Summer of Fashion Documentaries!

Fashion Documentary – Mansome 

Welcome back to the Summer of Fashion Documentaries! This week we are looking at Mansome. (You can find this documentary streaming on Netflix.)

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Okay, so this isn’t technically a fashion documentary. However, I was very interested in a film that addressed the beauty industry from a male point of view.

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If you are interested in learning about the history of men’s beards. Mansome asks some very interesting questions including, “what does masculinity look like?” “what does being a man today mean?” and, “can you tell a person’s character from they way they look?” yet, doesn’t delve into the answers. Or even too far into the questions. It does spend about 80% of the film talking about beards, though, and includes a lengthy interview with competitive beardsman, Jack Passion. (Yeah, there are people who grow beards competitively.)

Also included are interviews with some A-game gents including Judd Apatow, Paul Rudd, Adam Carolla, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Zach Galifianakis. Yet, director / writer Morgan Spurlock doesn’t really do anything with these top names. I had a similar feeling regarding the Halston documentary – you have all of these solid people who agreed to be a part of the film – USE THEM. Yet, interviews are campy and don’t delve too far into real commentary.

Skip this Documentary 

If you have anything else to do.

Can You Watch This While Doing Other Stuff? 

Absolutely.

There are a handful of fun / interesting moments – Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis are hilarious every time they are on camera. Jack Passion punches someone who dares to grab his beard (which is at the heart of his identity). And, questions posed regarding masculinity are extremely intriguing. This film just falls short of becoming anything more than vignettes about body hair.

Running Time: 82 minutes (released 2012)

You can find our next documentary,Masters of Style Alexander McQueen on hulu.


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DIY Dress Revamp

Transforming an Old Dress Into Something New

I’ve always loved clothing revamps.

So, when I noticed that this dress was on its last legs I thought it would be the perfect piece to transform!

DIY Dress Revamp

This maxi dress has always reminded me of Neapolitan ice cream!

DIY Dress Revamp

Before picture!

As an added bonus it’s layered. It flows, but has a tighter body piece underneath which makes sure everything stays covered.

The major issue with the dress was pilling, especially toward the bottom.

DIY Dress Revamp

The first thing that I did was cut the body piece off of the dress.

DIY Dress Revamp

BOOM!

DIY Dress Revamp

This is actually my favorite thing to come out of the dress. It’s like having a slip, but a slip that fits very well and is extremely soft!

DIY Dress Revamp

This is NOT the normal way I will wear this slip!

It goes perfectly under this breezy pink dress as an added layer.

DIY Dress Revamp

This IS how I would wear the slip!

The slip also can act as a long tank.

DIY Dress Revamp

Again, it’s soooo comfy cozy. This might be my new favorite tank. (Or slip.)

I also wanted to do something with the rest of the dress. So, I cut it up into different pieces. The first piece was long enough to become a nightshirt.

DIY Dress Revamp

The bottom of the dress had a LOT of extra fabric.

DIY Dress Revamp

I decided to turn the extra fabric into necklaces. This post by Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth served as an inspiration. Her post was about creating a scarf; I was more interested in long and layered necklaces.

I cut the fabric into long strips…

DIY Dress Revamp

…then gathered two of the strips that were similar in color (navy & mint). I wrapped them around my neck twice. Notice the gold / bronze thing on both sides of the necklace? It’s actually electrical wire. I purchased a couple of inches of it at the hardware store for $.79. No special tools needed! I just cut the electrical wire with a regular pair of scissors. The wire held its shape as it was wrapped around the cloth.

DIY Dress Revamp

While I was at the hardware store I also picked up 3 washers for a total of $.48.  I wanted the second necklace to be a bit funky and thought it would be cool to wrap the fabric around the washers.

DIY Dress Revamp Washer

Here’s the wrapping part:

DIY Dress Revamp

DIY Dress Revamp

Just like the electric wire necklace, I took two strips of the same color and put them together (this time it was pink and mint), and layered them with my covered washers.

DIY Dress Revamp

The final product looks really funky and cool.

DIY Dress Revamp

That’s it! Out of 1 dress came:

-A slip

-A tank top

-A nightshirt

-2 Necklaces

Such fun! Do you own anything that can be created into something else? Do tell!




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Summer of Fashion Documentaries!

Fashion Documentary – Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston 

Welcome back to the Summer of Fashion Documentaries! This week we are looking at Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston. (You can find this documentary streaming on Netflix.)

