived. And, as always, more questions were raised than answered. I’m only about 20 pages in (as of this writing), so I may have to eat my words later.

Answer to the Most important Question:

Ruffian Spring 2011 Ready to Wear

YES (with caveat):  There is polyester!  I feel foolish for even asking.  The android on page 57 is rocking a mauve and white, belted, sleeveless, double breasted, flared pantsuit.  It is exactly as glorious as it sounds.  With that description, how could it be anything other than polyester?  It looks a lot like this white suit from Ruffian’s Spring 2011 Ready to Wear collection.  Also, since she’s an android described as having “synthetic skin”, she essentially is polyester.

Louise Goldin Fall 2008 Ready to Wear

The Numerian Gunslinger  on pg 55 is wearing a standard issue superhero/speed-skater suit.  The kind that requires an amount of stretch which is unattainable with natural fibres alone.  This piece from Louise Goldin’s 2008 Fall collection displays similar amounts of stretch and contrasting seam inserts. (ETA:  The artist posted the Gunslinger image on deviant art)

From these facts, I am cautiously optimistic that there is polyester, despite no actual mention of petroleum-based fabric.

Speaking of synthetic materials:  Am I the only one hoping the Technology Guide includes recipes for making polymers, like the formulas in the Alchemist’s Handbook?

 

Dress the Iconics — Oloch

‘New Icon Thursday’ has come and gone, giving us Oloch, the half orc warpriest. There are no new ways of saying “awesome iconic, awesome backstory”, and there are 7 more to cover, so let’s just take that as given.  Paizo made flail snails cool and cloakers sympathetic, so obviously the iconics are going to rock.

The most notable characteristics I wanted to capture in Oloch’s look were his bulk and the hardness and angular shapes in his armor. No flowing chiffon with a nipped in waist for Oloch.

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 Ready to Wear

 

The literal interpretation of Oloch’s look is this Louis Vuitton skirt from Fall 2011 ready to wear. (Warning, you might not want to click the link, as the full outfit is very un-orcish.  The skirt is the only good part. The complete look is, in fact, nipped in at the waist.)

 

 

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Yoshi Yamamoto Fall 2013 Ready to Wear

 

This look (Yohji Yamamoto, Fall 2013 ready to wears) contains all three of my Oloch characteristics and then adds a purse that matches his flail. (Flail-purse is the new flail snail?)

 

 

 

 

Three more looks for Oloch (including one actually made from a metallic fabric!):

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(Alexander Wang Fall 2013 Ready to Wear, Gianfranco Ferré Fall 2011 Ready to Wear, Christopher Kane Spring 2012 Ready to Wear)

More hard, angular looks for Oloch on Pinterest.

Dress the Iconics — Quinn

Quinn the stylish investigator iconic was revealed this week. He lists three things he needs to change the world.  Obviously, the most important is “a stylish coat”.

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I’m not gonna lie.  The prospect of finding a literal interpretation of Quinn’s coat on the runways was daunting.  Long, camel coat with silver plates sewn onto it?  But Burberry Prorsum to the rescue (Fall 2013 Ready to Wear).  It doesn’t capture Quinn’s essence though.

 

I’m embarrassed by how long it took me to make the connection between “Stylish Coat” and “Investigator”.  Sherlock Holmes, Philip Marlowe, Harry Dresden — all investigators with really great coats.

Taking the Philip Marlowe Classic Trench direction, it’s no surprise that Burberry and Hermès always have fantastic cots on their runways.

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(Hermès Fall 2012 Ready to Wear, Burberry Prorsum Spring 2006 Ready to Wear, Burberry Prorsum Fall 2013 Ready to Wear)

Ultimately, this is the look that, to me, is most Quinn-like:

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Dolce & Gabanna Fall 2006. It’s a dramatic coat (or is it a cape? Hard to tell)  That covers a waistcoat surprisingly similar to Quinn’s (Is it a remnant of his previous life in Taldor?)  All she needs is a sword cane.

I really hope that’s stylish enough to help Quinn change the world.

Stylish coats for Quinn on Pinterest.

No Pressure

It’s “New Iconic Thursday”, which means soon I’ll have another “Dress The Iconics” post.

Just like last week it’s an awesome story and an awesome portrait of Quinn, the investigator. Go read it. Now.  Especially that last sentence.

“a man needs only three things to change the world: a quick wit, a righteous heart, and a stylish coat.”

Sooooo….. The fate of Golarion depends on choosing an especially stylish coat for Quinn? No pressure.

Open the Silver Mount doors, HAL

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This is how I want Iron Gods to start…

The Silver Mount has been acting ominously lately…  drawing a crowd of onlookers, including the intrepid adventuring party.

The pneumatic space ship doors slowly open… smoke billows out… a walk way connects to the ground…  and The Blonds spring 2014 runway show emerges from the ship.

 

00030fullscreenAlso with him… because…. reasons…. or something. It came from Fashion East‘s Fall 2010 Ready to Wear collection.  Which is another very Numerian “space tech meets barbarians, Thundarr/Mad Max” style collection.