Sing Your Heart Out at WORN’s Annual Heartbreak Karaoke

It's WORN's Annual Valentine's Heatbreak Karaoke

Was it the son of a preacher man? A devil in a blue dress? You obviously didn’t listen—but now everyone else will.

On Friday, February 14, 2014, WORN Fashion Journal will get your achey-breakey heart in front of a karaoke machine at Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street).

Don’t just feel the pain, spread it around.

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We’ve got a karaoke machine, a microphone, sad, sad, sad songs, and enough bitter tears and sweet liquor to fill a swimming pool. What else could you possibly need to mourn your latest romantic folly?

All proceeds will go to the production of WORN Fashion Journal. This year, we’re trying to raise enough money for our very own lighting equipment. Support independent publishing, and sing us a sad song!

THE RULES
$7 Admission
$5 Admission if you’re dressed in red or pink
$1 per song
$10 to cut the line
$5 to sing Celine Dion

THE DETAILS
Monarch Tavern
12 Clinton Street
Friday, February 14, 2014
Bring on the heartbreak: 9:00 p.m.
You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here: 2:00 a.m.

DRESS CODE
Preferred: Red & Pink
Mandatory: Heart on your sleeve

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When We Were Cats: Snapshots from WORN’s 3rd Annual Black Cat Ball

Last weekend, Toronto’s Dovercourt House housed the liveliest gathering of stylish felines since the jazzy party scene in Disney’s Aristocats. And to celebrate the release of WORN’s 17th issue, one thing was purrfectly clear—everybody wanted to be a cat. It was a lot of things. It was a soiree. It’s here now, in memory only, until next year.

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Photography // Laura Tuttle & Stephen John Crosby

Rebecca S. Wornette

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I grew up on Pop Rocks candy, Spice Girls, Kubrick films, and T-Rex albums. Growing up in a small town just north of Toronto meant ample fresh air, accompanied by knitted hats and scarves from my mother, wearing my father’s gigantic Wellington boots outside, and spending more time in a bathing suit than out of one in August. I always loved fashion, but for practicality sake, I wore mostly jeans. I would sketch designs in purple notebooks of long dresses worn with chunky heels and matching handbags on the school bus. As a teen, I would watch hours of Fashion Television, eagerly anticipate my new issues of Elle magazine, and roll my eyes every time my mother said she just didn’t “get” Alexander McQueen.

When I moved to Toronto in 2010 to study journalism, I was able to explore fashion in whole new way. Shopping no longer consisted of the get-in-and-get-out missions it did back home, and jeans weren’t always the best option. Down here I could scour the racks, discover hole-in-the-wall stores and mull things over before purchasing. Now I am 22, and complete with polka-dot pants and a cheetah-print dress. So begins my next chapter in fashion exploration. I’m delighted that WORN is a part of it.

Man Repeller
This was the very first “I will love you ’til the end of time” fashion blog I followed. As a fashion junky, Leandra Medine puts her sarcastic and hilarious spin on the clothes women love to wear which some men would probably hate. My favourite segments are those titled “Lessons in Layers” that start with somewhat simple and flattering outfits, gradually doused in fur vests, baggy sweaters and heaps of bracelets and accessories. The message: Wear what you want. Fashion should be fun, and not so serious.

Malcolm Gladwell’s “True Colours”
In this 1999 New Yorker piece, Gladwell talks about the somewhat trivial, but still important, role hair dye played during the feminist movement in the latter half of the 20th century. Taken from his book, What the Dog Saw, “True Colours” reveals the moments behind the iconic L’Oreal and Clairol slogans we know all too well.

Thisisnotporn.net
Honestly, it’s not porn…well, maybe. This Is Not Porn is a compilation of rare star and celebrity photographs taken mostly in black and white. In this jumble of candid and staged shots there are smiles, silly faces, and really super clothes.

Commercial Pattern Archive
I learned to sew somewhere around age 10 and loved going to Fabricland with my mom and flipping through the giant stacks of Simplicity and Vogue patterns. The University of Rhode Island has put together an archive—you can’t access the whole thing unless you’re a member, but I love to scroll through the old pattern covers every now and again and see the different styles from decades gone by.

Not exactly Kurt Vonnegut’s 1997 MIT Address
As a 20-something trying to make it in this glorious world, I like to keep the words from this speech plastered to the walls of my brain. But as a journalist, I love to keep this piece close simply because it keeps me questioning everything. Although attributed to Kurt Vonnegut Jr., he never actually gave this speech. Vonnegut didn’t even write it, yet it made its way around the internet as another snippet of wisdom from the brilliant writer. If you’re blogging, writing papers or articles, or just spewing facts like Siri, know your sources, source your content, and most importantly, don’t forget the sunscreen.

photography // Laura Tuttle

Yet Another Purrfect Party: WORN’s 3rd Annual Black Cat Ball Was Pawsitively Wonderfurrl

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We’re officially in my favourite time of year: the time when I get to use up all my cat puns. Don’t purrtend like you don’t love it—I’m not kitten around when it comes to my cat puns. No, I’m totally kidding, that’s literally all I’ve got.

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Lucky for you, I might have run out of cat puns, but I’m pawsitively swimming in photos from Saturday’s Black Cat Ball. For the third year in a row, over 300 Wornettes came to The Dovercourt House dressed in their black-and-white best. We danced, we pranced, and then we danced some more. Here are just a few photos for you to purruse—the full set of photos will be available on Monday. Thanks for coming out, you crazy cats!

photography // Laura Tuttle