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.

 

Fashion @ The 2016 Video Music Awards

kanye_west_4_min_vma_speech_getty_h_2016Busting (and in many cases we do mean ‘busting’) at the seams with couture do’s and maybe even some do not’s, the fashions we saw this past Sunday night at the 2016 Video Music Awards were startling to say the least. The range of color and style on the celebrities both stepping across the red carpet in front of Madison Square Garden, as much as the stuff covering performers on stage represented a fine frock-ery even the most astute fashionistas couldn’t have dreamed.

Yes, there was the ridiculous: Porn star/realty T.V. personality/controversy courter Farrah Abraham posing in full Wonder Woman costume (she might have confused the VMA’s for Comic-Con, coming to NYC next month); Chance the Rapper looked like a character out of Mario Brothers in his khaki-overalls, white T-shirt, hat, and sneakers. But mainly the stars approached their moda seriously.

Power couple Kim Kardashian and Kayne West offset one another perfectly. Kim wore a see-thru black mini, gathered up towards her stomach, while Kayne was in all white, in one of his tees with the word ‘Famous’ written across it. Alicia Keys killed in a red and black high-necked Just Cavalli dress. And Nicki Minaj walked in wearing a sexy Bao Tranchi gown sporting ‘cutouts’ at her chest and torso and see-thru panels up her sides. She changed later for a co-performance guesting on the song “Side To Side” with Ariana Grande, wearing a tight pink suit body suit that seemed to be made of latex actually.

And speaking of latex we also were thrilled to see one of the Von Gutenberg family contribute to the VMA’s. None other than latex designer/old V.G. friend Dawnamatrix supplied black bras for Beyoncé’s dancers during the diva’s multi-song showing stopping performance of juicy squeezes from “Lemonade.”

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What may have made the night though, as far as the blog o’ sphere, twitter and Instagram is concerned, was the decidedly dressed-down look singer/actress/model Teyana Taylor wore in the Kayne West video “Fade” which was premiered during the VMA’s. In her sports bra, little bottom and knee pads Taylor Flashdanc-ed her way to instant infamy showing off decidedly functional couture and her killer curves.

Maybe indeed the best fashions of the night came from a moment not seen live on stage or walking across the red carpet.BritneyVMAs2-640x480

House Of Harlot Closure

house-of-harlot-LOREN-latex-dress-front-001Being in the latex business; commenting on trends, reporting on fetish events, trying to deliver the very best pictures of comely models wearing the sexiest bespoke designs, we keep our eyes open for what designers are doing. It’s unfortunate that we have report this month that one of the premier latex designers, House Of Harlot, is closing.

As of the beginning of this month, Robin Archer made it official that he is ending his ownership of his twenty five year old UK brand of latex and rubber clothing. House Of Harlot’s physical store location is shutting its doors and Archer is also giving-up ownership of the brands’ famous Torture Garden clothing line. One of his long time employees, designer Florence Druart will own and operate Torture Garden Clothing, as well as HOH’s Iris Trika, who currently runs the IrisTheSpider line, relaunching the HOH site and Etsy presence.

If we had our druthers, no latex designer would ever go out of business. Being in the business to showcase the alternative couture we love so much, we want to see as many latex designers making latex clothing as possible. It not only bolsters the industry, but it also-selfishly-gives Von Gutenberg lots to choose to from to display. Just like you, when we see a Beyoncé wearing a latex dress at some big celebrity gathering we thrill to the Instagram pictures; but somebody has to make that outfit. Be it one of the better known design houses trying their hand at latex rendering or a niche house like a House Of Harlot dressing a celeb or managing a real cool magazine spread (even if that magazine spread isn’t in Von Gutenberg) we are all the better for any spreading of the late aesthetic.

We wish God’s speed to all the good folks of House Of Harlot and thank them for their many years of wonderful work.

 

 

It’s the Destiny’s Child “Reunite” In Black and White

316E6B8800000578-3457489-image-m-47_1456096627665These days we know something doesn’t really happen unless it happens on Instagram, be it a fashion revealing moment, a social ‘outting’ or some celebrity sighting. The much reported Destiny’s Child ‘reunion’ at Kelly Rowland’s 35th birthday party had all three of these Instragram-able touchstones. Not surprisingly, the photo booth black and white photo’s of Kelly Rowland, Beyoncé and Michelle Williams Michelle…solo, together, or with other family members made the rounds across-and the news-the day after the party at the Sunset Tower Hotel, in L.A. And of course seeing as our next issue is music themed and the entire world is aching to ask…are these black and white photos yet another indication that these three women are as much happy to be hanging-out as considering singing again together?

