Lifestyle Events In Germany 2018

gm-mapSeeing as Germany is VG’s country of origin, imagine our delight reading the latest issue of The Fetishistas and finding an end-of-the-year wrap up of the lifestyle fetish events coming to Germany in 2018. As The Fetishistas points out, this past year we had the unusual circumstance of the Avantgardista and Passion debuts occurring within one week of one another. What usually happens in this kind of piggy-backing is that one of the events will suffer from low attendance, since attendees just do one not the other. It’s hard to tell exactly if either brands’ new events suffered this fate as this was the first year for both, but from all reports they were spectacularly attended.

Looking ahead then, from March to November of next year…

Fetish Evolution Weekend XV (this event, German Fetish Ball Weekend and BoundCon Munich are all celebrating their 15th year in 2018) happens March 29th-April 2nd 2018. FEW’s main spot is the Hotel Bredeney, in Essen, with its ball held at Delta (previously Mudia Art). More information can be found here: http://fetishevolution.com/en/

German Fetish Ball Weekend XV, happens in Berlin, May 9th to the 13th, 2018. Happening one week before Whitsun, these five days this year will not clash in anyway with BoundCon or Fetish Factory (as it has in the past). The events that make this weekend so special are as much the actual ball as the 2-day fair held over the weekend. See here: http://www.german-fetish-ball.com/

Boundcon XV happens later on in the same month, May 25th to 28th, 2018 to be exact. Centered around the activity at expo space Zenith Kulturhalle. Already Lew Rubens and Elise Graves, have been touted to appear. See here for more info: http://www.boundcon.com/

Jumping past the summer Avantgardista‘s Weekend happens in Munich come October 19th-21st 2018. This was SubRosaDictum’s brand new entry into fetish events, launched last year. The Leonardo Royal is the partnering hotel for this event. See here for more info: http://avantgardista.net/

Lastly Passion ends the year (at least with what’s listed so far for fetish events in Germany in 2018). To be held on November 16th-18th, at the MesseHalle Hamburg-Schnelsen, this is where the German Fetish Fair has also made home for the last two years. Go here for more info: https://passion-messe.com/

 

Pamela Anderson & Coco de Mer

pam aAt one time we could have easily reported that it certainly was Pamela Anderson’s world and we all only seemed to be living in it. The super model star of video, picture, print, T.V. and tabloid was seen everywhere. On the arm of rock stars from Kid Rock to Tommy Lee and in magazines like Playboy too many times to count, the blonde busty bombshell was the go-to sex symbol for many years. She starred in shows like Home Improvement and Baywatch and was pretty much a household name from all the media attention she garnered.

Now the seeming friend of Julian Assange is back as much in the pages of Maxim Magazine, as selling wares for Coco de Mer. Anderson met with fashion photographer Rankin to create 6o’s pinup shots for her new campaign with the UK designer, which Maxim showcased as well this week.

This is not the first Anderson has worked with this designer, or is it the first time she has been in Maxim. But this is the first she has been deemed Coco de Mer’s “Brand Ambassador” and given her own line. The 34-piece collection, just launched this week, includes wardrobe items from $41 to $266.00. From the pictures circulating around the net and shown in Maxim, Miss Anderson sports high-waisted black two-piece accessories, pink nighties and of course the requisite bra and panty sets that show off her still magnificent body.

It is difficult for models to age (Anderson is 50) or take themselves out of the spotlight, if they ever have a hope of getting back under it. When one reaches the heights of cultural popularity that Anderson did, people are always looking to topple you from the head of the heap. This lady has courted her fair share of controversy-publically announcing she caught Hepatitis C from her ex Tommy Lee, then getting cured of it-and the box office failure of her movie “Barb Wire.” But pictures don’t lie (all that much) and Pamela Anderson seems to be enjoying a new wave with Coco de Mer.

It’s good to have her back.

LOVE Magazine Advent Calendar Makes Models Sweat

ashley_graham_by_phil_poynter_loveadvent2017-mp4-00_00_21_01-still003Sporting a #StayStrong hashtag, LOVE magazine has taken quite a different tack on their annual sexy calendar offering. This year we get famous models sweating while exercising in the Phil Poynter-directed video for the annual LOVE Magazine Advent calendar.

Super models making the cut this year include Gigi and Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, Doutzen Kroes, Teyana Taylor, Kendall Jenner, and Ashley Graham. Graham, who just revealed her new “Swimsuits For All” collection, is the first lady revealed in LOVE’s semi-daily release of sexy video for this year. After a supposed workout at NYC’s The Dogpound gym, Ashley takes to the street, wearing just sneakers, a crop top and little shorts. Ashley as much gives a quick clap to her generous derriere, as well as pulls a sledge down the street.

Sexy stuff, in stylish black and white, indeed!

Stylist and Love Editor-in-Chief Katie Grand met Graham at The Dogpound and came up with the idea of a fit and sweaty video for this year’s calendar. As she says:”…it’s everything we love about women enjoying being women, on their own terms.”

Following the feminist-empowerment-via-working-out theme, Emily Ratajkowski eats spaghetti in a carb-loading vignette. Kendall Jenner manages a tribute to “Rocky,” complete with raw egg drinking and shadow boxing. And Irina Shayk manages a work-out ‘throwing’ clay.

This video offering from LOVE is entering its 7th year as a much-watched holiday tradition; last year LOVE’s Advent Calendar enjoyed 84 million viewers. With haute couture sponsors such like Agent Provocateur, Coach, and Marc Jacobs Beauty and models like those mentioned above, and an empowering message to women, how can LOVE miss, really?

Less we forget though, this year or any other before, LOVE’s Advent Calendar is first and foremost pure commercialism bolstered by sexy images of beautiful women.

But who would want it any other way?

Nicki Minaj and H&M Wish You “A Magical Holiday”

nicki-minaj-H&M videoStarring Nicki Minaj, Jesse Williams, and John Turturro H&M unleased their new campaign via their “A Magical Holiday” video this week. In the mini-movie commercial Nicki and Jesse’s ‘daughter’ asks for a bedtime story (Nicki in an oversized white H&M sweater and white jeans comes to confront her faux hubby in their kitchen at the beginning of the clip). Jesse attends his daughter in her bed, imaging her the star of a tale he makes up on the fly. We see the little girl slipping into an alternate silvery white universe to battle the Evil Brother of Father Christmas (Turturro). She’s looking for the address of Santa’s sibling and along the way the little girl first comes on a pack of motorcycle riders, in helmets, black leather jackets and filly skirts. She then asks the help of the “Wisest Thingy,” played by Minaj, wearing a short white skirt, cleavage-busting top and silvery wrap around legs straps. Not getting any help there, the little girl then comes upon the “Fastest Fairy in the World” (Williams) who won’t give up the address either, but looks super cool in his wings and suit (“and in great shape for his age” as he says in the narration).

As to be expected in this day and age the little girl finds the address on the net (a conclave of pretty women dressed in various red outfits) and finally faces off against the Evil Brother of Father Christmas. Nicki and Jesse’s hero daughter screams right along with Tuturro, beating the man with her scolding. He gives back all the presents he took from Santa and when the little girl returns home she pushes her own presents into that alternate universe.

This H&M video coincides with the Swedish brand releasing a new Nicki Minaj collection supposedly inspired from her love of Japan. The dozen designs in this collection include a furry pink winter jacket with a unicorn featured on its front, a long red tunic dress, stretch pants and socks. For the alternate fashion wearer, there is also a pleated black leather skirt in the mix.

Come To The Cathouse

Cathouse ShowroomCathouse has been selling their particular alternative haute couture since 1993. Featuring items for any gender, one will find latex, PVC, lycra, mesh, and so much more made from this designer. And they create catsuits, kilts, tops, lingerie, pretty much anything you could ever want for their exclusive Cathouse range of wares.

Cathouse also offers a wide range of accessories, as much to wear as to play with.

Through the years of Von Gutenberg’s life we have seen lots of designers come and just as many go. This specific moda world we are involved in, where latex rules the day, where the mainstream world is knocking on our door all the time, where we as much have to explain that, while Fifty Shades Of Grey might be an interesting read, it’s not all there is to leather and lace, where we have seen countless types of catsuits, is one where so much passes our notice. It’s great we get to take the time to take note of Cathouse.

Recently Cathouse discontinued lots of their non-latex and PVC items (it seems what we want so many others do too). Because of this you can find lots of their fabrics on sale. This includes lots of patterned mesh, net and lace. Best get to the site fast and see what they are offering at these slashed prices.

Certainly where a designer hails from as much as who heads their team, determines the type of wardrobe pieces they create. Then there are those specialty houses that stick to one type of outfit or just use only one type of material. Cathouse seems to do it all, but lately with a concentration on latex and PVC rendering. We are happy to support them and give them a little extra visibility here this week on our blog.

See all there is of Cathouse here and tell them V.G. sent you.

Gisele Bündchen squares off against Kendall Jenner

kendallFor nearly a decade-and-half Gisele Bündchen was the most profitable, highest paid model on the planet. During this unprecedented run the Brazilian beauty, for whom the term “Ubermodel” was created, amassed a small fortune and also used her growing popularity for humanitarian efforts. For this she was acknowledged by the U.N. as well as named a Goodwill Ambassador for the Environment by UNEP. But according to Forbes’ Highest Paid Model report released this week, Kendall Jenner takes the lead for earnings in 2017. Earning $22 million as opposed to Bündchen’s mere 17.5 million for the past year (yes all of our heart’s are bleeding for Gisele’s monetary downturn!), Jenner is presently the high-paid model on the planet.

Jenner poked her way into the Forbes Highest Paid Model list two years ago; she made $4 million in 2015. But with 85 million Instagram followers, connections with brands like Adidas and Este Lauder, and walking every haute couture runway that matters Jenner now tops the list. Gisele made the #2 spot this year, while Chrissy Teigen made the Forbes list for the first time, at #3, with an estimated earnings of $13.5 million.

Ashley Graham became the first plus-size woman to make the annual Forbes list, in 10th place. Graham actually seems to be a model acquiring lots of ‘firsts’ in the past few years.

If Kendall Jenner can retain her highest-earner spot into the next year, let alone if she could hold on to the crown of Forbes’ top model for fourteen years, is anybody’s guess. The moda world is a different one these days than it was at the beginning of the decade when Gisele was staking her claim. For this year though, Jenner is queen and will no doubt see her fortunes, and popularity (not to mention Instagram followers) increase in 2018.

In total, the world’s 10 highest-paid models earned $109.5 million in 2017 before taxes and fees.

Passion

passion-2017We try to as much keep you abreast of new latex designers, all the lifestyle fashion parties happening around the globe, new shops opening up and lastly, new events coming on our scene. Passion, a new lifestyle fair, just happened last weekend in Hamburg, and by all accounts is was a rousing success.

Held at the MesseHalle Hamburg-Schnelsen (the same location for German Fetish Fair 2010 and 2011).This most modern of exposition space was the perfect spot for the nearly 100 vendors who showed for the Passion weekend. The nearby Hotel Ausspann and Racket Inn-both recommended on the Passion website-held international attendees and those men and women coming in for shopping as well as staying late for the weekend party.

Although we all know Passion happened a mere week after Avantgardista (held in Munich) it seemed there was still plenty of interested lifestylers people attending the 2nd event. Maybe the coming Christmas season had something to do with the heavy amount of shoppers or it’s just that we all can’t get enough of good events.

Yes, adult companies (a good many German) were on hand. But for our particular interests, plenty of designers came out to show their stuff for the past weekend.They included, Amatoris, Chronomatic, Fernando Berlin, LLdeSaxe Fashion, Luxury Noire, and Tourniquet. The only non-German designer being Amentium.

Poland and Switzerland, Austria and Belgium sellers were also on hand.

The 3 days of the Passion weekend also included workshops as varied as tantric massage to latex-making and also a photo workshop. Most of these were given twice, so if you couldn’t make the first workshop, there was an opportunity to catch it a second time.

By all accounts Passion will grow leaps and bounds next year and most likely see many more attendees and vendors both. As Germany was certainly booming with great events in 2017, who wouldn’t want to hold their next lifestyle event there?

Jumpin’ Ship and Fake Tics @ The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

VS 2017The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has become a culture ‘light’ fashion institution. From the yearly reveal of the highest-priced bra in the world, pop music performances, and the Instagram-able moments of V.S. angel’s preparations, even those of us with no interest in lingerie hear of the show. Here is the latest news about the upcoming 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, to be held in Shanghai this year.

And none of this news is particularly positive.

It seems that now two infamous model/personalities will not be walking the V.S. runway this year. If you haven’t been keeping up, at the end of the summer Kendall Jenner announced she’d not be in the show this year. Jenner signed a multi-million dollar deal with V.S. rival upscale lingerie company La Perla. And in that signing she had to agree to a non-compete clause. But one of Kendall’s besties, Gigi Hadid, just announced that she wouldn’t be going to China either. Hadid wrote: I’m so bummed I won’t be able to make it to China this year. Love my VS family, and will be with all my girls in spirit!! Can’t wait to tune in with everyone to see the beautiful show I know it will be, and already can’t wait for next year! :) x.

Has this year’s Shanghai location halted Hadid, or did she suddenly realize she really couldn’t be an angel without Jenner?

In more bad news-and certainly caused by the location change-models Julia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva, Irina Sharipova, and Dasha Khlystun, (Russia and Ukraine ladies)-were just denied Chinese visas and won’t be attending the V.S. show either.

Lastly in the V.S.F.S troubles (at least for right now) it seems a bunch of ticket buyers have gotten scammed on thousands of tickets for the show. Actual tickets for the event are free and given out by invite only. But a Chinese eBay-like company was offering tickets-for a minimum of $7000.00 (plus an after-party for 35k)-for the November 28 show.

Will there be more bad news coming The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show?

The 2017 MTV EMAs: More Fashion Questions Than Statements?

Rita Ora 2017 MTV EMAsRita Ora wore a white bathrobe and towel (plus 7.8 mill of Lorraine Schwartz diamonds), on the red carpet to host the 2017 MTV Europe Music Awards. The lady was making a joke, like she was asked at the last minute to head the 24th year of the UK celebration. As if she just ran out of the bath, Rita managed a robe and towel around herself and ran over. Ora would come to change into a shorter robe, flick off her heels for sneakers as the show progressed. But the singer/actress wasn’t the only celeb sporting a wild wardrobe for the 2017 MTV EMAs.

There was Demi Lovato shirtless under her Styland suit. Kesha wearing a sequined multicolored jacket, pants and cape with pink hair. Jared Leto also in pink; top, lavender jacket, red Gucci sweat pants and big flower in his lapel. French pop star Petite Meller managed a head-to-toe metallic rainbow dress and top hat. Her dress was also open in the front pretty much all the way up her.

Leading with a wonderfully embroidered jacket and the same color pink high-waisted pants, Sofia Reyes took a page from Lovato (though she was wearing a bra at least) to bare her torso under jacket. And James Bay as much revealed his new shorter haircut, as an oversized polka-dot blouse.

UK Rapper Stefflon Don might get the best or worst of the night, depending on your tastes. She wore a red bikini top overflowing with her wonderful self, black pants, knee high red boots, and a black-and-red furry coat.

Wearing an outfit not so wild, but certainly something we can celebrate. “Game of Thrones” Nathalie Emmanuel, wore a black blouse, ankle-length boots and body-hugging latex pants. At least one celeb wore our favorite material.

The 24th Annual MTV EMAs were held at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley last Sunday.

Sia And The Picture Heard Round The World

sia-nakedToo many celebs have found private pictures they have attempted to store on ‘the cloud,’ in their phones, intimate photo and video they have taken for and with a lover, stolen. Then there are the countless websites that are ready, willing and able to leak this ill-gotten booty of booty. The cycle keeps a’circling and hackers and phishers are not really stopped or caught. Sia, the famous wigged-singer, had someone attempting to sell a naked shot of her (a rear nude in fact) this week, but she stopped the outing with a brilliant, unprecedented move. Sia simply released the picture of her naked bottom and back on her Twitter feed.

Sia posted the pic with: “Someone is apparently trying to sell naked photos of me to my fans. Save your money, here it is for free. Everyday is Christmas!” (Everyday is Christmas is actually the title of Sia’s new album.) Since the photo was taken of the lady from a distance, and what’s more, was a shot of a woman from behind, nobody can tell for certain if this is Sia anyway. The photo sports a watermark from an photo agency that no one has been able to track down yet and the implication is that there are more snaps of Sia in this set.

What is particularly salient in this Sia storm is that this lady, famously known for hiding her face, has no qualms about showing off her backside (again, if indeed the pic is of Sia.) Beating the sleazy paparazzi at their own game, and using social media to do it, Sia simply revealed herself in very much the same way she does-personal and with a point-when writing songs for Katy Perry, Adele and Beyonce, and for her own new album, pre-orders starting this week.

Sia beats them at their own game with her backside.