Sunday, August 29, 2010

RONNIE & CARO: SURVIVOR BAND LAUNCH

Allyuh look pictcha!Review soon.




Friday, August 27, 2010

Island People:Shades of the Universe Mascamp

Took a pass by the IP camp ,was told that registration will be starting tomorrow.Oh and for all of you who want that Saturn Individual ...its a hot $7500!




Wednesday, August 25, 2010

SPICE 2K11:THE SIGNATURE COLLECTION

Well I took a pass in the mascamp today for registration since I had yet to see the costumes close up. They did nothave the numbers that I have seen in some of the other mas camp openings but I must admit I was pleasantly suprised at some of the costume. I might be inclined to do a review later . Here are some pics




SPICE GALLERY 1

SPICE GALLERY 2

Saturday, August 21, 2010

ISLAND PEOPLE 2K11:Shades of the Universe Review

Band Launch season continued with Island People's Presentation of 'Shades of the Universe". As per usual I was running a bit late for the media launch and was filled with dread at the thought of traffic to get to Pier 1. Fortunately there was none and I was able to make it with time to spare for the launch. The red carpet runway was laid out and it was with much anticipation that we awaited the start of show. I was quite delighted to get a look at at least one version of all the sections prior to the band launch . As is always the case, the models ran back and forth from the stage giving very little time for us to get good pics and note the credits. Fortunately this was later remedied by a photo session for the media which allowed me to get some close up detail shots. I was a bit surprised to hear that one of Tribe's 'exclusive' designers was contributing to Island People's line up. Interesting..... Anywho we were well fed and the bar was well kept while we waited for the band launch to begin.

It was alleged early on that the show was to start at 11pm. One look at the crowd (and the still lack of traffic coming in to Chaguaramas) and I knew that was not going to happen. We saw 12am with a bit of crowd improvement and I was hoping for the go ahead by 12:30am. We were not so lucky . A tortuous hour later trying to fight the night dew and the show finally began .None of us were shocked that they started the show by spraying for mosquitos. I will never quite get how bands don't understand that we can't see costumes through smoke! Island People however had the perfect solution by having a long drawn out presentation with models trying to move in slow motion with a few alien dance intermissions every so often. I was able to get some pretty good shots while they did their pause towards the back of the stage but they still sped along through their robot motions closer to the front of the stage. The odd positions did not do well for detailed pics but I can appreciate the effort to stick to a theme. The show ended off with Swappy decked off in his own 'out there' outfit. I could not help but think back to one of my first ever band launches for Poison where we had Machel perform with his live band. Times have certainly changed as the focus is completely on the costumes.

Ok so lets talk costumes......I will applaud Island People for taking some risks in their designs to draw people in and try and keep with their far out theme. Overall I will say they had a good presentation and as with all large bands I have my favs and my not so much.It comes as no surprise now that the costumes are super skimpy. Maybe I have seen too many costumes this season but I am a bit weary of nekkid costumes. So here is my personal take :

TWILIGHT PHENOM

I think it is marketing genius to have a section specifically geared to the 16-20 age group that is alcohol free. Cost wise this is also proposed to be within the 'youth budget' which is the justification for a simpler costume made with economical materials. Kudos to them because I know to ask mom and dad for money to pay for a carnival costume is a hard sell for some young people. They have a good case now! That is maybe until mom/dad actually sees the costume.For the age group it is a bit on the sexy side. To be sure, I asked my mom who did allow me to play mas with them in costume when I was 16 (and 15 if i wanted to). She also did not like the idea of a sixteen year old in that outfit with the very narrow and low belt and a cutout bra. I did not even bother to show her the back which has very little coverage. In this case, a standard boy short or monokini would have given the youth an open and shut case when they made that pitch. I could probably live with the collar but I am really not feeling the headpiece. They both look a bit 'school carnival' for me. It would have been cuter if they just used the purple spheres or better yet give them a cute head band.Maybe it just needs some more colour contrast or a few gems in the circles to make it a bit more eye catching. My first one feather Poison headpiece was far more nostalgic. Its odd that those crescent shapes on the male costume seems to be popular in several bands this year.


