The other day I had this great conversation with tumblr user JdoggieX about how great it would be to get a latex outfit built in the style of Tron: Legacy. You can certainly pick up something in that style from some latex companies like Latex Catfish. However, without actually installing lights into the suit, it’s difficult to achieve the similar glowing effect seen in the movie visuals.
The two main options that we decided on were to choose a really light colour (white, light blue, etc.) that would show up really well against the backdrop of black latex. The other option is to go with metallic colours that catch the light and shimmer a bit in regular light. Neither of us really know what would be the best choice.
Regulation provides one additional option (though you’d have to request a specially made Tron suit) in their recent addition of fluoro-colour latex. Take their new Reactor Suits for example. The coloured latex is formulated in such a way that it reacts to UV black lights (the ones you find at night clubs that make gin and tonics look oh so cool). Were it not for the insane heat and dripping sweat, it would be so cool and amazing to see a guy in a glowing latex Tron suit dancing up a storm at the the next Rubbout party or other event (yes, that is product placement).
You all know that I love cycling, and I have one addition option (not tried on latex yet). Sugoi, a Vancouver area cycle gear designer, recently released this new reflective jacket that shines incredibly brightly when a bit of regular light is flashed on it. It achieves this affect by installing little glass particles discreetly into the fabric. Maybe something similar can be done with latex? That way, you could could shine like a star without having a black light following you around all day!
We’re getting this weird and unexpected snow here in Vancouver today. All my poor plants have been busy producing new growth after the last unexpected freeze, and I can just see them thinking, “Not again…”.
In such trying times as this, I can imagine this hooded shirt from Eustratia might help keep warm and dry in the snow. Haha, I’m kidding of course. Latex doesn’t seem to keep warmth in very well, and also gets extremely sweaty and wet on the inside. You’d die of hypothermia pretty quick if you wore this out in winter…but at least you’d look good doing it?
Long time followers will remember that I have this weird fixation with sleeveless hoodies, whether they are latex or otherwise. I like Eustratia’s design, with the slightly tapering torso for a tight fit, and the small arm holes. The middle panel of the hood also helps the hood sit nicely on one’s head, and prevents it from looking too pointed. Creating the hood can be a tricky thing, as your chosen cut can change the look from a broad executioner’s cowl to a pointed cult fanatic hood, to a tight speed skating type hood. I’m hoping to make something like this for myself with the latex that I purchased over the winter holidays, and I’m going to go for a functional hood cut that doesn’t droop over my eyes, but can be worn comfortably.
Shooting #bishop today with @altovenue and @alinnfresh #marvel #xmen #daysoffuturepast
I know it has only been a few days since it was originally posted, but it is a darn shame that this great Bishop latex cosplay from AdalaClothing only has 3 notes! I find it really lovely to see latex cosplay that deviates from the usual suspects (i.e. spiderman, venom….err. I guess it’s mostly these two that I see).
I guess I don’t know or follow comics as much as I’d like to and most of what I remember was from the X-men animated series. If I remember correctly, Bishop was running around trying to kill Professor X. See, Bishop was from a horrible future and his memories, which were a bit messed up from time-travel, suggested that it was all Prof X’s fault. His power is to absorb energy and redirect it, which is kind of suiting for a bouncy latex outfit.
I’m probably wrong about all this stuff, so hopefully some clever comic person corrects me on this.
***I noticed that I layed out this post in a confusing manner. The pictured leggings from The Blonds spring/summer 2013 fashion show. The pants I refer to first are those from Eustratia shown in the previous post.***
I had a couple people respond to my previous post about the skinny, baggy pants from Eustratia:
and I’m kind of glad I’m not the only one that took issue with those pants. Then again, it may be worth reevaluating your life decisions if you’re taking fashion advice from a botanist, an economist and a science undergrad. I mean, what does a botanist know about fashion? They would probably suggest wearing cedar bark fibre skirts and braided hemp, tie-dyed shirts.
