AVANTGARDISTA presents Space Intruders

AVANTGARDISTAAVANTGARDISTA is the self-proclaimed producer of fetish good and fashionistas. On November 11th they present the Sub Rosa Dictum Alternative Lifestyle event, “Space Intruders.” This is will prove to be the official stellar solar-system hang aftershow party that cannot be missed.

The makers and shakers of this party are prompting the potential partier to put on their boots, smooth down their catsuit, wind a clear waist belt around themselves and snap on their space baster. Attendees are invited to come down from their spaceships and step into unknown of glittering starlight, where they should “dance, play, feel, touching and becoming one.”

As one should expect in a lifestyle event of such a high order, a strict fetish dress code will be enforced. Visitors to this particular galaxy need be prepared, right? Straight from the producer’s website it is suggested: Be breathtaking. Sexy. Fetish. Evening Dress (Smoking or ball gown). You as an eye-catcher. Latex, Patent, Leather. Shiny, Lace, High Heels, Corsets. Show skin, Uniforms, Masks, Burlesque, Goth, Drag, Cosplay. No business suits, no T-Shirts, no sneakers. No simple nudity, bare chests. No unimaginative.

As the Sub Rosa Dictum team says they are looking forward to seeing you. So give them something to see!

As is all important at these kind of gatherings, there will be music. Nachtwerk DJ Crew (www.nachtwerk-online.de) and DJ Nico (Utopia) will be spinning for the faithful. Their tracks are sure to keep your blood pumping, the sweat pouring and you heart racing to all kinds of possibilities with all kinds of people.

The doors open for this event, being held at Kesselhaus @ Lilienthalallee 35. 80939 Munchen at 10Pm. This former industrial complex, with its “partly protected farms” is ideal for this kind of sprawling party that needs to avail itself of much privacy.

Go here for more information: www.avantgardista.net

Rihanna Steals New York Fashion Week On The Back Of Motorcycle

RiRi NYC Fashion Week 2018Alexander Wang commandeering a Brooklyn street for a runway show certainly made the news. The fashion faithful do like to get up close to the models and feel part of a runway show. But by all accounts it was Rihanna’s Fenty Puma show that stole NYC Fashion Week.

Yes, we reported last time about the celebrity sightings among the haute couture. But arguably one doesn’t get a higher celeb-fashion brand recognition than when RiRi manages such a high-end show with her sportswear. After launching her beauty product line a week ago, Rihanna capped off her latest fashion foray with a show featuring motorcycle aerialists. Held at the massive Park Avenue Armory, the stage was set with pink sand dunes, obviously inspired by the sport of motocross.

That bright pink would only hint at the bright colors Rihanna’s models were seen in. Created in yellows, blues and yes, pinks, Rihanna’s Fenty Puma wear included cargo pants, zip-ups, flips-flops with the signature Puma high heel and not a small amount of swimsuits. In fact swimsuits, with sky-high cut legs, seemed to be the featured item here. For those of us with a particular penchant for the alternative in fashion, the Puma thigh-high floppy green and black boots were of particular interest. Rihanna’s year of birth was represented across some of the clothes sporting a “since 1988″ logo.

Featured beyond the clothes was model Slick Woods who waved the crowd into a frenzy under a pounding musical beat.

Rihanna claims that this collection mixes two worlds: motocross (obviously) and surf. As she says “It was a challenge to bring them together, but it ended up being the perfect combination.”

The main lady in question here rode on the back of a motorcycle for her concluding wave to the crowd in bright green at the show’s end.

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New York Fashion Week

vogue_cl-new-york-fashion-week-dance-party-music-videoOnce again New York Fashion Week roles into Manhattan. As we have reported on over the years, this particular city’s Fashion Week has taken negative hits from promoters, designers and has even fielded questions on what places will hold what shows. But if the who’s-who of the what-where-and-now attending this first week are any indication, New York Fashion Week is still pretty damn relevant in the moda world.

Firstly, the styles the who’s-who celebs were wearing seemed to be just as Instagram-able as any eye-catching outfit crossing the runway.

Not surprisingly Kim Kardashian made quite the showing, in two different outfits that garnered attention (at least for this first week). One specifically of interest to Von Gutenberg lifestyle readers was Kim’s skin tight strapless black latex outfit. She also received plenty of paparazzi play when she stepped out in just heels and cream-colored short jacket.

