Posts Tagged ‘gallery’

An Evening With Mr Angel – ‘Oh What A Night’

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Buck Angel is more than just a transman, or a film maker, or author, or motivational speaker. Mr Angel, as the MB team likes to say with no small degree of respect, is quite simply, an inspiration. His appearance here on Monday last has to be one of our favourite in-store appearances yet and he gave over 50 locals a compelling evening of film, talk, understanding and community.

The new documentary, Mr Angel, a recent winner at the Seatle Film Festival, gave us all a much deeper understanding of Buck’s life experience, particularly from the view of his family. It is rare to hear the voices of family and friends in such open and honest ways – especially when connected with such a public personality.

We highly recommend viewing of the documentary (it’s available on Netflix amongst other sources) for anyone who is transitioning and it is a virtual must-see for their closest friends and family. There are so many questions answered in unexpected and heartfelt ways.

One of the great joys of having Buck in-store is his willingness not only to share, but to talk on-on-one with our communities about his experience, and to hear the stories of others’. There were more than a few folks in the audience that have told us how important and special it was for them to connect to Buck in person. For the first time we found our audience was not just adults, but families – those who want to love and support the trans men and women in their lives. Buck managed to highlight the challenges faced by families in beautifully honest ways and it left an impression on us all.

We’d like to thank Buck, Bruce and the MB team (who worked SO hard on the day), our standing-room-only crowd and Collide Magazine for covering the event. We’ll have news soon on their Buck Angel competition.

Gallery: We Love Geek Chic – from sci-fi lingerie to sheldon pumps, it’s all good fun!

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

It seems that the term “Geek Chic” has become ever more popular in 2012, and whilst the advent of the ‘hot nerd’ has been with us for a while now, the addition of fashion to match has us smiling. In our first gallery for what seems like ages, we take a quick look at the current trend of custom heels, sci-fi lingerie and gamer gear for the girl who wears her geek out and loud.

Click the thumbs to see them all!

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Gallery: Cartoon Princesses As You’ve Never Seen Them Before!

Monday, November 14th, 2011

What better combination of art forms is there than a cartoon Princess and the sex appeal of tattoos?

Well, if you’re a Disney geek with tattoos (or a Disney geek who appreciates them), then there is nothing better. So when DeviantARTist Telegrafix aka Timothy John Shumate (who is also a tattoo artist) whips up some tattoo-friendly designs inspired by Disney, we’re bound to pay attention.

Click the images below to reveal the full image of just some of the amazing works Timothy is producing everyday…

MaXXX Black On Australia’s Next Top Model (ANTM)

Friday, September 9th, 2011

If you’re a fan of Australia’s Next Top Model (and who isn’t?) you may have seen a little photoshoot on the show that featured some of our sexiest fashion and hosiery items.

The ‘Lady Gaga / Coffin” shoot required some dark, sexy and thoroughly adult items to complete the look of 5 of the girls on the day – and we were all too happy to help out.

Click on the thumbs below to see how it turned out.

Find out more about the show by clicking HERE.

Gallery: The Nike High Heel – For Good or Evil?

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

MaXXXie loves a good fashion fix, and in searching for new trends and outfit ideas we happened to stumble across some heels with a difference – NIKE High Heels! Morphed into a sexy pair of stilettos, High Heel Nike Jordans are a line of all-star pumps that would score some major points with the fashionista set.

Now, we haven’t made up our mind about these. On one hand the unique look of every pair is awesome, but then the whole sneaker with a heel is completely out there! But we pass no judgement – they are fab purely because they are so different.

Enjoy the Gallery…..

Lomme…The World’s Most Stylish Sleep…

Friday, July 15th, 2011

We get so caught up in all the toys and sexy things we bring into the bedroom that it occured to us we rarely talk about the most important thing in the bedroom – the bed. So when we came across this bed desine by Lomme we had to share it.

Stylish Bed Furniture from LOMME

LOMME stands for Light Over Matter Mind Evolution, and they claim to “create environments which incorporate different elements of light, colour, sound and touch – through which one can expand their senses and develop mind and brain functions”

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We don’t know if that’s true, but one look at this bed and it is very clear that is would be one of the most relaxing ways to unwind and drift off. The egg-shaped design offers a refuge from the world around it, with integrated media to help keep the techie in you happy.

