Since the 80’s, those in the Goth community have been DIYing their own clothes to create unique pieces that fit their aesthetic. In an era where crop tops ruled, and fluoro thrived, Goths began shredding their hosiery for their own take on the fashion zeitgeist. This tutorial couldn’t be any simpler, so it’s a wonder it’s not more mainstream – though I suppose this would contradict the subculture’s nature!
I’m a stickler for anything that’s a little bit different, and this rings true (get it?) when it comes to my taste in jewellery. One of my favourite pieces is a dainty gold necklace with a charm of a tiny stick man sitting on the chain, and before that, my favourite was a Pilgrim necklace gifted to me on my 13th birthday of a winged-Elvis lookalike. Sounds weird, but it was just the right amount of unusual: a subtle statement and conversation starter. I favour fine gold jewellery, but became so fixated with this Colette Malouf ring you could say it had me wrapped around its finger (sorry, also a stickler for puns)!
The eyelets that dominated the Mugler show are filtering through to the high street – making it high time they made an appearance on Magpie DIY. The hardware juxtaposes industrial influences with luxe vibes, meaning that you can style for either end of the spectrum. And who doesn’t love a multitasking piece? Add to that the use of a hammer and you get a show-stopping top with in-built stress relief!
Every so often, a motif comes along that defines a season: the swallow a few years ago; the pineapple last year… Lately I’ve seen a whole lot of hot air balloons, from tattoos to centrepieces, and I have to admit, I’m smitten. There’s something about a hot air balloon that I find whimsical and almost other-worldly. In my infatuation, I spent a lot of time on Pinterest, which led me to discover these (be still my beating heart). I never really ‘got’ the steampunk thing, but these delicate light bulbs have certainly changed my mind. In keeping with the whimsicality that so draws me to hot air balloons, I decided to create a chandelier of decorated light bulbs, complete with fluffy clouds.
One of the best things about Instagram is that it allows me to discover new pieces. I’ve lost track of the number of fashion pictures I’ve liked that detail unique necklines, exquisite embroidery (I’m looking at you Georgina Chapman!) and must-have pieces that scream ‘buy me!’ One of the worst things about Instagram is that too often, I fall in love with items waaay out of my budget. This happened recently when someone posted these Dune plimsolls. Fringe, embellishment and suede? I wanted them. But (I see a theme emerging here…) I wasn’t prepared to sink £80 on a pair of slip ons when I knew they could be recreated for a fraction of the price. And what could be better in today’s Instagram brag culture than posting a pair of kicks with the caption ‘I made these’ *cue adulation*?
Don’t be put off by the number of steps in this tutorial. It’s like a Jamie Oliver 15 minute meal – once the ingredients have been prepared, the assembly will be speedy.