Written by Ixarix; PSHG Team Writer
The Shadow collection is to PSTalent what L.A.M.B. is to Gwen Stephanie, a surprising artistic flourish in a seemingly unexpected direction. Gwen Stefani launched L.A.M.B., a fashion and accessory company in 2003 and to those of us who knew her only as the lead singer of No Doubt, it seemed an odd career choice. But, given that Stefani came from a long line of seamstresses, L.A.M.B. was actually a very natural career choice for her and it has grown into a highly successful business.
Similarly, the launch of the new Shadows Collection from PSTalent seems to have caught a lot of people by surprise. As the preeminent film studio on Home, launching of a virtual clothing line may seem at first to be a stretch for PSTalent. But given that they do need costumes to use in their films, the desire to have access to specific styles of clothing, is likely one of the driving forces behind the emergence of this line on Home. As result, all of Home is now benefiting from PSTalents decision to make the leap into becoming a developer for Home.
There is also a smoking tommy gun that goes with this outfit to complete the stylish gangster look. The look of these two suits are indeed striking and the attention to detail is commendable. From the long feather in their hat to the long chain that hangs off the waist on the right side of the pants and even the colour coordinated buttons on the jackets. I saw a few people wearing these suits at a party last night and the guys wearing them really did look dashing. I also think that these suit will look great on camera.
Zoot suits became popular during the 1940′s and as I indicated earlier, they are evocative of the mobster culture of that era. Of course, this outfit comes with a Tommy sub-machine gun, which became infamous during the Prohibition era. In the 90′s there was an attempt to bring back the Zoot suit. Bands like Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bryan Setzer Orchestra and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies could be seen rocking the stage in them.
To me, these clothes are very reminiscent of the Broadway, Guys and Dolls. Undoubtedly, we’ll likely see some women’s clothes soon from the same era. I’m actually eager to see what those will be.
Here is a classic shot of Cab Calloway wearing his iconic Zoot Suit.
These suits also hint at possible projects PSTalent is considering. Possibly, a gangster style film set in the 1940s.
I can only speculate at the moment on the origins of the name of this collection. The name Shadows Collection may be be on the tip of the hand to the black and white Noire movies that were prominent during this era, and the use of light and shadow filmmakers employed in these films to create their iconic mood and look. Gangsters are also stock characters in these films, some prominent films of this era include The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, and or The Big Sleep.
This collection is significant because it means that PSTalent will have a dedicated revenue source, with the money generated from sales of their virtual merchandise, hopefully they will be able to get new and better equipment to help create and produce their films. PSTalent is a huge success story for Home and represents what users can do with the tools the developers give us. I also believe it is worth acknowledging Sony and in particular Glasswalls for their continued support of PSTalent, without their support PSTalent won’t be where it is today.
Congratulations to PSTalent, can’t wait to see what they have next up their sleeves.