Hyper aware as we are presently (not that we hadn’t been aware before) of the intersection of fashion and pop music, the black and white party pics are seemingly causal, but we all know, pretty much posed. Adding to the rumor mill of a Destiny’s Child Reunion, seeing the trio clowning around together in these selfies has made the public rapid for more from the ladies, post their 2013 Super Bowl halftime show (specifically Rowland and Michelle joining Beyoncé’s halftime routine) and the ladies managing a Stellar Award surprise performance last year.

What’s extra specially interesting about these particular pics is that just a few years ago photo booth photos wouldn’t pass muster as shoots anyone would want the public to see. But with selfies the norm now, Snap Chat and Instagram quality pretty much competing with haute couture poses, a black and white Destiny’s Child shot rates right up there with any photos taken by Getty Images for the day, and gives ever more legitimacy to what the world is hoping for from these three women.

Ronda Rousey Is So ‘Not’ There By Being Bare

2FD848AA00000578-3386730-image-a-37_1452093449551It seems that even when a piece of sexy fashion is not there it can still make an impression. Instagrammed pics of UFC fighter (and ex-champ) Ronda Rousey in a ‘painted’ swimsuit for her 2016 Sport’s Illustrated Swimsuit shoot have made such an impression that sales of We Are Handsome’s “The Fighter” suit sold out instantly. Posing on Petite Martinique island Rousey looks smashing in her painted replica of The Fighter, once again appearing as a S.I. swimsuit model and proving that fashion doesn’t even have to ‘be there’ to be effective.

S.I. Swimsuit editor MJ Day posted the pics of Rousey (before anybody knew it was Rousey in fact) but with the sales of We Are Handsome’s suit supposedly increasing 300%, nobody much cares to keep anything a secret in who is not wearing what. Surely, this is not the first time we have seen painted couture on a comely model, but how quickly the suit sold old over merely some Instagrammed pics that didn’t even show the suit at all, is an interesting phenomena.

Latex fashionistas are forever challenged by those who would never dare wear the fantasy couture we all so love. People unfamiliar with slipping into a catsuit or a pair of leggings have never experienced that sleek, second-skin feeling we all crave, or that naughty sexy reveal of skin we take to so well. Seeing Rousey basically naked, and that pic making such a stir, causing attention as much as it does sales, certainly gives one pause…especially when one wears couture that is designed to give the onlooker pause.

Maybe it is indeed Rousey’s obviously attractive body, the popularity of the Sports Illustrated name, the We Are Handsome brand (a while back Beyoncé sported one of these suits) or how interesting it is seeing a woman in only painted couture, that has brought the sales.

Something made all those people reach out and catapult The Fighter to is sold out status.

Fashion and Beauty Trends of 2015…Will They Make 2016?

maxresdefaultThat old axiom, ‘you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been,’ certainly applies to the Fashion and Beauty Trends of 2015. Whether one is a latex fashionista, a runway model or just the common guy or girl looking to get the most mileage out of their wardrobe, looking back on the year just past is a good idea. Not all couture will make it past the runway (thank God), some hairstyles quickly flashed in popularity …then died out, still other make-up trends will stand the test of time. Here are some of what happened-and might continue to happen-for the New Year from the one just past.

HAIR-Yes, bright color was added to the hair of lots of women, and glitter roots took hold as well. But looking at what guys like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio sported-or many male models in fact wore-guys with even slightly long hair took to fixing their locks up in a ‘man bun’ in 2015. Yes, Jared Leto made quite the news with his long locks from a few years ago, but last year men piled-up their tresses on the top of their heads…will they do so for 2016?

THE NAKED DRESS

It’s one thing for our lady celebs to reveal bare skin in what they wear-and there was no shortage of them doing so in 2015-but along came the popularity of the “naked dress” this year. The term was born at the Met Gala (these dresses are also called ‘nude illusion gowns’ by some) and quickly took to mean any sheer dress with enough of a pattern across it-jewels, embroidery, what have you-judiciously placed to cover just enough of the lady’s lady parts.

A very many A-listers took to this trends this year, including Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé (no surprise there.)

