Crushing on Zana from Garbage Dress

Zana of Garbage Dress fame is a DIY kind of gal. Everything she creates, from her handmade harnesses sold on etsy to her ode-to-shoes video shot in an airport bathroom, leaves your mind astir with inspiration.

What drew your attention to blogging and convinced you to start Garbage Dress?
My relationship with the internet began back in middle school when I discovered a community of kids who made personal websites. From this I ventured into livejournal, where I kept a daily blog as well as posted in fashion communities. Right as I was finally slowing down with that whole LJ mania, I noticed the rise in blogspot popularity and found fellow livejournal posters (childhoodflames & dustydress among others) developing strong projects of their own. Just like how I all of a sudden decided to cut my hair short, I came to a flash decision that I needed to have an all-or-nothing blog. Garbage Dress was born.

You have quite lovely and intriguing hair. Can you go through the history of your previous hairstyles? And what was your thought process like when you choose your current hairstyle?
Well I’ve had crazy curly hair for my entire life. However before the age of 14, I didn’t know what to do with it, and neither did any hairdresser that I ever went to. For that portion of my life, I mainly wore my hair in braids or pulled back somehow. Ever since I learned that I could wear my hair down, I experimented with whatever seemed interesting at the time. A few years ago I met a girl who seemed excited to try more experimental cuts on my hair, and seeing that I had been butchering my own locks for the past years, I decided to give over all control to her. Over the years we went more and more asymmetrical – which seemed to suit me well. While I was in Berlin, my hair kept getting more massive to the point where the hot weather got really uncomfortable. One day I couldn’t take it any more and just chopped all of my hair off. Right now it is the shortest it has been since I was a baby.

Coming from the perspective of a complete colour lover I can only describe you and the colour black as being in a committed relationship (with the few understandable exceptions). What is it that makes you so allergic to colours?

I never intentionally stopped wearing colour – I really do love colours! However I am also extremely attracted to shape and texture, which are easier to play with when sticking to a dark palette. You can wear five black garments simultaneously and still maintain a fluid appearance, but if I were to wear five garments of different colours I would feel like a fool. This being said, I am ready to re-embrace the color red for wintertime!

What was the first thing you ever made? Which item of clothing was the most complex?
The first piece of clothing I made was a shorts-jumpsuit from a 70s pattern made in brown linen. Mind you, this pattern included a zipper, pockets, collar, interfacing, and topstitching. Maybe this was also the most complex thing that I sewed…
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We’re Running out of Shoe Related Puns

We are only a few weeks away from getting WORN #9 to the printers, which means soon enough there will be new copies of WORN on the stands (that’s good). However, this means that they will be replacing our shoe issue, currently on stands (that’s bad). While WORN #8 will still be available for sale certain places (hintedy hint hint), we can understand if you’ve already read it several times, cover to cover (it was a pretty slamming issue, if I do say so myself) and are now looking for another way to fulfill your footwear fix. Fret not, dear readers, for I have scoured the blogosphere to find you three websites necessary for the Louboutin lover in all of us. Without any further a-shoe (oh look, I still had another pun in me)….

Shoes and Your Mom

Shoes and Your Mom is a spin-off of the personal style blog, Lulu and your Mom. While Lulu remains the ringleader of both blogs, SAYM is a buying and selling community that is run just as much by the people who frequent it. Like an incredibly stylish version of Craigslist, the site is a service aimed at those needing to clear out space in their closets. Through Lulu and her two interns, sellers display their shoes (and dresses and coats and other items of clothing) that are up for sale on the site, for prospective buyers to browse and purchase. One of the perks of having an online market based on a popular blog is that all the items are screened before they are put up for sale, so it isn’t necessary to dig through pages of cheaply made knockoffs in order to find a pair of Marc Jacobs flats. There is also a diverse readership, which means that many different shoe sizes and tastes are accounted for, ranging from a pair of gold Prada mary janes to white slouchy Balenciaga boots.
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Crushing on Queen Michelle

Fashion royalty Queen Michelle will make even the most sartorially shy among us want to rock a pair of black lamé leggings. She showcases her dark, experimental style over at her blog, Kingdom of Style.

