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item of the week : Gruss Vom Krampus Tee by Sourpuss

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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Krampusnacht is around the corner, meaning soon Krampus is coming to town. Krampus is known as the “holiday devil”, the dark companion of St. Nicholas. Krampus punishes naughty children, swatting them with switches and rusty chains before dragging them to the pits of Hell. Sourpuss Clothing has released the Gruss Vom Krampus Tee featuring a horned goat-like creature with cloven hooves, long pointed tongue, and glowing red eyes grasping a bundle of birch branches and chains. This ultra soft tee is a must have item to honor Krampus and get in the holiday spirit!

The Gruss Vom Krampus Tee by Sourpuss is available online for $27 at www.sourpussclothing.com.

– Shannon Kramp






fashion editorial : Tomorrowland

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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On left, Avant Coat and Boots both by Gelareh paired with bodysuit by Sugarpuss Clothing and necklace and cuff both by Charles Albert. On right, Plate Coat Dress and Boots both by Gelareh paired with Arm Cuff and Ear Cuff both by Marianna Harutunian.

photographer : Sequoia Emmanuelle
fashion stylist : Jen Summers
makeup artist : Julie Bee
hair stylist : Greg Gilmore
models : Alexandra Matthews & Zeta Morrison
wigs : Rockstar Wigs

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On left, Long Spine Dress and Boots both by Gelareh paired with cuff, ring, and mouthpiece all by Marianna Harutunian. On right, Queen Coat by Gelareh and bodysuit by Sugarpuss Clothing paired with ear cuff and ring both by Marianna Harutunian.

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On left, Spine Jacket, Spine Leggings, and Boots all by Gelareh. On right, Queen Coat by Gelareh and bodysuit by Sugarpuss Clothing paired with ear cuff, eye patch, and ring all by Marianna Harutunian.

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On left, Plate Coat Dress and boots both by Gelareh paired with arm cuff and ear cuff both by Marianna Harutunian. On right, Net Jersey Scarf, leggings, and boots all by Gelareh paired with hat by House of Malakai and cuffs by Charles Albert.

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On left, Net Jersey Scarf, leggings, and boots all by Gelareh paired with hat by House of Malakai and cuffs by Charles Albert. On right, Avant Coat and boots both by Gelareh paired with bodysuit by Sugarpuss Clothing and necklace and cuff both by Charles Albert.

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On left and right, Queen Coat and boots both by Gelareh and bodysuit by Sugarpuss Clothing paired with ear cuff, eye patch, and ring all by Marianna Harutunian.

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On left, Spine Jacket, Spine Leggings, and boots all by Gelareh paired with Wing Neckpiece by Dar Sara and ring by Charles Albert. On left, left, Long Spine Dress by Gelareh paired with cuff and ring both by Marianna Harutunian. Right, Short Spine Dress by Gelareh paired with neckpiece by Dar Sara and ring by Charles Albert.






item of the week : Hanging Bat Necklace by Pamela Grice Art

Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Happy Halloween! Continue the spirit all year long (like you already don’t) with this cute little guy. Just hanging out upside down in black and white, this necklace is the perfect everyday casual piece for around your neck. Maybe if you buy him now, every time you look at this fuzzy fellow, you’ll be reminded of this Halloween and all the fond memories that came with it. Together the two of you can make it til next year!

The Hanging Bat Necklace by Pamela Grice Art is available for $22 at www.pamelagriceart.etsy.com.

– Jennifer Link






item of the week : Lovecraft Black Cage Bra by Battie Clothing

Friday, October 24th, 2014

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Corset and all things related designer from the UK, Battie Clothing makes many desirable pieces, but this cage bra really catches the eye. With a stand out pentacle design, this harness can be worn with just a bra or over a shirt or dress. You could even wear it backwards over a backless dress. Battie Clothing is inspired by Victorian fashion and dark literature and with this harness you can infuse a little of Lovecraft and the occult into a wide variety of outfits from casual to dressy.

The Lovecraft Black Cage Bra by Battie Clothing is available online for $40 at www.battieclothing.etsy.com.

