|News|Events|Berlin|Euro Fetish winners|
BERLIN WINNERS, left: Host René looks on as Amy receives her Am Statik award from presenter Kari Berg. Right: Inner Sanctum’s Max Kuhl seems surprised by Miss Mirjana’s attempt to separate him from his trophy
London wins three European Fetish Awards at Berlin Ball
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
London-based organisations took three out of the four European Fetish Awards presented last weekend at the German Fetish Ball in Berlin, with a German label winning the fourth.
The 2013 prize for Best Fashion Design went to Amy Day’s label Am Statik, in recognition of this young London designer’s exciting contribution to original latex couture. Am Statik featured in last year’s GFB fashion show and staged a striking performance at this year’s Fetish Guerilla party at KitKat.
Trophy for Best Idea/Best Start-Up was won by Rubber Cult, the strict dresscode fetish party that has already gained a strong international following since its launch in London last Autumn by Club RUB’s Miss Kim and rubberist/performance artist Synth Icorn.
German-owned Inner Sanctum took the Best German Brand prize, two years after winning Best Idea/Best Start-Up in Hamburg — an indication of the energy Max Kuhl and his partner Sabrina Rynas have been putting into the label since acquiring it from its British founders in spring 2011.
This year’s Special Award, which allows the awards jury to recognise an outstanding contribution to the fetish scene by an individual or organisation, went posthumously to Velda Lauder, the Irish-born, London- based corsetiere who tragically died in March. Velda was an active part of the fetish scene for more than 20 years and was booked to exhibit in Berlin at this year’s German Fetish Fair.
Her award was taken to London by Bondinage’s Stephen Fuller, to be passed to Velda’s family in Dublin via friends at Atsuko Kudo, with whom she shared a north London building.
Previous years’ winners and nominees can all be found on the European Fetish Awards website. Lots more reportage from this year’s Berlin weekend is on its way, so keep an eye out for it here on The Fetishistas!
|News|Personalities|London|Paul Shurey tribute|
Paul Shurey, king of subcultures: tribute
Saturday, 4 May 2013
British event promoter Paul Shurey, who died in April in a freak fall while in Goa, was best known for founding the Tribal Gathering music festivals that were a part of the UK rave scene in the 1990s.
But in his private life he was also a fan of fetish, and he contributed in various ways, both direct and indirect, to the development of the fetish club scene in London in the early ’90s — writes Miss Kim of Club RUB.
Paul’s first Tribal Gathering was in Wiltshire in 1993 — the year I first met him. We were at a house party and I was told by his girlfriend, “You and Paul are so alike. Can’t wait for you to meet him, you’re going to love him.” I did.
We were similar, and although he wasn’t fully immersed in the fetish scene, he had a love for it and took time off from the rave scene to party with the fetishists. When I started the Rubber Nipple Club in ’94, Paul came along to the first event. He was always offering support and advice.
Paul also gave Allen TG the chance to DJ some of his first techno sets at his rave club when Allen left the goth scene.
It's very hard to get on the decks of an established and well-respected club, especially when you don't have much experience, and Allen had only really just got turned-on to techno music after being, and playing, goth for many years.
The Torture Garden co-founder was grateful for the chance Paul gave him, and this, along with the influence of photographer and raver Trevor Watson, enabled TG’s musical transition from goth to techno.
Paul and his businesses partner Ian Jenkinson had launched their Final Frontier nights at Club UK in Wandsworth in 1994, and these weekly nights ran for several years before relocating in 1997 to The Complex in Islington. Club UK became legendary and award winning, and was described as the Mecca of techno and trance across the globe.
Paul had been involved in the transformation of Islington’s old Paradise Club into the more modern Complex, and he helped TG establish its own residency there, which lasted for several years.
In the years between ’94 and ’97 Tribal Gathering became massive. The 1994 Gathering, held at the old Munich Airport in Germany to avoid problems with Britain’s new Criminal Justice and Public Order Act, was described as the best rave ever held in Germany.
A year later Tribal Gathering became the first legal all-night rave in the UK, wining awards in the process. It was followed by Big Love and another Tribal Gathering in Munich. At both of these events Paul asked me to gather a crowd of fetishists to provide entertainment in the VIP areas and we all arrived en masse in a coach, fully fetished-up.
The event moved to Luton Hoo in ’96 and ’97. Kraftwerk reformed to perform there and were the headliners of the ’97 festival, playing for the first time in the UK since 1992. Various publications, from Mixmag, DJ and Raveline to The Times and Guardian, cited it as the most important night in the history of dance.
Paul also hosted Mount Universe on New Year’s Eve at Three Mills Island in ’95 and the first all-night NYE event at the Ally Pally in ’96, with Orbital going on at midnight sampling the chimes of Big Ben. You just don’t get moments like that any more.
