The World Just Got A Little Less Bizarre…Magazine

o-BIZARRE-MAGAZINE-570We are certainly aware of the rigors, especially present in this modern age, of publishing a magazine. When the commercial landscape shifted so drastically that the ‘e’ world became a legitimate part of publishing commerce, those of us who published print magazines and books knew we had to now include the digital dissemination of our wares to stay current in the marketplace. That alone killed a bunch of publications and making Von Gutenberg issues available forever onward in all Apple applications, for Android and Amazon readers was one of the most important advances we had to undergo. Add into this soup the fact that we publish a decidedly ‘niche’ global magazine, our concerns of staying alive and well in 2015 and beyond are ever present. Thankfully Von Gutenberg is not going anywhere and is indeed now working on our new issue, new features and ever new innovations, but not all publications of a ‘niche’ manner survive, and in this post today we say goodbye to one of the best and brightest of the bunch, Bizarre magazine.

The Huffington Post’s headline British Bastion Of Fetish, Freaks, Extreme Tattoos And Porn, Closes After 18 Years uses the word ‘Freaks’ but no Bizarre reader would think it a pejorative. The fetish faithful, tattooed, alt. life-styler and just-all-around-curious for something interesting came to this British institution for nearly two decades to read about sex, films, music, even politics. At the height of its publishing the magazine sold 100,000 copies per issue, at its low-presently-11,000. In a statement from Bizarre’s publisher Dennis Publishing it was noted that “with a large proportion of the printed magazine market suffering a decline with lower sales in an increasingly digital age, Dennis Publishing has made the difficult decision to close the publication.”

So, yes digital killed Bizarre.

In light of the recent attack on Charlie Hebdo and a decided homogenizing of world culture that often leads to too much political correctness (something a good dyed-in-the-wool alternative life-styler rejects at every turn) we are sorry to see Bizarre magazine folding and thank them for their unwavering work in the field of fueling all of us freaks for a very long time indeed.

Art Imitating Life Imitating Fight Club With Shangguan Zhe & Sankuanz

0a6720452efa82602067cf1657a8be347fe9cdccChinese designer Shangguan Zhe of Sankuanz enlisted makeup artist Maria Comparetto to paint black eyes, bruises, and busted-up lips to his models for a Fight Club-inspired look. Helping to contrast the almost cartoon-like Sankuanz collection, designer and team were hoping to bring a smidgen of “boys being boys” “roughhousing” “theater” (all terms Zhe used to describe what she was after) to the showing.

As in the Fight Club movie, where members were not allowed to talk about Fight Club, nobody was much talking about the fake bruises and cuts here either. In the end actually only one major fashion mag even covered the show these models walked at. Still, what has most fashionistas and opinion makers opining is that, had these been female models all faux busted-up, the resultant story would have been quite different. In the climate of a rampant amp-up by the media (in the U.S. alone) over violence against women, this is no time for even a slight hint of such subjects, unless one is taking a decidedly serious view. We all know what a trip-up in the politically correct spectrum of life can saddle one with.

“Even if I were asked, I would not have put bruises on a female model,” Zhe said.

One does wonder, when viewing runaway shows as much as pondering the trailers for the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey (a story with its own brand of exploitation of women and a studied amount of violent actions) as well in light of the recent AMSR rulings on pornography in the UK, where does fantasy end and reality begin? Or is it all one-and-the-same, that what we dream about if made reality can trip the high wire of what polite society deems worthy of talking or legislating against?

Shangguan Zhe’s statement safe, sane or dangerous?

photo: Getty Image

The ‘New’ E! Fashion Police

fashion-police-promo-brad-goreski-kathy-griffinWith the death of Joan Rivers last year it was ripe fodder for blog guessing and fashion opining just who would-if anyone-take over as the host of E!’s Fashion Police show. Rumors abounded, and then nuggets of the changes came through, to be confirmed just recently. Comedian/Joan Rivers super fan and quite the snarky fashion commentator herself Kathy Griffin will indeed join the show as the new host (which begins post Golden Globes on 1/12 at 9pm EST on E!). Old’ F.P. regulars, Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic, plus newcomer Brad Goreski, will join her to dish the dirt on celebrity couture. Joan River’s daughter Melissa will produce.

In a tip-of-her-hat to the New Year, her new job and her dearly departed friend, Griffin actually wore a black Dennis Basso fur coat when she appeared with Anderson Cooper New Years Eve; the coat was Rivers’. Griffin also managed to dye Cooper’s hair red and blue on live T.V., once again proving her unpredictability…a brazenness E! is surely counting on to cull viewers to the new F.P.

There seems to be no limit to the mayhem Griffin might lead the Fashion Police to, as Griffin herself warned celebrities in a promo clip for the show. She states “Anything you wear an and will be held against you,” and Kelly Osbourne adds her own: “You have the right to remain stylish” quip.

