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.