FOREVER ORBIT

Yeah, I don't really get this one as a costume. The monokiniversion kinda looks like one of those 'one size fits all' lingerie numbers that come in a box , not on a hanger. The slashed tube is also not something that seems very practical, I was able to check if there is some sort of lining. It is really a matter of personal taste if you like or hate this costume. I personally have yet to find the appeal of large amounts of lace in a carnival costume. It is also a bit questionable about how much 'design' really went into this one when it all seems pre packaged. If I pretend for a second that it is a costume and not night wear with a back pack then I would have to ask if different torso lengths will be accommodated in connection to different boy short sizes. There is also no waistband on the frontline whatsoever. From the back it looks boring. The head band makes for a bad tan line. Thebackline two piece is actually an improvement! On the plus side , I can see people saying "That one covered, I wearing dat!" but sheer lace is not very forgiving. I wonder if they are going to market that monokini as a frontline without backpack as seen on stage cause I think its a waste of money to buy that monokini by itself without the backpack option.Not even an extra arm accessory between the two versions plus a downgrade in headpiece with the monokini?? What is also completely perplexing to me is why do a black on black costume? Completely dead! Space is full of colour , just ask the Hubble people. This needed to be black and purple or black and orange or something. I think my money would be better spent on another section that is a lot more interesting. Yeah this one could really stay in orbit...forever.


ORIONS STARBIRTH
This is a one of my top picks for Island People. Loved the headpieces and the collars as well as the colour combination. The bra is decorated simply but nicely. I really like how the wire bra is done on the frontline and connected to the neckpiece. I do have to wonder if the waistband got lost in space cause it is almost non existent. It is actually more a decorated panty than a waistband in truth. Sexy is sexy but this looks more scanty like they ran out of material because the four strands of gems used on each side of the front are so tiny themselves!! Is that another built in T-string? The gems in the back just disappear at a distance as they are so fine. Value for your money? Jury is still out on that one. A pity cause I do love it from the waist up. I think it will be one of the first to sell off as there is a demand for super skimpy.








METEOR BURST

Well if you are planning to do this front line I sure hope your body and your boobs look just like the model. The pattern from a distance looks interesting almost like a dress mannequin with body lines. The shoulder pieces are not going to help with your modesty that's for sure. Very bondage like and NEKKID not naked. I am a bit concerned with all these connected parts..how does one adjust that?Note that the panty is not connected to the 'cage' of the costume. It is a bit more obvious on the backline where you can tell that the 'waistband' is actually connected to the bra by the vertical gems.I wonder how do they ensure the torso lengths and that the 'waistband' horizontal piece falls at the right spot on the body. If it comes up short you will see the waistband and then a gap of skin and then the bottom piece.Ok ,I have a habit of ranting about torso lengths cause it is always a problem area for me, I don't fit in many standardmonokinis or all in one jumpsuits. Besides being tall overall, I also have a long boob to waist torso length. That would be my greatest reservation about this section but I do think its interesting and I like the headpiece.


GALACTIC DUST
I am a bit on the fence about this one.I like the colour and the general design especially the fabric tendrils.Its a bit reminiscent of Natural Mystic in that sense. The flower applique is just not working for me. In general, I personally hate generic appliques on any costume , I think its a cop out to actually designing something especially when its just used in a row on the waistband and then one on each boob. Fortunately in this case , that was not done with the bra but it was done on the waistband and the headpiece. I would have liked it a lot better if they had used the applique in a similar fashion to the bra in the waistband. I think because it is so obviously a flower is what really throws it off as I don't see how that is space related. The landing strip of flowers in the head piece is also completely unnecessary. However the flower in the headband is kinda cute as that where flowers should be, in your hair. The frontline is done much more attractively and is very nice. Love the backpack. Yet another one of the ever popular bejewelled panty. I would love to see how this is priced with very few feathers.



ZUNE
When I first saw this costume I said wow thats hot! I love the colour combo with the chains of different sizes and colours. Very punk rock meets outer space. Absolutely love the arm piece and the leg piece. Paired with a wicked backpack and hot wire bra. Interesting head piece comprised of large gems.The model was channeling Nikki Minaj. Yeah, I would rock it. It was not until I saw the backline on stage I said "Wait a minute!" And then I got very annoyed. The similarities between this costume and Persian Gold(Tribe 2k11) is just too much to overlook. Funnily enough before the launch I had a convo with a friend in regards to Orions'Starburst's bra which she insisted was a carbon copy of Amazon (Tribe). I disagreed and without debating 'who copy who' I actually made a case that its only so many ways you can decorate a bra and it is perfectly reasonable for two designers to come up with a similar pattern independantly. This costume just shot my theory to hell. I had to wonder if this was some sensational episode of Project Runway. Designs are typically done way in advance ,but we have certainly seen first hand what can happen overnight e.g Bliss costume revamp. By reason of being first out the gate it would suggest that Tribe had first dibs on the design and it would also suggest that if they wanted to, IP had more than enough time to mod their own version. I am not accusing anybody of wrong doing but this costume is like Persian gold's evil twin. Like in the movie's (or Heroes) when people look in the mirror. I may be taking this personally as Persian Gold is one of my top picks but the similarity in even the details is disturbing. Similar colouring,similar feathers in the backpack, similar style of backpack, similar arm accessory and it seems like the arm was translated to the leg complete with feathers coming off the top (like Persian armpiece).The frontline panty even has the same detail whereby the chains are attached to the rings. But wait, weren't those chains done in Caged Canary and weren't those gems used in Loulan? Wow.Just wow. Hold up!The backlinebra is fully embellished and I almost went home when I saw the hood. No, seriously? The more i look at it the more aggravated I get. The back view of the panty is just poor though.Good job on the glove though, that's different. I do believe that in the booklet that the exact same pose was done with Touch.


