Breathless create smart and sophisticated latex couture and fetish-fashion; suits, dresses, uniforms and more. They’re offering a 20% sale on everything online and in their London store (48 Phoenix Road). Sale ends midnight 18th March.
On a related note, this morning I also discovered this striking Vespa advert from India, 2013 by director Harvey B Brown. It features the classy white ‘Clover’ suit from Breathless, as well as capri leggings.
Vespa is an iconic brand that has long been associated with timeless style; with beauty of form and lines. It’s especially cool that latex couture fit the director’s vision of an idealised world symbolising and encapsulating these associations.
Ricci Tauscher is a German blogger and model who combines travel vlogs with shiny and bold fashions, including latex. We previously made a post about her channel here, where we shared some of our favourite looks and enthused about her uplifting and inspiring approach to casual latex fashion in public.
Ricci’s latest daring venture is into the world of German Deep House music, releasing her first single and accompanying video called “KOMM WIR HALTEN HEUT‘ DIE WELT AN”. There is good continuity as the video combines two of Ricci’s main associations, it being a showcase of some major world cities as much as it is of latex.
And with that, we kick off 2018 for latex music videos in style. Take a look at our roundup of 2017 if you missed it.
We wish Ricci success with her project, and hope to see her show off that trademark latex joie de vivre on ever grander stages!
One of the best and most wide-ranging introductions to latex clothing; in this video Racked speaks to designer Kirsten Li, and the amount of ground covered in the short 2 and a half minute duration is surprising.
Besides getting an up-close look at some of Kirsten’s gorgeous designs, Kirsten talks us through the unique appeals of the material and why people love to wear it, beginning with its inherent material qualities, tactile sensation, visual allure and contradictions; its surprises and the misconceptions surrounding it.
Of course, this is placed in the wider context of its impact on those around, namely its shock value or ‘taboo’ status (which itself is often part of the appeal).
We also get a quick insight into the design process – the pattern cutting and glueing – while Kirsten talks us through latex’s natural and green origins, how it’s cared for, and how to put it on.
Last but not least, the dichotomy of fetish and fashion can never be ignored, latex occupying both these spaces due to its great versatility, sensuality and tendency to make a bold statement of avant-garde style. We think it’s rarely a binary issue: its allure and power often lies in a deliberate blurring of the line.
Kirsten Li Designs
When we are researching articles we naturally find a lot of artists that we may not have discovered otherwise had it not been for their connection with latex clothing and fashion. This is not an indictment on those artists, merely a reflection of ourselves being out of touch with the modern popular music scene!
A lot of this music we could take or leave, and our interest in the artist extends only as far as our solemn duty to document latex developments in the mainstream.
However just occasionally, we’re introduced to an artist or song which excites us, inspires us, makes us feel good, and we can’t help listening on repeat and spreading the word to those in our circle. We thank latex for such discoveries!
And so it was late last year as we watched Rae Morris when performing her new single Do It for the BBC’s Live Lounge. Rae wears a red latex body which looks fabulous on her under the dim red lights of the close-up, intimate studio environment. Rae’s joy in the performance is as infectious as the song, her vocals sharp and distinct, and the melody and electronic production right up our street. We’re happy to say that with Rae we came for the latex, and stayed for the music.
The official music video is also an upbeat and joyous watch.
In the live lounge, Rae is wearing a red version of the latex body by Kim West which she also wears on the cover for her album Someone Out There. The album is released on the 2nd of February and can be preorded here: https://lnk.to/someoneoutthere?ref=http%3A//raemorris.co.uk/
We’ve all been there: you step out of the shower or roll out of the bed in your birthday suit and wonder – just which outfit do you put on to make you feel like a superhero, ready to kick ass and take on anything the day might throw at you?
That’s right – there can be only one choice. A common reaction to hear from those who try latex is that it makes them feel super-powered. Is it any wonder that it’s become such a popular material for cosplay as well as superhero costumes on film? For the superhero look and feel – a real transformation, not just in appearance – accept no substitute.
We’re not sure how the Hatona project will evolve after this fun teaser, but we know it stars vlogger and cosplayer Sakuraflor. On her youtube channel you can see the finished costume makes a small appearance in most of her videos, but our favourite video is this fitting for the costume by Wendy Rubbella, in which Sakuraflor tries latex for the first time and becomes an immediate fan.