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Tina Karol on The Voice Ukraine

Towards the end of 2017, Ukraine’s most famous singer, Tina Karol, appeared on various TV shows, in interviews, at events and performances wearing no less than six different latex outfits. It was as though Tina had gone on a shopping spree in Atsuko Kudo and couldn’t wait to show the world what she’d found. You can read our bumper post about Tina here.

Not even the great ambassadors for latex couture – the Lady Gaga’s, The Katy Perry’s, The Kardashian’s – not even they have worn so much latex in so short a time. After this all-out media assault in rubber you may think that Tina Karol would have hung up the latex for a while and given her skin some time to breathe.

Oh but you’d be wrong.

 

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Latex passions die hard, and Tina was just getting warmed up.

From February through April, the Ukrainian version of The Voice aired its 8th series, on which Tina sat as one of the judges. Over these months, there were six studio recordings spanning fourteen episodes – and Tina wore a latex dress in every single one of them. 

We had to check whether Atsuko Kudo were official sponsors of The Voice that year!

We tracked down episodes of The Voice and edited together the highlights of each episode, showing off the best of each of Tina’s dresses. Even the edited highlights clock in at 40 minutes – that’s a lot of latex!

 

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Skip to the following times to see the different outfits: #2 8:03, #3 19:07, #4 26:54, #5 28:11, #6 33:24. Image credits: @goloskrainy_official and @tinakarol_fantina

 

 

Special note to 26:54, where not only does Tina perform in her latex but she is also surrounded by four dancers in black catsuits! That’s a lot of latex! – Have we said that already?

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Jess Glynne returns with another latex look

In her comeback single, Jess Glynne wears a casual two-piece latex outfit. The song’s logo – a Bird of Paradise flower – is emblazoned on the jacket, revealing this to be a custom design. The fabulous handiwork none other than Atsuko Kudo’s.

 

 

We see this style as a kind of encapsulation of everything that can bring latex out into the open; whether that be to a whole new audience – an audience that may be fashion conscious and fetish wary – or to existing latex lovers looking for opportunities to wear their favourite material outside of the clubs.

The outfit is bright and colourful. The baby blue is a gentle colour, innocent even, as opposed to more in-your-face and fetish associated black latex outfits.

The fit and style of the outfit is familiar and casual, the like of which we’d expect to see rendered in any other material – here it just happens to be rubber. The design, using contrasting side stripes and a prominent logo, also evokes the familiarity of branded sportswear.

Mixing and matching: Although this is a head to toe latex outfit, the look is broken up with an ordinary fabric crop top, front and centre. By wearing the jacket open and framing the crop top, it kind of moves the latex out more to the periphery, moderating the effect of a bold material choice.

 

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This choice of outfit didn’t just come out of the blue, and in fact Jess Glynne is no stranger to latex. Back when she was making waves with her debut album in 2014-15 she wore latex on several occasions in different combinations.

 

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Jess consistently mixes and matches colours, textures and materials to create sophisticated and fashionable latex looks. Even in the top picture, a head-to-toe skintight latex outfit moves towards fashion merely by the introduction of a pattern and light colours on top, to contrast the solid black leggings.

Later, she took the same leggings to once again create a gold top / black bottom look for a live performance, only this time the placement of latex was switched around:

 

 

With the release of “I’ll Be There”, Jess achieves ‘The Latex Quadruple’: our new tongue-in-cheek recognition for that special achievement of wearing latex in all domains of the public eye: music videos, live performances, photo shoots and red carpet events.

Congratulations Jess Glynne on this highly coveted and illustrious award! You are in exclusive company, and we hope you’ll continue bringing your sophisticated interpretations of latex fashion to the masses.

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Olya Polyakova – League of Laughter

Ukraine has been an unexpected hot spot of latex fashion news in recent months, kicked off by Tina Karol wearing several latex outfits to at least five different events and TV appearances. Check our full post here.

Since then, Tina’s top rival for Ukraine’s annual ‘Most Beautiful Woman Award’, Olya Polyakova, has seemingly been inspired by her compatriot and fellow singer to also experiment with rubber wear in a number of high profile appearances.

In February, it was in attendance at the aforementioned award show by Viva! magazine, where Olya went on to take the crown:

 

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It would be a great shame to waist such a dress on a mere red carpet photo opportunity, and so Olya took part in the comedy competition show League of Laughter wearing the same dress for the first episodes, broadcast in March.

That’s not all though: for the most recent episodes Olya played a main role in some of the sketches on stage, and that called for some latex outfits which were even more attention-grabbing: first, a unitard in shocking pink, and afterwards a racy policewoman costume! See all of Olya’s outfits in the video below:

 

 

There are parallels once again with Tina Karol, as Tina also played a role in the same series, which was also one of her first TV appearances in latex. We wonder if Olya will take her latex affair yet further. In the meantime, we haven’t heard the last of Tina Karol and latex. Expect another update to follow!

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Sarsha Simone – Daydream

 

They say it’s easy to blend with the crowd
But it’s hard just to be who you are
If it’s harder to be who you are
Then you know I’ll be miles from the crowd

 

In this new video for her single ‘Daydream’, Sarsha Simone wears not one but two latex bodysuits, proving the ongoing popularity of this versatile garment, often a favourite of musicians and their stylists.

The bodysuits are by Atelier Harlem, who provided the same design as seen in Kimbra’s video from last November, and here we’re treated to two new colours:

 

“Daydream is about having a dream and staying true to that vision despite the doubt that is coming at you from society. I want people to feel empowered to push through the BS when they hear this song.”

 

We are aware, especially after Kimbra’s video, of the careful thought that often goes into the art direction and costume design of music videos. Considering the great prominence of the latex outfits in this new video by Sarsha, we conjecture that the choice of latex was given more than a cursory thought.

It’s often the case that a music video is a visual summary or representation of the themes explored in the song and lyrics, with costuming being a major part of that visual language. In lieu of official commentary from Sarsha herself regarding the choice of outfits, we delved into some interviews as well as the song lyrics to see if any of the themes resonated. Sarsha, explaining the main concept behind her EP, titled ‘Bodhi’, says:

 

It’s about that time in your life when you start asking questions about where you are and what you want to do. Be it love, work, your own internal feelings about yourself and to be ok with what you find. “Bodhi” actually means to accept the true nature of things or to awaken.

It’s about self-expression, self-exploration… finding your feet within who you are, what you want to say, want you want to do. Being a dreamer, and feeling it… just letting be what is.

 

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Latex is at once a feeling of nakedness and a kind of armour. It is nakedness not just in the purely physical sensation of a ‘second skin’, perfectly moulded to ones form, but also in the sense of putting oneself out there, laying oneself bare and announcing “This is me”. But far from a position of vulnerability, there is a strength in that because it’s here that one is totally at ease with themselves and the world they want to create for themselves.

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Farewell to the MEAT latex label

Today we learned the unfortunate news that the MEAT brand is to cease trading. The announcement was originally made via the Instagram of one of the founders, Boadicea Claridge, though we first found out through an interview of Boadicea by Papermag.

 

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MEAT, as even the name suggests, were distinctive in the latex space. Easy to wear, loose cut, brighter colours, heavy use of patterns, and in-your-face slogans and branding; it all resulted in some contemporary, youthful and urban styles – which just so happened to made from rubber.

 

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Brooke Candy, photography by Anthony Nguyen for Out Magazine

 

They had their celebrity fans, too, and when we posted about them it was often in relation to appearances and performances of Charli XCX. See our post about her latex looks here.

We also have MEAT to thank for inspiring our first music video review! The video was for the song One More by Elliphant and MØ. The combination of visual style, vocals and music, and how latex was worked seamlessly into the whole aesthetic, makes it still one of our favourite music videos featuring latex fashion.

 

 

It’s always a shame when any latex label closes doors, and especially one with such a unique identity. We appreciate MEAT’s willingness to explore latex fashions and to take the material in some bold new directions, infusing every design with personality. We wish designers Alis Pelleschi and Boadicea Claridge every success in their future projects!

Below you can watch Danielle Greco from the fashion platform VFILES. VFILES at one time carried MEAT latex in their online fashion store, and for this live broadcast Danielle wore one of their outfits. We’re sure it’s borderline cheating to take an ice bucket challenge wearing 100% waterproof clothing, but we’re not complaining!

 

 

Header image: Leomie Anderson

 

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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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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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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. As something of a departure, for once this was not an off the peg design by Atusko Kudo, but rather a custom commission (we are not sure of the 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 the light brown paris pencil dress 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.

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Our Top 10 Music Videos of 2017

Another year, another raft of music videos featuring latex outfits. There were the usual suspects but also many complete newcomers to latex fashion and imagery. In a few cases, latex was an artistic representation of futuristic fashion or empowerment and submission; in other cases, it was not a meta-representation of ‘fashion’ but simply fashion in itself. And there is always, of course, room for latex as simple, unpretentious sexy fun.

Outfits were sourced from couture latex designers spanning the globe, from Vex Clothing, Syren and Dawnamatrix in the US, to Kim West, Atsuko Kudo and Maddrubb in Europe, and Atelier Harlem in Australia.

And so, in reverse order: our top 10 favourite music videos of 2017. Click the song titles for a more detailed post or a direct link to the video itself.

 

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Fergie – You Already Know (ft. Nicki Minaj)
Fergie wears one of our favourite garments, justifiably popular among a long line of performers. So much so, that we even wrote a whole post dedicated to the Syren Garbo Blouse.

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Black M – Comme moi (ft. Shakira)
Shakira was that rare pop icon who avoided experimenting with a latex look over the length of her extended career. Until 2017, that is. The wait was worth it, as this nude latex bodysuit is the ideal ‘second skin’, clinging to Shakira’s every twisting and undulating movement.

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Migos, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B – MotorSport
Nicki Minaj is one of those stars who fell for latex hard this year, appearing in a multitude of videos, live appearances, and social media posts wearing her newfound favourite material. But we think she saved the absolute best outfit for MotorSport in December. For the Blade Runner-style neon sci-fi setting, they opted for a chrome and transparent future fashion combo: the look is achieved with no less than a head to toe semi-transparent catsuit!

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Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do
Taylor Swift wears an orange Atsuko Kudo bra in an early scene, though it’s a mere tantalising hint of latex before she appears in full dominatrix-queen regalia around the 1 minute 50 mark, looking the cruel despot, oozing power. Granted, the screen time is all too short, but nobody can deny she looks devastating.

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Janel Parrish – Dance For Me
This video is ridiculously over the top, with four women in red and black catsuits, writhing around between smoke, mirrors and lasers. But it gets away with it by being half parody: Janel Parrish plays a fictional singer within the Rosewood TV series, and this is the music video filmed in-show, then released independently as a cross-promotion. We quite admire the self-awareness of latex being a music video trope, but even at face value what’s not to like about four dancers in tight, shiny, head to toe rubber?

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Pixie Lott – Won’t Forget You (ft. Stylo G)
The latex bodysuit has been one of the vogue items for performers, featured in five of the videos on this list alone. Here Pixie Lott wears a bright pastel green which fits the bright and fresh summery vibe of this video and the single.

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Katy Perry – Chained to the Rhythm (ft. Skip Marley)
We are back to future fashion for Chained to the Rhythm. Despite this future being a different, Brave New World-style vision of dystopia – one of pastel colours and endless stimulations – chrome, transparent and otherwise reflective clothing still rule the day. Latex is just one of a number of materials that fit into this vision, and we love Katy’s look in the latter half of the video especially. Extra points for the catchy retro 80s synthpop and what it tries to tell us.

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Kimbra – Top of the World
It’s Kimbra, “smashing shit up in latex”, and that must feel as good as it looks. Care was taken to make sure the choice of outfits were a representation of the lyrics in each scene, and Kimbra dons the latex for a climactic verse in which she tells us she feels “Like a god”. If you’ve ever dressed up in latex, that may well resonate with you.

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Reyko – Spinning Over You
Latex takes front and centre stage in this debut video by Reyko, thanks to solid primary and secondary colours, set to maximum shine on a minimalist set. The dancers wear the ubiquitous latex bodysuit, however the real star is the luscious yellow midi dress worn by the main singer. This combines two great visual and tactile effects of latex: the figure-hugging second skin on top, and relaxed and loose at the bottom. Seeing the unique weight of loose latex in motion, and how it falls and flows freely while catching the light is one of its stand out qualities, here exploited to maximum effect against the black background.

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Katy Perry – Bon Appétit (ft. Migos)
The imagery in Bon Appetit is a visual feast. Even apart from the latex, the scenes are arresting and provocative but also playful, as Katy Perry wryly serves up another course of her social commentary. The latex is plentiful, in transparent nudes, pinks and lilacs. The nudes are like a call back to the shrink wrapping covering Katy at the start of the video, while the pink becomes a mouthwatering glaze as she is served up, all prepared and fit for presentation. When it’s time for the big reveal, Katy in fact covers up: a lilac kimono materialises over her existing outfit; a reflective armour, latex layered upon latex; Katy revels in the moment as power is turned on its head.

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Yana Dyakova performs opera in latex

Bolshaya Opera is a TV talent show on Russian channel Telekanal Kultura, and earlier this month the contestant Yana Dyakova performed aria della bellezza wearing a black and white latex catsuit and inflatable headpiece.

 

 

Latex doesn’t discriminate when it comes to musical genre: In one moment we may be watching Nicky Minaj rapping in consciously trashy latex for Jason Derulo’s Swalla, and in the next we can switch over to the arts channel and see an aria performed in a catsuit!

What’s more, neither of the outfits are out of place. Latex is continually breaking boundaries and confounding expectations. Latex is for whatever your imagination wills it to be.

Yana’s look is styled by her compatriot, the performance artist Sasha Frolova. The catsuit + inflatable head piece is Sasha’s signature look when performing for her music project AQUAAEROBIKA, though Sasha also adds a mask to the ensemble. It’s another demonstration of the varied contexts latex can be adapted to, this being ultra saccharine electro-pop:

 

 

And check out this video interview with Sasha Frolova in which she discusses her reasons for working with the material, and her fascination for its unique properties and contradictions here.