Sorry to those who read me on LJ, crossposted!!
I think most of you got that already, but I had a blast! My dear husband
enjoyed himself too, and more than it was expected since until now he didn't really like being in London and since he's so little into the fetish scene. Babe, thank you so much for your support and all the help and work you did!
Day1: Thursday, doing stuff in London
We got up at 4:45 am to catch our Eurostar, took a cab to Gare du Nord. One big luggage with all the stock for the booth, hangers, lube, you name it. One big backpack with change (regular and latex outfits and shoes) and wine for our friends in London. And another bag with all the prototypes. And our handbag/satchels. Ugh.
I used the same big luggage I use when I do makeup (for those who missed that point I'm also a freelance makeup artist). I was happy to be able to lug it around carelessly for once it contained nothing that could break or spill.
Sleep in Eurostar. And then, tadaa! London. No problem regarding the fire incident. We went to get the key to B's appartment at his work and dumped all our bags there. His roommate let us his room, which was really kind. I had a nap again and then checked all the mails about the Xpo, shows, guestlists, time schedule and such. And then we headed to Radical Rubber. Had a Meat Beast Whopper on the way and a ton of onion rings. Why the hell isn't there a single Burger King in France?? Boo.
We met with Jim at RR, who was a very friendly and patient guy. Bought about 25m of latex, electric and metallic blue, red, white... They were out of .40 and .50 black! Aargh, doom! Jim showed us the new polka dot printed latex. I was at first surprise at how small the dots were. But I was about to be proven how gorgeous they were...
Latex is heavy. Latex is heavy. Latex is heavy. Latex is heavy. Latex is heavy. Latex is heavy. Latex is heavy. Latex is heavy. Latex is heavy.
Went back to B's flat. Math fell asleep and I hesisated waking him up almost too much since we barely made it in time to the Tate Gallery to see the Bacon exhibition! We litteraly ran. That's more or less how I convinced Math to come with me to London, so we clearly couldn't miss it. It was my third Bacon exhibition. But the feeling of shock never leaves me when I watch his pictures. One of his male nudes almost brought me to tears but I can't find a picture on the interwebs.
The early wake up, plus the latex lugging all over London really tired us so I didn't make it to the Fetishista's. Instead, we went to Saintsbury's to buy English crappy nostalgic food (trifles, HP sauce, Galaxy, Dr Pepper...) and ate pasta ala carborana and had amaretto and played games (well, mostly the guys, I was already sleepy).
Day 2: First day at the Xpo, Press call and first show
I cooked us a huge English breakfast (which was a good call since we didn't get to eat all day). And we arrived at the Barbican at 11am. We didn't know which entrance to go to so in the end Scruffy the Janitor lead us through a backdoor. The booth installation went smoothly since we didn't have too much furniture. Overall it looked very simple, borderline amateurish, but heh, this was a first shot. Next time we'll rock your socks!
Math tended the booth all day, and did a great job promoting HMS. He's very interested in my work and sees me crafting a lot so he knows the shit almost better than I do. Our booth was between Fetish Map's, tended by the fantastic Eva, and Club Subversion's, tended by Malevolent Destruction who I finally got to met after years of reading each other on
LJ's Latexcrafter's community. That was pretty cool!
At 12, Emma J led me backstage so I could start working on makeup and do fittings.
was already there and introduced me to
and Veronika Valentine arrived soon after, and the fitting for all 3 was perfect.
You can see the photos from the Xpo on Myspace: [link]
Backstage, I was also in keying makeup. When we arrived, there was too many hair stylist, and too little makeup artists. Classic. Emma was extremely busy and rushed all week end so we didn't get a second to talk to each other. But I met
who likes flashing her nipples
Roswell Ivory who is made of stone, Boykitten who wore the most gorgeous outfit,
who's marrying me soon, Skin who's hair is to die for with electric blue latex,
, October, Lustreality, Oli, Sister Sinister, Easy Tiger,
, Calamity Amelie and many many more...
rocked. She took care of the makeup of most of my girls. We went for very basic and elegant.
Before the show, press call. I got to go with them and of course, since I was all dressed up, photographer wanted to snap me with the models. Oh, the shame! We had absinth and I talked to a few journalists. I was bloody shakey because it was almost time for the show we were opening!
took photos of my models separately then all together (then with me, grrr! I pulled faces all the time, I think I managed to crack him up pretty well). I had a preview and they're fab! Can't wait to show them to you!!
And... Show time!
To my surprise, my music had been changed without notice. So... the models looked pretty startled for a few secs when they started walking. Of course I had sent them the mp3 so they could listen to it a few times. Grr. I had picked Movie Star by Roisin Murphy [link]
. Bouncy and joyful. And it was changed for Numb by Portishead.
Seriously, it could have been waaay worse, agreed, but if it HAD to be Portis, I'd rather have picked a track from Third, say Machine Gun.
Whatever, it is not that much of a big deal.
I sneaked in the crowd when the music started, where I found Malevolent Destruction and almost fainted when my first model entered the catwalk. Nola, Chris and Jo really did a fantastic job, and managed pretty well to take advantage of the slow music by striking sensual poses and teasing the public. And I was applaused. Like, time to faint now. o.O
The Vienetta particularly drew attention, and I got complimented a lot on it. Many people went to congatulate me after the show, it was totally surreal. Some complimented me on the fashiony look of my designs and told me it was something they regretted not seeing more often on the fetish scene. Actually there are lots of very fashion-oriented latex designers out there, and I don't think I am being THAT innovative, frankly. But it is true that for the sane people that don't spend their whole life on the internet, the presence of those designers might be a little too discreet (prolly because just like me, they are not BIG companies -yet), esp in Europe.
Some other people were really into the kinky aspect of my stuff, transparent latex and all. That's pretty funny to see how differently people can experience the same thing.
Fuck, I hobbled all day in my 70's latex dress, on high heels and blisters. Not a second to eat or drink water. My lips are still sore from dehydration. I had had an MRI 3 days before (no worries) and they screwed up the injection twice so I had bruises all over the inside of my arms. Yay to the druggie look!
After the second show, I was able to be on the booth for about one hour.
had been hypnotized by the Love Swing demo's all day so we were both a mess lol. Friday was overall, outside the backstage, a quiet day. I had some time to visit the other booth and finally meet with
Miss Fuzzy Bunny from Strangelifeforms [link]
, on the Latexa booth. We had a quick but very pleasant chat.
Then, back B's flat. Math cooked us his great thai green curry (which was pretty hot I must say) and we had wine and speed some very pleasant time all together with B's boyfriend.
To be continued...