Ultrasuede In Search of Halston Movie Poster

Ultrasuede Movie Poster

Roy Halston Frowick was THE fashion designer that defined the 1970′s in America. His approach to fashion was based on minimalism with a strict eye toward line, yet his dresses absolutely dazzled. He was embraced by Europe and was one of the first designers to embark upon multi-tiered licensing deals. He started out as a milliner, and is perhaps best known for Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat.

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If you want to watch a train wreck. Writer / producer / director  / legend-in-his-own-mind Whitney Smith somehow makes himself the center of a film supposedly dedicated to the life and work of Halston.

Wait. Have you not heard of Whitney Smith? Yeah, me either. I did some research and found out that he is now a cast member and executive producer on the Bravo TV show Southern Charm.

Smith did spend a lot of time changing outfits and riding around in his muscle car. What he did not do was a ton of research. Here’s a play by play of a conversation he had with Andre Leon Talley (former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine) when Talley was talking about Halston:

Smith: “Sorry to interrupt, but Diana Vreeland. Who was she, exactly?”

Talley: “I’m going to talk about Halston, and not the fashion of Diana Vreeland. I don’t want to do fashion history. It’s been talked about. Don’t interrupt.”

OOOOOOhhhh, dang.

(The blog post I did on Diana Vreeland’s documentary can be found here if you want to learn more about her. The quick version – she was a hugely influential person in the fashion world and worked for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and turned the Costume Institute into the triumph it is today.)

Skip this Documentary 

If you can’t handle an ego-driven, masturbatory piece of filmmaking.

The Nuances

If Smith could get out of his own way he would actually have a decent documentary on his hands. He lands interviews with some impressive people (Anjelica Huston, Billy Joel, Naeem Khan, Liza Minnelli, Ralph Rucci, Diane von Furstenberg, etc.). But, the majority of his interviews turn out to be painfully awkward due to lack of basic fashion knowledge and social skills.

Side note: The fact that I’ve talked so much about the filmmaker versus Halston drives me nuts.

One thing that I will give Smith – the archival footage within the documentary is fantastic. There are old interviews with Halston, pictures of the 1970′s that give context to Halston’s New York City, and gorgeous clips from runway shows.

Can You Watch This While Doing Other Stuff?

This is a really hard film to get through, period. I had to chop it up into viewing sessions out of pure exasperation. But, if you get a kick out of the documentary-turned-hilarious-disaster genre, go for it. It’s like an early episode of The Office. Except with designer interviews. And, it’s nonfiction.

Running Time: 85 minutes (released 2010)

You can find our next documentary, Mansome, streaming on Netflix.

Thrifted Find!

Thrift Store Love 

I had to share my latest thrift store find!

Thrifted Tulle Dress

I’m a sucker for anything tulle, so I was VERY excited to find this dress at my local thrift store. Tulle can be a difficult material when it comes to consigning / thrifting because it can be torn so easily. Finding tulle in good shape is a victory within itself! (If you are considering buying a piece that has tulle make sure to look for holes, tears, or gaps. The fullness of the material can hide problem areas.)

I also like that this is a short skirt with a tulle overlay. That means that the dress has a lot of movement and isn’t confining.

It did come with a small imperfection. A thread is caught between the backing and the top sequins:

Thrifted Tulle Dress Top

It’s so small that it can be difficult to spot. I might try to fix it. Or, I might just be lazy and leave it alone!

The best part? This dress cost me $4. Have I told you HOW much I love thrifting?

So, the question that I know will come up, “Where are you going to wear it?”  The answer – I don’t know. But, I do know that I will be ready when the occasion happens!

Have you had any recent thrifted finds lately? Do tell!

DIY Outline Nails

Nail Art for People Who Aren’t Talented Enough to Do Nail Art 

I’m not exactly a beauty person.

Fashion – fashion I know.

But, beauty is its own animal. I like playing around, but I’m totally in awe of makeup artists. They can do everything from bringing out someone’s natural beauty to completely transforming a face.

They are magicians with brushes.

But, I do like to play around even if it isn’t my forte. The other day I tried outline nails!

DIY Outline Nails

Confession: I don’t remember if I made this up or if I saw it somewhere and it’s been hanging out in the back of my head. (If I need to give anyone credit, please feel free to leave a message and I will be happy to do so!!)

