Practically dripping with DIY inspiration. Amazing rope necklines, graphic shaped cut outs, violet dip dye, net skirts and corset body belts were all over the SS12 RWT Prabal Garung runway. Now, what am I going to make first?

Backstage images are so much more satisfying to me than the traditional runway images, don’t you think? Images via Garbage Dress


A few days ago I posted a pic of my DIY White statement/collar necklace here, see below for the tutorial. I have to admit that this DIY is just about as simple as they get – a lick of spraypaint on a rhinestone necklace and away you go. I’m sure this comes as good news to those of you who thought it was going to be super complex! I used white because I like the freshness worn on the neck, or over a collared top.

You need:
Rhinestone necklace, spray paint. I paid a bit more for the necklace I used because I was taken by the shape of the design, but I am sure you can get more basic ones from dress up stores and dollar shops.

How to:
1. Either outside or in a well ventilated area, lay the necklace on some newspaper.
2. Spray it lightly. I do mine by doing a number of light coats, letting it dry for a few minutes in between so that the spray doesn’t pool on the surface.
3. Leave to dry overnight.

And you’re done! I actually did another layer of non-toxic spray varnish on mine, but I don’t think that’s essential.

I wore this necklace last weekend with denim and pink and it was very very cute. I’m in the process of making a range of other colours which I absolutely cannot wait to show you.

Wearing: A Pair & A Spare Silk trousers, Country Road singlet, New Look shoes, DIY necklace.


The Sass & Bide girls have killed it with their SS12 RTW collection shown yesterday at London Fashion Week. Their eye for accessories, flowing fabrics, textures and colours seemed to me to be a perfect sequel to their amazing AW11 collection (blogged about here). I’m so happy to see that pops of colour, bright accessories and hints of tribal aren’t going anywhere. And of course my DIY brain was working overtime as I was checking out these images of the show. My DIY inspiration picks? Neon accessories, thigh high split skirts, draped fabrics over dresses and tops, peplums and cage bustiers are on my list for the coming season.

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