A gap in the clouds

Manchester is known for its cloudy skies and constant drizzle so when you get sunny days in March, it’s pretty much compulsory to take pictures. It was particularly nice to not have to carry a jacket around!

house1house2 copyhouse3house6house7house5        Cardigan: Topsho

  Top: Topshop

Skirt: H&M

Leggings: Ebay

Boots: Irregular choice

Accessories: Richard Ayres

Body jewellery: bodyjewelleryshop

Images by Richard Ayres

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Shooting for Jessica Wilcock #1

Model and artist, Jessica Wilcock, who has previously featured on here as a model, has recently started making spiked accessories out of straps of faux leather.

I got the opportunity to wear and style some of the pieces during a shoot we collaborated on. I decided to shoot the pieces in two sets with contrasting styling. Today I will share the first but there is also a darker, post-apocalyptic style set which will I will post when I have decided on the final images.

jesscollarspike bra 2spike braspike bra 3Jessica’s designs can be viewed and purchased on her etsy store.

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Flower tribe.

I’ve been inspired to create a pastel image set with with tribal influences for nearly a year now and finally had some free time to play around. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use some of my new Bodyjewelleryshop.com pieces in a shoot.

I love trying out new types of body jewellery and the items featured in this set are some of my current favourites.

269b6bae77e511e3b9410edc7135ac19_8Pink synthetic opal ball which I just slot into one of my large septum rings.

3890ab34701111e3af5d121b1d436492_8Blackline internally theaded disk.

d606ec7677e511e392091200855e15e3_8Iridescent crystal labret stud.

a7f16d266ffb11e380210e73a1281d84_8Clear glass plug.

Most of these where sent to me by Bodyjewelleryshop.com (which was super nice of them) but I also included a couple of items from my personal collection, as I do use their site frequently.

To complete the look I added an oversized jewellery set I made myself out of latex, faux pearls and flowers. Though I make stuff nearly every day, I still enjoy putting together costume pieces for shoots and shows.

The flower harness and stripey bralet are part of the upcoming spring range for Eustratia and should be on sale in the near future. I’d love to know what you think of them!

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You see more of my modelling work on my page and the images were taken in my home studio, where we will soon be hosting shoots and model days, by Richard Ayres who has also just finished a fantastic headpiece that will feature in one of our shoots soon. BLOG SIGNATURE

VAU VAU Part II: Fashion Circus, the show!

Toria Brightside knows how to put together an event. Vau Vau was good last year but it was evident that the concept had been ironed out at the edges and the execution was more professional, while still remaining fun and full of character. A fashion show promoting sense of style and independent designers.

I got help with the stall because I knew that I would hardly have a change to be there.

1385979_10152283658513868_57482695_nThis is my mum in a latex blazer. I think it suits her.

One of the designers pulled out at the past minute, giving me the opportunity to showcase a few pieces from my upcoming non-latex range, Vanguard. I used chainmail pieces by Richard Ayres to add edge and detail to the outfits and I thought the worked really well together.

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My favourite part of the show was still the finale though. The dolls house, created and erected by Richard Ayres was used as a backdrop for the whole show but was only functional for the finale. A lot of guests commented on the fact that it puzzled them for the whole night and I liked that added element of intrigue.

The presentation and subsequent range was inspired by dolls and the show started with a pair of models draped in sheer fabric (evoking a dust sheet), as if they had been left in a forgotten room for a number of years.

The second pair of models appeared from inside the dolls house in much more current but still doll-inspired outfits and proceeded to uncover the first set of models before walking down the catwalk.

The rest of the models emerged and descended at regular intervals. Two held ornate trays filled with dried petals which the scattered along the catwalk as the went and rest carried vintage bird cages, hanging off poles and filled with fairy lights and flowers or ivy.

My girls had Make up by Jack Tyson and nails by Vamp.

Models in order of appearance: Tessa Burton (vauhaus), Lauren feather (vauhaus), Vex Ashley, Bethany Lauren (vauhaus), Jennifer Joint, Amber Dennet, Briony rose, Harlotte Wonderland, Asphazia, Biomechanina.

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VauVau (14 of 50)VauVau (20 of 50)VauVau (21 of 50)VauVau (24 of 50)VauVau (33 of 50)VauVau (36 of 50)All Images by Emily bailey of ENB photography, who also reviewed the event on her blog. I had a lot to write about my own involvement but if you’d like to see more of some of the other designers you could also check out Vague.  

I especially loved the magical video by NVS Films, it really captured the atmosphere of the show.

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Hitome Adore

This has been a while coming, but I wanted to write a post to introduce my new stockist, Hitome Adore.

Hitome adore openingThe 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.

734115_574855985872883_2073020654_n734115_574855989206216_110205076_n540856_574859032539245_1694240742_nI 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.

734115_574855982539550_993773785_n947195_10152869286200002_770012435_n                              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.

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