Outline nails turned out to be such a fun approach to my nail routine. This project is great for people who want to do something special but don’t have mad skills when it comes to painting detailed nail art.

Let’s get to the process.

1. Gather nail polish materials.

DIY Outline Nail Polish Art Products

I  got out the usual suspects (nail file, cotton balls, polish remover), Essie polish in Miss Fancy Pants, and Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen in black / noir.

2. Paint nails as usual.

DIY Outline Nails

I seriously love this color.

3. Outline Those Nails! 

DIY Outline Nails

The good thing about outlining versus other nail art design is that you get to follow the natural shape of your nail.

Here’s the big thing I learned: don’t worry if it’s not perfect. The end result as a whole is bigger than each individual nail. That is why this is a great project for people who want to do nail art but don’t really have the desire to create designs that are intricate. This is about as detailed as I get with this art form!

Side Notes: 

Definitely do a top coat. If not, the black nail art pen will rub off.

Do this while watching a long movie! You have to wait between steps to allow your nails to dry, otherwise things get messed up. Next time I do a binge round of Netflix I’m going to do this again. (I’m way behind on Orange is the New Black. Perhaps while watching that?)

If you are using a black pen it pops if the base polish is a light color. My guess is the opposite is true – a dark polish would work with a bright nail art pen. (A navy base coat and with a white outline? That’s my first thought!)

Has anyone tried outlining before? Do tell!

Summer of Fashion Documentaries!

Fashion Documentary – Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s 

Welcome back to the Summer of Fashion Documentaries! This week we are looking at Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. (You can find this documentary streaming on Netflix.)

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's Movie Poster

Movie Poster!

The documentary is a history of the luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. The store opened in 1928 and has been an institution on 5th avenue in New York City ever since. The film covers different aspects of the store including styling, the connection between designers and fame, visual merchandising, and the architecture of the building.

Watch this Documentary 

If you are a visual merchandiser, stylist, personal shopper, or are in retail. It will be interesting and exciting to you (especially when it comes to those famous windows!).

Skip this Documentary

If you are NOT a visual merchandiser, stylist, personal shopper, or are in retail. It will frustrate and bore you. You will think it is a long-form commercial for Bergdorf Goodman’s.

Joan Rivers Fashion Quote

The Nuances 

I knew that Bergdorf Goodman housed the world’s most luxurious brands, but I didn’t know of its deep connection with designer development. (For example, Halston made hats in one of the workrooms while he had a boutique on the main floor.) Even today Bergdorf’s has a reputation of launching and mentoring its favorite designers and can act as a connection between an artist and the general public.

One of the standouts of the movie is Fashion Director Linda Fargo. She decides what the store carries, and thus could be a very intimidating presence for potential designers. Instead, Fargo comes across as approachable, warm, and extremely smart.

Can You Watch This While Doing Other Stuff? 

Potentially. If you are someone who wants to get straight-from-the-horse’s mouth talk from famous designers stay glued to your television screen. Interviews are impressive, but they are also very short. So, hang out if you want to concentrate on what everyone is saying (and wearing!).

If you want to get a general idea of how BG’s launched famous designers go ahead and turn it on while you are doing chores around the house.

Small Side Notes

Keep an eye out for Bill Cunningham! We watched his documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, two weeks ago, and he makes 2 quick appearances in this film. If you blink you might miss him!

Also, did you know that the guy who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was a window dresser? L. Frank Baum launched a trade journal called The Show Window: A Journal of Practical Window Trimming for the Merchant and the Professional in 1897. The documentary quotes him as follows:

Arouse in the observer the cupidity and longing to possess the goods…to marvel at the beauty of the display.

Running Time: 93 minutes (released 2013)

You can find our next film, Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, streaming on Netflix.

Summer of Fashion Documentaries!

Fashion Documentary – Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel 

Welcome back to the Summer of Fashion Documentaries series! This week we are looking at Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel. (You can find this documentary streaming on Netflix or here on FFilms.org.)

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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Diana Vreeland was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and eventually became a consultant to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

But, perhaps more importantly, Vreeland was a connector and an innovator. She brought together different genres – music, club life, actors, models, artists, museums, and melded them together into something new and spectacular.

