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Gallery: Bibian Blue, Designer of the Week!

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Bibian Blue is the name of well-known clothing designer whose line is inspired by vintage style, glamour and the world of fetish attire. She opened her centric Barcelona shop in 2000, and the quality of her designs quickly won her fans and popularized the line, which combines the pin-up aesthetic of Betty Page, with elements that borrow freely from the past and theatrical burlesque-style costumes. Over the years, the Bibian Blue shop has turned into a must-see spot for lovers of elaborate corsets, surprising style and pure, over-the-top visual spectacle.

The shop is small but the lay-out is comfortable and the decoration has a lovely vintage Versailles touch to it. The attendants are friendly and patient, which is important, because they often must accompany clients to the fitting rooms to assist them in the complicated process of lacing and adjusting that getting into a corset implies. The store’s top attraction is its line of elaborate, delicate and elegant corsets, adorned with embroidery, feathers, brocade, lace and gauze. They aren’t cheap, but they are very high quality, and can be custom made to meet the demands of any client within a few days time. The shop also has a studio so they can make custom-made corsets, dresses, skirts and bags, and also sells accessories.

Another section of the shop is perhaps not so spectacular but a bit more wallet-friendly, and features t-shirts with a wide variety of designs. You can find t-shirts dedicated to musical groups, cult movies and shows, Goth designs or fetish references, but if you find something you like, snap it up quick, because what’s on offer is always changing. The majority of Bibian Blue’s clothing is designed for women but there is also a section of the shop where you can find some men’s items, like synthetic leather shirts, vinyl pants or leather vests, which, while not cheap, are a good value for the price.

Lately, the designs of Bibian Blue have been appearing in parties, fashion shows and fetish and burlesque events throughout Barcelona and the rest of Europe, as well as on the covers of such magazines as Calle 20, Move, Time Out and Sexologies. So if you consider yourself a lover of elegant, sexy style, it’s easy to admire her designs up-close.

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Gallery: Maya Hansen Corsets

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

We featured Maya’s handywork not too long ago so when we came across her latest work we were beside ourselves.

Maya Carbajal Alex-Hansen is the daughter of an Argentinian father and a Danish mother, who graduated with honors at the CSDMM (school of fashion design) in Madrid, Spain and created the brand Maya Hansen in 2004. Initially, her work focused around gothic aesthetics.

Everything changed when Maya Hansen became a corsétière in 2006. The focus of all her collections is this extraordinary piece of clothing. She dedicates her time not only to the design of corsets but also to the investigation of corset technique based on patterns, materials and textiles from the beginning of 20th century. Using only the best quality textiles and materials, Maya Hansen makes her corsets a unique and in many cases unrepeatable piece, manufactured with great care and love for detail.

Based in Madrid, Maya Hansen is available in Spain, UK, USA, Japan, Switzerland, France, Netherlands and Lithuania – but as yet she is unavailable here in Australia. That doesn’t mean we can’t still drool and dream of wearing one of these amazing pieces.

Her latest collection was inspired by one of our favourite things – CAKE. Cupcakes, mini cakes, icing-swirled confections of cakey joy – we love them, but if we had to choose between the corset or the cake, there is no doubt it would be one of these…

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See more of her work at www.mayahansen.com

Gallery: Rubber55 Latex – Coming Soon To MaXXX Black (NSFW)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

We thought we’d tease you just a little with a taste of what is about to hit the shelves here at MaXXX Black.

Rubber 55 is due late March 2011.

Top 10 Rock Goddesses Of All Time

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

The boys may have had the limelight in the beginning, but by the 60’s everything was changing. The ladies grabbed those guitars, smashed those drums and chased the guys from the stage with their unique sounds and looks. We take a stroll through musical history and present MaXXX Black’s Top 10 Rock Goddesses of All Time….

10. Peaches – This Indie Rock Goddess has become the stuff of dreams for millions of fans, and a lesbian icon.

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9. Kim Gordon – Sonic Youth. Enough Said.

