I only usually blog about the shows that absolutely bowl me over but every season like clockwork I write about Dolce & Gabbana. They have such an amazing eye for silhouettes and Spring 2013 is no exception – and this time they have used raffia and a whole heap of other gorgeous natural materials. The collection was inspired by childhood holidays in the Sicilian beach town of Taormina and is complete with parasol striped bodice sets, the scarf headbands and raffia totes and flats. I just know that brightly coloured raffia, hessian and beading will be at the top of my project list, and I doubt I’ll be able to wait until next summer to get started. I have a major crush on that burlap circle skirt and the bustiers- stay tuned!
Never did wearing a hessian sack look so good! Time for a recreation perhaps?
These structured bodice dresses made from wicker are beyond amazing. Truly a work of art.
And the raffia earrings? They just scream ‘make me!!!’ Now it’s time to start hunting for supplies.
I’m such a fan of the gorgeous beach town of Taormina – it was paradise when my boyfriend and I visited in 2007. In fact I love the whole of Sicily, if you ever get a chance to visit you should take it!
I have an addiction to converting trousers into shorts – a necessity in Hong Kong where all the trousers are too short for me. What better way to recreate a pair of pastel yellow thrifted trousers than by turning them into shorts and adding a pom pom trimmed hem? This is a twenty minute project with such a fun summery result – and is definite festival/beach wear!
Steps after the jump!
You need: - Thrifted trousers to create the shorts (or ready-made shorts) - White pom pom trimming - Scissors - Needle and thread or a sewing machine
How to: 1. If, like me, you are converting trousers into shorts, use a pin to mark the length of the shorts you want and then cut the shorts off, making sure to leave an allowance for the hem.
2. Roll the hem over (including the lining if there is one) and iron down.
3. Using your sewing machine (or by hand) sew the hem down.
4. Sew the pom pom trim onto the hem, which can again either be done by hand or with a machine.
Finished! It couldn’t be easier right?
Wearing: DIY shorts, H&M jersey t-shirt, neon bracelet (designed by me).
I recently made a pair of multi-colored pom pom anklets and paired them with these amazing Tony Bianco electric blue suede wedges – talk about festive footwear! The anklets are removable and can be worn with any shoes you like, and can lend a harajuku/mexican fiesta air to an otherwise classic outfit. Although for these pics I decided to pair them with my cobalt J Brand skinny jeans – because sometimes more is more, right?
- A pair of wedges (these are Tony Bianco ‘Kandi’)
- Velvet ribbon (I used blue to match the shoes)
- Multi coloured pom poms
- Glue gun and glue
1. Cut two equal lengths of velvet ribbon.
2. Choose the pom poms to go on the anklets, I mixed up the colours.
3. Glue the pom poms in a line in the middle of the velvet ribbon.
4. Tie around a jar and let dry so they dry with a rounded shape.
Voila! Once dry, thread the ribbon through the eye of the original anklet and tie the ribbon in a bow at the back of the foot. A little bit fun, and a little bit crazy. But to me that’s exactly what fashion’s supposed to be about. The best part is, you can also wear these anklets as bracelets, they work perfectly!