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Diabolique Ball 21: A Magical, Mythological Style Guide

Posted in Charity begins at PASSIONAL, Community, Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Events, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Footwear Fetish, Gift Guides, Men's Style, Rubber Lover, Transform Yourself on November 10, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Looking to make a grand entrance into the mysterious world of Myths & Mysteries at Diabolique Ball next week? Our PASSIONAL purchasers have put together some fantastical fetish-inspired style options in keeping with this year’s theme. Regardless of which tribe, pack or species of magical of creature you wish to invoke in your quest to be bad for a good cause, here are some style inspirations:

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Deities and Demons. As you enter the mysterious mists next Saturday, remember that you are not going to church- at least not in a typical sense. You will enter a world where supernatural archetypes are invoked for the purpose of celebrating and enhancing the enchantments of carnal pleasures! Many pantheons of supernatural superheroes and supervillains have parts to play in this passion play. Both feminine and masculine versions of these archetypes have not only roles in battles of good vs. evil, but are flanked by armies of colorful creatures who aid them in their endeavors.

Masculine: Fetish Harnesses and Warrior Kilts

 
Feminine: Goddess or She Devil

Warriors. From legendary Amazon fighters to Spartan soldiers to any human archetype that wields weapons to protect their spirit-tribes, a warrior can take the shape of an active fighter or a behind spiritual spellcaster that provides protection through indirect means.  Whether your weapons are a spellbook or a sword, check out these looks.

Masculine Kilts or Feminine Kilts and Armor

Mischievous magical humanoids. Fairy princess, Elven King or Queen, gnome or forest sprite, there are myriad magical folk that posess mostly human features from demigods to djinns from wish-fulfilling genies to jokesters who would turn a human head into an ass. For the chaotic neutral invocation, try these styles:

Hybrid human and animal species. Many are familiar with Greco-Roman renditions of creatures that share human bodies with the heads or legs of horses and goats and fish, such as Cantaurs, Minotaurs , Fauns and mer people- but these options merely scratch the surface of the possibilities from multiple cultures. Winged creatures and bird with human heads, reptilian features and even insect characteristics are yours to incorporate into your dream character:

Bestial Guardians. From mythical horses with wings or a horn to all manner of muti-headed guard dog breeds the supernatural world inspires a surfeit of spectacular nonhuman creatures whose features and gifts are not human in nature. Gargoyles, seraphim, hell hounds, Pegasus, unicorn sand other creatures from cruel to cuddlesome create a charismatic realm of playful possiblities.

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All purpose dramatic Cosplay Accessories will add the extra elemental enigma to any look from glowing eyes to glowing hair and masks.

 

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Looking to Howl this Week?

Posted in Costume Carnival, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Footwear Fetish, Men's Style, Transform Yourself on October 27, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Tis the season to GET DRESSED UP. 

Yet here are so many parties, and so little time! Alas, sadly, some of the best local parties in Philadelphia  sold out in advance, like Friday’s Draculas Ball  and Saturday’s PEX Halloween Ball (Facebook pages for both events found folks selling tickets up intil the gates opened though) .

 

Nonetheless there were several fabulous parties that you can still attend last minute including Friday’s Mischief at the Mutter museum party where costumed crusaders got their dance on in the midst of Philly’s famous collection of medical oddities as well Friday ‘s Drag Me To Landmark charity event hosted by local queens and performers who  followed up on Saturday with the annual HallowQweens bash.

Back 2 Badics a queer party with righteous music and costume contests galore, hosted their Mischief and Mayhem revival at Cibo Italiano on Saturday.

 

But for Philly’s hardcore Halloweeners, the one traditional party for grownups always happens on October 31, when local icon and jeweler Henri David hosts his annual celebrity studded celebration of exhibitionist camp on its annual October 31 date, with PASSIONAL Proprietrix Kali Morgan sitting in as a celebrity judge Tuesday night at the Henri David Ball

So whether staying home and scaring chidren, strutting your goods out in public or staying inside for your own erotic theater is what makes your autumnal timebomb tick, make sure to get all your skulls, spikes and more at PASSIONAL.

If you are one of the folks who will not actively dress up this week due to work or other commitments, don’t fret. Diabolique Ball is coming up on November 18 and PASSIONAL will buy you a FREE ticket if you spend $500 in store!

Feel The Pride! Menswear on the March

Posted in Costume Carnival, Men's Style on June 15, 2017 by vtejada

As if the weather is not hot enough, a new wave of sizzling looks by Gregg Homme has just arrived!

A Wizard behind the screen of Geeky Philly

Posted in Community, Costume Carnival, Events, Miscellaneous on May 20, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Cosplay Prom is this Saturday, and  Philly’s geeks will celebrate with a party created by local geekster Jason Richardson. To celebrate this annual occasion, PASSIONAL interviewed Jason about all the geeky inspriationthat helped make this an annual event! Born and raised in a Jamaican family from Philadelphia, Jason Richardson grew up geeky and worked as a graphic designer for a solutions company for 10 years before  turning freelance. Now he produces local events, runs J1Studos and hosts geek talk radio show called Black Tribbles Thursday nights on 106.5 and Philly CAM internet radio

He credits his Mother, who worked at UPenn bookstore in the 80s for introducing him to all things geeky when she brought home books on science as well as comics and other nerdy reading. In the ramp up to his Cosplay Prom this weekend, we interviewed Jason about his history, exploits and future plans.