LUNAR CYCLE
Good going on this one. I especially like the monokiniversion as it look like quite a bit of detail was done in decorating the monokini itself. The waistbands are barely there in both versions! The backline waistband style does look very familiar hmmm. Love the back pack and headpieces. I think the individual costume just looks like it would be fun to wear and be a Lady Gaga for a day. Very interested in seeing the price of that costume.One of my top picks.













MARS BLISS

Interesting colour choice for Mars considering that it is considered the red planet. I just don't really understand this one overall. Kill them with applique so it went wrong for my tastes already. The backline just looks like very little thought went into. I like the style of the frontline monokinibut I would have to agree with Saucy that the construction left a bit to be desired. Unfortunately, I think Saucy'strypophobia is contagious and it kinda freaks me out also. The frontline speaks to me more of coral with the branches and the colouring than planets for some reason.A really good sized head piece and backpack but I could have also done without the applique runway up the front of the headpiece. Good luck with that wire frame around the front of the face, the tan line will not be cute.How do you wear sunglasses with these? Overall just meh!





M51
Great colour. Yes, a bit reminiscent of Touch but again its only so many colours in the rainbow so I won't harp on that. However, is that an applique I see? This costume actually has more of a waistband than many of the other sections in the band. I was liking the monokini until I saw that the connecting part was pink lace. Huh? I really don't understand why that was neccessary. Love the large headpiece version. Overall a safe pick













VEGA
Green costumes and I generally don't get along but I think this one was done well. Definitely risky to mix the green shades but I think it works. I really did not appreciate this costume until I saw it under the lights and it is really one of the better ones in the band. Love the far out frontlineversion. I am a bit iffy about the feathered neckpiece cause I think that might drive me crazy all day but that's an easy mod. The headpieces are really pretty as well. One of my top picks. Ok but the male headpiece...does that even make sense? How you drinking with that on your head?








SATURN SANCTUARY

When I saw the frontline version of this at the media launch I was like its nice but the gradient beading is something that has been over done in recent times. I liked the colour combo and I loved the shoulder pads. I think I liked thebackline version better . I would have liked to see something a bit more fan shaped on thefrontline headpiece and the three lines coming down onto the forehead seems a bit odd.The backline headpiece is very cute and I prefer the style of the curved lines over the forehead. The individual of this section was definitely a wow moment. I absolutely love it. Those leg pieces are stunning! The body wear and the shoulder pads from the frontline and I would be on!



NEBULAR'S HYPNOSIS
I liked it for the main fact that its basic and blue. And yes that may translate as a bit boring or safe but hey you can't go wrong either. This is definitely the section for those who don't want too get to far out with the other costumes and want to stick to the bbf formula. The backline does look a bit lacking with a small headpiece and no arm accessories. Its still cute and easy to manage on the road. The frontline is very pretty and I love the bra cut. However, we did see that newer style in YUMA for the season which is fine but I would agree with Sauce that it is probably the best feature of the costume.










QUASAR

Compared to the other black costume this is definitely a winner.Its strange that they would have two black costumes in a band. Maybe the thought was space has a lot of black but as a science geek I don't subscribe to that thought. (Olber's Paradox).Its also kind weird that a quasar as the most luminous object in space would be black.Ok science lesson over. Anywho, this costume and its numerous options scream Sonia Mack. Its kinda hard to tell what is backline and what is individual.I pretty much like all the bodywear options especially the bustier. I absolutely love ,love the individual with the giant skirt The smaller version is cute too. I would have to do something about the peekabo nipple though. Lets talk about this netted panty on the 'frontlines'.....ummm does that have a lining in the front? That net body suit is for only the brave but I do like the overlay. It does remind me a bit of Oracle (Yuma). I cant stand the headpiece with the landing lights up the front. I do think the section overall is one of her better designs. Oh btw Male Quasar, Artic Warrior called, they want their wolverine claws back.

