by David Gargiulo
Sick high heels stiletto boots, sexy corsets or bustiers, kinky lingerie, second-skin rubber dresses, dim black full body latex catsuits, garters, collars...fetish fashion has struck us at full force. Many fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Thakoon, Givenchy are famous for pushing the envelope and using S&M inspired components to obtain that interesting twist that blurs the line between daily wear shoes and fetish heels.
The 60's played a major role in drawing near the fashion and the fetish worlds due to the influence of rock stars, such as the Rolling Stones, and actresses like Diana Rigg, who first wore a full leather catsuit with high boots on the TV show “The Avengers”. The public response was outstanding and the outfit quickly became iconic for the fans of the show. Since then fetish came out of the alternative scene and became mainstream thanks to celebrities that have been showing off their curves in fetish outfits for public appearances, shows, and videos. Madonna, Cher, Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera have been showcasing latex, PVC, leather, straps, chokers, exposed zips, metallic spikes heavily to obtain an edgy yet erotic look. Although celebrities really push the envelope and look for the next most unique and wacky piece that will make them hit the next magazine headlines, you do not need to look like a dominatrix to be cool and fashionable next time you go to your favorite nightclub. However, incorporating some fetish-style pieces in your wardrobe can really make a difference and give you that sought after, mysterious, and sexy look.