I just added my inspiration Tumblr also to Blogloving so if you use BL, you can now have it there on your list. My Tumblr is a daily photo dump of things that I find beautiful and inspirational. They can be anything from fashion, to photography or just fun randomnes. I go there to look up stuff to wear when I go out, styling tips or ideas for DIY projects. I think I like it even better than Pinterest..
I was 15 when grunge hit my school. I was on 8th grade and it was 92'. Baggy jeans, plaided lumber jack flannel shirts, flowery baby doll dresses and combat boots. Two sizes too big and not fitting properly. All the cool kids let their hair get dirty and everybody was listening to Nirvana. (I wasn´t one of the cool kids. I wore peach colored tees, white trainers and light washed jeans with flower panels on the side. As the profile of jeans loosened up from the 80s carrot shape it was popular to widen up your jeans by sewing a panel to the side seams to make them straight.. I think it was the first clothes customizing I ever did.) Back then there was no internet or street fashion blogs. The only thing we had was (Generation One) MTV and teen magazines. Fashion trends travelled much slower then and they were more local. Either you were in or out, but the in and out depended very much on where you lived and what age you were.
Grunge was never supposed to be fashionable, it was the unfashion, a style which was just adopted by the broke Seattle musicians because they had nowhere else to shop than Goodwill, a town that used to have a strong fishing and logging industry. Anybody could do it, afford it and it was comfortable. A perfect style. No rules, just mix and match (don´t wash).
I´ve always wondered about homeless chic and other high fashion versions of something that comes out of poverty. It is not a good place to look for references if you are going to make the clothes from silk and egyptian wool. That just isn´t right. Grunge is not a luxury style. Marc Jacobs learned this in 92 when he designed a Seattle inspired collection. It was highly noted by the fashion world but failed to sell out. Nobody gave a shit about brands back then and ecological issues were just raising their heads. Sweatshop labour was not an issue yet. But I´m sure Marc´s collection had some weight on how many young people noted and adapted the style.
You know we are going towards some rough times when fashion bloggers are starting to do DIY projects and look up style references from early 90s. I just hope people are continuing with them when there is money in the bank again as mindless consuming is absolutely pointless. Early nineties were the time of depression, many lost their jobs and the kids could only dream of things like a new pair of sneakers or jeans. I had to get my first a job at 15 so I could afford to go to the movies and buy magazines and stuff. But we were happy, what ever we could not buy, we made ourselves. I wonder if I would be the same DIY person now if it weren't for those times? To me second hand has more value than new things. I still own only one designer garment and even that is bought used.
The one thing that flourishes in time of depression is creativity and DIY. This is why bad times don´t scare me. It shows the true colors in you and others. A man can be very resourceful when needed. I mean we have made it all the way from the caves to the apartment buildings.. So don´t worry if you can´t afford the latest it-thing. Consider if you really need it in the first place and if you do, look to your self for a way to create it on your own. And if all other things fail, just get dressed in the dark and wear it with pride. