Most kandi girls wear revealing underwear, bikinis, fishnets and pasties. A few women seemed to channel cartoon characters such as Gloomy Bear or Hello Kitty.
At night, everything glows at Ultra. Some use battery-operated glow strings to decorate shoelaces, tutus, bras and hats.
And then there’s the guys. Near Ultra’s main stage last Friday, a couple tried to get Stephan Grillon’s attention. He was wearing a super hero costume he called the “Rave Runner.” A $98 white and red body suit from China covered him from head to toe, and he added Oakley snow goggles. He sewed a glow string to the edge of his red cape.
Grillon, 20, belongs to a subculture known as “Glovers.” Most of them prefer to be sober at dance music events and cover their hands with battery-operated gloves with light-blinking fingertips that leave trails in the retina. Vendors on Biscayne Boulevard were selling the gloves in black or white for $15.
Jesus Daze, 18, was wearing a popular accessory called a “spirit hood” — a furry bear hat with long, hanging flaps that had pockets in the shape of paws to insert his hands.
“For Native Americans, the spirit of the bear is courageous, peaceful, free,” Daze said. “And we want to connect with that.”
Some patriotic scene kids and floaters — who came from Canada, Spain, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Mexico or Argentina — wore their country’s flags as capes.
Mariana Castellan, 20, a Mexican American who lives in Weston, said fashion at Ultra is about individuality and diversity. With an affinity for piercings and chunky rings, Castellan likes designers Betsey Johnson and Jeremy Scott. She also identifies with “Harajuku” fashion, a culture born in Tokyo. The “Harajuku” subcultures include the “Cosplay” who like to dress up in fictional characters from video games and anime, and the “Ura-Hara,” who like hip hop and graffiti.
Castellan shaved the sides of her head and dyed the top part of her long, straight, flowing hair in ombré shades of orange, yellow and hot pink. Friday night, she wore $136 black “Cyber Goth” platform boots by Demoniac.
“I was 15 when my dad first took me to Ultra. He is an artist, so we love it. My mom and dad say I look like awesomeness,” Castellan said. “I like tribal stuff and like ‘Cyber Punk’ and mix it with Harajuku ... I like showing off my body because it’s about being free and comfortable with who you are.”