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An easy chain-embellished glove DIY inspired by Versace’s “Vunk” collection

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Chain Glove DIY

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From a Met Costume Institute exhibit earlier this year to FASHION’s current cover girl, it’s clear that punk is trending. All year round, designers like Saint Laurent, Rodarte, Jean Paul Gaultier and Junya Watanabe embraced rebellion with biker jackets and grungy accoutrements. Donatella Versace went head over heels for the trend for Fall 2013, even coining her own version called “Vunk” (Versace + punk ) for her Fall 2013 Versace collection which featured form-fitting vinyl pants, heavy chained necklaces and a nod to Gianni’s legendary safety pins.
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Want to show off your nail art skills? Have we got a contest for you!

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Nail art enthusiasts, it’s time to show us what you’ve got! Our sister publication, Glow Magazine, and Shoppers Drug Mart have teamed up to create the ultimate summer nail art contest. To enter, all you have to do is try your hand at one of the four nail art designs currently featured on the Shoppers Drug Mart website. Each look makes use of the best nail polish colours for summer and is served up in a very easy-to-follow video tutorial. Read more »


DIY Gifts: 3 quick and easy accessory ideas all under $10!

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DIY Gifts

Photography by Stephanie J. Algieri

By Nicole Seymour

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and instead of braving the malls alongside last minute shoppers, we’ve got 3 quick, easy and super cheap (they’re all under $10!) DIY gifts that would make ideal stocking stuffers, thank yous or even add-ons for your most stylish friends. For the statement-maker, a bright read sparkly barette gives just the right festive touch to any holiday party look. For the elegant lady (or lady in training), a chic twisted pearl headband adds that classic touch to any outfit. And for your most fashion forward friend, chain-linked collar tips take any simple button-down to the next level. So whether you’re rushing to craft the perfect last minute gift for a friend or creating a simple holiday accessory with lots of pizazz, these 3 DIY ideas should thrill in quite literally no no time at all.

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Fashion DIY: 6 easy steps to creating your own embellished Marni fur collar

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Fashion DIY Marni Fur Collar

Left: Marni Fall 2012 runway photography by Peter Stigter. Right: DIY photography by Stephanie J. Algieri

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By Nicole Seymour

On the bright side, late fall is finally the time to break out those cozy furs and even cozier faux furs. What better time then, to turn our Fashion DIY attentions to the inimitable (well, we’ll see about that) fur collar that’s become such a staple as of late. On Marni’s Fall 2012 runway, designer Consuelo Castiglioni upped her quirky ante with several takes on the collar trend, this time bejewelling them with bright and graphic floral patterned beads.
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Halloween DIY! Create your own Karl Lagerfeld pumpkin in 8 simple steps

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Karl Lagerfeld Halloween Pumpkin DIY Intro

Photography by Farzin Ghayour

DIY and instructions by Farzin Ghayour

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Halloween is in T minus 2 days and although that usually means we have to deal with candy and costume addictions, it is also the perfect holiday to get your craft on. Our own Farzin Ghayour did just that this week with our latest DIY. In just 8 simple steps, he carved a boring old pumpkin into the face of the Kaiser himself, Karl Lagerfeld, as well as a lovely nod to FASHION’s 35th anniversary. So get ready to impress the neighborhood with this creative and easy and fashionable pumpkin carving DIY. Who said pumpkins can’t be fashionable? (We hope not Karl…)
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Designer DIY: Recreate Prada’s zany geometric-print heels for only $35!

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Prada Fall 2012 Shoe DIY

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

From the nutty geometric combos to the head-to-toe zig zag pantsuits, it’s safe to say that Prada’s Fall 2012 collection packed several visual punches. The details that began from the ground up (we’re talking about that beautiful rug) included chunky beading on jackets, pant hems, and shoes, not to mention the intricate prints that were worn top-to-toe. We chose what may be the most straightforward item of the bunch: a pair of leather-embellished platform shoes that were visually striking but, as it turns out, relatively simple to re-create. In four steps (and for just under $35!) you too can trace-cut-paste your way to geometric heaven.

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Designer DIY: Recreating Balenciaga’s covetable sci-fi sweater at a fraction of the price

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DIY Balenciaga Fall 2012 Sci Fi Sweater

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

No one does high-end sci-fi mash-ups better than Nicolas Ghesquière and Balenciaga Fall 2012’s outsized Star Wars meets Elizabethan England printed sweaters are just the latest indication. Otherworldly yet utterly wearable, we took the challenge of DIYing the look. To boot, we came in under $100 (ahem, the original is almost $4,000!)

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Designer DIY: 6 steps to recreating Dolce & Gabbana’s stunning rosette necklaces for yourself

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DIY: Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 rosette necklace

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

A good Dolce & Gabbana show guarantees the following: a myriad of hot pant options, be it lace, crochet, or embroidered; saucy corset-topped little black dresses, and over-the-top accessories. The label’s Fall 2012 collection contained all of the above and more: lushly gilded capes and bow-bedecked heels are details that only begin to scrape the surface of this design duo’s most recent ode to Sicily. After much deliberation, we selected this gold and organza confection of a necklace to replicate for our designer DIY. Surprisingly simple to make, this statement piece treads a fine line between lavish and over-the-top, but when we’re talking Dolce, that’s exactly where you want to be.

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