I lost touch with Paul for many years, only seeing him once at Club RUB’s Christmas 2002 party. We had a Christmas kiss. Our first. He was there one minute, then gone the next. But in the summer of 2009 I saw him again at an office block party and as a result of that encounter, we started dating — we were a couple.
A year later we realised we didn’t love each other in the same way, but we remained very close friends. During that year together Paul helped me with Club RUB and immersed himself fully in it all again. His closest fetish friends were Jenni Ives and Westward Bound’s Sarah and Steve Beech.
You only had to meet Paul once and you never forgot him. He had a way of making you feel like he cared about you and wanted to help you. He did care too! Altruistic always. That's why there are so many messages on his Facebook page.
You might not remember his face but you would certainly remember the names Paul Shurey aka Pablo Discobar, and the enthusiasm of a man who was filled with life. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Paul Shurey 24/12/59 — 14/4/13
PAUL SHUREY, top to bottom: With Kim; with Kim and Steve Beech (left); in typical clubbing garb; relaxing away from it all
|News|Events|London|New events at Dutchman|
CARRY ON CLEO: Goddess Cleo (above) will be one of Femina’s house dommes at the Flying Dutchman on April 27
New events at the DutchmanFriday, 19 April 2013
Two new London fetish nights — Femina and Queer London — are due to take place at Camberwell’s Flying Dutchman venue in the next couple of weeks.
On Saturday April 27 the venue hosts Femina, a one-off femdom event staged in aid of a premature baby charity by a scenester who has been fund-raising for the charity for the past year.
Attractions include a slave auction, butlers serving homemade cake and bubbly, a massage area and use of the Dutchman’s extensive basement play space.
The organiser promises that the event will be attended by “a selection of the most beautiful goddesses in London”, and says Goddess Cleo, Kitty Bliss and Madame Asha have all confirmed as house dommes.
Dresscode is “strict fetish for the boys”, while goddesses may “wear whatever they please”. More details from the event’s Facebook page below.
Saturday May 4 sees the launch at the Flying Dutchman of Queer London, an “alternative fetish and techno club” offering “clubbing with a very kinky twist, but without the attitude”.
It’s run by “explicitly LGBTQ-friendly, pansexual and bisexual” BiZarre Events, which specialises in private members-only parties that are “open to anyone regardless of their sex, sexuality, gender or gender identity” as long as they become a member. Annual membership costs £10.
The evening will feature live DJ sets by Petra Fleur (Berlin), Franko B (London), Meerak Meinohg (Berlin), Whatduck (London) and Ariela (London).
There is no enforced dresscode, but fetishwear is encouraged. A safe, sane, consensual, clean and sexy environment is promised for full-on play in the dungeon, boudoir and wet-room downstairs.
More information from the Queer London website below.
|News|Events|London|RCIII and LFF move|
Rubber Cult and LFF move to new venuesFriday, 12 April 2013
The news that London venue Shillibeers had gone into administration meant that two regular fetish events suddenly found themselves at the start of this week without venues for their next dates.
London Fetish Fair decided to cancel the fair scheduled for this weekend (Sunday April 14), organiser Heather Lennox vowing to return with the next fair on May 12 at an as-yet-unspecified location.
And Rubber Cult co-host Kim Rub had to start looking for a new home for Rubber Cult III, which has resulted in a move to City of London venue Mary Janes, at 124-127 Minories, London EC3N 1NT, for its Saturday May 4 date.
New RCIII venue Mary Janes is a boudoir-styled cocktail and Champagne bar adjacent to Tower Hill Gateway DLR station. Set over three interlinking floors, it has a capacity of 400, which should suit the third outing of Rubber Cult well, as the last one saw 300 people filling Shillibeers to near-capacity, leaving little space at that venue for further growth.
Performances on May 4 by Red Sarah and Luna Eve and a fashion show by Ectomorph will hopefully benefit from better staging arrangements than those at Shillibeers, while the evening will also boast a fully equipped dungeon with specialist rubber equipment (vacbed and sleepsack) and a rubber hospital with gynobench staffed by RC’s resident “mean rubber nurse”.
In addition there’ll be an exhibition of the latex artwork of Michelle Mildenhall, which was showcased recently in a Talent feature here on The Fetishistas.
Other features promised for the evening include a champagne reception from RC’s rubber maids, a bigger cloakroom and dedicated dressing space, and prizes from SlinkySkin for the best total enclosure outfit.
Coverage rather than uncoverage being the name of the game at Rubber Cult, it should not be too great a surprise that even partial nudity is not permissible on this particular evening — that means not even bare breasts are allowed.
The venue’s later closing time means RCIII will run for an hour more than previously — from 8pm to 3am — and for those who want to extend the partying further, there’ll be an afterparty at the same Fitzrovia dungeon as previously.