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The form is designed to reduce the intrusion of outside noise.  A discretely built-in iPod and sound system allows the user to add relaxing sounds and music. The Lomme mattress is available with embedded massage functions that can be edited by the user. And for a little extra the bed shell encloses an antimagnetic field that blocks ambient electromagnetic waves and radiation!

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Created as a result of two years research into sleep habits, problems and therapies, Lomme skilfully combines natural therapies with the cutting edge technology. Using light, sound and massage therapies, Lomme offers an environment to enhance all the senses – forming a place to rejuvenate, meditate and above all sleep.

Egg Shaped LOMME Bed

Lomme features a unique light therapy alarm clock. After you have been lulled into a deep restful sleep by the gradual fading light of a simulated sunset, waken naturally as light from the virtual sunrise plays on your skin. Want to change the mood while awake? The iphone app quickly adjusts the colour of the interior using hundreds of special soft LED lights.

Forming a protective cocoon, Lomme limits external noise to distance you from the outside world. An iPod has been invisibly installed to enable the sleeper to listen to relaxing music, sounds and guided meditations. Advice can be given on the kind of sounds recommended for waking up and falling asleep.

So what does the perfect sleep cost? Hold on to your desk chair. For the low low price of just AU$60,000 the perfect sleep can be yours.

We love it.

Designer Condoms: Chanel, Marc Jacobs Make Safe Sex Cool

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Fashion designers and major mainstream brands have made billions using sex to sell everything from sunglasses to sandals, but it seems they’ve decided to skip the innuendo and get straight down to business – the condom busines to be specific.

Over the last 12 months a bunch of major designers have created wrappers for safe-sex campaigns or launched their very own ranges of safe-sex products. The most notable being Chanel, who created the Chanel Condom in black or white.  The white version says “Keep It Classy” and the Black (for the cheekier client) says “For Use By Trendy Sluts” which must be a translation issue. Only it’s not. And a pack of 12 will set you back over $200.

Also entering the fray are Marc Jacobs and Louis Vouitton, who will market their condoms with the slogan “Inside every story, is a beautful journey”. Louis Vuitton is a major supporter of health foundations in Europe and created the condom for World Aids Day – the classic LV logo is actually stamped into the condom!

But if that wasn’t enough, there are these:

United Colors of Benetton

Alexander Wang & Jeremy Scott

KISS Condoms

NIKE

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Christian Audigier (Ed Hardy)

Playboy

But these sexy little rubbers aren’t just being produced by the big brands – even cities and hotels are getting in on ‘the action’ with their own products for public and guest health and safety…

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There you have it. Know of anymore? send them into info@maxxxblack.com!


Gallery: Nightclub With The Wow Factor!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Urban Interiorities by Virginia Melnyk and Tiffany Dahlen

Urban Interiorities is a project by Virginia Melnyk and Tiffany Dahlen, regent graduates of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Working closely with Professor Ali Rahim, the students developed a “new approach to the night club experience” through novel modeling and rendering techniques, whereby generated surfaces—billowing, crenulated, orchid-like—exert intense visualizations of sensations.

Designed for a site situated at the buffer space between the trendy, youth-driven culture of Harajuku and the haute-couture of Omontesando, the night club merges both the youthful and luxurious into slick, mediated spaces. The club’s equally diverse program consists of an entry area, sushi restaurant, a sake bar, music lounge, and VIP rooms.

Melnyk tells us, “The project took four months to design and a myriad of changes through the development. It is not by chance that the project looks sweet like Candyland — much of our inspiration came from the sensations of taste and our perception of a visualization of these sensations. It is our hope that this project will push boundaries and leave viewers with a wider imagination of what architecture and design can be.”

The volume of the club is a milky white frame with a curious mix of areas on the interior: “sticky” and “sweet,” “pillowy,” and even “fibrous.” Movement through the club yields extremes of achingly synthetic notions of taste.

Aware of the ubiquity of swelling organic forms among students and practices alike, Melnyk and Dahlen did not stop at these heavily modeled zones. Instead, the sequence of programs is specific, provoking varying states of sensation and subsequent emotional responses as one passes through the interior spaces.

Yum, Yum, and Yum. Why can’t Australian designers be brave enough to give us spaces that are this inspiring?

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