Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Crop top: Dolls Kill, by UNIF | Jacket: Helmut Lang | Boots: UNIF Reverb Boots | Earrings: Marina Fini | Shorts: American Apparel | Tights: American Apparel

Split down the centre, flayed open, an illuminated plane encroached by the shadows. Here: the jagged cliffs, there, the rushing sea. Now: the ascending sun, later, the darkness that engulfs everything at once. Contrasts are my lovers. Disparity quickens the blood. For that which attracts and provokes is that which is different.

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For this shoot, Kim Jay and I visited (what I would identify as) one of Victoria’s strangest places: the Gonzales Observatory, a cliff-side building with an edifice that glares like bones bleached in the sun. Surrounding it is a rather impressive panorama of the city. It is beautiful and absurd, resembling something transported from the terraced coasts of the Aegean sea. According to local legend, the observatory is one of the oldest structures in Victoria, having first served as an observatory, and then, as a consequence of light pollution, a weather station. Like an architectural hybrid of a mausoleum and an acropolis, the atmosphere surrounding it is both eerie and commanding.

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

The white walls were far too seductive for one who obsessively wears black. After being inspired by Auxiliary Magazine’s Tomorrowland fashion editorial (featuring the work of Gelareh and other designers), I wanted to experiment with similar high-contrasts of black-against-white and angular poses. Of course, I’m not the space-age fashion queens featured in Auxiliary — but it was fun none-the-less. The focal points of this outfit would be my two UNIF pieces – the boots and the crop, both of which emanate that LA (west coast) street-style I love so very, very much. I’m also wearing another custom work by the sublime Marina Fini, who I’ve featured earlier: a mirror version of her Happy Sad earrings, whose mood swings look spectacular in the sun.

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo
Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Style Raven - Kim Jay Photo

Thanks to Kim Jay for another fun shoot!

Till next time,
– Style Raven

Model and styling: Hayley Evans
Photography: Kim Jay Photography