Covered: JLo, Tess Holliday and our own Sabina Kelley

VG9-mag CVR1[2]Surely we are familiar with magazine covers of beautiful models (just see Sabina Kelley on our new Von Gutenberg issue #9.) These days women-and men-make the cover of a magazine for a multitude of reasons; for their beauty, their celebrity, for some present controversy they might be mining for the obligatory 15 minutes of fame. And sometimes what’s on the cover of a magazine, whether that magazine is a high couture fashion magazine or a weekly light entertainment publication, gets more press and is often even more interesting then what’s between the magazine’s pages for that issue.

Of course, this isn’t the case with V.G. #9!

Here’s two examples of covers that caught not just the eye but the blog ‘o scribble of many (this blogger included) this week.

In what seems a trend of late, another ‘larger’ size lady has made news posing for a magazine. This week we see Tess Holliday, a size 22 model, landing her first cover; she will appear on the front of the June 1st issue of People. Boasting 707, 000 Instagram followers, signed with MILK, already having worked for Torrid and Benefit, this plus-size model is certainly a popula…of a decidedly bigger size then is usually seen.

Continuing to stun (though God knows it’s not unusual with someone with this kind of world-wide visibility to keep themselves in shape) Jennifer Lopez is shocking the world once again, this time on the cover of the ‘best body issue’ of Us Weekly. Much is being made of the swimsuit JLo’s wears on this cover, showing as it does “reverse cleavage” coming as it does right after Lopez showed off copious “underboob” in her Charbel Zoe gown at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards last week.jlo-us-weekly-thatgrapejuice-600x814

Will we see more plus size women on the covers of magazine? We will be lucky enough to possibly catch “side boob” next time from JLo…have you ever seen a better background then the Las Vegas desert on our Sabina Kelley cover? Who can say. But somebody out there has probably got you covered.

London Fashion Designer Sasha Louise’s Latex Kickstarter Campaign

bnSo here’s a question pitting our modern age with latex fashion: Would a Kickstarter campaign work for a fashion designer looking to fund latex couture? U.K. designer Sasha Louise, a London College of Fashion graduate and all-around top-notch designer, is currently trying to acquire funding via a Kickstarter campaign. Riding that balance beam between haute couture and fetish, Sasha is one of those designers who has her hands-on all aspects of her business-from pattern cutting, to product packaging, to marketing, etc.-and has created her own “latex net” material. She has worked with Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as garnered interest in media from Rabid, SID, Notion and Fabulous magazines. Presently Sasha is shooting her first-ever “lookbook” intending to showcase it at London Fashion Week showrooms for both Men’s and Women’s fashion week. Sasha’s Kickstarter campaign has been put into place to make this all happen and to push her latex clothing to the next level.

As she says about this modern-day way of acquiring funds: “I’ve known of kickstarter for a while and have seen some really cool ideas come to life from it, so when I looked at where my company is and where I want to be I knew I needed funding and thought this would be a really interactive way of getting it.”

Sasha says she has only encountered positivity about her latex clothing, from all sorts of people (something we are thrilled to hear). Designing with the material we all know and love simply progressed from her personal ‘alternative’ interests.

“When I saw latex on the body I was in love…but when I touched it I was really in love,” she admits. “It’s such an amazing fabric and I just wanted to push the boundaries with it and see what I could do.”

Of course the downside of attempting to raise funds through Kickstarter is that one has to consider not reaching their goal. Sasha says if she doesn’t she will have to reduce her collection and not be able to continue with her Fashion week plans or distribute the lookbook, but she adds with a positivity that makes all the very best designers: “If it doesn’t happen right now then it will just take a little longer.”

Of course we hope Sasha reaches her goal (and beyond it for all her dreams.) Look for her kickstarter campaign here.

Allison Williams Is Just So Two-Faced

allison-williams-geschminkt-ungeschminkt-instagramEven a seemingly anti-celebrity campaign, though led by celebrities, begun almost as a backlash against the cultural addiction we seem to have with selfies and Instagram, will grow into an Instagram phenomena all its own trying to mock itself. Allison Williams of “Girls” fame, just posted a selfie of herself in what has been called a “Two-Face Style.” The actress made-up one side of her face, while she left the other untouched, giving us half of what seems to be the latest in celebrity chic, the bare-faced pic…for reasons only Williams could know.

