London, Club Artist Sussi Is Coming For You.

A vampiric demon by night, the seven feet tall Sussi terrorizes the hottest parties at stomping grounds around the world. Usually found in NYC, the jet-setting queer fashionista has recently made London his new lair. We managed to snag him in between outfit changes to tell us a little more about the man behind the looks.

Who is Sussi?

Sussi is a vehicle for me to display my art in a very personal way with the performance of it all coming into play. I used to be a painter and visual artist, but I would rather it have a breathing vessel to attach it to rather than a boring old canvas. It’s all about the full fantasy. Drag is an immersive experience that involves everyone in the room. I don’t consider myself a “drag queen,” but I do drag because I don’t want to look like someone else. I just want to be who I am.

Tell us about how it all started.

I started going out when I was 14, and it always felt like nightlife was a form of self-expression for me. The nightclub is my gallery, and all the people who came to watch are drunk, so they love it. Drag builds confidence and reminds you not to take life too seriously, and it’s always showtime. If you can’t go to the party, become the party and make everyone come to you.

Your looks always look so well thought out. What inspires them?

The monsters in Scooby Doo.

Who are the legendary nightlife icons that you look up to the most?

Ladyfag and Love Bailey.

How do people react to your style?

I usually try to scare them away, that’s why I always wear the horns. Costume is my armor.

Who are your favorite designers right now?

Hana Quist and Charles Jeffrey.

Why did you leave New York? Do you miss the scene there?

I left New York because I wanted to explore the world beyond the grid and try something new. London is a very exciting place right now and I had to go check it out.

How does nightlife differ between London and NYC?

New York goes big and strong, London is classic and artistic.

What’s your favorite party in both NYC and London?

In NYC, anything Ladyfag and in London, Jodie Harsh Dollar Baby.

Who’s your favorite drag artist right now?

Aquaria in New York.

Can you tell us how you’re planning to take over the world from this point onward?

You’ll have to wait and see. Showtime!

Warm It Up: Summer Fashion Essentials

Summer is here y’all, and you’re gonna need a lot more than some basic swim trunks and a ball cap to survive. So, we’ve pulled out the hottest pieces of the season to keep you smelling sweet, looking fresh, and everything in between.

CMMN SWDN

Swedish-based CMMN SWDN are bringing some of the most flattering looks for summer with spongy double jersey tees featuring sunset desert prints.

Loewe

With a blend of tangerine, bergamot, and sandalwood for its top and middle notes and undertones of cedar and musk, Loewe’s new 001 fragrance will leave everyone asking what magical forest you’ve been frolicking around in.

Gucci

The resort shirt remains one of the strongest key items for the summer season and mixes 1950s vacation wardrobe with 1990s skater. And who wouldn’t want to be both of those at once?

Sun Buddies

These are straight-up perfect: two-tone blue and yellow semi-transparent, handmade frames with a chunky silhouette. They’re gorgeous and give your eyes more shade than an entire season of Drag Race.

River Island

Nothing shouts summer like pastel colored Aztec-inspired prints, and these shorts scream that from the top of the high-dive you’ll be doing cannonballs off of.

Camper

These tie-dye effect sandals from Camper are perfect. The minimal silhouette and the light and dark color palette allow them to work with pretty much every outfit. Sure, even a suit. Why not?

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Don’t just cool off with a splash of water. This body mist smells of the most amazing tropical vacation and keeps you refreshed when things get a little hot and sticky (gross but true).

Grayson Perry

Probably one of the most important books you’ll ever read. Straight, transvestite artist, Grayson Perry, talks us through masculinity in all its forms and helps us understand why many men act the way they do. Woke summer, anyone?

Topman

Ultra light denim shorts work perfectly for jaunts around the city or the trail. A drawstring waist makes them super easy to wear and look great with printed tees and vests.

Urban Outfitters

More pastels, please!

Vans

The classic Vans sneaker always comes through in just about any color imaginable. You don’t need to own a skateboard to wear a skater shoe. Just sayin.

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Update: Pink is still cool (because pastels). After Kanye brought pink tones to the masses, more and more men are jumping on the pink bandwagon. But don’t let Yeezy put you off.

Now Pose! 20 Insta Lewk Queens

There are so many disgustingly talented queens who do not get the recognition that they deserve. They are redefining, recreating, and revolutionizing what drag entails. No longer is it about appearing as fishy as possible, (although who doesn’t love being served some tuna from time to time?). It’s about appearing bigger.

So here are 20 queens – or more specifically, some Lewk Queens – who are straight-up slaying:

1.Eggz Benedictt

Brooklyn-based queen Eggz Benedictt serves legs for days and a face beat for the gods. She currently hosts two parties in New York City, Gotham at Webster Hall and Code Red.

2.Penny Tentiary

You could describe Penny Tentiary’s drag brand as Four Loko. She’s a Boston-based queen whose home bar is Club Café.

3.Imp Queen

Only one word to describe this Chicago-based queen: Iconic.

4.Lucy Stoole

Lucy is another Chicago-based queen. As she (correctly) describes herself, she is an “international black-bearded beauty.”

5.Karen From Finance

This Australian queen isn’t so much a lewk queen as much as she’s a campy comedy queen, but her name is so hilarious that she deserves to be included.

6.James Majesty

James is a Seattle-based queen, and she’s unbelievably gorgeous. Her face is flawless.

7.Pulp Friction

Pulp Friction is Providence’s premiere glitter beard queen. Her home drag bar is EGO.

8.Xochi Mochi

Los Angeles’ Xochi Mochi is a “Killer Klown from Outer Space.” Her looks evoke two parts terror and one part arousal.

9.Loris L.A.

Loris was born in Zurich, Switzerland, but now is a local L.A. Queen. Her looks truly embody the intergalactic femme fatale.

10.Crème Fatale

Crème Fatale is a San Francisco queen who’s makeup is always soft, yet powerful. She always looks gorjuuuus.

11.Avery Goodlay

This Providence queen serves body-ody-ody.

12.Luke Harris

Luke is a London Club Kid. If looks could kill, we’d all be dead. Luke’s looks are mind-blowingly creative.

13.Rify Royalty

Rify doesn’t feel confined by gender. This NYC queen is both hyper-masculine and feminine serving you all the genders.

14.The Vixen

This Chicago queen not only serves face and body, but she also brings down the house when she performs.

15.Evah Destruction

Just look at this Atlanta queen’s face. LOOK AT IT. She evenly rocks both long and short hair lewks.

16.Severity Stone

The first thing you’ll notice about this Boston-based queen is how tall she is. When she wears heels, Severity towers at nearly seven feet. She slays when it comes to goth lewks.

17.Ariel Versace

Ariel Versace is a Philadelphia-based queen who describes herself as, “Jersey’s life-size Bratz Doll.” She does big hair better than any queen currently out there.

18.Phallic Cunt

She lives in New York City, and her looks are fire; serving diverse concepts from greasy pizza to straight up monster.

19.Sarah Palegic

Sarah is a New England lady queen who’s a local in both the Boston and Providence scenes. She is actually paraplegic, and her wheelchair is not a prop. Her makeup is always, and I mean always, lit.

20.Ellis Atlantis

Ellis is the final queen on our list. She is a London queen whose lips you can’t help but envy.

Five Designers To Try On Right Now

We know what it’s like; every time you pick up a fashion magazine you’re swamped with THE must have designers of the season. So, we dug deep and did a bunch of extra homework to uncover five under-the-radar brands that you’re going to be hearing a lot about this year. Go grab a pen and make some room in your closet.

Edward Crutchley

http://www.edwardcrutchley.com
https://www.instagram.com/edwardcrutchley/?hl=en

With Pringle and Kanye West sitting on his CV and collaborations with Louis Vuitton underway, Edward Crutchley is already on his way to stardom. This artisanal mastermind rethinks traditional craft to create some of the most incredibly decorated and minimalist pieces we’ve seen in menswear in a long time.

Noon Goons

https://noongoons.com
https://www.instagram.com/noongoons/?hl=en

Based in Los Angeles, Noon Goons is a youthful surf-and-skate inspired label founded by Kurt Narmore. Noon Goons optimizes that classic Californian lifestyle where easy-wear skate pants, bowling shirts, and graphic tees are key.

Q Design and Play

http://www.qdesignandplay.com
https://www.instagram.com/qdesignandplay/

The streetwear and urban brand with a twist. Based in Bangkok and led by Praphat Somboonsitti Ekkapoom Treechairusmee, this playful line produces a mix of commercial and directional designs that use strong graphics, oversized tank tops, and even condom-inspired printed shorts and bags.

FC Dorsum

http://www.fcdorsum.com
https://www.instagram.com/fcdorsum/

The brand FC Dorsum was created to act as a fictional soccer team name, so it comes as no surprise to learn that the foundations of their designs are inspired by the sport. Their effortless collections are built of graphic prints, faux soccer kit tees, and tongue-in-cheek accessories.

Phlemuns

http://www.phlemuns.com
https://www.instagram.com/phlemuns/

Californian James Flemons breaks down the barriers of what it is to be ‘norm’ and offers a more blurred line of unisex and androgynous fashion. Mixing old and new styling, this denim designer is definitely one to watch. Bonus: he’s cool AF.

