SLiNK Presents Nicky Griffen

As the paradigm of model’s body sizes seems to be currently challenged, so too does the question of their ages. We have reported earlier on the likes of a Helen Mirren or a Lauren Hutton modeling make-up lines presently-both certainly of a certain ‘mature’ stature-but UK model Nicky Griffen has gone one step further in presenting the still very sexy assets and commerciality of an ‘older’ lady. Modeling in the current “Passion Issue” of SLiNK magazine, the leggy Griffen, four years shy of her sixth decade, reveals quite a bit of her curves in a lingerie shoot.

Having already shown quite a bit of herself in the current Sport’s Illustrated “Swim Suit” Issue and for Swimsuits for All- (the same company plus-sized model, and fellow S.I. lady, Ashley Graham models for) Griffen displays her lanky frame with the expert aplomb all fashionistas love. Perelanda Beedles shot the SliNK essay, with Griffen in a black one-piece, a three-piece underwear set (the most provocative of the set of to be sure) and in a see-thru robe.

Simply put, the lady does indeed look stunning. No one should be surprised if lingerie accessory sales increase tenfold from these pictures.

What’s particularly warming about SLiNK

(beyond the fact that they are championing such a wide variety of women) is that with the magazine’s heading “Styling Your Curves, Fashioning Your Life” they really do seem to be mining the same lifestyle-through-fashion ethos we here at Von Gutenberg live by. Clothes as much as attitude ‘make’ the lady or man, we have always said, and confronting the world with the true you, whether in wearing a latex catsuit or showing off big beautiful curves you have had for nearly six decades, what’s truly ‘fashionable’ is living life on your terms.

Von Gutenberg gives a great big round of applause to SLiNK and Nicky Griffen.

Fashion from the Glastonbury Festival to the 2015 BET Awards

Glastonbury2015lineupposterguests750The stars do come out for both the yearly Glastonbury Festival and to perform and show-off at The BET Awards. Both happenings (one on Worthy Farm in Somerset England, one in L.A.) featured a line-up of acts that read like the very best Who’s Who (Glastonbury actually featured the actual band The Who). But for both the BET’s (which celebrated its 15 year anniversary this year) and Glastonbury, the fashions got just as much or even more attention than any other aspect of the shows.

Mary J. Blige, The Dalai Lama, Motörhead and Florence & The Machine were just some of spectacularly varied weekend of entertainment that performed across the various stages at Glastonbury. But if you check the blog o-sphere this week you’re sure to see the hippie-influenced fashions worn by our brightest and best. Transplant U.S. nightly host James Corden slogged through the rural concert site in a floral bucket hat and sunglasses while country singer Paloma Faith sported a colorful poncho with tassels. Suki Waterhouse was just as bold and bright in a wildly colored big kimono and her denim shorts.

At The BET’s one could spy Janelle Monae in her SAFiYAA cape, singer Tinashe wearing Atelier Versace snakeskin and Michelle Williams in her Herve Leger dress. And though too much is being made of Chris Brown performing in a room that included ex’s Rihanna and Karrueche Tran, and the Bad Boy Reunion received lots of ink (see here), nobody could ignore how simply gorgeous Janet Jackson looked in her sedate yet sexy white pantsuit.

We certainly live in a world where the ‘what are you wearing’ becomes more important than a celebrity’s work. And certainly the red carpet for a BET Awards show is the perfect place to ask this question. But catching celebs as they walk through a farmer’s field in England, hoping to not only catch a piece of wild hippie regalia, but making whole news items about them, and noticing famous audience members at the BET ever more then we do performer’s costumes, surely reflects the ‘fashion’ of our times.

It’s A Man’s World (In Fashion) This Week

steedFrom our very own cover model in issue #9, sweet tattoo-ed pin-up darling Sabina Kelley, to all the ink we (and everybody else) gives to the likes of a Kendall Jenner or a Josephin Le Tutour, God knows whether we’re talking about latex couture or just everyday fashion, we do give lots of attention to the ladies. As it should be of course, with the popularity of fetching feminine personalities rockin’ fashions from New York to Australia. But below we manage a few ‘shouts outs’ to some men of fashion making news this week.

As we stated in any earlier blog this past week, Kingston-based Saint International model agency saw two of their gentleman walk in Milan Fashion Week for two major designers (Calvin Klein and Prada). This history making turn of two men of color was matched in Milan when Donatella Versace dipped back into her older bag of tricks to produce a trio of male models she has not worked with in years. In addition to using newer faces (and bodies) like Jordan Barrett, Scott Barnhill (who actually opened Versace’s Spring show) Argentina’s Iván de Pineda and the bad boy of the bunch Lars Burmeister came out on the runaway for Versace as they haven’t in years.

