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Atlanta Cotillion Broadens Horizons

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The annual Atlanta Cotillion has, since its inception in 1997, raised an impressive $1.3 million for AID Atlanta. However, event organizers are steering the event in a new and exciting direction this year. The night’s fundraising goals will be no different, but the event itself is changing to represent a new wave of cotillion — which this year is themed Cirque de Nuit en Rouge.

Not only does Atlanta Cotillion raise vital funds that are needed for AID Atlanta’s work throughout the year, but it is one of the best parties in the Atlanta gay community. In fact, the Atlanta Cotillion is one of this city’s largest early summertime events (this year it will take place on June 21,the first day of summer).

Originally, the Cotillion was centered around a debutante ball featuring a pageant as a nod to Atlanta’s rich Southern traditions. Each contestant would raise funds individually and everyone would come together at the end for the ball. However, the last queen was crowned in 2012. Since then the cotillion has changed its focus to be more about the fashion-forward event itself. It’s a change growing to new dimensions with this year’s Cotillion that’s even evident in the name: Atlanta Cotillion Presents. This year they’re bringing us the theme Cirque de Nuit en Rouge – circus of the night in red.

“This will be a new wave of Cotillion,” David Janke, chairperson of the 2014 Atlanta Cotillion Presents, explains. Janke, who was also crowned queen at the 2012 Cotillion and therefore still reigns, is very excited about this year’s party. “By transforming the event into Cirque de Nuit en Rouge, we want to make the event more inclusive and at the same time bigger, bolder and better,” Janke says.

The wonderful evening will take place at the newly renovated Delta Flight Museum. Renovations are actually scheduled to conclude right before the cotillion party begins. Cirque de Nuit en Rouge will be the updated venue’s maiden event.

With all of the changes what should guests wear to this year’s event? “We wanted to get a wider range in the community and make this a fun, fashion-forward inspired event where there really are no limits to what you wear,” Janke tells FENUXE and continues, “That also translates into if you don’t want to wear a big costume, you can wear your tuxedo or show up in a fabulous cocktail dress. We want to reach not only the gay community but wider than that. We want to be all-inclusive and let everybody be part of this fresh, fun phase of the Cotillion – a fashion-forward avant-garde bang of an evening!” So dress up in your most outrageously creative costume or show up in your black-tie best – there really is no limit to what you can imagine, create and wear to the event.

Guests can also look forward to a night filled with amazing and talented performers. Both on-stage and happening right in the crowd there will be performances that are sure to wow and thrill guests. Additionally, Janke teases that a very well-known DJ will be setting the musical backdrop for the night. Mix in complimentary cocktails from Svedka Vodka and Trianon Tequila with a delicious selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres and this party is sounding tasty.

This fabulous ball will also feature a silent auction with fantastic and unique items that will appeal to bidders on all levels and exclusive areas for VIP and Host level ticket holders. This night will no doubt be one remembered for years to come so start planning your avant-garde outfit (and remember group themed costumes are encouraged), and don’t forget to visit atlantacotillon.com for your ticket to the Atlanta Cotillion – now bigger, better and bolder than ever!

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On The Cover: The Ripple Effect

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

For our latest issue ‘Trending Summer’ we teamed up with Australian underwear brand Aussiebum to bring you some extremely hot guys frolicking on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

If you haven’t had a chance – or if you just want to revisit the stunning images – here are the photos from the shoot. And you can click directly on each photo to purchase the swimwear at aussiebum.com. Enjoy!

FENUXE Aussie Bum Gay Atlanta

Aussiebum 1.5 Loose Wonderjock

FENUXE Gay Atlanta

Aussiebum Stav Swimwear
(Not available online yet)

Gay Atlanta FENUXE Magazine

Aussiebum Superhero Swimwear

FENUXE Atlanta

Aussiebum Nylon Singlet
Aussiebum 1.5 Loose Wonderjock


Aussiebum Classic Wonderjock

FENUXE Atlanta Magazine AussieBum

Aussiebum Old School Swim Trunk

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Hey Girl Hey!

