In the three days since Taylor Swift’s new video “Bad Blood” hit the Internet, it’s been viewed almost 30,000,000 times. That’s only counting the official version, not the various mash-ups, annotated versions, parodies, and unofficial uploads that are already filling up YouTube.
The appeal goes way beyond the usual show-business hype. Take a look at it below, and you’ll understand. It takes its cues from the best of the superhero movies that have come out in the last decade or so: the action is fast-moving and elegant, the sets are beautiful, and the costumes are sexy as hell. We have to not-so-modestly admit to being proud of our part in helping with that last bit. Watch that first fight scene, and you’re watching the handiwork of Syren Latex’s designers in action. Literally.
That first scene features Swift in the persona of “Catastrophe” beating up bad guys while wearing our Newmar Basque latex dress. A word of caution: no matter how much pride we have in our craftwork, we wouldn’t expect any of our clothes to survive a ten-story fall out of an office building. Or the person wearing them, for that matter. Even we have our limits.
Catastrophe’s ally-turned-nemesis, Arsyn (played by Selena Gomez), is wearing Syren’s Garbo Blouse, a piece that we love because it’s a great combination of Old Hollywood style with modern fetish materials. The consensus around the Stockroom offices is that the metal briefcase that Arsyn slugs Catastrophe with looks suspiciously like the one our Agent Noir Neon Wand Kit comes in. If that were the case, the whole story becomes easier to understand: It’s one of our most beloved products, and certainly worth fighting over.
Finally, there’s a beautiful shot of Destructa X (Ellie Goulding) brandishing a huge rocket launcher while wearing Stockroom’s PVC Waist Cincher. While neither Stockroom nor Syren carry the rocket launcher, we have to admit that it makes for a great accessory.
Swift’s team came to Stockroom and selected some of our finest clothes during production, and we have say that we’re delighted to see what they did with them. A lot of creativity and hard work goes into Syren’s clothing, and even though we’re a business, not all of that labor can be counted in dollars and cents. “Bad Blood” with all its vigorous eroticism and bold heroics, depicts some of the things that we love most about the clothing we make, and we’re honored that Taylor Swift and her creative team were able to capture that in their video.
From The Illustrated Master of O. Image by Fernando.
Jacqui, dressed in her “work clothes” – a black cotton garter-tank that covered all but her most private real estate (which still bore traces of O’s recent dressage work) and opaque black stockings to match – dug her black stiletto pumps into the carpet and strained at pulling O’s already compressed waist in a bit further.
“That’s it if you’re interested in breathing,” Jacqui declared.
Jacqui posed her in front of Marie’s tall rolling mirror, a big smile spreading across her face as O stared at the transformation.
She wasn’t wrong. The corset took O’s narrow middle in a good three inches, exaggerating her breasts, hips and buttocks even further. With only the faint contrast of her brown leather collar and cuffs and her nude high heels, O appeared to be sculpted entirely of gleaming flesh, Jacqui having oiled her exposed areas lightly before wrestling with the cincher.
Her proportions were so extreme she resembled an unpainted mannequin. O was going for that effect. Though never fully satisfied with her appearance, she was at least grateful for her rigorous exercise, light diet and regular lacings. In profile, the impact was even more arresting.
“Well,” O conceded, “at least it’s comfortable.”
Jacqui threw her hands in the air. “You’re insane! I’d be passing out about now.”
“You just have to breathe from your diaphragm,” O explained, “and it’s good for you in reasonable doses. Helps take the weight off your spine.”
Unconvinced of the practical benefits, Jacqui admitted that the look was, literally and figuratively, breathtaking. To underscore the point, she stole a kiss and copped a feel.
“Steven’s going to want to fuck you the minute he walks through the door.”
If there’s a single object more directly associated with fetishism than the stiletto heel, it has to be the tight-laced corset. A stern bulwark of steel (originally whalebone) boning and sturdy laces, it not only configures a woman’s appearance, but also constrains her movements, making it a wearable instrument of bondage. Limiting flexibility at the mid-section, it imposes an upright posture that presents the chest in full glory while thrusting the backside outward.
