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Gossip|Berlin|Inner Sanctum Berlin

IT’S A DATE! Inner Sanctum boss Max Kuhl with Sway Books calendar stocked in the new Berlin store

Inner Sanctum gets ready to open second store in Berlin

Monday, 29 September 2014

Hamburg-based latex label Inner Sanctum will open a new store in Berlin at the end of this week, confirming the rumours that have been circulating for some time.

The shop, on Raumerstrasse in the Prenzlauer Berg district north east of the city centre, will open this Friday October 3 with a party that starts at 4pm and promises “good music, something to drink and a chance to mingle with friends and customers old and new”. Owner Max Kuhl and his assistant Magdalena, aka Max 2.0, will be on hand to greet their guests.

After Max’s acquisition of the British Inner Sanctum label followed by another UK latex brand, Rubberluv, and the move to a big store/studio in Hamburg, there will of course be people who will see the Berlin opening as further proof that Mister Kuhl has plans for world domination.

We couldn’t possibly comment. What we can say is that the existence of an Inner Sanctum Berlin store provides another excellent reason for a combined fetish partying and shopping trip to the German capital.

And since, by an amazing coincidence, Wasteland Berlin is happening on Saturday October 4, the day after the IS store opens, there is an extremely timely opportunity to put this suggestion to the test.

Inner Sanctum Berlin is located at Raumerstrasse 20, 10437 Berlin.


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Gossip|London|Marnie Scarlet showcase

MARNIE SHOT: She might only have one eye, but she’s got a big heart (photo by Tony Mitchell at Bestiarum, Zagreb)

Fire delays Marnie’s show at Resistance

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Popular latex burlesque artiste Marnie Scarlet has had to postpone her In The Kingdom Of The Blind showcase at London’s Resistance Gallery owing to a fire at the Bethnal Green venue.

The showcase, originally scheduled for Thursday September 4, will now take place at Resistance on November 6, the performer has confirmed.

The nod in the show’s title to the saying “In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king” is not of course a comment on Marnie’s performance skills but on the fact that many of her costume hoods only allow her to see with one eye, as in our picture.

Although the date has changed, other details of the original event remain the same. The evening will start at 7.30 pm and will include an exhibition of her striking costumes and (un)wearable art pieces, as well as several performances. Expect inflatable genitalia and other deviant delights to feature!

Photographers who have worked with Marnie or shot her live shows have also been invited to exhibit a favourite image of her from their archives.

Resistance Gallery is at 265 Poyser Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 9RF. Admission to this event is free.


Gossip|Paris|Viktor & Rolf latex

RUBBER RADICALS: Viktor & Rolf’s couture collection, modelled in Paris by Dutch National Ballet dancers

Radical step by Viktor & Rolf

Monday, 4 August 2014

Stories of collaborations between couture fashion houses and latex clothing labels are a pretty regular occurrence these days — but it’s much rarer to hear of high-end collaborations with sheet latex suppliers.

Congratulations are therefore due to Radical Rubber for its key role in supplying raw material for Amsterdam-based Viktor & Rolf’s Spring/Summer 2014 couture collection, shown recently in Paris.

For their show, Viktor & Rolf chose a range of latex colours reflecting naked skin, beiges, browns and pinks — including shades such as Radical Rubber’s Mannequin — to blend with the skin tones of the models, who were all members of the Dutch National Ballet.

The Dutch designers tattooed the lightweight latex from Libidex’s sheeting manufacturer with trompe-l’oeil ruffles, bows and swags. These, by virtue of their 3D appearance and careful positioning on flat and flared areas of the garments, gave the impression that they were actually holding the latex up and controlling the drape of the fine fabric.

More pictures of the Viktor & Rolf couture collection, along with information about the pattern-cutting techniques used to produce the garments, can be found at The Cutting Class, a website devoted to online analysis of key haute couture and ready-to-wear collections with a focus on construction techniques and design methodology. A complete set of original pictures can also be found at Vogue’s UK website.


Gossip|Dublin|Sinéad O’Connor

YES, MISTRESS: Sinéad O’Connor wearing Westward Bound latex dress, in the image chosen for the cover of her new album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, due out on August 12 (photo: Donal Moloney)

Sinéad heads Westward for her new look

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sinéad O'Connor's forthcoming album I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss, released on August 12, features a cover shot of the singer sporting a look that it would be an understatement to describe as ‘a departure from her previous style’.

The image by Irish photographer Donal Moloney presents Ms O’Connor in a sharply cut black bob wig, strong make-up… and a black latex dress from Plymouth perv emporium Westward Bound!

Westward Bound boss Steve Beech told The Western Morning News that Sinéad bought the dress via the internet and it was shot by Moloney in Dublin.
“Great that it is to be the album cover,” he added. "I have a genuine admiration for Sinéad O'Connor as an artist and it is this that makes it special for me.”

In a piece published in The Observer’s New Review supplement last Sunday — on the day she stepped in to fill the late Bobby Womak’s spot at Womad — the 47-year-old singer told interviewer Tim Jonze that the image was intended to show that “you can still be sexy with lots of clothes on”.

We doubt many Fetishistas fans would disagree with that. In fact, in this case, we might even go as far as to say that phwoar! is the only term that really does the new look justice.

As an alternative to the regular CD, Sinéad’s web store is offering collectors a limited edition print of the album cover with the first 250 pre-ordered copies of the 12 inch vinyl version.


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