My top picks (no order): Vega, Quasar,Orion's Starbirth, Lunar Cycle
My least favourite: Mars Bliss, Forever Orbit , I want to say Galactic Dust but imma gonna let you slide.
Banned from my sight: Zune

Ok so overall a very different presentation by Island People. I think there are a lot of choices for all tastes and all levels of confidence. I would have to say that I prefer their last two years to this one. Not as many OMG moments as I as hoping for. I think there may be some issues with fit in some sections. I think all the sections need to take a second look at the rear view as they all seem to be lacking. I expect that my costume look just as good from the back as from in front. Decorating just the front of the costume is both lazy and cheap and don't use the skimpy card to justify it. The costumes are strong enough that I think they will do well and they definitely have a solid following regardless. Island People need to ensure they have a good pricepoint with all the competition out there.

Island People 2K11:Shades of the Universe

Here are pics...I hadda sleep on some of these costumes before I do any review.



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

YUMA MAS CAMP OPENING


I made a visit to Yuma's mascamp opening today and I must say they have a very impressive set up. It is located on 12 Alcazar Street , St.Clair which can be a bit tricky to navigate sometimes with the double parked cars. If you miss it , its opposite the blue building (Lonsdale). I lucked out on a parking spot but I also noticed a carpark next door, not sure if that will be available for use. I am love the fact that both Full frontlines and floor are being displayed. The way they have suspended the headpieces over the mannequins is also pretty cool and you can walk 360 degrees around most of them. The accessories for the costumes are also on display. They also have a guy walking around with an Apple Ipad that you use to see the studio shots.The website is set to be launched today . There are numerous staff members walking around to answer questions and give prices . When I thought they could not treat people better...it have a man outside with umbrellas to walk you in just in case. Humph! Well without further delay (SAUCE) here are the prices as given to me today. Official prices should be taken from the website.
All males for all sections :$2,790
FEMALES:
ARIES
Backline $3,490 + $600 for lg headpiece
No frontline
SCORPIO
Backline $3,690
Frontline $ 4,990
GEMINI
Backline $3390
FL ??? maybe it was an individual we saw
SAGITTARIUS
Backline $3190
FL??
TAURUS
Backline $3,690
Frontline $4,790 + $1200 Backpack
ORACLE
Backline $3,690
Frontline $4,990 + $1200 Backpack
LEO
Backline $3,490
Frontline $4,290
CAPRICORN
Backline $3,190
Frontline , including lg headpiece and shoulder $3,790
VIRGO
2PC Backline $3,290
Monokini backline $3,490
AQUARIUS
Backline $3,690
Frontline $4,790
LIBRA
Backline $3,690
Frontline $4,290 (no backpack)
CANCER
Backline $3,490
Frontline $4,790 (with backpack)
PISCES
Backline $ 3,290 +$700 collar
Frontline $4,990
Downpayments are $1800 for frontline and backline is $1200. I think generally the prices are good. There is a good range so you can budget accordingly. See here for pics from inside the camp.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

BLISS: PART TROIS

Ok so we have to make sure to keep up with all these changes in BLISS!! Here now is their (kinda) new section Amazonia. Its basically the sme design as Amazon in Tribe but with a different colour scheme. They are both very pretty but I think I am leaning towards this version just an itsy bit more. For the full gallery and close ups click here.

In other news, Ice Warriors just lost its feathered collar. Now I don't know if the frontline will have the collar option or if you can purchase it for an additional price but it just went poof! What is left is kinda blah, the collar really made the costume complete. However this section is pegged to be the 'ultra inclusive' section for those with champagne tastes.( I want to see if it will be a champagne budget as well)

We are still hoping that the "Indian" makes last call as people are anxiously waiting to see what it looks like before commiting to anything. The Bliss site is now up with prices minus some of the newer costume versions, keep checking for updates.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

BLISS : THE REVAMP

Well a little birdie told us that the Bliss costumes were going to get a little facelift. Well I expected a slight tweak or two. I certainly was not expecting a complete rework of Ice Warriors and Solaris. So here is Solaris and Ice Warriors take two:
SOLARIS
Solaris is almost unrecognizable. Most of the costume has been completely scrapped with the exception of the tubular gold chain. Most obvious is the colour change which went from gold/orange/ yellow to blue/ lime green. The design on the bra and the waistband are completely chaged.The back of the waistband is a piece of cloth that hangs to one side. The frontline version has a backpack instead of the large armpieces before. I think much better use of the gold chain compared to the previous version and the colour are fantastic . Down the the bracelet accesories......I am truly shocked, 110% improvement!

BEFORE
AFTER

ICE WARRIORS
I had to do a million double takes on this one. The colour combination is now teal/grey/purple. No trace of the former shade of blue. The icicle headpiece and the oversized back pack are gone. We now have giant fetahered shoulder pads and a cute headpiece. Please note the funky pink walls in bliss mascamp sometimes causes some distortion in the colouring and I was so excited that I forgot to take an overall shot with my digital camera instead of my blackberry.The transformation is amazing. Similar style gems are being used but a lot more colour brought into the costume.