As men and women alike became obsessed with reduced waistlines, corsets became more extreme. They increasingly constricted breathing, producing dizziness and even fainting during carnal exertions. Thus, they function in this form as both a mobile bondage device and an instrument of erotic asphyxiation. At the height of the corset’s most punishing period – the end of the Nineteenth Century –waist reductions of four inches or more were not uncommon. The legendary Ethel Granger tightlaced her waist down to a gasp-inducing 13 inches by the early years of the twentieth century. To this day, The Guiness Book of World Records lists her as the smallest tightlaced waist every recorded, while the record for the smallest waist on a living person now belongs to Cathie Jung, who can lace down to 15 inches.
Predictably, fashion appropriates fetish just as fetish appropriates fashion. Corsets can be seen adorning the youthful figures of style vamps who have adopted them as outerwear in various colorful fabrics, not to mention leather and latex, on the dance floors of nightclubs all over the country.
However, a thriving sub-culture of old-style corset enthusiasts persists. Models like Dita von Teese — who can get down to a sixteen-inch waistline doing up her own laces — have been elevated to iconic status. Thanks to them and their admirers, the modern practitioners of the corsetiere’s traditional art remain very much in business.
Just like the skyscraper heels and seamed stockings with which they’re often paired, genuinely constricting corsets that give no quarter to comfort or convenience continue to enjoy a secret life as fetish confection. The public more often sees the less severe forms in music videos and on the racks of trendy retailers. However, many a fetishist owes their interest to a first glimpse in such a seemingly vanilla setting.
While they may wax and wane in popularity as club wear, the corset’s position in the bedroom remains as secure as the garment itself, ever a totem of femininity and the passions it inspires.
Ernest Greene is a writer, producer and director whose body of work comprises over five hundred adult titles, including Tristan Taormino’s Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex for Women and Jenna Loves Pain. His first novel, Master of O, is available in trade paperback and illustrated editions from Stockroom.
The lovely Stoya dropped by our Silverlake boutique where we outfitted her in some luxurious handmade leather pieces from the JT Signature Collection.
Each piece in the JT Signature Collection is designed and assembled in our Los Angeles workshop from garment leather and gold-plated hardware personally selected and approved by The Stockroom’s founder and president, Joel Tucker.
2014 was one of the busiest years for our design team, and it shows with a huge selection of new original Stockroom leather fetish wear and Syren Latex pieces making their debut. Here’s a small sampling of our personal favorites from the last twelve months.
In the bedroom or at the ball, this mysterious mask will command attention and add an enigmatic air to your ensemble, making it the perfect fetish wear accessory for practically any occasion. It’s available in four colors (Black, White, Yellow, and Red) to compliment whatever you’re wearing, even if it’s nothing.
This handsome harness takes its inspiration from ancient Roman military garb, and although it won’t particularly protect your neck in the event of gladiator attacks, its distinctive ornamentation is certain to turn heads wherever you suit up.
Fearsomely fashionable, this heavy 30-gauge latex jacket with oversized industrial zipper is stunning zipped all the way up or left open to provide a daring asymmetrical accent to your favorite fitted evening dress.
These comfortable and sturdy leather and nickel-plated steel suspenders look great as a top all on their own, and keep you in style while keeping your pants up…which will be a challenge if you wear them to the club
This heavy-duty 3-inch wide latex belt bridges the space between fetish and fashion with its nickel-plated attachment points and buckles while helping to create an enticing hourglass look that pairs beautifully with a catsuit, a skirt, or almost any piece of latex wear.
Finally, a latex bra that provides the comfort and support of a conventional bra without sacrificing style. This is one of the most popular undergarments we’ve ever created, with good reason. But don’t take our word for it – see for yourself!
Want to see more of our picks for the best gear of 2014?
Check out our sex toys and BDSM gear lists!
We’ve tailored our patented Bolero Straitjacket design to fit the male frame with spectacular results! Every functional feature that garnered the original model acclaim and high demand remains intact, but is thoroughly designed and refined to improve the experience for the discerning gentleman.
The new model includes long, buckling leather straps which can be secured around a removable steel cock ring, attaching at three points, and meeting behind the back for seven points of restraint. The arm restraints of the straitjacket can be attached and secured with a strap on the chest, with the closed sleeves attached behind the back in the traditional style, or anchored to other objects for unique and creative bondage opportunities.
