Readers, I must confess that the Wornettes made a groundbreaking scientific breakthrough during the shoot for the Issue 15 editorial, Geometress. Our art director Casie Brown was so adamant that we achieve period authenticity for this mod-inspired shoot that we literally traveled back in time to 1960s London. I won’t bore you with the technical details, but needless to say I think we nailed it. How else can you explain the pitch-perfect outfits modelled by our assistant publisher Sofia Luu and our graphic designer Natalie Papanikolov, or the era-evoking photography of Lisa Kannakko?
The simplest answer is usually the correct one, readers. Time travel.
video and text // Daniel Reis titles design // Alexandra Niit end animation // Barry Potter
Wearing hair on just your head is so passé. For our Issue 15 editorial, La Brunette est Ma Blonde, wornette stylist Eliza Trent-Rennick created an entire wardrobe of follicular fashion for models Ave Smith and Rachelle Ralla. Hair blouses, bras, and shoes compliment other curiosities such as a clock purse and a telephone handbag. Photographed by Arden Wray, in the home of Erin Hall (owner of one of our favourite independent fashion boutiques Robber) even the wallpaper is worth swooning over.
video and text //Daniel Reis titles design //Alexandra Niit end animation //Barry Potter
Greetings, Wornettes! You are interested in the unknown. The mysterious. The unexplainable. The fashionable. That is why you are here, on the WORN Fashion Journal blog.
Now, for the first time, we are bringing you the full story of what happened behind the scenes of Issue 14‘s Ed Wood-inspired photo shoot, Cut and Print. We are giving you all the evidence based only on the secret testimony of the miserable stylists, photographers, and models who survived this terrifying ordeal. The incidents, the shoes, the beautiful Gladstone Hotel.
I have been a very bad blogger. We at WORN have been scrambling to get the new issue to print and though I’ve got some posts in the works (things like bicycle chic and my love/hate relationship with Juergen Teller) I’ve been swamped with last minute tasks. The good news is a lot of the stuff I “have” to do feels more like stuff I “get” to do.
WORN’s Next Top Model, formerly known as intern Victoria Rumi, waits for her cue as current intern Anna Fitz and I dress the set for our Issue 8 cover shoot. (Thanks Exile for providing the unlimited wardrobe!) Victoria had her doubts about fitting into a 24” waist but, as anyone who has ever zipped into a 1950s prom dress knows, breathing is overrated.
Only a few days after our photo shoot adventure, I found myself in the vaults of the Bata Shoe Museum with photographer Alyssa K. Faoro. While Alyssa took pictures of Bata curator Elizabeth Semmelhack to accompany her interview in the upcoming Shoe Issue, I tried not to touch. (I was gently reprimanded early on for letting my finger brush the heel of a very tempting stiletto.) I sensibly put my hands in my pockets and stuck to fondling the footwear with my eyes. When I saw this image later, it made me laugh. I wasn’t mugging for the camera – I just really like shoes that much.
The issue goes to print this week and then it’s full steam ahead for the ART and SOLE exhibit (opening at the Bata on May 21st) and the SOL[e]D! event in June.
I don’t mean to brag, but working for WORN is pretty damn cool. g.