Marking a definite style turn on “The Avengers”, Patrick Macnee’s dapper secret agent “John Steed,” was a ubiquitous fashion presence in the early 60s, on both British then American T.V. Not that any of us lifestyle fashion wearers could forget Diana Rigg’s leather jumpsuit-ed Emma Peel, Macnee with his bowler hat and umbrella as a weapon was the picture of high couture elegance and smarts. Macnee died this week at the age of 93. Very much like this famous character Macnee attended the well-heeled British school Eton and served in World War 11.



Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: A Fashionable New FX Series?

Poster_Tile_SDRRWe might have just found another show to deliver our alternate clothing costuming fix. With Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, Game of Thrones consistently delivering and Zombie’s littering the AMC landscape, the interesting costuming choices in our T.V. show series watching isn’t lacking. But Denis Leary’s new FX half hour Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll as much offers a bracing taste (and ear full) of the realities of the music business as it does a great variety of cool clothing.

Jerina San Juan is in charge of costume designs here and she has her work cut out for her. First of all, there are plenty of flash backs (even in the opening credit sequence of Leary’s character Johnny and his band The Heathens performing…in all their 80’s onstage regalia.) Then there is the task of dressing those wanting to still be stars presently (like Leary’s character and his wife/backing singer “Ava” played by Elaine Hendrix), John Corbett’s “Flash” dressing cool to his age, (he’s still rockin’ and popular as the guitarist for Lady Gaga) and having to outfit the true babe of the band (and youngest member) Elizabeth Gillies’ “Gigi” Johnny’s daughter who is seen more often in cleavage baring cool tops.

Can a half hour occasionally dramatic but usually broad comedy about rock and roll survive in this day and age of Ray Donovan, Louie and Ballers? Are the Leary co-written songs here strong enough to be believed? Will we get to see more rock stars then just Joan Jett (she pops in at episode 3) Dave Grohl and The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli (Leary claims he’s really only friends with these three rock stars, but said he’d love to have more cameos if the show lasts.)

For now we have Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll and some very hip styles of leather, denim, spandex and dare we hope, some latex, coming in our future.


Fashion news on Fordham University, Milan and Kurage.

Here is, once again, another Von Gutenberg round-up of global fashion news, some involving Milan Fashion Week, Fordham University’s and yes, latex designers like Kurage and Yummy Gummy who appear in our issue #9.

s-mvGplRA coincidence or just the good works of our family in latex? It seems many of the winners in the recent European Fetish Awards are folks who appear in the recent Von Gutenberg Issue #9. Inner Sanctum won best German Brand 2015, Yummy Gummy Best Idea/Best Startup 2015 and Japanese designer Kurage (who we feature in a multi-page spread) won Best Fetish Fashion Design 2015.

Decidedly celebrating more than just alt. couture The EFA also gave out ‘best of’ awards to models and lifestyle performers.

History was made on the runaways of Milan last week when two Saint International models, Andre Doyley and Brandon Bailey walked for Calvin Klein and Prada. The two black models walking for major brands in such an exclusive show, booked by one model agency no less, is unprecedented; simply no Jamaican male or female model has ever walked for either major designer and no Caribbean model agency has ever directly booked a model for a major runway show like this.

And speaking of Milan runways, Prada revealed models with loose pony tails, wearing space-ship on dresses and grommets on clothes and socks were everywhere, while Gucci showed logo-printed trenches, and the Resort 2016 tote made quite a few appearances for the brand.

In the world of law meets couture (our issue #9 matches latex fashion with film, who knew law and fashion met?) Fordham University’s Fashion Law Institute with Diane von Furstenberg and Fordham Provost Stephen Freedman announced that the famous fashion school will now offer two degrees in fashion law.Fordham_University_Keating_Hall

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Fashion Law program (for those with law degrees already ) and the non-lawyers Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) will begin to be offered this fall.

The 2015 Tony Awards Get Serious

ashely-tisdale-instagram__width_580This year more than ever before, one could opine that the Tony awards were truly about fashion. The trio of talents, P.R. firm KCD, costume designer William Ivy Long and fashion-trender Anna Wintour set a decided tone this year to bring fashion forefront to last Sunday’s infamous year Broadway outing…and by all accounts their plan worked.

“There are designers that love the theater a go to the theater and have a huge respect for it, but I’m not sure that they’ve had such a connection with the theater themselves, so we were just very very happy to facilitate and help out in a small way,” Wintour offered the New York Times when interviewed on the couture conscious changes made this year.