8. Salt N Pepa – These ladies inspired a young generation of 80’s women to take full control of their sexual power, and weren’t we glad?!

7. BEYONCE – from destiny child to solo wild-child Beyonce keeps on going, and aren’t we glad she just gets hotter?!

6. Chrissy Amphlett -The Ultimate Rock Goddess Attitude!

5. Kylie Minogue – Our very own impossible princess still delivers the hotness (and the talent)

4. Deborah Harry – One of the first women in rock to start a successful all-girl band her graduation in 70’s to Blondie saw her become a megastar – and she still is!

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3. Gwen Stefani – She once crooned about how she’s just a girl, but this original punk rock chick is all woman.

2. Madonna -Whether you love her or loath her there’s no denying she has helped set new thresholds of attitude, sex and feminism for over 25 years.

1. Tina Turner –Our #1 choice might suprise some, but TT gave it everything, everytime and always came up trumps!

MaXXX Black’s Top 10 Rock Gods of All Time

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

Rock, Pop & Music Stars have always had a way of turning up the heat in our heads. Whether it’s their bad-boy attitudes, overtly sexual stage presence, they have the sizzling sound that makes women (and some boys) completely loose the plot. There is a reason hundreds of fans scream so hard they almost pee their pants. And here they are, from 10 to 1:

10. Chris Cornell – Soundgarden/Audioslave – Grunge’s only bona fide sex symbol.

9. Mick Jagger – Rolling Stones – Lock up your daughters, your mum, and your wife. Yes, even now.

8. Elvis – The first crotch to be banned from tv.

7. Nick Cave – our Prince of Darkness

6. Lenny Kravitz – Best abs in rock!

5. Anthony Kiedis – Chilli Peppers, red hot and yummy.

4. Jim Morrisson – The Doors – B.E.A.utiful.

3. Iggy Pop – Can we worship at the alter of Iggy? Yes, and we have.

2. Till Lindermann – Rammstein – Our personal favourite

1. Michael Hutchence – if charisma could have been bottled, he would have been the source.

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So, do you agree, disagree? Is there anyone you think should’ve been included? Let us know!

Tomorrow – Top 10 Rock Goddesses Of All Time

Fun: Suggestive Cookies

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

For those who are new to the world of more spunky sensual encounters, the Cookie Sutra will surely ease you into adventurous intimate acts, one adorable biscuit at a time.

Written by advertiser Edward Jaye, the Cookie Sutra book breaks down the recipe for sweet lovin’. Leading readers through preparation instructions and into a sugar-coated guide to a pantry of sexual positions, the Cookie Sutra is the perfect read for you and your sweetie pie.

Enjoy…

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News: Miss Universe Sex Scandal

Monday, February 7th, 2011

In a world where sex tapes can make your career (think USA) or break it entirely (think Indonesia) it should come as no suprise that a couple of former Miss Universe contestants are up to their ball gowns in trouble thanks to the release of a tape that has indeed gone viral.

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Hiroko Mima (Miss Japan 2008) and Anya Ayoung-Chee (Miss Trinidad 2008) have become internet stars thanks to a d.bag of an ex-boyfriend posting a video of a liaison he had with the two beauty queens.

Unlike another Miss Universe contestant whose career was shot to pieces because of a similar tape the two ladies involved in this one have not seen their careers take a dive. Actually, they’ve been busier than ever since it the video went live, and since the event occured after the pageant, neither of them lost their crown.

Fun: Top 10 Sex Symbols of the 50′s & 60′s

Monday, January 24th, 2011

In popular culture a “sex symbol” is a person that is admired for their sex appeal.  Most of these individuals are famous actors, musicians, or models that have an extensive media following.  During the 1950s and 60s a generation of people began to question and challenge the traditionally accepted cultural norms.  The relatively conservative ideals that were formed around international war and population growth were beginning to evolve.  During this time in history the foundation for rock and roll music was formed, racial segregation was an issue, and the strict laws around sexual expression were being challenged.  For this reason, the people that emerged as sex symbols during this era were extremely influential and important to popular culture.

