Model Walks NYC City Streets San Pants Thanks to Model Pranksters

body of artFirst we had the actress Shoshana Roberts making her silent statement walking through NYC streets for ten hours through catcalls and men following her (see here). This past week we get model Leah Jung executing her own traipse through Manhatten wearing nothing from the wasit down but painted-on-jeans for a Model Pranskers video.

And New Yorkers pretty much not noticing.

Not that I am comparing the two staged events, but in another public/videod ‘prank’ executed by the infamous Model Pranksters (https://www.youtube.com/user/zipkid99) the observant nature of New Yorkers was put into question. It seems nearly one million people have logged on to view Leah walking through busy Time Square, stopping in McDonald’s for lunch, even managing into “Forever 21” to ask a salesgirl where she can get the jeans she is wearing! Whether New Yorkers do not notice that Leah is pretty much naked, expertly painted as she is by The Body Art or that they don’t care, who can say. But really only one man seems to notice. as he snaps a quick cell phone pic of Leah’s bottom when she stands at a subway token machine not realizing the guy is behind her aiming his phone.

This Model Pranksters painted-on couture video garnered close to one million views in one day.

Surely this is not the first time a woman has taken to the busy streets of a city wearing very little, if nothing much at all. A model named Marie got her make-up artist friend to paint jeans on her (she wore a G-string though) to walk around the city of Lille in the north of France earlier this year. She was noticed though quite early on, giving one pause to consider what do the French recognize about fashion-or mode as they call it-(or the lack of it) and what Americans don’t.model pranksters

 

Kim Kardashian and Paper Magazine ‘Break’ Your Internet

Kim_cover_web_1[1]Sometimes it’s a week for high fashion. Sometimes latex couture sneaks in from something we’ve done or through a super hero movie. Occasionally the twain meet and we can all shout out a hearty “See, we told ya so!” And then there are those days when the net is abuzz with salacious news of some celeb or another flaunting their attributes in something sexy. Sometimes that celeb is sans wardrobe (actually, come to think of it, barely does a day go by these days without a story about some celeb recently releasing a naked selfie.) As none of us would doubt, the naked celeb story this week was of Kim Kardashian’s bare oiled butt Paper magazine shot.

In a climate that saw Prince snap his first selfie this week; Heidi Klum posing her bare self for a “Sharper Image” catalogue; Keira Knightley defiantly revealing her bare ‘untouched’ breasts in Interview as a protest against photo-shopping, Kim K’s cover for Paper Magazine and even more revealing shots littered across the net from that shoot (some full frontal) were released this week. The Paper pic of Kim promised to “break the internet,” though the net seemed to survive Kim’s oiled and bare derriere. We even all survived the admission for Paper’s editorial director Mickey Boardman that Kim’s picture was ‘retouched’…say it isn’t so!

French photographer Jean-Paul Goude and makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic managed these photos of the famous reality star. But in an attempt of ‘imitation is the most sincerest form of flattery’ ex-T.V. talk-show host Chelsea Handler took a mirror selfie of her own bare butt a couple days after Kim’s reveal…sans oil, pro lighting and retouching.

How this all betters our lives or if indeed if any of this falls into the wide category of ‘fashion’ who knows. But it is certainly fashion-able for celebrities to show themselves and it seems, as much as themselves that they can these days.

If you feel like showing yourself, in fine latex outfits, to like-minded partiers, might you get yourself over to two Von Gutenberg events: http://fantasyeventlist.com/von-gutenberg-ironbound-party/ and the http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/10/prweb12228721.htm Kim_cover_web_2[1]

 

 

Fashion For Good: VARYD & Disruptive Voices

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Declaring BE DIFFERENT, BE YOU. BE VARYD the clothing line VARYD gave birth to ‘wearable art’ in June 2013. But this designer, who uses models of different shapes, sizes and colors is about so much more then unique couture and championing body types. The labels’ founders, Korean National Rydia and Korean-American Vanessa are both survivors of sexual and physical violence and through VARYD they have now established the South Korean Facebook group Disruptive Voices.

There is no denying that marketing fashion couture is often a pursuit often determined by the capricious whim of the public. But Disruptive Voices is attempting to make some real change using their fashion platform and reach. This’ community/movement’ is looking to “support, empower, validate, and further raise awareness (about gender issues)” in Korea and beyond, a much needed concern as Rydia and Vanessa explain.

