Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

It’s Halloween, my friends, and the dominion of death has encroached upon that of the living. While I don’t follow any particular organized spirituality, I am deeply intrigued by the concept of liminality — that is, states of transition and ambiguity, as in the space that exists between our conscious lives and the opacity of death. In my perspective, Halloween is a time when we can openly face — and perhaps even celebrate — the macabre and the reality of our own mortality, as well as revel in those latent curiosities for demons, wayward spirits, and the undead. Mix this with the transformative effect and obscurity of nightfall, and this is what gives this “holiday” its unique and undeniable energy.

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Another form of All-Hallows-Eve liminality exists in our ability to shift our identities, to role-play, to try on that which we are not, or that which we secretly are. I don’t believe that self-hood is ever entirely stable; thus, I find it empowering to act out our fantasies through our clothing (or costumes) — even if it expresses our darker sides.

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

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For this shoot, I went with an exploration of the occult, of possession, of the power that lies in darkness. This beautiful red velvet dress by Motel can be dramatically transformed — it was, after all, my Christmas holiday dress last year, and now, with the addition of Lip Service’s cathedral tights and those damningly beautiful horns, it has become part of a gothic ensemble. I had a lot of fun with this one (as you may be able to tell).

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC
Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Red velvet dress: Nasty Gal, by Motel | Custom, handmade demon horns: Faery Essences | Cathedral pentagram tights: Dolls Kill, by Lip Service | Holographic body chain: Nasty Gal

Returning now to those horns, I’d like to take this moment to acknowledge an incredibly talented and creative designer in our midst — Faeri of Faery Essences, who makes (among other things) custom horns, dreads, and wigs. I’ve seen her beautiful creations worn on people at local events, I’ve heard people speak in testament to her skill, and, as her Facebook page shows, her works have travelled as far as Burning Man, New York, and the UK. I emailed her explaining I wanted dark horns, “curved back” (as that is how I envisioned my personal, fiendish profile), and she made them exactly to my description. Check out her Facebook page and Etsy for her work and to see what she has currently available.

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

And now, let us witness what happens when a foul succubus is exposed to the purifying light of an LED panel. Begone, vile demon! Back to the cavernous, hellish depths from whence you came!

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC

Hayley Evans (model) and Kim Jay Photography, Style Raven, Victoria BC
Aaaaand an awesome .gif Kim Jay made to top things off:

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Happy Halloween, all!

Till next time,
– Style Raven

Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Kim Jay Photography