Très Click: “Cool Japan Initiative” Edition

Wornettes love the internet; here's what we've been reading recently

Craft collective Blackmeans, via Business of Fashion

Craft collective Blackmeans, via Business of Fashion

The Ups and Downs of Japan Fashion Week
Style blogger extraordinaire Susie Bubble recently went to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Tokyo and reported on it for Business of Fashion. It opens with an account of a very business-like presentation (flow charts are involved) on steps the Tokyo fashion industry plans to take in better integrating itself in the global fashion market. It’s a fascinating look at the intersection of some of fashion’s most artistic and commercial aspects, made palatable by Susie’s accessible writing. Plus, there are some great looks at some of the season’s more memorable collections.

What My Daughter Wore
In this charming take on personal style blogs, a Brooklyn artist illustrates outfits worn by her children and their friends. These kids have a better aesthetic sensibility than I do now in my twenties—my personal faves include the looks dubbed “Space Jam” and “Front Pocket Candy.”

The Logic of Stupid Poor People
Many of the think pieces that I read on conspicuous consumption tend to take an un-nuanced (though not necessarily inaccurate) angle on the flaws of capitalism. Tressie McMillan Cottom writes this brilliant piece that implores people to take into account personal narratives that may lead a lower class person to spend $2,500 on a handbag.

Fashion Victims Unite: Manchester’s Late ’70s – Early ’80s Perry Boys Subculture
Sigh. I spend so much time reading about fashion and fashion history, fooling myself into believing I have a pretty extensive knowledge on Things That Have Happened in Regards to Clothing, only to stumble onto articles about entire stylish subcultures that I had no idea existed (like this one, over at Dangerous Minds). Frequent reminders that there is always more to learn.

Princess in the Land of Machos
I leave you with Nicola Ókin Frioli’s photo series on Mexico’s cross-dressing community. These gorgeous shots speak for themselves. What are you doing still reading this? Go check it out.

Lydia Wornette

Our new stylist intern talks frilly, girly details and the pizzazz of Diana Vreeland

Sometimes I like to imagine myself as the most interesting person you could ever meet, but usually I’m just your ordinary girl who’s found herself deeply seduced by the glamour and mystery of fashion. While so many people find solace and comfort in black, I regularly dress as if I’ve exploded out of a children’s cartoon. I believe that more is more: colours, prints, and heavy texturing. Load on the accessories and layer the clothes. The louder, the better. Why bother making a statement if no one can hear it, let alone feel the impact?

Personal style provides a fluidity that factual information never can. What I wear says much more about me than what I study or where I work. You can know me before I even open my mouth. The way I dress embodies my mood, my identity, and my aspirations. It’s how I express myself to the world. The meaning of dress, and the creation of beauty through what people wear, is the all-consuming focus of my thoughts.

That’s it. That’s Lydia, the new styling intern at WORN.

Current Inspirations

Diana Vreeland
I absolutely adore her personality and what she stands for. Her work at Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and The Costume Institute in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is inspirational. Her pizzazz is legendary and her point of view is so unique and distinct. Her creation of fantasy and her constant drive for the unexpected is motivational.

Susie Lau
She has a quirky cartoonish style filled with frilly, girly details and an intelligent point of view to boot. What’s there not to love?

Katie Grand
The magazines that she started (Pop, AnOther and Love) are thick, juicy, and always filled with the most interesting editorial photos. Her distinct point of view is so undeniably original. I love her amalgamation of playfulness with tailoring and luxury.

TrendLand’s Editorial Page
The dirty dirty truth is that a lot of the time I look through fashion magazines just to see the editorial photos. (Except when I’m reading WORN, of course). TrendLand saves me the trouble of flipping through dozens of glossies by posting all the amazing editorial photos right online, with descriptions of models and stylists.

photography // Laura Tuttle

Susie Bubble says: Worn Fashion Journal is nice and chunky.

The Worn office was all a flutter this afternoon; our web trawlers caught none other than Susie Bubble, fashion blogger extraordinaire, writing a whole post on lil’ old us.

Susie runs the UK based Style Bubble – one of the most intelligent and widely read fashion blogs around (Susie is one of very few bloggers to land a front row seat at London Fashion Week – and she’s been featured in British Vogue.)

After she “gobbled up” issue five, Susie had this to say about Worn:

So what we have is an actual journal of articles that whilst aren’t 40 pages long are nice and chunky. No 800-1000 word limits here. In issue 5 which Angie sent me, I was enamoured with the personal tales, well researched articles and opinion pieces on a variety of subjects that with some historic or technical string are related to fashion, but are definitely unexpected and in some cases unexplored.

Thank you Susie Bubble! You can write that reply-back article to our own Emily Raine’s op-ed piece on being a vintage-wearing feminist for us anytime.