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]

 

 

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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