DIY ON THE RUNWAY – CARVEN SS12

Best collection of the whole of Fashion Month? For me it has to be Carven. Ok, so I know that’s a big call, but I challenge you to find another show with such perfectly measured ingredients. Dainty collars, digitised tribal and aztec prints, cut outs, lace inserts, embellished ikat shoes, technicolour backpacks, leather harnesses and a palette of reds, pinks, yellows and mustards. How Carven did all that without over-doing it is a mystery to me, but it works.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a favourite if it didn’t inspire a million different DIY ideas – so look forward to seeing a heap of cut outs, bright collars, embellished shoes and lace inserts here in the months to come. Why wait for these pieces to hit the stores in Feb/March next year when you can DIY them yourself? The whole seasonal thing has become so blurry to me that I have no problem mixing summer and winter colours.

Images via Eight London and My Fashion Diary and Style.com

DIY NEON YELLOW COLLAR NECKLACE

To those of your who’ve been hanging out for the tutorial for the Sass & Bide inspired neon yellow necklace, I’m so sorry it’s taken a long time. Life has been very hectic recently but I hope it’s worth the wait. This is another very simple project with an amazing result.

You’ll need:
A beaded collar necklace
Neon Spraypaint – look for a brand that is non-toxic when dry like Krylon (you’ll also need white if the necklace is a dark colour like mine was)

How to:
1. Lay the necklace out on a piece of plastic or paper in a well ventilated area.
2. The trick with spraypaint is to do multiple thin coats rather than one thick coat as this gives a much more uniform finish. To do this I sprayed one side of the necklace quite a few times over the course of a day, then once it was completely dry I flipped it over and did the other side.
3. Spray the necklace with a base coat of white if the collar necklace is a dark colour, as you want the neon to pop.
4. Finally, spray the necklace with a few coats of the neon. I sprayed a number of coats so it was really thick so that the beads don’t wobble around, and flipped over once the final coat was dry to do the other side.
You can also hang it up to do the spraying but because mine was a rounded collar shape it needed to be flat like this to work properly.
And voila! Although it’s quite a summery style, I think you can easily integrate it into your winter wardrobe too!

DIY LEATHER MINI SKIRT

Warning: DIY is highly contagious.The more I immerse myself in the world of DIY, the more I find that my friends and family love to get creative too. When I was in Sydney recently I found that so many friends had projects on the go. My brother’s gorgeous girlfriend impressed me no end with this black leather mini skirt. DIYed from a thrifted mid length skirt (similar to this one), she simply cut it off at the desired length and used leather glue to hem it. This is such a fun example of breathing new life into an old piece to create something on-trend and infinitely wearable.

I love to see that DIY as a movement is gathering momentum and making everyone reevaluate their approach to  fashion and what they wear. I also like to think that my passion for DIY  has played a small part in encouraging my friends and family to get crafty. One can only hope! If they’re not going to read your blog and listen to your ramblings then no one is right?
Do you think that websites and blogs are helping you to tap into your inner DIY guru?

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