Lydia Jordan Smith is a vivacious ball of energy.
We’ve been admiring Lydia for a long time as the face of Howlet, a musical project that plays with sound and noise to create electronic ambiance. The music is emotional, but not in the ugly cry way. We definitely got down to tracks on Howlet’s Soundcloud while we went through each and every one of our photos from this shoot.
We couldn’t wait to get Lydia into a vintage piece we’ve been saving for the perfect model. A green, floor-length dress from the 60’s with a high neck, and gold trim looked absolutely amazing on Lydia and was giving us some serious Elizabeth Taylor vibes. The original Liz Kitten.
A positive energy and confident nature was what made working with Lydia so much fun, a quality evident in the music. We wanted to showcase some of the pieces we noticed Lydia rocking at the live shows. Lydia brought a gorgeous beaded purple jacket which could have easily came from Dolly Parton’s closet and perfectly matched her amazing hair color!
This bold, vibrant color was done by Erin Wheaton at Blu Skies Salon. We’ve been loving her work for awhile, and we were so excited to get to play with such a fantastic color! We obviously had to find out the color story behind such a standout look. Lydia gave Erin complete freedom with a color idea Erin had been scheming, and cue the most perfect hair-model-plus-stylist-with-a-vision pairing ever. Erin told us she loved being able to capture Lydia’s personality and energy perfectly into new techniques she had been itching to try.
We paired it with one of our favorite thrifted dresses (originally from Forever 21) that we scored on a ½ off day at YOTO Community Thrift Store in Springfield. Luckily for us, it matched Lydia’s signature Doc Marten laces.
We love a look paired with some bad-ass boots.
Lydia’s interest in fashion doesn’t stop with Howlet. Recently, Lydia and boyfriend Logan Grann opened their Etsy store, Harvestmen Vintage: Vintage finds from the the heart of Missouri. We were so excited just hearing about it during the shoot and couldn’t wait to see what the couple found and restored.
We weren’t disappointed.
Head over to Harvestmen Vintage and snag a vintage Wild Turkey windbreaker from the ‘70s along with vintage bags and other rare vintage finds.
Everything about Lydia is a little bit ethereal but there’s also a quality that reminds us of performers like Dolly Parton and Kathleen Hanna all at the same time. Enter: the diva dress. The diva dress has been worn by a lot of performers and it fit Lydia like a glove. We are seriously obsessed with Lydia’s signature star quality and can’t wait to get our butts to another live show so we can cheer like crazy from the front row. From vintage to vocals, Lydia knows what’s up.
For more shots of Lydia and a few more of our favorite pieces at Culture Flock stay tuned for an upcoming post where we flip out over their “Rebel Rebel” tee (think Bowie) and more pretty styles we know you’ll love. Follow Lydia for upcoming show dates and to snag a few vintage finds at Harvestmen Vintage!