DIY Ideas from Fall 2015 Fashion Weeks Street Style

milanstreetstyle_2Fashion weeks around the world have drawn to a close, and we’ve seen a ton of DIY-able ideas for this coming Fall. How about that ubiquitous street style for February 2015 – what are all the fashionistas in the know wearing? The answer is fabulous coats and warm weather gear…and there are more than a few great ideas out there that are still totally do-able and make-able before Spring is fully here. See below to get those creative juices flowing…

londonstreetstyle_1 In London, Tati Cotliar sported a cut pink hooded overcoat – and you can add a similar studded detail to the hood with some flat round brass studs.

This verbose topper spotted on the streets could be easily remade with a thrifted man’s wool overcoat and adding some wordy iron-on appliqués in punky neon colors. (This Etsy shop makes some neat ones!)

londonstreetstyle_2Caroline Sieber attended the shows in this pretty blue suit jacket – made beautifully unique with a large-sized iron-on embroidered floral motif appliqué.

Sarah Rutson‘s No 21 top could easily be mimicked by hand-sewing some black ostrich feathers (humanely harvested, ideally) onto the front of a boring black sweater to make it chic.

milanstreetstyle_1In Milan, Elisa Nalin‘s punchy ensemble is offset by a bright beaded clutch – which could be made by gluing plastic beaded necklaces from the dollar store or a toy store in a V-pattern onto an existing clutch.

This neat hybrid denim jacket spotted on the streets could be re-created by someone enterprising – just by re-purposing a knitted blanket sewn to the hem of a jacket, cut apart and used as collar-covering, and some of the yarn pulled out and woven into the jacket as detailing. (Look for a really thick, luxurious yarn to make this work!)milanstreetstyle_2Appliques again! (Seeing a trend??!) Adding them to a plain sweatshirt-fabric skirt can make gray look fabulous.

And that coat would be a doable Franken-DIY: bleach an indigo denim jacket, remove the arms and replace with arms salvaged from a thrifted black leather jacket. Instant Milan street cred.

nyfwstreetstyle_1From New York, something similar to Anya Ziourova‘s Fendi sweater could be made with hand-sewing some exposed zippers to the front with colored faux fur, rhinestone trim, and colored fleece in patches and shapes to make that fun monster face.

Gigi Hadid‘s Diesel Black Gold jacket take some serious studding skills…but would be an amazing upgrade to a very simple black leather moto jacket.

nyfwstreetstyle_2Any top could be given a glam makeover by hand-sewing beads and rhinestones onto the front in a starburst pattern.

That Thom Browne coat could be easily re-interpreted with just a line of cone spikes ringing the armscye of a nipped-in gray Victorian-style overcoat.

Hope that gives you some ideas for projects to start right now!

Photos: Phil Oh from, Craig Arend from The New York Times, , Mark Iantosca, POPSUGAR. Composites by me.
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DIY Ideas from Fall 2015 Fashion Weeks

0.diyideas_fall2015runwaysintrophotoMercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week has wrapped up, folks…London Fashion Week is drawing to a close…next up, Paris and Milan. Already some great DIY ideas are surfacing for Fall 2015 and I’ll bet you want to get right on top of those and start thinking about how to incorporate these trends into your wardrobe for the upcoming season. Here are some emerging looks from the runways:


Though it’s hard to tell from the photo, hand-stitching some delicate silver ball-chain to the edges of your clothing a la Alexander Wang can look edgy and cool. Create a faux quilting effect on a dark pair of shorts using iron-on pearl nailheads and trim like at Alice + Olivia. Hand-sew a swatch of shearling to a jacket collar to make it ultra cozy.diyfall2015_2

Add white brushstrokes of fabric paint on the hem of a trench to make a bold statement like Band of Outsiders. You can mimic the Kaelen look by chopping off a shoulder from a long shirtdress (and finishing the hem by tucking under and securing with fabric glue or a line of stitching)…and add some ribbons looped into bows at either side of the skirt.diyfall2015_3

Go leatherette like L.A.M.B. by sewing some leather patches onto a sweater at the front and elbows, creating a patched leather skirt to match. Go full on cray-cray like Libertine and add a variety of appliques to a standard wool coat to make it vibrant and colorful.diyfall2015_4

Tartan and lace go together like peas and carrots. Do like Marc Jacobs and slit a pleated plaid skirt at the folds, adding lace strips in-between with some hand-sewing or hem tape. Create an embellished sweater like at Markus Lupfer and hand-stitch clusters of beads onto a thrifted turtleneck to downplay all the brown tragedy.


