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Caution: You Are About To View Hot Men, Chains, And Bare Skin

Ya got a problem with that?

does it incite bliss?

Whatever the case, designer Bliss Lau’s Bolero
presents somewhat of a visual-mathematic challenge.

Apparently, this multi-function, unisex body chain
can be worn “more than six ways”—
one of which is displayed above; another, below:

Torrent, however, is listed as having “more than three”

and in this case

excluding that elusive “more than,” I can easily spot
three separate distinguishable alternatives
for one’s wardrobe.

(There might be hope for me yet!)

A Detail of Note:

And Another:

(Correctness † Abounds!)

I’ve come to the conclusion that debt be damned—
it’s essential I make one of  Lau’s accouterments my own…

Part of the dilemma is mathematical in nature, while
for the other, I employ your input:

From the four designs presented
HUGMETIGHT in the first photo; Ornament the last )

How do I whittle my options down to a single choice?
Which Do I Get? What Should I Get? Which Would You Want?

—and yes, the sight of that lanky young gent is a distraction—

15 Comment

  1. All this talk of chaina and independent business is absolutely lovely, but who is the model in the first and second picture? The very gorgeous one with the glasses and the tattoos? Anyone know the answer??

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  3. Well put RockLove! I think my take on it all ended up seeming kinda snarky, when it SO wasn’t meant to be! It sounded much less bitchy and pissy at 2am, what can I say! :p
    I’m enacting a new no written commentary past 11pm rule over here!

  4. Dare I shoot myself in the foot by getting involved?

    First off the “particularly buxom hooker” just made me snort my cereal all over the place, which is a no mas because it also included some chunks of banana. Now everything smells of a 1950’s banana split soda shop.

    Yes, it’s difficult to understand designer prices… especially when you typically shop with independent artists who purposely price more affordable. @Unearthed and I personally run the *fabulous product for more affordable* route – but other times I also make luxury items here and there for obscene prices. Yes, they usually include gold and diamonds, but keep in mind that diamonds are a bit of a conundrum – sometimes buying and setting a little one only costs about $10, but the PERCEIVED value skyrockets at least $100. Same for anything gold plated… costs the artists a few bucks but can be priced double, triple, or more.

    The bottom line is, the artist can price it whatever they want… and just like all art, it is subjective. To some, they are paying for the rarity, or the idea, or the label. To others, it is just a piece of chain, just like it is just a urinal on the wall or can of soup. It doesn’t mean you’re not ill-educated… it’s just not your thing.

    But I bet there IS something out there you WOULD shell out beaucoup bucks for, yes? For some people it’s chain body harnesses, others it’s rare instruments, collectible comic books, macabre miniatures…

    So remember that when something is out of your price range and you don’t understand WHY it’s so damned expensive (Hello, ::waves:: Mister Louboutin, could you give me a discount over here?) it’s not that they expect to sell a million pieces for that much money, it’s what they value the brainpower/production/brand/and a thousand other private factors we will never know.

    And now my cereal is soggy. I don’t even really like bananas that much anyway -.-

  5. First and foremost, rock on Clint for continuing to support independent artists/designers and businesses!
    It’s hard enough establishing yourself in the nebulous realm of fashion as it is, much less when people already entrenched in it are nipping at your heels. I tend to believe the Wasson/Lau dramz because well, as an independent artist myself I’ve seen way too much scandalous you-know-what go down. So take that for whatever it’s worth.
    As for the prices of these pieces we’re discussing, you’re not paying $200, or $300, or $599 for some O-rings and some chain, okay? You’re paying for someone who had a brilliant effing idea to bring that brilliant effing idea to the masses, which is you. An idea that undoubtedly took more than a casual trip to the jewelry supply store to execute. You’re paying for the expertise, the time, and the countless hours of trial and error and experimentation which has lead to the availability of a successful product that you now covet.
    If you want to go the DIY route, by all means. Can’t stop you there. (And I’ll refrain here from waxing poetic about quality and integrity of construction among other issues!) But lets not devalue work you obviously admire by scoffing at the price and diminishing it’s artistic merit by reducing it to just the elements simply compose it. It’s not just a ‘piece of chain’.

  6. It gets dark at night?! WHAT IN THE FU-

    The $599 I believe is the price of one of the more complex women’s pieces that I saw when glancing through the site, but still, $200-$300 for something that doesn’t have diamonds or isn’t a particularly buxom hooker? I come from the sort of household where as a child we cut open toothpaste tubes to scrape the last bits out before we’d buy a fresh one; I think coming from a parent who was raised below the poverty line in post-industrial Turin has left me with an attitude to money that is undoubtedly at odds with my appreciation of high fashion and desire to /look pretty/.

    (Also, someone needs to teach me what formatting tags are used on here, capslock makes anyone look silly. I don’t need help on that front.)