Fill ‘Em Up: 5 Bags to Own Right Now

The Backpack

Eastpak Wyoming Artemis

Just because it’s on your back and you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be pretty. With romanticism and florals coming through as strong looks from the catwalks, this Eastpak backpack is the perfect summer bag.

The Gym Bag

John Elliott Duffle Bag

With Pride events and parties around the corner, you’re not the only one rushing to the gym for emergency personal training sessions. Snap this robust, canvas barrel bag up now, because retro styling is a must this season.

The Beach Bag

HM Plastic Backpack

Wet towels? Damp trunks? No worries. This plastic backpack from HM is perfect for the beach. It has drawstring shoulder straps, rolls up for easy storage, and wipes clean. What more do you need?!

The Man Clutch

Mulberry Tech Pouch

This bright orange tech pouch (it also comes in black, oxblood, and brown) can fit a variety of laptops and tablets. But if computers aren’t your thing, it’s the perfect size to house your night-out essentials. Clutch bags aren’t just for ladies!

The Office Bag

Reiss Contrast Tote Bag

Utility styling remains a strong theme for the summer season and takes us through to winter. This smart tote is fit for the office and a great everyday item. The reinforced bottom allows for heavier loads like laptops and paperwork.

The Fiercest Looks in Video Game Herstory

From the scantily dressed fighters in Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter to Princess Peach, the classic princess in distress, women haven’t always been represented realistically (or appropriately) in video game history. Nevertheless, they have always showcased some of the most amusing and remarkable outfits in modern popular culture. The heroines of video games are celebrated through fanart and cosplay homages, with some of them becoming popular household names, like Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft.

With this in mind, let’s take a look back at some of the fiercest, most outrageous and iconic looks ever seen in video games herstory.

Kitana & Mileena (Mortal Kombat)

Kitana and Mileena, the masked sister assassins of the Mortal Kombat franchise, know how to command attention when they walk into a fight: they have been serving body and killer lewks since 1993, as well as some of the most gruesomely entertaining fatalities in fighting games. While Kitana prefers to hide her beauty behind a mask and razor-sharp steel fans, her evil clone Mileena is not as shy. But be very careful asking her for a kiss, as she will probably bite your lips off with no remorse.

Palutena (Kid Icarus)

In Kid Icarus, Palutena is the benevolent Goddess of Light, and her ethereal look is likely based off of the Greek deity Athena, from whom she borrows staff and shield as a staple of her classical style. Just a recommendation for mermaid-haired Palutena: Honey, be careful with all those shiny accessories and stay indoors during lightning storms! Coco Chanel’s wise advice – “before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off” – has never been more appropriate.

R. Mika (Street Fighter)

The addition of professional wrestler Rainbow Mika in Street Fighter 5 stirred up quite a bit of drama, even before the game was released. Her goofy costume design has been defined misogynistic by some critics, while others found her too frustrating to play against, because of the character’s peculiar “vortex” fighting style. Love her or hate her, it is impossible to be indifferent to the bold outfit and the signature moves of R. Mika, as this blonde bombshell can easily whomp down any opponent with nothing but her butt. #SKILLZ

Widowmaker (Overwatch)

Dramatic visor move: check. Massive piece of accessory: check. A high ponytail reaching for the sky: check. Fearless sniper Widowmaker is, without a doubt, the Gia Gunn of the gaming world. Absolutely!

Bayonetta (Bayonetta)

Bayonetta is the typical video game character that makes you wanna scream “Yaaaas!” at the screen every time you see her. This sexy and confident witch has more head-turning outfits than Gaga could ever dream of, and she loves guns so much that you shouldn’t be surprised to see two smoking barrels secured to her heels. When Bayonetta is looking at you through her “naughty secretary” glasses, it’s like she is telling you: “Yes, I’m sexy as hell. So what are you gonna do about it?” But be careful with your answer, because you’ll likely have a bullet lodged in your head before you could say a word.

Juliet Starling (Lollipop Chainsaw)

Juliet, high school senior during the day, zombie hunter at night, is the spiritual daughter of Regina George and Ash from Evil Dead. This bubbly blonde loves the color pink, strawberry lollipops (“Are lollipops food?”), and her favorite hobbies are cheerleading and bisecting the undead with a bedazzled chainsaw. Forget the classic damsel in distress trope often seen in video games: Juliet is not waiting for her boyfriend to come and rescue her. As a matter of fact, she doesn’t mind wearing his decapitated talking head on her hip, so that they will never have to be apart again. Codependent much?

The Saints (Hitman: Absolution)

Nuns. With guns. And the sudden reveal of a latex fetish outfit. These ladies certainly know how to make an entrance.

Lara Croft (Tomb Raider)

Probably the most recognizable video game vixen of all time, Lara Croft will raid through any tomb in a skin-tight top, leather harness and khaki hot pants. Despite her appearance being at the center of numerous debates about the over-sexualization of female characters in gaming, Lara is hands down the most iconic adventurer of all time. Her effortless mix of casual and practical, yet sexy attire has inspired all of us, quickly becoming the ultimate last-minute Halloween outfit for legions of girls and gay guys alike.

Evie Frye (Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate)

The character design of Evie Frye in the latest installment of Assassin’s Creed is the perfect case of a well-balanced mixture of femininity and practicality, without falling into garish or absurd clichés. Her costume is feminine without having to display unnecessary flesh, while its fit and finish reek of perfection. Without a doubt, Evie represents one of the most stylish and best-dressed characters of all time, an example that will hopefully lead to a more authentic representation of women in the future of video games.

Tropicana Style: Spring Prints

It’s time to start busting out the lighter layers and ditch those winter coats. It’s never too early for tropical prints, but dark backgrounds make things a little easier on the eyes for spring time.

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Fern leaves, palm trees, and rose prints guide us into spring in soft pink and orange tones on dark base backgrounds. Think Elvis in his sexy days with bowling shirt styling or Leo DiCaprio in Romeo and Juliet (swoon!).

Left to right: Mango, River Island, Zara

Layering is a must this season, with plain white tees brightening up dark based floral prints. If you’re feeling a little braver, throw on a vest instead. Sun’s out guns out.

Left to right: Pull Bear, Topman, Uniqlo

Casual tapered trousers have a slightly tailored feel to smarten up easy wear styles. Roll the hem for a cooler feel and tuck in the shirt.

Left to right: Reiss, COS, HM

Sneakers are still a key footwear item for the season, and the catwalk shows see tailored suits and dress pants being styled in a more casual way. Go vintage and return to these classic 90’s favorites.

Left to right: Puma, Adidas, Reebok

That Fresh Fit: Tailored Looks for Spring

So you’ve been trapped in meetings all day and have after work drinks planned, but don’t have time to go home and change. Be that elusive guy who can do both with cool tailoring looks created with casual shirts, and sneaker or boot styling to help make you look like you have beauty and brains. (Don’t stress, it can be done.)

Some of the strongest colors to come off the menswear Autumn/Winter ‘17 catwalks, teal and bottle green work perfectly for tailoring. Moving on from the olive tones that were so popular in the winter months, teal drags you into summer with head to toe tonal green looks. Sharp suiting with casual styling drags you from the boardroom and, hopefully, into the bedroom.

Jackets, left to right: HM, Topman, Paul Smith
Trousers, left to right: Topman, HM

Classic lumberjack shirts are given a more refined look when matched with clean jackets and streamline trousers. And the busy checked patterns help break up color-drenched suiting combos.

Left to right: Burberry,French Connection, NN07

Clean and classic leather belts break up head to toe color. Opt for black and silver, or matte black buckles for a more minimal look.

Left to right: Givenchy, Orciani, Dsquared2

Casual boots help dress down that smart, professional outfit, and work perfectly with a rolled up trouser hem. Sneakers give a bit more of a grown-up skater boy feel.

Left to right: Rossignol, Grenson,Common Projects

First Date Looks That Aren’t Basic

Date & Drinks Look

You were supposed to be on your way to meet him 30 minutes ago, but the only thing you’ve figured out is which pair of underwear to put on. The last thing you want before a date is a fashion emergency, so here are some of the top must-have looks from the men’s catwalks that you can throw on anytime you want to show a new guy you’ve got great taste.

90’s grunge becomes a bit more polished with an oversized denim trucker jacket and color blocked shirts, creating the perfect smart casual look. Pink tones are huge for spring/summer ’17 and will continue to be popular moving into the winter season too (so you can get your money’s worth). Opt for tailored chinos in darker pink tones and wear with chunky boots in brown or burgundy.

Let’s break down your options:

The classic denim trucker jacket is a closet must have item. A boxy silhouette and relaxed sleeves help smarter looks become more casual.

Left to right: Topman, RTA, Levi’s

Classic black, grey, and white combinations give that all important color block look, but without having to rely on brighter colors. Bowling shirts remain a key item as we move into summer and work perfectly unbuttoned over shirts and vests.

Left to right: Marni, COS, Andrea Pompilio

As candy pink becomes one of the hottest colors from the season following the fall/winter menswear catwalks, we look to salmon tones for an easier way to wear the look.

Left to right: Zara, PT01, American Eagle

Burgundy and red tone boots are perfect to chuck on for the season, with buckles working for smarter styles and contrast laces bringing through the more casual side.

Left to right: John Lobb, Red Wing

Want an accessory to top it all off? The backpack keeps its place as a key item on the runway with a new minimal look. Go for easy black and oxblood tones.

Left to right: Want Les Essentiels, Eastpak, Y-3