Last month super dooper model Heidi Klum took to her Instagram account to record her progression of getting ready for a shoot. She went from a bare canvas face, her unadorned high cheekbone-d mug, to completely tricked-out with make-up and a halo of teased hair. Again…why? As with lots of what we can do across the net these days, does the bare-faced craze fall into that ‘because we can, we should’ category?heidi-klum-before

Three years ago The Children In Need charity raised lots of money and awareness through this trend in their “BearFaced” campaign. Female celebs posed for before and after pics, the bare-faced one featuring a mini bear paw print on the celeb’s cheek…giving the campaign its name. A good cause…certainly. A craze for empowering women…who knows? A trend that gets twisted, overdone and leads to two-faced pics…you be the judge.

Surely we all have a voyeuristic streak in us. Certainly it’s nice to recognize that the mega rich/beautiful/popular are as flawed as you and I. But we want these people we adore and try to emulate to be flawless, to present the image they work hard to maintain; this is exactly why we make them celebrities. In the end, these bare-faced pics show us what we already know…but try to avoid about ourselves all the time by reveling in the lie that is celebrity.

 

Bruce Jenner, Whiplr and What We All Truly Want

Bruce-Jenner-Diane-Sawyer-Interview-490x316As should be evident to anyone who even has an inkling of modern-day happenings, there is a chasm of difference between what some people believe is the ‘right way’ to interact in society and the way real people live their lives in the here-and-now. With the recent Bruce Jenner reveal/interview with Diane Sawyer we certainly come to see that plenty of men are living or want to live as a woman, lots of women (those born women) identify as a man, and there are a whole bunch of folks who define themselves as transgender. It’s a great big world out there of people wanting simply to live their lives as peacefully and fulfilled as possible. Who’s to say really what’s right and what’s wrong for what’s in each individual’s heart.

A social network app like Whiplr is aware of the many possible desires and differences in the world. Created to link a global population of like-minded folks that the mainstream might label “kinky”, the men and women who come to Whiplr do so looking for one another-be it through chat (video and text), photos and every other which way-sensing that what they are looking for in their intimate encounters, or simply through their socializing, might fall far afield of what an eHarmony might be able to offer…but still be something they need and find legitimate.

This legitimatizing of one’s deepest feelings sits at the root of what Bruce Jenner is looking for as well as what lots of people want when they log-onto a social portal where they might very well be spending lots of time. And to log-on mobile, which is what an app like Whiplr is all about, is what anyone, from the slightly alternative-minded to the most mainstream dater needs most in this consistently updating landscape where hopefully Bruce Jenner’s plight may one day not make news at all.

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Mary Doyle Keefe, ‘Rosie the Riveter’ Dies

il_fullxfull.508201205_1gbw-smallerWhen someone says ‘iconic model’ our minds may jump to a Cindy Crawford, a Kate Moss even the recently retired Gisele Bündchen (who we reported on just recently.) But we do well to remember that not all women modeling do so for fashion and in some cases they’re pictures do reach iconic status for reasons well beyond showing off their latest Instagram vacation pic or a super-neat Twiggy-like style change. Such was the case with Mary Doyle Keefe.

Keefe’s is certainly not a quickly recognized name (nor would her everyday picture ever be), but in U.S. history she looms large for her modeling…and only for one moment in time actually. Mary Doyle Keefe posed for the “Rosie the Riveter” poster painted by the American painter/illustrator Norman Rockwell, in 1943.

Keefe was raised in Arlington, Vermont, Rockwell lived in West Arlington, and the two met when Keefe was working as an operator. Rockwell created what would become one of the best recognized Saturday Evening Post covers ever from pictures his friend/photographer Gene Pelham took of the then 19 year-old Keefe, who was paid $5 each of two mornings she sat for Pelham and Rockwell. The Rosie shot was at the time and still is recognized as one of the most important visual ‘rally cries’ for the World War 11, recognizing American woman flooding into the work place to help with the war effort.

In real life Keefe was a small lady, not the beefed-up, big-armed Rosie who appears in the painting sporting a rivet gun with her feet resting on a copy of “Mein Kampf.” Such is the case of artistic license.Mary-Doyle-Keefe-Rosie

Keefe, who graduated from Temple University, worked as a dental hygienist and was married for 55 years, died Tuesday at the age of 92. The “Rosie the Riveter” painting is part of the Art In A Days Work permanent collection at Arkansas Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

 

Golf Digest and Lexi Thompson Feel Some Heat

masl23-lexi-coverAnd here we all thought the world of fashion only ever sees such modeling controversies: Golf Digest has just revealed a topless Lexi Thompson on its May issue cover that is seeing lots of heat.

Twenty year old Thompson is fronting the “Fitness and Power” issue of GD, holding a towel perfectly placed round her neck and draped down her front, while wearing a blue golf glove and black yoga pants. To say she looks every bit the stunning confident athlete would be an understatement. But many are voicing negative opinion over a woman displayed this way on this magazine.

