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.

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Photos by Adam Z Lein.

Paris Hilton Fetish?

paris HIt’s not the first time we’ve seen her showing so much skin, nor the first time we have seen her sporting what we’d probably consider mainstream “fetish couture”; Paris Hilton indulged in what certainly has the makings of BDSM-themed wardrobe at NYC’s PH-D Rooftop Lounge last week.

Whether she is catching the wave of Fashion Weeks (the NYC one having happened the beginning of Sept.), looking to shock or simply enjoying the feel of leather gloves, the cutouts of a very revealing swimsuit, her thigh high boots, Paris was dressed for events like those we feature here. Photographer Renie Saliba, stylist Mark Jen Hsu, make-up artist Beau Derrick and hairstylist Ty Shearn had the blonde, lanky heiress looking about as far and away different from her usual soft half-lidded eyes look as possible. She looked good, chic, she look naughty, but she certainly still looked every bit as much Paris.

As we have all seen in many instances, far and away far from the models like Rubber Doll, Ophelia Overdose, Sabina Kelley whose work is indeed modeling fetish wear (and have also all worked with Von Gutenberg) Paris Hilton is another one of those celebrities who plays round the edges of alt. couture. And it’s not nessassarily a bad thing she does though, for when our more popular A-list-ers slip on something fetish-y (say Madonna and Katy Perry in that recent W magazine shoot…or even Ceine Dion who wore some very provocative and revealing outfits for a shoot a year or so back) it does get people to stand up and notice…and it gives a good old ‘shout out’ to those of us who work in the industry of alternative outfits.

As we applaud anyone anywhere wearing whatever they like, we recognize this recent foray of Paris Hilton’s to show a little more skin than usual in outfits that are not exactly in her wheelhouse.

Fetish alt. couture is in our wheelhouse…see here: http://vongutenbergcouture.com/

Baywatch Suit At The Quarter Century Mark

3974cf20-429e-11e4-990a-8d36f7c0f891_baywatch-swimsuits-pamela-andersonAs had Farrah Fawcett in her infamous one piece poster make young boys throughout the world men faster than they ever imagined they could be, so did the jiggle and taut play of those infamous Baywatch red suites capture the imagination and bulging eye of T.V. viewers in the early 90’s (the series ran from 1989 to 2001). Farah’s pic came fast, she did her own hair (actually squeezing lemon juice on her famous highlights and picking her suit from a bunch of others during a shoot even before her Charlie’s Angels fame) but for Pam Anderson, Nicole Eggert, and Alexandra Paul (the three ladies who have the distinction of wearing that TYR red Lycra first), they were merely wearing what most lifeguards wore at the time wore.

Greg Bonann, a Southern California lifeguard created Baywatch went to a competitive swimsuit house for the suits. At the time (and still pretty much as it still is) lifeguards came from the world of competitive swimming. Suits in that case have to be functional. Women simply can’t get into all the action they do as lifeguards donning bikinis!

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Producers made sure the swimsuits were tailored to each actress who wore them and though some actresses who came to wear the infamous one piece after Pam, Alexandra and Nicole had various degrees of opinion. But many, like Anderson, liked the suit very much.

“I have the red Baywatch swimming costume in my safe. … I put it on once in a while, jump in the shower and rescue my boyfriend,” she told Elle mag. “I have had quite some moments in that suit.”

The suits went to a yellow color for show’s last two seasons which by then had moved off the mainland for Baywatch Hawaii.

No suits here, but still check out the red, black and all other wonderful colors of our latex here.

The Future of “Fashion Police”

fashion policeAs most of the world (America to be sure) mourned the death of comic legend Joan Rivers there  were those pop fashionistas left wondering about the status of her E! show “Fashion Police.” Up until the week of her procedure/hospitalizing/death Rivers had worked on an Emmy red carpet broadcast and on stage, in fact she was working as much as ever, often joking she’d die on stage.

Living 81 years pretty much doing what you love one can’t ask too much more out of life really.

But what will become of one of the most recently popular shows about fashion? Will Joan Rivers’ death kill-off the popular E! Network award-show broadcast feeding freezing? Will celebs be free now to walk the red carpet no longer fearing Joan and guest hosts comical jabs at what they are wearing? Like it or not, agree with the show’s findings and intent or simply dismiss it all as too much pop culture fodder, “Fashion Police” was a popular show that for many determined the does and don’ts of celebrity style. We don’t have an awards show these days without hours of prelim red carpet entrances, interviews and the ubiquitous “Who are you wearing?” and Fashion Police set the standard for the couture cutting up, wardrobe dress down.

Joan and crew took celebrity down a few notches poking fun at not only what American’s answer to royalty was wearing but how serious they were when wearing it.

