For the past couple of weeks I’ve had a temporary intern helping out at the studio. Today was her last day and she was looking through my product pictures album, telling me about the product she liked, when I thought it would be a great idea to get her to write a blog post about them. I think comparing the items to sweets was really clever and hope that she has an awesome time living and working in Berlin for the next few months.
I don’t usually feature posts by others but if you guys enjoy this, let me know and I will look out for other potential guest bloggers.
Candy Latex, pop and pastel colours.
Hi, My names Iasha Masood, and for the past two weeks I’ve been an intern at Eustratia, I have had an amazing two weeks here and got to see so much of the upcoming collection which you should all be super-excited about! I’ve learned so much and I’m so grateful for this lovely experience so I wanted to write a guest post about some of my favourite products from Eustratia! Now for the products!…
Some of the Eustratia products look good enough to eat. You shouldn’t eat latex, but in this blog post I’ll show you why I get hungry looking at some of Eustratia’s sexy designs!
The first piece is the Candy stripe bra in these delicious colours; it’s a playful and bold piece which can show off your fun side. The striped design actually accentuates your figure by making you appear taller (and look like a yummy piece of candy!) whilst the style of the cups gives an impression of a bigger bust. Over the years the Red white combination has been used so much, not just in lollipops and candy but it’s used for Valentine’s Day because it symbolises romance and sweet feelings.
The next one is the super sweet Bow bra, in Bubble-gum pink and light blue the colours look so yummy you could lick them! The bow bra is a simple bra featuring double straps and a design that helps to give a more pushed up look to your bust. The colour scheme is used a classic pastel combination famously used in those fizzy cola bottles that we all loved so much.
Saving the best until the last the mirror dress is one my favourite pieces. It’s a stunning flattering design featuring a reflection of a beautiful fantasy scene with butterflies, flowers and trees. Finished with Eustratia’s signature unicorns. A truly marvellous unique piece this one is not only stunning but its colours are absolutely lick-able featuring bubble-gum pink, mint, and yellow it almost look like you’re a pretty piece of wrapped up candy! This dress has hours and hours of delicate applique work done on it and is just one of the unique pieces from the reflections collection.
I recently realised that I haven’t had any regular features on here this year, so I thought it was about time to start a new one. I don’t have much free time at the moment so I decided to go for something fun and simple.
Each week I will post a “current obsessions” board with the 5 images that have been most inspiring/influential to me. These will include hair, make up, products, ideas and general inspirational images and will hopefully be fun for you guys to look at too.
This week I love grey-blue hair, burgundy eyeshadow, latex moth garters, bird cages full of fairy lights and Anhydrite.
This has been a while coming, but I wanted to write a post to introduce my new stockist, Hitome Adore.
The shop opened a few months ago and is situated on the second floor of Afflecks palace, Manchester’s premier alternative fashion market. It’s boutique-like feel makes it stand out from the other stalls and the eclectic mix of items make it well worth a visit.
At the opening we talked about the shop ethos and products on offer, tried on latex and gave people advise and even signed flyers for some excited school boys.
Hitome Adore is run by model Kira Krueger and TG Manchester promoter Frankie Knuckles and is also the official TG Manchester ticket vendor. They chose a dark but sumptuous look for the shop with dark striped wallpaper, damask curtains and dark wood vintage furniture, the shop name definition typed out on an old type writer is a nice touch to finish it off. My personal favourite item of furniture in the shop has to be the saddle chair, my current home decorating obsession has made me really appreciate quirky seating.
I was delighted to hear that they wanted Eustratia as the main brand, I’ve always enjoyed introducing new customers to latex, incorporating current trends into my collections and mixing latex with different fabric and textures, so making more wearable items to appeal to a more mainstream audience sounded like an idea that would lend it’s self well to my label.
Aside from the Eustratia range they also stock some latex accessories from Arcanum, chainmail accessories by Richard Ayres and a selection of wigs in various colours and cuts. Frankie Knuckles also has some of his own artwork displayed in the shop.
Images by John Clarke and Frankie Knuckles
LatexGirlsHD captured a video of what we got up to at the opening along with some info about the range and the shop in general.
I can finally share the lookbook images from my most recent Eustratia collection, Persephone. Persephone is my first lingerie range and I’m really pleased with it, I think all the outfits are equal, despite their differences and I really couldn’t choose a favourite. I chose the name to reflect the half dark, half light element or range and the natural influences that occur throughout.
This shoot was brought together by an amazing team and I’m very lucky to have had them all on board, especially since I pulled the shoot together in a short amount of time.
Images: Ian McManus photography
Model: Victoria Fairbrother
Hair: Johnny Scissorhands
MUA: Seth David Rodriguez
Some styles are already available to purchase on the site and the gallery can be viewed here.
I’ve admired Gary Crozier‘s doll-like portraits for some years, since I was first asked to collaborate on a shoot with him. We have since made contact but didn’t manage to arrange anything so it was a nice surprise to get a message from him, nearly 2 years later, saying he was coming to Manchester and would like to shoot.
I thought his style would lend it’s self well to my new lingerie range, Persephone, which features a mixture of light and dark, delicate and edgy designs.
We shot in my studio and I invited 2 of my favourite girls to join in, Amber and Hannah. If you follow my work you should already be able to recognise them.
We had our hair tied back during the shoot and at the end Gary took close up pictures of twisted sections of our hair, which he then used to create the crazy, elaborate hairstyles you see in the pictures.
I’m really pleased with the results, I think Gary did a great job with the background and making each model look like an individual character. I really think these would make a good post card set. If anyone fancies themselves as a Gary Crozier doll, you can get a quote and some info here.