“We are survivors and know there is a lack of communicative and safe support for people to come together (on this issue).” Vanessa says. ”In order to move forward, I felt that (for myself) having a ‘circle’ or safety was essential, if not life saving.”

Rydia explains the prevailing attitude of her home country and why VARYD established Disruptive Voices:

“The issue of plastic surgery and the obsession of it in Korea…shakes up values. Women are expected to become ‘perfect’ and young men are raised to value that. Women are no longer fellow humans, they are objectified. I worry about how this effects and harms the youth and how they value themselves and one another. There is (also) a stigma with reaching out for psychological support or therapy. People are concerned with how they are viewed and judged, this negatively affects potential self-security.”

The founders hope that Disruptive Voices will be a place of safety for those women (they are starting with women’ issues, but admitted during a recent CNN interview they are just as interesting in tackling mens’ as well) who can’t find support from “family, peers, or police,” and further more, who might indeed be ridiculed-or worse-for coming forward about the abuses they have survived or are still experiencing.

Find VARYD here:

http://www.varyd.com

And Disruptive Voices here:

https://www.facebook.com/DisruptiveVoices

 

Ah, Halloween Costuming 2014: The Sexy Ebola Containment Suit

1414328789985_Image_galleryImage_Item_Details_As_the_deadlThe last thing anyone can seem to decide on is, what’s sexy. We try all the time ourselves to present what we feel are the most arresting and provocative images of models in latex couture. But alluring, ‘hot’, kinky, downright sexy is all in the eyes of the beholder. Things get stretched even further to this subjective pov when one mixes the controversial with the sexual (deliberately or not) as the decidedly trending, maybe sexy, certainly controversial Sexy Ebola Containment Suit costume makes its presence known this Halloween.

Twitter has been blazing with the erroneous claim that this is being called a “Sexy Ebola Nurse” (or Dr.) costume, but still, linking the words ‘sexy’ with ‘Ebola?’ The add for the costume claims: ‘As the deadly Ebola virus trickles its way through the United States, fighting its disease is no reason to compromise style.’ But one wonders if good taste should prevail or if the designers here are at least traipsing into the comedy never-never land of making sport of something way too soon from when that thing happened (and in the case of the Ebola spread, still happening.) The description of the outfit hints at an even more fashionable reason to buy: “The short dress and chic gas mask will be the talk of Milan, London, Paris, and New York as the world’s fashionistas seek global solutions to hazmat couture.’

See it here.

And of course there is a male version as well (see here) it’s not  as sexy though.ebola-containment-suit-costume-4

Lots of people weighing in on the merits of this particular costume and just what is and isn’t sexy are pointing out the close resemblance to the Breaking Bad costume so popular last year.

If you’re in need of a gas mask, or any other couture for your costuming, check out our wares here: Ebola nowhere in (or on) site:

 

All Hallows Are Coming With ‘The Til Death Do Us Part fashion show’

1836778_958793447480935_5173778784216372290_oUsually we are throwing an event like the The Til Death Do Us Part fashion show onto our Fantasy Event List calendar. But as we have a connection to this event (a model/stylist and all around great friend of V.G. will be appearing at the show…find her here) and since we know it will be a unique evening marrying Halloween dress-up with couture, we figured we’d take a few moments to expound on what, for most of us into latex couture, always proves to be a wonderful holiday.

The Til Death Do Us Part fashion show is 10/28, three days before the wild Oct.31st full-on festivities. Have you managed to find your outfit yet? Have you amassed all the make-up you’ll need? Are you stepping-out as something truly creepy or maybe even as the opposite gender? Might you attempt to show slightly a bit more leg than you’re used to doing (or show lots of something else?)

This is the time of year to let your dressing-up inhibitions free, no?

The run down of adult costumes this year seems heavily concentrated (again) on zombies and superheroes, if the massive 9-site Costume Supercenter collective is any indication. Come to this party at the at SkyRoom NYC (330 W40th St.) you’re sure to see lots of different looks. It seems things these days go from the sexy, to the wild, to the bloody…sometimes all in the same costume!

As this is a few days before the big weekend, you could pick-up a few tips from Tawni Michelle of Team Dramatizon Make-Up design as well as some wild hair tips from Fallon Fitzpatrick of Fallon Fitzpatrick Hair Design; they will both be on hand at this fashion show.

