SOL[e]D Out

Faithful WORN readers, you might have noticed lately our current obsession with shoes, ranging from the website’s Blahnikisms to our Tumblr logs of behind-the-scenes editorial work (covers, articles, etc.) and you know, the odd Doc Marten with hardcore hardware.

Have we gone retifist on you? For our upcoming themed summer issue, absolutely. The Shoe Issue is a first for us, and we’re very excited about the contents: explorations into sneaker freaker collectors, the cinematic fetishizations of a pilgrim buckle shoe, double-paged vegan leather bound spreads, and much much more.

In celebration of this monumental occasion, we’ve set aside the Heartbreak Karaoke Machine and Slow Dance cards for a curated Bata Shoe Museum exhibit! The ART & SOLE exhibition (May 21 – June 6) will feature twenty-four interpretations of that understated fash classic, Keds. We’ve been lucky enough to get those white canvas pairs into the hands of Renata Morales, Clayton Evans of complexgeometries, Angie Johnson of Norwegian Wood, and Damzels in This Dress; artists Allyson Mitchell, Hilly Yeung, Hollie Dzama, Marina Dempster and Team Macho. The exhibit will close with a v. fashionable gala (cocktails! hor d’oevres! 1960s Motown/Stax/Hi Records music courtesy of Shake a Tail DJs!) and live auction fundraiser which will give our readers the chance to bid on these wonderful creations, with a portion of proceeds supporting Fashion Cares (in support of ACT).

WORN is selling online NOW $28 advanced tickets (which includes a TWO YEAR WORN subscription — as you can tell from the CAPS overload, it doesn’t get any better than that!). We’ll also be selling tix at the following retail Winkel (1107 Queen Street East), Left Feet (88 Nassau Street), and Frou Frou (1616 Queen Street West).

Ok. So onto the next best thing — what are you going to be wearing for our fashionable event? Please tell in the comments.

Rea McNamara

The Drake salonnière women

In 17th century Paris, Hôtel de Rambouillet was the enlightened place to be. Catherine de Vivonne, a society figure/major French literary figure, would invite all the poor writers over to socialize, and over time, these writers would develop their artful letters via the enlightened conversations that were had in many of the small rooms that Mme de Ramboullet had set aside.

Salons were ruled by women: they determined the scope of the salon, broke down class and gender barriers and even got their own informal university education (which wasn’t exactly available to them at the time). And you can rest assure that the soft pleats of their court dress got a little rumpled with all that lounging.

So us WORN women are quite excited about the opportunity we have to reclaim the blue stockings tradition later today at Toronto’s Drake Hotel. We have to been asked to host a stylish salon, with our very own G. Stegelmann and recent Worn Crush/fashion illustrator gadabout Danielle Meder leading the charge. Do we have full skirts to wear? It’s cold, no. But we — the Wornettes, Editor-in-pants, assorted editrixes — will bring good conversation (although we hope you suggest topics in the comments below, please).

Tuesday, March 3rd, 6pm
the Drake Hotel in the Lounge Room, (1150 Queen Street West) FREE.

Make the beautiful people chartreuse with envy, by strutting your unique look and joining in a cultured conversation on the inspiration of great style. Join the editors of Worn Fashion Journal in conversation with style blogger Danielle Meder for an independent look at the evolution of personal style. An essential event in the lead up to Toronto Fashion Week