Those changes? All best acting nominees were offered free designer outfits for their appearance at the awards held at Radio City Music Hall. The red carpet was widened for better photographic and press access to stars’ modeling, and for the first time ever the pre-show was streamed live, across

The actual big fashion news of the night…

Rita Wilson made her first big public appearance post double mastectomy on the arm of her son. She wore a black sequin long sleeve outfit with shoulder cutouts. Debra Messing and Anna Chlumsky almost matched in the same colored gowns (purple in this case) while Jennifer Grey (a presenter) and Helen Mirren (nominee) opted for white. Nominee Patricia Clarkson went in black.

On the male side, co-host Alan Cummings went with blue jacket and short pants.

And never to be outdone in fashion or news about it, Kendall Jenner looked fabulous in a custom pink Calvin Klein mini dress.

It certainly can’t be an award show without the red carpet fashions, but it always seemed the Tony’s-broadcast from NYC and built around the ‘the-a-ter’ of the Great White Way- wasn’t so much interested in best dressed lists or who’s wearing who.

This year fashion concerns slipped in more than ever before. Is this the wave of the future for this venerable NYC institution?

House Of Harlot@The Stockholm Fetish Weekend

Carly-peplum-halter-top-front-003We certainly work with a full range of exciting latex designers (see our new issue #9). One of our favorites, the infamous House of Harlot just showed an exclusive collection at “Dekadance” during the Stockholm Fetish Weekend this past Saturday night.

After successfully showing their latest TG Clothing range at the first Torture Garden in Geneva in April this year, H.O.H were delighted to continue their “European adventures” in Sweden. Scandinavia is home to some of the brand’s most favorite models, and House of Harlot regulars’ Calamity Amelie, Elegy Ellem, Psylocke and Sister Sinister (plus quite a few others) were seen modeling at the Dekadance show. And not to be forgotten as a latex designer with a far reaching vision, House Of Harlot had plenty of men’s fashion represented this night as well.

As one would expect from House Of Harlot, the couture they revealed included a strong alternative edge. There were catsuits and other House favorites as well as newer designs shown, featuring a color palette that ran from mixes of pewter and oyster, as well as accents of different shades of red.

Of course classic black was well represented too.

To present during the Stockholm Fetish Weekend is a high honor for any designer, and by all reporting House Of Harlot ‘outfitted’ themselves in high style for their many friends, customers and contemporaries who attended the weekend. A latex lifestyle crowd will let you know quickly what they think of your wares, so a designer can be complimented when their fashions do well-as House Of Harlot’s did-with this discerning crowd.

The Dekadance was held on Saturday night of the weekend, at the Slaughter House club. D.J. Discard (Dekadance) and D.J. Kinksi (SLM) pounded a high heavy beat so revelers could sweat, mingle, dance and play ‘til their lusts were contented. This party was a high point to the weekend to be sure and one any designer would have just loved to have been invited to.

And House Of Harlot

The CFDA Awards 2015

rs_600x600-150601182317-600.cfda-2015-instagrams4.jw.6115Though the gathered were reeling from the big Caitlyn Jenner reveal (so much so that p.r. people began to ask red carpet reporters to shy away from asking the gathered celebs about the topic) the fashionably fabulous descended on what is called the “Oscars of Fashion,” the annual CFDA Awards on Monday evening.

Hosted by brand-new late night host James Corden and with a star-studded line-up of presenters, the CFDA was a high couture yet sedate affair this year with skin kept relatively covered and no controversies revealed (though Mrs. John Legend Chrissy Teigen saw her white Solace London gown rip five inches higher up its already quite revealing front slit.) New York City throws a party/award show/the see-and-be-scene better than any other city really, and this major fashion outing at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center was certainly the pre-summer fashion

As is the case with any award show, the styles made more news then the list of winners (some of which were: International Award going to Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the Media Award in a true sign-of-our-times bestowing, falling to Instagram, the Founders Award to Millard Drexler of the Board of J.Crew Group, Inc.) The big fashion moments were Juliette Lewis and Nina Dobrev showing-up in white feather skirts, both Julianna Margulies and Kin Kardashian showing their high-waisted black panties in sheer black dresses (Kim in a custom-made Proenza Schoulder with decidedly bondage-like grommets down and across its front) and Katie Holmes in such a tight green sheath she seemed to reveal more than K.K. or Margulies did.

rs_600x600-150601182316-600.cfda-2015-instagrams.jw.6115Sure life will go one beyond this Monday night extravaganza. In fact news just hit that Johnny Depp has landed a new campaign for Christian Dior Parfums, and the Vanity Fair Jenner issue is sure to be what everyone is talking about until Jenner’s reality series hits very soon. The CDA’s made some news but are destined to be blip-on-the-radar for fashion celebrity as we hold our collective breaths over what summer brings.

