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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 : 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 : With Love Lingerie at FAT 2014

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Toronto ON, April 25 – With Love Lingerie unveiled a whimsical and romantic collection at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week, using beautifully embroidered, sheer fabrics, and lace. Nightgowns, robes, and lingerie sets in warm, earthy tones were draped exquisitely in classical early 19th century silhouettes.

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Showcased on day four of FAT, With Love Lingerie’s collection pulled inspiration from the early 19th century and mixed it with updated fabric and a modern color palette. Designer Carrie Russell’s models strolled down the runway in soft hues of caramel, chocolate, and cream; broken, here and there, with a dash of red, touches of green, or a hint of pale yellow. Attention to detail was prevalent in every garment. Russell used lace and silks, leather belts, and gold chains to adorn the models.

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A few pieces really stood out for me: first was the lace bodysuit over a cream bra and panties paired with a simple harness-style garter belt, this piece was romantic, sexual, and modern. Directly following that was a long pale yellow dress with a gold rope belt. The hand-embroidered gold bead and sequin details which embraced the foot of the gown were stunning. Accessorized with a gold chain headpiece, simple earrings, and pendant necklace also made by the designer, these were perfectly paired.

My love is tied between a beautiful slip look and the romper look. Both had the same silky sheer fabric in milk chocolate with hand-embroidered and bead details. The slip was paired with a gold rose earring: its look was simple, striking, and strong. The romper was paired with a simple bracelet, and felt a bit more playful and risque.

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The last look was, for many I think, the favorite: a beautiful kimono-style gown, in a sheer silk fabric with a soft feather print. Almost like watercolors, the browns melted into the creams, splashes of green, oranges, and blues. Soft and yet strong, the high cuts showcased much of the model’s legs, and gave us a look at the high-waisted panties beneath.

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Overall the feeling I was left with was that simplicity does not mean simple. Carrie Russell, once again, showcases her talents creating a beautiful lingerie collection that would make anyone feel like a goddess.

photos : Ian Compton

– Tasha Farrington






runway : Eolith at FAT 2014

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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Toronto ON, April 22 – Eolith is the collaborative collection from the minds and hands of Katarzyna Agnieszka from Montreal and Wesley Burness from Toronto. The pace of their runway show at FAT Toronto’s Arts & Fashion Week was starkly different to the opening act, their runway show had a minimalist approach to makeup and hair, the emphasis was strictly on the clothing. One model would stride out and then wait for a partner to join them, giving the audience time to appreciate the details in the garments. A technically challenging yet artfully executed array of textures and patterns made this collection stand out from the crowd.

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The collection had a organic nature, the designers seemingly letting the fabric determine the cut and execution of the final piece. The materials such as wool, silks, suedes, and chiffons were both left softly following and skillfully tailored to showcase the beauty in the fabric as it lay on the models bodies. Long pieces paired with jackets get just a touch of cold metal accessories letting each piece shine through.

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Each outfit could be worn as shown, or broken up into its individual layers to mix and match into your own wardrobe. The collection had a muted palette in mostly grays, a few more colored pieces were scattered throughout. But overall the tone was muted and played in the monotones, that are dear to our aesthetic palette.

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Personally there were a few highlights of the collection. Firstly, the look that paired a mens dress shirt with monochromatic fade and dark dresswear pants, whose partner was adorned in a suede cape in a soft grey, layered over a cotton and chiffon long black sleeveless gown. Secondly, the women’s look made up of a structured full length black dress, whose partner was in a silk one piece jumpsuit. All four of these looks were captivating on their own but when paired with their partners they were breathtaking.

At the end of the show the designers came out hand in hand and they should be quite proud of the collaboration. They’ve definitely hit our radar.

photos : Ian Compton

– Tasha Farrington






in attendance : RAW:Toronto

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Toronto ON, April 22 – RAW is an organization based out of LA that specializes in promoting and giving exposure to growing artists of all mediums. Although relatively new in Toronto, they launched their Toronto division this year, the showcase that happened past Thursday at Revival Bar in the downtown core of the city attracted many creative and colorful personalities. The venue’s ceiling was adorned with Asian paper lanterns that drifted above the rhythmic beats of ska music and chatter of crowds.

