Pippa Middleton, a Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and The Rear Heard Round The World

Talk about creating a story over an ‘also ran,’ a runner-up, bridesmaid-and-not-the-bride (literally in this case) Pippa Middleton has now revealed (finally!) that the famous bridesmaid dress she wore to her sister’s wedding, was meant to be “insignificant”.

My God, now that the truth is out, how is the world going to deal?!

You might recall Pippa’s Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation in white that hugged her rear in such a fantastic way she was accused of taking attention from her sister the Duchess of Cambridge. When the bride’s sister held the wedding gown train her back to the camera, Pippa showed the world exactly what a fabulous bottom she sported and from then on the press has been on the story. Yes, the Duke and Duchess’ wedding was a very big deal, but as Pippa says of her dress: “I think the plan was not really for it to be a significant dress. Really just to sort of blend in with the train.”

Kate's dress holding Dutchess trainDo you ever get the feeling that with all cyber space to write stories across that so much of what we read, tweet, post, write even is trivial at its best, completely useless at its worst? Yes, Pippa is a celeb of sorts (as are the Duke and Duchess, all the royals actually) but wasn’t this her sister’s special day…and wasn’t the wedding enough of a media circus to begin with? Must we really be still talking about this lady’s pert round bottom displayed in her bridesmaid dress three years after the fact?

This story is about fashion (of a sort), celebrity and spectacle (a trio no one can truly ignore) but somehow we still have Pippa’s booty on our minds. It’s a story that doesn’t seem to be able to die.

And one we happen to be blogging about it.

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Game of Thrones Throne

queen-elizabeth-GoT ThroneWhat one person calls a throne another may not…

Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to Ireland’s Belfast set of “Game of Thrones” last week, demurring to take a seat on the show’s prop throne. The H.B.O. mini-series just wrapped its fourth season in its usual spectacularly gory fashion, its high magic, ever-trending blood and sex and tight intrigue making it a very popular series indeed. The Queen’s visit heralded quite the press-making moment to be sure.

The queen declined an offer to sit on the throne from the show, a decidedly nasty looking fetish-like seat more reminiscent of some of the stuff you’d find at one of the events we list on our http://fantasyeventlist.com/. It’d also fit well into a modern Steampunk story. As the show legend goes the throne is supposedly made of the swords of defeated warriors. Either way it is an intimidating seat and one assuredly the 88 year-old monarch would avoid.

The Queen does well visiting the set seeing as “GoT”, which has been filming in Northern Ireland for the past five years filters in millions to the local economy by providing countless onset jobs. The show also bolsters tourism as bunches of rabid fans eager to see show’s environs descend on the area yearly.

The Queen also met ‘showrunner’ David Benioff, writer/producer Daniel Weiss actress Lena Headey who plays “Cersei” on the show, Kit Harrington who plays “Jon Snow,” Sophie Turner who plays “Sansa Stark” and a host of others. The royals also met the show’s prop, costume and set designers, the unsung heroes behind bringing author George R.R. Martin’s series to life.

Whether Queen Elizabeth II is a fan of the show (or has even ever seen an episode) she did secure a model of the famous throne to take away with her.

See the video here of the royal’s visit.

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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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La Galerie Provocatrice (Sexy Art Gallery)

erikfoto-eu-0333Never let it be said that Von Gutenberg only champions alluring and provocative photographs. Certainly we love our models, from Ophelia Overdose to Bibana Atada to Rubberdoll. We are proud as punch to work with the designers we do, thrilled with the array of worldwide photographers’ works we display and love the writers too. But just as important to all these other pieces and parcels to our magazine and website are the drawings, paintings and general artwork that we’ve come to love to feature. We’ve worked with truly the best in that regard, names like Armando Huerta, Fang Ling Lee, kinkyrocket.com. This is why we want to let you know about the awfully wicked sexy art gallery summer sale happening over at La Galerie Provocatrice.

The mission of this unique gallery is to advocate and encourage an openness and willingness to enjoy provocative art. The art shown in the Sexy Art Gallery is based on the premise that art can and “should stimulate a positive atmosphere wherever it is placed.” Buy showing and selling a chock-full collection of work from artists from around the world La Galerie Provocatrice gives width and breath to the sexy, the often-times fetish, the always artful and even sometimes fashionable.

The gallery and museum features shows and exhibits like “Rubber, Frills & Thrills.” and “Pornsaints” and artists like Antonio Biella from Italy, Claudie Hek from The Netherlands, Amy Matthews and Alejandra Guerrero from the USA and Australia’s Nila Vanwolf

The Sexy Art Gallery at the Erotic Museum (3rd floor) is at O.Z. Achterburgwal 54 Amsterdam open 11am to 1am f-sat 11-2 and they can be reached via: http://www.sexyartgallery.com/la-galerie-provocatrice-2/

They take online orders in dollars or euros, through all credit cards, PayPal or bank transfer. It would be in your best interest to give the gallery a walk thru if you are in town or a look through when online, You’d be surprised how provocative the world can be.

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Angelina Jolie: From Maleficent to Cleopatra?

