And the hits keep a’comin’, it seems, for fashion, abuse of women and the whole wacky world of who did what to whom and where. Last week it came out that Harvey Weinstein put pressure on certain actress to wear and support his wife Georgina Chapman’s fashion brand Marchesa; as if Weinstein wasn’t in enough trouble. This week Conde Nast International issued a statement that they would no longer work with famous fashion photographer Terry Richardson.
The slew of magazines under the Conde Nast International umbrella include the various Vogue European editions. Any work Richardson has pending with them, via commissions or photographs currently submitted are “killed”.
Whether shooting provocative pictures or directing Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” video, Richardson’s work has more than tickled the edge of sexuality for quite along time. And accusations against him of sexual assault-whether real or to scapegoat the man-have been floating in the professional moda community for years. So much so that Richardson wrote Huffington Post three years ago saying: “… I have never used an offer of work or a threat of rebuke to coerce someone into something that they did not want to do. I give everyone that I work with enough respect to view them as having ownership of their free will and making their decisions accordingly, and as such, it has been difficult to see myself as a target of revisionist history.”
A year early Aldo and Target, among others, stopped their association with Richardson due to the assault claims. He was still shooing for CR Fashion Book and many others though and just this year worked for Kylie Jenner for her personal calendar.
The latest response from Richardson came from his representative, responding to Vogue’s banning, via The Daily Beast. “He is an artist who has been known for his sexually explicit work so many of his professional interactions with subjects were sexual and explicit in nature but all of the subjects of his work participated consensually.”
A fertile time to plumb such soil or is Richardson guilty of some crimes?
Proving that every idea you may have is not an idea you need run with and that Instagram is not always your friend, Kylie and Kendall Jenner brewed up a bunch of controversy this week. The sisters attempted to ‘appropriate’ some classic rock/pop/rap images for T-shirts they were looking to sell (for $125.00 a piece) at their Kendall + Kylie store. But the Jenner sisters came under volatile criticism for superimposing their images and the K+K logo over images like Pink Floy’s prism from the band’s classic Dark Side Of The Moon cover and pictures of rappers Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur. In fact, it was their use of a Tupak image that now sees them being sued.
Photographer Michael Miller, who shot the photo of Tupac, is suing the Jenner’s for copyright infringement. Miller’s attorney issued this statement: “Miller at no time sought to associate his work with Kendall or Kylie or any of their companies,” yet they “have misappropriated and wrongfully exploited at least two original photographs of late hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, slapping the iconic photographs on garments and overlaying them with dubious imagery and text.”
An official July 5th apology from Kylie + Kendall over this faux pas and the online criticism from it, stated in part that: “These designs were randomly selected and not well thought out. The brand would like to apologize, especially to the artists that have been featured in the series.”
The shirts were pulled from the Kendall + Kylie collection and pictures of them taken down off of Instagram.
Voletta Wallace, mother of Notorious B.I.G. wrote this about the Jenner’s liberal use of her dead son’s image: The disrespect of these girls to not even reach out to me or anyone connected to the estate baffles me. I have no idea why they feel they can exploit the deaths of 2pac and my Son Christopher to sell a t-shirt.”
In a perfect example of bad news turning to good, and how it can only ever happen in the fashion world, make-up artists Vlada Haggerty and media star Kylie Jenner have taken a potential legal battle and turned it into gold. Last year Vlada and her photographer threatened to bring a lawsuit against the youngest Jenner lady, claiming Jenner had stolen and used as her own, original Vlada “dripping lip art” photos. As one would expect in this day and age, Vlada took to the web to show similarities in the drip lip shots Jenner was passing off as her own for Kylie’s Cosmetics and what Vlada creates. It seems this is not the first time Jenner has managed some appropriation, according to Vlada’s lawyers who claimed that the famous cosmetic line has a “history of taking Haggerty’s original dripping lip art and passing it off as Kylie’s.”
The supposed rip-off (at least this time) came from a shot posted in September by Julia Kuzmenko McKim of Haggerty’s work. It featured a model with bright red lipstick, her gold-powdered hands crossed over her face. A very similar photo was released for Kylie Jenner’s holiday collection, shot by Marcelo Cantu. Vlada went on social media the day Kylie posted this recent pic, revealing her September picture featuring model Britt Rafuson and scolding: “Really @kyliecosmetics? Haven’t you gotten enough “inspiration” from me already?”
Vlada was referring as much to Jenner seemingly appropriating her work just recently as much as a year ago. Back then Jenner had posted close-ups of drippy gold lips. Vlada responded at the time by once again posting side-by-side photos to show onlookers the similarities.