(In other ‘reboot/return’ T.V. show news, Osbourne and her infamous, wacky family-rocker dad Ozzy in tow, now clean-will be returning for a short run of The Osbournes, the show that made Kelly and her family household names.)

As we seem to be inundated with ever more Hollywood award shows-self congratulatory and/or well meaning-and infatuated with celebrity couture as the public is, the Fashion Police will most likely fare well with its new host and additions well into 2015 and beyond.

 

A Topless Heidi Klum Run Out Of Vegas…Maybe

heidi-klum-sharper-imageIt’s nice to know that even in this day and age of ‘been-there, done-that, bought-the-T-shirt, took-the-selfie cool’ pictures can still cause a controversy. Heidi Klum seems to have found some of that controversy (though she is only the model in this case) in Las Vegas of all places. In the new Shaper Image “Gift Right” adds H.K. can be seen posing nude (though she is covering herself) sitting next to Sharper Image products with racy taglines printed on the add next to her. Last week Clark County Las Vegas officials banned these black and white ads at Vegas’ McCarren airport saying that they do not allow “the showing of the female breast with less than a fully opaque covering or any portion thereof below the nipple.”

The irony (or is it hypocrisy) of an official statement like this is not lost on anyone who has ever driven out from that Vegas airport. The billboards that litter Las Vegas, highways, McCarren, the infamous “Strip” show more bare female skin then even the most seasoned visitor to the gambling Mecca can stomach. The bared space under Klum’s nipples (nipples that are never exposed anywhere in the ads) seems small by comparison, in offending severity and actually space.

Thankfully for all concerned and for tasteful erotic art in general, it seems Las Vegas is rescinding the ban with Sharper Image as the company is now presented ‘edited’ ads. The Klum ads will be displayed from 1/3-/1/9, just in time for the CES-the Consumer Electronic Show-that hits Las Vegas on (see all about it here: http://www.i4u.com/57/ces)

This is not the first time Sharper has gone tongue-in-cheek sexy. In 2012 they ran a campaign of Megan Fox in stockings pushing their wares. Who knows what they might present next year and what city might move to ban those ads.megan-fox-sharper-image_lo-res

By the way, the initial non-edited adds have been approved in many other city’s NOT Las Vegas.

Thievery Corporation Rocks Webster Hall, NYC

ThieveryCorporationV#FE8E54 There are just some events that occur in NYC that can’t be missed. Yes, it is a wild rockin’ city just full to the brim with theatre, films, poetry reading, concerts, etc. And getting to even a few of these events can stretch one’s time, temperament and budget to be sure…especially post-Thanksgiving/pre-Christmas! But the one place the Von Gutenberg team got to this crazy week of one holiday and before another was Webster Hall down on 11th street to see Thievery Corporation.

As a lifestyle, latex and fantasy portal we try and keep up with all that tickles the senses (as you can see on our Fantasy Event List http://fantasyeventlist.com/.) Rob Garza and Eric Hilton’s Thievery Corporation provided quite the tickle…and then some. The sold-out crowd standing at Webster Hall, danced, bounced, sung and other wise rocked this night (as our video below will attest) to the D.C. D.J.’s collection of amazing musicians. The multi-member band ran through their mélange of music styles, from Indian classical, bossa nova, ballads and modern ska, giving us the full smorgasbord of their talents.

One could barely catch their breath in all the wild lights and deep rich sounds. Standing as close as we were to the stage (as our pictures will surely show) we were especially struck with the clutch and sway of the groove coming off the stage and shooting out over the crowd.ThieveryCorporationV#FE90D6

We’d like to say you could catch the band tonight at Webster Hall, but they are sold out. An act this hot wasn’t going to roll through a city like Manhattan-and this time of year no less-and not sell tickets! Here is the link for the venue anyway http://www.websterhall.com/ and for Thievery Corporation, http://thieverycorporation.com/. A trip downtown might prove fruitful if you can scalp a ticket; it is well worth trying!

Sometimes all the elements come together famously and you experience one of those nights…this was certainly one of those nights. Great music, great crowd, great venue in a great city that can be as inspiring as it can be intimidating.

Von Gutenberg thanks Thievery Corporation for a great night in a fabulous city.

ThieveryCorporationV#FE8FD2Photos & Video credit: Erik Von Gutenberg.

The Continuing Saga Of John Galliano

john-galliano-makes-a-rare-appearance-to-present-anna-wintour-with-award-at-the-bfas-1417519751The continuing saga of John Galliano has been one of the more interesting stories in the fashion world of late. The designer who has always sparked interest-to say the least-and supposedly has seen the error of whatever ways the general public and his fellows thought he should see the error of, will present his return couture collection for Maison Martin Margiela in London on January 12th. Galliano’s fashion return will occur during the London Collections: Men show, in the city the Gilbraltar-born designer spent “formative years and his beginnings in the industry” in, a Margiela press release stated.