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Among the various designers, visual artists, and photographers there were several names that stood out with their bright originality and captivating displays. Abrash Embroidery, a truly impressive company that specializes in altering clothing in a recycled manner to create a reinvented product. This glimmering silver and teal dress was definitely a show stopper with it’s high fashion approach to mesh, creating shapes that mimicked the oscillating waves of the ocean. I also really loved the attention to detail in their long-sleeved dress with the Dia de los Muertos sugar skull embellished with vibrant red spirals.

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Left, Keniya. Right, photograph by Remedy, image source remydarling.com.

For casual streetwear I found urban designer Keniya that also strongly believes in recycling materials to recreate comfortable flattering pieces. What really impressed me was how everything could be worn unisex, the camo print, the woven shorts, even the long magenta and amethyst golden button down dress could be worn as an avant-garde silk shirt.

Local Toronto alternative fashion photographer Remedy was also showcasing her prints that night, although an emerging artist in the industry she has a particular knack in rendering and editing her images in post into fantasy dreamscapes and vivid illustrative stories. Her hyperrealism style is truly inspiring and pushing the boundaries of what we consider to be fashion portraiture.

The RAW showcase has big plans for the future of emerging artists, their next Toronto event “Panorama” takes place on June 19th with a new cluster of bright stars and new local talent.

photos : Cassia Crawl

– Cassia Crawl






Auxiliary Magazine 2012 Calendar submission contest

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Auxiliary Magazine will be releasing a 2012 Calendar with the goal of generating excitement and support for, and to help promote, the best alternative artists, creatives, photographers, models, celebrities, bands, musicians, and fashion designers out there!  The Auxiliary Magazine 2012 Calendar will be compiled of 12 photographs chosen from submissions.  The calendar will then be available for purchase in select boutiques/stores and online.

If you are a photographer or an artist, creative, model, celebrity, band, musician, or fashion designer that wants to be featured in the calendar submit your images to us!

HOW TO SUBMIT

1 : Download the Auxiliary Magazine 2012 Calendar Submission Guidelines.  You must read, agree to, and complete the forms in the Guidelines PDF.
DOWNLOAD HERE : www.auxiliarymagazine.com/downloads/Aux_2012CalendarGuidelines.pdf

2 : Email your submission to us by the deadline.  Only complete submissions that include all required documents and information will be considered.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS : September 30th, 2011

EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO : 2012calendar@auxiliarymagazine.com

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exhibition review : Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Friday, August 19th, 2011

McQueen at The Met : The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, a retrospective on the late fashion designer, ran from May 4–August 7, 2011 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.


When prompted to impart a final message on his deathbed, Karl Marx said, “Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.” This story has come to mind many times in the past few years, whenever anyone did an Alexander McQueen retrospective, and if you’ve been paying attention, that was fairly often. Every magazine and blog that has ever run the words “goth”, “haute couture”, or “Lady Gaga” has run long, in-depth pieces on McQueen since the designers untimely death over a year ago. I suppose I was bothered by the fact that, in my opinion, McQueen was a genius, not just for the message of his art, but for the eloquence with which that message was given. What seemed perfectly clear in the works themselves has been endlessly reinterpreted, rehashed, and reiterated. McQueen was no fool, and he had certainly said plenty, even in his tragically shortened career; why do we all feel the need to put last words into his mouth?

So there is certainly something refreshing about a McQueen retrospective that is allowed to speak for itself. The Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute put together a powerful collection of McQueen’s best pieces for this summer’s exhibit, and his enduring popularity delivered. Even on off days, the lines for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which closed last week, were often an hour long, for the entirety of its three month run. The Costume Institute often utilized a labyrinthine layout for its exhibits. In contrast to the Metropolitan’s airy white galleries, its thin corridors, sharp angles, and dark walls were never more appropriate than for this show. McQueen’s designs were separated into themed rooms, including “gothic”, “naturalism”, exoticism”, and “primitivism”. The curators emphasized the “romantic” in each of these themes, printing quotes from McQueen, as well as rather sappy blurbs on their part, on the walls to introduce each room. Certainly, all of these motifs were present in McQueen’s body of work, but separating them each into rooms felt a little artificial and affected. While there was evolution in the designs throughout McQueen’s career, his thematic palette actually remained remarkably stable and unified. The Angel and Demon heels of his final collection to not disagree with his historically-anchored dresses from the 90s, even his favorite shade of red could be found in almost every room of this exhibit. These curators seemed to need to impose some kind of personal statement on the collection of a designer whose works were always their own statement.

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interview : Amy Doan of Shrinkle and Sugarpill

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

The world is not enough for Amy Doan, she successfully conquered the DIY fashion scene with her signature brand of neon-colored, naughty-yet-nice apparel, known as Shrinkle, that a girl can party harder than Paris or Britney in, only to go home to cuddle with her Hello Kitty doll. Doan has spent the past few years concocting the perfect accompaniment to her not so secret stash of sequined tube tops and pink leopard print hot pants. Also known as Sugarpill Cosmetics, your newest, most spectacularly packaged antidote to the droll and predictable world of soft taupes, muted corals, pale peaches and anything else one wouldn’t catch a drag queen dead in. Rescuing natural beauty eschewing, pigment-starved club kids two eyelids at a time.

photographer : Kevin Marburg
hair and makeup : Tess Kim
model : Amy Doan
interview by Vanity Kills

Has the successful launch of Sugarpill inspired you to follow other dreams that you once felt were out of reach?

Amy Doan : I definitely feel a lot more confident about taking risks and embarking on new adventures. Before launch, there was always that tiny nagging insecurity that people might not share my love of this project that I poured my heart and soul into. But everyone’s reaction has been so sweet and supportive, I feel even more motivated to continue creating things that I hope people will love!

Many women (and fashion-forward males) secretly want to experiment with vivid high-pigmented hues, but shy away from color out of the fear of looking like a circus clown or a trailer park hooker. What advice would you give to Auxiliary Magazine readers who are novices to the wonderful world of in-your-face color? How would one wear an ostentatiously bright shade without it wearing them?

AD : Well first, I would tell them that there’s nothing wrong with looking like a circus clown or trailer park hooker. One of my very first inspirations for wearing bright makeup was when I was in my teens and saw a TV documentary about a tranny hooker. He had neon blue eyeshadow up to his eyebrows! I thought that was pretty sweet. I think you just have to remember that bright colors aren’t supposed to enhance your “natural beauty”, they’re more about having fun and just going for it. So don’t worry if you look like a crazy person! If you love it, then you will own it.

read the full interview in the June/July 2010 Issue






interview : Ellen Allien

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

interview by Mike Kieffer and Jennifer Link

Ellen Allien, owner of the label BPitch Control and fairy queen of Berlin’s rave music scene takes a different approach to techno music by releasing albums that are made to stand the test of time, each the condensed result of a completely different creative phase. Her newest album, Dust, follows with this tradition and is about the balance between nocturnal excesses and the packed diary of a Berlin lady who is manager of one of the world’s most illustrious electronic record labels, a fashion designer, producer, and DJ.

What is the concept behind your new album Dust?

Ellen Allien : Dust tells about my life, about both my day and night life. There are songs that talk about falling down and coming up again, “Sun the Rain”, or about how I feel after a long night on the way to the next gig, “You”, or about how I get to know someone special looking through the flashing disco lights at Panorama Bar, “Flashy Flashy”.

It’s been two years since your previous album Sool, I sense a change of direction, what would you say are the main differences between Sool and Dust? What influences have caused these differences?

EA : I produced Sool together with AGF and the main idea was to make it sound minimal. Whereas Dust has been produced together with Tobias Freund. We tried to find the right classical instruments in order to make it sound more homogeneous. The guitars are by Tom Krimi, the clarinet by Andreas Ernst, and percussions by Miguel Toro. The voice is mine and I wanted to make it sound very bright and clear.

read the rest of the interview in the June/July 2010 Issue