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