Friday, November 02, 2007


Chinoiserie Condom Couture

Just when you think you might have seen everything modern fashion design has to offer, along come those crazy Chinese who are surging ahead in every aspect of economic, political and social development these days. This isn’t your Grandpa Mao tze-tung’s China any more. And what WOULD that noted fashion maven, Madame Mao say?!
Here’s the news release and the pictures hot off the catwalk:

Condom Fashion Show in China

Models parade in outfits made of condoms during a fashion show at the 4th China Reproductive Health New Technologies & Products Expo in Beijing July 11, 2007. Condoms of all shapes and sizes were used to make dresses, hats and even lollipops. Models fought through extravagant soap bubble special effects to show off tight-fitting wedding gowns, scaly-looking evening dresses, outrageous bikinis and other garments made entirely of condoms. The show was held at the Fourth China Reproductive Health New Technologies and Products Expo and organized by China's largest condom manufacturer, Guilin Latex Factory, to promote the use of condoms in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It also marked World Population Day, organized annually by the U.N. Population Fund.


There’s a gathering of some Boston and some New York City gay bloggers this weekend. The new Yorkers are coming up here; ironically, I’m heading down to NYC Saturday morning for an orgy of three operas at the MET and New York City Opera on both Saturday and Sunday*. I also get to meet my younger daughter for dinner on Saturday evening along with her current beau, one I am told looks very good for the long haul. He sounds to be a very nice young man from her descriptions.

However, the gathering begins tonight (Friday) with dinner at some chic but hopefully minimally affordable little bistro in the tres gai South End, followed by the rest of the evening at Fritz (Fritz the bar, not Fritz my husband). I’ll definitely get to meet the Farmboyz, heretofore known to me only through their blog Perge Modo and Joe.My.God’s always affectionate references, and maybe some other guys if they aren’t all going with RG to the Celtics game. The Farmboyz were kind enough to direct my attention to Fort Lauderdale’s City Hall as another building in the Boston City Hall “Brutalist” tradition.

I’m rooting for Atari to get better so he can join us, and will also get to see devoted Back Bay Fens gardener Tony (Evilganome) after way too long. It should be a lot of fun and I hope all of you have a great weekend as well.

*City Opera: Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Samuel Barber’s Vanessa with the charismatic Lauren Flanigan, as well as Rosalind Elias who sang Erika fifty years ago in the world premiere, now as the Old Baroness.

The MET: Verdi’s Macbeth in a new production that seems to be extremely interesting. Reports early next week

Oh, cum now.......what will those Chinese think of next? Happy blogger meetings!
Luv the condom haute couture! you might enjoy this as well:
I walk about a mile each day to a BART station in a challenged neighborhood. I must see dozens of condoms casually strewn on the sidewalk in a week's time. It's good to know that they might be able to be put to use. Snark.

The MacBeth production had an interesting review. I'd probably go see it if it were an option.

The condom fashions seem like such a waste of good condoms! Yes, I know, it's meant to send an important message, but I can't help but think of all the sex they won't be seeing!

And one of these days, we must get together when you visit New York!
What a pleasure it was to meet you, Will! Wish you weren't slated for NYC the rest of the weekend. I am sure our paths will cross again.
It was great to see you Will. I hope you had a good time, you certainly seemed to be enjoying the company. A great group of guys I must say. I was very pleased that Atari was able to join us. Too bad Gavin and RG were at the game.

Let me know the next time you're in town.
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