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.

Fashion Doings Round The Globe: Anna Chapman Fashions, Lady Gaga Wears Versace & Meggings & Spanx

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From time to time I like to take a spin round the net to find some interesting fashion stories for a compilation-like V.G. blog. Not all are high-end couture tidbits to be sure, in the pieces below I don’t even get into latex, tattoos or fetish, but what follows is fun or interesting to be sure, a nice palate cleanser to what I usually report on.

A Spy For Fashion

You might remember the story of Anna Chapman. The sleeper spy agent was deported back to her home country of Russia in 2010, and now post the hoopla surrounding that return she has released a new clothing line. With long print dresses and handbags, the lady has reemerged as a spy with an eye for fashion.

Claiming her inspiration comes from the Tsarist period of her mother country, Chapman promised in an interview with the Guardian that her styles are “part old Russian, part modern.” You can see if the lady accomplished this here at her website: http://chapman.ru/en.

Gaga’s Got The Goods

On the Atelier Versace catwalk this past weekend all eyes were on the Versace crystal mesh hood with white fluffy coat one of the models was wearing. It seems none other than lady Gaga was given permission by her bestie Donatella Versace to wear the prized item post the Versace dinner.

It certainly pays for a LittleMonsters to have friends in high places.

Meggings and Spanx

Not that I am all that sure how to comment on these “Meggings” I thought I’d include a bit about a fashion trend that has been showing up in runway shows like Givenchy of late only because they remind me of Spanx and just this week there were big net reveals about how Spanx could be crushing organs while seemingly making ladies thinner.

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Believe it or not Huffington Post reported here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/20/spanx-shapewear_n_4616907.html that Spanx Shapewear might not be doing one all that good on the inside as they seemingly keep things nice and smooth on the outside.

Maybe if Spanx make wearers lean to the left H.P. would like them more?

That’s the quick news with a spin round the globe, for news of a direct more Von Gutenberg nature, check out of issue #8 with Megan Massacare on the cover. Here in the Apple format, for Android, for Kindle or good old print.

 

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2013 New York City

mercedes-benz-fashion-week-ny-ss-2013Down at Lincoln Center the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2013 big doings were running away (on the runway) and around town this first week of Sept. and will still run into the 2nd. Bulging beyond big tents in Lincoln Center (where currently there is a lawsuit afloat to have Fashion Week not return there) some designers hold their showings far from the center of the hubbub in High Line Park to art galleries (this year also marks the end of the infamous Fashion Night Out free for all). And then there are the parties, dinners and get together’s post the runaway shows every bit as important to attend as the fashion shows themselves.

Let’s get right to some of the highlights, shall we?

Showing for the first time this year are designers Desigual and AllSaints, while New York’s own Eden Miller presents her own premier of sorts unveiling the first ever plus-sized collection to appear during Fashion Week.

Tommy Hilfiger held his what used to be evening show before 12 noon at Pier 94.

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Also on hand were Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Alexander Wang, Rebecca Minkoff, Jenni Kayne and many others.

None other than Lady Gaga showed At The Daily Front Row’s Fashion Media awards, Kelly Osbourne hosted a live streamed online show that featured Janelle Monae. And of course legions of fans and execs who don’t fly into town catch what they can on Facebook, YouTube, off of designer’s sites and streaming live-as-it-happens on Twitter and Instangram.

And if you can still get in by the time you read this, hit the end of the event big wingding Calvin Klein party celebrating designer Francisco Costa’s 10th year.

I just wanted to give you a smattering, as the week progresses I will regale you to the specific of trends and also the skinny on the future of NYC fashion week, you might just be surprised at what experts have to say about it all.

Stay;fashionable yourself, why not ‘try on’ one of our magazines digitally: http://vongutenberg.com/e-magazine/

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Machete Kills…fashion

You know how it is, some movies just catch the cultural zeitgeist through their action, dialogue and situations…and fashion. I recall everybody being so jazzed back in ‘94 when Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction came out, as much for the movies amazing fun violent scenes, spectacular performances by Bruce Willis, Samuel Jackson and a returning-to-form John Travolta as for the styles of dress and hair: Travolta’s cool black suit look, Uma Thurman’s hair, etc. A movie of a considerably lower budget (though born from a fake trailer run during a Tarantino movie) will be released in a month and I think post Star Trek, Superman and all the other big budget summer fare this one, Machete Kills, the sequel to   Machete make a splash for its outlandish plot, violence, cast…and its fashions.

The voluptuous star of “Modern Family”, Sofia Vergara sports leggings and a big thick ‘bullet bra’…which actually shoots bullets from each nipple. Austin Powers’ Fembots have nothing on Vergara.

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Lady Gaga makes an appearance here, looking damn well damn ‘foxy’ walking into scenes in a silver leotard, fur and of course the requisite big gun behind her back.