Holler Poodles,

While my job as a triple “ZZZ” list drag queen celebrity may sound all glitzy and glamourous to some, it also requires hard work. I’ve just returned from Fashion week and an experience I’ll never forget.  While I was under the impression I was headed to Atlanta Hartsfield LaToya Jackson International Space Port for a flight to the Mercedes Benz fashion show in NYC, I was disappointed to find I was headed to the exotic city of Jonesboro for their fashion “minute.”

With Real Housewives of Atlanta Celebrity Look-A-Likes judging, the fashion show had its moments but was definitely not up to my international standards.  NeNe Leakes-A-Lot was serving attitude, Porsche looked like a Pinto and Kenya-No-Moore was Breaking-Wind Fabulous although she did fill the room with a certain air.  Kandi was humming along the whole time–it was only later I was informed she wasn’t singing. Maybe she was filled with the spirit something. Hmmmm.  

Fashions from wannabe fashion star Bob Tackie were less than impressive.  Duct tape and hot glue were prominently featured throughout while still leaving the viewer wanting more.  Speaking of more, I wasn’t sure but I think I saw some balls under that duct tape.  Work it giirls!! And color is the trend for summer!  Golden Rod, Mustard, Yellow, Chartreuse, Rust and Burnt Umber are your featured color story.  As I think about it, those colors are featured in my panties.  What a coincidence!

Norcostco Atlanta Costume Tip of the Week:  Cutie Pie Clint says “We have a new line of lashes! Ardell Professional Line Double Up Lashes have twice the amount lashes for a more dramatic look. It’s like TWO pair of lashes in one! Double layer style gives you a fuller, thicker look. Reusable and durable, so you get your money’s worth! Each lash strip is knotted and feathered by hand to achieve the highest quality. Achieve the ultimate glamour look with 6 new styles! Ardell Professional Natural Lashes are available in a 4-pack. An incredible value. We’ve also cut the prices on the rest of our lashes by up to 25% and have a larger selection of lash glue, including DUO Brush-On Adhesive, Ardell Lashtite and Lashgrip.”

Norcostco Product

Love and lashes,

Mary Edith Pitts

If you have any questions, comments or feedback, please contact me at [email protected] or on twitter @maryedithpitts

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Another Look At Our Photo Shoot: Graphic Content

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

FENUXE’s photo shoot “Graphic Content,” from our previous issue (Law & Politics), featured personal trainer Dylan Bolen. It was received really well – so well, that Boy Next Door, (who provided us with all the clothes for the shoot) decided to pay it a little tribute. All of the styles from the photo shoot are being restocked as we speak. So, if you want one of the cool t-shirts or a pair of really great underwear, Boy Next Door has got you, ahem, covered…

Here is a look at the great photo wall from Boy Next Door’s Piedmont location. Scroll down a little further to check out our sexy “Graphic Content” shoot showcasing one of this season’s big trends: t-shirts with graphic prints and patterns.

FENUXE Boy Next Door

FENUXE Photo Shoot Gay

Photo by MIJO

FENUXE Gay Atlanta

Photo by MIJO

FENUXE Atlanta Gay Photo Shoot

Photo by MIJO

FENUXE Gay Atlanta

Photo by MIJO

FENUXE Gay Atlanta

Photo by MIJO

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Karl Lagerfeld’s Quotes Will Thrill And Shock You

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Karl Lagerfeld is still on top of his game – and that’s at age 80 (!). The fashion designer, photographer and publisher just celebrated another massive success heading uber luxury brand Chanel by showcasing the latest collection in a real life Chanel supermarket made especially for the Paris fashion week show. And he is currently revamping his personal brand Karl Lagerfeld with a new logotype, new flagship stores and two new fragrances, Karl Lagerfeld For Him and For Her. Pretty nice going for an 80-year-old.

As a person he has always been surrounded by mystery, and he has himself understood to fuel the fire of perplexity by walking on the edge between eclectic and eccentric – or maybe even genius and sociopath?

A collection of famous quotes from the designer through the years published by thoughcatalog.com reveals the either/or being that is Karl Lagerfeld. Some quotes are rules to live by for anyone who wants to achieve something in the world or simply honest statements like:

“The brain is a muscle, and I’m a kind of body-builder”

“I’m a working-class person, working with class”

“My job is to bring out in people what they wouldn’t dare do themselves”

Quotes that are fitting of a creative genius driven by indisputable talent. And then there are statements like:

“My only ambition in life … is to wear size 28 jeans”

“Vanity is the healthiest thing in life”

“If I were a woman, I would love to have lots of kids. But for men, I don’t believe in it”

“I am not a second option person. It is that or nothing. If it is not the way I see it I prefer not to see it”

Quotes that speak of a visionary tyrant with sociopathic tendencies… Either way Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy and legend is already larger than life.

If you desire to speak ‘Karl’, well, there’s an app for that! Along with the launch of the two fragrances, Karl Lagerfeld has launched emotiKarl – a series of emojis for your smartphone. You can download the app right here and, of course, directly on your phone.

Also, check out the full list of famous quotes here and take a look at his new fragrance Karl Lagerfeld For Him (out now) along with a few emoji emotiKarls below.

Will you be speaking Karl?

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Get The Latest Brief About Boxers

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

You know how you used to be able to say a lot about a guy from his underwear? You know the old ‘boxers or briefs’ question? Well, today that line is totally blurred because it’s not about either or anymore – there is plethora of styles out there from boxer to the tiniest briefs and everything in between. Add to the equation that boxer shorts have been denounced to being almost solely for sleeping in, because compared to underwear that actually cups, cuddles and even enhances your junk, the almost commando feel of boxers is one most guys can do without – plus boxers do such a lousy job at ‘concealing your weapon’ if you suddenly find yourself ‘at arms’ (insert not so subtle wink-wink here…).

Then again, there are advantages to boxer shorts because they do provide you with a freer feeling where everything isn’t strapped in by stretchy cotton or nylon… If only your package was better… erm, packaged.

To the rescue: 2EROS with their new boxer shorts with front cup lining! You get sexy, low-cut boxer shorts with a comfortable front lining, which will keep everything in place, so you get the comfort of the boxer with the cupping of a brief. And that, might we add, is both a flattering look and extremely comfortable at the same time!

You can head over to Boy Next Door, which carries 2EROS, or head over to 2eros.com to check out even more styles. And as an added bonus we’ve included a few extra sexy shots of models in 2EROS boxer shorts below. See how that front cup lining works wonders? Enjoy!


Photo: 2EROS


Photo: 2EROS





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Interview: Nicholas Komor Is Fighting For Fashion

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Atlanta has been rooting for our hometown designer Nicholas Komor all season on Lifetime’s “Project Runway: Under the Gunn” hosted by Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn. Clearly, fashion runs through Nicholas’ veins. But this talented Atlanta designer and Georgia Tech graduate has many different creative endeavors under his belt. FENUXE caught up with Nicholas to talk about his journey to becoming a full-fledged designer.

It’s a chilly afternoon in Atlanta’s Virginia Highlands neighborhood when I meet with Nicholas Komor in Cacao, a small but fine chocolate specialty shop. It’s the very shop where he put his own mark on pretty much everything as their former creative director. “Kristen [Hard, the founder, ed.] is a friend and she needed a ton of help with packaging. Everything looked very different just a year ago,” Nicholas tells me over a cup of delicious mocha, “I single-handedly was doing everything to change it all.” Part of the successful transformation of Cacao was also Nicholas’ ability to bring big business thinking to a small business – something he has learned as a Design Manager at Coca-Cola. While working at Atlanta’s soda favorite created visual identity systems for popular brands like Coca-Cola and Sprite. However, despite his talent for creating corporate visual identities, Nicholas’ heart beats for fashion. “I was just really interested in getting back into fashion,” Nicholas says with “getting back” being the key phrase.

Nicholas started out here in Atlanta at Georgia Tech where he graduated with a degree in industrial design. While studying his interest in fabrics grew and he explored how they function differently. For instance, conductive thread that would allow your clothing to interact with your computer in a more intuitive way. With Georgia Tech stoking his passion for fabrics and fashion Nicholas moved to London where he enrolled in the London College of Fashion. “I studied fashion and then worked on Savile Row for a while. Not sewing but interfacing with the customers, and through that I was getting the idea and taste for luxury,” Nicholas explains, “And that’s the world I love: Luxury clothing, design, chocolate, bags – luxury things!”

After his time in London and subsequent return to Atlanta, Nicholas found his way back to fashion when he landed a spot on “Project Runway: Under the Gunn.” The show is hosted by Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn and it’s quite different from the original. The challenges are shorter and the contestants are indeed under the gun from the very start. After receiving brief instructions the contestants have to create an actual piece that is fitted and ready for the runway. “After going through a whole casting process, I basically shut down my life and went to L.A. to be on the show,” Nicholas says about his participation on the Lifetime show. “It’s very interesting working under these challenges, where you have to come up with something really fast. You have six hours and that is really all you get. Imagine conceiving something, trying to make out if you have something right and then cutting, sewing and making a final piece, which needs to be fitted to be on the runway in only six hours. It is really, really challenging and you’ll hear me on the show saying after every challenge: “I wish I had more time!”

Nicholas’ unique background also makes the competition a little more challenging. He describes his own process as European, which he attributes to his schooling in London. It’s more cerebral and focuses on taking the brief to heart and really making something out of it – something that is practically the opposite of what the TV show calls for. But, so far, Nicholas Komor has cleared all of the challenges on “Under the Gunn” so he must be doing something right. Maybe it’s his ability to start at the beginning, to have a blank slate before each process, which is a creative release the show celebrates.

“I’m curious now, when America starts watching, [to see] if the viewers want more women’s wear from Nicholas Komor when the show is over. I have no idea”, the designer ponders aloud about his future plans. His goal is to create an all encompassing brand focused on fashion. But for starters he is directing his attention toward creating a Nicholas Komor bag – a black luxury unisex tote bag in mixed materials. Creating a quality bag is a good place to start for Nicholas. Focusing at first on this piece will allow him to control the process and ensure the final product meets his standards. This will remain important as there are several people helping him with the details of taking it to market. For instance, he is collaborating with a colleague who graduated from college with him that specializes in leather accessories. “The bag starts with a Kickstarter to raise necessary funds to produce it and it will either be a success or a failure. The Kickstarter project will be up in the coming months”, Nicholas explains about the bag that will proudly bear his name one day. Eager to know what he is planning to do after the bag goes into production? He’s also working on a golden bee pin that is inspired by the vintage pin he wears everywhere he goes.

Either way, Nicholas is starting out sensibly on his journey toward making it big some day. He’s testing the waters without getting burnt financially along the way. “I’ve learned that you can’t just invest all your money and put out an entire collection with no marketing strategy. I don’t know how some of the other designers coming off the show are doing it,” Nicholas explains. “What I’ve learned – mainly from Coca-Cola but also from ‘Under the Gunn’ – is how to take all the design and theory and then apply a business strategy to it in order to make it work. So you know what your work is worth. That will also help you to be able to explain to people why what you do will change their life in some way. And why they should buy it,” Nicholas says as we finish our drinks Cacao. 

 UPDATE: Nicholas Komor was voted off Project Runway: Under The Gunn on February 27, but we will look for his Kickstarter project to launch soon – and of course tune in to “Project Runway: Under The Gun” Thursdays at 9 p.m on Lifetime to see who wins the show.

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Get The Look From our Latest Cover

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

Ever wonder what the models on the cover of FENUXE are wearing? Well, wonder no more because we are here to break it down for you!

On our latest cover models Sherrod, Angel and Ian are decked out in Kenneth Cole – except for Sherrod’s leather shorts and Angel’s and Ian’s shoes that are models’ and stylist’s own. Kenneth Cole men’s wear is available at the Kenneth Cole boutique in Lenox Square mall.

Below are the additional photos from the shoot complete with clothing credits.

Photography: JR West Photography
Photography Assistant: Jay Wiggs
Hair Styling: Georgette Davis
Styling: Mikkel Hyldebrandt
Models: Sherrod Bolen/Chosen Models, Angel Marcelino/Directions USA & Ian Alexander

Special thanks to Bloomingdale’s, ROC Republic Of Couture, Kenneth Cole Lenox Square, Original Penguin Lenox Square & Freelance Photography & Make-Up Studio


Ian wears Astronomy Shirt & Superdry Chinos from ROC
Angel wears polo shirt & chinos from Penguin
Sherrod wears Superdry Chinos, MOD t-shirt & Astronomy army shirt from ROC
All shoes models’ or stylist’s own


Sherrod wears jacket, longsleeve t-shirt and shoes from Kenneth Cole – leather shorts are stylist’s own


Angel wears jacket, hooded t-shirt and jeans from Kenneth Cole. Shoes are model’s own


All clothing from Kenneth Cole – except for Ian’s and Angel’s shoes that are model’s own, and leather shorts that are stylist’s own.


Ian wears shirt, tie and shorts from Penguin – shoes are model’s own


Sherrod wears polo and pants from penguin – shoes are model’s own


Angel wears jacket, t-shirt, belt, shorts and shoes from Penguin


Sherrod wears jacket and jeans by Just Cavalli, t-shirt by Scotch & Soda
Ian wears sweatshirt by Toco Ranch, shirt by Michael Kors and jeans by Theory
Angel wears jacket, ahirt and shorts by Marc by Marc Jacobs
All available at Bloomingdale’s Men’s Department
All shoes models’ own


All clothing by Penguin – shoes models’ own

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Photo Shoot: Jonathan Agassi Is Our Sexy Solitaire

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

We’ve received really good response from the sexy underwear photo shoot in our latest issue featuring the gorgeous model Jonathan Agassi. And what’s not to like about the beautiful work from acclaimed photographer Rick Day? In addition to modeling, Agassi is also an adult film star. You can check out his website jonathanagssi.com to see the whole NSFW version of this shoot.

So, here you have it. Enjoy!

Jonathan Agassi

Rick Day

Gay Atlanta

Adult Film Porn Star

FENUXE Magazine Gay Photo Shoot

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Put A little Pomp Into Your Do

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

If you’ve ventured out into Atlanta’s gay nightlife, you have no doubt come across the so called undercut hairstyle. It’s where the sides have been cropped short and there is an abrupt, disconnected line to longer hair on top – myself being one of those proudly rocking the look. After all, it has already been named the hairstyle to rule them all!

But now there’s a new style in town – and it’s inspired and named after the mistress of King Loius XV, Madame de Pompadour. So yes, the look was initially a women’s hairstyle with the sides tight and the hair on the top of the hair worn high. But cut to the 1950s in America when a guy named Elvis Presley sported the do, made it his signature look and forever changed hair history.

Today, the pompadour has experienced tweaks and revisions making it mostly based on the popular undercut with more distinct transitions between short and long hair. With the pompadour, the hair on the sides and the back of your head can be cut extremely short, even with a barber shop fade, or it can be longer. As long as it is not as long as the hair on top, which can be up to 6-7 inches long. The cool thing about the pompadour (and the undercut) is that it is extremely flexible and suits just about any facial shape. You can wear the hair ‘high and tight’ or you can do a nice side part and sweep the hair to the side if it has to be very proper. Or you can just let the locks fly and enjoy having longer hair (without really having long hair because the sides are still cut short). See how it works out in every way?

But if you want to style your hair in a modern pompadour, here are a few styling tips:

Use a volumizing product and comb through the towel-dry hair
・ Use a blowdryer and use your hand to com through the hair – make sure you create lift on the top and keep the sides tight
・ When the hair is dry, apply a creamy styling product to the hair to further slick it back and tame loose locks and hairs. Don’t be overly generous with the product as it may weigh your hair down.

We suggest American Crew Boost Cream and Malin + Goetz Sage Styling Cream – both available at Groominglounge.com.


David Beckham is probably the most famous – and notable – wearer of the modern pompadour


Model Jon Kortajanera has longer hair on the sides, but there is still a clear distinction between the sides and the top


The modern Pompadour in all it’s glory: cropped sides, a strong side part and longer hair on top.


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