Vreeland’s life was art. She was born in Paris, came on the scene during the roaring 20′s, moved to New York, and happened to be around for some of the most important moments in American and European history. (She was friends with Coco Chanel. She watched Josephine Baker dance. She helped Jackie Kennedy with clothing decisions. She told Manolo Blahnik he should design shoes.)

She was also demanding, determined, and a total spitfire.

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Random Diana Vreeland Facts: 

-Was fired from Vogue.

-Wore rouge on her ears.

-Came from a dancing background.

-Designed lingerie in her early professional years.

-Thought that a racehorse was the personification of style. “When you see a racehorse being let out I think they’ve got something that no one else has.”

-Was only envious of surfers, and wished she was alive during a time when she was young enough to take up surfing.

-Mother told her she was ugly.

-Took on models, actors, and actresses with “problematic” features and emphasized them in order to showcase their beauty “faults.”

-Started working when she was 30.

-Told women it was okay to work during a time that it was considered uncouth.

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If you are in the fashion, magazine, graphic design, or museum industries. Vreeland touched each one of these fields with her wild imagination and influence.

Skip this Documentary

If the setup of the film is going to drive you crazy. The documentary is a series of interviews, movie clips, pictures, and dialogue based on conversations Vreeland had with George Plimpton. The “dialogue based on conversations” drove me a bit crazy. It was used as a device to drive the overarching narrative and it came off clunky and odd.

I also had a hard time with the sound (I watched it on Netflix, so it might be my singular experience due to my tv / wifi connection / sound system, but this just serves as a head’s up.)

The Nuances

I understood that Vreeland was an important figure in fashion history, but I didn’t quite comprehend the importance of her role at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. She revitalized both publications and brought the idea of fantasy fashion to life. She also pushed for a sense of narrative in photo shoots, thus changing the industry.

She also transformed the Costume Institute into something wildly alive. Her perspective changed the way museums understood the connection between objects and audience.

Can You Watch This While Doing Other Stuff?

I don’t think so. I had such a hard time with the audio that I really had to concentrate in order to understand the story. Plus, Vreeland was such an eccentric I didn’t want to miss any moments of her life story!

Running Time: 85 minutes (released 2011)

You can find our next documentary, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, streaming on Netflix.

10 Style Lessons You Should Learn in Your 30′s

Style is About Who You Are 

Recently Who What Wear published an article entitled, “The Most Important Style Skills You Should Master by Age 30.” I’m a fan of the website and read it on the regular, but this particular article left me….let’s say….cold.

The article makes valid points (learn how to pack for a trip! ace the office dress code!), but overall it misses the connection between an individual’s personality and clothes.

I started thinking: what are the style lessons that I have learned in my 30′s (thus far)?

I tried a list of my own….

10 Style Lessons You Should Learn in Your 30's

Side note: I wanted to pivot the heading of the article. The lessons below are more about how you feel inside and how that relates to the outside. These things are hard to master by your 30′s, but your 30′s are a good decade to think and act on these concepts.

10 Style Lessons You Should Learn In Your 30′s

1. There is a connection between who you are and how you dress.

Everything is connected. It’s okay if fashion isn’t your world or you don’t follow the industry. But, know that there is a connection between how you dress and how you feel about yourself.

2. Be bold. 

I recently wrote an article about the movie Bill Cunningham New York. In the film Cunningham has a great quote -

“A lot of people have taste, but they don’t have the daring to be creative.”

Most people err on the side of caution when getting dressed. There is definitely something to be said about understated fashion, but there is a difference between deciding on a classic look and being too afraid to try something new.

We have one shot at this life. One shot.

Experiment with clothing. At the end of the day, it’s just clothes. And, if you make a mistake you make a mistake. The great thing about clothing is you can always take things off and try something else.

If your outfit of the day bombs, it bombs.

But, what if it doesn’t? What if you open up a door you didn’t know you could go through?

Sometimes we set so many limits on ourselves (I can’t wear pink / I can’t wear skirts / I can’t wear stripes) that our authentic selves can be covered up and stifled. If we are limiting ourselves with clothing how else are we constricting our lives?

3. Stop. Being. Mean. To. Yourself.

How many times a day do you have mean thoughts about your body? If you want to take a hard look at negative internal talk, take on this assignment:

Get a jar. Every time you have a negative thought about your body put in a quarter.

At the end of the week how much money do you have?

Take that money and donate it. Give it to an organization that really needs it.

Stop being mean to yourself. Seriously.

