✷ No, Dr. Hines: I have not forgotten how to utilize a semicolon; on the contrary,
the omission is a result of Auxiliary Magazine‘s ‘style guide.’ ✷
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Auxiliary = alternative, supplementary, to provide what is missing, to give support
from the site page:
“The August/September issue is the eleventh issue of Auxiliary, a magazine dedicated to alternative fashion, music, and lifestyle. This issue is packed with interviews, including Android Lust, Nina Flowers of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Michael Swaim of Cracked.com, and Andy Deane of Bella Morte. The issue also contains a military inspired fashion editorial, a beauty editorial that will teach you to get smart, a style editorial guide to wearing harnesses, a mod inspired style feature, and editorials from two notable writers, Clint Catalyst* and Grumpy Owl. It also features DJ picks from Volvox, a beauty feature on how to achieve the look of a 2026 starlet, and fashion by Steam Trunk, Cyberoptix TieLab, Dace, S&G, Skingraft, Fluevog, Audra Jean, Garbage Dress, EC Star, Steady, and much much more.”
and—although credited in the issue, just as my own little Damn Straight, I Love My Friends—here & now:
*featuring the photography of Dirk Mai, wardrobe by Mother of London & Stacey Hummell make-up artistry.
To download a free .pdf, or for ordering information on a print copy, either click the image above or GO HERE.
✷ Special thanks to editor Jennifer Link! ✷
Mildred Von Hildegard’s Twitter bio might seem terse to some, pretentious to others. Whereas in my case? This cheeky yet charming description intensified an element of intrigue and jangly-limbed anticipation for our introduction-via-collaboration this Saturday past.
I Don’t Do ‘Friendly’ † Photo : Dirk Mai † Make-Up : Stacey Hummell
In a city illustrious for back-handed, capped-teeth “compliments” and unpredictable, unspoken disdain thinly disguised by a veritable check-list of publicists’ blanket statements, Hildegard’s choice for her 160-characters-or-less slot on The ‘Twits seemed fitting with the images I’d seen of her clothing designs: anachronistic — a fetish posture collar adorned with tattered lace, roses in an array of shadowy hues and elements of Victorian mourning attire; sensual — soft tattered edges, the type of attire that fingertips long to touch; unapologetic — ruched leather, straps and buckles arranged without regard to which body parts “should” or “shouldn’t” be exposed. Essentially, her handiwork is the antithesis of all that is red carpet Hollywood and relentlessly bourg.
Known to her public by the moniker Mother of London, Hildegard is a seminal talent both coveted and revered by fashion cognoscenti. Consequently, she’s rabidly hunted by L.A.’s handful of fashion-forward stylists — hence her stitch-witchery gracing the cover of the latest S Magazine [ on the explosive Juliette Lewis ], along with editorials in Numero, AnOther magazine, Bizarre, Playboy, Marquis, et al.
Said another way? While I’m unsure how many details of aforementioned ‘Secret Project’ I’m permitted to share at this juncture in time, a detail I can share is this: upon arrival at the studio, I discovered a stylist had hoarded the collar Her Mother Almightiness intended for the shoot.
Photo : Dirk Mai † Make-Up: Stacey Hummell
It’s a vicious business, fashion. All the same, we managed to share an afternoon with neither smileage nor spontaneity in short supply. Granted, the all my collaborative efforts with Mssr. Mai, each has produced its own set of explosive alchemical reactions resulting from a mixture of mysticism, madness, the Not only does The Mother corrupt traditional perceptions of fetish-wear and period costume, but she’s also adorable, donning death metal t-shirts and boundless charisma in the process.
Yes, my choice of verbiage was deliberate — just as one can be over-dressed in attitude — and yes, I hope to be swathed in her sublime regalia again in the not-too-distant future. Of more immediate import, however — particularly for those quite a distance from her L.A. showroom — I have advantageous news :
Between October 2008 and now [or, with more the 22nd of May, Two Thousand and Ten], this textile fascinatrix has posted a mere six items in her etsy shop.
Two of the six are fresh on the market, and while they’re categorized as menswear, I’d classify them as UNISEXY…
:: detailed view [ of both the handiwork and model Dylan Monroe ] ::
detachable sleeves, made of 100% vegan faux ostrich texturized leatherette
Grab your credit cards while you can, style fiends. Who knows how long it’ll be till the next opportunity presents itself…
LENORA CLAIRE: featuring SUPERNOVA OF THE SMALL SCREEN, ANTOINE DES CAUNES ON "ALLEZ A L.A.," A PROGRAM VENTURING 'ROUND THIS CITY OF SMOG & STARDUST BY CANAL PLUS T.V...
(DESCRIPTION POSTED ON MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL): "European megawatt Antoine De Caunes explored this strange beast we know under the name of 'Los Angeles,' and stumbled upon 'Future Cult Icon' Lenora Claire in the process. Because any fashion choice I make should be considered The Law--yes, this is sarcasm, kiddies--I was brought in to transform Antoine into the hip party-goer he's always wanted to be...whether or not he knew it. After all, Lenora's birthday soirée was just an "intimate little gathering" of her thousand most fabulous friends at none other than the Houdini Mansion. In other words, jeans and a t-shirt? Just WOULDN'T have cut it. The hand-painted suit on Mr. De Coines is a one-of-a-kind creation by TonyMech of TonyMech[dot]com, while the black-belt beauty crew responsible for his phenomenal transformation via hair and make-up is none other than Stacey Hummell, Face-Beater Extraordinaire, as well as Irene Urias and Marc Mapile of Hairroin -- the virtual locale of which is HairroinSalon[dot]com. And on me? Need I even mention the shrunken top hat was made by Creepsuela Switchletto and my own *subtle* ensemble another couture creation by Mssr. Jared Gold? Or uh, you guys kind of...CATCHING ON by this point? (Envision Appropriate Emoticon) x o x o x C l i n t"
This is the Official video of the Salt LAke City runway event approved by Jared Gold. Starring Audrey Kitching, Stevie Ryan, Clint Catalyst,
Fingers Crossed and Dirk Mai— featuring hair by Janine Jarmine of Hairroin Salon and makeup by Stacey Hummell. Get a look into the secret backstage world of this increduble event sponsored by Vespa and Janome.