BEFORE


AFTER

I really need to give the designers a round of applause! Well done! This is what i was hoping to see in Bliss to begin with! I can see some people jumping off the TRIBE bandwagon very shortly. For close up pics of both new designs click here.

But wait! Its not over yet !! Cyclon is a "dead man walking" and will be removed from the lineup as well. As we speak a NEW costume is being photographed for addition to the band. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

YUMA 2K11:LAUNCH REVIEW

As you would all know by now ,on Sunday,YUMA had their launch of their first ever presentation for Carnival called "Zodeak". I of course have to thank the YUMA crew who were kind enough to give us unprecedented access to the backstage prior to the show. Myself, AC and Saucy were afforded the privilege of being to witness the whole production from beginning to end and it was indeed and experience.


The venue was an interesting choice, a part of the Oval Carpark that I had never seen used for an event. It turned out to be a good gamble as the crowd was just enough to make the entire place look full.The stage set up was also extremely elaborate with several giant screens in the backdrop. The sponsors Coldstone, Jack Daniels, Dixie were all set up and ready before the doors were officially opened. I must say from the get go you can see the backstage also appeared very well organised; all the costumes were laid out and from well before the show there were ladies fully dressed in frontline costumes.Kudos to those ladies who spent no less than 5 hours in costume in heels! We were all given a full walkthrough of all the costumes by section and allowed to observe the elaborate detailing.

Well my thoughts? In general I think YUMA had a point to prove that they could compete with the other established large bands especially if they want to be successful. It took some thinking before we could find a phrase to describe what we were seeing and we finally decided on "Shock and Awe". They pulled out all the stops when it came to bling,costume size and sexiness to just continuously have that "WOW !" factor throughout the presentation. In some cases it worked to their advantage, others not so much but without a doubt people went home talking about YUMA. Overall I think there may be too many costumes in earth tones and the models seem to have some challenges with some of the backpacks but as they say.....go big or go home so I will put it down to unforeseen circumstances. Please note that my critique are always a personal opinion based on personal experience and longevity playing mas in costume. I always respect a designer's effort and inspired design thought regardless whether I like the end product or not.Ok so costume review time :




THE ORACLE

This costume is absolutely gorgeous.Love love love! My opinion from the media launch has definitely not changed The detail on the bra is fantastic and the colour was definitely a good pick for the incorporation of the peacock feathers.
I love how the decoration goes up the bra straps. The frontline bodywear is my absolute favourite of the entire band. The headpieces are sky high!The individual backpack seems a bit unstable but that should be an easy fix. I was a bit concerned about the wire bra for the individual as it clearly did not fit her but it is also absolutely gorgeous. Some people think the shreds of cloth are a bit much in the backpack but I love them as I love to see them trail off as the models moved across the stage. When you see this one coming , get out the way!





ARIES


Interesting colour choice for this sign. The interpretation was meant to be the remnants of flames i.e ash and soot. Don't quite understand how that is associated with a ram ..maybe cause its a sun sign? However, I am not too bothered by theme and interpretations.The birthstone most associated with this sign (Diamonds) is used quite generously in the back line version. Backline is a nice pick and

a safe bet. I think the individual bustier is fantastic. Not sure how I feel about the wings but the plunge neckline, the spikes and the detailing with the whole dominatrix feel. When the model walked with this and you saw how the top of the bustier moved , you know Beyonce might be calling for a borrow.











TAURUS



This costume is definitely in my top three! Actually no, this is my favourite! Just wow. This is not usually one of my
favourite colours but it was just done so well! The belt, the bras are so well detailed, absolutely gorgeous! This is one that could have gone so wrong with the horns but it was incorporated into the headpiece so elegantly you can barely notice it. When you do notice it its like, that's just fabulous. Backline, Frontline, Individual all fantastic. The variation
of the frontline neckpiece had me doing double takes. Those jewel pants on the individual ..very daring! The decoration is really something to see up close.

