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Yes, there were plenty of make-up trends this year, but as with lots that happened in 2015 the Kardashians (or Jenners) had a big influence in what one did with their face. First there was Kayne’s wife showing-off her intricate make-up contouring which influenced the world. Then there was Kim’s half-sister Kylie setting a style and controversy, influencing the Kylie Jenner lip challenge overlining video tutorials online where girls of all ages took tennis ball cans and pulled their lips as fat as Kylie’s. The dangerous trend was made further ridiculous when Kylie admitted to injections to get her kisser so kissed.

Will any, none or all of the above see us well into 2016? Who can say?

Solange Knowles’ Wedding Is Very Vogue

1416182050_solange-knowles-beyonce-wedding-party-photo_2It’s not everyone that can boast a completely white wedding, or every day that one’s wedding portraits are so in vogue that they make Vogue magazine! But Solange Knowles, sister to Beyoncé (yes, the elevator ‘star’) married Alan Ferguson in New Orleans 11/16 and the ceremony, as well as the couture, made all the news.

Solange wore a Humberto Leon for Kenzo floor-length gown with an attached cape that had everyone talking, white famous sister Miss Bey was in a shorter while dress. Jay Z even sported white and before the ceremony the happy couple rode through the city on white bikes, with the bride in a Stephane Rolland cream-colored jumpsuit.

When your wedding portraits make Vogue, when your fashions illicit more than the obligatory “Who are you wearing?,” when pictures are Tweeted, Instagram-med and shown across every conceivable blog and newscast, you know your style, as well as your celebrity, have truly arrived.

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Just as George Clooney’s wife Alma’s various wedding outfits were talked about so much-her Oscar de la Renta wedding dress might well win ‘gown of the year’-Solange’s most special day couture, beyond her actual wedding dress, also made the news. These days it doesn’t just seem to be about “THE DRESS,” and in the case of celebrities who can afford to have not only the very best designers outfitting them, but outfitting them for quite a few changes, fans and fashionistas are rabid over what’s to be worn pre, during and post ceremony

Maybe this falls into the category of couture envy or simply a sign of the times where even the simplest outfit a woman sports during her wedding day, hours before or after the wedding, is deemed special? Or maybe a white wedding like Solange Knowles is truly fashion news worthy.

What is certainly fashion worthy, for you? See here.

Photo Credit: Rog Walker

The ‘Older’ Ladies Take The 2014 Emmys

Surely lots of us were checking-out MTV’s annual broadcast of the VMA’s this year (as previously reported, V.G. friend and a designer we have used often, Dawnamatrix, provided outfits for Beyoncé show-ending show-stopping performance at that show, see here) but the very next night ABC ran the Emmy awards show. And if you had occasion to check red carpet prelims or catch presenters sauntering across stage, beyond the stunning array of outfits on display you may have noticed how the older women (decidedly appearing on the Emmy’s as mostly younger men and women populate the VMA’S) were bringing the beauty in an unprecedented way.

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I am thinking about how ravishing Edie Falco or Allison Janney looked, or Julia Louis-Dreyfus in her Carolina Herrera (to name just a few of the “over 40” stunning ladies at the Emmy’s Monday night.) Lots can be made about a Katy Perry and her gravity defying bosom (and it should pretty much be ‘up there’ seeing how young she is) or Nicki Minajia’s butt implants, but when a true woman of four decades our more brings the style, grace and just all hot sexy couture to the proceedings not just Joan Rivers should be noticing.

We should all be celebrating such classy looking women.

Then again, once again, I did find myself wondering what the hell these award shows are thinking when they do not position a ready usher to help these wonderful ladies up those freaking stage steps! This has nothing to do with a woman’s age, we all saw Jennifer Lawrence slip as she made her way up to accept an Oscar a few years back. My complaint here has to do with a lack of manners and yes, some old fashioned chivalry of escorting a lady, holding a door for her or her chair, etc. Simply put, a lady should be escorted in those moments when it seems to be well needed, for instance when she is negotiating a flight of stair in heels and a long gown. Jessica Lange (who also looked stunning) had to actually motion for Liev Schreiber  to come and help her up the stairs last night.

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I say if you want to keep these ladies dressing to the nines, as they all were last night, maybe provide them an arm to hold on to when they ascend a flight of stairs.

If you want to dress to the nines, why not check out our Von Gutenberg couture, here.