Well it seems E! will indeed keep the popular show running. The announcement from the entertainment television network is that “Fashion Police” will indeed return on Monday, January 12th 2015 for Golden Globe Awards coverage. Who all will be on the show that has, at times, featured guest hosts George Kotsiopoulos, Giuliana Rancic and Kelly Osbourne E! is not yet saying but it seems Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa has a lot of say here and with the network will probably have things well figured before that beginning of January airing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ralph Lauren Polo Tech: Ladies & Gentlemen, Once Again Science & Fashion Meet

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At the 2014 U.S. Open, happening right now, we will see ball boys sporting the newest high tech T-shirt available, the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech.

This “smart shirt” with biometric tracking capabilities carries the recognizable Ralph Lauren couture touchstones, basically the shirt has a giant yellow Polo logo on its front, but its ultra scifi innards were developed by OMsignal. Basically a snug black nylon compression shirt the tee has conductive threads woven into it with a small snap-on module (what Ralph Lauren call the “Black Box) that relays information- heart-rate and breathing data-to a Bluetooth-connected to iPhone or iPad.

In addition to the above, both an accelerometer and gyrometer help track the number of steps a wearer takes and their calories burned.

This shirt is the first public showing of this new line from Polo, right now specially fitted for tennis, but certainly going to be expanded come the Spring when it debuts to the general consumer. The Black Box will be made smaller. And Ralph Lauren claims the technology here will move past pure high fashion tech statements into monitoring of all kinds. For now at the U.S. Open specifically, this shirt can help answer questions about ball boys’ health, standing-out in the sun for countless hours as they do, running sprints across court to gather balls. And truly this shirt is for ball ‘boys’ having been developed only for males presently. But Ralph Lauren promises another of their advancements will be making the shirt for both sexes.

Wearable tech is a burgeoning field…in science and fashion. The overall wisdom is that even if these items are technically technical, in the end when it comes to wearing anything, for whatever purpose, a designer stepping in to give their name or distinctive branding will certainly make the consumer more comfortable to buy the product.

You can be plenty comfortable in and buying anything from our Von Gutenberg couture line. See here.

 

Baci Coming On Strong Summer 2014…With Delicate Lingerie

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Baci is a name synonymous with lingerie couture. This summer 2014 sees lots happening with the international unmentionable’s brand, from new product launches to the company being represented in various trade shows around the world.

The UK’s infamous Erotic Trade Only Show in Birmingham is where anybody who is anyone in erotic clothing and alternate designs comes to show. In addition to showcasing all of their usual collections at the ETO Show, Baci will be displaying the new items featured in their Spring/Summer Supplement. These include Corsets by Baci, White Label Seduction, Dreams Volume 3, Dreams Hosiery, After Dark Hosiery, and Fetish by Baci. These startling intimate outfits and accessories are sure to be a huge hit at the ETO where Baci is also nominated for a “Best Lingerie Brand” award. Two of Baci’s distribution partners, Kevco and Eropartner, are nominated for “Best Lingerie Distributor” and “Best International Distributor” respectively.

‘Across-the-pond’ the Baci team will also be attending ANME in Burbank, California in July, and the big lingerie/swim suit show Curve Expo at The Javits Center in New York come August.

Talk about globe-trotting to spread the good word about undies!

This summer will also see the introduction of two dedicated hosiery collections from Baci: the afore mentioned Dreams Hosiery will be available in early July, the After Dark collection later in the season.

Baci is as much known for their clothing as for compelling video and photo shoots. They have shot, dressed and featured their models in the most amazing global-wide locations, present their wares in packaging second-to-none in the industry and currently boast twenty partners around the world helping to promote their unique intimates’ fashion vision. Baci has two stories in the U.S. (in L.A. and Miami) as well as monobrand locations in Germany, the United Arab Emirates, and Scandinavia.

A brand not to be beat and certainly very busy in 2014, check-out the complete Baci story here.

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Dos Santos new site design

German leather designer Dos Santos has infused their website with a brand new appearance. With all their pictures now clearly arranged and finally offering their text in English http://www.petradossantos.com is now launched for optimum viewing.

You can check out this video the design house is proudly displaying, a spontaneous bit of cheeky fun that came from their last shooting and of course you can play around on the website to see all those unique Dos Santos offerings. Those offerings include clothing for men and women, accessories, uniform-like styles and fetish wear, high couture fashions and even toys.

In what is a very unique bit of special fun and quite a refreshing humble admission, Dos Santos is offering a sexy present to anyone who currently finds a programming flaw on their site. As we all know, none of us are immune to mistakes and when a new site launches or changes are made there are bound to be something’s overlooked. Petra dos Santos and her crafty enchanting team of artisans invite you to have a very good look around indeed.