– Jennifer Link






item of the week : Bats Wing Leather Boot Straps by Contrived to Charm

Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Tiffany Laing is the designer behind luxury leather accessory brand Contrived to Charm. Every unique design is carefully handcrafted using high quality leather materials and classic tooling techniques. Add these hand tooled leather bats wing boot straps to your favorite winklepickers, ankle boots, or heels for a deathrock, witchy, and batty inspired look. This design makes a pair of bat wings with your feet side by side. With all things Halloween in the air, how can you resist?

The Bats Wing Leather Boot Straps by Contrived to Charm are available online for $78 at www.contrivedtocharm.com.

– Shannon Kramp






item of the week : Alice en Bataille Costume by Heavy Red

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

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Every year goth clothing company Heavy Red release a new Alice in Wonderland costume. An annual Halloween tradition. This year the manifestation is Alice en Bataille. The costume picks up the story from last year’s costume, imprisoned by the Queen, Alice had sunk into a bottomless despair. When her mind had exhausted all thoughts of escape, she was left alone with a silent darkness, save the beating of her heart. Louder and louder it pounded, seeming to cry, “I am Alice! I am Alice! I am Alice!” Gaining strength from this inner drumbeat, Alice felt the will to survive penetrate every fiber of her being. The Queen may have twisted her mind and weakened her heart, but Alice’s soul still lay hidden within her. She was no longer the sweet innocent who had fallen down the rabbit hole, Wonderland had changed her. The mandate was clear, liberate herself and all of Wonderland from the clutches of the Queen. So we see this year’s Alice costume that of a warrior. The highlight of the ensemble being the Armor Corset. The costume comes in two different package options: the basic package including the Blue Alice Dress, the corset and matching gauntlets, and Finger Tattoos or the all four of those pieces plus all the accessories and finishing touches. The biggest perk of this costume is you get several Heavy Red pieces, and when broken up you can mix them into your wardrobe all year!

The Alice en Bataille Costume by Heavy Red is available online for $195 at www.heavyred.com.

– Jennifer Link






item of the week : Babylon Rose T-Shirt by Kill Star

Friday, September 26th, 2014

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When we cover men’s fashion at Auxiliary, it’s often with the mindset that most men in the scene and immersed in the music make rather low-key fashion choices. Though there are many men in the various scenes we cover that are highly fashionable, opting for making the boldest statements with their clothing. This Item of the Week bridges the gap between. It’s a T-shirt, so it’s a rather easy piece of clothing to wear. But the all over floral print does make it a bolder piece. It’s a bigger print making it a bit less busy. You could pair this with black jeans and boots and be in your regular comfy uniform but in a more fashionable way. Or pair it under a blazer to let just a bit of the pattern peek out. Another point that makes it easy to style, it’s only grayscale and red. You can do it! And if you already do, then maybe this shirt will be a neutral in your wardrobe.

The Babylon Rose T-Shirt by Kill Star is available online for £29.99 at www.killstar.com.

– Jennifer Link






item of the week : Melinda Romper by Nasty Gal

Friday, September 19th, 2014

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When you think romper, you might think summer fashion but rompers can be a fall staple as well. Pick one in black with more fabric and coverage like this one by online shopping super store Nasty Gal and you have the perfect romper for fall. The styling of this whole look is a good way to go for a dark fall outfit. Add a pussy bow as seen on the right to add more visual interest to front of this romper. The back is open, so you don’t need anything more there. A black felt hat and crossbody purse complete this outfit nicely. Between the romper style, the contrasting white-collar, and the trumpet sleeves; this piece is very in trend, but it also has a nice classic look about it.

The Melinda Romper by Nasty Gal is available for $88 online at www.nastygal.com.

– Jennifer Link






item of the week : Desiderium Leggings by Alien Botany by Zoetica Ebb

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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Artist, model, and as highlighted here, fashion designer Zoetica Ebb has turned many of her Alien Botany drawings into wearable art. These thick and totally opaque spandex leggings were designed with your body in mind. Unlike many all over print leggings, this design is laid out perfectly for your anatomy. Zoetica Ebb’s Alien Botany leggings come in four styles but we chose this one because you need something that will contrast your sea of black and gray clothing. Pick a pair of bold shoes and top these leggings with a comfy tunic and you’re all set with an easy yet fashionable outfit for a fall day. See more from the Alien Botany collection, see more of Zoetica Ebb’s spot on styling, and read our interview with her in the latest issue of Auxiliary!

The Desiderium Leggings by Alien Botany by Zoetica Ebb are available online for $103 at www.biorequiem.com.

– Jennifer Link






runway : Candydrip at FAT 2014

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Toronto ON, April 25 – Full disclosure, I worked backstage with designer Genavieve White of Candydrip as her backstage manager at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week. I did not see the show on the runway, but rather from the trenches. I did get a chance to watch the video after, and was thrilled at the presentation of Genavieve’s first runway show.

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The theme for the final night of FAT was Minimal/Extreme, and having featured Candydrip’s designs in Auxiliary, I knew the collection was going to veer towards the extreme. Even having an insider’s knowledge of the designs, I was left in awe once I saw the final pieces for the first time.

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Candydrip’s collection was one of powerful, sexual, strong femininity. The silicone-infused designs were all individual conceptions of this theme. One-of-a-kind art pieces, made to fit the models who strolled down the runway emblazened with the spirit of the clothing. Genavieve had a full vision for each look, and Spellbound Hair Design rocked the models’ locks. Our lead makeup artist Alison Sharp was keen on making the makeup flawless. We finished off the looks with matching claws from Pinky’s Nails in Toronto and finally Melissa brand shoes adorned the feet of every model.

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I won’t be picking a favorite look, I adored them all. And I hope you’ll take a look at the detail and design work in each piece: the silicone-dripped silks, mesh, and structured art work that made up the collection is breathtaking.

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This collection was more like living art, each design representing both the women wearing it, earth’s natural wonder, and the talented hand of a budding designer. Congratulations my friend, it was an amazing show!

photos : Ian Compton

– Tasha Farrington






runway : House of Etiquette at FAT 2014

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Toronto ON, April 25 – We’ve been fans of House of Etiquette since we first laid eyes on them about four years ago. Designers Ashley Davies and Mina Smart have excelled at filling the gap between fashion and fetish with their latex collections. This year at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week they expanded on the staples and showcased new showstoppers.

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House of  Ettiquette opened with a black and red three piece ensemble that would be equally comfortable at a fetish party as in the pages of any high fashion magazine. The harness piece is a fun fashion accessory I can’t get enough of and when paired with the gloves I really can’t tell where this look wouldn’t fit in. The next look is a pink and black teddy style lingerie number complete with garters.

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The third look out is a trench coat. The trench coat is one of my favorite looks added this year. It’s definitely more of a statement fashion piece: totally usable as a raincoat and yet still very much entrenched in the fetish world. It’s a perfect balance of fetish, fashion, style, and when worn as it was in the show: sex.

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Red, blacks, and nudes were prominent throughout the collection. There were a few more statement pieces; another coat in metallic pink, and a two piece bra and high-waisted skirt in light pink. The very last look was a contender for my favorite: featuring a heavy rubber overbust corset in black, matching panties, thigh high garters, and red and black latex stockings, it was something I would love to wear personally or see in the pages of Auxiliary.

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House of Etiquette is fast becoming one of the top latex designers globally, and now really all that’s left to do is figure out which new piece to add to your own collection.

photos : Ian Compton

– Tasha Farrington






runway : David C. Wigley at FAT 2014

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Toronto ON, April 24 – David C. Wigley premiered his new label CLAN GORDON at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week. I’m already a fan of the collection WORTH by David C. Wigley, and had been anticipating the new collection to be colorful and inspiring. I was not disappointed. He may have blurred the lines between alternative and mainstream, but he does it with flare.

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Each look was styled to showcase the clothing the model wore, and so there was the greatest care to individualism, yet on a whole a feeling of connection was present. The show started with a young male model battered and bruised, yet undefeated in spirit, walking confidently down the runway wearing his CLAN GORDON sweatshirt and a tartan kilt. There was an infusion of color, fabric, and textures that left me wanting more. A strong motif of gold and black, with classic Wigley details of fringe and chain, were given a refreshing modern vibe with bright greens, blues, and yellows. Pieces were both vintage and modern: a sense of Celtic traditions mixed with grunge rock.

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I fell in love with a few looks: the first female model was dressed in a yellow toque with black netting, dark eyes showing through. A stunning bright green suede jacket with black and gold textured sleeves, layered over a multi-colored print T-shirt. This was paired with a high-waisted black and gold skirt with long black fringe over ripped stockings and finished off with some Dr. Martens. It was a strong look that stayed in my mind through the whole show. A wide leg black pant and a bright blue women’s jacket with the black and gold patterned sleeves (a theme in the collection) is the next look that stood out to me. It was both classically feminine and yet still felt risky, edgy, in-your-face with fashion. I absolutely loved the pairing of the navy suede jacket over a sheer lace pattern full length dress. This look was already fierce on its own and was wisely downplayed with just a simple black toque on the models head and a pair of classic Dr. Martens on her feet.

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For the men’s pieces we had just as much variety between sweats to suit jackets. Two looks that stood out to me. First, a simple white T-shirt that included an off-the-shoulder halter piece in black with silver studs and rings, paired with a laser-cut leather skirt over matching leggings. This look was a perfectly styled combination of the uses of black and whites. While the model had a strong presence that helped make this look stand out, its seeming simplicity is what really made it so striking. Next, was the beautiful black and gold dinner jacket. It was styled off the shoulders of the model. The model was clothed in a short sleeved tartan dress shirt, which was tucked into black leather pants. A black leather bowtie finished off the look. It was strong, masculine, very much a Wigley classic, but with details like the pin on the lapel and hand beading that was ever so breathtaking.

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CLAN GORDON was implacability designed, David C. Wigley is going to storm the catwalks of tomorrow in a blaze of glory.

photos : Ian Compton

– Tasha Farrington






runway : Artifice at FAT 2014

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Toronto ON, April 25 – Artifice is always one of my favorite shows at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week! Their corsets of succulent PVC were infused with lace and  faux furs this year. The collection was all shiny and matte black on black, with the final piece a striking red ensemble.

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The first model stepped out onto the runway with a headpiece by Posh Fairytale Couture, a mask of beads and lace covered her face and blackness fanned out around and above her face. She was dressed in a clear PVC and black lace jacket, matching panties, garter, and peplum belt holding it all together.

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artifice is no stranger to the FAT runways, and each year the collection is one of the highlights. Their dark fetish fashion looks are a classic in the subculture scene in Toronto and around the world. I loved all the matte black PVC and soft faux furs seen in the collection. The looks were reminiscent of eras past, though with modern twists featuring materials like matte PVC, snakeskin textured PVC, and faux fur which gives the whole collection a decadent presence.

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The last outfit, and showstopper of the collection, is an all red lace and clear PVC ensemble. A slimming overbust corset and matching pantie with ruffle details is accessorized with red faux fur at the shoulders. The model’s own red hair blends into the horns, bone, and cage-like design of the final headpiece.

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Designer Emily Rishea creates timeless pieces out of modern day materials, her collections are always a crowd favorite, and this year was only enhanced by her collaboration with Posh Fairytale Couture designer Rachel Sigmon. They showed us a darker fairy tale, where the evil queens and wicked witches are a lot more fun to play with then the hapless princess ever could be.

photos : Ian Compton

– Tasha Farrington






runway : Atlier Wonder at FAT 2014

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Toronto ON, April 25 – Designer Paulina Wonder hales from Montreal, Quebec, Canada and this was her first time at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week. Her collection definitely impressed us with a colorful mash-up of Japanese flair and punk vibes.

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Atlier Wonder’s collection was an exciting mix of art and underground fashion trends. Spiked collars, oversized clutches, fedoras, and knotted head scarves were seen accompanying almost every look. Heavy, hand-painted leather jackets, pop art patterned tunics, and spaghetti strap dresses. Flames and skulls adorned sweaters, skirts, and pants. Everything was painted, patched, printed or branded with the Atlier Wonder brand.

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It was dark and edgy, or electro pop bright. The combination of colors and clothing items, looked almost accidental, as if the models had crawled out of bed from a night of parting and pulled on whatever they could find. It had a very carefree street style look,  but amped up for the runways.

My favorite pieces were the leather jackets. One was black and hand-painted in contrasting white. The other jacket was all pastels in pink, yellow and blues. Both looks had a kind of overall rockabilly vibe, and I liked the ease of the looks.

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Atlier Wonder was a fresh in-your-face collection, and a welcome addition to the FAT family, and I am sure we’ll be seeing more of Paulina in the years to come.

photos : Ian Compton

– Tasha Farrington