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Designer DIY: 4 steps to easily recreate Altuzarra’s Fall 2012 crazy cool coin blouse

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Designer DIY: Altuzarra Fall 2012 coin blouse

Left: Photography by Peter Stigter. Right: Photography by Farzin Ghayour

New York designer Joseph Altuzarra reportedly said that he wanted his Fall 2012 collection—certainly one of our favourites—to include pieces that “look rich, but feel easy”. With a range of multi-ethnic influences that ran from Morocco to India, and an array of luxurious details (see: thigh-high embossed and fringed boots, layered coin embellishment, and slick, military-inspired outerwear), it’s safe to say he hit his mark.

We chose a heavily embellished blouse with layers of coin fringe as a starting point for our Fall 2012 DIY series and following Altuzarra’s maxim has never been easier: trust us, this blouse is a cinch to make and the results are satisfyingly indulgent.

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Designer DIY: Bring on the jewels! 3 easy steps to update a pair of pumps

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Photography by Farzin Ghayour

This week’s DIY comes courtesy of our crafty intern extraordinaire, Erin Summer-Kibblewhite, who joined us for a week after she won H&M’s Conscious Couture Contest with her eco-friendly beaded collar. Erin’s DIY skills continued to wow us when she created the perfect summer to fall transition pumps inspired by the bold jewel tones that paraded down Miu Miu’s Fall 2012 runway. Erin added a little bling to a gorgeous pair of ruby red pumps, showing us that it’s possible to get a designer footwear look without shelling out for designer footwear prices. Kudos Erin!

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Designer DIY: Create your own embellished friendship bracelet for under $10!

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Photography by Farzin Ghayour

We love arm candy (and arm parties!), and this week we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and DIY us some of the oldest decorations in the book: the high-end friendship bracelet. We’ve seen these amped-up beauties on the runways (think Isabel Marant) and on the street (think blogger-approved Dannijo and Venessa Arigaza), with quite a hefty price tag attached, and so we decided to create some that ring in a little closer to what they used to cost back at summer camp: less than $10!

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Designer DIY: 6 easy steps to a Chanel-inspired sweater

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There were so many fabulous details in Karl Lagerfeld’s India-inspired Pre-Fall collection, especially considering that the couture mastermind has never even been to India. The crystal-heavy tikkas that dangled from the centre-parted hair of the models were beautiful, as were the luxe silks and tweeds dripping in pearls. We can’t think of anything that is more quintessentially Chanel than pearls, so we decided to recreate the heavily embellished necklines we spotted on so many covet-worthy pieces. With supplies that can be found at any craft store, you too can get a Chanel-inspired look without the couture ticket price.

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Designer DIY: 10 steps to creating your own Miu Miu-inspired print for summer

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Left: Photography by Peter Stigter. Right: Photography by Farzin Ghayour.

This spring, Miu Miu stuck to the formula that has kept the label in the closets of fashion aficionados around the globe, with a barrage of playful prints that paraded down the runway. We loved the fun florals in primary colours, so we decided to create our own Miu Miu–inspired print for this week’s DIY installment.  With art supplies that can be found in most arts and crafts stores, you too can create your own Miu Miu hand-printed skirt.

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Designer DIY: Recreate Dolce & Gabbana’s chili and garlic earrings minus the $350 price tag!

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Left: Photographer by Peter Stigter. Right: Photography by Paloma Van Groll

Muy caliente was the theme of Dolce and Gabbana’s Spring 2012 collection. Vibrant fruity fabrics and chili pepper prints paraded down the runway, but what really got our attention were the chunky earrings adorned with chilies, bulbs of garlic and bowtie pastas. They were totally adorable, and with a price tag of $350, we thought they’d be the perfect addition to the Fashion DIY feature. With inexpensive supplies that can be found at any bead or craft store, we recreated the Dolce and Gabbana chili and garlic gold hoop earrings.

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Designer DIY: How to recreate Chanel’s ombré sunhats in 8 steps!

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Left: Photography courtesy of Chanel. Right: Photography by Paloma Van Groll

There were so many things that we loved about Chanel‘s Cruise 2013 show, not least of which being its royal presentation on the Versailles grounds, but one thing we can’t seem to stop thinking about were the ombré sunhats that were toted alongside the Rococo-style confections. While the hats won’t land in-store until January of next year (and will arguably exceed our sunhat budget), we came up with a super simple and inexpensive DIY version.

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Designer DIY: Recreate Christopher Kane’s granny-chic sandals in 4 steps

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Left: Photography Erin Seaman. Right: Photography by Peter Stigter.

Granny-chic is quite a feat and we adore the girlish reflective flower motifs, flower-appliquéd organza and shimmery pastels of Christopher Kane’s spring collection. And here’s the secret added bonus: they’re comfortable too. To emulate the style, we picked a pair of sport sandals over at Sport Chek and transformed them in four simple steps.

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