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.

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

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 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

Kim Kardashian, Kate Moss, Graphic Armor Condoms; Latex Rules!

Was last week “Worldwide Celebrate Latex Week” and we missed it? As we reported Kim Kardashian stepped out in Australia in two different Atsuko Kudo outfits; Kate Moss attended the 60th B’day bash for Sir David Tang in a skin-tight black latex dress; Graphic Armor announced a new campaign for their latex condoms and radio D.J. ‘shock jock’ Kyle Sandilands showed his stunning model girlfriend Imogen Anthony off in her long black latex dress. (I also refer you to our first of main blogs this week about the famous Pirelli calendar and all the latex within it)

Our favorite material has been busy of late!

There’s no denying the long slide into mainstream fashion latex has managed. And now that it’s ‘in’, it’s not soon going to go anywhere it seems. And really why should it? As we have all known for so long latex is perfect to wear just about anywhere (just see the list of events we report on where latex is the dress code of the weekend!) Whether you’re sporting curves or tight long lines, latex works wonders for complimenting one’s frame, setting a mood and holding in the sweet heat.

As to its use in ‘safe sex’ practices, this recent Graphic Armor™ campaign offers their FDA-approved condoms with images, words, slogans and “tats” printed directly onto their condoms. The company ran a Tattoo Condom Design Contest that garnered 164 designs from 33 countries (with 31,875 votes culled.) Parisian designer Britta Uschkamp was the winner of the contest, with over 10,00o votes. Her winning floral-centric ‘Fleurs-2-Bite will be printed on Graphic Armor’s premium latex condoms. Of course, customers can always go to Graphic Armor anytime and create custom condoms, see here234B702B00000578-2840866-image-175_1416402929469[1]

Will we see more latex worn-and shown-this week as Thanksgiving approaches the U.S. and lots of men and women might be too stuffed to slide into their favorite catsuits? Only time and the ever-changing mood of fashion can tell.

Stay tuned.