4. Getting dressed can be meditative.

Most people begin a day by putting on clothes. It is something that connects us all – an act that is part of the larger human experience.

Putting on clothes in the morning doesn’t have to be boring. It doesn’t have to be a fight. It can be part of a larger practice of how you frame your day. Take a breath. Think of the day ahead. As you put on clothes decide to be kind to yourself. Know that you have been given a chance to start anew.

5. Image isn’t everything. But, it is something.

People make assumptions based on how we dress. It’s not always fair or accurate, but it has to do with how our brains are wired. We take in bits of information and categorize people in order to place them in pre-built categories. It’s actually an amazing way our brains can shift through bits of information in order to understand the world.

And people do it all the time with clothing.

If we place too much emphasis on image we miss out – we are dressing (and living!) for the approval of other people. If we dismiss image completely we also miss out – we aren’t comprehending how our culture operates.

The solution is somewhere in the middle – to dress for ourselves, but to acknowledge the expectations of our daily reality.

6. You do you.

There are lots of fashion rules. Those rules can act as guides and can help us understand how to dress in certain situations / for our body type / for our age, etc.

Sometimes those rules need to be chucked out the window.

Your point of view is valid. Your experience is valid. Bring those things with you when you get dressed in the morning.

Your Life is A Miracle

7. Don’t wait to wear your “special” clothes.

The comment, “But, where would I wear this?” might be my #1 pet peeve as a fashion consultant. Pet peeve isn’t quite the right term, because it isn’t an annoyance exactly. It’s more of something that I want to shout at the rooftops because it is SO basic to my personality and outlook on life:

WEAR YOUR SPECIAL CLOTHES.

Wear them. That dress, the suit, the shirt that is beautiful. Wear them. All of them. You might spill something on it. Well, you know what? That’s the reality of life. Clothing is meant to be worn, and life can be rough and tumble sometimes.

Do not wait. This is your life. Wear it because your life is worth celebrating.

It’s worth celebrating on a random Monday in June.

Your life is magnificent. It’s a miracle. It’s a party. It’s a mess and it’s confusing and it is so freaking heartbreaking and awful sometimes. But, this is it. It’s all yours. Dress for it.

8. Know when to drop money and when to hold back.

This is a more practical lesson, and it’s simple: put as much money as you can into basics. Don’t put a ton of money into trends.

9. Determine what you believe about your body versus what you have been told.

The things that we think about ourselves are at the core of our own personal narrative. It’s what we tell ourselves and others about who we are and where we have been. It’s our life story and our truth.

….but what if our truth isn’t so true? Meaning, what if the things that are so basic to our understanding of who we are have more nuance or gray area?

You might be thinking, what does this have to do with clothing?

A lot. Because what we think about clothing goes into a larger story of what we think about ourselves and our bodies.

Here’s a way to figure things out:

a) Make a list of all the things that you can’t wear.

Seriously. Do it.

b) Now, next to each thing you can’t wear, list the reason why you can’t wear it.

So, your list might have something on it like:

“Can’t wear polka dots.” Why? “My mom always said I look bad in polka dots.”

Now, think through the why. Is that statement true? Do you look bad in polka dots? What if you wore polka dot shoes? What if you wore a polka dot bracelet? Do you think you would still look bad in it? Well, you could always try it.

And, here’s the big thing – what if your mom was wrong? What if she was just wrong in her assessment? What if someone told her that she looked bad in polka dots, and so she just told you the same thing? It doesn’t make her a bad person, it just is something to examine.

The idea is to fuss out what might be true about a statement and what might be false. Sometimes we accept truths without question. I mean, what’s the larger truth about polka dots? That’s so silly! Why examine how we feel about polka dots?

It’s not about the polka dots. It’s about what we have swallowed as our truth without thinking about it. And, if it turns out we can wear polka dots when we thought we couldn’t, what else are we accepting as true that might not be?

What if the real truth is you are beautiful? What if the real truth is that you don’t need to diet? What if the real truth is you are loved and lovable exactly the way you are? What if the real truth is you need to stop fighting with yourself?

It’s about polka dots. But, it isn’t about polka dots at all.

10. Clothing isn’t everything, but it can add an element of joy to life.

For most people clothing takes up a very small percent of brain space.

That’s how it should be. We have busy lives! We need to just throw something on and get out there and do our thing!

