Welcome to the first issue of Auxiliary Magazine! Auxiliary Magazine is a magazine dedicated to alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle. But you can read more about the idea behind our magazine in the mission statement. In this issue we focused on winter and the upcoming holidays. You’ll find two photo editorials on women’s winter fashions and beauty for parties and the holidays. As we started to work on these editorials a few months back, Meagan Breen (our fashion editor) and I were very into lace and textures and dark romantic colors, popular in high fashion trends, and we saw them as fitting for the winter months and holiday social gatherings. We sought out alternative fashion designers that fit what we were into, and in alternative fashion this seemed to translate into a dark and elegant sort of goth style. From there this focus on the goth aesthetic seemed to explode. With an article on decorating for the holiday season and one titled “my life as a goth girl” it was clear what direction this issue had taken. But perhaps it is more than just us who is currently focused on this style. When examining current trends in alternative fashion, our contributor W.H. Muse came to focus on three styles that look for inspiration in the past, something the goth style does in drawing from Victorian fashions. And perhaps the fashion industry as a whole is looking toward this aesthetic, this seems to be a safe assumption, with proof like FIT putting together an exhibit titled “Gothic: Dark Glamour”. So perhaps this was our focus for this issue, but alternative fashion does not stop there! We have high hopes to cover a lot of different styles in this magazine. So check back next issue to see what our new obsession is. Thank you for reading our first issue, and we hope you enjoy. I would also like to thank everyone who contributed to this issue and made it possible.