10. Ursula Andress

Ursula Andress is a Swiss actress that became an international sex symbol in the 1960s.  Andress began her career as an art model in Rome, which led to film spots in the Italian movie industry.  She landed her breakout role in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No.  Her famous character in the movie led to many modeling opportunities and Andress face became internationally known.  She would star alongside notable actors such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, and Marcello Mastroianni.  Ursula Andress also played Vesper Lynd in the 1967 James Bond parody Casino Royale.

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Why So Sexy

In the movie Dr. No Andress plays a shell diver named Honey Ryder who becomes the center of James Bond’s desire.  In a well-known scene, she rises out of the Caribbean Sea in a white bikini.  The movie moment is routinely listed as one of the sexiest in film history.  It made Ursula Andress the object of affection for millions of young men and women.  In 2001, the bikini worn by Andress in the film was sold for 35,000 Euros.  Ursula Andress has a short and curvy frame.  During the 1960s she dated some of Hollywood’s leading men, including James Dean, Sean Connery, and Marlon Brando.  She posed nude for Playboy Magazine in 1965 and her issue was one of the most popular in the magazines history.

9. Paul Newman

In 1925 Paul Newman was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio.  During World War II Newman served in the United States Navy and fought in the Pacific theater.  He would later study drama at Yale University and Newman’s first Hollywood movie was The Silver Chalice (1954).  During the 1950s and 60s he held a rebellious persona and women idealized his movie characters.  Paul Newman has starred in numerous blockbusters, including Exodus, The Hustler, Hud, Cool Hand Luke, A New Kind of Love, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  In his later years Newman became known as an entrepreneur, humanitarian, and auto racing enthusiast.  He passed away in 2008 at the age of 83.

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Why So Sexy

During the 1950s and 60s Paul Newman had a legendary sex appeal.  He came across as an intelligent and stern individual, who rarely smiled in photographs.  Newman was a class act in his daily activities, but wasn’t afraid to inform you on his opinions.  Paul Newman was one of the most famous movie stars of the 1960s and his characteristic blue eyes were admired by women from all over the world.

In the late 1960s Paul Newman showed strong opposition towards the Vietnam War and was ultimately placed on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list.  He would later claim that this was his greatest accomplishment.  Newman also supported initiatives on same sex marriage, global warming, and nuclear energy development.  During his lifetime Paul Newman was known as a “man’s man” and in the 1950s and 60s ladies from all around the world would have done anything to get close to him.

8. Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch was born in Chicago, Illinois.  In her early years Raquel worked various jobs, including a position as a weather forecaster, cocktail hostess, and various modeling gigs.  By the middle of the 1960s Welch turned her attention to acting and signed a film contract with 20th Century Fox.  She became internationally recognized after starring in the sci-fi hit Fantastic Voyage (1966).  To date Raquel Welch has starred in over a hundred films and television programs.

Why So Sexy

During her early modeling career Raquel Welch quickly became known for her long chestnut hair and big brown eyes.  She is a busty woman and helped expand the popularity of bikini swimwear in the early 1960s.  In 1966 she starred in the film remake of One Million Years B.C.  A movie still of Welch used to promote the film showed her striking a pose in a prehistoric animal-skin bikini.  The picture was made into a poster and the photo would eventually become one of the best-selling posters in history.

Raquel Welch’s sexy roles and fashion sense helped her become an international sex symbol during the 1960s and 70s.  As most beautiful ladies do, Welch caught the attention of Hugh Hefner who published a photo of her iconic poster with the title “Most Desired Woman” of the 1970s.  In December of 1979 Raquel Welch was featured on the cover of Playboy’s Christmas edition, but she did not publish any nude photographs.  Raquel Welch has never appeared nude in a film or posed naked for a magazine.

7. Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger was born at the Livingstone Hospital in Dartford, Kent, England in 1943.  From a young age Jagger loved to sing.  In 1961, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards moved into a flat in Chelsea with a guitarist they had encountered named Brian Jones.  The trio would form a rock band named The Rolling Stones.  The stones would premiere on July 12, 1962.  During the 1960s The Rolling Stones released numerous popular albums and cemented themselves as rock legends.  The band’s free spirit and rock and roll lifestyle helped make them all international sex symbols, but the ladies especially loved Brian Jones and Mick Jagger.  During the 1960s and 70s Mick Jagger had many publicized romantic affairs.  The list of women he dated is extensive and Jagger has seven children by four different women.

Why So Sexy

A number of rock stars from the 1950s and 1960s could have been mentioned as sex symbols, but none are quite as provocative as Mick Jagger.  His distinctive facial features are among the most recognizable in the world, but what makes Jagger so attractive is his music.  His confidence and stage presence has helped propel him to the status of international superstar.  Even at the age of 66, Mick Jagger can get ladies of all ages.  Similar to other rock stars, Mick Jagger’s most famous physical feature has to be his large lips and wide mouth.  Some other major musical sex symbols of the 1960s were Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Jimi Hendrix.

6. Bettie Page

In 1923 Bettie Page was born in Nashville, Tennessee.  At a young age Bettie worked various modeling jobs, but didn’t get noticed by the mainstream media until 1952 when she started posing for mail-order photography.  During this time many of her pinups contained bondage and sadomasochistic themes.  Bettie Page was the first famous bondage model and she soon became the top selling pin-up girl in New York.  Bettie would often time pose nude for her posters and she was soon recognized by Hugh Hefner.  In January of 1955 Bettie Page was featured as the centerfold in Playboy Magazine.

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Why So Sexy

Bettie Page was a southern beauty with jet black hair and trademark bangs.  She was made famous by her controversial photographs that displayed the female body in a way that many people had not seen.  Page never appeared in any pictures or movie scenes using explicit sexual content, only nude photography.  Her provocative poses helped her stand out and attract the masses.  Bettie Page has been praised for her impact on fashion and the modeling world.  She played an important role in expanding the acceptance of sexuality in popular culture.

Bettie Page has been labeled the “Queen of the Pinup” and is known for her black lacy outfits.  She was also known for erratic and strange behavior.  After the end of the 1950s Bettie Page experienced a nervous breakdown and was put into a mental Hospital after assaulting and stabbing her landlady.  Bettie was diagnosed with acute schizophrenia and was released from the hospital in 1992.  She then hired an estate agency and started making money off her image.  Bettie Page died in 2008 at the age of 85.

5. Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield was an American actress that became an international sex symbol during the 1950s and 60s.  She was a smart young woman who fluently spoke five different languages and could play the piano and violin.  In the middle of the 1950s Jayne Mansfield became a Hollywood attraction.  She starred in numerous films and signed a long term movie contract with 20th Century Fox.  In 1963 Mansfield was persuaded to become the first mainstream actress to appear nude in an American film since the adoption of the Hays Code in 1934.  Mansfield was filmed topless for the production Promises! Promises!  Nude photographs of her taken on the set were published in Playboy Magazine.  As one would expect, the Playboy issue was one of the best selling in history.

Why So Sexy

Jayne Mansfield was a natural brunette, but became famous for her long blond hair.  Her flamboyant image was attractive and inviting.  She had a distinctive soft voice and a voluptuous figure.  Between the years 1956 and 1957 Mansfield’s photo was published in over 2,500 separate newspapers.  She was a household name and received many comparisons to Marilyn Monroe.  In response to this she was quoted as saying, “cleavage, of course, helped me get to where I am.  I don’t know how she got there.”

