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This part 6, I believe, in a series of designer vs. DIY posts. The series also includes Alex Wang, Marc Jacobs, Martin Margiela, Luella, and Balmain. This is a series that is intended to showcase alternatives to the high-priced originals and the highly-immoral fast fashion knock-offs (*cough* Forever 21 *cough*).

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sources: Susie Bubble, NY Times Magazine, Google images


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Bustier, thrifted // Skirt, thrifted men’s shirt // Shoes, somewhere in New York


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Shirt, Michael Stars // Skirt, thrifted // Harness, DIY // Coat, vintage // Shoes, vintage



luella-diy-3See also: Alexander Wang, Balmain, Maison Martin Margiela, Marc Jacobs

I made this top the other day to wear for a party I was throwing that very night. Think of it more as a prototype for future creations, or at least as something whose mistakes I can certainly learn from. Next time I’ll be sure to put the zippers in last so that I can make them more vertical and centered and since this was my first foray in hemming a rounded edge, I made a hellofalotta mistakes.


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Tops, DIY // Jeans, MNG // Shoes, New York shop “closing sale” (yeah, right)





If you’re like me, you’d agree that it’s better to go overboard than just settle with something half-assed. I conduct myself in this manner in regards to clothing, especially in regards to DIYs. A while back, when shredding your denim from top to bottom first hit the spotlight and Margiela was all the rage, I fashioned myself my own pair of oblitirated jeans. My post on this from October ’08 recieved mixed reviews, but I loved those jeans nonetheless. Today, I still wear them shamelessly even though they’ve weathered more wear and tear than they would have simply due to their ‘fragile’ state, basically because i was relentless in my x-acto kniving the shit out of them and now they look much more like the original Margielas. I think this kind of DIY evolves and with time, molds to your personality until they feel just right. Here’s a picture of them today juxtaposed with a picture of them freshly cut 6 months ago:

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