Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Secrets of the Little Black Jacket

The Boucle Jacket

Poppy Delevigne in a Chanel Boucle Short Suit
 I thought it was time to write a piece on the must-have wardrobe staple of the season- the boucle jacket. I have always adored these jackets- for Chanel to feature these on the catwalk again and again- for approximately 58 years in fact- means they are a timeless, classic piece that are also extremely versatile; not dependant on weather or specific complimenting wardrobe pieces. 
One of Chanel's beautiful Boucle designs for S/S '12  
    The boucle jacket symbolises elegance and feminity and can be dressed up or down to create an effortlessly chic look, as shown by the likes of Poppy, Olivia, Blake and Whitney. The great Parisian fashion houses, Chanel and Isabel Marant are just two examples of brands that do not fail to create continuous, covetable designs in the form of the boucle jacket. Replicas of Chanel's classic muted toned jackets are available on the high-street for adding more than a hint of sophistication to an outfit- whether you use one to dress up jeans and heels like Emma Roberts and Olivia Palermo for a polished yet casual look, or add one to a summery skirt and top combo. I also really love Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's way of throwing her gorgeous Isabel Marant jacket over a very laidback, boho look- complete with a cute fedora and tote -to adapt it to everyday wear. You can also go for a brighter, bolder version, with neon colours as well as pastels and darks on offer from highstreet stores to one-off online fashion sites to glam up your key summer pieces. Try Ebay for grabbing some vintage bargains- the plus is that they will be pretty unique- or ASOS Marketplace for some alternative styles. With their flattering, fitted silhouette and versatile material, this renowned jacket will transition through to fall, next spring, and so on... so get shopping now! I will also upload  a video following this post on how the iconic Chanel jacket is created- I found it so interesting to watch, so look out for that!


Rosie in her enviable Isabel Marant jacket

Mango Boucle Biker Jacket £69.99
Topshop Scallop Edge Boucle Jacket £65

Whitney Port in a navy jacket and cute dress

Boohoo Denise Metallic Boucle Jacket £35


Emma Roberts in an ASOS metallic edged boucle jacket 

Olivia attended NYFW earlier this year in this amazing
boucle jacket paired with wide-leg jeans

Zara Boucle Knit Cardi £59.99

Blake while on set of Gossip Girl teamed her jacket with a skirt,
tights and boots for a cute fall look
Lizzie Olsen in a Chanel boucle navy blazer

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Sneaker Hacks Inspiration

Picture courtesy of sneakerhacks.tumblr.com
  Just browsing Tumblr and found some amazing DIY inspiration- check out these awesome customized Converse; I am literally going to try and dig out some crafty bits tomorrow ready to create my own. I just love the silver stud detailing as I'm already obsessed with studs- they would really bring a quirky edge to any outfit and catch attention. You can see here on the light blue pair that they've used what looks like chunky buttons or brooches and the smaller ones are safety pins- the result: cheap but chic shoe styling! DIY bits like this would also be easy to remove, so you could style up your shoes for a particular outfit or occasion. I love the simple row of three spikes down the back of these turquoise low-tops.

Pictures from http://sneakerhacks.tumblr.com/
 I am already lucky enough to own an all-over-sequin pair of Converse (Thanks to my boyfriend and his mum who searched and searched to fulfil my shoe dream!) but for those of you that don't want to buy a new pair, adding sequins to your classics would also look fab, and that way you can mix up the colours- rainbow converse anyone?! If you don't want to do all over glitz, then a few down the seams would be subtle but cute. Even some colourful, retro buttons stuck on with some super-glue (Though I don't know how efficient glue could be for these) would add a unique twist to your shoes, so if you have a 'button box' hidden away in your house like we do in ours, then get experimenting!


DIY sequins- cute! @cutoutandkeep.net

The original sequin converse- I am in love with mine!
   While I'm on the topic of DIY shoe customizing, I came across a cool article on Company's website about replicating the toe cap trend at home. From first seeing the metallic version of the trend on the runway at the likes of Chanel and Marc Jacobs and then on the feet of Alexa Chung and countless other uber-cool celebs, I loved them and have since been eyeing up high-street copies. But I never thought about how easy it could be to DIY using an old (but intact!) pair of court or kitten heels! The method uses masking tape to create the toe-cap shape, before you paint on the DIY toe-cap yourself with acrylic paint. The Company article, link here for step by step instruction: http://www.company.co.uk/fashion/DIY-neon-toe-heels, tells you how to create neon toe caps, though for me I would use metallic paint to create those futuristic beauties we are seeing everywhere! You could also attempt to replicate the classic Chanel cream and black toe capped pumps with a plain pair of cream heels. Looks like you need a steady hand, but I'm definitely going to be having a go!


Designer DIY inspiration


Picture from Company.co.uk 
Inspiration: Topshop Jadore Studded Kitten Heels in Lilac £70