 

Von Gutenberg Designer Dawnamatrix Scores Beyoncé for VMA’s

EVENT FLYER-01As it should be for all of us, when one of our friends (and someone we have worked with plenty of times in the past) has great news we are not only thrilled for them but get a jolt of living vicariously through them sharing that news. One of the featured latex designers at any Von Gutenberg shoot and someone CEO/publisher and head photographer Erik Von Gutenberg has taken plenty of photographs for (see the flyer to the left here) is Dawnamatrix. Dawnamatrix just ‘got the gig’ to deliver 71 garments to Beyoncé for the pop diva’s 16 dancers for this Sunday’s Video Music Awards on MTV!

All we can say is wow…but then again it is a well deserved job for a hard working company.

Beyoncé’s stylist, Marni Serofonte ordered pieces of various latex (what anyone would consider very sex stuff indeed) after seeing a Dawnamatrix outfit accessory in a recent Andrew Richardson shoot with Linda Evangelista. L.E. was wearing a very distinctive Dawnamatrix piece, something Dawnamtarix makes very well indeed, and Serofonte was impressed enough to start history-as-it-is-being made over at the Dawnamatix camp.

We’d love to tell you exactly what the pieces are, but the mystery will be revealed soon enough…and of course when you tune into the VMA broadcast to watch what Beyoncé and crew get up to.

The flyer attached here is for the upcoming Montreal Fetish Weekend (coming the end of August actually) where Dawnamatrix is showing their new line, as they have been doing for quite a few years now; to say this VMA gig comes at a busy time in the life of the designer would be an understatement. But what a gig it is!

Beyoncé is going to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Sunday at Los Angeles’ Forum and is also nominated for eight video awards.

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We couldn’t be happier to celebrate this high profile super cool accomplishment with Dawnamatrix and of course will be watching the VMA’s come Sunday night on MTV at 9pm.

See Dawnamatrix designs here.

Will The Real Johnny Depp please stand up, Marc Jacobs gets Sebastian Suhl and Nicole Richie on VH1

From time to time on our blog I like to sprinkle in more then one high-trending fashion story. Some wackiness, some deep fashion cuts and some media ‘stuff’, here is a melange of couture news.

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We hear about theft in the art world, great criminal investigations over drugs and prostitution, but who would ever think something untoward could happen from the actions of a celebrity stylist? But a man claiming to be Johnny Depp’s stylist has been charged with the modern day crime of identity theft as well as good old grand larceny after grabbing a total of $10,000 worth of clothes from a bunch of NYC stores.

David Tripp, a “fashion blogger” placed orders at various stores around town then collected those clothes with a stolen credit card, claiming he was buying for the Pirates of the Caribbean star and another celeb. Tripp stole from Jil Sander, Carven and Marni, making scores since March. But when he attempted his last grab at Marc Jacobs-pretending to be buying for Brandon Flowers, The Killers’ singer for an upcoming photo shoot-Jacobs’ manager Brian Britt noticed that the name on the card used was spelled incorrectly. Britt called the police who grabbed Tripp in-store.

Tripp claims: “I can say that the narrative in which I’ve been placed is unequivocally inaccurate and unjust.”

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Speaking of Marc Jacobs…it seems their owner LVMH has grabbed Sebastian Suhl, who currently works as the CEO of Givenchy to be the CEO of Marc Jacobs. LVMH is obviously counting on the same acumen and creativity Suhl showed at Givenchy to be put into his new position.

Suhl follows Bertrand Stalla-Bourdillon and will be replaced at by Philippe Fortunato.

And speaking of pairings, Frame Denim is employing Dutch fashion photographers Ines & Vinoodh for their first ever menswear jean collection. It will also be Ines and Vinoodh’s first work in denim design. Frame’s fans included super model Gisele and divas Rihanna and Beyonce to name but a few celebs who have to taken to the brand lately.

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And lastly, entrepreneur, writer and most recently a fashion icon and designer, Nicole Richie’s new VH1 show “Candidly Nicole” began this week. It will prove to be a vehicle (if VH1’s press is to be believed) for Lionel Richie’s daughter- he appears on the show as well- to “share her comedic perspective on her relationships into adulthood, style, and social commentary.”

And making the news as they always should, check-out all the happenings at our up-to-date Fantasy Event List and our alternative news making designs at Von Gutenberg Couture.