Evidently, Jenner thought the ‘inspiration’ might indeed lead to a lawsuit that could bear fruit. This week Kylie Jenner started mentioning Vlada’s make-up creations on the Kylie Jenner Instagram page. With 84 million checking that page, Vlada Haggerty couldn’t ask for better compensation.
Kylie Jenner has made no comment.
Who says Photoshop can’t serve many mistresses? As Kylie Jenner might have proven this week, one can as much alter a Twitter image to make one appear skinnier, as one might morph and tweak one’s picture to add a little extra padding.
It seems Miss Jenner added to her bottom in a picture she sent around. Captioning the snap where she is sitting on the edge of her bed, back to the camera: “Obsessed with my new@fashionnova jeans 🍑Get them at FashionNova.com 😍 #a” this was an obvious advertisement for Jenner and Fashion Nova. But comments on the pic made it blow-up across the web (which is what any good poster wants, advertising for a couture line or not) accusing Kylie of adding padding to her rear to show off the full ‘expanse’ of the jeans.
Not that any of us should expect things to be all that real in advertising. And certainly in the world of Twitter/Instagram/Facebook one need take what they see (and read) with a grain of salt. But wasn’t Kylie’s rear-in or out of her Fashion Nova jeans-worthy of showing off in the first place? This particular Miss Jenner is a designer and model (if not just a personality), and this is not the first time she has revealed herself in such a candid shot of a specific body part. We have had copious amount of web press about her lips, nails and just about all the rest of Kylie. And Kylie would be well aware of the backlash over her backside when people had time to compare this picture to all the score of others.
Which again, was exactly her point.
One can’t blame someone as savvy a media personality as Kylie Jenner not to exploit what is available to her. And one certainly understands why Fashion Nova would love all this.
Kylie Jenner in latex…not a surprise. What was interesting though was that scouring the web about the most recent Complex magazine shoot featuring one of the famous K sister’s (though she’s a Jenner) it took some searching until we discovered that Atsuko Kudo provided the latex on this shoot.
The “In Plain Sight” piece is being touted more for the fact that Kylie is topless in lots of the pics and that Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s designs feature floating round the brunette throughout. It is a cartoon-y affair to be sure, sparking the “ComplexCon” event coming to Long Beach, Calif. on November 5 and 6. Some might even say that the interview with Kylie here is revealing…though lots of the facts, in one way or another, have been revealed before. We do learn more about her body image issues, the infamous lip injection story and the fact that Kylie is presently hoping to make her “Kylie Cosmetics” a Fortune 500 company.
What’s a girl without a brand, right?
But being a fashion fan of fetish frockery as we all are, who wouldn’t want to know who made the fingerless pink long gloves, the crop top, high-waisted panty, the leggings and waist cincher Kylie is wearing here? All this latex, all of various colors and styles, was made by our old friends Atsuko Kudo. Maybe what we have all been wishing for has come to pass? Latex pieces and outfits have become now so ubiquitously haute couture that when we see one of our more well-known celebs in the material we all love, nobody in the mainstream things to take notice.
Or name the designer?
Congratulations of course go out to Atsuko Kudo, once again outfitting someone of high visibility and doing so with great alternative wardrobe aplomb. Photographer, model, stylists-and designer-all need be mentioned though.
It’s not easy being in the fashion business as much as producing accessories and makeup. For Kylie Jenner’s cosmetic’s line it is as much the packaging as the product that seem to be making life hard though. The Better Business Bureau spanked Kylie with an “F” rating at the end of June for her Kylie Cosmetics line, as much from failed or wholly botched delivery methods of the products, as the products themselves.
Kylie’s problems began almost at the launch of her Kylie Lip Kits kick-off last year. First of all, there was the supply and demand rush that Kylie’s company couldn’t keep up with, even with constant restocking. Then there were the accusations that the lip kits were nothing more than a repackaged (and price increased) “ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks.” Then there were the many tweeted pics of broken or frayed applicators customers got when they opened the kits. Then came a data breach of customers’ information and now the latest complaint that the “highly recognizable packaging” of Kylie’s product sees the mailer boxes being vandalized or wholly stolen before they reach their buyer.
On this last point, the seeming straw in the camel’s back to Kylie’s cosmetics’ conundrum, her company claims it will be taking measures to make sure their packing is less recognizable. But as of yet the BBB has not seen any change in the packaging. Kylie weighed in on the BB critique and rating on her website, with first a statement that seemed to point to a ‘oh woe is me’ attitude on her part. “I’m sick and tired of people coming for my business,” she wrote, then added: “…I will do anything in my power to protect and improve it (her cosmetics) every day and make you guys happy.”
Kylie’s fans seem to be ignoring the Better Business rating as they continue to order Kylie’s cosmetics by the horde.