Super star ‘mature’ model Cindy Crawford rocked her own skin tight dress, a tight shimmery silvery number. Her daughter, 16-year-old Kaia Gerber, made her first runway appearance this week, walking for Raf Simon. Chaka Khan came equipped with a fan, as her main fashion accessory. EJ Johnson managed to step out in a latex bustier, with a long shirt matching. And none other than Pamela Anderson made the scene in black leather shorts?

As to the designers?

There was heavy anticipation at Raf Simon’s show, beyond Kaia Gerber walking. The designer included Americana images into his collection this year. Andy Warhol and horror-movie-inspired chic made his scene. As Vogue mentioned, Tom Ford “Amped Up the Glam” with bright colors, lots of jackets over bras, and lots of short shimmery short slip dresses. And Rochambeau’s Spring 2018 collection featured baggy bright yellow, deep blue, and black and white sweats, and shorts and hoodies.

What will week two bring? From celebrity and designer both? At after-parties and Twitter-feed moments? All we can say is, stay tuned.

Who is Charles Guyette?

Guyette bookWhen we think classic photography of a certain ‘alternative’ style (dare we say sexy) names like Irving Klaw, Bunny Yeager and Bettie Page come to mind. Less is known about Charles Guyette, but he is as important a figure as the aforementioned. And anyone from that great age when corsets, stockings and leather gloves were not as yet part mainstream couture, felt the man’s influence. Is in his new book Charles Guyette: Godfather of American Fetish Art, author Richard Pérez Seves exposes us to Guyette through bio information and many wonderful black-and-white pictures sure to get your alternate-wardrobe heart racing.

Here is part 1 of our interview with Richard Pérez Seves about his new book.

It seems Guyette is the kind of guy one would stumble upon accidentally. How did you come to find out about him?

I came to Charles Guyette while researching my big book on vintage fetish culture, Eric Stanton & The History of The Bizarre Underground (coming in 2018), in which Guyette is referenced. I realized it was Guyette who set everything in motion, influenced everyone, from National Police Gazette editor-in-chief Edythe Farrell, to pin-up/girlie magazine publisher Robert Harrison, to John Willie (John Alexander Scott Coutts), to Irving Klaw, to Leonard Burtman.

What’s most interesting is that Guyette wasn’t actually the photographer in most cases, but the ‘stylist.’ Was he unique in this back in the day of photographers like Klaw and Yeager?

Guyette wasn’t the photographer, but these images are still Charles Guyette images, in much the same way Irving Klaw photos weren’t photographed by Klaw, in much the same way that most Andy Warhol silkscreen paintings were not produced by Warhol or in much the same way that Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst do not produce their own work. Outsourcing work, whether it was photography or custom-made ultra-high heel shoes and boots, does not make Guyette less significant.

From the images you present in the book one can see how very influential his styling was.

Yes, he was the catalyst, the stimulus behind all of it, the person who brought this material into existence by shaping ideas and inspiring others and finally distributing it, disseminating it into the wider culture.

Part 2 of this interview continued in our next blog.

Heidi Berkmuller presents Pique Lingerie

braCertainly none of us are created equally and when it comes to fantasy and lifestyle couture especially, lots of what we find fits a specific body type by the sheer nature of the materials used. Surely there are designers that have made strides in latex wardrobe production especially to fit a wide population, but for those ladies who are not models, and sport bigger proportions, in many cases the only option has been a bespoke piece. Heidi Berkmuller though is addressing an oft-considered problem for a particularly shaped woman when it comes to fantasy gear.

Her just released Pique Lingerie bra design includes deep cups, U-shaped underwires, adjustable collar straps, and slim double-shoulder straps with a triple elastic rear band for ladies with E to J cup busts. Two years in the making Heid’s signature “Sybrai Bra,” presently made in faux leather, was inspired by Japanese kinbaku rope art, as much as what Heidi calls her home city of Berlin’s “hedonistic, pleasure-seeking underground.”

As a “self-conscious curvy girl wearing an H cup and not particularly thrilled about it,” Heidi began indulging some interests and her idea for an accessory line was surely needed. As her website claims, her pieces unabashedly caress your cleavage, pique and entice, setting the stage for whatever you decide comes next. So it seems comfort as well as function is what is piquing over at Pique.

Along with the bra Heidi has created a high-waisted panty (made of faux leather and Lycra) and a ‘strappy’ brief. And she must be on to something as her Kickstarter campaign, closing on 9/4, is a mere thousand euros away from reaching its goal. If Heidi gets more than this goal she will use the extra funding to add more bra sizes to what she presently offers.

