Sunday, December 30, 2007

Inflatable Art Madness: Big Fucking Rubber Duck

I love giant, random, ridiculous, inflatable objects. This monstrous rubber duck, titled Rubber Duck, is part of the "Loire Estuary 2007," an outdoor art fest in France. It's 26 by 20 by 32 meters and is made out of rubber coated PVC. For more info, go here.

Maybe this giant rubber whale can keep Mr. Big Duck company.

Special thanks goes out to Garlor for posting about Rubber Duck on the IAR. View the thread here.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Rubber Betty News

Hello everyone!

Have you noticed the extreme lack of posts lately? The Rubber Betty Blog is still in business, but I'm taking a break from posting because I've got a lot of shit on my plate. For one thing, I'm very behind on latex orders, and I've had to ambiguously refuse new customers to keep from shooting myself from the stress. Also, I'm swamped with school work, and I have a film internship to go to.

Have I mentioned yet that I have a lot of shit on my plate? Basically, I have no more friends because I got a shitload of shit to get done that should have gotten done last week. I'm taking three night classes. Two of those classes require a finished essay handed in every week and longer papers due at the end of the term. The other one requires a fuck-load of studying everyday. Added to that is an internship I go to twice a week, and a latex clothing label that's full-time work with part-time pay. On top of that is this weird concept called sleep that's apparently necessary but really is just a waste of time.

There's good news, though. Next week is my last week of classes. After that, I'll be able to post all the crap I've been wanting to post. Stay tuned...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Poll Results: What's Your Favorite Fetish Stereotype?

Oh, no! Stereotypes! Stereotypes are bad. I'm going to hell for reinforcing stereotypes.

Out of 34 votes:

17% voted "Nurse/Medical"
23% voted "Dominatrix"
11% voted "Maid"
44% voted "Rubber Doll"
2% (only one person) voted "Anything with big boobs"

The Rubber Dolls win! Word out on the street is that it's a trend or something like that.

Kudos to the guy or gal who voted "Big Boobs."

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Enamel Erotica

All these scans are from Vogue Nippon. See this post. There are lots--and I mean LOTS--more shiny shiny pictures to scan, so keep an eye out for them over the next month.

Here's a patent leather product collage called "Enamel Erotica". No latex, but it's interesting to observe how the Japanese fashionistas are interpreting this season's obsession with all things glittery, shiny, and fetishy.

ABOVE: knee-high boots by Giuseppe Zanotti Design; patent leather hood with snap closure (bottom left) by Yves Saint Laurent; cuff bracelet (center left) by Erickson Beamon; bondage cuffs (upper left) by I have no idea 'cuz I forgot all the Japanese I learned.

BELOW: bow headband by Rada; gloves by Prada; spats by Celine; studded stilettos (upper right) by Dolce & Gabbana; gold and black buckled heels (bottom left) by Jimmy Choo.

Below is another sleek product collage adorably named "Color My Fetish."

THE SHOES: Red double-buckled platform mary janes by Dolce & Gabbana; grey t-strap stilettos by Stella McCartney; blue strappy-buckled tango heels (bottom left) by Chanel.

If you would bigger versions of these scans, let me know. My email is listed in the navigation bar.

Vogue Nippon Post Bonus

Continuing from the Vogue Nippon scanfest...

Two cute but strictly serious pen-and-ink drawings from the horoscope section of said magazine. Illustrations by Miyuki Morimoto. Very 60's!

Click on the pictures to enlarge.

Monday, November 12, 2007

New Movie Alert...

Walk All Over Me

a dominatrix slash crime drama staring Leelee Sobieski.

The tagline is "Love. Latex. Larceny."

Click here to see poster at imdb, which won't let me right-click-save or even hot link it to the blog post.

Synopsis from Capri Films here [where I ganked the picture].

It's probably not that bad or not that good. The usual Hollywood filth. Yeah, you know you'll buy the DVD when it comes out anyway. Don't give me that "mainstream media is misrepresenting thee lifestyle" bullshit. I'm not in the mood. Besides, it's an indie movie. From Canada.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Real Doll Tough Love

I got a chance to go the the Japanese market in North Jersey, so I picked up a copy of the November 2007 issue of Vogue Nippon. [Nippon = Japan.] I'm glad I did; it's filled with all sorts of shininess, and the theme is "hard love." There's a few other photo spreads I still have to scan. This spread is called "Tough Love" and features gorgeous dolls dressed in designer clothing. Although no latex appears in the spread, I reproduced it here for those of you into the Rubber Doll lifestyle.

