The 2015 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball

600X_LOGO_2015Yes, it might be a couple of months away, but those in the know should already be planning to attend what always turns out to be the Halloween party to be at. Two decades and running The 2015 Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball (FFHB) is the largest, longest running Halloween event in Las Vegas and one of the grandest of all Halloween parties.

First introduced in 1995 at “The ATTIC”, a once famous Las Vegas landmark, the first FFHB drew a crowd of about 700 curious local partiers. The following year, with a slightly larger budget and expanded marketing, the Ball moved to the famed Las Vegas strip, to the iconic Tropicana Hotel…thus a Vegas tradition was born.

Currently the FFHB is held at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s, a true centerpiece Halloween event.

With accolades such as “One Of The Earth’s Best Bashes” by Stuff Magazine, “One Of The Top 10 Events In The World” by the Travel Channel, and “The Worlds Wildest Halloween Party” by Bizarre Magazine, the FFHB has clearly established itself as one of the world’s top tier celebrations, and with the propensity for the wild at heart to flock to Las Vegas on big weekends, the FFHB has become the focal point for a who’s who of the nightlife world on Halloween weekend.

Latex, leather, lingerie, and saran wrap; anything and everything that’s not suitable for work (for most of us that is) will be on display.

The creators of the FFHB diligently surround party goers in a totally mesmerizing, fantasy laden world, decked out with otherworldly props and decoration. Top notch performers, DJ’s, and musicians, from both the US and abroad, add to the sensory overload which is the FFHB. Bands such as Shiny Toy Guns, The Tubes, and The Motels; DJ’s such as Headhunterz, Bad Boy Bill, Mix Master Mike; performers such as Dita Von Teese, Perish, the Vau De Vire Society and WildChild, have all graced the event. The Ball is a 6 hour extravaganza that features fire breathers, aerialists, wierdos, freaks, towering creatures, contortionists, the exhibitionist stage where party attendees receive their penance for bad behavior, and a collection of handpicked vendors who go all out to stir up the action… literally an inundation of erotic activity and entertainment.

The 2015 FFHB will be expanding to include an Expo element. The first ever Fetish & Fantasy Lifestyles Expo will piggy back on the success of the FFHB with a 3 day convention that will not only feature unique and exciting vendors from around the globe, but will also introduce the National Fetish and Fantasy Awards and a Fetish and Fantasy Hall of Fame. Nominees will be chosen and voted on by their peers and fans, and trophies will be awarded to the outstanding players in a wide range of categories such as “Clothing Designer of the Year” and “Best Live Performance Artist”, etc… anything and everything having to do with the erotic expression of human sensuality. To get further information for this story and on the event, visit the FFHB website at .


The First Annual Queerly Festival Celebrates Pride Week With Von Gutenberg Regulars

5e27d1048af41ed5f34c897f8cdf3f07831ee941[1]As you would expect, here at Von Gutenberg we certainly champion free expression of any point of view (if that p.o.v. condones freedom for all). Even the quickest perusal of our lifestyle events (see the latest in issue #9) or a regular read of this blog you’ll see we have supported plenty an artistic or cultural expression. Be thee working and living in the LGBT community, or be thee involved in fetish/alternative/kink couture design, modeling or performing, you know V.G. will not only support but continue to report on all the good works our family of friends are into. The Queerly Festival, produced by The Horse Trade Theatre Group of NYC, is one such grouping of events Von Gutenberg is behind, celebrating as it does Pride Week, NYC.
What’s even more interesting about this week of theatre pieces is that the show “Song, Word and Deed,” happening on 6/26, 8pm at the Kraine Theatre location is being directed and emcee-d by our very own editor-in-chief, Ralph Greco, Jr (Ralph has also written two pieces for the show.) The hour plus will also feature one of our past writers, Tom Kennedy, as well as techno music maven Madam Marvelous performing a song (read issue #9 to learn more about the provocative M.M.)

It’s going to be quite the Von Gutenberg family affair.

The first annual Queerly Festival, which runs 6/25-7/3 at both Horse Trade Theatre locations-the Kraine Theatre at 85 W. 4th in the village, NYC and UNDER St. Marks, at 94 St. Mark’s Place from 6/25-to-7/3, is presented a wide range of shows. Ralph’s is a variety hour of readings, one short one act and song, while there are other shows in the full week of the program that includes drag cabaret, Karaoke and lots more.
There is bound to be more than one show to tickle your naughty sensibilitieswill prove to a chock-full celebration of LGBT culture running between and , and one we are sure you do not want to miss.44e9994c7d0ec01202dd8c170028dd94_750x600[1]

You Are In For ‘A Tricky Treat’ At The Fantasia International Film Festival

A TRICKY TREAT final poster WEBFrom Cannes to Canada Patricia Chica’s new horror comedy short A Tricky Treat is making great big strides. Patricia is very good friends and a close working colleque with our feature male model in our movie-themed issue #9, The Richard, so we are keeping close tabs on her and the success of A Tricky Treat to be sure. We have just gotten word that A Tricky Treat will see its world premier at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

“Fantasia is one of my favorite film festivals, and now that I live in Los Angeles, it is a great honour for me to return to my hometown Montreal to premiere A Tricky Treat,” says Chica about this latest honor for her film.