Here are the full details for the party: https://www.facebook.com/events/362650690556419/. Whether you attend or not, please enjoy a safe and happy Halloween from all of us at Von Gutenberg.

Clear Boutique’s Racy Couture

clear nOn 26 September, NY Fashion Week, guests queued around the block to see the fashion show for the celebrity designer of the moment, Kia Vonvega, and her Clear Boutique’s Racy Couture Collection. Kia designs gorgeous high fashion couture dresses, sexy 2 piece crop tops with pants and vinyl jump suits. Her stuff is becoming quite well known-and loved-by celebs as well as everyday fashionistas and fans. Clear Boutique’s collection is racy, wild and sexy and the production showing it off this night was put on by the innovative and inspiring Davina Reichman and NYC Fashion Runway.

There was a slew of Clear Boutique’s signature leotards revealed on leggy models….leotards created in such naughty fun style that they are only a millimeter away from revealing more than just leg! Fanciful indulgences, colored mesh lining, corresponding high heels and earrings along with complementing gloves adorned the runway cuties. The models as much sported swoon-worthy high ponytails, heavy cat’s eye makeup and pastel colored lips in mint green, with sky blue and dusty purple also in abundance. Styling here was by the NY Fashion Week stylists Shannon Davis & Rosalinda Biddle Stylist Team.

As we all well know fashion is all about individualistic expression….and there was lots of that on hand the night of Clear’s show. The sexy and more than slightly dominant Madam Marvelous opened the show dancing and singing her single “Broom Bitch”-looking stunning in a one-piece black outfit-while the models walked to Chriss Vargas ft. Sakura “I Control You” plus plenty other dope sounds.

Kia Vonvega herself designed a metallic stretch simple sexy outfit for the night’s pièce de résistance.

Clear Boutique’s couture is sold exclusively through the top high-end showrooms in the USA and online at: www.clearboutique.com.

Check out the Von Gutenberg couture here.

 

Photos by Adam Z Lein.

TYRA Beauty

Attempting to force the word ‘smize’ into the lexicon, heading “America’s Next Top Model,” working as a top model herself, recent graduate from Harvard and now launching TYRA Beauty where she wants to make everyone a business “man” just like herself, Tyra Banks certainly has her hands full.

The super model’s new e-commerce web presence Tyra.com is the portal for all that is the lady’s desires… and certainly where to acquire the make-up line she is selling. Coining another word, Tyra looks to as much sell her products for lips, eyes and face as she wants to cull independent contractors of ‘beautytainers’ (that’s the clever mix of entertainment and beauty, is you didn’t know) to sell her new make-up line. She calls it “CEOYou Selling” (one wonders if Tyra took extra linguistics courses at Harvard as she seems to like to invent words so often) where her minions “will sell products by throwing fierce parties at their homes and online” as well as create their own websites for “rackin’ up them bank signs!”

The lady does seem to have learned a thing about pyramid models and how to exploit the web.

Claiming beauty, business and badassery as her main site headings and the seeming touchstone of her philosophy Tyra claims she will teach the power of “tooching booties” “strutting thighs” and “smizing eyes” to whomever wishes her tutelage. Bad grammar and spelling not withstanding.

All this power-of-positive-Tyra-Bank-ery bank exists on a website that would probably make any feminist cringe; Tyra lays claim to how make-up helped her so much in her life. But one need remember that “Tyra beauty is not just a cosmetic line it’s a cosmetic experience.”

Where this will all take the fetching African-American lady, who knows? For right now, Tyra seems to be coining phrases and culling recruits.

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Paris Hilton Fetish?

paris HIt’s not the first time we’ve seen her showing so much skin, nor the first time we have seen her sporting what we’d probably consider mainstream “fetish couture”; Paris Hilton indulged in what certainly has the makings of BDSM-themed wardrobe at NYC’s PH-D Rooftop Lounge last week.

Whether she is catching the wave of Fashion Weeks (the NYC one having happened the beginning of Sept.), looking to shock or simply enjoying the feel of leather gloves, the cutouts of a very revealing swimsuit, her thigh high boots, Paris was dressed for events like those we feature here. Photographer Renie Saliba, stylist Mark Jen Hsu, make-up artist Beau Derrick and hairstylist Ty Shearn had the blonde, lanky heiress looking about as far and away different from her usual soft half-lidded eyes look as possible. She looked good, chic, she look naughty, but she certainly still looked every bit as much Paris.