LEO

Leo, Leo,Leo. Sigh. Ok, so as i saw the backline model being dressed I said hmmm. Alright, loved the hanging gems from the bar similar to Island People's 'Rays of light'. I understand that its supposed to represent a lion but in my opinion furry boobies, or furry anything for that matter is really not very flattering. I still kept an open mind and hung around to see how this was going to end up. Then I saw the waistband with even more fur with just 3 little pieces hanging in front and I was like nooo this is not going where I am willing it to go. In fairness, I am a bit biased when it comes to furry bamcees due to a personal unfortunate costume experience. So maybe its just transference at play here but I would have lived with the bra if it was the only portion with the fur. It would have been better if they used some leather and made her an african queen. Then we have the frontline.....humph! For shock value it gets an A+, for people who really want to play mas...it gets an D-. I actually like the front of the frontline alot better than the floor, even though its furry, as you can see the pattern of the animal print much better than in the smaller areas on the backline.The headpieces are quite a risk with all the hair used .You will either love it or hate it. I am not feeling it just yet ,maybe it will grow on me (no pun intended) as I appreciate the interpretation. I thought the lion nostril design was quite creative but I could not help but wonder what happens if it gets wet? Hmmmm. I liked the plunge neckline on the bodywear, even liked the side chains. I absolutely cannot endorse the back of this costume. Its just too much for something that I don't particularly care for to begin with. Skimpy is one thing and I love a skimpy costume, this is flat out nekkid.Not naked eh..nekkid! I dunno who will seriously wear this (without tights at that) but I am not sure if that's the clientele YUMA is looking for or if I really want to lime with those who would.







VIRGO


The floor is baby pink and white and the frontline is all white.Another interesting colour choice. If it was up to me I would ban baby pink and lime green from the colour spectrum for Carnival as they are very difficult colours to get right. They did a pretty good job with this one mostly due to the fact that the beading is so detailed. I would have to agree with Saucy when she says that when its put together its nice. I like it but don't love it. The frontline however is fantastic! That I absolutely love!! If you blinked you missed it but I was lucky enough to catch a few shots on stage and see it close up before hand. One of the best frontlines. The male version had huge wings which he seemed to be barely able to manage. Forgive me, but I hope his pants were lined cause he may be giving us a different type of show on the road.
































SAGITTARIUS

Another earthy toned costume. I think the side skirt on this was actually kind of cute. Modest yet still sexy. I liked the bra and the use of the bronze circles in the decoration especially on the foot pieces. Not sure if I am feeling the tubular chains, it seems that was a very popular material this year amongst all the bands. It just always makes me think of its use in costume jewellery. I liked it a bit more when i saw it connected to the waistband across the body. The arm accessories and the headpiece on the frontline are very pretty. I have some reservations about the braided weave incorporated into the headpiece. Yes,its a play on 'horse hair' which is the symbol of Sagittarius. I think the model who had a similar hair colour to the weave used in the headpiece braid was able to pull it off .That pic is actually my one of my favourites that I took for the night.However it just looked odd on the the model who had her own darker braids who had a much longer headpiece braid to begin with. Suppose a girl with blonde hair chose to wear the costume? then it becomes a bit weird. If you could have said on registration, Yeah I'm a number 4/30 then I would work with it. Either that or you are pretty much forced to wear your hair up. I hope its optional.






SCORPIO


This costume caused quite a stir on stage. Honestly it had to grow on me a bit.I loved the bloodstones used on the costumes but was a bit on the fence about how the monokini was decorated.Then I thought about it so more and said, ok, it kinda looks like a scorpion stingers and that's when I decided to like it. I agree with Sauce that we would have liked to see a tail or a bustle on the frontline as well . For me its more because the back looks a bit boring. I think I like the two piece version in the individual better as it looks like claws grabbing onto everything.It should be noted that these bras are lined on the inside for comfort. I am not really a fan of the backline however, I think it just looks a bit too cluttered.I would have liked it more if just the edges were lined with the bloodstones. Its a very bold gem to use so densely. I like the waistband even less. The headpieces and accessories are all fantastic so I would say overall a good costume but not OMG in my books.







AQUARIUS



Not to much different to what I thought from the launch. I just have to say the individual is stunning. I love the cut of the bra , the waistband. The cascading feathers in different shades of blue. Bling for days.Gorgeous! Hope those g-strings don't get people in trouble!










LIBRA

One of my favourites. This has a similar bra to Aquarius on the Fl but both floor and backline bra are very worked up with lots of diamante. It has a simple design but if you are a diamante lover and want to blind people in the sun, this is for
you! I swear this costume was glowing in the dark backstage. I love the use of the x-style bra on the backline.I would like to recommend a slider band to hold it together instead of stitching it down because it was clear that the model has issues with the fit. Other than that one issue, gorgeous.











GEMINI


HMMM I am very on the fence about this one. Green is a very difficult colour to pull off. I think the backline is much better than the frontline body wear wise. They use two shades of green with some gems and some pearl details. The pearls are used sparingly in the backline and its a cute touch. The frontline body wear is really not to my liking. There are certain elements to it that I like but together it does not mesh well with me. The medallion by itself is nice and I like the idea of the pearls hanging but the pearl strands seem to be very low cost material for a frontline.The bar is very well worked up but it looks odd on the lime green base. I think its the colour of the swimsuit that disturbs me the most. The bejewelled panty is really just awful between the colour and the placement of the placement of the stones it is hovering on tacky. I also don't understand how it is supposed to be worn because the model had to place the side bands high on her hip in high cut fashion although the front sits dangerously low. If it is worn any other way you would be flashing people. The leg pieces look very ole school. Its such a pity because the backpack and headpiece are fabulous. Overall the section is one of my least favourite but I agree with Sauce, the model definitely rocked it.