Golf Digests’ editor-in-chief Jerry Tarde responded to the vociferous backlash:

“We’ve come a long way from a year ago when the LPGA condemned our choice of Paulina Gretzky (and Holly Sonders in 2013) as the cover images for Golf Digest’s annual fitness issue. Mea culpa, ladies. You can have stunning beauty and the highest level of golf performance at the same time, as demonstrated this year by Lexi, Stacy Lewis, Cheyenne Woods and Michelle Wie.”

Tarde also made it a point to remind his critics that Golf Digest featured Rory McIlroy in nothing but a kilt, but the prevailing opposing opinion about this is that the woman who appear on the magazine-the afore mention Gretzky, Sonders and Wie-have shown quite a bit more skin than their male contemporaries.268A215F00000578-2989838-image-a-16_1426084808569

Often with the latex fashion models we employ we’ve come face-to-face with the conundrum of what to show and when in our pages and on our site. Given that a number of fantasy wardrobes not only reveal copious amounts of bump, curve and dent of both our fetching male and female models, and many an ‘adult’ clothing accessory is created with the expressed implication to reveal more than a smidgen of skin, we work hard at Von Gutenberg to keep as much to the imagination as we can in our high-end couture reportage and photo essays. It’s is a high wire act indeed knowing what to conceal with what to reveal as we attempt to show out best, brightest and often sexiest.

We march ever onward doing what we feel best for us as Golf Digest seems to be doing for their magazine. As for the lady in question here, Thompson tweeted pictures of her cover under a #GirlPower hashtag.

 

 

The Most ‘Fashionable’ Apps

thm_whiplrThe Business Insider website published the Nielsen list (yes T.V.-watcher Nielsen) of most popular apps of 2014 (http://www.businessinsider.com/the-most-popular-apps-of-2014-according-to-nielsen-2014-12). Among top contenders were iTunes Radio/iCloud, Instagram (of course), Google Maps, Google Play and Google Search. But this ten (and ten toppers that rated on others lists across the web) are the big boys, the “fashionable” apps we would all expect to see topping any list as they are supported by very powerful parent companies that have been in the game a while. The question is: is their room for other and often times more innovative mobile applications? Are there apps presently growing a huge consistent following, without the benefit of the Facebook or Apple name behind them? If we have learned anything in this age of the net, there is plenty of space across cyber-space for new approaches, consistent innovations and a real need for people to search for ever more apps in a seemingly rapid daily desire for more and ever better.

What grows into fashion as a popular app changes all the time. What adults come to use especially in their personal interactions across their portable digital devices-not just when they might be looking for a pizzeria or needing a map-needs to be powerful indeed. And when chat, search, event coordination and profiles are wanted all in one application then the field narrows greatly for apps that can deliver all of what the user wants.

Certainly a Facebook delivers, it’s proven to be a truly fashionable website and app in all possible ways but again, it is one of the known players in the game, so much so it is ubiquitous. .In many cases a dating site might boast an app-like the population specific ChristinaDatingForFree http://www.christiandatingforfree.com/ app-born from its popular site. In other cases a mobile messenger app is created specifically for adults looking to log-on chat, interact and search off their mobile device, as is the case with Whirplr.

What of all these many apps will favor you better? Which might fall out of fashion with you personally or with the populace in general as more apps offer more? Who can say? For the time being we all just need to keep downloading.

Fun Sexy Couture Stories

Sometimes there is just too much good stuff going on in the world of lifestyle, couture and sexiness not to fill-up one big blog with a few stories.

A Lingerie Jail Break

safe_imageThey say clothes make the man…but sometimes they fuel a prison break as well. In a Brazilian jail last week three women dressed in the outfits you see here (not exactly latex but certainly close to some of the couture we sell here) entered the lock-down promising the guards of Nova Mutum prison an orgy. The women seduced the guards to take them down to the guards’ sleeping barracks, where the ladies then slipped their companions spiked whiskey that soon left the guards unconscious and very soon relieved of their clothes, keys to cells and handcuffed. The women then proceeded to free 28 inmates.

Miley Cyrus On…Then Off

Hanna Montana has certainly grown-up in everyone’s estimation to the tongue totting Miley Cyrus of video, stage and twerking. One of the videos she used on her Bangerz Tour, titled “Tongue Tied,” was entered in the NYC Porn Festival happening at the end of February. Well at least it was submitted as the beginning of the week. It now seems Miley’s people have retracted the submission which shows Miley in fishnets, tied to a chair with a strip of black tape across her breasts.

