Artist leads pop-up sushi inspired cake shop to raise funds for the Red Cross’ Japan appeal.

- 14th March 2011

Professional and amateur cake makers from all over London will donate edible goodies fr a charity sale at Maiden, on 188 Shoreditch High Street on Friday 18th March.

All money raised at the event will be donated to the Red Cross’ for its humanitarian efforts in Japan.

Miss Cakehead is also trying to encourage as many people as possible to host their own Cakes for Japan events in locations around the world.

Click ‘Cakes for Japan’ logo for further information.

Review: Erotica 2010, London

- 22nd November 2010

- Images © Daniel Banting/Erotica (from www.erotica-uk.com)

Erotica, the UK’s largest exhibition for the sex, fetish and adult entertainment sector, set up camp at London’s Kensington Olympia for its biennial three-day love fest this weekend. 

Now in its 15th year, Erotica’s 2010 edition was noticeably smaller than previous years with circa 150 exhibitors. Though with Burlesque/Fetish queen Dita Von Teese among the numbers the event maintained a suitably erotic atmosphere, though housed in a hall which, otherwise remained as sterile as a recently refurbished out patients department.

Rumour has it event organisers paid Ms. Von Teese a six-figure sum to appear at this year’s exhibition and issued a stern warning to photographers, on pain of a $1m penalty fee, not to snap her Opium Den burlesque shows (presumably Getty Images bought the rights to such) which took place at a entirely unerotic time of 6:15pm daily. The performance itself saw The Teese at her exquisitely sequined, beautifully betasselled, staged posing, best. 

In the performance stakes Dita’s appearance, though the talk of the show, was overshadowed by some very impressive pole dancing, flaming breast displays, stunningly salubrious zentai clad contortion and a terribly topical, yet satisfyingly erotic ‘Cat Bin Lady’ routine by Neo-Burlesque starlet Kitty Bang Bang.

Surrounding the central performance stage were stands promoting sex aids, bondage-friendly beds and associated appliances; swinger holidays and rudely painted porcelain plus a tongue-in-cheek stall from the RSPB selling T-shirts emblazoned with ornithologically profound phraseology such as “Great Tits” and “Shag”.

Attendees at the exhibition ranged from rubber clad fetish aficionados to the ‘you’d never think it to look at them’ suit wearers alongside full on fantasy-inspired demons, the ever-predictable 50s underwear clad retrophile and their ‘pants and a corset’ll do’ cousins. Needless to say Dita clones were abound. According to show organisers the average spend per attendee at the show is £200 and business at the show generates a revenue of more than £12m.

Overall the exhibition, favoured its Fetish audience, and with the average BDSM bed coming in at £3,500, their spending power certainly themed the event, in an ‘alright if you like that sort of thing’ manner to those not privy to the specifics of more niche kinks. The more traditional and, shall we say, vulgar ‘marital aids’ (think of the items adorning the average high street Ann Summers’ back room) were relegated to rooms off the main drag, though remained, assuringly, popular.

The Saturday night after-show party at Vauxhall’s Club Colosseum, a cool £40 to enter, was run and staged by internationally renowned Fetish Club promoters Torture Garden, and featured many of the sights attendees at their events have come to expect; with multiple themed dance rooms, stage shows, BDSM dungeons & playrooms galore. Though the dress code was significantly relaxed from a typical fetish event, with as many black ties as there was latex hosiery, it was none-the-less a delightful affair, run with precision.

Erotica returns in 2011 from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November.

- Sam Agnew

Video: Atsuko Kudo Presents Full Latex Catwalk Show in NYC

- 27th October 2010

The much admired London-  based Japanese Latex  Couture designer Atsuko Kudo had her  first New  York  City catwalk  show to much  applause.

 The show, part of the annual Lingerie New  York event, was  the  first full-scale catwalk  show devoted entirely to latex to take place in New  York and saw the  2009  Fetish Award winning designer  appear throughout the  fashion  capital’s mainstream and  underground press with plaudits abound.

Video footage of the landmark event, featuring lingerie from Atsuko Kudo’s latest ranges alongside some spectacular headwear and avant-garde styling is available to  view in the video below.

 All video & image copyrights belong to Lingerie New York & Atsuko  Kudo. 

Visit Atsuko Kudo online at www.atsukokudo.com.



Event Preview: Cabaret Noir at the Glasgow Comedy Festival

Glasgow’s burlesque behemoths journey into Dark Cabaret territory

- 2nd March 2011

The world’s biggest burlesque club promoter Club Noir will delve into the crowded world of cabaret revival at the 2011 Glasgow International Comedy Festival producing its first variety show on Saturday 26th March at the City’s King’s Theatre.

Presented by sword swallowing Mistress of Ceremonies Miss Behave (La Soiree) the show takes a similar format to her own show ‘The Crack’ which ran at last year’s South Bank and Edinburgh Fringe festivals and will feature performance by artists familiar to cabaret aficionados and connoisseurs alike including extreme hula-hooper Kalki Hula Girl, satirical crooner Frank Sanazi, grotesque burlesque beauty Tina Beans + comedians John Moloney and Richard Herring.

With the touring success of Edinburgh-based Vive Le Cabaret and underground dark cabaret shows like Spangled Cabaret on Glasgow’s doorstep, Club Noir is entering well-trodden territory with its side step into the UK’s Neo-Cabaret circuit, but much like their hugely well-attended regular events this show aims to take a well worked intimate format and turn it into something on a grand scale.

You can book tickets to the event here: 

http://www.ambassadortickets.com/2318/653/King%27s-Theatre/Cabaret-Noir-Tickets

- Sam Agnew