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What was the first nerdy event you attended? My first event was Otakon in the early 90s, an anime convention where for the first time I met massive amounts of other people with similar interests. Was exciting to meet other nerdy people- especially other nerdy people of color. Which when I was young nerdiness you were told was a “white thing.” Just going and seeing that there were other brown folks that were nerdy was amazing- When I was in West Philly I was told I was a sellout trying to be white because I was into comic books .
Since then there has been more people of color getting comfortable expressing their nerdiness , even though there is still racism and sexism sometimes when POC and women “represent their geekdom”  at conventions and other places.

What wast the best party geeky you ever attended? I go to quite a few cons as a guest, supporter or contributor even as a fan and they are all great. My best experience was an anime convention in San Antonio Texas Antarctic-Con  when I was 16 I skipped school bought plane tickets and flew with a friend to Texas to meet al to of my my favorite artists who worked for Antarctic Press. I was even given a job offer to work on a manga (anime inspired graphic novel) called Robo-tech but I chickened out because I was young and didn’t think I was good enough… I have kicked myself ever since for not going for that opportunity so now I try to take any opportunity I can.

How did you start throwing parties? When I started J1 Studios I wanted to create events to bring people out and I loved the idea of conventions and I wanted to create small events where people come together to be nerdy with me. In 2009 I a started video game tournament and people came out to compete and win money playing fighting games like Street Fighter. All of my events are funded out-of-pocket

Tell us about the Cosplay Prom: Cosplay is so cool and people are passionate enough to be the characters that they love so much. We held contests at our (early)  events for best cosplay and I liked the idea of creating a cute safe prom setting because traditionally prom is a place where introverted people like nerds and geeks have a hard time expressing themselves.  I know that there were lots of nerds out there that were afraid of prom and didn’t go to prom so I created this event to cater to that demographic.
Did you miss out on your prom? Want to go to a nerdy prom? Was your prom “meh”? Want to cosplay and dance?” (My event is an) ALL AGES prom where you get to show up in cosplay to dance and have a great time- in a gym, with dance lights, a DJ, and balloons!! Mingle, eat, party, and dance!
The first cosplay prom I started three years ago with 40 so nerds at a South Street pizzeria. Last year it moved to Old Pine Center and brought out almost 100 people in spite of April snow on the day of the event. This year we won awards that have sparked the interest of more people because folks loved the performances, snacks and gymnasium setting of the prom.  A photographer is also included in the price of a ticket with a backdrop.   As much as possible with my limited budget I try to create a nerdy prom experience for the people who go.

Tell us about this year’s event on Saturday:
We got Snacks from D’Emiloi’s Old World Ice Treats
DJ Tygermouth  with Traps and Trees will be doing the dance floor.
There will be a live performance from from singer, songwriter, cosplayer Racheael Rota
Photographer Shinob-E will be posing and taking prom pictures.
There are prizes from  Philadelphia’s Sanrio retailer Asia Crafts who have donated 2 gift baskets with action figures and more for the two winning cosplayers at the Cosplay Prom and a raffle winner will get tickets to this summer’s J1Con.

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This year guests can opt to enter a raffle to win FREE TICKETS TO THE NEXT J1-CON!
ONLINE (add $5 for ‘at door’ prices):
$15 for Standard Ticket
$20 for Standard Ticket + 1 J1-Con ticket raffle
BUY TICKETS HERE

****** A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, the rest will go towards J1-Con *****

SAVE THE DATE FOR J1CON: This August 26-7 J1 con will be happening at 820 Spring Garden St in Philadelphia.

April Showers Bring… French Wetlook!

Posted in Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Men's Style on April 25, 2017 by Kali Morgan

The skies are cloudy in Philadelphia where we have collected the most awesome seeds of sexiness and style.


Thanks to French fetish designer Patrice Catanzaro, the fantasy flowers are blooming early with luxurious 4-way stretch wetlook and shiny patent vinyl looks that are perfect for #veganfetish and #shinyfashion fantasies!

Valentine’s corsets for a lifetime!

Posted in Corset Corner, Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Gift Guides, Miscellaneous on February 12, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Looking for the parfect gift for yourself or a loved one? If you want a firm fashion foundation that is guaranteed to last, pick up one of these brand spaking new styles from Black Iris corsets. All of these styles are backed by Black Iris’ Lifetime Warranty against defects- If your corset breaks they will repair or replace it, and you can conveniently handle warranty claims through us here at PASSIONAL.

My Vinyl Valentine

Posted in Costume Carnival, Criminal Accessories, Fantasic Femme Fashion, Men's Style on February 12, 2017 by Kali Morgan

Looking for fun, flirty fetishistic fashions to share this Valentines? Look no further than this new collection from Patrice Catanzaro!