Summer hair inspiration 2013

The weather has been so cold around here recently that I’m pretty sure summer is canceled this year. I’m actually pretty sure I haven’t gotten any proper wear out of my summer clothes in the 9 years I’ve been living in the UK. Maybe London was a bit better but Manchester is pretty grey and wet.

All of this serves to make holidays more exciting. Last year I was so desperate to get away that I didn’t put much effort into my appearance and I regretted it when I saw the pictures. I was most unhappy with my hair on/after the beach so I decided to have a think about some interesting hair styles that might also look good when my hair is wet and after my it has faded from the sun/sea. It’s really difficult to maintain light coloured hair in that sort of climate.

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The Manopsychotisches Ballroom

The time has come to launch the much awaited, Eustratia lingerie range (which I have been working on for a few months now and I’m really pleased with) and I’m excited to be launching it at the event that I’m co-hosting with my stockist at TG Manchester promoter Frankie Knuckles.

The event is called The Manopsychotisches Ballroom and will feature art, performance, fashion and fetish elements, hopefully attracting a diverse and interesting (but not seedy) crowd.

The picture of my on the flyer is by a lovely set with SJImage which I can hopefully share with you soon.

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Manchester
Sat 25th May
9pm-2am
2022NQ
20/22Dale Street, Manchester M1 1EZ (Nearest Station: Manchester Picadilly)

The new lingerie range has a vintage twist while still retaining key Eustratia features and contemporary details. The styling I have chosen will contrast will the arty and industrial feel of the venue so we wanted to tie these elements together through the show. We have planned a guerrilla inspired, art-installation style fashion show where men will build and then dismantle part of a wall to reveal the models and then roll out turf for them to walk into the crowd on.

2f906c10be3a11e2be2c22000a9f391c_7Here’s a sneaky peek of the lingerie range line-up just to give you a vague idea but I’m not releasing the full color-scheme.

The range won’t be added to the online store till it has been professionally photographed but I will be taking orders at the launch.

Full event line-up and ticket info:

Edgy Kabaret Shows by:
Cervena Fox

Latex Couture Fashion Show by:
Eustratia Latex Couture

Live art Performance:
New Aktionists Kris Canavan & Nick Kilby

Club House
Ballroom

Multi-Screen Arts visuals and installations,
Promoted Fantasy Dress Code – Explore Your Imagination!
Fantasy * Fetish * SM * Latex * Body Art * Drag * Burlesque * Uniform * Medical * Militaria * Berlin Kabaret * Boudoir * Moulin Rouge * Venice Carnival * Circus Side Show * Top Hat & Tails * Surrealism * Steam Punk etc
No Cameras / No use of Mobile Phones /
Advance Tickets: 8
Manchester Shop Outlets @ Afflecks Palace M4 1PW:
HITOME adore
On The Door: 10

Questions regarding the event can be directed to myself and Frankie Knuckles.

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The origin of monsters

I’ve admired Daniella Jaine’s dreamy photos for some time now and I had a feeling we could produce something amazing if we worked together.

I got in touch and after a few emails, some cheap gay village cocktails and amazing tea and scones we had a basic idea for a concept. As with a lot of shoots, the theme changed slightly as we realised the logistics and characters. We originally talked about a mythology theme which I was going to keep some ties with regarding the characters, but as the sets got bigger I decided the outfits needed to fit in rather than have a separate meaning of their own so I’m keeping the mythology inspiration for an other time. I think it can be hard to separate all the inspiration and features I want to use into shoots and choose which one it would look best in but I’m happy about the decisions I made here.

We were working towards two sets for the shoot with two outfits per set.

Set 1, The tree house.

The feel of the tree house set was jovial, mischievous and playful in natural shades and decorated with interesting trinkets.

Daniella’s inspiration was based on tree houses and “where the wild things are” so I decided to ask my friend Amber (who is also modelling with me in this set) if we could shoot at her family home, where they already had a reasonable sized tree house that we could add to, instead of making something entirely from scratch and then trying to put it in a tree. We were lucky to be able to shoot here, it made things a lot easier for both sets.

