Meet & Greet was delightful! We arrived at the hotel right after a general power cut so people had scattered about a little bit but we said hi to Lara Aimee, met Maja Stina and promptly got jumped on by a slightly tipsy Ulorin Vex. Clémentine had never met her so she was all aflutter. And she introduced us to Clayton. I was very happy to catch up with friends and former clients Mira and Orphée (the later who was sporting a kimono and hakana we made him a few years ago).
We left our coats in Mirja and Xander's hotel room and went to the cocktail proper. I'm name dropping like mad but I'm going to forget people, I'm sorry! Sue from Kinky Beats was here with a colleague sporting an HMS Snaffle dress, which suited her superbly. Michiel greeted us and provided me with water (it was a water fueled cocktail for me lol). We said hi to Bommi and caught up Tony Mitchell, who was gathering his motivation to go and take photos around. Met with Amy from Am Statik, who was wearing a stunning outfit which I assume was of her creation. Said hi to Onna Sakura, Barbara and Massimo from Ardita Fetish Fashion, Aurore Petite Sukub, caught up a bit with Stephane Roy, Kay Morgan and Psylocke.
I had an interesting discussion about the state of the fetish scene and the saturation of the latex market with Rene De Parade (many which was said again later in the car with Barbara Ardita). Then the Swedish girls arrived all together, Sister Sinister (who gave us hugs aplenty), Elegy Ellem, Starfucked,.. A creepy guy who was high on pot and maybe more got chastised by Louva and I assume thrown out the party, to everyone's relief. People started playing a bit here and there mildly.
Two ladies from Inner Sanctum introduced themselves to me (I don't know where people know me from!) and talked to me about a project they have to get designers together online. They were disappointed to hear I quit but I'm still interested to help them out. Sounds like something interesting but I'm not sure I can talk about it. Then I saw Roswell and yelled with no class to get her attention. And we got Roswell hugs and company. :) She introduced us to her roommate for the weekend, Riona Noire. Brigitte More came to say hi, which was nice.
I spent a good part of the evening sitting and taking it easy and as usual people assumed I was bored out of my skull. I just enjoy being quiet! That and an occasional resting bitchface. :P But it was really nice being there. My leg didn't bother me much once we were at the cocktail, but my neck started cramping up very quickly. My dear Mira Domina gave me a super gentle and relaxing neck massage, prrrrr.
A part of me had missed the scene, another part of me is still super blasé of these events where it's basically women in very sexy outfits posing against walls at every occasions and a lot of guys in jeans running around with cameras. None of them are bad people, but it's a very unsettling spectacle. Some claim it is about women empowerment and a part of it definitely is, but a lot, A LOT, of it clearly isn't any different from playboy parties. It's not an issue of dressing sexy (of course not) but rather of attitude. Many women seem to dress sexy first and foremost for the cameras and the male gaze and can't step out of their character for a second. I understand showing up to show yourself and wanting pictures (I've done that and still do to a point) but it's a bit unsettling when it takes over everything else and prevents someone from having a conversation or relax altogether. It probably stems from either a total commitment to your modelling career or from insecurity, either way I can understand (I've been/am both a workaholic and an insecure person) but still I'd rather hang out with someone who is ok with sitting down, no matter the stomach rolls or the latex creases, and who can sustain a conversation without having to look around to locate the photographers.
Aaanyway, we stayed until 1 am or so and then our ride was ready to go. Massimo and Barbara Ardita kindly drove us home (back to Xander and Mirja's) and we had a good night's sleep. :)