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Ricci Tauscher’s debut single

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!

 

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Kirsten Li talks latex with Racked

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Rae Morris – Someone Out There

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/

 

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A superhero’s wardrobe

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.

 

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Tina Karol’s latex mania

In a recent Q&A, Rebecca Allsop said the following in relation to her discovery of latex:

It is an incredibly moreish material. Whether you’re making or buying, you always have the next outfit you want lined up almost before you’ve bought/made the first piece.

This nicely encapsulated a post we made in September, titled They Always Come Back For More, where we looked at a pattern of performers discovering latex and returning to it again and again: evidence that latex is indeed, as Rebecca says, ‘moreish’. Some of us would go even further and use more emotive words to describe our attraction: latex can be an obsession, it can be an addiction, and it can be a fetish.

Whatever the degree of fascination, we can generalise that latex often makes an indelible impression on those that try it, and some just can’t get enough of it.

And so, without further ado, we present Ukrainian pop idol Tina Karol:

 

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We can trace Tina’s public love affair for latex back to the release in May last year of her music video ‘Ya Ne Perestanu’, in which she and a coterie of clones wear red latex stockings. She and her backup dancers would go on to wear the same for a number of live performances of the song.

 

 

All was quiet for some time until the 11th of November when Tina kicked off a veritable latex binge with an appearance on the live comedy sketch show League of Laughter. Tina was wearing a red Linde Pencil Dress by Atsuko Kudo, and it was to be the start of an all-out media blitz of latex, Tina’s every appearance being a showcase of her favourite latex designer.

 

 

On the 15th of November, it was in attendance to the Viva! Ball 2017, this time in a black Eden Corset Dress, where she was interviewed for the show Svitske Zhittya, or “Society Life”. Of course, her outfit one of the main topics for discussion:

 

 

Katya: In case our viewers didn’t notice, this is a rubber dress on you. Rubber woman – beautiful!

Tina: This is latex couture. I bought this dress in a special store of a Japanese designer. It’s actually unbelievably technologically complex. It’s really couture.

Katya: This dress is stitched, more precisely, is glued especially to your size?

Tina: Yes. But I don’t betray my style: it’s still my length, it’s still retro, and it’s still Tina Karol.

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On the 9th of December, it was off to the M1 Music Awards. For this event, Tina even wore the red Linde dress for official promotional material and graphics. However, in attendance for the live event itself, Tina wore a new dress – the Paris Cup Pencil Dress in custom green – which she showed off when collecting her two awards for the night: best artist and best music video. That’s not all: for a live performance at the same event, Tina and her backup dancers were wearing transparent lilac latex leggings. This is true latex mania!

 

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In late December, another interview was aired on Society Life, Tina wearing the Paris Cup Pencil Dress but in the more familiar light brown colour. What’s more, Tina has also worn this dress to perform live, as can be seen in the video below. The interviewer comments on Tina’s beautiful appearance but there was no reference specifically to latex this time. We guess by now the presenter had become used to Gumova Zhinka – the Rubber Woman.

 

 

Finally, to cap the year off, Tina appeared on the channel Ukraina for a new year celebration, wearing a long white ball gown with transparent panels. You might call this outfit a somewhat patriotic choice for Tina, because for the first time this latex dress was not an Atsuko Kudo design, but instead a custom commission from Ukraine’s very own Bright&Shiny latex. It’s also something of an evolution, in the sense of expanding out from the comfort zone of one’s trusted designer and off the shelf designs to wearing a whole new creation, custom made by a new designer.

 

 

As for what 2018 might bring and whether Tina Karol will continue flaunting her latex love, we’ll be on the lookout. We do know that there were several promotions and TV shows already filmed in 2017 with Tina wearing latex that have yet to air: at the top of this post you can see at least one of them, Tina wearing a latex pencil skirt during filming for The Voice of Ukraine (Golos Krainu). Follow us on twitter for smaller updates, and if the content is really special we’ll follow up with another dedicated post.