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Bustier-then-I-ever-thought-she-was Amber Heard manages a strip tease out of a dangerously low cut red dress.

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In shiny blue suit and cape (I just love the added touch of the cape!) Mel Gibson plays the main bad guy here billionaire Luther Voz and Danny Trejo, who plays Machete once again, is hired by the President (Charlie Sheen) to take him down.

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That much star power, as much action as the first movie had and such well known movie stars sporting such cool fashions (not so much comic book tights and masks but cool nonetheless) Machete Kills, opening 9/13 could be a very cool movie to catch indeed.

 

Gaga-fied

No stranger to controversy, it seems all Lady Gaga had to do for her latest brouhaha was stand there.

In pictures that grace Vogue’s cover and an inside photo-spread for their Sept. issue, the provocative singer is seen wearing a purple Marc Jacobs gown that Prince would be envious of, sporting a tinier then tiny waist, small but gravity-defying bust and a halo of yellow hair. As one would expect, yes Gaga’s Vogue images have been airbrushed, but to some industry movers and shakers (or at least people who see the need to Twitter and blog about such things) a behind-the-scenes video showing the differences between real Gaga (as if there really is a real Gaga) and airbushed Gaga has raised the often raised question of where are we going with all this photo-shop retouching and airbrushing? As Amy Odell blogged on BuzzFeed: “Sometimes I wonder why people bother with the original photography anymore when the end result is basically just a photo illustration.”

Amy might have a point but then again is complaining about something like akin to raising the alarm on singers who use Auto-Tune to the exclusion of singing in tune or fretting over which professional athlete is juicing? It is as much the way of the world that we don’t see friends anymore as much as we Facebook them as it is that with tools like photo-shop at our finger tips we’re damn well going to use them to alter pics…as famed duo Marcus Piggott and Mert Alas let their team do on the Gaga photos.

Either way Vogue’s issue hits the stands and they released that behind the scenes video so I guess the complaints over altering the photos don’t fazing them a bit.

Lady Gaga in fetish wear simply looks stunning

bildeErik von Gutenberg recommends Lady Gaga! She is simply stunning!

Decadent dance pop diva-in-training Lady Gaga took over Joe Louis Arena Tuesday night with the same might and will with which she’s hijacked pop music over the last year-plus. The 23-year-old born Stefani Germanotta came armed with an array of hits and a daring 100-minute performance art spectacle, fit for a gallery space but blown up to arena proportions. The show drew from a host of influences from across the pop culture landscape, but the end product was thoroughly Gaga.

Her Monster’s Ball outing — originally set for the Fox Theatre but moved to the Joe in a last-minute switch due to production concerns — was like Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour filtered through Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark outing, as directed by Andy Warhol. The stage was set on an angled ramp and was entirely framed by a white border, so as to resemble a piece of art come to life.

Gaga was joined intermittently by as many as 10 backup dancers but often appeared alone, and proved she could carry a stage whether singing, dancing or playing piano while standing atop its bench. She gleefully toyed with the performer/ audience dynamic, alternately begging for the audience’s approval and acting as though she didn’t need it. At one point, she lay down in the corner of the stage and compared herself to Tinker Bell, the fairy from “Peter Pan.” “Tinker Bell will die if you don’t clap for her. Do you want me to DIE?” she asked the crowd of 8,000 strong. “Scream for me!” (Later, her use for her fans seemed to run out as she mock-killed the audience using a fake machine gun.)

She needn’t have worried about the level of audience love. Gaga’s fans — or “monsters,” as she calls them — provided her with plenty of adoration, as many came dressed in their finest Gaga attire. In a dazzling show of devotion, fans came dressed in leather, glitter, sparkles, face paint, short skirts and body suits, a level of mimicry that recalled fans at early Madonna concerts.

Of course few outfits were as daring as Gaga’s, who dressed in a series of leather ensembles that somehow always seemed to accentuate her backside. She switched between bodysuits, fetish wear and tops made out of mirror balls, and came out in a light-up suit during the opener, “Dance in the Dark,” that resembled something out of “Tron.”

Gaga’s persona is a complex commentary on the crossroads of fame and celebrity, though there’s a genuine authenticity at play that keeps her from venturing into parody. Her refreshingly imperfect vocals were a reminder that she was singing into a live microphone throughout the show, and though the concert was tightly choreographed, there was always the danger that it could careen at any given moment into uncharted territory.

She worked Detroit and her trip to the Garden Bowl Monday night into her often R-rated stage banter, and made a plea for “gay marriage in 2010!” during “Boys Boys Boys.” The show’s boldest moment came during “Paparazzi,” when Gaga’s hair was tied to two rings that slid along a track attached to a pole, held up by two of her backup dancers. Not quite sure what it meant, but it was impossible to look away from.

