April 28, 2014

The WORN Archive Book Trailer

The WORN Archive has arrived - and so has our book trailer featuring some of the amazing Wornettes that made it all happen. 
Find out when our book tour is coming to your town, we'd love to see you there!
video and text //Daniel Reis 
March 26, 2014

Wornettes, Assemble! The WORN Archive Book Tour Is Coming To You


We're just weeks away from the release of The WORN Archive, our very first book - an anthology that collects some of our favourite articles and photo shoots from Issues One to Fourteen. It was a lot of hard work, and now, we're ready to party equally hard.

Join us for four events celebrating the release of The WORN Archive in four different cities. We'll be reviving our Secondhand Prom for Toronto and Montreal, hosting a panel discussion in New York, and enjoying some cocktails and conversation in Ottawa. Complete details are below and on the Drawn & Quarterly website. If you're a Wornette living in or near any of these cities, we want to see you! 


Secondhand Prom - Toronto 

Dancing, dresses, and drinks. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide Street West) 

9pm - 2am

Tickets available at Type Books (883 Queen Street West)


Panel Featuring Strong Female Leads: Beyond Algorithms in Publishing

A panel discussion about women in publishing, featuring our Editor-in-Pants Serah-Marie McMahon, as well as Ayesha A. Siddiqi (Buzzfeed Ideas), Laurie Henzel (Bust Magazine), and Marjon Carlos (Elle.com, Jezebel, Huffington Post). Moderated by Fiona Duncan (Bullett, New York Magazine). 

Wednsday, May 14, 2014

Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby Street)



Secondhand Prom - Montreal

More dancing! More dresses! More drinks! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Sala Rossa (4848 Boul. St-Laurent) 

9pm - 2am 

Ticket details to be announced. 


Cocktail Party - Ottawa

Vintage tunes and refreshments courtesy of Victoire. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Victoire (246 Dalhousie St)

6pm - 9pm 




March 18, 2014

Outer Space Glitter Face

If only we had our own Robbie the Robot to make us a dress!

WORN Fashion Journal is shooting for the stars with Issue 18 – take a journey through the cosmos with Outer Space Glitter Face, a launch party that’s guaranteed to be a blast.

On Saturday, March 22nd, join the Wornettes for a party dedicated to everything out-of-this-world. Outer Space Glitter Face will be a night to map your fate in our galactic space, The Dovercourt House.

Pin the stars out of your eyes with our very own set of shimmering pins & headbands, plucked right from the celestial landscape to adorn your heavenly brow.

Prepare for landing with an eclectic mix of highly danceable oldies and vintage tunes, brought back to Earth by WORN’s very own Teddy the K.


Time and space is an illusion, but you won’t need an anti-gravity suit or a helmet to find us. We’ll be at The Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Road).

The planets align: 9:00pm.
The moon will wane: 2:00 am.

DRESS CODE: Out-of-this-world attire. Cool blues, purples, glitters, sparkles, and shine desired but not required.


$10 Advance Tickets are also available at Type Books (883 Queen St. W)
All tickets include admission and a dangerously delicious copy of WORN Fashion Journal Issue 18, The UnderWORN Issue.

OSC Cross

For more information on this and other WORN events, contact events@wornjournal.com

video // Daniel Reis

March 17, 2014


When we shot this editorial for issue 17, I hadn’t been to Honest Ed’s in about 25 years. My mother has a vivid memory of losing me inside the massive labyrinth of a store when I was a toddler. She remembers that I found it hilarious that she couldn’t find me hiding amoung all the bargains. My only memory of Honest Ed’s will now be this shoot, photographed by Lisa Kannako and styled by Paulina Kulacz and Candace Grayfer. Our models Martina Bellisario and Mark Teo donned bolos and boots on a very hot summer day and we had so much fun that I felt like hiding from my mom all over again.

Last week hundreds of people waited hours in line for the chance to take home some of the store’s iconic hand painted signs. I’m not sure if my favourite sign, which read “This Way You Lucky People”, was up for sale but I’m glad it made its way into our video.

February 03, 2014

Sing Your Heart Out at WORN’s Annual Heartbreak Karaoke - It's WORN's Annual Valentine's Heatbreak Karaoke

Was it the son of a preacher man? A devil in a blue dress? You obviously didn’t listen—but now everyone else will.

On Friday, February 14, 2014, WORN Fashion Journal will get your achey-breakey heart in front of a karaoke machine at Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street).

Don’t just feel the pain, spread it around.


We’ve got a karaoke machine, a microphone, sad, sad, sad songs, and enough bitter tears and sweet liquor to fill a swimming pool. What else could you possibly need to mourn your latest romantic folly?