CANCER

This costume is a bit worrying for me . It has a whole lot going on. I liked the cups on the backline and the large gems used to hang from it but that's about it. The rest of the costume is a whole lot of applique/edging strung together.
A bit of transference here again, I never liked this sequin material, it has been used in several costume including Tribe's Jamette. I did not like it on that costume either and sorry to say it looks well... a tad bit cancerous. It is then paired with this band of applique with diamante which in my view does not tie in very well with the sequins. Then a there a few off-colour gems which I am not really sure how they got there at all. I am going to have to say the neckpiece is just not cute and quite blah. Given that there are some interesting details like the tie in the back of the bra but not a whole lot going on in the waistband back. The backpack and the headpiece of the frontline is probably the best part of the section overall. Now if I overlook the sequins material I can actually like the idea of the frontline legpieces. However, most sane people certainly wont be wearing high heels on the road and god forbid they wear sneakers with a frontline costume so I have to wonder how this will look with boots. It will be a bit odd having to lace up those thigh high leggings over boots. I will leave that for AC to figure out. I like the style of the bra and jewelled panty but again, the sequins just don't sit well with me. The panty in this one also sits extremely low, you can't afford to miss wax day with this one.





PISCES
YAY for Pisces! Ok I am biased , this is my sign and I am so happy to se it be as good as I hoped.It is fantastic! Absolutely love the frontline bodywear. I love the use of the different shades of blue and green in thebackpacks and headpieces. Blue meets bling and its fab-u-lous. The back of the waist band could have done with some more fringe hanging but that is an easy fix if you so chose to. The bustier is just wow! Love the movement in it and all the different colours. The larger winsg lread a bit more bat like than fish like with the blue candy floss but I can work with it.









CAPRICON

From the time I first saw the colour combo I knew I would like this one. Not since Poison's El Dorado have I seen a gold and black costume that I was really feeling. I love the beaded circles detail on the headpiece .This costume is simple and easy while still very cute. I really liked the jacket for the frontline but I think I would personally prefer something a bit visually lighter like the chains. So thast no real objection there. I loved the footpieces, I dunno how you supposed to walk in it but they are very pretty.Hmm , maybe you can turn that into a collar....or into arm pieces.








In general I think YUMA showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with and had a very good showing. I can't wait to see prices as the materials used in these costumes are not cheap but good sense would dictate that they would have to have a similar price point as other popular bands to be competitive.

Monday, August 09, 2010

YUMA BAND LAUNCH

WOW ! What an interesting night! Check out the pics, review to follow soon!


For launch click HERE


For Backstage Pics click HERE

Saturday, August 07, 2010

TRIBE IGNITE UK

Your turn London!

TEAM BLISS!

So Tribe had their mascamp opening for their new band Bliss this evening. The crowd started filtering in quite early. I guess either hoping to catch more Roast Pork or knowing that the parking situation is always a pressure. Much to my disappointment there was no roast pork in sight. I would not be left with my belly in my hand however as there was a never ending flow of hors d'oeuvres and if you was REAL hungry there was the biggest mini roti I have seen in a while available for the taking. As an advocate of the Bliss concept I was very glad to see it well attended. The new Bliss mas camp is located next door to the Tribe mas camp within the same compound. It was not long before bandleader Dean Ackin said a few words and welcomed everyone and then invited us all to take a look at the costumes on display.

So thoughts after second look:

TITANS
Probably the best of the lot. This costume is attracting the largest majority of the attention. Almost everyone who has
made the decision to be in Bliss wants this costume. The designer is offering so many different options that it would be difficult not to find one that fits you. There is the two piece, the monokini, the cold shoulder, the plunge, the big backpack, the small backpack, the big head piece, the small headpiece, the big belt, the little belt and who knows what else! From my understanding you will be able to mix and match whichever you want. Love that customis
ation option but I just hope they can keep things straight! The costume is every bit as beautiful in reality and I was glad to see some nice detail on the belt and neckline. I was even more pleased to see that the monokini has and adjustable center piece for different torso lengths. I am loving the diamante crown for the Frontline!