Each Bolero Straitjacket is made to order in our Los Angeles workshop according to the rigorous standards and quality assurance that is the hallmark of our creations. Designed to be attractive as well as functional, much care was put into creating clean lines to avoid the unsightly bulk and bulges of other straitjackets on the market.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 contestant and show stopping death dropper Laganja Estranja in “Scarlett Siren” – a mini film noir.
What did she wear?
A fully custom, head-to-toe Syren Latex ensemble: mini beret with pheasant feather, driving gloves, waist cincher, cross over body suit – all totally couture!
She left a lasting impression on us all with her jaw dropping glamour, talent and personality.
We adore you Laganja, OKAYYY!?!
We will be releasing designs inspired by Laganja’s ensemble this season! Stay abreast of all our fashions on Syren.com!
Above: Laganja Estranja poses with Syren’s own O’Shay and Christina.
Stockroom and Syren’s Designer Oshay Nunn – a huge fan of LogoTV’s wildly popular RuPaul’s Drag Race — noticed various items from the 2809 1/2 Sunset Blvd boutique adorned by multiple queens in the super tease trailer for the sixth season of the competition.
Tagging a few and proudly tweeting about this surprise product placement resulted in LA’s own Laganja Estranja collaborating with Syren Latex in a soon to be released video.
The collaboration included a few visits for fittings, where Miss Laganja sans drag collaborated with our video team for an episode of Inside 2809½
Oshay, pattern maker Christina Wheeler, and the entire Syren Latex crew created a unique couture ensemble for Laganja which she wore for this dynamic short video.
Entitled “The Scarlett Siren” the art work created from the collaboration of designers, star and crew was inspired with a noir aesthetic.
What she wore? Mini beret with pheasant feather, driving gloves, waist cincher, cross over body suit – all totally couture! We will be releasing designs inspired by Laganja’s ensemble this season! Stay abreast of all our fashions on Syren.com!
Mummification fetishists enjoy the feeling of being tightly bound, restrained, and deprived of sensory input. Very few of them are actually the shambling corpses of cursed pharohs of old. We celebrate all walks of life (and un-life) here at The Stockroom.
Long ago in the steamy sex dungeons of ancient Egypt, a perverted priest placed an ancient and terrible fetish curse upon an unsuspecting pleasure slave. This Halloween, foolish archeologists broke the seal, unearthing the horror of…
These latex rubber bondage strips are often used for cock and ball bondage, blindfolding, or restraining. Each strip is lightly powdered with cornstarch to keep it dry, silky, and non-sticky. The thickness is 14 gauge.
Not sure how to care for your new piece of latex clothing? Never fear: Here are five fast tips to keep your rubberwear looking its best.
1) Keep It Dark
UV exposure deteriorates natural latex, turning it powdery and brittle. Keep latex clothing out of the light – especially direct sunlight – as much as possible when it isn’t being worn. Store it in a cool dark place. You can cover it with black plastic trash bags on the hanger as an extra precaution when transporting items or storing them in your closet.
2) Mind Your Metals
Copper, nickel, brass, and bronze will stain or degrade rubber very quickly. Do not allow these metals to come into contact with your latex. Always wash hands after touching these metals before handling latex or the fingerprints may stain the rubber. Be aware of jewelry that may contains these metals as well. Oh, and only use plastic hangers to hang or store latex!
3) Oil Is Your Enemy
Use only silicone or water based lubes and shines for slipping into or polishing your latex. We highly recommend Pjur Cult dressing for slipping into and polishing your latex clothes.
4) Separate Your Leather
Leather contains oils and dyes that may contaminate your latex wear. Keep them stored separately! Use caution when combining leather and latex in your outfits. Keep an eye out for any rubbing off or bleed!
5) Always Wear & Wash
Rubber should be hand washed right after it’s worn, as natural skin oils – like any other oil – can damage latex if they stay on it too long. Fill a basin with warm water and add a few drops of mild dish soap, just enough to make a little foam. Do not use a heavy detergent soap or a washing machine. Do not rubber soak rubber. Agitate the item with your hands, followed by an immediate rinse in clean, cold water. For extra shine, use Vivishine for extra long lasting gloss to your wear!
Hang to air dry on a plastic hanger away from bright light. Once the outside is dry, turn it inside out to finish drying.