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item of the week : fishnet skirt by Iron Fist

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Iron Fist’s Fishnet Skirt

image source ironfistclothing.com

It’s getting warmer out and you need a versatile skirt to get you through the season. The fishnet skirt by Iron Fist is comfy and relaxed so you can feel good about wearing a skirt more often because with this skirt it will be easy. This skirt can pair with many things in your wardrobe. One, it’s black so it will go with most anything, but its fishnet texture keeps it from being plain. Two, it can be casual paired with a t-shirt or tank top. Three, it can be dressy paired with a soft blouse or lacy camisole. Four, it can go to the beach as a great cover up for a swimsuit. The list goes on…

The Fishnet Skirt is available for $40 at www.shop.ironfistclothing.com.

– Jennifer

music video : Faderhead – Fistful of Fuck You

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

With the new album World of Faderhead just around the corner, the onslaught begins with this video for “Fistful of Fuck You”. Anyone who grew up through the 90s can instantly recognize the nod to Capcom side-scrolling fighting games and will be wishing that they could actually play. Watch the video and find if Faderhead can win and hope that there will be some sweet story ending if he can!?

– Mike

paris fashion week : Viktor & Rolf fall 2012

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

A giant full moon hung in the background of Viktor & Rolf’s fall 2012 collection shown at Paris Fashion Week. I was excited to see this collection as I intrigued by their pre-fall collection. But the runway collection seemed tacky in comparison, sheer lingerie like pieces and fur. Though I am rather uninterested in real fur, the coats did catch my attention as they reminded me of Blade Runner’s Rachael. Pre-fall on the other hand was dark, romantic but modest, mysterious, and an appealing mix of American Gothic and Victorian.

Viktor & Rolf Pre-fall 2012


new york fashion week : Rag & Bone fall 2012

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Rag & Bone’s fall 2012 collection shown at New York Fashion Week gave me mixed feelings. A lot of the prints seemed almost ugly, but others kinda ugly in a good way, such as the tapestry print. My real interest here were all the layers, the spat leggings, and all the structured asymmetrical detailing.


new york fashion week : Betsey Johnson fall 2012

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Betsey Johnson’s fall 2012 collection shown at New York Fashion Week didn’t seem as cohesive or impressive as her fall 2011 collection. It seems this collection is drawing on many influences and ended up including many elements… mod, herringbone, 90s, florals, skulls and bones, and party dresses.


fashion editorial : mad hatter

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

featuring fashions by Mother of London, S&G Clothing, Bubbles & Frown, and more

photographer : Sequoia Emmanuelle
art director : Alicia Drake
fashion stylist : Ja’Niya Walker
makeup artist : Teal Druda
hair stylist : Jeanna Kier
models : Alexandra Mathews, Lacy Soto, Jill Evyn, and Daniel Ribiat

view the full editorial in the February/March 2012 Issue

new york fashion week : Zac Posen fall 2012

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Zac Posen’s fall 2012 collection shown at New York Fashion Week threw Japanese influences into the mix, obi belts, rich jewel tones, and jacquard prints. Nothing out of his mold, but gorgeous and glamorous non-the-less.


new york fashion week : Anna Sui fall 2012

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Anna Sui’s fall 2012 collection shown at New York Fashion Week ventured into bohemian, folkish, bright patterns and prints perhaps a bit farther than my comfort zone. There were details I really enjoyed such as the round glasses, peter pan and yoke collars, and the hint of cosplay in the owl knit hats. I think the best approach to this collection is to edit, pick select pieces and draw inspiration from select aspects.


designer spotlight : Blood Milk

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Designer JL Schnabel’s long-lived relationship with the supernatural combined with a strong fascination and a personal touch create the foundation for what lies  behind the jewelry of Philadelphia based Blood Milk.

interview by : Vanity Kills
photographer : Christina Brown
fashion stylist : JL Schnabel and Paul Romano
model : Tina Nguyen

Do you dream of unique adornments from beyond this realm, capable of effortlessly lending a supernatural air to your flowy, black tunics? Time to open your third eye and join the legions of sea witches, mediums, and other devout followers of Philadelphia’s esoteric jewelry house Blood Milk. Tap into your unconscious self with the guidance of a hand carved rune bracelet, find your way home (on whatever plane of existence it may lay) with a sparrow skull ring, or reach out to loved ones who shed their mortal sheaths by the way of a spirit board-inspired planchette necklace. Alas, these surrealist charms really ought to come with a caveat; you never know when you might just find yourself whisked away to the other side of reality. Which makes these occult ornaments even more enticing.