Since we’re talking fashion, however, I thought I’d show you something that came across my dash ages ago. Here we have model River Viiperi walking for The Blonds spring/summer 2013 fashion show. He’s sporting what looks like “battleship grey” latex leggings (probably 0.33mm, judging by the way they hug the model’s legs). In this photo, the designer has decided to go with skin tight latex, rather than attempt a saggy/tight fusion….probably a good idea. Does this work better for you? Maybe it’s the shirt that will get the negative comments this time.
It’s that time of year again…the daylight hours slowly lengthen, and previously empty calendars fill with events. The hordes gather and roll in one bus load at a time. The school term has begun again.
What a better way to make an impression with your peers, professors and kinky minded TAs than with this super smart looking Latex Blazer from Eustratia. Attractive but casual, this jacket is also waterproof and sure to keep the Westcoast rain off, and your sweat in :p. In the photo, it is paired with the Harem Pants, which don’t really appeal to me. The loose baggy fit above is supposed to make it more comfortable and casual, but they don’t seem to match with the tighter leggings below.
If the funds were available, I’d pick up the blazer for myself, but I’ve got student fees to pay! Don’t let that stop you, much of the clothing from Eustratia is on sale right now :)
I just checked out my own blog and to my horror, it’s just been me, me, me and me for the past week! I mean, how narcissistic can I get?
The clear the air of my ugly mug, let’s check out the Captain’s Jacket from The Baroness. This jacket looks sturdy, and heavy weight (maybe 0.8mm latex?), which is a nice texture contrast to the thin and skintight stuff. I noticed that where the buttons have been installed, the latex is reinforced, which probably means they are functional buttons. I really like the use of the loose latex belt made in a contrasting colour. It is probably just a shined up cut of latex, but I feel like it suits the overall outfit very well. On the other hand, the ruffled purple shirt is not to my taste and I’m just going to pretend there is just a naked torso under the jacket.
Anyway, I’m going to be away here and there during the holiday so I can’t promise regular updates. I’ll try my best though!
***shoutouts today to swamibooba - apparently my thighs have the ability to make his friends gasp (hopefully in a good way). I’m glad that I finally have a super power :). Mikewhitesbastard - re:scouts uniforms, I am going to look and find the best latex shirt and little scarf combo for this outfit. As for merit badges, for now you can only get them at my place…you’ll have to come over and earn them ;). littleerrors - I’m glad you find that photo sexy. Looking forward to seeing more from your tumblr!***
Oh dear, with all the latex videos, contest news and ask responses, I feel like I haven’t posted a latex review in ages! Speaking of the contest, you’ve still got a couple more days before the contest closes. Enter the contests by following the instructions here.
Anyway, what’s a better way to bring back the latex reviews than with another brilliant design from Eustratia? The Shoulder Pad Top comes with an eerie, stylized crow skull applique on the side, and multi-texture shoulder pads. I quite like the three dimensional aspect of the shoulder pad design and would love to see it up close and in person to see how it’s made. Also, the applique is quite an interesting design that isn’t too cliche or tacky. You’ll also notice that the latex is not super shiny, and rather takes on more of a matte look. It seems the purpose of this is to move away from the usual skintight, super shiny latex, and go for a more casual street wear look. Of course, the lively shoulder pads kind of take away from that effect.
Eustratia’s line is currently all 20% off, so take this chance to pick out some fun designs while you can.
There has been way too my ugly mug on this blog lately, so why don’t we oogle over the Mirror Jeans from Florian’s Latex.
I like the appearance of the metal studs on these jeans. They draw the eye, but aren’t over the top like spikes on a leather jock, for example. I do wonder, though, if the inner backing of the studs feel uncomfortable against one’s skin after extended wear. I should also note that depending on the material of the studs, they may also stain certain colours of latex. As much as I like these jeans, I can’t figure out why they are called the mirror jeans. All latex is shiny when lubed up, so that doesn’t make sense. Maybe it’s because the studs are mirrored on the jeans?
