Zoë Vos is Just Kid-ding Around Town

Zoë Wornette keeps her look comfy and kick-ass with the help of Patti Smith and Betty Boop

What inspired this outfit?
The weather (finally warm-ish enough to wear my beloved leather jacket), the music I was indulging in that day (The Talking Heads, Dirty Projectors, Amy Winehouse, and some good ol’ Red Hot Chili Peppers) and my funky grandmother’s love for Betty Boop.

Tell me about one of the items you’re wearing.
The Betty Boop shirt is Oma’s (being Dutch, it’s custom to call our grandmothers ‘Oma’). Oma dresses mostly in her favourite/signature colour, orange, and never leaves the house without the perfect arrangement of necklaces, earrings and a sparkly brooch. This shirt was a treasure I found one day in her museum-esque house. She was shocked and thrilled to see me taking Betty out for the day.

What’s the best book to read in this outfit?
Just Kids (one of my favorites) is always the book for me. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t think about one thing or another that Patti talks about in this sweet memoir about her and Robert Mapplethorpe’s beginning in NYC. She speaks so honestly about love, youth, struggle, and discovering new potential. I love the rawness when she describes the two of them creating art together, and of course the thought and time put into creating the outfits they sported on the streets of the city.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
I would definitely credit Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe’s trademark styles mashed together as inspiration for my attire. Patti’s effortless, comfy-cool style mixed with Robert’s love of trinkets and jewels that possess sentimental value come together perfectly for me. Those two combined with my love of quality over quantity in dressing (besides the number of layers that are needed to keep a southern girl comfortable in Canada) makes for an outfit that’s ready to rock a city sidewalk and feel like the comfort of home simultaneously.

Outfit Credits //
T-shirt from Oma’s closet, cashmere sweater from Saks, cashmere scarf from Bungalow, leather jacket from a flea market in Elmvale, H&M pants, Joe Fresh trouser socks, thrift store sunglasses, hat sewn by (wornette) Angela Leung), shoes by Zara from MTL Salvation Army, lizard brooch Marc by Marc Jacobs, (Mom’s) rings, necklace and silver bracelet from Mexico, (Dad’s) copper bracelet.

photography // Stephanie Chunoo

Rebel Rebel

Teenage angst is alive and well in this photo essay

A couple of our high school co-op students (affectionately deemed ‘wornlings’) collaborated on an awesome photo essay inspired by their teenage experiences, and the rebel rebel character was born. Rebel rebel embodies the carefree spirit and cravings of teenage girls who feel restricted by the fear of public judgement (whether they come from girls that talk behind your back, the guys that broke your heart, or those adults that just don’t understand you). As the passionate emotions of young love’s inevitable ‘shitty break-up’ sink in, she blooms into a tough chick, purely from the pain of it all. A little bit Patti Smith, a little bit Debbie Harry, and a touch of No Doubt, she learns to say “Fuck It” to things that don’t matter. She no longer cares about how she’s supposed to act or behave or DRESS. She throws her ‘parental-approved good-girl’ clothes in the toilet. (Literally.)

Styling and Words // Zoe Vos
Photography // Laura Tuttle

Jessica Wornette

My name is Jessica da Silva, I’m 17 years old, and I’m WORN’s first co-op student. I’m in my last year of high school and I plan on attending Ryerson University to study photography. As much as I love fashion, I consider myself to be very unmaterialistic. I love nature and hope to see the world someday — until then, I’ll be seeing it through the pages of National Geographic. I hope to become a fashion photographer and combine my love for nature and clothing through my work.

Current Inspirations:

Audrey Kitching
Audrey Kitching is a model/stylist/designer, and has been a role model of mine since I was 12. She has a blog and a clothing label that are both fun and very unique. Her blog posts include anything from vintage clothing to astrology, and are filled with fashion icons of the past and present.

Michael R Doyle: Moon Raven Designs
I am completely obsessed with these pieces. The accessories are all handmade in Canada, and they’re gorgeous. Michael combines jewelry with nature in a way that makes a statement. Mother nature is the world’s greatest designer.

I love her grungy, yet feminine style.

“The Wall” by Pink Floyd
This album has been playing through my parents’ stereo religiously since before I was born. I remember loving the weird, sarcastic remarks throughout the album when I was young. (How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?) However, I couldn’t fully appreciate the album for its genius until I got older. It is unlike any others I’ve heard before. Roger Waters takes the world through his life’s demons consecutively from song to song so clearly one actually feels the emotions he had when writing. The film makes the album even better through crazy illustrations that will surely blow anyone’s mind.

Just Kids by Patti Smith
This is my all-time favorite book. It will open your eyes to the beauty of art and creation, while breaking your heart at the same time. Personally, I believe this is the greatest love story of all time, and has definitely influenced the way I view life.

photography by Natasha Bigioni