As Warhol managed with his art, his magazine skirted the trendy as much as the serious, from politics to visual art to film to literature. And despite some financial troubles of late—some seemingly still not completely resolved—the paper magazine beloved by so many is relaunching with a September issue.
Last week Kylie Jenner stepped out in West Hollywood in a skin tight latex dress. The tightness of the ensemble was most noted—reporter Lauren Adhav in a Cosmopolitan piece claims it was the tightest latex dress she has ever seen—but as we all know, just about squeezing into our alternate wardrobe pieces is so the point, and such the tactile delight, of wearing what we wear.
The continued championing of alternative wardrobe pieces and avant-garde style accessories keeps brands like Dawnamatrix to the forefront of modern fashion. Celebs wearing our wares, even just a mention from a Kim Kardashian, is some of the very best advertising we could ever hope for. These moments for us specifically, married with the upward trajectory general mainstreaming of latex in the past few years-from reported cosplay wear to celebs like Kim strutting in bodysuits across red carpets, to styles seen in “American Horror Story”-has truly made latex so popular.
We’d like to profess some acute forethought that the Kylie Jenner Interview Magazine piece would make such a splash…that we’d know it would even court controversy as we reported in our last blog. But when Interview contacted us they did not mention who we would be dressing, nor did they let us in on the concept photographer Steven Klein was planning, a homage to Hatstand, Table and Chair. But as is our want, we did manage a bit of research over the particular garments we were sending and low and behold it became apparent that we were contributing to a pop art legacy. Little did we know until we saw the pictures this week that the living doll to be used here was none other than Kylie Jenner and that the pictures would turn out as wonderful as they did…with so much of our stuff used!
Photos of Kylie Jenner posing in bondage gear, lying in a box, being held in a rigid ‘chair like’ pose, certainly pay homage to Allen Jones infamous Hatstand, Table and Chair trio of erotic sculptures. As with lots that tickles our more prurient sensibilities (even if it be high art) Jones’ pieces were met with harsh criticism when exhibited in 1970-lots of feminists simply did not take well to women being portrayed as furniture-but have to come to be regarded as a high water mark of 60’s expression. Jones was even contacted by Stanley Kubrick at the time to contribute similar pieces to Kubrick’s soon-to-be-completed A Clockwork Orange (a high water mark for fetishists to be sure) but when no payment was offered Jones demurred, instead giving the famous director permission to expand on Hatstand, Table and Chair’s concept in his own Kubrick-ian furniture for the Korova Milk Bar scene in Clockwork.
The “In The Air” piece, photographed by Fabien Baron and styled by Karl Temper, features models in fishnets and sequins, “Urbane Streetwear and Parisian Sensibility,” Louis Vuitton dresses, supermodel Kaia Gerber showing off her wild hair in two shots, and a Gucci “Nerd Heritage” shoot. There are also a couple of well-placed nudes, some landscape pictures and two distinctive pairings…very distinctive for us. In the photo entitled “Slick” our collar and gloves are matched with Dior’s new leather trench and in the shot with Chanel’s quilting styles, we once again provide the gloves.
As we mentioned last week before that blog/announcement about our Cyber Monday sale (did you get to avail yourself of something new from our Space and Time collection or anything else at 20% off?) Dawnamatrix was nominated as Designer of the Year in the Boston Fashion Awards Swimwear/Intimate category.