SOLARIS
I was never a fan of this costume and I although i like it better now that I have seen it with a full bra, I am not really sold on it. It has an interesting all metal waistband which was made using a tubular chainlink that has recently become popular with costume jewellery. There is only a little bit of colour in the body wear as it is mostly gold on gold. As I said before I can only presume that the intention is to minimise the body wear to enhance the elaborate arm, leg and head pieces that the floor version comes with. Although quite generous for a floor, I don't particularly like any of them especially the headpiece. The arm and leg pieces are a good design but seems like it was not executed quite right.The feathers look too droopy and there is this "half of an orange feather" stuck on each piece for a sad looking contrast. Maybe its because its a prototype, but I thought the arm band material which is also used for some of the cut out spikes were not of the level of quality workmanship I have come to expect from Tribe. Overall the minimal contrast makes it bit dull in my opinion.

IZUMI CLAN
This is my personal favourite. I am really loving the colour combo.The wrought iron-like detail is very attractive. The waistband is literally held on by two leatherette strings on each side which makes it extremely skimpy!!!! I probably would have preferred a bit more to it because it makes the main emblem portion of the waistband with the long cloth look a bit like a 'pin the tail on the poonky' play piece. It is so nicely detailed and so pretty that I am more than willing to overlook that. The back is a mirror of the front. I would probably cut the cloth anyway (from the top as to not lose the ombre pattern) and maybe use the scraps to make the side ties fabric.The headpiece is also very pretty but I am tired of headpieces and would probably opt for a simpler option if available.Unfortunately the frontline bra was not on display but judging by the book cover (no pun intended) its very racy. If you gonna rock the frontline it would be a shame to do so without the wire bra.




PELE
Another popular option among the sexy ladies. The plunge bra is an eye catcher indeed! The costume is nicely detailed but very reminiscent of Machu Pichu (which as I said before can never be a bad thing) with a lot more diamante. I was able to take a closer look and noticed that there were some more traditional wooden (?) beads included on the hanging parts of the costume. You might think this is a bit
inconsistent with all the diamante bordered gems but it seems to work quite well. My only concern was the fit of the bra, I suppose the mannequin was not the right size but food for thought, those of us with not much volume in the upper booby area due to breast shape (not size) may have some gaps in the top as seen in the pics.The mohawk head piece looks great but again, I hope I would have an option.






CYLON
I think those on the fence about this costume should see it in person. Close up, it is much more attractive than I anticipated it to be and its really growing on me more and more.You might need a bit of swag to rock those shoulder pieces .The costume itself seems to be meticulously put together using materials that individually would be unassuming.I am really liking how the patterns of the squares and circles vary throughout the costume giving its robotic look. In the booklet the model
looks fierce but I am still trying to figure out what is the difference between the floor and frontline in the book. I assume its an error.









ICE WARRIORS
I think my first impressions have not changed much with this costume but the 'like' factor went up a few notches on seeing it in person. Pretty costume and a safe choice. My only concern is that I think either the head piece or the collar needs to be reduced in size. There is too much interference between the two and they overwhelm each other. In reality the collar does not stand as straight up as it appears in the booklet and I would hate to have to hold it up all day like the model does in the studio shots. Furthermore, I hope the strings used to tie the backpack on display become straps (as they typically are in
Tribe) as they will certainly cut into the skin.









CAPRICA
Edited to add:Yeah I somehow skipped this one.
I think the body wear is very nice and the beaded curtain on the waistband is done well. I have a similar concern as with Solaris about the quality of the arm ban material.The arm pieces themselves make the costume quite broad. Don't plan on being able to wlak side by side with your friends. The head piece is not my favourite style but is very elaborate. Overall still one of my favs.







Last, but apparently least, I would like to offer my condolences and say R.I.P to Traxson Warriors which although it made it to the main band launch,it did not make it into the Bliss mas camp or the booklet. It is fair to say that it has been deposed to oblivion where other costumes such as Flamingo have suffered the same fate. I don't think it shall be missed but this strongly suggests either the popular section (Titans) just got bigger or the band just got smaller. I am putting my money on the first possibility.....supply and demand. The Bliss website is due to be up on Tuesday with full pricing. For full gallery click here.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Carnival Kicks Promotion


Well its never too early to look for boots! Why not win something in the process? Carnival Kicks has a promotion on for the month of August:

Every week Carnival Kicks will update our status via facebook and twitter with a shoe-related quote or lyrics of a song related to shoes or dancing. Fans/ Followers correctly name the person who issued the quote, or the name of the song AND singer(s) of the lyrics quoted and qualify for a chance to win 1 fabulous prize each week during the month of August.

Submit answers by commenting to the status update, Re-tweets, or posting on our wall.


Week 1: Pair of Sexy Hot Shorts

Week 2 : Pair of Nippies

Week 3: Pair of Dizzy Flip Flops

Week 4: Styling Tape


Please note , you have to 'like' their facebook page or follow them on twitter to qualify for entry. Winners will be selected at random via facebook or twitter.