Isabel Wornette


When I was 16 and going to high school in the fashion wasteland of Belleville, Ontario I started a blog called Hipster Musings, where I could sound off about the weird stuff I found in thrift stores on the weekend and rag on the uninspired Aberzombie outfits of my peers. Now I’m 22, and I still like blogging about the stuff I find at thrift stores, the only difference is I try to be a nicer person not to make fun of people as much as I used to.

Anyway, I’m obsessed with the internet and at any given moment you can find me with my eyes glazed over after spending too many hours on Tumblr, Twitter and good old fashion blogs. This is strange, considering I was raised on a farm and my parents still refuse to pay for anything more than standard dial-up internet. As you can probably guess, I don’t go home too often.

I like to dress like an amalgamation of every single character that Winona Ryder has ever played and if it looks weird, then I know I’m doing something right. Most of my outfits feature baggy mom jeans, sequins and/or leopard print. My outfits tend to have a soundtrack, and I like listening to bands with “Black” in the name: Black Keys, Big Black, Black Lips, and Black Flag. I just moved to Toronto to pursue a career in the magazine publishing industry after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Resource Studies, so wish me luck! And while you’re at it, read the coverage of Toronto Fashion Week shows I did for WORN last October.

Current Inspirations:
Mother Elisa Goodkind and daughter Lily Mandelbaum sought to celebrate people with unique personal style and have documented over 700+ tastemakers so far. I love that you are truly able to get the sense of each subject’s personality as well as a 360 degree view of their outfit in each video.

The Working Girl Esq.
Preetma Singh dresses like a total boss, which she is because she’s an attorney-turned-fashion assistant at Vogue. Her style is clean and professional but wickedly fun. And she’s originally Canadian!

Under Urooba’s Umbrella
Urooba is an awesome feminist from British Columbia. Her musings are always profound and I adore her thrift-star, maximalist fashion sense.

Alexis Rockman
Alexis Rockman is an artist who paints these hyper-surreal images of a future in environmental crisis. His work is like reading Adbusters magazine while eating an ice cream cone—terrifying with a sense of humour.

What can we say? We have stylish friends.

Caitlin with magazine

Steph & Friend with magazine

Hannah with magazine

Just when you thought we were going to shut up about our Pin Up, Party Down issue release, we get a stack of new images from photographer Lisa Kannakko. Lisa was kind enough to set up a very sequin-ny photobooth for guests to have their pictures snapped in. Several posed with the new issue itself (including blogger Hannah of an Aesthetic Feast, right above). I might be super incredibly biased, but doesn’t issue 10 just look so good with every outfit? You can get your own copy here, and in the meantime check out more photobooth pictures on our flickr.
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Deua Wornette

Growing up I always thought fashion was just another synonym for trend. You see, in my city that is just what it is: girls with the same hairstyle wearing whatever is considered “hot” or each season’s “must-have” items. Like many other teenagers, my rebellion phase started when I was around 15. I dyed my hair red and started wearing the boys’ version of my school uniform. For the first time I felt like I was really expressing myself, just for the fact that I didn’t look like everyone else. Since I moved from Brazil to Canada to attend university in 2008, I have embraced my fashion sense. Today I feel like I have given that word a meaning of my own and being at WORN makes me feel like I’m finally home. Other than fashion, my interests include International Development (which is what I study in school), gender issues, and anything horror related. My favourite TV show of all time is Jeopardy.

Current Inspirations

Vintage Madison Ave.
This Tumblr has a bunch of vintage ads that are super interesting, but to tell you the truth I only check it so I can drool over all the outfits.

Hipster Musings
I love Isabel’s blog. She was one of the first friends I made in Canada, and her style has influenced me a lot. I also love to read her posts because she always has something interesting to say.

Follow the Colours
Although it’s in Portuguese, I find that the images posted are pretty self-explanatory. This blog covers design ideas as well as just random (and weird!) knick-knacks that I would love to have around my house or in my closet. The related blogs are also very cool.

Chic – Gloria Kalil
Although this website tends to go on the “what-you-should-wear-this-season” side, I like to read it in order to keep up with what is going on in Brazilian Fashion. It has a pretty good coverage of events such as Fashion Rio and Sao Paulo Fashion week, to cite a few.

Although this website is not directly related to fashion, I tend to channel different horror movies to come up with outfits. Right now, I am working on my Freddy Krueger ensemble.

Tavi and Isabel Come for a Visit

A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with WORN’s Editor-in-Pants, Serah-Marie (whose living room doubles as the WORN offices), that went something like this:*

Me: I am coming to Toronto for a week.
Her: Sounds good!
Me: I might need to crash on your couch while I’m in town.
Her: Can’t wait!
Me: I’ll also probably raid your fridge and watch all your Gilmore Girls DVDs.
Her: We’re ready for you!
Me: Also, my blogger friends Tavi and Isabel are in town, and I might bring them around for a tour.
Her: …Dang, now I’ll need to tidy the place up.

As general fans of anybody with intelligent things to say about fashion, it was a delight and a half to have these ladies come around. Being a typical work day, the office was filled with Wornettes.

Left to right: Deua, yours truly, Stephanie, Tavi, Isabel and Hillary

Our guests spend a minute or two examining our fashion library, followed by two hours (give or take) of ogling a Star Wars Pez collection.
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