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the runway at FAT 2011 : Dystropolis

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The runway shows at FAT, Toronto’s alternative fashion week.

Dystropolis

Wendy Ng showed a new Dystropolis collection on the third day of FAT.  Having just started Dystropolis in 2009, it is still developing, as this year’s FAT collection was much more refined and polished than the collection Ng showed at FAT in 2010.  It seems it has a little more ways to go, yet the collection is full of strong pieces and the structured shoulders with zipper texturizing seen throughout are very nice.  Vision, concept, and awareness are factors in this collection named “Apocalypse of Black Venom” which honours the wildlife impacted by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill.  A promising new designer for sophisticated cyber-wear.

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item of the week : perpetual distraction bathing suit by Heavy Red

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Heavy Red’s Perpetual Distraction Bathing Suit

image source heavyred.com

Most dark clad mavens recoil from the sun in horror, but there are times that you do need to set aside your gothic sensibilities and enjoy a dip in the pool. Slather on the SPF 100 sunscreen, put on a wide-brimmed hat a’ la Lydia Deetz, and slip into the Perpetual Distraction Bathing Suit by Heavy Red. The black and white patterned (sorta like an up close spider web!) classic cut bikini will help you enjoy warmer months without having to compromise your noir style entirely. It’s rare to find a unique designer bathing suit for under $80, so snatch up this limited piece!

The Perpetual Distraction Bathing Suit by Heavy Red is available online at www.heavyred.com.

- Meagan






the runway at FAT : Anastasia Lomonova

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The runway shows at FAT, Toronto’s alternative fashion week.

Anastasia Lomonova

Models walked down the runway as sleek and slinking mummies wrapped in transparent gaze bandages from head to toe.  The designs of Anastasia Lomonova were a new find for me on the third day of FAT.  The treatment of the models that showcased the collection made it instantly stand out and one could appreciate the perfect simplicity of the clothing.  Tunics, wraps, draping, and volume, these are the utilitarian garments for our future of bio-domes and space stations.  Complete with bodysuit skins to protect us from the elements when we venture out.

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focus : week 21 – Army of the Universe

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

focused music news for week 21 : May 22nd to 28th 2011

May 24 – Out this week from a band that is storming onto the scene is Army of the Universe’s Mother Ignorance on Metropolis Records.  The duo from Milan, Italy is about to embark on a tour across the USA with a little known band KMFDM! I’m positive their fans will proliferate. Get ahead of the hordes and check them out now, and while you’re at it be sure to enter our contest to get a vinyl copy of their EP Lovedead.

Enter the contest on our website, HERE!

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designer spotlight : BabyLove’s Latex

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

BabyLove’s Latex, just one of five Renee Masoomian lines of head designer Renee Masoomian and business coordinator Dean Troxell, turns up the fashion on a traditionally fetish material and throws in a vintage twist. Add a little latex to your wardrobe or stock up your existing collection with BabyLove’s Latex’s versatile separates that are as fun and cheeky as the collection’s tagline; “When skirts were tight and women were loose.”

photographer : Luke Copping
fashion stylist : Jennifer Link
makeup artist : Andrea Claire Losecco
model : Manchester
assistant : Jason Stoos
location producer : Mario Lorenzo
special thanks : Silverthorne Mansion
interview by : Jennifer Link

What is the origin of the name “BabyLove’s Latex”?
Dean Troxell : I have pretty much always called Renee ‘BabyLove’. When we were thinking of a name for a new latex line, I half-jokingly proposed the name to Renee as a possibility and she liked it, so it stuck. Developing the line was the final addition to our stable, which consists of five distinct lines.
Renee Masoomian : The apostrophe in ‘BabyLove’s Latex’ is designation of ownership.