Fetishistas photo-report on Rubber Cult II
NEW HOME: Interior views of Mary Janes Bar, where Rubber Cult III is relocating to on May 4 after leaving Shillibeers
|News|Events|Hedonism, Jamaica|Fetish Queen pageant|
QUEENING IT, inset (top): 2012 pageant winners Dee Flouer (centre), Maitresse Renee and Tara Emory. Insets (bottom): Alexia Jordan and Lacy Black (left); January Seraph (right)
Fetish Queen of the Universe reigns at Hedonism in June
Friday, 5 April 2013
The second Fetish Queen Of The Universe Pageant will be held at Hedonism II, Negril, Jamaica, on June 8-15 this year. The contest/getaway week was launched last September by Robert Fluty, who runs the famous Kink in the Caribbean vacations, and he is currently seeking contestants for this year’s pageant.
Last year’s launch featured “12 top fetish models, performers and dominatrixes from around the world”, who converged on the tropical island paradise to compete for cash prizes, free vacations and the headline title during the week-long spectacular.
Contestants included January Seraph, Dee Flouer, Goddess Alexia Jordan, Maitresse Renee, Danielle DV8, Tara Emory, Lacy Black, Samantha Grace, Simone Blaise, Bella Black and Joclyn Stone.
The participants were judged during five onstage presentations, including a Q and A interview, modelling in a fetish fashion show, a short stage performance and two fetish fantasy wardrobe competitions. A fetish celebrity judging panel scored the presentations according to criteria such as fetish appeal, originality, creativity, personality, presentation, execution and entertainment value.
At the week’s end, the judges chose Dee Flouer of New York City as Fetish Queen Of The Universe 2012. Maitresse Renee of Dallas was awarded first runner-up and Tara Emory of Boston was second runner-up.
The pageant provides the focus for Fluty’s second annual fetish event series in Jamaica, running concur- rently with Kink in the Caribbean, and some other aspects of it will doubtless be familiar to anyone who has previously researched or attended Kink. The prices of seven-night packages at the resort normally include accommodation, all meals, bar drinks and airport transfers, but exclude flights to and from the island.
Additional activities last year included an opening night meet and greet cocktail party, leather, latex and lace disco party, pervy pyjama party, fetish diva pool party, kinky karaoke, a fetish fashion show by Passional, an equipped play space, and fan appreciation photo shoots throughout the week.
It has just been confirmed that for this year’s event, famous kinky contortionist Zlata will be joining from Germany as a special guest performer (not a contestant) and that Brigitte Moore from the Netherlands will present a fashion show that will showcase the contestants. Full details for prospective attendees and contestants at this year’s pageant can be found via the Kink Events link below.
|News|Events|Essen, Germany|Fetish Evo expo/art|
UNDER WHERE? Latex lingerie by Très Bonjour will be among the fashion on sale at Fetish Evolution’s Easter expo in Essen
FetishEvolution lists exhibitorsTuesday, 26 March 2013
Fetish Evolution, which takes place this weekend in Essen, has now revealed the names of this year’s participants in its Expo and Art Bizarre exhibition.
For its tenth anniversary event, FE will be hosting just under 50 fetish companies in the Hotel Bredeney’s first and second floor conference rooms, and seven artists in the basement gallery space.
Sadly one exhibitor listed on the FE website who won’t be there is Velda Lauder, who died on March 16. After several German Fetish Fair appearances in recent years, this would have been her first time at FE.
The Expo exhibitor list is as follows:
AL-Moden, AMF Korsetts, Anderson Studios, Angi Delrey, Bertoldini Giuliana, Black Surprise, Bondinage, Cologne Photoart, Cyberesque, Dark Spy, Elite Heels, Engineers of Desire, Erlkoenig, Falanga Rubber, Fantastic Rubber, Favor, Feitico, Heveas-Heaven, Innersanctum, Jasmin Dué, Kami Zero, Katharina Woitschetzki, L + F Design, Lackina, Latex 101, Masters In Steel, med-vital, Mens Shop 24, Mi Camino, Peter Domenie, Prestige Event Management, RubberLuv, Rubbermagic, Savage-Wear, Sensation, Sinweaver, Slick Chic, Slightly Scarlet, SMJG, Style Fetish, Sündige Mode, SZ, Très Bonjour, Vengeance Designs, Your Shape, and Zanetti-Schmuck.
In addition, the Art Bizarre exhibitors are:
blende666 & Sarathustra, Carina Meyer-Broicher, Coco Noire, Justine Davina Simon, Me-Chiel, Bykonijnart — Pedro Konijn, and Schmerzmöbel.
Full details of parties, other events and accommodation during the tenth Fetish Evolution Weekend, which runs from Easter Friday March 29 to Tuesday April 2, can be found in our FE preview, and on the event’s own website — links below.
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