All proceeds will go to the production of WORN Fashion Journal. This year, we’re trying to raise enough money for our very own lighting equipment. Support independent publishing, and sing us a sad song!

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January 20, 2014

American Style: An Interview with Curator Ann Tartsinis


During WWI, the USA found itself cut off from European art and design, a source they had depended on for centuries of aesthetic guidance. At the same time, Greenwich Village avant-garde designers, many of whom were women, were challenging the conventions of feminine fashion. They were drawing connections between a liberated, un-corsetted silhouette and the traditional dress of non-European cultures. These factors converged, briefly, in the unlikely setting of a natural history museum.

New York City’s Bard Graduate Center is currently showing a small focus gallery exhibition entitled “An American Style: Global Sources for New York Textile and Fashion Design, 1915 -1928.” Curated by Bard alum Ann Tartsinis, the show focuses on this unique moment in the early twentieth century when curators from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) were actively soliciting textile and fashion designers to work with objects and art in the museum’s collection. These artifacts, drawn from the museum’s Native American, Central American, and Southern American holdings had been acquired through early nineteenth century ethnographic studies that included some practices which by today’s standards are dubious at best and nothing less than theft at their worst. By encouraging designers to explore authentic artifacts, museum staff hoped the pairing would provide inspiration for inventing a true “American” style. What they produced continues to be a compelling body of work sparking questions about nationalism, appropriation, and inspiration.

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January 14, 2014

The Clothes of Cronenberg

There are two kinds of David Cronenberg movies: the ones that disturb and horrify you, and the ones you haven’t seen yet. In November 2013, I wrote a review of Cronenberg: Evolution, the exhibition showcasing David Cronenberg’s prolific film career at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. In the process I realized I had seen a total of three Cronenberg films; pitiful, considering that he’s made almost forty. In the name of research, I watched 15 Cronenberg films in the span of five days (with one particularly trying Saturday Cronenberg marathon—six films in a row, not recommended for the faint of heart).

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December 19, 2013

Haley’s Year In Review


The problem with writing a review of a 12 month period at the 11 month mark is that you have a totally skewed perspective on things. The most recent event seems like the most important and I start to delude myself into thinking that nothing, not a single event in the realm of fashion during the calendar year of 2013, could be as important as Beyoncé wearing a crystal corset in this video.

I guess a common flaw in the human memory is that we give way, way too much importance to the most recent events (particularly when those events involve the surprise release of a new Beyoncé album), and that everything else gets lost in this grey fog at the back of your cerebral cortex. But then someone says something and it triggers one memory which leads to another and another and then all of a sudden you’re frantically texting yourself ridiculous non sequiturs like “t-shirts Wendy Davis criticism street style Janet Malcolm Gucci.” So, without further ado, here’s my 2013/Year of Beyoncé review.

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December 06, 2013

An Eclectic Set of Links for your Eclectic Set of Weekend


We have all had a hard, long week, and most of us have likely spent it feeling dowdy inside a parka. Because it’s cold outside. What better time than the present to look outward from our parkas to the great wide world of the internet and its style-related links? Rebecca M. Wornette’s eye was caught by these internet treasures this week.

Mannequins Give Shape to Venezuelan Fantasy

This article takes a close look at Venezuela’s rapidly growing obsession with manufactured beauty. From impossibly proportioned mannequins to Miss Universe winners, it showcases the products and processes of unrealistic images. While impossible ideals for female beauty are really a global issue, the standards seem to be a whole other beast in Venezuela—to the point where European and Western mannequins just weren’t disproportionate enough. Miss Venezuela took the Miss Universe title again a couple of weeks ago. This is the country’s third win in just five years.

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December 04, 2013

We’ve Got Shows! Where to Find a WORN Table this Holiday Season

‘Tis the season to browse your local independent craft fair, as the saying goes. WORN is very excited to be spending most of December hanging around The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West). On December 7th, WORN will be at The Gladstone Flea Holiday Edition, and then again on December 14th for the Toronto Indie Arts Market’s Small Press Fair.

The Gladstone Flea Holiday Edition is curated by WORN’s very own Haley Mlotek and honorary Wornette Anita Clarke. We’ll be there on December 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. together with an exceptionally well-curated group of local, independent vendors.

The Toronto Indie Arts Market Small Press Fair features authors, zines, chapbooks, paper goods, and much more—perfect for print lovers (i.e., all Wornettes). We’ll be there on December 14 from 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

At both shows we’ll have some very special holiday deals, including our WORN Holiday Gift Pack. See you there, Toronto Wornettes!

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