DOMINATRIX: Dolce & Gabbana [above]
MEDIEVAL HARDCORE: Burberry Prorsum [below]

If you appreciate the work I've done the past year on this blog by buying all these magazines (especially those hard-to-get vintage fetish ones) and scanning them, please consider getting me a book on my wishlist. Thanks!
SWEET PUNK: Yves Saint Laurent [above]
BIKER BABE: Junya Wantanabe Comme des Garçons [below]

If you would like bigger versions of these scans (only the first picture will enlarge when you click on it) just let me know, and I'll send them to you. My email is listed on the side navigation bar.

EDIT: The très awesome blog Doll's Realm has posted the full-size versions of these scans. Go here and here to view them.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

New Latex Rubber Sheeting Colors

If you haven't heard about it already, you've heard it here first.

Here's some exciting news in the fast-paced, dog-eat-dog world of latex rubber sheeting. 4D Rubber has just come out with two new latex colors, Supatex Vibrant White and Semi-Trans Cloud Grey.

So why did 4D make another white and another grey?

White latex is not a true white; it's an off-white cream color that yellows very easily. Although the difference between the two whites is not so pronounced in this horrible photo I took, the Vibrant White is noticeably brighter than the standard white. In person, it really pops. The regular creamy white is nice, but it tends to look dingy after a while, especially if it's not contrasted with a dark color. Maybe with this new Vibrant White, white latex won't be such a frustrating "labor of love".

Supatex White contrasted with Supatex Vibrant White:

Onto the greys. You're already familiar with the Semi-Trans Grey, which is commonly referred to as "Semi-Trans Smoke" or just plain "Smoke" since it has no resemblance to any kind of grey. The new color, Semi-Trans Cloud Grey, is an actual cool grey. Look at the picture below to see the difference. I placed a Betty LaBamba label underneath the Cloud Grey to indicate the level of transparency.

Semi-Trans Grey contrasted with Semi-Trans Cloud Grey:

Forget 4D for a minute. Here's a particularly delicious sheeting color by the new sheeting manufacturer, Radical Rubber. The official name is Metallic Fuschia, but I call it Metallic Pink. Don't ask me why I change names--it's my only pleasure in life. I expect it will be a hit with all lovers of pink, Barbie, and the Rubber Doll enthusiasts.

Radical Rubber's Metallic Fuschia:

Halter by Betty LaBamba.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Sweet Shindig Alert: Miss Rubber World 2008

Quick! You only have three months to get yourselves ready for Miss Rubber World contest. I really should get my ass in gear; I have no idea what I'm wearing yet. You may remember that I was a judge last time, and I'm a judge again this time, too.

Who: M.C.'d by the one and only The Baroness. Judges are Betty LaBamba (that's me!), Webster Hall Entertainment Director Shane Savant, Latex DIVA and make-up artist extraordinaire Lady J, Skin Two contributing editors Ted N' Di, MRW '06 and her hubby Pet & Owner.

What: There's a strict dress code: rubber/latex/pvc/neoprene/spandex.

When: January 20th, 2008. Doors open at 9.00PM. Party goes on to 4.00AM.

Where: @ Rebel, 251 west 30th street (between 7th & 8th avenue), NYC. I don't know about the parking garage scene, but you can easily take the LIRR or NJ Transit to Penn Station. Rebel's only a few blocks away.

Why: 'Cuz it's fun, and everyone gets dressed up to the nines. And we have fun. In rubber. And, oh yeah, boobs.

How: Wanna compete for the title to end all titles--not to mention a supreme crapload of delicious prizes? [Over 11 grand and counting.] Download the form here.

Directions and other info can be found here, including shopping, dining out, and additional party listings.

Tickets cost $50 per person, or $60 per couple. (So bring your main squeeze or a friend.) Advance tickets can be purchased here online or at NYC's premier fetish boutique Purple Passion in person. Need some latex to wear to the party? Purple Passion also carries Betty LaBamba latex.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Poll Results: My favorite piece of rubber is...

