Fellow West Coast dreamers, sunsets on Vancouver Island are intoxicating. Arrive over the crest of a hill, look to west, and you are filled with a sublime stillness. Gradually, long creeping shadows emerge from the bases of trees, rocks, and buildings, stippling the earth in cool darkness. This moment always seems suspended in time; it is an ending, both beautiful and melancholic. The day is over — but the energy changes. And we all become different creatures at night.
Sometimes the correlation between the outfit I choose for a shoot and the setting I want to feature it in is entirely unclear. For this one, I had vague and disconnected ideas floating around my head: I wanted to wear my pentagram harness with heavy layers; I wanted gnarled, low-lying trees in the background; I envisioned a horizon line and a washed-out sky, and a play of shadows and light; dark colours, ragged hems, and exposed skin. I wanted it to look playful and somewhat apocalyptic. Through her lens, Kim helped me bring these ideas together to create a narrative told through images and style. Fashion “conventions” (such as: one does not wear fetish-inspired chest harnesses during the sunlit hours) were thrown out the proverbial window in the pursuit of a particular feeling.
Featured in this shoot is my much-loved harness by independent designer Teale Coco, who I featured in my last post. I love this piece, and I feel like a sleek she-demon when I wear it. It’s unique, fashionable, and dark, and I love finding new, creative ways to wear it. Check out the rest of Teale’s amazing designs here.
The jacket is of great significance to me, too. My good friend Kate gave it to me when she was emptying her closet and moving house. She is a stylish girl, and had brought the jacket all the way from the UK. I feel blessed to be the new owner of this beautiful piece; it goes with everything, and, more significantly, it carries Kate’s warmth and energy within it. Pass-me-downs from good friends are the best. ✌❤
▲††▲ Antennas to heaven ▲††▲
Pentagram harness: Teale Coco | Shorts: Coal N Terry | Tights: Topshop, by House of Holland | Gloves: Chicnova | Beanie: Romwe | Troopa boots: Steve Madden | Sunglasses: Flavour (Victoria) | Faux fur jacket: Gift from a friend ❤
One notable source of inspiration for this shoot was Grimes’ music video for Genesis. It’s a couple years old now, but damn — it’s good. Among several other very interesting things, the video features young women brandishing medieval weapons and dancing alongside a cyber goddess (Brooke Candy) in the desert. And while my own shoot does not have the same beautiful oddities, I borrowed from it the dreamy, mystical effect that is produced when you superimpose expressive or unconventional fashion against a wild and wide horizon. It’s a fun way to try on your fantasies. Here’s the video:
On a similar artistic vein, check out these incredible double exposure shots Kim took! She has such incredible style with anything she does, and she’s always keen to experiment. You can see another double exposure shot of hers here. Check out her Tumblr for more amazing and diverse work!
That’s it for now. Thank-you, all, for reading! Your collective support has meant so much to me as I dive into this project.
Till next time!
– Style Raven