Spectacular Craftacular

A Wornette Outing to the World Maker Faire

When WORN Fashion Journal was invited to visit the BUST Magazine Craftacular during World Maker Faire, we let nothing stand in our way: not the fact that popular DIY festival was being held in New York City (and Queens at that!); not the chilly weather (some wornettes should have brought their cardigans); not even that it was being held at the New York Hall of Science, better known as the site of the 1964 World’s Fair, as seen at the ending of ‘Men in Black’ (and we half expected to see Edgar the Alien roaming about).

The Wornettes were just happy to be there, and not just to shop.

Maker Faires, which are organized by Make Magazine and have been held in various cities since 2006, have an inescapable science and technology flavour to them. They cater to the type of person who likes taking apart their radios, or making new ones from scratch. They encourage inquisitiveness, individual thinking, and a hands-on approach to the world around us.

These are not qualities often associated with fashion or fashion magazines. But for precisely this reason WORN wanted to support BUST Magazine and its Craftacular, now in its second year. The crafters who took part (selling items ranging from copper ‘collar’ necklaces to buttons celebrating Bea Arthur) have taken style into their own hands.

A great example is Erica Morris, who makes steampunk-inspired jewelry under the label The Clockwork Witch for “the fantastically and mechanically inclined” (her words).

“Recycling is integral to my work,” she explains. “I use old watches, vintage postage stamps, chocolate foils as well as delicate organics such as insect wings and animal bones.” Although she sells her pieces online, she loves fairs because she wants to see how people react to her creations in person.

The only downside of vending at an event like the Craftacular? Morris would have liked more time to check out other people’s cool creations, but she did make friends with her “tent mate” who makes cupcake soaps.

Be they makers of hoodies with built-in mittens, wallets patterned with subway maps, or necklaces inspired by the lunar eclipse, craft-sellers have the same attitude of builders of 3D printers and soapbox race cars: seeing what’s already out there, they smile and say, “Now see what I can do!”

video // Daniel Reis
photography // Casie Brown

Wear Your Heart on Your Nails: Heartbreak Karaoke Nail Art Tutorial


You could wear your heart on your sleeve, but why not paint it on all ten of your fingernails? Pinky’s Nails has created this special nail art tutorial for WORN’s Heartbreak Karaoke: Summer Fling edition. This video shows how to create three looks each with two different options: a full heart and a broken heart, a crying Wornette and a clear-eyed Wornette, and two different kinds of music notes.
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Ball So Hard: NBA All-Sartorial Team 2012


It’s no secret that NBA players are having more fun than ever with their wardrobes. We’re deep into the playoffs and the post-game interviews have produced more memorable outfits than most runway collections do. Here’s my sartorial starting lineup:

Point Guard – Russell Westbrook

His shirt may be covered in lures and tackles, but the way that OKC is playing, he isn’t going fishing any time soon. He may not be the most efficient scorer, but he did find a way to combine his four favorite shirts into one.

I’m glad that the Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the Finals, if only so that we can see what else Westbrook will pull out of his closet for the post-game interviews. His horn-rimmed “nerd” glasses, popular among many NBA stars these days, and print polo ensembles have been analyzed more than his signature pick-and-roll.


FACT: Westbrook asked his tailor to create a shirt that looked like the opening credits to Saved by the Bell.*

*Not a fact.

Shooting Guard – Dwayne Wade

He might be second banana to LeBron on the Miami Heat, but D-Wade is the style MVP.


He rocks a lot of cashmere for a man playing in sweltering Miami, which is probably why he’s shirtless in the latest issue of Vogue.
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Out of Bounds: Behind the Scenes

I wish I knew more about sports so that I had something intelligent to say. As it is, I can only think of cliches to describe how I feel about Out of Bounds, the sports-inspired photo shoot in issue 14. Styled by Eliza Trent-Rennick and featuring two beautiful Wornettes, Angela Leung and Sofie Mikhaylova, it’s, um, a slam dunk! Home run! Touchdown! Errr…clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose? Just watch it, everyone. There’s no “I” in team.

text by Haley Mlotek
video by Daniel Reis