Some of the proudest claims the fetish scene makes about itself are that it is not sexist, ageist or sizeist. The scene, it is said, welcomes all — other than being a perv, you do not have to fit into any specific category or dress size to enjoy everything that kink culture has to offer.
However, when it comes to fetish clothing — and latex fashion in particular — if your body type falls outside the standard range of sizes within most designers’ comfort zones, the playing field is not quite as level as those egalitarian claims would have us believe.
That, at least, has been the experience of passionate latex enthusiast and dominatrix-turned-designer Asmondena.
This famous Hamburg fetishista says that over the years, she has had more than her share of bad experiences when buying latex — from poor fit and low-grade workmanship to problems with communication.
“Some outfits would pinch here and there, some didn’t fit as perfectly as they should, and some just simply didn’t meet my expectations,” she reveals. “All too often I’ve been disappointed — and let’s face it, who wants to be disappointed again and again?”
That’s why, in July of this year, Asmondena began the process of creating her own label. And on September 1 she officially launched BoomBastic Rubber — the name a saucy evocation both of its design style and its target market.
Her primary intentions for the label are to “open doors for ladies with curves”, and to prove that “ladies on the other side of a size 10 can wear sexy and elegant latex fashions”.
She explains: “For me, the prerequisites of any piece of clothing are good quality, comfort and good fit.” Which is why she has conceived BoomBastic as a made-to-measure only line. Beyond that she aims to provide a level of customer service that too often, as a curvy girl, she did not experience herself.
Asmondena felt the best way to launch a label catering for her type of customer was to focus initially on the design and customer service elements of the business, rather than trying to become immediately involved full-time with the physical production of the garments.
So for BoomBastic to become a reality, she first had to find a manufacturing partner — preferably in Germany. Though this is perhaps not as difficult as it might sound — in this time of recession, a lot of latex clothing producers have spare capacity — there was a false start with another manufacturer before she found the collaborator of her dreams.
Peter Pick’s name may not be that familiar outside Germany, but as the man behind Berlin label Fantastic Rubber, he has a reputation second to none among those in the know.
Fantastic’s body-hugging styles have become must-have wardrobe items for many an international model and photographer since its wares were first shown at Germany’s big international fetish fairs.
Its neck-entry, zipperless catsuits are a much-admired speciality, and a product instantly recognisable to many Fetishistas fans would be the one-piece Ms Marvel-inspired suit worn by model Marie-Kalista (photographed by Marcus Gloger) on our June 2010 cover.
I mention this because I think it’s important for people attracted by Asmondena’s designs to know that they are being produced with a top German name and not some tinpot Eastern copycat.
‘Some outfits would pinch here and there, some didn’t fit as perfectly as they should, and some simply didn’t meet expectations’ – Asmondena
I’m assured that the working relationship is a close one, with Asmondena designing styles in Hamburg and then spending time on production at Fantastic’s HQ on the outskirts of Berlin.
BoomBastic Rubber uses latex from Radical Rubber exclusively, and offers Radical’s entire colour range. Even the zippers are supplied in matching colours — because, says Asmondena, the smallest details are important to her.
Take a look at our galleries and you’ll get a very good idea of the current range of designs available from BoomBastic, and also of the details that give many of the styles a unique aesthetic as well as a great fit.
Stars are one current recurring theme. You can find them used in starburst motifs that subtly lift the look of an item such as the Starshine catsuit Asmondena wears on our November cover, photographed by the inimitable Thomas Bommi Burggraf.
You can also find stars used more boldly, as for example on the figure-hugging red long-sleeved top shown in our first gallery, worn both with red skirt and white leggings by Asmondena’s close modelling collaborator Alexa Unique.
Here, each star exhibits a 3D effect created using an advanced moulding process which, says the designer, ensures higher quality than simple hand- or laser-cut appliqués.
“We’re using this new technique,” says Asmondena, “because we’re committed to supplying the highest quality and long-lasting products to our customers.”
This same top also features another interesting BoomBastic motif — highly detailed twin straps across the collarbone, fastened by decorative buckles.
BoomBastic Rubber had its first public airing in late September at the Montreal Fetish Weekend, where Asmondena says she and Alexa got a great reaction, especially with the new star designs.
“Montreal was a blast!” she enthuses. “There were amazing fashion shows with 20 labels and 200 models, the people were in a very good mood and the whole organisation of Eric Paradis is amazing.
“You cannot compare it to the last German events we went to,” she adds, referring to the parties where she and I first met in the flesh in early June.
Naturally though, the domestic market is still high on her agenda for promotional activity, and she has already made plans to visit next year’s Fetish Evolution Weekend, which will take place in Essen on April 5-9. No doubt she’ll also be at the German Fetish Ball weekend if there is one.
Asmondena promises she’ll be introducing two or three new styles every month. However, BoomBastic’s latest news is not so much for curvy girls as for men. She is currently designing the first men’s pieces to add to her range.
“They’ll be casual styles, like latex jeans, shirts and really nice jackets with Chinese-style collars,” she promises.
If she has in mind men who are not so slim, and would like stylish looser-fitting clothes that de-emphasise spreading waistlines, this could be very good news indeed for some of us!
BoomBastic’s latest news is not so much for curvy girls as for men. Asmondena is now designing the first men’s pieces to add to her range