Secret Creature Prints

Karen Wornette discovers there are hidden cats on her tie

What inspired this outfit?
It’s all quite practical, really. I’d been trying to stretch the wardrobe that I brought to Toronto, so I took my single white shirt and paired it with the tie from another. I tried to remember how to tie a tie properly, but couldn’t (when I’ve worn one before, my dad has been there to help me along, his hands working the strip of fabric into the familiar half-Windsor knot), so I pretended and ended up with the shorter strip hanging in front.

Tell me about one of the items you are wearing.
If you look very closely at the tie, you’ll notice it has a cat pattern. It’s one of those things that tricks the eye—for the first few months that I wore the shirt, I didn’t notice the felines. After my discovery, I started seeing patterns all over the place. I had New Year’s dinner with a family friend in Vancouver one year, and, to my delight, she wore a button-down printed with birds. We said “cheers” over new beginnings and creature print clothing.

What is the best book to read in this outfit?
I’ve been staying at Jenna Wornette’s apartment, and she’s got a killer book collection in her room. Every time I glance up, I find a new title that I want to flip through. At the moment, I’ve been reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion, Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, and Angry Women, a collection of essays written by 16 pioneering female performance artists.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
Greta Garbo, with her classic ’30s sportswear.

outfit credits // Blouse by Diane von Furstenberg, shorts by CiCi, from Two of Hearts Boutique in Vancouver, tie from the Junque Cellar in Edmonton, shoes by Zeha Berlin, sunglasses from Alex Wornette, and earrings from my mom.

photography // Stephanie Chunoo and Alex Chronopoulos

Our Lips Aren’t Sealed

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Lipstick

A lot has happened in the 5000 years since the dawn of lip paint. Wars, corruption, harem pants—the list goes on, and somehow, lipstick has survived. But everyone seems to have an opinion on it—Sarah Palin calls it the distinguishing factor between hockey moms and pitbulls. Holly Golightly can’t read the paper without it. Yes, we have very intimate relationships with our rouges, and below, you’ll find our list of 10 facts that’ll blow your mind about this colourful cosmetic.

1 // Don’t Forget Your Lipstick, Mummy!
Cleopatra used henna and carmine to paint her lips, and in her time, women were encouraged to be buried with two pots of lip paint so they would look good on the other side.

2 // Red-Lip District
The Moulin Rouge may have been hoppin’ in the 19th century, but alcohol-, prostitute-, and lipstick-induced good times date back to the Ancient Greeks (and perhaps even earlier). For the Greeks, though, the cosmetic was popular amongst women of the night, coming to signify poor social standing and low morals.

3 // Lipstick for the Lawless
At one point, wearing lipstick was actually illegal. During the French Revolution, lopping the head off a king may have been acceptable, but lipstick was completely banned. Wearing it was considered to be sympathetic to the monarch, and anyone caught with it was condemned to the guillotine. To borrow a line: off with their heads!

4 // Hot off the Production Line
Women (and a fair amount of men) added the cosmetic to their daily beauty routines in 1880, when French company Guerlain produced the first commercially successful lipstick. It was composed of a mouth-watering mixture of grapefruit pomade and wax.

5 // Portable Beauty
Women’s handbags welcomed a new addition in 1915, when Maurice Levy designed the first sliding metal tube. Thanks to this innovation, applying lipstick in public became socially acceptable. Instead of lugging pots of lip paint around, women could bring the convenient little tube with them wherever they went.

6 // Ain’t no Stalin our Lipstick Production
Lipstick experienced a resurgence of popularity after World War I, when women wanted to maintain their femininity while taking on new roles in the workforce. Fast forward to the next World War, and lipstick is prioritized by good ol’ Churchill when he rations all makeup—except for the precious tubular commodity. He felt it boosted morale on the homefront.

7 // Lipstick Fit for a Queen
Lipstick became a coveted Crown gem in 1952, when Elizabeth II commissioned her own shade to match her coronation robes. The royal rouge was named Balmoral after her Scottish country home.

8 // Lady in Red
On her film sets, Elizabeth Taylor required that she be the only person wearing red lipstick. Everyone else would have to wear a different shade or none at all.

9 // A Moment on the Lips, Forever on the Hips
A whopping 92 per cent of women wear lipstick regularly and buy an average of four tubes a year. But this magical substance doesn’t just stay on your lips; the average woman consumes four to nine pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, making the inside just as pretty as the outside. Not.

10 // Read my Lips
According to Dior makeup artist Eliane Gouriou, different lipstick colours convey different messages. Beige means “I don’t want to be noticed for this aspect of my personality.” Red evokes the feeling that “I have sensual and luscious lips, which I accept and which I offer.” Dark brown or violet means “I provoke, I impose, but my mouth is not to be touched.” Our thoughts? Let your lips, not your lipstick, do the talking.

photography // Stephanie Chunoo & Tabitha Poeze

further reading // Lipstick: A Celebration of the World’s Favourite Cosmetic. Jessica Pallington, 1998