Angelina JolieBy now we all know how very well Disney’s new movie Maleficent is doing (it had a $70 million dollar opening weekend.) But beyond the super cool costumes and look, the usual Disney movie magic (not to mention the product tie-ins from toys and a MAC cosmetic line) we all know the star power of a Angelina Jolie helps sells tickets…especially when the woman so perfectly inhabits the forest-queen-gone-bad. It seems though that Brad’s lady is going to take on the role of another famous queen, and very soon…Cleopatra.

As Jolie says of tackling the role of the famous Egyptian lady in a soon-to-be-seen remake: “There have been lots of different ideas of directors and lots of different discussions.” She has also implied that this might very well be the film that ends her professional acting career, “It’s one of those that you feel like well, maybe that’s the one you put everything into and that’s where you end it, that’s where you finish,” the super star says. “In a great way, what could you do beyond that one?”

Infamously (some would say) played by and starring Elizabeth Taylor in 1963 Cleopatra was the film that nearly bankrupt 20th Century Fox. Starring Taylor’s off-again/on again husband Richard Burton as Mark Antony, the film is legendary as much for its cost, location changes as its stunning scenery and the even more stunning turn by Taylor…big shoes indeed for Jolie to fill. The new adaptation, at least the one the powers-that-be are sticking to presently was written by Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth.

Award-winning director Ang Lee is supposedly on board as well.

Cleopatra

A remake of such an iconic film with one of today’s biggest stars sounds like a box office slamdunk. And in light of Maleficent’s numbers one would think Jolie can do no wrong. But nothing is ever set in Hollywood and as fashions so quickly change so do the fickle film public’s fanaticism over celebrities.

Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra? Only time will tell.

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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!

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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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Artist Tal Peleg Creates Eyelid Art

soundofmusic__by_scarlet_moon1-d7e04d9I have often heard tattoo artists opine how they see the body as a canvas. Coming in close contact with Megan Massacre for our issue #8 as I did, I could indeed see that axiom proved again and again. Megan not only sported quite the canvas of super cool tats but as a tattoo artist herself she regaled me with her vision of how she saw her art…and the surface she paints on. But ‘painting’ on one’s skin does not have to be permanent and not relegated to the ‘usual’ places we’re coming accustomed to. Artist Tal Peleg creates eyelid art that simply is too unique to ignore, all in a very ‘unusual’ area of the body to paint on.

From an iconic image from “The Sound Of Music” rendered across a subjects eyelid, or colorful harlequin-like tears trickling down the cheekbones of someone else, the Israeli artist Peleg, who goes by the nickname Scarlet Moon truly uses the smallest areas-canvas-to complete her masterpieces.

Using eye shadow and eyeliner, Peleg as much uses her talent for painting and drawing as she does the alternate contours we all have in the areas around our eyes.

In the case of what Tal Peleg manages not only is the old axiom ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ as evident, but truly the eyes ‘have it’, in a manner of speaking. Whether these eyelid art Peleg designs will catch-on (they already have their own Pinterest Page) and if that isn’t success I don’t know what is!) they certainly provide a fashion created with make-up not so often seen.

Who is to say what is and what isn’t art, as much as who can say what is or not fashionable. Tal Peleg certainly has something to contribute and as we always do at Von Gutenberg, we celebrate another artist’s unique approach.

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The Book of Filthy Sex Games A Guide to Kink, Fetish and BDSM Through Adult Play By Jackson Rocco: A Review

BOFSEG coverThere truly is no stone left un-turned in Jackson Rocco’s The Book of Filthy Sex Games A Guide to Kink, Fetish and BDSM Through Adult Play.

As one would hope when delving into the world of intimate kink games the subject is taken seriously as much as it is rendered for good old fashion fetish fun here. Let’s face it, when one is looking to indulge in some ‘alternative’ play one should know well what one is getting into. That Rocco takes the better part of the first near 50 pages of this book to discuss subjects like “pulse points” “safe words” and “aftercare” (to name but a few) certainly might seem a slow read before the good stuff. But believe me it shows the man thought well about this subject and has done his research. There’s a wealth of information in this first section alone I think worth the price of this book.

And then comes the…

There are 69 ‘games’ here making-up the true meat-and-taters of Rocco’s book. Beginning forays like “Coming Home to Lovedoll” to “The Handyman or Nurse” or the self-explanatory title of “I Wanna Be Your Dog” are all informed by Rocco’s long laundry list details and descriptions.  At the Intermediate level there are games like “Fluffy Domination” the Tantra-infused “No End in Sight” and the nasty “40 Cellophane Hell O’ Pain.” At the Advanced level games like “Fox and Hound” with a suggested venue of ‘fields, forest/woods, great outdoors’ and equipment: ‘butt plug, lube, maps, torch’ truly up the ante for players.

Through it all Rocco painstaking details every aspect of not only what players need in order to play each particular game but what they might feel and what might happen when and if they do. There’s an ending library of kink and fetish books here where Rocco recommends some reading, a glossary of terms and acknowledgement of his references.

Sure there is lots of naughty fetish fiction out there ripe for the plucking (50 Shades of Grey certainly comes to mind). But for a serious and at the same time fun non-fiction instructional romp about BDSM you won’t find a better book then The Book of Filthy Sex Games A Guide to Kink, Fetish and BDSM Through Adult Play
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