Despite the dearth of taut ‘n tactile options now available to the discerning contemporary latex lover (think Atsuko Kudo, Honour or House of Harlot), latex daywear, which has up until recently been reserved primarily for gimps and cosplayers, is a bit harder to come by. This is precisely what makes London label MEAT clothing, brainchild of posi power babes Alis Pelleschi and Bo Claridge, a groundbreaker, with its offbeat collection of items such as crewneck sweatshirts, oversized tees and “jeans” (my absolute favorite being this long-sleeved patterned crop top) constructed in full latex). In the future, umbrellas will be obsolete.
The MEAT clothing AW13 collection, entitled “Believe,” will push the limits of how you think about latex, but in a less restrictive direction. This accompanying campaign film, produced and directed by Pelleschi and Claridge along with LOGO creative agency, reveals the irreverent confidence of the MEAT babe, an ostentatious yet slick mastermind who is bored by supermarket-shelf kink. Our dear Bullett readers get the first look:
Read our exclusive interview with Alis Pelleschi below:
(Lil Gov) MEAT is a joint venture between yourself (photographer, model and all around BO$$ BITCH) and Bo Claridge, who I know less about. For those who don’t know, tell our audience a bit about each of your background, and what brought you two together.
(Alis Pelleschi) Ha! We’re both BO$$ BITCHES! Bo and I met at university and we moved to London together about three years ago. During that time, I’ve been building my work as a photographer, primarily shooting portraits, fashion and the odd self-portrait, and doing lots of fun other projects along the way. Bo moved to London initially to work as a tattooist, but then kinda came into her own as she started as a rubber worker, skilled/trained in latex construction, about a year and half ago. We were going out to London clubs and seeing latex outfits and she started our joint obsession with the material. We wanted to wear latex, but nothing available to buy really suited our own styles/tastes and mostly felt quite dated and cliché. So, Bo started making us outfits to go out in and somehow Nicola Formichetti saw what we were wearing and commissioned a piece for Azealia Banks (for Elle magazine), and then it suddenly clicked that maybe we were on to something.
What inspired you to work in Latex?
Latex is such an unusual and luxurious material. Although we love being sexy and all the other sides usually associated with the fetish scene (literally the nicest, most open-minded and loving community of people!), we felt that latex could also completely transcend that genre and be seen and worn as luxurious, modern, and wearable pieces. There are so many limitations and possibilities at the same time by using latex, we have so much more we want to push with it. We have done things with the fabric which you wouldn’t usually see, such as baggy sweatpants and sweat tops and work with the idea that not everything had to be skin tight.
Are the pieces handmade? Lined? Tell me about the construction and what makes them special.
All of our latex pieces are handcut, glued, and handmade; every appliqué design on the pieces are also handcut. They come in different thicknesses, colours, shades. They are super special.
Latex has a reputation for being difficult to care for. What’s the best way to care for MEAT pieces so they last a lifetime?
There’s no reason with proper care that a latex piece can’t last forever. The best advice is that when not being worn, it is kept in a cool, dark place, sprinkled with a little talc (preferably hanging straight on a plastic hanger in a clothes bag in a cupboard), away from sunlight and metals. Latex is a natural product so it reacts with sunlight and metals. But good news is any drinks spilt on you wipes straight off!
If you had an unlimited budget to produce a MEAT presentation for the “Believe” collection in any location in the world, cast any models your want, etc. what would your vision for it be?
Outta space! Or tbh, even in a zero-gravity room. Imagine the strong intelligent women that would wear this collection, glide effortlessly in real life. It would look much like our AW13 campaign video with the beautiful Gina, only happening in real life. These rotating, zero gravity, gliding, modern day business ladies (of all sizes and ages, but all elegant in their own way). The viewers would have headphones on that could switch channels to link with each model’s different iPhone playlist.
If Trojan asked you to collaborate on a collection of MEAT condoms, would you say yes? How would you make them spesh?
We would say hell yeah! Well obviously they’d come as a cute little package. So you’d get a nice shiny expensive, luxurious wrapper containing a super reliable condom with our meat repeat print embossed (ribbed – black on transparent). An MP3 MEAT mix with all our sexiest tunes and it’d come with a little cute latex thong and stickers. When you open the box a little heavenly singing voice would temporarily play (like those singing cards). Our reckon both our faces should be on the box, kinda a la the JLS condoms, but obviously way classier. 🙂
MEAT AW13 is now available via the label’s seamless online boutique.