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!
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.