The shape of fashion in a mod world

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

Sofia Is Zig Zag Awesome

What our assistant publisher Sofia Luu wore to WORN

What inspired this outfit?
I worked the outfit around my shirt and tights. I had to dress up for Halloween later and my costume involved the shirt and tights I was wearing. As a commuter, I have to be careful with what I wear and consider all possible scenarios.

Tell me about one of the items you are wearing.
I received the watch for Christmas last year. For a long time I had a bad habit of purchasing watches, wearing them for a short while and then when the novelty of something new wore off, retiring them from my wrists forever. My mom guessed it would take a week for my bad habit to kick in with this one, but she was wrong and I wear it every day now. Without it, I feel naked.

What is the best book to read in this outfit?
Lizzie Garrett Miller’s Tomboy Style. Miller’s book and blog have been a reliable source of inspiration for me for a while now.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
I have a feeling that Ursina Gysi would wear this on her day off.

outfit credits // skirt > H&M, shirt & jacket > thrifted at Value Village, shoes > vintage Roots, watch > vintage from ebay

photography // Zoe Vos

Stories About Jewels

"Drawing Jewels for Fashion" is more about how to dream than how to draw

There is whole world of jewelry that exists beyond Tiffany’s and Cartier, and Carol Woolton’s Drawing Jewels for Fashion is the place to begin for anyone who wants to learn about it. Don’t be fooled: this is not a how-to. Although its title and cover indicate that it might be, the book profiles 36 modern jewelry designers and the ideas and stories behind their work. (This was a relief for me, as it meant I wouldn’t be reminded of how poor my drawing skills are.) Along with photographs of the actual jewelry, Woolton features pages from artists’ sketchbooks and images from their mood boards, helping the reader understand all of the processes that precede the pieces. Drawing Jewels for Fashion is for readers who are strangers to the who’s-who of contemporary jewelry design, and who want to know more about the “how” behind the art.

The book is organized around six different themes: Civilizations, the Natural World, Art and Architecture, Culture and Literature, the Material World, and History and Symbolism. The sections explain themselves—in the Natural World, designers found inspiration in everything from animals’ movements to different kinds of fauna. In the 36 designers profiled, no two are alike, and the book includes names I recognized, like Diane von Furstenberg, and designers I didn’t know, like Victoire de Castellane, who I learned designs jewelry for Dior.

It was hard to pick favourites, though the work of London designer Hannah Martin stood out to me. Most of the artists featured were creating jewelry for women, but Martin’s pieces were different. She explains that he dreams up various masculine characters, places them in made-up worlds, and then combines this masculinity with feminine elements to create jewelry that is both imaginative and androgynous.

What I took away from reading this book was that everything has a story, jewelry included. My understanding of clothing has always included designers’ inspirations—I obsess over fashion collections and their back-stories. But I had never extended those thoughts into the world of jewelry. I had always given my own stories and values to the pieces that I owned, but hadn’t considered the other histories that might exist behind this ring or that necklace. Not anymore. Long gone are the days where I simply muttered, “That’s a nice watch. It’s shiny. Cool, cool.”

further reading // Drawing Jewels for Fashion by Carol Woolton, Prestel Publishing, 2011

book report // Sofia Luu
photography // Brianne Burnell

Sofia Wornette

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an avid magazine hoarder. Whether I’m saving my pennies in a piggy’s belly or eating Mr. Noodles for a week’s time, I have always managed to find a way to purchase my favourite magazines. Piling atop my coffee table and emptying out my wallet, my favourites include Russh, Lula, and of course, WORN.

Making up one third of the current wave of publishing interns, I recently finished my first year at University of Toronto as a Book and Media Studies major. I grew up in a city right above Toronto, and though the sparkling city lights were always within view, out there it’s mostly suburbia and more suburbia. Though reflecting, I’ll admit that growing up suburban definitely had a strong influence on the way I dress and how I perceive personal style and fashion.

Current Inspirations

Stevie Dance
While most stylists tend to create looks that I would never even attempt to recreate, Stevie styles clothes with practicality and eccentricity in mind. (Coincidentally she’s also styled some of my favourite editorials during her time at Russh.)

Le Projet D’amour
Hila Shachar’s an Australian writer who never fails to deliver when it comes to quality posts. She recently wrote a piece on Romantic Femininity that I’ve read at least half a dozen times since it was published.

Blushing Ambition
Annabel Ly seems like the type of girl I wouldn’t mind being friends with. She’s got a great sense of style and she likes to eat.

Lulu and Your Mom
If it wasn’t for Lulu, my knowledge of fashion would be limited to one sub-board on a Korean pop fan site. She’s easily one of my favourite bloggers and writers because of her honest advice concerning pretty much everything—fashion and style included.

Ben Trovato
One of my go to sites for inspiration. I like that it showcases original photography and videography styles from a number of different artists. Some of my favourite fashion photos come from this site.

photography by Brittany Lucas