Domlander: Kinky Appeal to Blue Steel

Kinksters and fetishists will be way too sexy for their shirts

Ladyfish says Sagacity promises to be an evening of wildly zany entertainment.

Kinksters and fetishists will be way too sexy for their shirts

Derek Zoolander fans may have their model looks primed and their “Blue Steel,” “Le Tigre” and “Magnum” facial expressions down pat, but the Sagacity Domlander 2011 Fetish Farce Competition runway show won’t be nearly as sweet as an orange mocha frappuccino, or as innocent as a freak gasoline accident. It does plan on whipping Victoria’s kinksters and fetishists into shape, though, and it’ll be doing it with the help of judges from around the community.

“This is a really great introductory event for people to come to if they’ve never been to a Sagacity event before, because it’s really laid back and so much fun,” says Sagacity head Ladyfish. “Even if you’re not quite ready to stay for the play party afterwards, it still promises to be an evening of wildly zany entertainment.”

Ladyfish adds that for those who do want to compete for the title — there are still a few spots open, especially for men — a few key tools will set you on the winner’s track. Namely, taking hints from watching the cult classic 2001 movie, Zoolander.

“The judges will be looking for originality, personality and someone willing to just have a great time out there,” Ladyfish says. “But you also want to pick a unique costume, consider your music selection and, most of all, any successful model will have ‘The Look.’”

The judging panel searching for that undeniable look will have representatives from Sagacity, University of Victoria, Monday Magazine and the Times Colonist. But don’t think the only task is to impress the kinksters with cue cards. The audience will have a lot to say about who will become Ms. And Mr. Domlander 2011 — especially if there’s a model walk off, which takes audience approval to cinch it.

And for those not ready to compete, but willing to loosen those leather reins for a night of laughter and fun, there will still be opportunities for watching the spectacle go down — though the event has sold out every year since its inception in 2003, so plan ahead on this one.

When it comes to scoring a sneak peak at what to expect, Ladyfish is quick to say everything — including the special intermission performance — remains secret until the event itself, but that people won’t be disappointed.

“Every year just gets better and better, more imaginative and crazy,” she says. “It’ll be a night of extreme fashion, maybe some nudity, maybe human props or some audacious performances, but it’s art and it’s entertainment, so who knows? It’s always a great time.”

For people used to the Sagacity lineup, be prepared to see some old faces and some new, and bring a kinky partner to play with on the floor after party, or just stick around for the drinks, snacks and socializing.

While the contest may be a farcical fetish fest, the prizes are real. Ms. & Mr. Domlander 2011 will each receive a prize package (valued at $700) including: a totally tasteless and tacky crown and sash, $200 from Sagacity, chocolates & champagne, a Sagacity t-shirt, a $100 gift certificate from V.H. Studio Designs, a scene-music CD by Pocket Universe, a custom-made paddle designed especially for this event from Paddles by Tyee, an Hitachi Magic Wand from TellMia and a one and a half-hour sitting with Rod Hood Photography.

It pays to be kinky.

“This is really just a chance for us to all laugh at ourselves. It’s just us kinksters, and it’s a great opportunity to remind us all not to take ourselves so seriously,” Ladyfish says. “You don’t have to spend a heap-load of money to be kinky, and at the end of the day no one really cares what you look like. It’s about how much fun you have with it. If nothing else, it’s certainly a chance to pull something off you wouldn’t normally see at your local talent contest.” M

To catch your own glimpse at the 2011 Sagacity Domlander, check it out Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Tickets are $25, or $20 for Sagacity associate members. Visit sagacitygroup.net for more information, or to sign up.

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