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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.


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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.


Gossip|London|Libidex summer sale

Libidex summer sale: up to 40 percent off!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Leading British latex label Libidex is slashing prices by up to 40 percent in this year’s Libidex Summer Sale, which starts this Friday, July 4.

Hundreds of Libidex’s most popular styles, including its signature Matrix and Princess catsuits, will be discounted by an unprecedented 40 percent. This means customers can have a standard catsuit made to order for around £150.

The rest of the Libidex range of over 1,000 designs — including the new Mademoiselle Collection — will be offered at 25 percent discount.

In the meantime, Libidex’s owner and head designer Simon Rose has been working on a range of new styles which were photographed last week, and these will be appearing on the site during the sale — at 25% discount.

“This is one of the biggest — and I hope the best — sales we’ve ever had at Libidex,” says Simon, “and I think we’re offering very good quality latex clothing at an extremely attractive price, affordable for many people who find couture latex prohibitively expensive.

“So I hope we can attract some latex ‘newbies’ as well as the aficionados to try out something new. We’ve got about 60 new designs which we’ll be launching on the site during the sale — so it should be quite exciting!”

The sale is on the Libidex website www.libidex.com — which has been redesigned for the event — and is also on at Liberation, the Libidex boutique in London’s Covent Garden, where all Libidex garments are on sale at 40 percent off.


TRAY BELLE: Libidex serves up its summer sale with up to 40% off, from this Friday
Gossip|Hamburg|Inner Sanctum site

GOT A NEW ROSE: Inner Sanctum’s new Rose Collection (above) features strongly on the label’s revamped website. To celebrated the long-awaited relaunch, there’s a sale on the whole IS range with extra discount for Fetishistas fans!

Inner Sanctum launches new site with sale

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Fetishistas was contacted late last night by an excited Max Kuhl, owner of Hamburg-based Inner Sanctum, to tell us that the label’s long-awaited web shop redesign had finally gone live.

The label is celebrating its updated web presence with a sale on all items until mid-July — and there’s extra discount for Fetishistas fans!

Unsurprisingly the new site prominently features the label’s gorgeous new Rose Collection (see left), which Max has been enthusiastically promoting at European fetish events for the past few months.

But the much improved layout also offers all previous IS garments, along with designs from sister brands RubberLuv and Heveas Heaven. The normal and sale prices (available in three major currencies) are clearly shown beneath each style.

Until midnight this Friday (June 27), the applicable sale discount is 20 percent. Then, each day after Friday, the discount reduces by one percent — so it’s 19 percent on Saturday 28, 18 percent on Sunday 29 etc — until it reaches zero. So the sooner you order, the more discount you receive.

However, being a Fetishistas fan gets you an extra five percent discount whenever you order during the sale period. All you have to do is put in the discount code FET2014 at the checkout!

The sale prices also apply to personal visitors to the Inner Sanctum store at Stresemannstr 132a, 22769 Hamburg. To get The Fetishistas’ extra five percent in-store, just be sure to give the code to the assistant before paying.


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