Galliano actually made his public ‘re-entry’ in his adopted UK city early this month presenting an Outstanding Achievement award at the British Fashion Awards.

For those who do not know or don’t care to recall, Galliano was fired from Dior in Feb. 2011 for a “I love Hitler” tirade he gave (actually two different, equally hate-speech rants were noted in the Galliano saga) while drunk at a Parisian café. Yes, it is certainly not so nice spewing the opinion Galliano did, but in the city of lights anti-semitic speech is actually illegal! Galliano was found guilty and made to pay a fine.Since that time he has admitted to therapy, made strategic appearances on T.V shows and has altered his look.

Whatever the effect of the man’s three-year crawl back to fashion icon status will have on John Galliano, if his new collection for Maison Martin Margiela will be accepted and applauded, and if indeed it was unfair to even prosecute the man for his remarks (as his defense lawyers tried to argue it was and sued for appeal and damages) it will all come down to how much his couture is accepted.

The Galliano collection will also be shown in Paris –of all places-during that city’s Couture Fashion Week, at the end of the same month.

The Von Gutenberg Couture is ‘showing’ now, here.

Photo Credit: Vice.com

The Dos Santos Christmas Sale

cms_04_kollek_prev_2[1]The lovely & talented Christmas elf, Berlin-based latex designer Petra dos Santos is making a spectacular offer to the devil and the angel in us all. Begun as of last Saturday, fantasy couture lovers the world over can either come to the Lederatelier dos santos — Mehringdamm 119 — 10965 Berlin Kreuzberg or search www.petradossantos.de for a holiday sale unlike any other you have ever experienced.

Here it comes again: Christmas, the time of joy, love and generous gifts,” Petra says. “And because we appreciate our customers especially, we like to be especially generous to them and arrange a phenomenal Christmas Sale in the dos santos studio.” Petra’s sale includes 20% off accessories, corsets and clothes from the dos santos collection, plus even more savings of up to 50% on many extraordinary unique pieces and sets.

In 1998 Stuttgart native and ‘real atelier’ Petra dos Santos moved from Hamburg to Berlin to make her leather couture dreams a reality. Rendering her designs in the classic way, including style design, selection of materials and custom fittings, Petra is one of the very few designers who can claim a ‘Made in Berlin’ tag for her creations. With her newly acquired material ‘stretch leather’ she can work any design her client’s desire, producing even her made-to-measure pieces more affordably then Gucci, Boss & Co. and other ‘big’ designers. Her leathers come from German and European verified origins, free of toxins and made with no exploitation.

“I always know exactly where my leather comes from, and that obviously feels much better,” Petra proudly declares.

The dos santos Christmas sale is really is a most unique chance to grab some truly stunning couture…and to grab some free yummy hot wine punch if you happen into the store in person.6_11[1]

Enjoy the holiday snuggled into some soft Petra dos Santos’ outfits.
 

Kim Kardashian, Kate Moss, Graphic Armor Condoms; Latex Rules!

Was last week “Worldwide Celebrate Latex Week” and we missed it? As we reported Kim Kardashian stepped out in Australia in two different Atsuko Kudo outfits; Kate Moss attended the 60th B’day bash for Sir David Tang in a skin-tight black latex dress; Graphic Armor announced a new campaign for their latex condoms and radio D.J. ‘shock jock’ Kyle Sandilands showed his stunning model girlfriend Imogen Anthony off in her long black latex dress. (I also refer you to our first of main blogs this week about the famous Pirelli calendar and all the latex within it)

Our favorite material has been busy of late!

There’s no denying the long slide into mainstream fashion latex has managed. And now that it’s ‘in’, it’s not soon going to go anywhere it seems. And really why should it? As we have all known for so long latex is perfect to wear just about anywhere (just see the list of events we report on where latex is the dress code of the weekend!) Whether you’re sporting curves or tight long lines, latex works wonders for complimenting one’s frame, setting a mood and holding in the sweet heat.

As to its use in ‘safe sex’ practices, this recent Graphic Armor™ campaign offers their FDA-approved condoms with images, words, slogans and “tats” printed directly onto their condoms. The company ran a Tattoo Condom Design Contest that garnered 164 designs from 33 countries (with 31,875 votes culled.) Parisian designer Britta Uschkamp was the winner of the contest, with over 10,00o votes. Her winning floral-centric ‘Fleurs-2-Bite will be printed on Graphic Armor’s premium latex condoms. Of course, customers can always go to Graphic Armor anytime and create custom condoms, see here234B702B00000578-2840866-image-175_1416402929469[1]

Will we see more latex worn-and shown-this week as Thanksgiving approaches the U.S. and lots of men and women might be too stuffed to slide into their favorite catsuits? Only time and the ever-changing mood of fashion can tell.

Stay tuned.

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]