Other than the release of Blood Milk’s lookbook The Conjurer, did any noteworthy or surreal events take place in your life on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year? Can you give Auxiliary Magazine readers further insight as to why you chose November 11th for the grand unveiling of The Conjurer?
JL Schnabel : I’m interested in Jung’s ideas on synchronicity. I read somewhere that people tend to look at the clock at 11:11 more than any other time and I like to think that there are cosmic forces at play, but who knows for sure? I like the mystery of not knowing.

Do you foresee a modern day large-scale resurgence of mourning jewelry spearheaded by either the forlorn economy, the ever growing quasi-mainstream popularity of the nu-goth movement, or perhaps something different altogether?

JLS : I started becoming attracted to the idea of mourning jewelry around the time I lost someone important to me. I think in that sense, anyone who has become acquainted with death seeks out the comfort of mourning talismans whether they realize it or not. These types of jewels become a kind of psychic armor.

read the full interview in the February/March 2012 Issue

seven deadly questions : mind.in.a.box

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

interview by Mike Kieffer

Recently releasing mind.in.a.box’s fifth full length album, Revelations on Metropolis Records in the US, and starting their own brand new label Dreamweb Music in Europe, we take the seven deadly questions to the man who has entranced us for the past eight years, Stefan Poiss, the master behind the music and vocals of the Austrian electronic music band mind.in.a.box.

Envy – You have the ability to examine the past “Crossroads” of your life and see where they would have lead you, would you want to know?
Stefan Poiss : No. I like the way how it is going and I wouldn’t want to change something and I wouldn’t want to know how it could be. I think I’m a lucky guy to live in Vienna, one of the best cities in the world, with maybe the best water in the world that you can drink from the tap, only two minutes to the supermarket, the electricity is working, the internet is fast, our waste disposal has it’s own Facebook page, I have my own studio at home and can also work at Adam’s rehearsal space (Adam is my live guitar player). And with my motor scooter it’s fast to get everywhere. So it feels good like it is. Only too much dog mess on the sidewalks here.

Greed – Do you feel the ever evolving internet world and the hording of digital friends will leave individuals feeling “Lost Alone” in the end?
SP : Yes, maybe more than ever. It is something different to have a conversation on the internet than to talk in real life. We all have a body and we are built to use it. We can’t separate the brain, the mind from us. Our mind and the body is a whole and if you only use one part too long you will start to miss something in the world… and then you are starting to be lost alone.

read the full interview in the February/March 2012 Issue

in attendance : Emilie Autumn at The Gramercy Theatre

Friday, March 9th, 2012

New York NY, February 18 – Emilie Autumn is back, and she’s fighting back like a girl! On February 18th, Emilie Autumn returned to The Gramercy Theatre on her Fight Like A Girl tour, affectionally called F.L.A.G., to promote her upcoming album. Joining her were the Blessed Contessa, Naughty Veronica Varlow, Captain Maggot, and the legions of fans, affectionately called Muffins and Plague-Rats. If you’ve never been to an Emilie Autumn performance, then you are in for a treat. Each show blends burlesque performances with vaudeville musical/dance numbers in a scripted show, full of energy and excitement as the girls sing, dance, and gyrate on stage. These ladies want you to know they are women, now hear them roar. It’s time for society to play by their rules, and as some guys once said (named after a “sister”), “We’re not gonna take it anymore!”

– Phil (Knightmare6)

photos : Knightmare6

graphic novel review : Monocyte parts 1 and 2

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Early this year Saltillo, a trip-hop electronic meets violin and cello project from Chicago-based artist Menton J. Matthews III (aka Menton3), released his new album Monocyte on Artoffact Records. The album is a concept album and serves as a soundtrack to a 4 part graphic novel series of the same name published by IDW Publishing. EJTower offers insight on parts 1 and 2 of the Monocyte series, with parts 3 and 4 coming out this spring.

written and illustrated by Menton3
reviewed by : EJTower

Reading Monocyte while listening to its soundtrack is like contemplating a Zen Koan cut-up by William S. Burroughs as Aphex Twin plays strings in the corner shouting Shakespeare. Monocyte, the graphic series created by Menton3 and released by IDW Publishing, is a beautifully illustrated dark universe set in the distant future where two cities hold the world in immortal stagnation. Our Lovecraftian hero, Monocyte, like his biological namesake (a monocyte is an aspect of the innate immune system part of the body’s first line of defense against disease) is sent forth by Death to destroy the source of immortality and end the deathless logjam that is like a plague on the natural systems of the world.

It is unfortunate that Monocyte reads like a crossword puzzle written by Sir James George Frazer. If you don’t know what I am talking about, then much of the writing in the graphic series will also be a gloss to you. Menton3 is an unquestionably talented artist whose illustrations have excellently conveyed a gray mood and alien future, but all of the enjoyment of Monocyte comes from these talents alone. A minor index of the ideas tossed about in the first two issues would include a mixture of Judeo-Christian mythology, early pagan mythos, references to immoralist transhumanism, and direct quotes from Shakespeare. The ideas contained in the text hint at a genius root for a world and story that just failed to grow. The text serves mostly to confuse the reader with an antiqued style of speech. The story contains an ever growing number of mythically named characters that advance themselves upon the reader but never advance the plot. With so many dramatically named guns introduced in the first act, it makes me skeptical that they will all be adequately fired by the conclusion of the play.

I have seen this series compared to the works of Grant Morrison, author of The Invisibles, another comic series that draws heavily from occult sources. This comparison is wildly unfair to the writing of Mr. Morrison. His text actually clarified the ideas pushed on the audience so that we could think about them. In Monocyte the ideas clog the mind with antiquated vocabulary and fail entirely to bring any level of understanding to the world that Menton3 has created in his art. Simply overlaying the design of an astrolabe and the unicursal hexagram on the images does not draw the audience any deeper into the work, though it looks very cool.

The experience of the graphic series with the addition of the soundtrack by Saltillo was still extremely enjoyable. The strange esoteric samplings merged with strings served to dramatize the presented images and draw me on where the text failed. Saltillo, a project of Menton3 himself, is a testament to the ability of the man to evoke mood and establish setting through complex reference. Those interested can enjoy it immediately on Spotify, and purchase the album at Storming the Base. My strong objections to the writing and story aside, I am watching Menton3 for future projects.

read the free prequel on Issuu

music video : Julien-K – We’re Here With You

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Hot on the heels of their sophomore album, We’re Here With You, released January 23, 2012 on Tiefdruck-Musik, Julien-K brings us a new video for the title song. They partnered up with Bryan Black of the group Motor for this song it is just drenched with cool. The video works well with the song, keeping things simple and crisp while showcasing the band members as they rotate about.

– Mike

upcoming : The Dark Knight Rises

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

The long awaited third release in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is still months away but images of The Dark Knight Rises have emerged in a way that promises an epic climax to this most recent adaptation in the Batman franchise.

by Adam Rosina

Gather ‘round, children, and I’ll spin you a yarn. Once, a long time ago (two months on real time, a decade in internet years), the first six minutes of the most anticipated sequel of all time, The Dark Knight Rises, was released in select IMAX screenings (and leaked onto file-sharing websites approximately 12.5 seconds later), with the official trailer following shortly thereafter in a one-two marketing punch that left one floored in a way a very real fist to the flesh balloon would. And after a very brief, awe-struck silence, the twin camps of fan-dumb and Nolan-loyalists began to wage a war of words that would put Team Edward/Team Jacob feuds to shame just by virtue of sheer grating idiocy. “Bane sounds like a brain-damaged tuba soloist playing underwater!” cried the haters. “You must trust Nolan! He is not for the likes of ye mere mortals to question! HE IS THE WAY!!!”, fired back the First Church of Christopher Nolan (and Jonathan Nolan, too, we guess… kinda). And thus it went. But now, the dust has finally settled, and all parties have retreated to their respective Batcaves, to pleasure themselves with a rolled-up trade paperback of Knightfall as they await, with pathological intensity, the next bit of TDKR marketing. So I felt the time was right for me to put my two cents in. So strap in, nerds! Lemme walk you through a few thoughts, observations, and merit-less predictions I’ve come up with in the wake of the prologue/trailer two-fer!

read the full feature in the February/March 2012 Issue