Here's the results from the last poll, My favorite piece of rubber is:

Out of 86 votes,

22% chose "my hood"
60% chose "my catsuit"
10% chose "my leggings/stockings"
6% chose "my spare tire"

Friday, October 26, 2007

SMack! The Demonatrix Edition

Halloween's almost here. You know what that means. It's SMack! party time, the best fetish/alt/punk/goth party ever! The theme is, like, demons n' shit. Now we all have an excuse to break out our red & black latex.

SMack! is tomorrow nite, but I think you still have time to buy advance tix and save $10.

Go here for all the info.

Monday, October 22, 2007

The Sky Ship

Recently I saw a flyer in the city with this arresting image of men in outrageous leather gear. See pic above. It's from a silent film from 1918 called The Sky Ship (Himmelskibet), which played yesterday at BAM's Pordenone Silent Film Fest. I missed the screening [arg!], so here's the only info I have for you is from BAM's website:
Think silent films are dull? How about trips to Mars, singing clowns, or exposés of white slavery? They’re all here at the sixth year of highlights from the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, featuring remarkable films from the Danish film studio Nordisk. All films with live accompaniment by Donald Sosin unless otherwise noted.
The Sky Ship (Himmelskibet) (1918), 83minDirected by Holger-Madsen
An aviator constructs a ship to travel to Mars, where a utopian society is discovered. A sort of Danish Voyage to the Moon, The Sky Ship boasts wonderful set design as well as a thinly veiled plea for peace during wartime.
I'm just in time to miss everything...

Friday, October 12, 2007

Plastic Nurse Loo-ee Vee

Although there was no rubber in sight, Marc Jacob's fall '08 collection for Louis Vuitton was nevertheless very exciting. Models paraded down the runway in transparent white gauze-like plastic retro-style nurse dresses accessorized with black lace surgical masks and the usual fabulous bags only %0.01 of the world's population can afford. Each model had a different letter on the front of her nurse's cap, spelling out L-O-U-I-S-V-U-I-T-T-O-N one after the other. The sherbet-colored dresses under the plastic nurse dress was also a nice effect.
I've got a serious weakness for all things medical. The nurse theme gets a bad rap among the ersatz-intellectual fetish elite for being boring and overplayed, but I still like it as long as the iterations are aesthetically pleasing. See, look at the big words I'm using. That makes my opinion better than yours. I'm kidding, I'm kidding.
All in all, the nurse uniforms in this collection are a nice interpretation of a standard fetish archetype. Be sure to check out the rest of the collection, too. [link above]

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Red Stockings on a Skinny Bitch

Found! in the May 2007 issue of Interview magazine [I know, I know, I'm a little behind on things], some skinny white chick in a pair of red latex rubber stockings throwing dead flower parts at us. The scan looks a little wonky because the magazine is printed on crappy newsprint.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Latex "Hsu"s for Everyone!

Norman Hsu, the convicted fraudster and Ponzi schemer who raised massive campaign funds for Hillary "vote for me 'cuz I've been thru a lot" Clinton and Barack "no relation to Osama, I swear" Obama, apparently had ties to the apparel industry in the 1980's, reported Women's Wear Daily. That's not so interesting in and of itself, but get this:

While numerous news reports have described him as a "sourcing executive" or "fashion industry executive," no one contacted by WWD was aware of his business activities since the late Eighties. He was accused in California of running a Ponzi scheme in the early Nineties under which he was buying latex gloves for resale, but ended up spending investors' money on himself according to published reports. Hsu pleaded no contest to one count of grand theft in 1992, agreeing to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine. -- WWD, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007 (subscription required)

See, this proves that you can never tell who's into latex. Or Ponzi schemes. I'm still waiting for Hillary to call about a latex pantsuit, though. I'm thinking lilac with a large lapel and no pleats on the front of the pants. Pleat-front pants make everyone look fatter than they already are.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Poll: What's the best fetish mag ever?

From now on, if the polls aren't too stupid, I'm going to post the results after they close. Anyone remember the "Which Simpson character would you least like to see in latex" poll? Moe won that dubious distinction, I think. I really wish I saved it.

Here are the results from last week's poll, "What's the best fetish magazine ever?"

Out of 16 votes,

00% chose Skin Two
43% chose Marquis/Heavy Rubber
12% chose Secret
31% chose Atomage
12% chose I don't know

Jeez, Skin Two got nothing. Even Secret got votes. I mean, they're all fine magazines, bastions of literary excellence. Oh, shit. I guess I just blew my chances of getting in either of them. Oops. I'm kidding, I'm kidding. Can I kid once in a while, or is the "scene" under an iron curtain with a sign saying "No Sarcasm Allowed"?

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Mechanical Muse: Hussein Chalayan FALL '07

In his Fall '07 r-t-w fashion show, Hussein Chalayan used latex rubber stockings in silver, pewter, and black to compliment his collection. Compliment is the key word here. It's a perfect and natural balance between the two; the latex doesn't stick out like a sore thumb at all, nor does it seem like it was an after thought. The fashion/fetish idiom has been reinvented successfully.

Then again, Chalayan's a frickin' genius. His designs are very mechanical, not in a modern industrial sense, but rather in an ancient Greek and Italian Renaissance context. Go see the video from the fashion show here. It's a fantastic show in every way and you will not be disappointed.

All pictures in this post were ganked from Go here to view the rest of the collection and here to see previous fashion shows.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

It's all Bush's fault!

Today I give you, my dear loyal readers, no pretty shiny pictures and no useful advice. Instead, I present you with violence.
Frustrated? Need to unwind? Why not put on a rubber Halloween mask and try to shoot up a school?

September 27, 2007
Who Was That Mask, Man?
By Sewell Chan

The police said Omeash Hiraman was wearing a mask yesterday afternoon when he was arrested on the campus of St. John’s University with a .50-caliber rifle, but there were conflicting reports about what kind of mask he was wearing.

We don’t mean to make light of a disturbing story. No one was hurt, but the campus was locked down for three hours; Mr. Hiraman, a 22-year-old freshman, is being arraigned today on weapon charges. But we are bothered by slippery details.

During and after the lock-down, rumors swirled on campus that the mask resembled President Bush or Michael Myers, the character from the “Halloween” series of horror-slasher films, according to Peter Doggett, 23, a first-year law student from Pittsford, N.Y.

Chris Benson, the 22-year-old St. John’s student who helped apprehend Mr. Hiraman, said he believed Mr. Hiraman was wearing a President Bush mask.

The police had a different theory. They said that Mr. Hiraman — who at points took off the mask — was wearing a rubber mask with the mouth portion cut away. They said it looked like former President Ronald Reagan or, perhaps, Fred Flintstone from the cartoon series.

So was the mask based on Bush, Reagan, Myers or Flintstone?

News reports couldn’t agree this morning.

The Times and The Daily News, citing the police and Mr. Hiraman’s lawyer, Anthony J. Colleluori, went with Flintstone.

The New York Sun, evidently relying on Mr. Benson, reported that it was “a rubber President Bush mask streaked in red with the mouth cut out.”
The New York Post dodged the issue, calling it simply “a creepy Halloween mask.”

Looking at the picture of the actual rubber mask, we have to say it looks vaguely familiar — and nothing like any of the choices above.

--Article from THEE New York Times online blog stuff
Is it just me, or does the mask look like Marv Albert?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Drying & Talcing Latex Garments

Taking proper care of your latex garments is one of those things many rubber enthusiasts talk about but, I suspect, very few actually practice in real life. I always come across the excuse that it takes too much time, and yada yada [insert your own B.S. excuse here]. So, you're basically telling me you spent $200+ on one garment alone, and after spending five hours at a party working up a sweat on the dance floor, you're gonna go home, peel it off, then crumple it up in a ball and toss it in your closet? Go right ahead. Waste your money. Don't come crying to me because all your latex smells like ass and looks like a truck ran over it.

I prepared a little photo demo showing you an easy, painless way to dry and talc your latex that takes only about five to ten minutes per garment including washing once you get the hang of it. Keep in mind that if you have to wash something with a lot of surface area, like a gown, it's going to take longer. It's a good, fast system that you can tailor to your own specific needs. [The only reason I didn't include a washing demo with photos is because I didn't have anyone to hold the camera while I was rinsing the garment, and I really didn't want to risk dropping the camera in the sink. Go here instead.]

Here's the star of our drying and talcing demo. She's an olive green halter top with hot pink trim by Betty LaBamba (of course!).

