If you’ve been Simming for a while, you may remember packs like The Sims 2 H&M Fashion Stuff or The Sims 3 Diesel Stuff or The Sims 3 Katy Perry Sweet Treats. And if you’re anything like me, you probably don’t remember those packs with much fondness (except Sweet Treats – I actually loved how over the top everything in that pack was). I guess it was only a matter of time before The Sims 4 released a brand collaboration stuff pack. And here we are, with The Sims 4 Moschino Stuff.
A quick look at Moschino’s website will tell you that they make bold, unique-looking luxury fashion. The clothing items added to this pack certainly capture that aesthetic. Some of the items in this pack are actually items you can buy in the real world, such as the freezer bunny t-shirt and plumbob swimsuit and earrings.
There are some really nice pieces, such as the pink leather jacket and skirt, two-colour dress, combat boots, and plumbob earrings. There are also four new hairstyles, a short curly style, a bob, and two slicked-back styles.
In keeping with Moschino’s style, there are also some really weird clothing items, like the bedazzled suit and a strange printed ‘tuxedo’ top for women. There’s an interesting triangle print outfit for men, and a matching skirt for women, but no matching shirt.
Whether your Sims will actually wear these items is entirely subjective. While this could be said of any pack, a lot of the outfits in this pack aren’t exactly everyday wear. I see them as occasional statement pieces for my Sims. Sadly, kids and toddlers don’t get anything at all in this pack. I think miniature versions of the t-shirts would have been adorable.
Surprisingly, Moschino Stuff doesn’t actually contain that many clothing items, despite being based on a fashion brand. Instead, there’s a fair amount of Build/Buy objects included as well. There’s an ultra modern lounge suite, available in a variety of swatches, with matching coffee and end tables. There’s also a nice bookshelf and some fashion-themed clutter objects, as well as some pretty funky wall art.
Surprisingly, Moschino Stuff doesn’t actually contain that many clothing items, despite being based on a fashion brand.
Also included are some unusual wallpapers and a couple of new digital photo frames, plus some really cool loft windows and a matching sliding door. Builders may particularly like the partially open window variant, which is a rarity in The Sims 4.
Overall, I feel that the build and buy objects included in this pack could see use in a variety of modern builds. The plain white and black swatches included for many of the items are a nice bonus.
The new gameplay featured in this pack is the fashion photographer freelance career. Freelance careers were introduced in a free patch a while back. Moschino Stuff is the first stuff pack to have an exclusive career. The fashion photographer career allows you to take on jobs when it suits you, take appropriate photos (usually of Sims in a certain type of clothing), send them to clients for approval, and then post them to ‘Fashion Simstagram’.
The pack includes several photography items, much like the photography studio from Get to Work, except all the items are separate now. There’s several backdrop items, two of which allow you to choose the backdrop being displayed to create a seamless background for your photos. There’s a few lights, a tripod, and a new camera that can be unlocked via the career.
To go with the career and new items, there’s a revamped photography mode where you can pose Sims using floor markers and the new pose options. There are several pose types to choose from, and you can cycle through a handful of available poses for each. You can also use the WASD keys to move the camera view around to get that perfect shot, giving you even more options for taking perfect photos.
The new career is not without its quirks, like how awkward it is to send photos to clients for approval. Finding photos in your Sim’s inventory is difficult at best, with tiny previews and unhelpful tooltips. Once you find what is (hopefully) the right photo, your Sim can send it for approval. Then you wait for them to approve it, and it’s supposed to come back in the mail. At the time of writing this, the mail bit doesn’t actually work if you happen to live in an apartment from City Living. (Of course, I’m not sure why they’re mailing the photos back to you at all!) Fortunately, you can simply upload any photo (as far as I could tell, at least) to ‘Fashion Simstagram’ to complete the job requirements.
If you don’t live with a Sim who can be your on call model, you can simply hire a model, dress them and then photograph them. This works well until you take jobs that require you to photograph certain age groups. Hiring models seems to send a random adult Sim, but some jobs require children in the photos. While luring in random kids off the street is an option for this, I would have preferred better options for hiring models.
If you’re a fan of the Moschino brand, this pack is a no brainer. If, on the other hand, you’d never heard of it before this pack, the appeal of Moschino Stuff lies in the unusual clothing options, the stylish and modern decor, and the fashion photographer career. At R150 for the pack, you probably want to be pretty enthused by at least one of those.
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