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the PinUp : Xanthia Pink in GirdleBound

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

There’s plenty of pink to go around when it comes to Los Angeles based fetish model Xanthia Pink. Xanthia is a creative whose modeling, styling, and very own hair accessory designs give fans of her work plenty of pink goodness to absorb through rose-colored glasses.

photographer : Saryn Christina
makeup, hair, model : Xanthia Pink

view the full feature in the August/September 2011 Issue

fashion editorial : hide and seek

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

featuring fashions by Retroscope Fashions, Made By Anatomy, Once Vintage, and more

photographer : Donnor
fashion stylist : Molly Hoeltke
hair stylist : Whitney Curry
models : Melissa Murphy and Rachael Kandefer

view the full editorial in the August/September 2011 Issue

designer spotlight : Heavy Red

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Enshrouded in a sensual darkness, Heavy Red has always catered to those seeking something more from goth style. An icon and designer whose workmanship has entitled them to countless loyal fans and followers, Tyler Ondine Whitman and the crew at Heavy Red continue to redefine the concept and approach to gothic by playing with both subtlety and drama always with an air of sophistication. For connoisseurs of a darker aesthetic, a darker beauty, the future of goth fashion has never looked so bright.

photograher : Jennifer Link
fashion stylist : Meagan Hendrickson
makeup artist : Andrea Losecco
hair stylist : Erin Moser
model : Agatka
interview : Vanity Kills

Heavy Red’s fashions bring out the best in a woman without overshadowing her. This great achievement can be partially attributed to the countless hours designer Tyler Ondine Whitman invested into studying and photographing the female form in all its variance; from the bare flesh of strippers, swaying from the poles of Chez Paree in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, to the hyper-exaggerated visages of femininity presented by pageant winning drag queens in Alabama. Repeated exposure to this colorful Lucite heeled and be-sequined cast of characters taught Whitman how to articulate sensuality-drenched garments which readily invite flattery and praise, instead of simply drowning the wearer in a metric ton of lace, ruffles and tulle netting. As Heavy Red tirelessly continues to uphold the maxim of, “you should wear the dress, don’t let the dress wear you,” Tyler teases with previews of their fall 2011 collection, shares relevant tips on swimsuit season survival aimed at the black-clad crowd, and talks of perusing the principles of form fitting design at nudie bars.

Heavy Red is getting ready to launch their fall collection, what surprises do you have in store?
Tyler Ondine Whitman : Heavy Red is itself like a young woman, one who is always discovering new facets of her personality. One who explores her sexuality, one who redefines herself through substance and style. A woman who can be the picture of elegance during the day and a down right naughty spectacle after dark. The new fall line has so many exciting elements to help you create a look that is an absolute you. This season suitings, herringbones, pinstripes are playing a big role. Corsets like you have never seen before which will leave you breathless. Our new winter coat is in the works, definitely a must have for fall season. As always I have had some extra fun with some very over the top skirts. I am continuing to push the boundaries of what one could call a hoodie, with all new draping and accentuating of the silhouette. And of course some very unexpected surprises to tantalize the sophisticated Heavy Red shopper.

read the full interview in the August/September 2011 Issue

seven deadly questions : Hanin Elias

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Former member of Atari Teenage Riot, Hanin Elias revels how she sins.

interview by Mike Kieffer

Envy – What would your reaction be to a fan getting plastic surgery to look exactly like you? Would you consider that self love?
Hanin Elias : I would be horrified! Plastic surgery already gives me shivers of horror when I see someone who had done it. I think you always see it and it just makes the person look very unsure and a poor victim of superficial narcissism and a fear of getting old is something I don’t have and I wish no one would have it. I would begin to doubt if the people really get my messages right…

Gluttony – You enter a food eating competition, what food would you choose to rule over and become the champion?
HE : I would choose maybe raspberries, I can eat tons of them!

read the full interview in the August/September 2011 Issue

item of the week : black and white victorian swim outfit by Retroscope Fashions

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Retroscope Fashions’ Black & White Victorian Swim Outfit

image source retroscopefashions.com

Halloween is right around the corner and it’s never too early to start planning your costume. The Black and White Victorian Outfit by Retroscope Fashions would be the perfect outfit for a Mrs. Lovett’s costume from the Tim Burton movie, Sweeney Todd. Remember the scene from the beach:

Add a pair of black and white striped tights, witch style boots, messy curls with red ribbons, and Voila! a very impressive Halloween costume. The three-piece outfit can later be incorporated into your own wardrobe, pairing the top with a skirt or the bloomers with a corset and lacy top. Snatch this one up before someone else does!

The Black & White Victorian Swim Outfit is available online at www.retroscopefashions.com.

– Meagan

film review : The Ward

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Is The Ward, John Carpenter’s first foray into straight horror since Halloween, a triumphant return to the big screen or simply horror mediocrity?

by Adam Rosina

Since we’ve been over this before, I’ll make it quick: I love John Carpenter. You know it. I know it. God, the Devil and Siddhartha fucking Gautama know it. Easily one of the most respected, influential, re-imagined (there’s been no less than three remakes of his work, with at least two new ones in the pipeline right now) and imitated fantasists in filmmaking, In his prime (the late 70s to the early-to-mid 80s), Carpenter was a financial cash cow, though not exactly immune to critical scorn over his films‘ violent content. Sadly, the tides began to turn with the release of The Thing and Big Trouble in Little China, films that were panned by critics (viciously) and moviegoers. Carpenter, undeterred, unleashed a string of films (Prince of Darkness, They Live, In the Mouth of Madness) that further discarded traditional notions of horror and took on such intellectually robust themes as social control, quantum physics, and consensus reality, all to the detriment of his box office grosses and the confidence of his financial backers. It didn’t help that the man had a habit of losing focus and letting his films get away from him, turning them into confused messes. Thought-provokingly watchable messes, but confounding enough to convince viewers to cease drinking the Kool-Aid by the late 90s. By 2001, the director had so much trouble securing funding for his films that he was forced into unofficial semi-retirement. But after some long overdue critical re-evaluation and the explosion of his cult fan base, Carpenter was again able to muster the funds necessary to mount a theatrical release. Thus we come to The Ward, Carpenter’s first foray into straight horror since Halloween. In watching it, I was possessed of an emotion no other Carpenter film had provoked in me: Boredom.

read the full review in the August/September 2011 Issue

beauty editorial : tatters

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

photographer : H. James Hoff
makeup artist : LaDonna Stein
model : Kaia Bellanca

view the full editorial in the August/September 2011 Issue

item of the week : coffin drop cameo earrings by Alchemy Gothic

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Alchemy Gothic’s Coffin Drop Cameo Earrings

image source thegemtree.com

If you haven’t checked out Alchemy Gothic lately, and their 2011 collections, then you may have missed the lovely Coffin Drop Cameo Earrings.  They have really made me want to take a more in-depth look at their products!  Many may think of Alchemy Gothic’s accessories as just being adorned with skulls, dragons, and fairies, yet they cater to the romantic side of goth too with cameos, or the horror side with vampires and bats, or the steampunk look with gears and bronze. Check out their website, www.alchemygothic.com, to see their newest releases and news.

The Coffin Drop Cameo Earrings are available online at www.thegemtree.com.

– Meagan

focus : week 37 – Ladytron and God Module

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

focused music news for week 37 : September 11th to 17th 2011

September 13 – This week is all about cult followings. First up is the electropop/synthpop/shoegazing band from Liverpool, Ladytron. With their fifth studio album Gravity the Seducer pushing the their sound that so many bands have tried to imitate. Ladytron is a name that is as common as pie and with plenty of die-hard fans supporting Ladytron this album is bound to make waves across the music scene.

September 13 – Next up we go a tad bit darker, but the cult following is just as rabid, God Module releases their new album Séance this week. I was shocked by how many of my friends are obsessed with them as I wouldn’t peg most of them for even liking the band. The new album Séance tones down the aggrotech allowing an identity to be formed, this separates the album from the countless other bands in the genre.  Yet, this album still has the God Module spooky sound that I think is what draws in all the hoards. Listen to a track from the new album on YouTube!


item of the week : large black bangle watch by Betsey Johnson

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Betsey Johnson’s Large Black Bangle Watch

image source betseyjohnson.com

Betsey Johnson has a plethora of new watch styles on www.betseyjohnson.com, and the Large Black Bangle Watch caught my fancy. The bangle style watch is made of black resin, has a hinge closure, is water resistance, and has Betsey Johnson’s signature fuchsia heart as the second-hand. The watch is a nice neutral accessory that can be worn from day to evening, paired with your favorite pair of skinny jeans and a tunic, to a little black club dress.

The Large Black Bangle Watch is available online at www.betseyjohnson.com.

– Meagan

Iron Fist fall/winter 2011 collection preview

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Here is a little sneak peek at Iron Fist’s fall/winter 2011 collection, due to drop later this month, through a behind the scenes video of their latest photoshoot for the collection.  I am excited to see winter coats in this collection!  The highly Edward-esque male model, which will fit perfectly for the November release of film four in the Twilight series, and the overall styling of this shoot show that Iron Fist will be continuing down the path of more fashion forward and trend conscious styling while still offering up the bold, in-your-face prints and designs they are known for.

– Jennifer

collection : gothic preacher’s wife

Monday, September 5th, 2011

It’s an Indian summer, half way to autumn but still warm and hazy. Gothic cypress and weeping willows, scarecrows, and desolate Southern towns create the mood. Lanvin’s 2011 fall collection provides the inspiration, Nick Cave provides the soundtrack.

clockwise from upper left
Caged Crow String Lights – Pottery Barn
Felt Floppy Hat – Express
Plain Felt Coat – Lanvin
Grinderman 2 Grinderman – Mute
Romane Jumper – Valerie Dumaine at Mudshark Streetwear
Baroques Cortona in Black – Fluevog
Mr. Wind-Up Brooch – Ghostlove Jewelry

– Jennifer

upcoming : The Bazaar of the Bizarre – Halloween Market Place

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

We are excited to announce Auxiliary Magazine will be vending Plastik Wrap’s Halloween Market Place The Bazaar of the Bizarre! Come by and say “hi” at our table. This is a great event with tons of great vendors, including BitchCraft, ClockworkZero, Missy Industry, Plastik Wrap, Sew Scary, Sick on Sin, and more! A full vendor list can be found HERE.

The event is in Toronto, ON on October 23, 2011 from 11am til 7pm and it’s free to attend!

For more info :
Visit their facebook event page.
Or visit their website.

inspiration : Veronica LaVery – pale goddess

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011

photographer : Charlie Bones Inc
fashion stylist : Onna Suhovy
model : Veronica LaVery
makeup artist : Quorine Harwood
hair stylist : Quorine Harwood
jewelry : Susan Jane Jewelry

Meagan Hendrickson :
Embrace your femininity with long flowing dresses in chiffon, satin, and pale colors. Take notes from vintage romance, by adorning yourself in costume jewelry that adds the right note of Hollywood glamour. Elevate yourself to a goddess state, with glowing elegant makeup and loosely tied up tresses all fit for a wonderful evening adventure. Sometimes we all need to escape to a world where your beauty is infinite and this look can take you there.