But, everyone has to wear clothing. It’s just part of our society – as of right now we really can’t run around naked in public. (One day? Maybe?) So, if it is something we all have to do in order to function in the world, let’s deal with it. Let’s make it fun.

How do you feel when you are wearing the right outfit? When you walk out the door feeling like a million bucks? You can actually repeat that feeling every day.

Clothing isn’t everything. But, clothing can add some creativity, freedom, and fun in life.

When you get to the point where clothing is part of the larger whole that expresses who you are? That, friends, is style.

Summer of Fashion Documentaries!

Fashion Documentary – Bill Cunningham New York

Welcome back to the summer of fashion documentaries! This week we are focusing on Bill Cunningham New York.  (You can find this documentary streaming on Netflix or you can watch it for free here on Hulu.)

Summer of Fashion Documentaries: Bill Cunningham New York

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Bill Cunningham is a fashion photographer for The New York Times. More importantly, Cunningham is an institution. He legitimized street fashion photography and has documented the evolution of clothing for over four decades.

Watch. This. Documentary.

Even if you aren’t even into fashion. Even if you think the apparel industry is silly. Watch this documentary.

The Scoop

The film observes Cunningham at work and examines his process of taking pictures. But, really what you are seeing is a man’s determination to capture beauty. It’s interesting, it’s obsessive, and it’s completely engrossing.

It’s also an exercise in contradictions. While watching the film I wrote down overarching themes of opposites that are displayed in Cunningham’s work and life.

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Watch this Documentary 

If you are a creative professional. It’s a lesson in work, ethics, passion, and joy.

Skip this Documentary

Don’t skip this documentary. It’s worth your time.

The Nuances 

There is a moment in Paris (when he can’t get into a fashion show) and a moment when he is asked about his spiritual life where Cunningham’s importance, vulnerability, and tenderness are revealed.

Can You Watch This While Doing Other Stuff? 

Nope. You want to give this documentary your full attention. If you multitask you will miss some of the genius behind his photography.

Running Time: 84 minutes (released in 2010)

The wider world perceives fashion as a frivolity that should be done away with in the face of social upheavals and problems that are enormous. The point is, in fact, that fashion is the armor to survive the realities of everyday life. – Bill Cunningham 

Have you seen this documentary? What did you think?

You can find our next film, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, streaming on Netflix.

 

 

DIY Scarf Bracelet

DIY Alexander McQueen Inspired Scarf Bracelet 

I get asked quite a bit in Style Workshops how to wear scarves. Many people own them but aren’t quite sure how to work with them. So, today I want to show you a simple way to incorporate a scarf into your daily wear!

DIY Alexander McQueen Scarf Bracelet

Alexander McQueen on the Left, My Version on the Right

My inspiration was this scarf bracelet by Alexander McQueen:

DIY Alexander McQueen Scarf Bracelet

Cute, right? It’s also $295. (If you are interested, you can find it here on Zappos Couture.)

Even though McQueen is one of my favorite fashion houses, I wanted the same look without the $295 price tag.

I knew I was on the right track when I found this lovely vintage Miami scarf at Junction for $6.

Scarf Collage

My Dad is from Miami, and I have sweet memories of visiting there as a kid. I love how this scarf is an illustrated map of the area.

Here are some close ups:

Scarf Detail

Scarf Detail 2

I enjoyed how the McQueen version had charm bracelet elements. So, instead of just wrapping it around my wrist and tying it off (which would have been ok) I wanted something a bit more visually interesting. I hunted in my jewelry box and found an old ring. I tied the scarf around my wrist and used the ring as a center focal point.

DIY Alexander McQueen Inspired Scarf Bracelet

I would encourage you to go in your jewelry box and use some of your other jewelry to be the “charms” that are on the scarf. Try rings, earrings, or other costume pieces that you have on hand. If you have an accessory that fell apart it might be perfect for this project – you just need to find a circle of some sort to play around with as the connector between two sides of the scarf.

Or, if you don’t want to fool with all of that just tie it around your arm and call it a day!

This scarf is square, so it made for a thick bracelet. If you have a scarf that is a long rectangle you can wrap it around your arm multiple times, thus giving it a layered look.

Really, this project is easy because there is no wrong way to do it! Use what you already own, or keep a lookout for different scarves at a thrift or vintage store!

DIY Alexander McQueen Inspired Scarf Bracelet