The Kypto Nights Lookbook takes you to a parallel universe where vintage tradition hauntingly blends with modern fashion. To feature the compelling glow of our kryptonite-colored jewelry, I looked to Vaseline glass — Depression-era glassware containing small amounts of uranium which output an eerie citron glow when viewed with a blacklight.
Placing our ultra modern product in the context of a bygone era created an intriguing contrast.
I decided to take the spookiness to the next level, taking cues from daguerreotypes and tintypes — known for their vacant stares, ghostly figures and post-mortem images.
I borrowed not only from the expressions, poses and textures of these vintage photographs, but took a few fashion cues too.
A bizarre vision of glowing jewelry amongst the opulence of the Victorian age and the grittiness of the Depression started to emerge. The play between the conservative Victorian age and a time warped alternate reality with no rules reminded of my 'Kat Scratch' patterns where I transform the ornate swirls of damask wallpaper into the psychedelic patterns of a Laura Ashley fever dream.
Recalling cactus spines and rose thorns, these opulent textures, complete with a rock n' roll makeover, seemed to take the viewer one step further into this alien world.
The Kat Scratch patterns led me to tattooed ladies. Tattoos paired with buttoned-up dresses and pearls — another striking contrast. Below: Nora Hildebrandt (left), Maud Wagner (middle), Olive Oatman (right).
For the product shots, I took inspiration from my vintage photo albums and even tried a Frankenstein interpretation, with the krypto earrings being jolted to life by the makeshift equipment of a mad scientist.