Fetish Fashion Extravaganza 5/28 @ 310 Bowery, NYC

Submission_Von_Gutenberg_nyc_900x550-300x183Pulling off a live lifestyle event is fraught with bumps-in-the-road, even if that road is carpeted with latex! Add in the often nightmare logistics of finding and then working in and around a club in a busy city, and then working your social media accounts to even get people to come out these days, one finds only the truly strong survive sponsoring a get together of the like-minded fashion faithful. But once again we enjoyed a smashing success when Robert Frost’s Submission South Beach and Von Gutenberg joined-up for a grand old party at 310 Bowery in New York City last Thursday Night.

All the best pre-planning in the world can never a bad club or unruly staff quell. In other words, if you don’t have the right venue and the right people working it you are sunk. We had the right venue in 310 and a cracker-jack staff ready, willing and more than able to supply us with all we needed (as well as see to some last minute requests). From the diligent crew at the door as well as always-busy, yet genial behind-the-bar guys, our revelers danced, drank and made merry in this club where D.J. Xris Smack spun and Raquel Reed performed (see her pics are here).image2

A whole bunch of folks came out for this beginning of NYC Fetish Marathon party, ‘representin’ in high shiny form to be sure.

The Erik Von Gutenberg/Robert Frost dual sponsorship this night (and at many others they have managed and will again) reveals a symbiotic relationship that makes all truly comfortable and welcomed. The music at 310 was pumping ‘til 4, the crowd thinning out only about that closing time and the latex fashions on display, from mild to wild, certainly were wonderful to gawk at.

NYC_FM_IMG_5030Logo(1)Truly another perfect night out from the crafty and creative team-up of Robert Frost’s Submission South Beach and Erik Von Gutenberg. We thank you all.


Some Places To Get Von Gutenberg Issue #9 In North America

VG9-mag CVR1[2]With the advent of digital technology and V.G. certainly foraging a presence in that technology over the past few years, one can find the magazine, this website, any and all of our social media-ing online in all the appropriate spots. But there is still an actual print issue of the magazine we are proud to produce. Our real hold-it-in-your-hand glossy is sold throughout the world (we couldn’t boast our global appeal without being global, right?) and for this blog we are going to feature a few places you can get the print issue of Von Gutenberg #9 on the North American continent.

If you happen to be in Arizona you can find the magazine at Hastings’ stores in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, as well at Hastings stores #9660, 9703, 9672, 9737, 9623 throughout Arkansas.

Clear across the country where there is a decided healthy latex couture community you can find V.G. #9 in a bunch of Books A Million stores in the sunny state of Florida. And in NYC itself find us in Khawaja News at 700 3rd Ave, Ganesh JI Deli Grocery at 1408 1st Ave and at the sprawling INTL Mags News Inc 302 E. 86th St.

In Oklahamo, Kanza Travel Plaza has those great pics of Ella Kross and The Richard at 9695 N. Highway 177 in BRAMAN; find Midori’s wonderful Japanese sex cinema expose while spinning down the Clinton Hwy (#7011 to be exact) at Town & Country Adult Books in Knoxville TN, Milwaukee’s Deli Food Xpress at 3900 S 92nd St has V.G. 9 and The Hudson Lax stores in L.A. are littered with them.

(And these are only a small smattering of places where you can find our Sabina Kelley cover-girl cover issue in the U.S.)

In Alberta Canada there are a total of 19 spots to find the magazine: PKS Corner 1501299 Alberta LT, 101 Rivers; Dynamic Esso 4439 52 Avenue Whitecourt; Trumpeter News LTD 10028 Richmond Ave Grande Prairie, and Shava201 Boudreau Rd. St. Albert. In British Columbia we are sold in 27 different places.political-map-of-North-Amer

In Ontario we are just about everywhere: The Richviewer 1303240 ON, 47-250 W, in Etobicoke; Brant Smoke 2001 Brant St, Burlington, Pond Mills Variety 1086 Commissioners Rd. in London and Starbank Convenience Mart 589 North Service Road MIssissauga to name just a trickle of the tsunami of Von Gutenberg sold in this big city of our neighbor to the north.

What it comes down to is, on the North American continent where V.G. is based, you can grab a copy of the magazine in a whole bunch of places. In the next few blogs we will be letting you know of lots more spots, beyond the North America continent where you can lay your hands on the magazine, so stay tuned.

And of course the digital version is available here: