Growing up with a morbid imagination, I also developed a prolonged fear of the dark. Now it allures me. Darkness is the shape shifter’s elixir — we shed our skins when the night falls, and the world becomes an opaque sphere that hides the eyes but urges the soul. With our senses stimulated and obscurities deepened, we move as our own sources of illumination.
Exhaled onto the streets when the music ends, the city greets us as a landscape of shadowed corners and haloed streetlights. The deep, visceral thrum has deafened our ears but electrified our flesh. We wander, contented, forgetting the dawn. With the night as our shroud, we are enigmatic and intimate creatures all at once.
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Holographic skirt: Supershop 24 HRS | Backpack: OMIGHTY | Boots: UNIF Reverb Boots | Earrings: Marina Fini | Hat: Dolls Kill, by Supershop 24 HRS | Penatgram harness: Teale Coco | Bracelet: Dolls Kill | Gloves: Chicnova | Bustier: American Apparel
Several things are at play in this outfit — the influence of festival season, my enduring love for electronic music, and a mash-up of Tokyo– and Los Angeles–based fashion. Flanking the Pacific, I find these two urban centres have intriguing aesthetic similarities: their subcultural, street fashion scenes are characterized by contrasts and a daringness that illuminates eccentricities rather than neutralizing them.
As I’ve mentioned in my other posts, the 90s have been resurrected on the streets of LA for a while now. My holographic skirt — made by Supershop 24 HRS (part of LA’s legendary Lip Service Cult) — is indicative of this; such iridescent pieces are nostalgic of 90s rave-wear while also suggesting the infusion of digital culture into contemporary (alternative) fashion. Taking Cybergoth as an influencing style, I attempted to darken the ensemble with a leather jacket, gloves, and Teale Coco’s pentagram harness — although, with the help of Centennial Square’s glowing fountain, an inner, neon-drenched rave-worm persona burns through.
This was shot, as always, with the amazing Kim Jay Photography. If you’re interested in festival fashion, check out her portraiture project, We Are Revellers. You will find no better collection of beautiful (and beautifully strange) people wearing neat things and having an outlandishly fun time.