Darkest Star sure knows how to make an entrance.
The UK creative team jumped into the world of high-end erotic accessories this fall with a dizzying (literally) short promo film that answers the age-old question: “Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall … ?”
But that’s not all. If you hang on to the end of the three-minute film called The Fly, The Man, The Woman, you’ll see it addresses another more … ahem … biological riddle: Do insects have orgasms?
Enough teasing. See for yourself:
The video is a collabo between several London creatives: Darkest Star founders Sam and Andy D’Cruze, film studio Tomo Creative and stylist Masha Mombelli.
That kind of collaboration is very much in keeping with the aesthetic of Darkest Star, which to date has been more of a project-based artistic collective than a conventional designer label.
Sam and Andy have been together for 15 years after meeting at Central St. Martins, where Andy studied womenswear design. Since than, Sam has worked primarily as a pattern cutter for some top London design houses while Andy was a sought-after retoucher for photographers and ad agencies.
One of their personal art projects, a study of orchids called ‘Pleasure Garden‘ that involved elaborate, sculpted leather shoulder pieces and other accessories attracted the attention of the always-curious Sam Roddick, founder of Coco De Mer, who invited Darkest Star to exhibit their pieces in one of her London boutique’s windows.
That opportunity led to the creation of the first Darkest Star (named after the Depeche Mode song) commercial collection of high-end bondage goodies.
The small collection includes cuffs, belts and collars, but Darkest Star will likely make the biggest splash with its Lovebomb scarf shown in the main photo at the top of this article. It’s a long, sheer black silk scarf with an attached leather collar and cuffs featuring beautiful rope knotting. It’s meant to be worn halter-style — for starters, at least — but there’s no limit to the imaginative uses you can find for this seductive piece.
Another surprisingly versatile piece in the collection is the DS ‘Pleasure Pillow‘ and its mini-version, the ‘Little Pleasure Pillow‘ (above). We could explain what you do with these babies but that would spoil your fun. For some clues, watch the video.
“We had designed the bondage scarf and Pleasure Pillow to be in the exhibition, and there you go — our love of erotica in product form was born,” Sam D’Cruze told Lingerie Talk. “We started selling the scarves in Coco [and] they have sold really well so we have developed the new range.”
Darkest Star pieces are handmade in a small British atelier. The company, which also provides a bespoke service, says it’s committed to offering a “luxurious and lighter alternative” to typical bondage and erotic gear, as evidenced by its slogan: “Tied Up In Style”.
Darkest Star products are currently available through Coco De Mer, Pleasurements and a variety of other online boutiques.
We predict there will be a lot of red faces … and saucy winks … this Christmas as various lovers try to explain to their partners that the sexy gift they just unwrapped is not, in fact, simply a throw cushion.
Here’s a look at some other Darkest Star offerings: