If you’re a humanoid robot or you come from the future latex is probably already your go-to material, that much is decided. However, the appeal of latex is far-reaching and has even captured the attention of all terrestrial based extra-terrestrials. This at least according to new film How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on a short story by Neil Gaiman. Pictured are the cast of the film at Cannes showing off the costume designs of Sandy Powell.
This 23-second teaser trailer of the film is the best I could find, but it does show more of the latex and suggests that there will be quite a lot of it in the film.
For all you fashion conscious aliens currently enjoying a sojourn on planet Earth, might I extend a hand of welcome and compliment you on your fine taste in clothing. Earth has an abundance of latex clothing designers – you’ll feel right at home.
These images belong to the lookbook for Hanger‘s new ‘Season 7’ or ‘Spring Demon’ collection.
The obvious Japanese influence which permeates the Hanger brand as a whole is brought to the fore here, with the demon motif and Japanese lettering. I especially like how the high-res images allow seeing the detail on the appliqué.
Hanger was one of the winners of the ASOS fashion discovery award. Do we dare imagine in the near future seeing images such as these on a mainstream internet fashion retailer?
What sticks out about Hanger is their emphasis on latex as an eco-friendly material. Being 100% natural, latex is sustainable and renewable, and more environmentally friendly than conventional cotton farming. As consumers become increasingly green-aware perhaps more latex designers will begin using this as an attractive selling point. Could it even be an additional factor which encourages the eco-conscious to give latex a try? The reasons to wear latex are mounting… not that we needed any excuses, of course.
I’m not quite sure what happened, but I returned from holiday to find a chunk of posts published in April had gone completely AWOL, I guess related to a server hardware update. Luckily I managed to dig out cached copies to publish them again and backdate them.
In case you missed them the first time, links to the posts are below. Apologies for any confusion!
Helen Teiman is the designer behind Liverpool based Amentium, distinctive for its detailed lasercut patterned latex clothing. She was also recently a contestant on the ITV dating show Take Me Out. The show is prime time weekend TV in the UK, and the perfect opportunity to gain some exposure for her fashion brand by dazzling in latex under the studio lights. In subsequent interviews, Helen has even admitted that she took part in the show solely for this reason, with the intent to avoid a date and step out in a different latex outfit each week while the series ran its course over 10 episodes.
At least, that was the gameplan. But two episodes in and she ended up dancing her way to a date with Ricardo in the clip above. Oops! Nevertheless, getting a date allowed Helen to show off her latex creations even more since she and Ricardo were whisked off to an island getaway and given plenty more screen time. In the video below Helen hits the clubs wearing one of her creations:
Perhaps the real success is that her unintended date with Ricardo has since developed into a relationship. Sometime later, the contestants reunited to update us on how things proceeded following their date, Helen again wearing another of her dresses:
Following her Take Me Out appearance, Helen has been afforded newspaper articles and interviews with the online and print editions of Liverpool Echo. The articles offer interesting insights into Amentium, such as Helen’s design inspirations and the possibility of a male clothing range on the horizon (Ricardo seems keen to be her first model!).
Good luck to Helen and the continued success of her brand.
Now let’s have a closer look at that outfit she wore in her dance off. Video courtesy of LatexfashionTV:
Latex continues to capture the imagination of artists of all walks, and between updates of the biggest stars in the music industry using latex in their latest videos we’re able to discuss independent projects similarly finding inspiration in the material for their debut releases.
The debut video by Reyko, “Spinning Over You”, is from March and features lots of latex bodysuits, which are seemingly ubiquitous in music videos lately. However, the true star is the luscious yellow dress worn by the main singer, figure hugging on top and long and loose on the bottom. Seeing how loose latex falls and flows while catching the light is one of the great visual qualities of latex, here exploited to maximum effect against the black background of the set.
I knew I’d seen this dress before, and sure enough a little investigation dug out these pictures of Beatriz Luengo performing at the Spanish music festival Cadena 100 last year:
It’s notable how the different levels of shiner used by each performer results in a different visual effect for the same dress. Both artists are Spanish, so at a guess I would say this is a design by premier Spanish latex label MadRubb, but don’t quote me.