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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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Damcho Dyson on morning TV

Damcho Dyson is a former Buddhist nun who, after 10 years wearing the robes, left her life as a nun behind and went on to discover latex. She soon noted the parallels and contrasts between wearing robes and donning latex, both of them rituals in their own way. Indeed, she is even exploring these issues more deeply for a PhD which she is hoping to crowdfund.

I’ve written about Damcho previously here. Since that time, her campaign has picked up pace and she is attracting attention from some big mainstream news sources (The Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, to name two UK based news outlets).

My favourite, though, is this interview from Austrailia’s ‘The Morning Show’, in which Damcho actually shows up for the interview wearing a latex catsuit, giving the presenters a nice surprise:

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Good luck to Damcho in her funding, and for continuing to spread the word on the empowering, transformative sensation of wearing latex.

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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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