Roll down your windows, and put away your boots the warm weather has finally arrived! Now that spring has braced us with its presence what better opportunity to fill you in on the latest trends. The bralette top has been a runway favorite this year. Although the trend seems a little risque for everyday use these tops will certainly be a hit at Coachella. Here are some of our favorite runway looks from DKNY, Dolce and Gabbana, Jason Wu, Time Weiland and Balenciaga.
Fashion Week has already begun in New York City and we can’t help but be heavily inspired. From the runway shows to the amazing streetstyle to all of the fashion afterparties that grace our city, there are so many potential DIY projects to be made! We are definitely looking at all of our lace, fur, leather, and metallic trims in a new light!
The collections at Fashion Week are always a major source of DIY inspiration, as we love scouting out the upcoming trends and thinking of ways to create them ourselves. This season definitely didn’t disappoint, as there were plenty of over-the-top embellishments, leather accents, and bold accessories. We rounded up a few of our favorite shows and the different ways they’re inspiring us. Which collection did you like the best?
Gucci – We loved the bright necklaces at Gucci, which mixed together flowers, gems, and spikes for an incredible combination. We’d love to recreate one with flowers and gems from our store. The embellished collars were also to die for.
Alexander Wang – This collection was full of sleek leather accents, strategically placed cutouts, and clothing that seemed to float in mid-air. You could easily DIY these looks by adding long leather straps to your favorite pair of shoes, or by cutting apart a t-shirt and adding a transparent panel.
Rodarte – The leather fringe accents are definitely DIYable, but we especially loved the elaborate chain belts. Secure some chains together, add a few brooches, and you’ve got a chic, Rodarte-inspired belt!
Dolce and Gabbana – Like always, Dolce and Gabbana showed an incredibly elaborate, intricate collection. The shoes were detailed with bright braided raffia, and we adored the fun earrings. You could definitely DIY these looks by stitching some bright thread onto a natural bag, or by adding braided cord to a simple pair of wedges.
2011 Pre-Fall Collections were all about couture, warmth, class, glitz and glamor! Finally beautiful knee length dresses that you won’t have to second guess as too short. Warm fur jackets and vests from Donna Karen, J. Mendel, and Burberry Prosum. Beautiful tailored pants from well known designers such as Thaakoon and Jason Wu, perfect for business and pleasure. But the all times favorites for 2011 Pre-Fall/Autumn Collections had to be the beaded, embellished and glamorous dresses perfect for the red carpet, How jealous I am of the celebrities that will wear these designs.
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Beaded, Embellished – Glamorous!
As I mentioned in a previous post, hair accessories are quite big this season. Large eccentric bows were part of many spring 2010 collections including; Marc Jacobs, Milly, Jason Wu, and Cynthia Steffe. The looks were over the top, but when worn on the streets we want to tone it down just a little. Using a satin ribbon a little elastic and some glue I created my own version. This project is easy and quick but the out come is chic.
- 1 yard 70Mm Midori Double Face Satin RibbonStyle: 37309
- 4 inches of elastic
- Bottle of Magna-Tac 8 Oz.Style: 26155
- Determine how large you’d like your bow to be. I created a bow approximately 10” across.
- I folded the ribbon in half and measured down from the center 10” and then glued, so that I was left with a 10” loop.
- I then glued the area I just closed to the center so that I was now left with 2 5” loops.
- You can cut a 3” piece off the end of your ribbon, fold and glue so that this piece is now 2” by 1”.
- Wrap this smaller piece around the center of the 2 loops.
- Secure with glue in the back
- Take a measurement around your head. Cut the loose ends of the ribbon down so that they are 2” smaller than your head measurement.
- Fold unfinished ends under about ½” and secure with glue
- Glue elastic to the center of the loose ribbon ends, then fold the ribbon around and secure with glue.
- Wear and enjoy.