Check out Heidi’s wares here: piquelingerie.com

 

Fashion @ The 2017 VMAs

vma's 2017The possibility of stand-out music performances is only dwarfed by the potential outrageousness of fashion choices on each year’s Video Music Awards. The 2017 VMA’s didn’t disappoint where celebrity couture was concerned. With host Katy Perry leading the way with an array of different outfits and stylings herself (she changed into 9 different outfits), viewers did catch a wide variety of known designers dressing equally known celebs.

There was Demi Lovato in a sheer Zuhair Murad. Her body suit had strategically-placed lace cuts outs and she wore embroidered harem pants to match. Alessandra Ambrosio wore a full Balmain ensemble that included a mini, lace-up pants and what seemed like shoes worked in to the pants. Lorde strutted in a purple-feathered Monique Lhuillier.  Tyler Posey kept his style simple wearing a black T-shirt, black jeans, brown boots and an olive green short-sleeved button-down.

The best dressed for the night? Pink’s family-Carey Hart and daughter Willow Hart-all wore suits. While closest to our latex heart, walking in, Nicki Minaj wore a pink latex bodysuit (which she is now getting lots of flack about). Later on, when stealing the show from Katy Perry she changed up her outfit.

As for host Katy Perry and her nine changes? She walked in wearing a Stephane Rollan’s white dress, and hit the stage for the opening of the show in a nod back to MTV’s spaceman in her own space suit. Couture styles that followed included K.P. in a glittery/gauzy not-all-that-interesting jumpsuit. She also wore a blue sheath dress holding a baby doll. In a nod to her latest release “Swish, Swish” she wiggled into a sequined tiger-striped dress. Then changing up her hair as well as costume, the hostess-with-the-most, next sported a straight blonde wig while wearing a strapless Halpern with a bird print. And paying homage to Game of Thrones, Perry appeared a Daenerys Targaryen, complete with her own dragon (dog).

Perry ended the 2017 VMA’s with a performance “Swish, Swish” wearing a basketball bustier over a white dress…where Nicki M. joined her.

 

Katy Perry “Swish Swish”

katy-perry-swish swishWith her hosting of MTV’s Music Video Awards come this Sunday, pop sprite Katy Perry introduces high silliness, Nicki Minaj and sport’s-couture-gone-wacky in her just released, “Swish Swish” video.

Hedging her bets with not just expert high comedy directing by Dave Myers here, Katy also has a bunch o’ celebs joining her in staged basketball antics. Rob Gronkowski, Molly Shannon, Gaten Matarazzo, and Backpack Kid, (Russell Horning) appear as the “Tigers.,” taking the court as an obviously lesser team to their rivals the “Sheep.” And while there’s nothing new under the sun with the sight gags and K.P.’s mugging, she does keep her grand state of style in tack.

The first outfit we see is Katy’s, as she sits atop a pyramid of basketballs wearing a red leather bustier. The Tigers are outfitted in black-and-orange-tiger-stripes, their cheerleaders in the same style of unitard, but representing wildly garish colors. When we scan the crowd a time or two-outfitted with celebs as well-we get a spectrum of bright colors there too.

Katy loves color in her world, that’s for sure.

It’s when Nicki Minaj steps center court with a mock halftime performance that things get naughty couture serious. She is wearing black tight shorts (could be latex, could be PVC, could be…?) a visor covering most of her face and a metallic red corset. The thing even has a handle on each side of the lady’s hips; a fantastic futuristic costume piece to be sure. In no time Minaj is joined by dancers in tight black sleeveless tops, the same shorts she has on and see-thru hoop skirts, with black boots. Nicki drops the big breast plate for a black top herself and joins the girls flanking her. It is a star turn moment, Katy humbly gives her.

All wackiness aside, Katy Perry delivers just what we expect from her with “Swish, Swish.” Bringing girl power, wild comedy and couture to the fore one has to wonder, what could she have in store for us all come Sunday?Nicki Minaj Swish Swish

 

There Will be Wings; Victoria’s Secrets Fashion Show Auditions

VSFSOh, how those angels have grown! 22 years in, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show has become more than just a late-night cavalcade where men can pretend to watch with their wives for fashion and musical guests. It is now a cultural happening and even though of late viewership has been down (at least across network television, streaming is still doing well) competition is fierce for models wanting to strut at the extravaganza. The VSFS lives on and the angels have been fluttering about of late hoping to make it down to earth for the show.

This past week saw the round-up of the final castings. There are only 5o spots to fill, which sounds like a lot, but consider the blistering pace the angels take to strut across their runway. And that all of these ladies have to compete with Angel Squad regulars like Andriana Lima, Izabel Goulart and Alessandra Ambrosio. The VSFS hopefuls who came to the lingerie giant’s New York City headquarters this week were vying to make a brutal cut.

By all accounts it was the star watchers and paparazzi who made out here, though. As the leggy sculpted ladies came into the Upper West Side shop, they showed off a wide range of haute couture as well as lots of themselves. As much auditioning on the street as inside the VS headquarters, NYC was aflutter with angels.

Who will wear wings in December? Nobody yet knows and even guesses are futile (Bella Hadid had to go through two auditions!) The show is rumored to be going to Shanghai this year, but nobody knows even this for sure. What is certain is that gorgeous women will be on hand modeling Victoria Secret lingerie, some priced beyond any reason and some world-class music stars will add to the fun.

And yes, there will be wings.

America’s Got Talent, Bravo and a Bachelorette

rachel-lindsayThe advent of Netflix, Hulu and of course the proliferation of shows on cable give us plenty of opportunity to see our best and brightest. It also gives those celebs, be they “Housewives,” playing a superhero or a sassy mom, or part of television competition- judge or contestant-plenty of opportunity to be seen in some interesting haute couture. And sometimes it is even because the person in question is selling a brand.

Here’s some of the latest hot news from T.V.-influenced fashion via stars of some shows.

Rachel Lindsay of The Bachelorette fame has linked herself with ThredUP (which calls itself the largest online consignment and thrift store) to sell clothes she wore when she was on the infamous couple hook-up reality show. Rachel will be selling her penguin pj’s and accessories like earrings. 10% of her sales go to the ACLU. Rachel’s wardrobe is the first in ThredUp’s “Shop Her Closest” new charity selling.

On this week’s America’s Got Talent Mel B treated viewers to as much of herself as possible. She wore a sheer Rocky Gathercole sheer body suit that made the blog blogosphere light up. Oh-so-tiny blue-and-silver jewel spots covered the Spice Girl in strategic spots.

Keeping with the trend of high-end haute couture married with low-bro styles, Bravo’s Out Mom Out once again rocked some wardrobe pieces that would give lifestyle wardrobe lovers pause. In the episode of the show just aired this week, writer/star/creator Jill Kargman’s character wore what seems to be becoming a signature leather harness over her shirt. Kargman has sported designer tees with smarmy saying and symbols, plenty of leather and in one case a design that was laser printed. One needs to check in from time to time on this show as Kargman puts the infamous array of housewives littering the network to shame with her sartorial flare.

As T.V. rages on, so will fashion.

 

Bruno Mars & “Versace on the Floor”

ZendayaAs we have explore countless times, there is a rich, deep, jewel-encrusted line between the modern day pop star and fashion. From Elvis, through the Beatles, the girl groups of the 60’s to Madonna and Lady Gaga, moda and music have been snuggling bedfellows in the world of popular culture. Whether they are wearing specific costumes on stage-as we reported Lady Gaga is on her Joanne tour-posing in a designer’s campaign, or aligning themselves with some tour sponsor brand, our modern day best and brightest are seen often in some designers duds.

But Bruno Mars has gone one better. In his new video, just dropped this week, Mars not only wears and pays tribute to Versace, but the song is titled “Versace on the Floor.” In his signature custom-made Versace button-down shirt, and slippers with embroidery to match, Mars takes to his piano in his hotel room. In the other room, Zendaya, dressed in a stunning and shimmering gold custom-made Versace chainmail dress attempts not to climb up her own room’s wall while Mars unfolds his ballad to her.

It’s all pretty sexy well-dressed stuff from Mars’ album 24KMagic. Coming on the heels of him just winning a Teen Choice “Visionary” Award and Zendaya in the Teen Choice “Breakout Star” category, very well-timed indeed.

Certainly we shouldn’t be surprised over Mars using and talking about Versace this way or that the video grabbed a startling three million views in its first 24 hours of airing. And we shouldn’t be surprised as well that Mars grabbed Zendaya to co-star in this clip. The young actress managed a much-talked about Mars impersonation of “24KMagic” on a recent Lip Sync Battle. Still “Versace on the Floor” is almost a commercial for the designer, an unadulterated reminder of the modern day link-up between fashion and modern music.

Elvis (whose birthday just passed) never thought of something like this.