In the next photo, we see an wet garment turned inside out. [I'll do a washing demo sometime in the future if requested.] Basically, I just rinsed it in warm water without soap and used a soft sponge on the outside to remove the excess silicon polish. I'll break down this ridiculously easy process into steps for you.

Step #1: Turn the garment inside out, and place it on a clean, soft, dry towel. I usually start with the front of the garment. This will help save drying time since it will soak up much of the moisture on the back while you're drying the front. Have a few extra towels handy if you have a big job to do. Ever try to dry yourself off with a wet towel? [Look at the craftsmanship on the halter. Don't I do good work?]

Step #2: Get another soft, clean, dry towel, and start drying the garment. Concentrate on drying the seams first. However, if your garment has any grommet closures (aka lace-up or corset style) or zips, dry that area first, then go onto the seams. You don't have to scrub or press hard. Straight, gentle motions are fine. Don't worry too much about getting it exactly bone dry on the first go.

Step #3: Turn the inside out garment right side out. If it has been repeatedly shined, you will notice that the shiny outside of the garment dries faster than the rougher inside. Once again, concentrate on the seams then dry the rest. This time, be a little gentler with the towel so you don't accidentally scratch the surface.

Step #4: Next, make sure you got the garment as dry as possible (both inside and out) with the towel. You will know it's dry because it will feel dry to the touch and the latex material will have turned a lighter color. See this post again.

Step #5: Now it's time to talc it up like no tomorrow. Maybe I shouldn't have phrased it that way. You don't have to use a massive amount of talc--just enough to get the job done. I use a make-up brush to apply the talc. Note: don't use your wife's make-up brush. Use a new one without any make-up particles on it. You can buy one for cheap in any drug store.

With the make-up brush, you can get an even application. Once again, I like to start inside out, then turn it right side out. You don't have to talc the outside of the garment if you believe it's unnecessary, but I usually put on a light coating.

Here you can see the final results of our drying and talcing demo. It's all nice, clean, and ready for storage or another night out on the town.

Legal Disclaimer: Neither I nor Betty LaBamba are responsible if you somehow fuck up your garment in any way. It's all you. Don't blame me for shit. I spent hours putting this entry together for your benefit.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

House of Rubber #1

Since I haven't done any "vintage" posts in a very long time--and I'm experiencing a major extended brain fart--here's some classic rubber eye candy. Click on the links below to view House of Rubber No. 1 in its entirety. Dial-up peeps take notice: all scans average 600 x 800 pixels. Go to this post to see H.o.R. #3.

Big thanks to Rubberron for emailing me the scans!

Please leave a comment if there's any broken or mislabeled links. Anonymous comments are OK.

The content of the following pages is 18+ and is reproduced here for anthropological reasons. I warned you already; don't get offended if you get offended.

Page 1 (front cover)
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17 (my favorite out of the bunch)
page 18 (very cool pic)
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28
page 29
page 30 (back cover)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The IAR's going off the air... a frightening possibility.

If you love the IAR, visit it daily or almost every day, or even if you don't but can't imagine the internet without it, go and donate a bit moolah to keep it running. Anything you'll willing to give is great, whether it's ten bucks, twenty bucks, or even a hundred bucks. You can donate securely through PayPal. The IAR is a vast, gigantic site that takes an incredible amount of effort to keep it online. Although membership to the IAR is free, the upkeep of a website of such magnitude is definately not free! Show your love and support and donate. Don't let the motto change from "You are not alone!" to "You're on your own."

For those of you who have no idea of what I'm talking about, the IAR ( is the largest and oldest forum website dedicated to rubber, and membership is free. Within it's pages, you can find a wide range of rubbberlicious topics, from the psychology of rubber fetishism to random rubber sightings to high fashion to care tips and much, much more. Without a doubt, there's no other place on the web that offers you so much information and community support.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

New Betty LaBamba Latex Gear: Zip-Back Pencil Skirt

Introducing the Latex Basics Zip-Back Pencil Skirt by Betty LaBamba. This pencil skirt is crafted from sturdy 0.45/0.50mm gauge latex rubber sheeting and features a separating zipper closure in the back. (Yup, it zips apart for easier dressing.) Not only that, you can unzip it partially from the bottom up for easier walking, which comes in handy when you have to run after somebody to give 'em the beat down. The zipper itself is fully re-enforced and has a flap (or fly) behind it to prevent your flesh from getting caught in the zipper teeth. Available in sizes 2 thru 14. See the size chart here, and the color chart here.
Price: $150.00
Available base colors: black, metallic bronze, semi-trans black.
Available trim colors: black, white, semi-trans black.
Zipper available in black or white.
Email: bettylabamba[at]bettylabamba[dot]com to order.

