Lykanthea

Lykanthea Lakshmi Ramgopal Migration EP Telos video stillLykanthea Lakshmi Ramgopal Migration EP Telos video stillLykanthea Lakshmi Ramgopal Migration EP Telos video stillLykanthea Migration EP Telos video clothing featuring Noctex, Nuit, Hunter Gatherer, Hogan McLaughlin, Anu Tera. Dark style independent designers.

Lykanthea is Lakshmi Ramgopal, a solo ambient musician based in Rome, Italy via Chicago. Drawing on a decade of Carnatic training, she alchemizes spectral vocals and synths to form transient, enveloping worlds. In July she released her solo debut ‘Migration’ & followed on from this in October with the haunting video for ‘Telos’.

Over the course of 5 songs she draws inspiration from the 4,000-year-old Sumerian tale of the goddess Inanna & the challenges she faces during a transformative journey to and back from the underworld. Exploring the concept of rebirth in and across lifetimes, the result is a heavily atmospheric & expansive sound that envelopes you in it’s hushed, ethereal vocals & draws you completely into it’s world. Ghostly & delicate, but with a dark, primal soul lurking just beneath, it’s subtle complexity grows with each listen.

The video for ‘Telos’ shot by E. Aaron Ross & styled by Laura Prieto-Velasco of Hunter Gatherer is just as dark & dreamy as the music, and features some of my favourite independent designers. I’ve put together a mini wishlist of items which feature in the video, and I urge you to go check out each & every one of these wonderful independents. The Noctex & Hogan McLaughlin pieces in the video were from Spring collections & are sadly now sold out, but I’ve included some of their new season pieces instead, which are just as beautiful. Particular favourites are the heavy iron cuff from Anu Tera, Hogan McLaughlin’s mesh ‘Gauntlet’ shirt, Leah Ball‘s ‘Conduit’ cuff (as seen in the 2nd image) & the collaborative pieces from Hunter Gatherer x Lykanthea, inspired by & hand stamped with lyrics from the EP.

Watch the video for Telos below, then listen to the rest of the Migration EP & download it for free here.
 

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NYDJ

FAIIINT wishlist NYDJ denim & jackets, Halson Bag, Vita Fede cuff

Jeans are one of those pieces of clothing that I couldn’t live without, they are some of my favourite items that I own & I have always practically lived in my skinnies. Unfortunately though they are also one of the items that I most hate shopping for, often leaving empty handed & disappointed, or trawling through endless pairs before I finally, miraculously come across one that actually fits properly. I’ve been known to stick to my tried & true brands, and this takes a little of the frustration out of the whole experience but even that is no fail safe with constantly changing fits & styles. This may be why I’ve been known to nostalgically hold on to pairs even after they’re falling apart & completely unwearable!

NYDJ are a brand I’ve had recommended to me a lot in my quest for great fitting denim, they are the original slimming jeans for women & each pair is made with their patented ‘Lift Tuck Technology’ for a slimming, smoothed out silhouette. They also stick to their signature fit for each & every pair, which is the same through the hips & thighs for all styles & cuts, so you know once you’ve found the one, every future pair will be that same flattering fit. I’ve been told by friends who are big fans that thanks to this hidden technology they will give even my boyish, non-curvy frame an enviable butt, which is basically my jean holy grail!

My favourite cut is obviously the Alina leggings, super skinny all the way down & in lots of great finishes too. Particular favourites are the snake printed pair (I can’t get enough of this print on denim lately, you may have noticed!) & the pebbled faux leather trouser jeans, which would be a great option for someone like me who can’t stand the sweaty, uncomfortable feel of real leather leggings, no matter how nice they look.

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Gray Days

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Yumi ribbed knit grey jumper, River Island asymmetric skirt, Phoebe Jewellery little gold bat necklace, Jord wooden watch, Kurt Geiger wedge boots, Balenciaga city.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Yumi ribbed knit grey jumper, Jord wood watch. details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Yumi ribbed knit grey jumper, Jord wood watch, Phoebe Jewellery little gold bat necklace. details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Yumi ribbed knit grey jumper, River Island asymmetric skirt, Phoebe Jewellery little gold bat necklace, Jord wooden watch, Kurt Geiger wedge boots, Balenciaga city.

The dark afternoons are sneaking up on me, not even 4pm & it was already getting dim & grey, thankfully we quickly managed to shoot this outfit before it got too dark for the camera. I love this time of the year, but it sucks to be a fashion blogger during it, too dark in the mornings, too dark in the evenings & often too busy to shoot during the afternoons when it’s actually light!