When we get the chance to report on highly publicized latex couture given a well publicized appearance we make the most of it. But unlike TMZ or any of those pop culture blogs, here at Von Gutenberg we are as much interested in the exact wardrobe piece, catsuit or cosplay outfit that was worn, as we are in the celeb who wore it. For this week we’re reporting on the six hundred dollar Atsuko Kudo red and black dress Kylie Jenner stepped out in at the beginning of the week.
Kylie Jenner is no stranger to latex or sexy styles in general (most of her clan, be they ‘step’ Kardashians or fellow Jenner’s indeed wear provocative clothes on a regular basis.) At just the end of 2015, Kylie appeared in a photo spread for Interview Magazine wearing some pieces from another Von Gutenberg designer colleague, Dawnamatrix. That spread garnered as much attention from the alternative wardrobe Jenner sported as for the fact that in one of the pics she posed in a wheelchair…which earned her plenty of controversy (and Interview lots of views) to be sure.
Designers like Atsuko Kudo, Dawnamatrix and a whole host of other latex makers around the globe have been featured throughout the pages and online here at Von Gutenberg. Creating bespoke fashions, as much as off-the-rack everyday latex garter and stocking sets, to accessories like masks and gloves-not to mention dresses-latex fashionistas would certainly feel the loss if our wonderful designers were not on hand creating the equally wonderful stuff they do.
And when a Kylie Jenner steps out on the town in a latex dress we all benefit from the press she gets. As much from the fact that she is wearing a Atsuko Kudo design, as for the fact that she indeed makes latex look so scrumptious.
You know how we like to report when one of the Von Gutenberg family creates some wonderful new couture, or a piece of art (when it comes to latex fashion this is often one and the same) sees some mainstream attention, or in the case of what follows, is part-unwittingly even-of a controversy? Well, this week it was revealed that latex designer Dawnamatrix dressed Kylie Jenner for what is now becoming quite infamous-and downright controversial-pictures in Interview magazine’s double December issue.
For the Kylie Jenner photos, shot by Steven Klein, Dawnamatrix supplied gloves, leggings, collar and a “cheeky” skirt. And though these wardrobe pieces-all latex-are indeed sexy, perfectly right for Kylie’s form and showcase exactly the exemplary craftsmanship Dawn Mostow and her team is known for, what is sparking controversy with the Jenner pics is the fact that Kim Kardashian’s half- sister is sitting in a wheelchair (as you see in one of the pictures featured here) in some of the shots.
Klein and Kylie are paying homage in the photo spread to Allen Jones’ famous erotic triplet of sculptures, “Hatstand, Table and Chair,” a piece that also saw quite a bit of controversy in its day…maybe it should come as no surprise then that these Interview mag shots might spark some discussion? But it really is the sexiness of the Dawnamatrix couture we notice mostly in these Kylie shots (the skirt that reveals quite a bit of Kylie as you see here was alluded to on the “The View” this week…now how’s that for mainstream attention?) and how happy we are for one of the extended V.G family getting their due.
As Dawn remarks about this new placement: “When interview magazine contacted me, they didn’t mention the concept or the model, just provided reference images of the garments. Doing a bit of research, I quickly realized what this particular collection of garments was referencing and was so excited to be a part of this pop art legacy.”
And we are excited for her too, controversy or not.
Seeing as her sister sported a dress very much like the swimsuit she wore this week, could anyone be surprised over the pics of Kylie Jenner wearing a strappy black Herve Leger ‘monokini’ for a photo-shoot? When it comes to see-thru, what fashionista bloggers have taken to calling ‘bondage wear’ (swimsuit or dresses) these Jenner/Kardashian ladies seem to be making the most of their fame showing themselves off. Granted Kylie has grown her reputation as a model of note, while Mrs. West seems to enjoy simply showing as much of herself as she can so as to “break the net.” But it is telling when we see one lady (and half sisters at that) sporting very much the same style, albeit from two different designers and in two totally different kinds of couture.
This begs the question-and especially prudent for a company like Von Gutenberg, that not only publishes a latex fashion magazine but sells clothing (see here)-is fantasy couture, and decidedly what many would quickly term “fetish” (bondage) style outfits, truly rising in popularity through the mainstream? It is a consideration V.G., and we are sure you also, have considered plenty ever since slipping on your first pair of latex tights and looking round to see who else might be sporting something similar or searching the web or your local city for where to buy your favorite outfits.
As we have reported earlier, it was no surprise that there was a rise in naughty outfit consideration, if not outright buying, when the Fifty Shades Of Grey film premiered (and before that, the book certainly birthed interest in toys, lingerie and the like.) But another month on, one wonders if all the latex we have seen of late (Kim K. sported latex leggings just recently during her outings at Paris Fashion Week) and these see-thru strap ensembles speak to a true future in the here-and-now mainstream world of all that we like to wear?