Dos SantosAs has always been the case with Do Santos their exclusive leather designs are made in Berlin, they use only the very best in European leather and render and design to the strict German certification regulations that guarantee absolutely no cancer causing agents. With the net exploding daily with alternate clothes designers, unique stylists (or at least ones claiming they are unique) and the vast landscape of the net to explore and buy from it is good to find a designer/creator like Dos Santos. Here is a brand that truly delivers high quality leather goods.

As for the future of the brand? Well Dos Santos just revealed their new collection in Munich at http://www.boundcon.com  and will be revealing it once again on June 7th and  8th in Berlin at the http://www.german-fetish-fair.de .

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Costumes of Downton Abbey: Fashion Is Everywhere

Downton-Promo-shotWhat is ever interesting about fashion is how it slithers its ubiquitous tendrils through all levels of media and society. Exactly what ‘it’ is really no one can rightly say (what you find fashionable and hip someone else will call trash.) From passing fads to haute couture the fashion wind-of-constant-change has its course altered as much by the taste of a select few as by commerce. Influenced these days as much by YouTube as movies, what Jada Pinkett Smith might wear, ever-wed to rock and roll, fashion as always finds itself at the forefront of our lives (it certainly fuels the VG business). The new exhibit Costumes of Downton Abbey at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware make clear how every bit fashion is important in our media and to one of the most popular television shows currently running.

The expansive Winterthur Museum with its 60 acres of gardens, adjoining exhibits and the 175 room house itself hosts this very impressive exhibit of period costume-ry until January 4th. The Sunday evening PBS Masterpiece series period (you could even say ‘vintage’) clothing is on display from “Anna’s” apron all the way ‘up’ the social strata ladder to “Lady Edith’s” wedding dress. Lady Sybil’s” harem pants are here as are plenty of suits, dresses and accessories specifically designed for the Downton Abbey show. Nearly 35 pieces with their story are included in the collection, enough for any late 18th-century aficionado to drool over, a fashionista to adore, period costume piece historian to want to take home or Downton Abbey fan to just die for.

Yes, it is true fans of this ever popular show with the adorable Maggie Smith at the helm declare their love for the situations and characters, there is still no denying the lure of the clothes of a television series, especially those of a period piece. How many times have you heard people speak about the fashions of Mad Men, the costuming on superhero shows like Agents of Shield. One could write whole blogs about the amazing shoes Lucy Liu sports as “Joan Watson” on the U.S. ‘updated’ version of Sherlock Homes Elementary or the PBS Sherlock where actor Benedict Cumberbatch sports the ubiquitous Deerstalker hat as his own version of the famous detective.sherlock deerstalker hat

Yes fashion is everywhere…and thank God for that!

Fashion is ‘everywhere’ at the Von Gutenberg couture site, check out what we have for sale here: http://vongutenbergcouture.com/

 

 

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Round Up Of Fashion News?

GTY 488322743 E ACE ENT FAS USA NYHere’s a round-up of some fashion news for the week. I’ll let you decide which of the above (or all of them) might be ‘model’ couture news…or much ado about nothing

1.)  Things got relatively scary for a mannequin in a La Perla NYC store this week. It seems that a store’s mannequin featuring visible ribs was just too much for a customer and Seth Matlins, a “ATruth In Advertising Advocate” (whatever that is) as both tweeted their disdain for the mannequin.  As will happen many more jumped on the too-skinny-might-be-ok-for-models-but-not-for-mannequins bandwagon and the mannequin was let go, not to return or to be used again by any La Perla boutique. As the clothing label said: “We are in the process of redesigning all La Perla stores with a new concept image and the mannequins that are currently displayed in our US stores will no longer be used.”

2.)  West Hollywood’s fur ban has been upheld by a federal court. The area’s city council enforced the ban in 2011, preventing local retailers from selling fur apparel. Presently retailers ‘found’ selling fur are subject to a fine of $200 for the first offence/$400 for the second/$800 for a 3rd within the same year, plus a $50 administrative fee for each time they are fined. But the ban was recently challenged for its supposed unconstitutionality by the accessories boutique Mayfair House.

Elizabeth Solomon, spokeswoman for Mayfair House, told WWD mag that: “We are surrounded by home design stores that sell fur chairs and fur rugs. That is where the issue is. Why is this just directed to apparel?” The sprawling high-end West Hollywood area is home to many boutiques carrying fur products -Balenciaga, Christian Louboutin, Alberta Ferretti-to name only a few.

3.)  NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony hopes to begin selling hats.

As a fan of everything from caps, berets, top hats you name it the NY Knicks star is hoping to cash in on his love of headgear very soon. Anthony becomes a free agent on 7/1 and its anybody’s guess where he might end up…maybe not even playing ball in the upcoming year? Selling hats might truly be in his future.

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