As we have all seen in many instances, far and away far from the models like Rubber Doll, Ophelia Overdose, Sabina Kelley whose work is indeed modeling fetish wear (and have also all worked with Von Gutenberg) Paris Hilton is another one of those celebrities who plays round the edges of alt. couture. And it’s not nessassarily a bad thing she does though, for when our more popular A-list-ers slip on something fetish-y (say Madonna and Katy Perry in that recent W magazine shoot…or even Ceine Dion who wore some very provocative and revealing outfits for a shoot a year or so back) it does get people to stand up and notice…and it gives a good old ‘shout out’ to those of us who work in the industry of alternative outfits.

As we applaud anyone anywhere wearing whatever they like, we recognize this recent foray of Paris Hilton’s to show a little more skin than usual in outfits that are not exactly in her wheelhouse.

Fetish alt. couture is in our wheelhouse…see here: http://vongutenbergcouture.com/

Baywatch Suit At The Quarter Century Mark

3974cf20-429e-11e4-990a-8d36f7c0f891_baywatch-swimsuits-pamela-andersonAs had Farrah Fawcett in her infamous one piece poster make young boys throughout the world men faster than they ever imagined they could be, so did the jiggle and taut play of those infamous Baywatch red suites capture the imagination and bulging eye of T.V. viewers in the early 90’s (the series ran from 1989 to 2001). Farah’s pic came fast, she did her own hair (actually squeezing lemon juice on her famous highlights and picking her suit from a bunch of others during a shoot even before her Charlie’s Angels fame) but for Pam Anderson, Nicole Eggert, and Alexandra Paul (the three ladies who have the distinction of wearing that TYR red Lycra first), they were merely wearing what most lifeguards wore at the time wore.

Greg Bonann, a Southern California lifeguard created Baywatch went to a competitive swimsuit house for the suits. At the time (and still pretty much as it still is) lifeguards came from the world of competitive swimming. Suits in that case have to be functional. Women simply can’t get into all the action they do as lifeguards donning bikinis!

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Producers made sure the swimsuits were tailored to each actress who wore them and though some actresses who came to wear the infamous one piece after Pam, Alexandra and Nicole had various degrees of opinion. But many, like Anderson, liked the suit very much.

“I have the red Baywatch swimming costume in my safe. … I put it on once in a while, jump in the shower and rescue my boyfriend,” she told Elle mag. “I have had quite some moments in that suit.”

The suits went to a yellow color for show’s last two seasons which by then had moved off the mainland for Baywatch Hawaii.

No suits here, but still check out the red, black and all other wonderful colors of our latex here.

The Future of “Fashion Police”

fashion policeAs most of the world (America to be sure) mourned the death of comic legend Joan Rivers there  were those pop fashionistas left wondering about the status of her E! show “Fashion Police.” Up until the week of her procedure/hospitalizing/death Rivers had worked on an Emmy red carpet broadcast and on stage, in fact she was working as much as ever, often joking she’d die on stage.

Living 81 years pretty much doing what you love one can’t ask too much more out of life really.

But what will become of one of the most recently popular shows about fashion? Will Joan Rivers’ death kill-off the popular E! Network award-show broadcast feeding freezing? Will celebs be free now to walk the red carpet no longer fearing Joan and guest hosts comical jabs at what they are wearing? Like it or not, agree with the show’s findings and intent or simply dismiss it all as too much pop culture fodder, “Fashion Police” was a popular show that for many determined the does and don’ts of celebrity style. We don’t have an awards show these days without hours of prelim red carpet entrances, interviews and the ubiquitous “Who are you wearing?” and Fashion Police set the standard for the couture cutting up, wardrobe dress down.

Joan and crew took celebrity down a few notches poking fun at not only what American’s answer to royalty was wearing but how serious they were when wearing it.

Well it seems E! will indeed keep the popular show running. The announcement from the entertainment television network is that “Fashion Police” will indeed return on Monday, January 12th 2015 for Golden Globe Awards coverage. Who all will be on the show that has, at times, featured guest hosts George Kotsiopoulos, Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne E! is not yet saying but it seems Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa has a lot of say here and with the network will probably have things well figured before that beginning of January airing.