Irina Rimes at the Media Music Awards 2017

Irina Rimes is a Moldovan performer based in Romania, and on Tuesday she attended the Media Music Awards 2017, winning the Best New Artist award.

There was no such Best Costume award, but if there had been then she would have had that in the bag too.

 

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Prior to the event, Irina was interviewed on the ‘Green Carpet’ and asked about her costume. We don’t have a word for word translation, but we understand Irina had a desire to dress in a quirky maid outfit for sometime, before the award ceremony finally granted her the opportunity with its “Cool Vibe” themed dress code.

 

 

Okay, latex looks cool, but how do you stay cool wearing it in the warm Romanian climate? Apparently not a problem for Irina: she didn’t find perspiration an issue, instead noting the unique sensory qualities of latex and its ability to heighten sensations of warm and cool at turns.

At least, that was what she said BEFORE her stage performance!

 

 

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This Virginie Maid Outfit was designed by Libidex, originally commissioned for a promo for Henry Cotton’s Fall Winter 2013/14 catalog. The promo itself is a sight to behold, taking the signature Henry Cotton blend of authentic British style and timeless Italian elegance and combining it with… latex-clad robot house servants. As you do.

Take a look:

 

 

Here is further information from Libidex about the original commission.

 

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CoCoSoRi’s Crowdfunded Comeback

CocoSori are a Korean pop duo who first came to our attention in 2016 with the release of their first single Dark Circle. The video featured the duo wearing Atsuko Kudo maids’ uniforms in pink and turquoise:

 

 

CoCoSoRi would go on to perform live numerous times in the same costumes, sometimes in red or black variants:

 

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For some months all was quiet on their channel, until last week when they announced they had taken to Kickstarter in an effort to fund a new music video. At the time of writing, they have already exceeded their ¥2,000,000 ($17,388) goal with 12 days to go. The Kickstarter page itself is in Japanese, but check out the pitch below also in English:

 

 

We congratulate the girls on their successful campaign, though with a slight pang of loss we note that as part of their funding drive the group offered up their latex outfits as rewards for the higher brackets, and these have all been snapped up. And with that, it looks like this is the last we’ll see of the iconic dresses. But who knows, with 12 days to go if the campaign meets some stretch goals maybe there’ll be enough extra cash to fund another trip to London and another Atsuko Kudo shopping spree?!

Watch below to see CoCoSoRi’s original visit to AK for fittings for the famous maid uniforms:

 

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The Adorned: Nange Magro on CNN

As CNN describes it, The Adorned is a series of short films which “explores the psychology behind extraordinary style”. In these videos, you can find eccentric characters wearing even more eccentric clothing. Elaborate, individual, and eye-catching, the people in these videos often find clothing and dressing up as self-expression and an art form itself, painting life in big, colourful letters. For some, it’s a way of finding inner strength and affirming who they are.

Does any of that sound familiar, latex lovers?

Nange Magro, the designer of Dead Lotus Couture is one of the subjects, and she talks about her background and the influences which led to her creating her unique latex creations, which combine elegance with the theatrical. She also describes the sense of belonging which she feels in being part of the alternative & fetish communities, finding them a welcoming and accepting environment for self-expression to flourish in all its forms.

The video naturally shows her wearing her designs, and also captures well the material’s qualities, such as its unique sound, and with multiple close ups of its high-gloss surface. There is also a ‘transforming’ dress, which is a sight to behold in itself:

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I recommend watching the whole series of films, because they are full of positive and inspiring view points, and they expound the philosophy of finding the theatre in life, and playing exactly the role we feel we were born to play, whatever it might be.

 

Every time I wear an outfit that I made and that is in latex I feel much more myself…you feel more powerful, like you affirm who you are.

Nange Magro

There’s a fear of being different, but we are all different inside in one way or the other, so what’s wrong with expressing that difference in the way you present yourself to the world?

Artist Sue Kreitzman, who is battling the beige and the bland by going out in wearable works of art

It is giving full reign to enjoy the opulence of the mind and thinking; That is expressed through the way I dress.

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I see my outfits a lot of the time as kind of armour…I don’t think there’s any point in blending in.

Daniel Lismore

 

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St. Vincent and Latex

St. Vincent is musician Annie Clark and she’s recently released several short clips which appear to be a satire of the interview circuit. Not being aware of her output, I don’t know whether to take them as promotions in themselves, a purely creative endeavour, just a way of having a laugh, or all of the above. But the point is there is latex!

While answering parody questions, St. Vincent is sat wearing a latex skirt and the lovely Syren Garbo blouse, which is so deservedly popular that we wrote an entire article just on this one garment.

There are 13 clips in total, each no more than 30 seconds long which you can see on her instagram. I’m posting just one here, but it’s the one which I think shows off the most of her outfit:

 

 

Now, the videos are so tongue-in-cheek you might be forgiven for thinking St. Vincent picked her clothes purely to poke fun at prevailing pop fashion trends. But in fact she has worn latex in the past in different contexts, and it’s totally her style. She’s one of us!

 

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Here St. Vincent is performing at the Singapore Laneway Festival, 2015

 

My favourite, though, is a different black rubber dress, one which she wears in this video to present a guitar of her own design:

 

 

I’m enamoured with this look. Different from the high-gloss, reflective latex we usually know and love to see, this dress has a fine powdery finish. Anyone who has ordered latex clothing by post will be reminded of the light, even application of talc covering their new garments, inside and out, in order to prevent the latex from sticking to itself during shipping. The talc makes the rubber silky smooth and easy to get into, which is much appreciated when opening a new purchase, since you want to almost jump into the clothes out of excitement. And if the clothes are designed to be loose, then the material just brushes lightly on the skin as it drapes and hangs, cool to the touch when it comes into contact.

It’s this kind of unpretentious, raw & unpolished, silky new finish which I’m reminded of by this dress. It’s a rubber dress, but it’s carefree, casual and relaxed. That exciting immediacy of just jumping into some soft, loose latex without planning nor preparation. Impulsive. Latex for lounging on a (sensuous) Sunday?

The look is edgy, the feeling soft & delicate, and I’m 100% absolutely certain Annie was very, very comfortable wearing it.

 

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They always come back for more

I’m going to posit that there exists a law of nature when it comes to latex and pop stars: there are those who haven’t tried latex, and there are those who just can’t stay away from it. No middle ground. Nuh-uh.

Of course, I may be over-generalising a little, but it really seems to be getting harder to find incidents of performers wearing latex just once and deciding it’s not for them. Rather, they come back for more. We at WearLatex find this perfectly understandable and expected behaviour!

Now of course you could draw up a long list of artists to have appeared in latex on more than one occaision, but here we’re going to round up some of the examples presented in just the last couple of weeks.

Taylor Swift first appeared in latex (along with a raft of co-stars likewise wearing latex) in her music video Bad Blood. Latex was provided by the likes of Syren and Atsuko Kudo. Well, Taylor has returned to AK for her latest high budget video, Look What You Made Me Do. She wears this orange Miss T Bra in an early scene, though it’s a mere tantalising hint of latex before appearing in full dominatrix-queen regalia around the 1 minute 50 mark. Granted, the screen time is all too short, but nobody can deny she looks devastating.

 

 

Nicki Minaj has been on a veritable latex binge for the whole of 2017. I first became aware of it with the video for Jason Derulo’s Swaller, and since that time she has been rather active in sharing her latex addiction on instagram. It kind of came full circle late August, wearing a few latex outfits (together with Blac Chyna) for yet another MV: Rake it Up by Yo Gotti. However, the real chatter came soon afterwards, with her appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards. She arrived in this eye-wateringly tight pink outfit by Vex Clothing; a look befitting of her ‘Barbie’ moniker. Later on the same evening, she swapped the pink for black and white latex in order to perform.

 

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Charli XCX performed at G-A-Y London on August 26th and was wearing her favourite latex label, Meat Clothing. We’ve previously written about Charli and her love of the brand here. Suffice to say, Meat are unconventional in the latex fashion space, and that suits Charli XCX fine.

 

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It’s fantastic that latex is available in such a diversity of looks, and this variety will only widen as more and more deisngers enter the field. Wearing latex doesn’t have to be a style in itself, but merely an additional medium in which a plethora of existing styles can be rendered in a highly interesting, sexy, sensual way. No matter the genre, the musician, or the persona, there should be latex available to suit (or indeed transform) anybody.

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The latest House of CB latex appearances

When it comes to bringing latex fashion to the mainstream, House of CB’s contribution just can’t be overstated. It’s a killer combination:

  1. Chic fashion label
  2. The familiar environment of the high-street clothing shop
  3. Off-the-peg latex to be tried for a lower price than the made-to-measure couture latex specialists.

The result is we’re seeing House of CB latex crop up everywhere:

 

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Vanessa Hudgens wearing the ‘Lexii’ dress at the Mayweather v McGregor pre-fight party

 

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Jess Shears at the TV Choice Awards wearing the ‘Alcina’ dress

 

And in the video below you can see Maja Šuput performing live on Croatian TV:

This ‘Livana’ dress is running away with it in the popularity stakes. Read a full post about all of the sightings here.

 

As we can see, House of CB are always increasing their latex range, the latest tally at THIRTEEN outfits! (Number of outfits may differ depending on your location).

I remember back when I wrote about House of CB’s first forays into latex I expressed the hope they would expand into more designs and colours, and they have certainly delivered. It looks to be paying off for them.

The crucial point worth making is that it’s not just the celebs buying into this. Plug #houseofcb into instagram and you don’t have to scroll far to see ordinary people wearing their latex, feeling and looking on top of the world. Latex is breaking through. First it was for the fetish shops. Then it was for the celebrities. Now it’s for everyone.

Latex Leggings

Latex leggings are a great way to introduce some latex into your wardrobe, whether you’re a first-timer curious about the material, or simply looking for the kind of latex fashion item that can give an edge to your style.

 

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Top: Maïa by Ricchy; Left-to-right: Mary D Model, Katerina Piglet, Kay Morgan

 

Wet-look leggings or bottoms are already in vogue and have been for some time, usually made of faux leather (pleather, PU leather, etc.), nylon, polyester, spandex, vinyl or a combination thereof. Just take a look at the array of slick bottoms on offer from Topshop alone.

Consider latex as another option in this fashion movement, if slightly more avant-garde. This clear line which can be drawn from the wet-look mainstream fashion trend to latex leggings makes them less likely to raise eyebrows than, for example, an entire latex dress, and therefore a good opportunity to wear latex out and about in more regular settings.

 

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Top: blogger Nicky Alicia; Left-to-right: fetish model Lara Larsen, bloggers Badm3l and danisbodystyle 

 

We think mixing and matching items of latex with other fabrics and patterns is one of the classiest ways of introducing some latex into your everyday style, and latex leggings are ideal for this as they can be paired with most things for a variety of looks. Try contrasting the smooth and reflective leggings with textures that have the opposite effect, like soft furs, or with looser garments which contrast the skin tight latex look with something light and flowing.

 

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Top: Larum Photography; Left-to-right: Actress Rafaela Salvadori, Nicoline Hansen Latex, Ankha Van Ayken by Latexperiment

 

Such is their versatility that depending on what they’re paired with they can be used for dressing up or down. The resulting image can be anything from casual, smart, chic, rock, or performance.

 

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Top: model Bella Isadora; Left-to-right: Larum Photography, Alexandra Potter by Latexperiment, and Leonor Andrade performing for Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final 2015.

 

As ever, celebs can be relied on for spearheading latex trends thanks to their bold fashion statements…

 

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Top: Kim Kardashian in Atsuko Kudo; Left-to-right: Haley Williams performing with her group Paramore, Sophia Tomalla at the InTouch awards 2016, and Paloma Faith wearing William Wilde at Camden Roundhouse,

 

…and hot on their heels, the fashion bloggers…

 

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Top: blogger ‘annesfashionlove’ showing one of her lookbooks; Left-to-right: Ricci Tauscher demonstrating sporty and dressy looks courtesy of Simon O latex, and fashion blogger ‘So Verseilles’ inspired by Kim Kardashian in her choice of leggings; Bottom: vlogger Vanessa Pur showing off the AK leggings in motion

 

Where to buy latex leggings?

Latex leggings are such a staple that they can be bought from nearly every latex designer, from the biggest companies to the individual producer.

High fashion labels like Atsuko Kudo and William Wilde do their own latex leggings.

Fetish-fashion outfitters such as Libidex, Westward Bound, House of Harlot or Simon O also do leggings as par for the course. Simon O in particular are worth mentioning as something of a leggings specialist, offering a wide range of designs and styles which can be heavily customised with various options, zips, text applique and so on.

Smaller companies like Catalyst Latex and Signature Latex all have their own take on leggings. Catalyst Latex, for example, treat their latex in a process known as chlorination which alters the chemical structure of the rubber making them easier to slip into. Signature Latex offer various options on their leggings, like zips, attached feet, etc.

 

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Top: William Wilde ‘Lolita leggings’; Left-to-right: Simon O, Louisa Johnson wearing House of Harlot lace-up leggings, Signature Latex

 

Hit up Etsy or DaWanda for a whole load of artisans producing tailored latex with care and passion from out of the home. Their latex is often competitively priced, the quality of the highest standard, and sometimes offers unique patterns, textures, etc.

 

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Top: Miss Grey Latex; Left-to-right: Zorenko, Essential Latex, and Lockstoff Latex.

 

But trust me when I say this is just scratching the surface. There are hundreds of latex fashion designers and most of them probably do some form of leggings. If you really want to explore your options I recommend trying the Latex Search Engine. Select your region from the tabs, and explore.

And if you are new to latex, a final word of warning: latex, especially when skin tight like leggings, demands preparation and patience to dress comfortably. The video below, although in German, demonstrates this aspect of latex in a fun way. We think the results are more than worth the struggle, although we might be slightly biased.

 

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Could you wear latex every day, in public?

Could you wear latex every day for a week? Or maybe just one day, but for every hour between waking and sleeping? These were the challenges set by LatexFashionTV to alternative models Maizy Marzipan and Katex respectively. But that doesn’t mean simply wearing latex around the house – no, that’s far too easy. Maizy and Katex had to wear latex going about their usual lives: out and about in public, meeting friends for coffee or drinks – even attending a job interview!

As part of the challenge, the models vlogged about their experiences. Take a look:

 

 

The overarching theme is latex in public, and the reactions it inspires among strangers or friends, the outcome here being positive or (contrary to expectation) wholly neutral. The issue of comfort is also addressed, both in the physical sense and in the sense of confidence and self-consciousness. On the material side, latex is often perceived as uncomfortable, and I believe this is a major misconception about latex which is knocked down here. Regarding the self-image aspect: the wearers’ confidence can, of course, depend on the reactions of others. But I also believe there’s some two-way traffic here, such that a confident, casual attitude can go some way to normalising the outfits, which can relax the attitudes of those around.

Overall, the message is positive and inspiring, whether that be being at ease with your style, however unusual (as Maizy says “I’m gonna rock this!”); being encouraged to push the boat out, or reinforcing an existing love for latex by putting it out there, in big letters.

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Ola Jordan and the Livana dress

Viewers of daytime UK television got a demonstration of latex fashion on Monday on the ITV show Loose Women. The show is usually fronted by an all-female panel, but on this special edition the hosts invited along their partners, who were each challenged to choose a new style for their other half.

James Jordan picked a latex dress for Ola Jordan. Well, wouldn’t you?

 

 

Apparently, Ola didn’t use talc or any other dressing aid – they just “squeezed her in”. This is not recommended with latex! And in fact it’s no wonder she found it uncomfortable, because without talc or dressing aid to negate the friction of natural rubber it’s liable to drag and pinch the skin. They should have read my guide on how to stay comfortable in latex! I just hate to think how many people might have been turned off latex after trying it once under the wrong conditions…

That aside, it’s a prominent showing for the House of CB dress. This design, named the ‘Livana‘, has already been worn by a number of celebrities at high-profile events, making it one of the most popular latex dresses from House of CB. More significantly, its popularity has trickled down to those not involved in show business: fashion bloggers and others on Instagram are seen wearing the dress out and about to parties and other such occasions which ask for a touch of glam. It might not be street wear just yet, but mainstream latex fashion is no longer the exclusive domain of the celebrity.

 

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Cerina Vincent, Kady McDermott, and Paulina Michaels

 

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Above: franciechann; bottom left to right: Nichi Hodgson, ms_princessjasmine, kamilakos. Below: Micah Gianneli 

 

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Kendall + Kylie – Drop Two

A good deal of credit for bringing latex fashion into the mainstream goes to the Kardashian-Jenner family. Kim was one of the first celebrities to wear the material out and about on special occasions (usually Atsuko Kudo), followed by all of her sisters in wearing latex at some point or other.

It’s quite fitting then that the younger two siblings have launched their own clothing collection, ‘Drop Two’, with the most prominent item being a gorgeous orange latex dress:

 

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Slightly more subtle but just as pretty is this black latex bra, also part of the new collection:

 

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Not only are the celebrities stepping out in latex; now they’re also lending their name to it. Another new development in latex fashion.

Teaser trailer below: