On March 4, I was invited to appear on E! Entertainment’s Pop of the Morning as a latex expert to respond to the viral images of Kim Kardashian wearing latex from Balmain’s newest collection. As usual, great opportunities seem to come at the most inopportune time (this time, near the end of a 2-week marathon of working on many incredible outfits for clients and for me for the Texas Latex Party; the day before leaving for TLP; and not having the time to wash my hair or do my nails! Not to mention, first thing in the morning!)
But of course I said yes. It was brief, and while spreading the gospel of latex I still managed to be tactful, I thought. Despite the time constraint I did get host Scott Tweddie into our men’s Captains jacket, in which he looked great!
The Texas Latex Party (TLP) is one of my favorite American dress events. Each year we create custom outfits for attendees, many of whom have won awards for best dressed latex female, male, or couple. While designers are exempt from these titles, this year I felt it was my turn. So I devised a plan.
Thursday night I couldn’t resist the play on words “Big Top” (Dominatrix/circus tent), so basic black with ponies was the solution. The next day, for my latex lecture, I introduced color with some tastefully placed polka dots.
For Friday night’s party we started to roll out the color: pink and blue with contrasting polka dots and stripes. Hooped and horsehair skirts provided dimensions and movement not usually associated with latex. And we topped it off with tiny clown hats and makeup. Such fun outfits to wear and dance in!
The Carnival theme thrilled me! I love color and costumes! My brain danced with visions and kaleidoscopes of colours! For maximum impact, I contacted long-time client Don and his lady friend Cheyanne to join me and my chief executioner, Persephone in my plan.
For Saturday’s’ carnival games we united with a color scheme of pearl sheen green and purple (Don just happened to already have the perfect outfit). Nothing custom here—all off-the-rack designs here with a variety of added details.
Saturday night we entered the ballroom in our rainbow of latex colours, feathers and lace. We were a beacon in a sea of black and red! The theme was inspired by my custom design for Cheyanne, with both of us as “Showgirls”, and Don and Persephone as our complementary escorts (We made Dons’ jacket but can’t take credit for either his pants or latex mask).
When the awards were announced did win— in a brand new category: Best Latex Group!
I was invited by the Fashion Committee of The National Arts Club to speak on Latex in Fashion on Feb 7 at their NYC clubhouse.
The enthusiastic, standing-room-only crowd gave me a warm welcome, and seemed interested in more than the fashion side of latex!
While the event was live-streamed on Facebook, this video is a bit easier to watch. Coming soon, the question-and-answer segment that followed my presentation.
On behalf of the fashion committee, I would still like to thank you again for bringing not only such an interesting and unique program to the club, but also your great sense of humor and grace. I can assure you it was one of the most popular programs we have ever had, and I heard many people still talking about it in the club during this week – that does not happen often! We can surely talk about future collaborations.
Nina Urban, National Arts Club
Thanks to The National Arts Club for providing many excellent photos, including these (and more in the video):