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?

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.