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Jayne Mansfield was not afraid to show her cleavage and one of her most famous photographs was taken at a party in 1957.  In the photo she is sitting with Sophia Loren who is starring down at her bosom.  During her career Mansfield gained a lot of publicity for her attempts to accidently expose her breasts in public.  Jack Paar even introduced her on The Tonight Show with the phrase “Here they are, Jayne Mansfield.”  Jayne Mansfield is credited with expanding the sexual image of popular culture that we enjoy today.  On June 29, 1967, Jayne Mansfield was killed in an automobile accident.  She was only 34-years-old.

4. Elvis Presley

In 1935, Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi.  At a young age Elvis was crazy about music, but was often times described as a “loner” by his schoolmates.  During his junior year of high school Elvis began to stand out.  He started to grow sideburns and styled his hair with rose oil and Vaseline.  Elvis also dressed in flashy clothing with high collars and open shirts.  In 1956, Presley made his first recordings for RCA in Nashville.  He was soon making television appearances and a national debate was formed surrounding his controversial stage antics, which included hip thrusts and “vulgar dancing.”

During the 1950s Elvis released a series of chart topping records and became the king of rock and roll.  He staged only a limited number of concerts during the late 1950s and 60s and spent the majority of his time making films and writing movie soundtracks.  In 1973, Presley staged the first concert broadcasted globally via satellite.  It was titled Aloha from Hawaii and the concert was seen by around 1.5 billion people.  Prescription drug abuse compromised Elvis health and he died suddenly in 1977 at the age of 42.

Why So Sexy

Elvis Presley is one of the most important figures in 20th century popular culture.  He helped change the perception of popular music and expand the views of an entire generation of teenagers.  In the 1950s Elvis relentless dance moves, dark black hair, sideburns, and deep voice made him an international sex symbol.  Girls would go crazy at the sight of Elvis and swarm around him like no other previous performer.

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Elvis Presley helped launch a youth subculture known as the greasers or hoods.  The hoods were labeled for their greased back hair, which involved using wax, gel, creams, tonics or pomade.  The estate of Elvis Presley continues to make tens of millions of dollars annually and he is still regarded as a symbol of rock and roll.

3. Brigitte Bardot

In 1934 Brigitte Bardot was born in Paris, France.  At a young age she was interested in dance, but was soon recognized for her sharp beauty.  By the end of the 1940s Bardot began a modeling and acting career.  She was one of the few European actresses of the 1950s and 60s to reach high success in the United States.  During her career, Brigitte Bardot was portrayed as a sex symbol and idealized by many stars, including John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Bob Dylan.  Brigitte Bardot and John Lennon met on only one occasion in 1968.  The incident was recalled in Lennon’s memoir, which states that a nervous Lennon took LSD before arriving, and neither star impressed the other. “I was on acid, and she was on her way out.”  Brigitte Bardot starred in 48 films and recorded 80 songs during her career.

Why So Sexy

Brigitte Bardot’s body image had a significant impact on fashion trends during the 1950s and 60s.  She popularized the Bardot neckline, which is a wide open neck that exposes both shoulders.  Bardot helped expand the popularity of bikini swimwear.  Today, bikinis are widely used all over the world and I think many people reading this article agree that Bardot’s contributions are admirable.  She popularized the choucroute hairstyle (beehive type) and gingham clothes.

It was Brigitte Bardot’s “sex kitten” image that made her so recognizable.  In 1956 she became known all over the world after starring in the seductive thriller And God Created Woman.  The movie was criticized by some for having a sexist point of view, as Bardot was portrayed as a young woman with a high level a sexual energy.  The film pushed the limits of censorship in America and the public loved it.  During the 1960s Bardot held the image of a free spirit and had many publicized relationships and marriages.  In her later years she became an animal rights activist and has even been fined for inciting racial hatred.

2. James Dean

In 1931 James Dean was born in Marion, Indiana.  His family moved to Santa Monica, California at a young age and his mother passed away when James was 9-years-old.  Dean attended drama classes at UCLA University until he landed the professional role of Malcolm in the play Macbeth.  In the early 1950s James Dean starred in many small time television and film roles, but he didn’t become internationally famous until the release of the 1953 adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, in which Dean played the loner Cal Trask.

The movie was successful and James Dean began to gain a strong fan following.  In 1955 James starred in the film Rebel without a Cause, in which he played the character of troubled Los Angeles teenager Jim Stark.  Jim Stark would give James Dean a youth following and was a close representation of his true nature.  James Dean loved fast cars, adrenaline, car racing, and bullfighting.  His last film role was his portrayal of farmer Jett Rink in the movie Giant.  Sadly, James Dean died in an automobile accident on September 30, 1955.  He was only 24-years-old.

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Why So Sexy

During the 1950s James Dean became a sexual icon as a generation of teenagers looked upon him for freedom.  James Dean had a wild and documented sexual history, which included experimental relationships with both men and women.  He was always quick to dismiss the question about his sexual orientation and in one interview gave the famous quote “Well, I’m certainly not going through life with one hand tied behind my back.”

During the early 1950s the U.S. government classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.  James Dean was idealized by both men and women alike for his characteristic hairstyle, bad boy image, fashion, and famous eyes.  He brought the topic of sexual orientation into the mainstream media.  The impression that James Dean made was immediate and like many stars that died young, James Dean will continue live as a sex symbol because his fans will forever remember him as the 24-year-old rebel without a cause.

1. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was considered the ultimate sex symbol of the 1950s and early 60s.  She was born in Los Angeles and was raised under the name Norma Jeane Baker.  In the early 1940s Marilyn became a successful model and was featured in many magazines.  She was noticed by movie executives and was signed to a long term film contract with 20th Century Fox in 1950.  In 1952 Marilyn Monroe caught the attention of the entire United States when nude photos of her were published in a calendar.  The pictures were taken from a 1949 shoot with photographer Tom Kelley.

In response to this Monroe claimed that she took the photos only because she had no money at the time.  This generated a widely publicized sympathy story and Monroe was featured on the cover of major magazines.  During her lifetime, Marilyn Monroe was married to three separate men, James Dougherty, Joe DiMaggio, and playwright Arthur Miller.  During the 1950s Marilyn starred in many successful films and was a popular actress.

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Why So Sexy

Marilyn Monroe was often times casted in movie roles as the hot and sexy blond.  She became internationally known for her blond hair, fashion, soft voice, and rowdy behavior.  In December of 1953 Marilyn Monroe was featured in the first issue of Playboy Magazine.  She was pictured on the cover and nude photos of her were used in the issue.  This helped make Monroe a sexual icon and she gained interest from many powerful men, including the Kennedy brothers.

During her career, Marilyn Monroe was a popular singer and released many singles.  She notably traveled overseas to perform and dance for thousands of soldiers fighting in the Korean War.  During the 1950s Marilyn Monroe was idealized by millions of American men and women.  Sadly she died on August 5, 1962 under suspicious circumstances.  The official cause of death was an overdose of barbiturates and her death was initially ruled a “probable suicide.”

What do you think? Anyone you think should be on this list? tell us!

source: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-sex-symbols-of-the-50s-60s.php

Gallery: Hedony Latex

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Perhaps not every woman can pull it off, but if you can rock these Hedony Design latex getups, then girl, you should! As an eclectic mix of lace, latex and rubber, this futuristic fetish clothing line clings to the contours of your curvaceous form. Turning synthetic materials into sophisticated looks, Hedony Design latex dresses and bodysuits have flirty and feminine attitude sewn in.

Keep an eye out for this new designer, Josselin Guichard, we think she rocks!

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Gallery: HMS Latex

Friday, January 7th, 2011

This weeks gallery features 16 incredibly hot images from HMS Latex – one of the most sought-after latex fashion houses in the world. Based in Paris and releasing up to 6 collections a year, HMS Latex was founded by designer Sophie Richardoz in 2006.

From retro and dreamy to interpretations of high fashion catwalks, her inspirations include art deco, period costume and daring haute couture.

This gallery is dedicated to Miss Stefanie – who looks delightful in HMS Latex.