When Unzipped, Douglas Keeve’s documentary about designer Isaac Mizrahi, came out in 1995, audiences had never been given such a personalized peek into the world of fashion. Before films like The Devil Wears Prada, documentaries like The September Issue, and a slew of reality TV shows like Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model, designers were seen as aloof and unknowable, the industry a walled garden. Sure, many designers displayed themselves as the personifications of their lines, allowing their likenesses to grace magazine articles and ads, but no one had opened themselves up to the cameras the way Mizrahi did.
The film, which follows the creation of his fall 1994 collection, is bursting with Mizrahi’s talk, from his style maxims (“It’s really impossible to be chic without the right dogs”), to his reciting campy quotes from old movies, to his moaning about the stresses of staging a runway show. Most upsetting is the discovery that Jean-Paul Gaultier had also mined Inuit culture (what Mizrahi problematically calls ‘Eskimo-chic’) for his collection and, as his assistant reminds him, “they show before us!” Canadian supermodel Shalom Harlow informs Mizrahi that ‘eskimo’ is a slur meaning ‘raw fish eater,’ to which Mizrahi shoots back, “If there’s a word for gefilte fish eater, that’d be me!”
Oh hellooooooo there. My name is Haley Mlotek and I am proud to be a new Wornette! I’m a part-time student at the University of Toronto majoring in Art History and Political Science with a minor in drinking too much coffee. I’m just the teensiest bit obsessed with all things fashion and spend approximately 93% of my free time reading fashion blogs, magazines and books or shopping for the perfect Celine-inspired leather skirt. The other 7% of the time I like to watch funny videos of cats on the interweb.
Shameless self-promotion: this is my blog where I post all my inspirations, fashion or otherwise. Expect lots of pictures of Winona Ryder circa Reality Bites.
Proenza Schouler SS11
If anyone is interested in buying me a present, this would be the best place to start.
Penny Arcade and Chasse Gardee
My favorite stores in Toronto. The sites of countless very bad financial/extremely excellent sartorial decisions.
The Man Repeller
This blog is a celebration of fashion that makes girls go crazy with lust (see: Alexander Wang, harem pants, furry shoes) and makes boys go WTF? Just a warning, this blog is so funny you may pee yourself.
Sady Doyle is arguably the smartest and funniest feminist blogger out there. My personal favorite is her essay on Liz Lemon, found here.
Starting with hand-me-downs from an older cousin in the States (think a bright blue t-shirt affixed with fake blonde curly ribbon hair and real curlers—yeah, I was stylish), I have always loved clothes with a bit of history to them. Maybe I’m just wildly sentimental, but anything borrowed from Mom and Dad or with memories attached gets definite prominence in my wardrobe. As a first-year student at McGill, my rhinestone-kitty t-shirt and pineapple-splattered legging days are over, but I still love wearing clothes that carry a little baggage: thrifting is always an adventure (even if I get a little too ambitious with what I think I can fix) and “something borrowed” always applies.
I do love fashion but have never been very involved in it, so I am excited for this opportunity at WORN to discover new inspirations and ways to look at clothes!
Proenza Schouler (Pre-Fall 2010)
Though at first I didn’t really understand all the blog hype about the Pre-Fall line, “school-boy chic” has come to infiltrate my wardrobe and my mood (very studious lately), as the comfy sweaters and collared shirts are perfect for winter library trips.
Illustrations by Jonathan Bartlett
This menswear designer has inspired me recently with his bizarre and thematic illustrations. While not the main focus, fashion plays a major role in his images.
Nigel Evan Dennis
I love the design work of Nigel Evan Dennis. I first came across his personal site but soon fell in love with his commercial portfolio, filled with corporate and underground works for Lipton Tea through URB magazine.
As I hunt for furniture and décor ideas (I am moving into my first apartment!) this site is a great space for inspiration. Todd Selby combines photographs and illustrations to exhibit creative people in their homes, from Christian Louboutin to virtually unknown artists and entrepreneurs.
The Girls from Myexcloset.com
Hayley Dineen and Cassie Cowie turned their love for fashion into a booming business venture by founding the fashion resale project Myexcloset. Their site reinvents thrift shopping for the younger set but caters to all ages, and the girls are too sweet for words!