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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

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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.


Gossip|Paris|HMSlatex closes

TEAM SPIRIT: Sophie Richardoz (left) and Clémentine will continue to work together after HMSlatex closes

HMSlatex: Au revoir to rubber

Monday, 19 May 2014

Fans of latex fashion have been saddened to learn that one of the most popular and creative European labels, HMSlatex, is to close at the end of July.

The Paris-based label of designer Sophie Richardoz is shutting its workshop doors on July 31. The news comes after a successful eight-year stint as an exponent of younger, more feminine latex style — fashion conscious and yet also dedicated to catering for ‘real’ body types outside mainstream fashion’s ‘size zero’ aesthetic.

Usually, news of a latex label closing points to lack of profitability — something sadly never that surprising in a business where insufficient money circulation and unrealistic customer expectations conditioned by cheap high-street fashion price tags are constant problems.

However, Sophie has assured her customers that her decision to stop making latex has nothing to do with financial instability. “I am not forced to take this decision,” she wrote a week ago in a confidential letter to her most valued clients. “I'm just ready for another adventure.” She adds that her trusty HMSlatex assistant Clémentine will follow her in her next endeavour, so the successful team will be staying together.

“Latex was a fantastic experience and I will miss it greatly,” insists the designer. “For eight years, I’ve had the best customers in the world. So often I’ve been in awe of how much support and love I’ve received.”

The advance letter to key clients offered them the opportunity, as her most loyal customers, to place one final order before the end-of-July closure. It was followed yesterday (May 18) by a public announcement.

In it, Sophie says, “It might be hard to understand how I can give up on something I have created from nothing and that is thriving now. You might think it is a selfish decision, and truthfully, it kind of is. I love to learn new skills and build projects from scratch — I must be some kind of masochist in that regard.

“Latex-making was an unparalleled experience,” the statement continues. “I got to learn and then pass on a rare technique. I wholeheartedly hope that the few amazing people I got to work with will go on to create their own latex when they feel the timing is right.”

The announcement adds that anyone who wants to put in one last order should get in touch as soon as possible. The plan is for Sophie and Clémentine to carry on making latex to the label‘s high standards right up to the closing date, meaning late orders may have to be turned down if their schedule is already full up.

“If that happens, it’s going to suck,” concludes the designer. “But like my mentor in life, Ron Swanson, says: ‘Never half-ass two things, whole-ass one thing’.”


Gossip|London|Bob Carlos Clarke show

FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH: a classic image from Bob Carlos Clarke’s work with latex fashion pioneer Daniel James

Carlos Clarke London show

Thursday, 8 May 2014

London’s Little Black Gallery commemorates the photography of the legendary Bob Carlos Clarke, who died in 2006, with a new exhibition, Living Dolls, opening this Saturday (May 10).

It’s a fortuitous start date, as the city will be awash with kinksters preparing to attend Torture Garden’s Birthday Ball at the Coronet, after quite possibly targeting Libidex’s one-day latex cellar sale at its Bloomsbury HQ earlier the same day!

Supported by Olympus, Living Dolls marks the tenth anniversary of Clarke’s final exhibition in 2004, Love-Dolls Never Die, before his untimely death in April 2006.

It includes a selection of images from the Love-Dolls series, some special ‘one-off’ photographs from the archives, plus 18 classic B&W images, and runs until June 21.

Bob Carlos Clarke, born in Cork, Ireland in 1950, worked in almost every sphere of photography, winning numerous awards for his high-profile advertising campaigns, recognition for his photo-journalism and portraits of celebrities, and international acclaim from collectors of fine prints.

He produced six books: The Illustrated Delta of Venus (1979), Obsession (1981), The Dark Summer (1985), White Heat (1990), Shooting Sex (2002), and Love-Dolls Never Die (2004).

His work was a major influence on many of today’s fetish photographers. His fetish projects included a noted collaboration with original Skin Two club latex designer Daniel James, featured collectively in the glossy ‘catalogue’ Maid in London and individually in the pages of his books.

In summer 2004, he collaborated on a fashion cover story for Skin Two magazine’s 20th birthday issue (No48) which featured Emily Marilyn modelling latex from six top London designers.

I had the pleasure, as Skin Two’s editor, of organising that shoot, and I well remember Bob joking later that no one had ever made him work so hard for so little money. TM


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