I picked this jumper up along with the oxblood ombre cape (which is now finally online here!) when I went to check out Yumi‘s revamped Notting Hill store, and I’ve been wearing it non stop. I love to find nice dark grey pieces to add to my wardrobe, especially when it’s knitwear & I was instantly drawn to the beautifully textured rib knit of this one. It’s a cotton knit, so it’s soft & smooth, with this great heaviness about it making it slouch perfectly with a really nice hang. It’s the perfect thing for days like this when it’s a little chilly & you just want to be comfy and casual whilst running a few errands.

I don’t wear watches often, but when Jord got in touch about their wooden watches I was super intrigued. Wood is definitely not a material that springs to mind when you think of a watch, and I love the idea of using unconventional, organic materials for items like this. It has a great natural grain & colour, it’s light & comfortable to wear, and the whole piece is beautifully made too. Ollie already has his eye on this one & I think they would make for an unusual & quirky gift for those people like him who are hard to buy for.

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Swish

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn x Topshop cropped tux jacket, H&M shirt dress, Phoebe Jewellery moonstone moon & little bat gold necklace, Skin by Finsk laced wedges, Balenciaga city bag, Catarzi fedora. All black witchy street style outfit.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn x Topshop cropped tux jacket, H&M shirt dress, Phoebe Jewellery moonstone crescent moon & little bat gold necklace. Outfit details.Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Todd Lynn x Topshop cropped tux jacket, H&M shirt dress, Phoebe Jewellery moonstone moon & little bat gold necklace, Skin by Finsk laced wedges, Balenciaga city bag, Catarzi fedora. All black witchy street style outfit.

Another day, another outfit with slight witchy vibes, but I just can’t help myself! I’m growing a real fondness for full swishy skirts like this, they’re just so much fun to wear & though I initially dismissed them as too girly (and maybe a bit schoolgirl) for me, I now own quite the collection of them! Shirt dresses are another thing I own a huge amount of, so put the two together & I obviously couldn’t resist this H&M dress. It’s a nice crisp 100% cotton, and there’s a lot of fabric pleated into the skirt too for a beautiful full shape. When I brought it I thought the price was too good for such a nice quality little dress, but it’s now gone down in the sale even further, if you can deal with their ridiculously long delivery times.

You saw a few of the beautiful rings from Phoebe Jewellery in my last outfit post, the double moon & star ring was a particular favourite & I couldn’t wait to show you it’s matching crescent necklace. Phoebe is based in Lewes, East Sussex & makes each piece by hand in her little studio. Drawing inspiration from stories she loved as a child, wildlife and natural objects she sees while out walking with her dogs, her collections have a strong sense of narrative running throughout & each piece has such a wonderful charm & playfulness. The Moonlight collection which all these pieces are a part of features one of my favourite little creatures, the bat & 10% of all profits from sales of the collection are donated to The Bat Conservation Trust. Bats are sadly in huge decline here in the UK & I think this is such a lovely little gesture – Beautiful, unique jewellery & helping support our wildlife all in one little package, what’s not to love?

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Classic

FAIIINT BLK DNM leather jacket, Maria Black detour gold ring, Dominic Jones manta ring, Derek Lam cashmere drape knit, Surface to air Le Baron boots, Philip Lim white shirt, Alfie Douglass leather backpack. Classics wishlist.

There are a few pieces that every wardrobe should have, those classic items that never go out of style & are always worth the investment. I’ve been thinking about this with my own wardrobe a lot recently, and whilst I do have a good majority of these staple pieces nailed, one that I’m still on the hunt for is a really great classic shirt. I have lots of black shirts, in pretty much every material & style available other than that classic crisp cotton & a nice sharp cut, it’s definitely something that’s missing.

Whilst I’ve been hunting for the one I’ve also found myself drawn to the white versions. All the black ones I’ve found look a bit cheap for some reason, a little too office worker & it seems like it’s impossible to find a really good one, great white ones are everywhere though & I’m suddenly starting to picture outfits with a flash of white collar, or a sliver peaking out of the opening of my jackets. Monochrome (though I wish they’d stop calling B&W that!) has been all over the catwalks, and as much as I’m not usually a great follower of trends, maybe this has seeped in a little & is the reason behind my white cravings, that or seeing so many of you rock it in outfit posts recently!

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