Anyway, I am again away for the weekend because it’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. There are lots of fun things in the pipeline for the next few weeks. I’m going to start working on a simple “Cjros answers questions while wearing latex” video, though no one ever asks me questions (hint hint), so I might just end up doing one of those accent games. Eventually I’ll also do the latex baking video, followed by a demo on mixing lube on the cheap. Aside from that, my rubberman around the house photos will slowly be released and you’ll get to see ever exciting photos of me washing dishes in latex. So yeah….lots to look forward to seeing. Hope you all have a great weekend, and send me some questions to answer! Please?
***I’m going to start leaving little call outs in my headers to people who have left little comments for me. The first such callout is to cybergothboy. Thanks for the kind words! Send me a message sometime!***
I am so behind the times! I first saw Eustratia’s new line of men’s latex clothing on rubbercanuck’s blog, then again on rubberdan’s tumblr. It’s pretty clear that I’m not doing a very good job as a latex fashion blogger.
Haha, fortunately this is my Tumblr and I can do what I want with it. Eustratia’s new men’s line is designed to avoid the “cliches” of men’s latex. What does this mean exactly? More baggy things, no jockstraps or cod pieces, and generally not for play but for fashion. In their own words:
The range, co-designed by Richard Ayres consists of a mixture of streetwear and vintage inspired pieces that don’t conform to men’s latex cliches and are closer to what modern men are used to wearing on a day to day basis. This hopefully makes customers that are new to latex more comfortable when exploring the material. A lot of the styles are not skin tight, especially on the bottom half, allowing for freedom in movement and comfort.
I think for a lot of people, the tightness of rubber is the main consideration. I think there is a lot to be said of the feeling of loose rubber brushing up against your skin. Old school rubber was all thick, loose and industrial stuff, so I’m sure an old guard fellow could speak more on this matter. Personally, I like this new range. It combines features together that I wouldn’t normally expect, lending for a fresh and novel look. It would definitely be fun to wear these out in public and see what sort of reaction one would get.
Anyway, here are some more words about Eustratia.
Eustratia is a creative new brand currently focusing on the design and manufacture of latex clothing and mixed media accessories. All latex items are hand crafted with care, using quality materials. We offer a wide range of latex colours as well as an exclusive range of fusion fabrics, trims and applique designs. Our aim is the exploration of antithesis, the combination of the unlikely and the interpretation of beauty. We hope our products will enable people to face reality protected and confident. Our vision is aimed towards individuals who wish to express themselves through their appearance, amplifying their beauty and enhancing their personality in order to convey a message. We dream of a world where the beauty and decadence of the past are combined with the posibilities and mystery of the future. ETHOS Eustratia is run soley by creative director and designer Stacey Black. All items are hand made in the UK in small quantities, utilising quality materials. The point of setting up this site was, of course, to sell clothes and make the Eustratia vision available to everyone so please bear the following in mind regarding the pricng and types of products available for purchase: The profit margin on the products sold here is low, no one is getting rich off this but in order to continue or possibly even grow(!) there needs to be enough revenue involved for someone to survive without going insane. Of course it is impossible for a small independent brand to compete with the prices generated by the world of fast fashion, especially where intricate detailing and exclusive designs are involved. Anyone seeking the cheapest product around should probably look elsewhere. Having said that, we do aim to make our products as widely accessible as possible and always offer good value for money.
Whenever I’m not quite sure what to post, I find Rubaddiction to be a pretty good fall back. Today we’ve got their simple shirt with 1/2 arm sleeves. Available in many colours, the button down front allows for a tighter fit in the latex. You can also see that the piece is made from many panels: at least 4 in the front and sides, panels for the arms and another for the shoulders. This allows the garment to have a much more flattering fit over the body of the wearer.The downside, of course is there are more seams to irritate the skin. These kind of details are important to consider when picking up latex items. I think the only think I would prefer a slightly stronger collar. Other designers like Latex101 have achieved this by using a thicker latex for the collar, which allows it to stand up properly, rather than flop downward.
In exciting news, I’m heading down to Seattle this Thursday for a hangout with the ever popular twohandstochoke. Any other awesome tumblrs around that want to hang out? Also, does anyone know the names and functions of the kitchen utensils in the background of this photo?