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.

 

 

 

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?

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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.