Wooden Shoes and Rug Dresses

The opportunity to attend LG Fashion Week in Toronto was a crazy, wonderful experience, but it gets to a point where it stops feeling like your life is a Dr. Seuss children’s book called Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and starts feeling a little more like you have a mystery case of undiagnosed anemia. Playing the waiting game all day in between shows becomes more exhausting than exciting after you’ve done it for a few days, with only free cereal bars that taste like Pop Tarts in your stomach. I kept it together pretty well until Day 4, when I didn’t even attempt to take any pictures of the runway shows and the sentences scribbled in my notebook got shorter and less coherent. For example, my notes on the Krane show consist of: “Seated in the back row. Couldn’t see a thing.”

For me, the standout shows of Day 3 to Day 5 were Sid Neigum, Sarah Stevenson and Baby Steinberg.

crazy shoes at Sid Neigum

Andrej Pejic opened the show at Sid Neigum, which immediately stole my heart. The models wore wooden blocks strapped to their feet, paper eyebrows taped to their faces and tromped down the runway wearing those intense asymmetrical black garments and cropped motorcycle vests that only bitchy fashion editors and cool kids alike manage to pull off.

Sarah Stevenson’s show was set up like an art gallery. The models stood on platforms around the room while the crowd mulled around, taking pictures and enjoying themselves. The dresses were very mature and pretty, but really serve as a blank canvas for her magnificent prints. Each model stood beside an easel portrait of the print they were wearing, complete with a description of the inspiration for the print and how it was rendered.
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Beginner’s Luck

Listed as #1 on my life list of “most beloved pursuits,” fashion also ranks pretty high on my list of things that scare the crap out of me. I’m not talking about Lady Gaga’s outlandish outfits or the nightmare-inducing makeup Alexander McQueen used in his Fall/Winter 2009 collection, “Horn of Plenty.” It’s more about the nearly impermeable exclusivity of the fashion world. Before Toronto Fashion Week actually started, I was afraid I would be shipwrecked in a sea of judging eyes. Instead, I realized that I was more or less surrounded by a bunch of people who enjoy wearing sequins just as much as I do. Now that was a revelation.

Day 1: Monday, October 17th, 2011
The opening night of fashion week was huge affair and the crowd was filled with the beautiful, the heavily made-up, and celebrities like Jeanne Beker and Stacey McKenzie. Let me just say that people who suffer from claustrophobia should stay as far away from fashion week as possible, because people like to push, shove and get all up in your personal space while waiting in line to get into the show. Patience is a virtue, people.

Holt Renfrew was the first runway show of the night, celebrating the Canadian designers they sell on the rack. I loved the cool minimalism of Jeremy Laing and the head-to-toe florals of Denis Gagnon. Next up was the Arthur Mendonca show, where everyone’s favourite androgyne Andrej Pejic modeled a metallic gold trouser suit. Of course, I was none the wiser until my favourite fashion writer Sarah Nicole Prickett pointed it out on Twitter the next day. Last up was Lala Berlin, who had some majorly pretty clothing. I liked the washed out tie-dye prints, especially when they were on blazers and the knit sweaters covered by a layer of clear PVC. Party on, Wayne!

Day 2: Tuesday, October 18th, 2011
The theme of Day 2 of LGFW was definitely bums. First in the sexy sportswear at MICHI, and next at the Tosca Delfino swimwear show rife with revealing string bikinis. At MICHI I got my first front row seat and consequently was able to snap this super duper picture of model bums in yoga wear. I think we could all use a little sex appeal when it comes to doing sweaty exercise and MICHI delivered the goods. Laura Siegel is an eco-friendly designer who used tie-dye print in her collection. Those two facts alone are enough to get into my good books. The last show of the day for me was Chloe Comme Parris, which featured exactly the kind of well-tailored, fancy looking clothing that I’ve been striving for in my personal wardrobe. It wasn’t visionary, but it was utterly wearable and I wholly appreciated that aspect. After the shows were over, I didn’t head to a fancy after-party but instead went to hear my classical guitarist friend play an informal concert at the University of Toronto.

I could get used to this fashion thing.

text and event photography by Isabel Slone
outfit photography by Jessica Da Silva

Who, What, Why, and Wear

Isabel Slone takes WORN to Fashion Week

You know the old story: Girl starts blog. Blog gets read. Girl gets invited to fashion shows and meets famous people. This magical entryway into the fashion world may sound like a fairytale but it’s unquestionably true—and it’s happening to me—right now.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Isabel. I blog at Hipster Musings and I’m a long-time friend of WORN Fashion Journal—since August 2009, to be exact. As WORN’s first-ever Fashion Week correspondent, it’s my job to let you know that LG Fashion Week is happening in Toronto next week, from October 17th to 21st.

Over the next week, I’ll be writing blog posts for WORN covering all of the exciting fashion week happenings. I’ll be headquartered in Toronto at the WORN office and doing some serious Operation Blogging, keeping you up to date on the shows and the fantastic designers Canada has to offer. There will be show reviews, outfit posts, shameless namedropping and much more…

Then it’ll be this old story: Stylish and enthusiastic girl takes job as honorary Wornette. Everybody wins!

Marsya Wornette

I am an Eternal Intern Extraordinaire. My volunteer career began in tenth grade, one Fall/Winter season in a Toronto Fashion Week, and it is still going strong. I am the Curator/Director of Freedom Clothing Collective, (a non-profit cooperative run by volunteers to support local emerging artists, designers, and musicians) and an assistant in research and archival work at the Textiles and Costumes division of the Royal Ontario Museum.

How do I survive in life (read: afford awesome clothes)? Well, that’s where my marketable Masters of Creative Problem Solving shows its worth – I’ve got Mom and Dad’s old clothes (Mom being the ultimate fashion icon and dad being the skinny, geeky artist type), my grandmother’s old jewelry (she made a career out of diamonds), my boyfriend’s closet (being his stylist is part of my vocation to volunteer), thrift hunts, garage sale finds, and various upcycled garments.

The history of clothing and the possibility of memories woven into garments never fail to amuse me. When you wear clothes, you tell people stories. I’m interested in sharing the tales, myths and legends behind clothes.

Current Inspirations

Fashion Is My Muse
This is a great fashion blog that has a historical perspective. A fresh alternative to random musings of tween fashionistas, that’s for sure! The blogger, Ingrid Mida, is always involved with the projects of Friends of Textiles and Costumes at the Royal Ontario Museum. She also has a new blog that very much appeals to my interest in the memories in garments.

Stil in Berlin
Even though I was sick and constantly cold when I was visiting Berlin, I loved it because everyone’s style was elaborately stylish and structurally genius. I got the same feeling from this blog. They also have a section called “At Home” where they feature inspiring individuals in their respective homes. For those who also love the architecture in Berlin, there is Stillos in Berlin.

Acne Paper
Well, obviously the actual magazine itself is better, but they have provided some beautiful pages here too. And here.

A resource on poetry and art by established and emerging artists! This chapter is dedicated to avant-garde films – all available for streaming. It’s for those days when a season at Cinematheque Ontario has just ended and we feel just too cool for surfthechannel.

Old Jews Telling Jokes
This really is an inspiration! It induces the kind of uncontrollable laughter that releases that stress in your brain so that you may resume creating fantastic things.