It doesn’t seem that Cyrus is balking at being shown so bare, in a decidedly bondage-influenced ‘wardrobe,’ but according to the film festival’s organizer, the word ‘porn’ being used in the title of the event is what gave the Cyrus camp cold feet.miley-cyrus-enters-nyc-porn-festival-with-a-short-film-0

The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover controversey

Not that bikini-clad models walking beaches and languidly showing their curves in an infamous yearly issue of a famous sport’s magazine doesn’t garner enough attention and derision each and every year. This year’s 2015’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue has got lots of people weighing in over its cover alone! It seems 24 year old model Hannah Davis is just showing too much of herself for public decency.

Hannah is being criticized for pulling her bikini bottom just too low down her front (you judge for yourself, see the picture to the right). One should note though, that it’s this issue that features the first-ever plus-sized model (Ashley Graham) in a S.I. issue. hannah-davis-swimsuit-cover-reveal-2015

Katy Perry & Halftime Couture

Article Lead - wide65681167133sy4image.related.articleLeadwide.729x410.133rwv.png1422960825698.jpg-620x349No matter what you thought about it, one thing is for sure…Katy Perry’s Super Bowl 49 performance was colorful. Ascending on a star at the end of the twelve minutes while singing her hit “Firework” might have reminded a few of the ‘older’ rockers in the audience of good old David Lee Roth manning his flying surfboard over the heads of his concert goers. But for sheer spectacle of costume alone, Katy Perry left  even her harshest critics agog.

Though she’s busty enough to experience a wardrobe malfunction if things were not secured, the reigning confectionery pop diva was outfitted well by her long time friend Jeremy Scott. As Scott told Style.com, he was well aware of how many people would be seeing Katy’s performance-and therefore her concert couture-and along with the pop diva he was hoping to create a populist statement. As he says “I love pop culture, and for me that’s one of the things that’s so exciting about this opportunity”.

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Of course one has to consider that in a very brief amount of time Katy P. needed to present a bunch of different looks (“worlds” she called them) over the course of the songs she sang, the guests who showed-Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz-and past her many dancers. For this to be accomplished Scott and Katy created what he called a “Russian nesting doll“ effect where Kathy could peel out of her opening flame outfit during the song “Roar” into a more iconic beach ball “California Gurls” look, then don a sparkly hoodie and then that holographic star dress that Scott actually designed for Moschino. It all happened fast, without nary a chance for hiccup, as what Katy Perry wore became as important as every other visual for the brief performance.superbowlfootballkarr22308269920_t755_hc43a344fa6e74e402ad9e10f059e7b69a3c43163

While it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that the NFL was looking to get artists to pony-up a fee for playing such unequaled exposure (112 million people watched Bruno Mars at last year’s halftime, earning the singer almost four times the total of people who peaked into 2014’s Grammys!) Katy (like Mars and Beyoncé) did not pay nor were they paid…but the NFL did cover the halftime’s enormous productions costs.

Including Katy’s costuming.

S.A.G. Awards Stylings

aniston sag awardsAs we’ve said more times than we care to count, what’s an award show without the big “Who Are You Wearing” reveal in the red carpet? This time of year we get the Grammy’s, the Golden Globes and the big daddy Oscar telecast. But with the S.A.G. awards just past (and clocking-in at a respectable mere few hours) we can certainly assume dearly departed Joan Rivers’ territory like on who wore what and the effect of it all.

Birdman nominee Emma Stone slicked her hair down in a side pony and sported shocking ruby red lips, while Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon sported her own side pony, though wearing a white gown to Emma’s dark one.  Much is being made about another Best Actress nominee “taking the plunge” as Jennifer Aniston revealed quite a bit of her front in a plunging John Galliano gown. Jared Leto and Mathew McConaughey both sported a great bit of facial hair (and Leto his usual long locks) while the startling transformation of a beardless and quite a few pound-less Zak Galifianakis made the Twitter feed sparkle with a “Who Is that?”

Claire Danes was in a crisscross fronted grown of emerald, Felicity Jones’s in white like Witherspoon (in a Balenciaga gown) and Lupita Nyong’o’s piled high braid made her even more stunning than usual.

There seems to be no end to Hollywood’s self-congratulatory events, but they do bring the best and brightest to our T.V. screens so we can bandy about opinion on fashion and make-up choices. In the end none of this matters to most people’s everyday existences but it is fun to see who is wearing what and read opinions from far and wide.zach gal

And don’t kid yourself, though Emma Stone, Jared Leto and the rest will most likely never hear the opinions of you or me, they are in the business to care about what they look like on and off screen.