  7. @.typhoid — of course you belong here! (Even & especially considering the post is intended to be a dialogue—if money were not a concern, I’d just order all four & be on my merry Wouldn’t-That-Be-Nice way…)

    However, you’ve quoted $599 twice now, & I’m curious to which piece you’re referring.
    I assume it’s something more elaborate you saw in the women’s section of the site, as the options that I posted range between $200-$300 — & that’s after shipping/handling fees were factored in. There’s a big difference between $200 & 3 times that amount (says the Master of the Obvious. Also, didja know it gets dark at night?)… There haven’t been many times in my life that I’ve shucked out $600 for clothing, but those rare instances were custom-made, involved highly-skilled individuals, & involved rare fabrications (imported pearlsheen latex, a posture collar & matching corset with three-dimensional detailing, et al).

    Nevertheless, for an accessory? I can only think of a single time I spent that amount, & it was to buy my mom her first ‘luxury’ bag. (She’s conservative & Southern, so I went the route of LV—not that of my personal taste; that’s for sure.)

    Oh & re: my ridiculous verbosity…I think I’ve made it evident why I stay so hopelessly behind in correspondence. (Y/Y?) One of my main reasons in setting up a twitter account was that I hoped it would help me go the Ferlinghetti route of “think[ing] long thoughts in short sentences.”

    If I’m writing a haiku? Sure thing. Otherwise… :: YouGetItYouGetItYouGetIt ::

  8. @Clint Holy long reply, Batman. I have to agree that copying a work and claiming it as your own and/or selling it on feels dodgy at best, but the argument about the nature of intellectual property is one I’m not going to get into. I’d just like to let it be known that I would certainly never sell something I had consciously copied because I was too poor to afford it; making bucks off someone else’s work makes me feel grody inside because I was raised in a capitalist culture which has taught us that a person’s idea is theirs rather than belonging to the whole. (Hang on, am I getting into the IP argument after all here?) As it stands, and I mean no offence to anyone, $599 is just too much for me to pay for the labour and materials involved in something like a body chain. I will make it for myself, because I’d rather eat, but if asked I would always tell the truth and point them towards the original design. I’d be hesitant to make one for anyone’s use other than my own, even for free, because that would be too much like passing it off as mine. Oh, lawd, can I just go back to scratching my ass instead of provoking moral debates about the price of high fashion? I clearly don’t belong here. /scrit scrit

  9. You guys are great! And @.typhoid, @EE Welch–wait a minute; does the “@” action even alert anyone through here?–regardless, point is: as someone as impecunious as this recession has made me, due to my various “passion-driven” (if you’ll excuse the soap opera vernacular) career choices, of course I see designs like this & think “OK, I can either jimmy-rig my own version of this design, or I’ll just have to live without it.”

    However, when piddling around/researching the subject for a bit, I discovered

    (of which I’d heard rumors, but never the first-person account in which the designer burst into tears)


    *the final reader comment of which is:

    BY LAGIRL69 on 06/23/2009 at 2:14am
    “Erin Wasson also knocked off Soixante Neuf’s long hammered ring, she bought it about a year ago from a store in LA then just had it copied and stuck it in her line, I feel for Joie Jager the designer who’s had the ring in her line since 2005, what is this Erin chick thinking?”

    Which, as someone who’s had my work blatantly, flagrantly, and unapologetically appropriated on more than one occasion–excluding two times in which I had the pleasure of being tipped off, & thereby beat down the bitches [both of whom are male, incidentally!]–the aforementioned links served as the impetus for my decision to support the originator, even if it is a strain on my veering-precariously-close-to-the-max-available credit card.

    Granted, I’m by no means a saint, and have even studied under well-established authors who espouse the “borrow widely; steal wisely” philosophy. I agree with the philosophy to an extent, as I believe we’re all influenced by–oh, pretty much everything.

    If it were a mega-corporation cranking out these designs, particularly one with a history of knocking off burgeoning artists in the first place? I’d be inclined to knock-off one of their more-than-likely knocked-off designs.

    Nonetheless, proof/pudding of the saint I’m not:

    The massive ribcage necklace posted yesterday that retails for over 2K American.

    If I knew of a way to have one of my own made for 1/10th of the price?

    Well, I wouldn’t go out of my way to research the designer in search of anything that might dissuade me. I’ll leave it at that.

    Thanks again for your comments (including the tip of David Lindwall’s name, @jenni!); I really appreciate the feedback.

    As for my final decision, though?

    Can’t say I’m quite there just yet!

    Yours in The Excessive & Transgressive,
    Clintasaurus Wrecks

  10. If a night with David Lindwall (the gorgeous Swedish male model featured in the 3rd and last photo) was included in the price, I would gladly fork over the ridiculous amount of money for something I can make in a couple hours at home.

  11. ‘Torrent as sleeves’ is the hot sex. That is all.

    @typhoid – I have actually planned to rip this look off on the cheap. It’s not like I’d be mass producing them, so I don’t have a problem with it!

  12. I’d get some lengths of chain, lobster clips and O rings and make it myself, personally. But that’s just because I am a cheap and skanky type who thinks paying $599 for a piece of chain is a little beyond even my capacity for ridiculous fashion buys. I am sure I am doing something entirely immoral and offensive to some of you here.