That’s Gaga’s greatest strength: Her ability to make you stop and stare. Now that she’s proven she can captivate audiences at the arena level this early in her career, the question is, where does she go from here? Can she get any bigger? The answer is uncertain, but just try looking away as she figures it out.

Source: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100113/ENT04/1130392/1424/ENT04/Lady-Gaga-sparkles-in-monster-Detroit-show#ixzz0ceLXHl9F

Lady Gaga in fetish wear simply looks stunning

bildeErik von Gutenberg recommends Lady Gaga! She is simply stunning!

Decadent dance pop diva-in-training Lady Gaga took over Joe Louis Arena Tuesday night with the same might and will with which she’s hijacked pop music over the last year-plus. The 23-year-old born Stefani Germanotta came armed with an array of hits and a daring 100-minute performance art spectacle, fit for a gallery space but blown up to arena proportions. The show drew from a host of influences from across the pop culture landscape, but the end product was thoroughly Gaga.

Her Monster’s Ball outing — originally set for the Fox Theatre but moved to the Joe in a last-minute switch due to production concerns — was like Madonna’s Blond Ambition tour filtered through Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark outing, as directed by Andy Warhol. The stage was set on an angled ramp and was entirely framed by a white border, so as to resemble a piece of art come to life.

Gaga was joined intermittently by as many as 10 backup dancers but often appeared alone, and proved she could carry a stage whether singing, dancing or playing piano while standing atop its bench. She gleefully toyed with the performer/ audience dynamic, alternately begging for the audience’s approval and acting as though she didn’t need it. At one point, she lay down in the corner of the stage and compared herself to Tinker Bell, the fairy from “Peter Pan.” “Tinker Bell will die if you don’t clap for her. Do you want me to DIE?” she asked the crowd of 8,000 strong. “Scream for me!” (Later, her use for her fans seemed to run out as she mock-killed the audience using a fake machine gun.)

She needn’t have worried about the level of audience love. Gaga’s fans — or “monsters,” as she calls them — provided her with plenty of adoration, as many came dressed in their finest Gaga attire. In a dazzling show of devotion, fans came dressed in leather, glitter, sparkles, face paint, short skirts and body suits, a level of mimicry that recalled fans at early Madonna concerts.

Of course few outfits were as daring as Gaga’s, who dressed in a series of leather ensembles that somehow always seemed to accentuate her backside. She switched between bodysuits, fetish wear and tops made out of mirror balls, and came out in a light-up suit during the opener, “Dance in the Dark,” that resembled something out of “Tron.”

Gaga’s persona is a complex commentary on the crossroads of fame and celebrity, though there’s a genuine authenticity at play that keeps her from venturing into parody. Her refreshingly imperfect vocals were a reminder that she was singing into a live microphone throughout the show, and though the concert was tightly choreographed, there was always the danger that it could careen at any given moment into uncharted territory.

She worked Detroit and her trip to the Garden Bowl Monday night into her often R-rated stage banter, and made a plea for “gay marriage in 2010!” during “Boys Boys Boys.” The show’s boldest moment came during “Paparazzi,” when Gaga’s hair was tied to two rings that slid along a track attached to a pole, held up by two of her backup dancers. Not quite sure what it meant, but it was impossible to look away from.

That’s Gaga’s greatest strength: Her ability to make you stop and stare. Now that she’s proven she can captivate audiences at the arena level this early in her career, the question is, where does she go from here? Can she get any bigger? The answer is uncertain, but just try looking away as she figures it out.

Source: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100113/ENT04/1130392/1424/ENT04/Lady-Gaga-sparkles-in-monster-Detroit-show#ixzz0ceLXHl9F

Lady Gaga in Latex with the Queen

Erik von Gutenberg recommends to meet in  latex with the Queen:

WORLDS COLLIDING. The Queen of Post-Millennial Pop Lady Gaga met the Queen of England last night. We wonder what it must have been like for Gagz preparing for such an occasion…

“Should I wear the crotchless fishnets with a used-tamp-string-bikini? Hmm (wooden platform hooves tapping)… no… what about the lucite chainmail thong and union jack dinner plate cape? Sighhh…. I guess I’ll just stick with classy. Toe-maas, would you grab my floor length latex red number from the upstairs closet? My safe word? Oh Toe-mass, you are too much.”

And so here they are. Lady Gaga extends an ever so delicate arm out to meet Queen Elizabeth, red glitter blood eyes a blazin. She even did an adorable little curtsy (which you can see in the below gallery), and surely swept Elizabeth right off her miniature doll feet. And what was the Queen’s reaction post-Gaga? Pretty amazing actually…

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Source: http://www.bestweekever.tv/2009-12-08/lady-gaga-dons-best-latex-gown-to-meet-queen-of-england/