A.T.T. tells the story of a man, played by Leonard Waldner, held hostage by a very strange family whose fate rests in the hands of two kids. The family is played by Steve Brewster, Andrea Fletcher, Keira McCarthy, and newcomer Marco Reilly.

From this festival A Tricky Treat will go on to play at Scream Queen Film Fest in Tokyo, RIP Horror Film Festival in Hollywood, and the 21st San Giò Verona Video Festival in Italy, with certainly more festival screenings will be announced soon.

 A Tricky Treat is the first collaboration of creative duo Patricia Chica (director) and Kamal John Iskander (writer) who have been called the Gruesome Twosome by popular online cinema blog, The Movie Guys. Shot in Los Angeles earlier this year, the film is executive produced by Tara Kurtz (Los Angeles), and produced by Patricia Chica (Montreal), Grace Santos (Los Angeles), as well as Byron A. Martin (Toronto). Co-Executive producers are Adonai Interiano of HNI Productions (Los Angeles) and Morris Umali (Australia).

Patricia Chica and her crew will be present for the premier as they were in Cannes and we wish them continued success.


Madam Marvelous in issue #9…and beyond.

FullSizeRender (3)As any fan or even passing perusal-er of the Von Gutenberg oeuvre is well aware, we are as much interested in wildly imaginative sexy pictures of models wearing latex as we are the contributions from various writers, illustrators, designers and just about anybody else who works in our lifestyle community. As you will see in reading our latest issue (#9) once again we present both a Midori and M. Christian essay, feature arresting images from one of our favorite painters, Fang Ling Lee and report on events and book/music releases we think fit in well with our theme.

One of the artists we feature in issue #9 is Madam Marvelous (real name Yolanda Dunderdale), a provocative songwriter/singer/ performer (find her here: from the NYC area. We initially connected with the lady about her breakout first single, “Broom Bitch” released on the independent techno label Subwoofer Records. That single was a smash bestseller for Subwoofer, played from New York to Italy to Spain to Amsterdam (and more) and now Subwoofer is releasing “Destruction” by Drzneday feat. Madam Marvelous. With remixes by Mr. Gemini and Sinawi this track is sure to be another runaway smash.

We so love reporting on the upwardly mobile career moves of our Von Gutenberg family members. Time and again we get a Facebook prompt from a model running clear across the globe for a new shoot or one of the many designers we have feature lands a gig outfitting some huge celebrity. And it has been our good fortune (or maybe just the fact that we make such deep connections with the people we work with) that no matter where their work happens to take them, they always have time to appear in a new issue of Von Gutenberg, and send us their good news so we can tell you about it.

We couldn’t be happier for Madam Marvelous’ continued success and wish her all the best with this latest release.

Go here to purchase “Destruction”:



Annie Leibovitz, Vanity Fair & Bruce Jenner

bruce-april27Furthering our opining about covers…it seems none other than Annie Leibovitz, photographer of the stars and a star herself, has been slated to snap Bruce Jenner transformed for the cover of Vanity Fair. As we have all recently seen the ex Olympiad, Kardashian step-dad still as a man (even with the longer hair, fingers nails and post specific surgeries) this ‘coming-out’ of Jenner will most likely prove the high fashion/celebrity reveal of the year.

When you have shot such iconic covers like a pregnant Demi Moore, or a Whoopi Goldberg in a milk bath you do get the plum assignments to be sure.

What exact summer issue this sure-to-be-controversial cover will be for, is not yet certain. What exactly will one see of ‘Her’ as Bruce Jenner called his female self in his Diana Sawyer interview, no one knows. Will there be an extensive interview with Jenner as well the couture culture magazine, this has all yet to be declared by V.F. What is known though is that the timely Leibovitz shoot and whatever Vanity Fair runs coincides perfectly with Jenner’s new reality ‘docu-series.’

This 8-episode show will supposedly be focused on Jenner’s cosmetic concerns through his transformations, as it will his social life and his golf game, something he/she is and will be continuing to be serious about. How this all measures up in the modern exploit-reality-voyeurism cable T.V. culture, or if Jenner’s show, being about the subject it is, will make a dent in helping the mainstream understand the transgendered (as Jenner has said it hopes it does,) will no doubt be bandied about by all who even give the show a passing viewing.

For now what is assured is that Leibovitz and Vanity Fair will make quite a splash on what might just be the most talked about cover on a high fashion (or any) magazine this year.

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.




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.