How does the aesthetic, branding, and target customer differ with BabyLove’s Latex from your other lines?
DT : There are five lines under the company label, Renee Masoomian. The last two are latex lines, but Matter + Form sometimes uses re-used bicycle inner-tubes. The first two tend to use more traditional fabrics than not. Renee Masoomian, higher-end signature line which utilizes classic traditional cuts and avant-garde elements. Circuit Bent, club and street wear. Matter + Form, bags and accessories line made from re-used bicycle inner-tubes. BabyLove’s Latex, latex basics and more intricate stock pieces. Soliloquy, ornate stock and custom latex pieces.

read the full interview in the April/May 2011 Issue






the runway at FAT 2011 : Asphyxia

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

The runway shows at FAT, Toronto’s alternative fashion week.

Asphyxia

Alexandra De Francesco showed a new Asphyxia collection at the first night of FAT this year. There was lot of lace, black, and white as seen in past collections. Sheer fabrics revealing skin and mid-drifts were a theme throughout. As well as a more flowing and loose fit. The strong point of Asphyxia designs remains the use of fabrics and textures.

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fashion editorial : lumiere

Saturday, May 21st, 2011

featuring designs by Anna Morph, Glamour Lush, and more

photographer : Saryn Christina
makeup artist : Erika Diehl / Glamour Lush
hair stylist : Jeanna Kier
models : Heather Carr & Sarah Marie Hilker

view the full editorial in the April/May 2011 Issue






interview : Tim Skold

Friday, May 20th, 2011

A seasoned rock veteran, from Shotgun Messiah to KMFDM / MDFMK to Marilyn Manson, Tim Skold is back to his solo work with a new album, Anomie, due out on Metropolis Records in May.

photographer : Saryn Christina
makeup artist : Erika Diehl / Glamour Lush
hair stylist : Jeanna Kier
model : Tim Skold
interview by : Rena Finkel

Tim Skold is nothing if not a seasoned veteran of the contemporary rock world. Born in Sweden, he began as a founding member of metal band Shotgun Messiah in 1988. He released his first solo album, Skold, in 1996. He has spent the subsequent years recording, composing, performing, and producing with the rock elite; KMFDM, OhGr, and Marilyn Manson, among others. This May he releases his second solo album as SKOLD titled Anomie. Mr. Skold spoke with us on his extensive experience as musician and a businessman in the recording industry. Like his new album, he’s full of wry, almost rueful wisdom, boldly giving us a good look at one of the key figures in the scene.

From Sweden to LA, how have the places you’ve seen and lived in inspired you? Do you have a favorite place that you’ve lived or visited?
Tim Skold : Well, I’ve been around the block a few times. Since I came to the US in ‘88, I’ve toured around the US seven times. I think there’s something inspirational about going to many places. In touring you don’t spend time in any place too long. I haven’t lived anywhere besides LA. I lived in Seattle for a year and a half. I didn’t like that, it was good, in that there wasn’t any distraction. I don’t think I get inspired from where I’m living, it’s a place in my head, a safe place. Inspiration is a place in your soul, in your heart. Traveling around the globe has been inspirational, it can be really cool, but it can also be really painful. Sometimes, you have time to get around and explore, but a lot of the places you’re sheltered by security. I snuck out the back door in a hotel in Bogota in Colombia to be alone, and everyone thought I was crazy to go without security. I just wanted to be alone and get some coffee.

read the full interview in the April/May 2011 Issue






seven deadly questions : Caustic

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Matt Fanale of Caustic reveals how he sins.

interview by Mike Kieffer

Envy – You put out a call for remixes for an upcoming album, your archenemy sends in the bomb of all tracks, how do you handle this?
Well, if the Jonas Brothers want to remix one of my tracks I’d probably release it.  Their fans will buy freakin’ anything from them.  Just kidding.  We all skin pop together and use the same dominatrix (they’re realllly into violent ballplay, which I find creepy). However, I consider my real archenemy [to be] bad oral hygiene, and I don’t even think it has a decent copy of Cubase anyway.

Gluttony – If human was on the menu, would you eat it and who do you think would taste the best?
This is one of those situations where you just do it for the story.  If I had my druthers, or even half my druthers, I’d eat Bryan Erickson from Velvet Acid Christ.  Since he’s a raw vegan he’s probably the healthiest, most organic meat out there in the scene.  If I’m going to break massive societal taboos it might as well taste good, right?  Is he going to take that as a compliment or want to kick my ass for that one?  Oh well.

read the full interview in the April/May 2011 Issue






PinUp : Amelia Nightmare

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

With a number of magazine covers already under her belt, the California based Amelia Nightmare recently arrived into the world of modeling from working as a hair stylist and makeup artist. Amelia uses her talents to contribute to the styling of the photographs she models for resulting in a multi-faceted, yet strikingly bold aesthetic with a polish that makes her style stand out.

photographer : Le Mew
makeup artist : Amelia Dinmore
model : Amelia Dinmore
fashion designer : Artifice Clothing
set design : Armando Esquivel
lighting tech : Armando Esquivel
special thanks to : Raquel Garcia

view the full feature in the April/May 2011 Issue






focus : week 20 – Face to Face

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

focused music news for week 20 : May 15th to 21st 2011


May 17 - Remember that punk rock / pop punk band Face to Face? Well they are hoping you do, after a nine-year break they are back with a new album Laugh Now, Laugh Later on Antagonist Records. The album is that well polished punk rock sound that I remembered from my youth. The cover art (and website art) looks fantastic as it is done by Corey Miller, a tattoo artist on the TV show LA Ink.

- Mike






Army of the Universe Vinyl Giveaway

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

We are giving away three vinyl copies of the Lovedead EP by Army of the Universe!

Hailing from Milan, Italy, Army of the Universe are about to release their début album Mother Ignorance on Metropolis Records on May 24th. With mixing and production assistance by Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Lord K (vocals) and Trebla (production) use power-driven guitars and 80s electronica/trance inspired analog synths to create compelling and anthemic electronic rock.

For more info on the artist Army of the Universe please visit : www.armyoftheuniverse.com

TO ENTER : Fill out the form below.

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fashion editorial : saturnine

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Ghostly apparitions in billows of mesh and lace.

featuring designs by Rose Mortem, Kambriel, Raven Eve Jewelry, and more

photographer : Zach Rose
fashion stylist : Meagan Hendrickson
makeup artist : Stephanie Signorelli
hair stylist : Bryan Gunsell
model : Sarah Wintle

view the full editorial in the April/May 2011 Issue






film review : Tetsuo The Bullet Man

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

The third film in Tsukamoto’s series started by the staple underground horror masterpiece, Tetsuo: The Iron Man.  Shot in digital HD with a theme song by Trent Reznor, will it compare?

by Adam Rosina

Tetsuo: The Iron Man was, and in many ways still is, the extreme film proving ground. When exploring the labyrinthine world of underground cinema, you either stumble upon this flick or have it forced upon you by an all-too-eager (and likely somewhat sadistic) friend, and how you react to it determines whether you continue down the rabbit hole or retreat back to the safety of mainstream cinema. Shinya Tsukamoto’s 1989 feature-length debut (“feature length” is generous; it clocks in just over an hour) was pure weaponized cinema; a violent speed-freak take on cyberpunk built upon a foundation of existentialist and psychosexual themes. Also, it had a drill penis. Tsukamoto made a name for himself with Tetsuo, and built a career that paralleled that of David Cronenberg (his closest western analogue), making films that slowly moved away from the fantastic and into the realm of the psychological (Tokyo Fist, Bullet Ballet, A Snake of June), while maintaining his focus on the visceral. Tsukamoto returned to the world of Tetsuo in 1992 with the release of Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, an ambitious follow up that, while a good film in its own right, didn’t have nearly the same impact as its predecessor. Which brings us to 2011, and the North American release of Tetsuo: The Bullet Man, the third film in the series and Tsukamoto’s first English-language film, designed to reintroduce the Tetsuo concept to the international film world. Does it succeed in matching the artistic triumph of the original? Not exactly…

read the full review in the April/May 2011 Issue