Tee Envy

Well-known for his robotic, monster-filled poster art for the likes of Xiu Xiu and Peaches — not to mention numerous WORN layouts and our business cards — Tyler Rauman is a longtime WORN crush. He made us proud yet again when he won the first ever POP Montreal tee-shirt design contest.

A panel of judges chose Tyler’s blockhead biker design complete with boombox and bird (holy alliteration, Batman!), while a popular choice vote chose Bridget Moser’s Bottomless Person with a Book. Tyler and Bridget’s designs were printed on a small number of American Apparel tees and sold at the POP pop-up-shop in Montreal for only one week. Now I’ve just got to get my wornette hands on one of those tees…

- Alyssa Garrison

My Favourite Fashion Night of the Year

Beyonce in Pucci, Jennifer Lopez in Gucci

The Grammys and the Oscars are celebrated in the mainstream media for their fancy fashions, but the real dress-up fans know the best night for gown gazing is the Met Gala. Some of my personal favourites…

Rosie Huntington Whiteley in Burberry, Kristen Dunst in Chanel

Natalia Vodianova in Valentino, Shalom Harlow in Marchesa

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Back to the Future

Lali in 1978 & 2010, Buenos Aires

Like the rounded corners on a sepia-toned photograph, there is something about gingham or polyester that can evoke a different era on sight. They say clothing can retain memories; photographer Irina Werning put that theory to the visual test with her photo series Back to the Future. In letting people recreate their childhood photos (and childhood outfits), the series is an exercise in both nostalgia and retro aesthetics – a little reflection on how much we might change while our clothing stays the same.

Flo, Maria & Dolores in 1979 & 2010

Flor in 1975 & 2010, Buenos Aires

La Negra 1980 and 2010, Buenos Aires

- Anna Fitzpatrick

Nokomis, We’ll Miss You

When I heard the news that Edmonton’s Nokomis Clothing would be closing at the end of January, I was more than a little sad. The store has long been one of my favourite places in the city to find both clothing and inspiration. Owner Jessica Kennedy states that economics are the reason for Nokomis’ closure, the recession making it no longer feasible to keep the store open and running. Nokomis is known for stocking exclusively Canadian made and designed clothing — including its own house line up until Fall 2009 — and in its eight years of existence, it has become a fixture in the Canadian independent fashion scene. The store has provided an artistic, friendly place for independent Canadian designers (and publications like WORN) to reach the Edmonton market.

Nokomis, you will be missed. Thank you for being so great at doing what you did.

- Hailey Siracky