Eyelet That Sink In

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!

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Dolce and Gabbana-Inspired Stockings

When any design house uses embellishment in every collection, they become a firm Magpie favourite. Enter Dolce and Gabbana. The Italian designers are known for their heavy embroidery and beadwork, cementing their status as one of the world’s most luxurious brands. Of course, luxury invites elitism; in order to own a piece of D&G perfection, one must possess a hefty fortune. As it happens, I do not, so when I saw these Vally pumps grace the runway, I knew they would be perfect DIY fodder. Read through to discover how to add a high-end piece to your high-street wardrobe…

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Birds of a Feather Tutorial

Birds of a Feather

Two or three times a year, I assess my wardrobe. Ever-changing trends mean I can be fickle in my fashion choices, and so a closet overhaul allows me to determine which pieces I actually wear, and which I don’t (those that have been relegated to the back are passed on to family and friends, who have been known to inherit an entire new wardrobe’s worth of clothes!). Organising my wardrobe is one of my favourite pastimes, because a) it’s bordering on therapeutic and b) I can see what is missing from my life. My most recent overhaul highlighted that my pieces are either really casual (like my never-ending collection of knitwear) or really dressy (hello sequins). It occurred to me that a piece addressing both ends of this spectrum would be an ideal addition to my wardrobe, and would solve those tricky situations where you’re unsure whether to dress up or down. And so my new OTT, feathered, embellished but still casual slouchy tee was born…

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Kiki de Montparnasse-Inspired Tutorial

Kiki de Montparnasse-Inspired Pillowcases

I once saw a supermodel strutting through the airport with a pillowcase emblazoned with ‘sleep’ on one side and ‘fuck’ on the other. I thought it (and she) was the coolest thing I’d ever seen. In my newfound mission to model myself on her (pun intended), I immediately began my online hunt, only to be disappointed when I learnt that coolness came at a price: £100 to be precise. I don’t have a spare £100 lying round, and if I did, I certainly would not spend it on a single pillowcase. So in true Magpie style, I decided to fashion my own.

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Agent Provocateur-Inspired Lingerie Tutorial

Agent Provocateur-Inspired Lingerie

This Agent Provocateur bra, designed by and named after the ultimate babe Penelope Cruz, has caught my eye on several occasions. Whilst part of the diffusion line L’Agent by Agent Provocateur – which is cheaper than its pricier sister line – £45 is still out of my budget. Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this lookalike bra in Primark for a mere £6 (also available in red satin, a la L’Agent)! I love the unique line of the top and how effortlessly sexy it is.

This tutorial is so easy it’s almost criminal to call it such, but here we are… Continue reading