Jennifer Lopez in Latex?

...not really, but it's close enough.

Found! in the Fashion Rocks supplement that came in the mail with my September issue of Vogue and Elle magazine: Jennifer Lopez, aka J-Lo, in a Dolce & Gabbana metal padlock corset and OMO Norma Kamali black leggings. The photo shoot details page in back of the magazine stated that the leggings are PVC. Too bad.

Monday, August 27, 2007

More Leggings and Other Things

Found! in the September '07 issue of US Vogue magazine: random rubber headgear and something like resembles rubber leggings. The photos reproduced below are part of the same spread as the first two in my last post.

In both photos, you can see some type of red latex rubber hat thingamajig placed under the real hats. Don't go crazy looking for these hats on Madison Avenue; my guess is that the stylist cut up a sheet of 0.45mm or 0.55mm red latex and artfully arranged the pieces under the model's hats. Stylists--good stylists at any rate--do that kind of thing when it's time to add extra oomph to the clothing.

The "lipstick-red" leggings are by OMO Norma Kamali, who's known for her fetish-friendly PVC and spandex leg wear. The blurb doesn't say what kind of material the leggings are made out of, but they sure do look like latex. It's hard to tell from just a picture because PVC and certain types of shiny spandex sometimes photograph like latex.

In the second picture, the red gloves certainly shine like latex, but judging from the thumb seam, I think they are patent leather. Neither the maker nor the material is indicated anywhere in the magazine.

Click on the pictures to make them bigger.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Rubber Box Fashion For Your Next Rubber Box Social

Found! in the '07 September issue of US Vogue magazine: a $858 boxy rubber shift dress I can't afford. The designer is Marni, who also did this jacket I wrote about in June. (I'm not linking to the Marni website because the site having major issues with my browser.)

The photo caption says the following:

BOLT FROM THE BLUE Beaver-fur mittens, a laminated rubber dress, and killer platform peep-toes create an electrifying ensemble; the cerulean stockings add even more voltage. Marni ebony dress [$858], mittens, and stilettos, Marni, NYC. Wolford tights.

And here's another rubber piece from Marni, this time an "onyx" rubber skirt at a mere $486. (Still complaining about the cost of rubber clothing, eh?) Vogue's fantastic caption writer tells us that "natural or synthetic--whatever the fabric, the more tactile, the better." I agree!

Let's come back to the first dress, since it's also featured in the Fashion Rocks supplement that came with the Vogue in a very oi! oi! old skool punk rock spread. This makes me wanna break out some Exploited and talk about the good old days.

Also note that the model in the striped mohair sweater/pull-over is wearing black latex leggings. So what's up with all the latex leggings in the fashion magazines? I could put it into some type of socio-economic-post-feminist-ersatz-intellectual context, but I don't wear a bow tie and sandals on a daily basis--and I like to think my readers can smell bullshit from a mile away. Here's my verdict: they're trendy and they look fucking cool with almost everything.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Dishwashing Glove Gardening + Caucasian China Feti-chic

Found! in the September 2007 issue of US Vogue magazine are two ads I think you will find interesting. Click on the pictures to full their full size.

The first one is an ad for that pictures a woman in evening wear pretending to do gardening while wearing--stay with me now--fuchsia rubber dishwashing gloves! It doesn't make much sense, but the photo looks very adorable and very elegant. Wouldn't it be a scream if all the starlet "it" girls began wearing brightly colored dishwashing gloves with their borrowed couture on the red carpet?

Next is an ad with a Blade Runner by way of Kill Bill theme for the RAZR cell phone . I think it says "RAZR 2" or "RAZR Z" on the bottom--the font's too screwed up for me to read. (Frankly, I don't give a crap what it says. Some of the buttons on my old RAZR phone started falling off, and I had to put scotch tape on the keypad to save them.) Too bad the outfit is not rubber; it's made out of some kind of PVC fabric. I can't tell exactly what material the accessories are made out of.