I made all the hair pieces myself, as usual. These were made by recycling stuff I had used for previous shoot. If you remember my chicken wire horns tutorial, the black hat I’m wearing in the first set was made out of one of these and a cheap black wig. Then I used the remaining chicken wire and some kanekalon hair to make the wig that Amber wore.

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My boyfriend agreed to make the wall and door to add to the tree house so I bought him some sticks to play with. He normally makes chainmail and jewellery but can also take other commissions, you can view his work here. We ended up with a round window reminiscent of a hobbit hut. This was totally unrelated to the initial tree house inspiration pictures but we thought it would fit in more with the “where the wild things are” influence and also the name Danniella chose for the set, “The origin of monsters”. The door was made out of cardboard that I collected from the move, we were worried about how it would look at first but Rik painted it to achieve the desired effect. In the end I could really imagine beautiful monsters meeting in this tree house for tea.

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2013-04-01 14.45.07 The finished tree house set was then decorated with various beautiful trinkets that Daniella brought and some flowers and fabric that I had from previous shoots.2013-04-01 16.06.31

The large window was very useful to shoot through. 2013-04-01 16.07.30The final images:

mosters 2Daniella jaine mosters 1Daniella jaine monsters 2daniella jaine monsters 4Though latex, I wanted these outfits to be different from the type of stuff I usually make and most importantly, silhouettes not usually associated with latex. I chose to make a handkerchief hem dress with a pleated bust and waist-belt and an a-line strapless dress with a loose fitting, cropped t-shirt. Though quite different I thought they complemented each other and I added continuity in the form of a matching colour block detail. daniella jaine monsters 5I also loved my oversized earrings, I made them as an experiment but I might give an other pair a go now.daniella jaine monsters 3The beautiful, make up in these sets was done by Laura Wilson, if you follow my work you should be familiar with her, she never disappoints!

 

Set 2, the hanging bed.

The hanging bed set is dreamy, romantic and a little creepy.

Initially I didn’t have much to go on for this set. It started with the crazy notion that while my bedroom was being redecorated and I was sleeping at the studio, it would be the perfect opportunity to dismantle my bed and take it somewhere it could be suspended from a tree! Most people laughed when I told them about my idea but it pays to have a dad with a big car willing to drive you places, a boyfriend who knows his knots and a best friend with an awesome garden. It would have been a lot more difficult to achieve this without them.

Even after we had worked out the logistics and bought some very thick rope, I wasn’t quite sure how to tie my floating bed in with the story. I have seen pictures of beds hanging on rope online before but I wanted this to have some sort of meaning. Eventually, a few days before the shoot I was looking though my trims box when inspiration stuck. A lot of artists say they get inspiration from the most random places and this was one of these moments. The initial idea was that I was going to create soft monsters, with soft trims, that would match the bedding, then I came up with the concept of “dream monsters”. When we met up Danniella told me that the tree house had come to her in a dream and this was mine.

The dream monsters were to have lace horns and wear pyjamas and lingerie.

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2013-04-01 14.44.20Rik tying the bed up.

2013-04-01 15.01.52When the bed was finally up we added some lanterns. It was quite a windy day so I had to tie the bedding on to stop it flying off and getting dirty.

2013-04-01 18.34.39In some of the pictures it doesn’t look that high off the ground but it was high enough and we needed a ladder to get up there, the bed was also tilted so it was easier to photograph and we needed to perch on the back of it so as not to slide off. We also had to watch out movements and the bedding had to be pulled back up a couple of times during the shoot because it was slipping down the bed, making it hard for us to balance.

2013-04-01 18.20.37Of course we did some shots on the ground first, in case the bed collapsed as soon as we got on it!

2013-04-01 18.16.40It was a cold day and we wore our dressing gowns for as long as possible in between shots.

32385_481941581872979_150128865_nand we were finally on the bed!

2013-04-01 18.35.59I also love this one with the lace sheet.

The final images:

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