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inspiration: Runway

DIY INSPO: LACE PENCIL SKIRTS

I have to admit that the pastel designs on the Burberry spring runway have me all but dreaming about what to create using some pretty, macaroon hued lace I picked up recently from my local fabric market. Will it be a dress, a top, or one of my beloved skirts? After doing a little Pinterest related webslacking, I must say that a skirt is a definite front runner, with the pencil shape catching my eye over and over. So ladies, are we yay or nay on the lace pencil skirt? And would you be all for lined or unlined?

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Images: Here, here, here, here, here, here.

DIY INSPIRATION: BALMAIN SS14

I have to admit that in the last few years I’ve changed my approach to new collections. Instead of trawling every collection on Style.com and Vogue.com like a loony, patiently waiting for browsers to load and ads to play, I wait for the collections to come to me. I like to think of it kind of like fashion by osmosis, where I decide which collections I’ll be coveting and which details I’ll be making by what I see and feel in the months following fashion week. Every season there’s one or two things I see that make me want more more more, and I inevitably track down the collection and pin every image (remember my Balenciaga obsession last Summer? DIYs here and here). This season, Balmain was undoubtedly that collection for me, with pretty much every single design smacking me in the face with it’s DIY potential. Chain embellishments, fluted hems, oversized jewellery, it all seems so do-able!

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Baby pink and chain detail? You had me at hello!

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This denim fluted hem is to die for, definitely my kind of silhouette.

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Polkadots and checks? Ummm yes please!

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This collection was quite severe and 90s inspired but I know that parts of it would translate perfectly to a more minimalism wardrobe.

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┬áThis outfit for example is kinda OTT but that’s definitely part of the appeal!

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Stay tuned for a few of my favourite DIYs inspired by this gorgeous collection!

DIY DOLCE & GABBANA INSPIRED COIN EARRINGS

When it comes to DIY inspiration, Dolce & Gabbana never fail to provide a cornucopia. Season after season their intricate collections inspire me to get crafty, the detail in their jewellery, handbags and shoes alone is enough to have me rushing to my local craft store for supplies. And don’t even get me started on the clothes! This season the pair were inspired by the Greco – Roman history of Sicily, and depicted that in (amongst other things) layers of coin embellished accessories. Bags, shoes, oversized necklaces and indeed earrings all got fiscally embellished – and I loved it! I thought what better way to pay homage to my recent outgoing financial commitments (ahem, studio rent…) than to craft a pair of coin earrings. Hoping wearing coins on my ears helps them stay in my pockets! If you’re struggling to grind supplies, I used this cute DIY kit which comes with enough to make a few coin embellished projects.

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This was the inspiration from the show (aren’t the flowers in the hair to die for?).

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You need:

  • 10 gold coins
  • 2 gold floral discs
  • earring posts
  • glue
  • skewer
  • plyers

You can find all the supplies you need in this kit (with enough to make a matching necklace or bracelet)

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How to:

1. Start by laying out your earrings as shown below.

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2. Add a jump ring to the bottom of one of the gold discs.

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3. Put a coin onto the jump ring and close it. Do the same for two more coins, making sure to evenly space them.

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4. Add a jump ring to the centre of the top (make sure it is directly in line with the middle coin at the bottom).

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5. Add two coins to the top jump ring and close it. One you do that you can flip one of the coins up.

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6. Using the skewer, add some glue to the base of the post.

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7. press onto the back of the flipped up coin and let it dry overnight.

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Voila!

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Inspiration image here.