Victoria, you are a fashion blogger’s dream. You, with your seaside horizons, cavernous green forests, and myriad of painted and peeling walls — you make finding backdrops that reflect our cultural and environmental frameworks a cinch. It may have been 8:30 in the morning when Kim and I took these photos, but crop tops and high socks were immediately contextualized by this fun, art-filled city — as well as by Kim’s keen and creative camera skills. I think we really hit our stride with this shoot; it had been a few months since the last one, but with some brainstorming we produced a shoot that balances edgy street wear with a casual attitude and the familiarity of our city. The more I work on this project with Kim, the more excited I am to see what happens next!
If anyone recognizes these walls from around Vic, comment below! I’m curious.
Tie-dye has recently been (re-)resurrected from the catacombs of fashion history (along with several other ‘90s styles), especially by independent California-based labels such as UNIF and Jac Vanek. This crop top is from an apparel designer/art collective in Los Angeles called Rotting Fresh (clever oxymoron, eh? Nothing rotting is fresh — unless, of course, it’s freshly rotting). In any case, whatever the origins of the brand name, the juxtaposition of newness with decay creates a brand that is stylish yet tempered with the edginess and grit of subcultural urban life. This top is buttery soft and cut at the perfect length and angle. I’m really pleased with the quality (and affordability) of Rotting Fresh’s fashions, so I highly recommend!
Another sign the ‘90s have re-emerged into our fashion consciousness? Chokers. Everywhere. It’s wonderful! My O-ring choker is hand-made by the stylish Alice Lockhart from her Devilish Official shop on Etsy. Made of PVC, it’s entirely vegan, comfortable, and durable. Isn’t it delightful, in a bondage-inspired sort of way? Quite honestly, it’s hard not to wear it every day. Alice has a wide selection of other collar designs in her store, check it out!
Tie-dye crop top: Rotting Fresh | Choker: Devilish Official | Shorts: ANAP (Japan) | Knee highs: American Apparel | Vegan leather jacket: Reunion Boutique | White patent Doc Martens: Heart’s Content Victoria | Eyeball ring: Chicnova | Sunglasses: Flavour (Victoria) | Snapback: Forever 21
A quick note on the knee highs: I lived in Japan. Japan was where my expectations of fashion and fashion “boundaries” were completed exploded. Destroyed, shattered in an ecstatic, clothes-filled explosion. High socks? Cat-eared beanies? Platforms? Gothic lolitas? Garters worn casually? Yes to all. The knee highs you see in this picture are a vestige of my experience in Japan. I’ll be dedicating a full post in the near future to my Japanese fashion influence. Is it a coincidence that I love fashion on both edges of the Pacific Rim?
If anyone has any recommendations of neat graffiti art, alleyways, or painted (and peeling!) walls around the city, please comment below! I’d love to check them out.
Till next time,
– Style Raven