Get out the white fabric paint and go all Jackson Pollack on a black suit like at Norma Kamali. Upgrade a well-fitting vibrant coat with a line of contrasting piping, sewn on higgledy-piggledy with a pipin foot like Peter Pilotto did.diyfall2015_6

Do double-duty DIY inspired by Preen by Thornton Bregazzi by adding tiny hand-stitched clusters of dark beads to a cropped cream sweater, and bright lacing and iron-on appliques to a standard plaid skirt. Get sexy like Proenza Schouler by cutting slits in a slinky knit dress (just overlock the edges after cutting so they don’t unravel!) and wear a pair of fishnet tights underneath to add the appeal.diyfall2015_7

Get into dip-dying by dipping a cream turtleneck fisherman’s sweater into indigo dye like at Sea. Add a bit of sweetness to a mini LBD like at Vera Wang by stitching on white flowers (pulled off a silk flower!) and securing with a white pearl in each center.diyfall2015_8

Make a standard gray turtleneck more fun like at Vivienne Tam by taking an open flame to a piece of polyester or rayon to burn it into a fun and raggedy pattern (which may take a few tries!) Hand-sew your hand-made lacey fabric onto the chest and shoulders of a sweater. Add texture like at Zero + Maria Cornejo by sewing lines of black fringe up and down a charcoal wrap coat.

Any brands or collections that seem to lend themselves to DIY in your opinion? Let me know in the comments: I’m always on the lookout for any new lines of interest!



All photos from; photo collages by me.

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DIY Fashion Week Street Style from Mr. Newton, Refinery29. and Bridget Fleming

Dupe this look with some lacy applique applied to the collar of a button-down shirt, some fabric paint (or stencil paint!) for the daisies on the shorts, and some decorative buttons or colored gem nailheads for the flower centers.

The fashionable outfits seen around the globe during the various Fashion Weeks are always so inspirational.  I just love seeing the boldness, the color, the next BIG THING!  How about getting your craft on after seeing some of these ideas?  I’m all for it!

Lasercutting can be totally a pain without a laser, but patience and perseverence (and a leather punch!) can help create a lacy look to a leather skirt.  Create faux lace-ups to show off beautiful ankles and shapely legs.

Easiest DIY ever: just cut off the shoulders of a favorite top to give it a sexy makeover.  Bonus points for folding down the raw edge and securing it for the ultimate wearability!

Make a funky blouse all your own by customizing with a contrasting placket and collar, cut from a different shirt (and subsequently, sew the placket/collar from this shirt onto that one = perfect gift for your bestie!).  Sometimes the Frankenstein look can be so awesome.

Add a scattering of floral rhinestone appliques around the knees of your jeans for an upscale look to your denim.

How about adding a panel of sequined fabric to the front of a skirt?  Day to night, all in one piece!

This looks so simple to DIY!  Just use glitter fabric paint and a skull stencil to spice up a plain sweater.

Cut out the front of a black tee to up the goth-girl quotient.

 Create your own anglophile bag with some leather paint, masking tape, and strategic studding.

Photos from Mr. Newton, posted at Harper’s Bazaar; Refinery29; Bridget Fleming, posted at The Fashion Spot


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DIY Ideas from Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Spring/Summer 2013 Part 1

So as the whirlwind week of fashion, creativity, and inspiration draws to a close in New York City, I wanted to create my bi-annual rundown of trends that are on their way – and what you can start DIY’ing now!

Add some flowered fabric, cut into letter shapes and fused onto a basic white tee with its arms cut off like at 3.1 Philip Lim.

Take a cue from Alexander Wang and buy a white sheath 3 sizes too small.  Then cut apart and add clear plastic showing about 1″ through the cuts (so about 2″ wide plastic strips with 1/2″ wide underlap), and topstitch.

Mimic the pretty stripes in Alice + Olivia‘s coat with some free-handed fabric paint.

Add some ladylike lace or netting over a super-short sheath mini like at Calvin Klein Collection.

The jeweled collar trend is still going strong at Carolina Herrera; add decoration to your blouse’s collar with a ton of sew-on Swarovski stones and make a belt to match.

Bold printed shoes at Chris Benz are an easy DIY: just Mod Podge your favorite fabric over the toe-caps of a pair of brightly-colored T-strap heels.  (Bonus points for sewing up a pair of matching shorts!)

Embellish the sleeves of a cropped neutral jacket with sunbursts of hot-fix jewels like at Creatures of the Wind.

Make a beach cover-up (or bold dress!) with a scrap of satin or lightweight fabric, suspended from a thin twisted rope at your middle.  (Tuck under a matching sports bra or bralette for the full Cushnie et Ochs look!)

A simple dress with strategic cut-outs around the bust will make the perfect dupe of the piece at Diane von Furstenburg.

Make an elasticized bralette like at Edun by adding some bits of elastic and 2 metal rings to some fabric scraps (or cut up an old triangle bralette from your lingerie drawer!)

The sporty wedge sneakers from Jil Sander Navy are so easy to DIY: just paint a stripe across a plain pair of white sneaks!

The bow-pattern top and cardigan from Kate Spade New York are super-cute, and totally DIY’able with the sewn-on addition of little black bows.  (Or fused applique!)

The opening piece at Kimberly Ovitz looked like a snipped-apart maxi-dress (just raw cuts at the neckline), accessorized with double steel bangles at the upper arms.

DIY a Marc Jacobs-style tee with the addition of some black Duck Tape in parallel stripes on the front.

Part 2 coming soon!

All photos from; composites by me.


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DIYs to Try from Fashion Weeks Around the World: Autumn/Winter 2012 from A-Z

(Well, “from A-V” at least!;-)  I was going to follow up on my first post “DIYs to Try from New York Fashion Week” with a “Part 2,” but in the interim the rest of the world has had Fashion Weeks, so I figured it would be best to just collect all the inspiration in one big post.

So here it is, from New York to London to Milan, some great DIY inspiration for Autumn/Winter 2012:

Use a pieces of white and orange duct tape to create a belt, adding two pieces of velcro as a closure like at Acne. Also add some rings or bits of metal from the hardware store on the side!

Get two knit dresses, one black, one white. Cut each in half and sew the different-colored halves together like at Alice + Olivia (give the other finished dress to your bestie!)

DIY was simple and chic at Barbara Bui – and you can use a piece of black ribbon tied in a bow under the collar of your white blouse for a whole new look! (Psst- it’s an upcoming trend in Japan according to this month’s Vivi Magazine!) You can also make a belt from a strip of leather and two large ribbon choker crimp end clasps found from your local jewelry supply shop.

Bottega Veneta went all-out with the Swarovski bling – and you can get the look by gluing a heap of pretty, sparkly gems over your favorite fitted midi dres (hint: buy in bulk!).

Copy the new way to tailor trousers that Celine put forth: pleat and sew in zippers on the front of the shins to gather the excess fabric to your body. Instant femininity!

Christian Dior showcased wrapped-and-coiled gem necklaces. Super-easy to make with satin piping (from the trims section of the sewing store) or rope and oversized cabochons.

David Koma showed some insane tailoring and cutouts; get the look by cutting out the shoulders on a turtleneck shell (sew or glue on contrast piping to create a finish), and punch grommets at the waistline to thread a black belt through. Sleek and futuristic!

Go paint-crazy and make a Gary Graham-inspired topper using a neutral coat and primary-colored fabric paints dabbed, sponged, and masked over the top.

LOVE the colorblocking on the tights at Issey Miyake: totally doable following this tutorial using a pair of grey tights and some acrylic (!) paint.

Jason Wu‘s fur-covered sleeves on his boxy jacket made a statement – and they’re so doable following this tutorial on a thrifted navy blazer. (Using faux fur, of course!;-)

Jen Kao‘s dip-dye dress is easily achieved using a white lace dress and some dye appropriate for the fabric (RIT for cottons; iDye for synthetics)

Kelly Wearstler‘s grommet-sided skirt is just begging to be DIY’d…and those socks can easily be made by chopping up some black short stockings.

That blouse from Libertine reminded me so much of that Simply Screen Screenprinted Tree Skirt I made awhile ago…just download my PDF pattern here [it’s free!] and print it out on a transparency to use for the screenprinting kit. If you’re not into screenprinting, you could also freehand that white (lightning bolt?) with some fabric paint and a thin brush down the front of a sheer black blouse.

Replacing the buttons with big, bold, flower-shapes on a neutral jacket (and adding a line of them down the sides of the matching pants!) is a must at Louis Vuitton.

Make the new generation of fur neckwarmers using a strip of faux fur with a piece of fabric at each edge, securing with gold snaps, like at Marni.

Take a velvet sheath dress into statement dress territory by layering a tone-on-tone layer of lace over the top, cutting the edges according to the lace pattern. Accessorize with a wide black belt and add a chain through the belt-holes like at McQ.

Go for the ultimate colorblock by spraypainting a big bold line of fabric paint across the bottom of a chunky, neutral sweater, like at Paule Ka.

Create a beautifully unqiue skirt by gluing satin ribbons to it to create a grid pattern. Air out your shoulders a bit by cutting (and topstitching the cut edges!) of a chunky sweater, all inspired by Roland Mouret.

Add some interest to a neutral shell by gluing on some textured faux-croc strips (from the upholstery section in the fabric store!), like at Sachin + Babi.

See by Chloé had a sporty take on the suit blazer by sewing a channel at the waist and threading a thick rope through, ending it in beads for a quirky waist-cinch.

Make a cute belt with a wide black velvet ribbon fashioned into a bow (Bowdabra, anyone?), and place a brooch on top like at Temperly London.

Add interest to a simple bright t-shirt by making teardrop-shaped cutouts and backing each with a small piece of sheer organza or chiffon, like at Tracy Reese.

Add some chic military styling to a tight long dress with some added black faux pockets, gold buttons, and epaulets like at Victoria Beckham.

Happy DIY’ing!


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