What is your favourite item in your wardrobe?
At the moment it’s a dress Angie from Norwegian Wood and I collaborated on to design.

Do you ever try to evoke certain characters when you get dressed?
Sort of. Sometimes I might say to myself, “I’m feeling a bit gothic today,” so I would wear layers of black and other days I might feel a bit hippie. Music influences me a great deal, more so than characters.

How did you dress when you were in high school?
I was a total heavy metal kid at high school in the 80s, so lots of black, studs, tight black jeans, and band t-shirts. Luckily my school wasn’t strict about wearing the school uniform!

What is your day job, and does what do you do for a living affect what you wear?
I’m a graphic designer, which means I can wear whatever I want to work. It’s a creative environment so self-expression is usually encouraged.

What was the inspiration behind the t-shirt you did for Borders and Frontiers?
I was thinking about how youth subcultures are good examples of people who use style to express themselves. So I used a photo of my uncle Billy who was a Teddy Boy in the 50s. I thought the image was amazing, and the fact that he has “True” tattooed across his fingers was perfect – he was always true to himself and his look, which is what real style is about.

You blog with a partner (Queen Marie) – what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of blogging in a pair? Do you find that the two of you tend to influence each other’s style?
The main advantage is I get a break from writing on the weekends, which is when Marie writes. Having someone else write for the blog means it brings another voice and style to the table so, in theory, we should have something for everyone. There aren’t really any huge disadvantages other than the fact that a lot of people still don’t even realize that there are two authors! We don’t influence each other’s style at all. Style-wise we have pretty much nothing in common – total polar opposites!

What do you think the relationship is between fashion and art?
Fashion is art since art is a mode of self-expression. Britannica Online explains art as “the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others.” Fashion ticks all those boxes. Of course it will never attain the high-brow, chin-stroking status as painting or sculpture for example, but for those who have experienced or appreciate higher forms of fashion, such as couture, there is little doubt it is an artform.

Queen Michelle’s Top Ten Up-and-Coming Designers
Holly Fulton
Gemma Slack
Mark Fast
Iris Van Herpen
David Koma
Onhe Titel
Louise Goldin
Jakub Polanka
LF Markey
Claire Tough

-Anna Fitz

Crushing on Laia Garcia

interview by Anna Fitz

On her blog, Geometric Sleep, Laia takes an intelligent approach to fashion. Rather than focusing on outfit pictures (although she does occasionally take some), you can find her deconstructing runway shows or pursuing various creative projects like her zine, the Holy Child.

Where did the name for your blog come from?
I lived in a crappy mice-ridden apartment in Philadelphia my junior year of college. To make matters worse, I slept on a futon that was essentially on the floor so I was always paranoid that a mouse was going to get in bed with me. So one night it got to be too much and I ended up crashing on my roommate’s bed. I guess I was so worried that I wouldn’t hit her on the face, or accidentally spoon her or whatever, that I had these crazy dreams where I had to accommodate myself on the bed like a Tetris piece. INSANITY! When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I thought was, “man, I just had such geometric sleep!” I thought that was a really weird thing, so when I started the blog a few months later, that’s what I called it. I’m glad I didn’t overthink it and just went with it.

Who are your style icons?
I have women whose style I admire, but I don’t know that I would say they are icons (at least not yet). Visionaire editor Cecilia Dean always looks amazing, and even if she’s wearing a total runway “IT” piece, she always makes it her own. And, you know, the usuals like Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lou Doillon, the Olsens (although lately it’s been mostly Mary-Kate, haha) and Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo. I guess it’s really just women who wear whatever they want and shy away from wearing a head-to-toe “look”.

In an age where independent fashion publishing is dominated by style blogs, why did you feel it was important to make a print zine? Did you ever make zines before when you were younger? Were they always fashion related?
I love magazines. It’s really that simple. I studied graphic design in college and became totally obsessed with making/designing magazines after I took a publication design class junior year. I was feeling like an uncreative bum since I finished school and needed something to feel productive again so the zine was the next logical step. Funnily enough, although when I was little I was always “planning” on making zines, I never actually made them. I was always cutting up magazines and making collaged journals, though, which seems like kind of a zine-y thing to do. They weren’t solely fashion related, but it was definitely a prominent component.

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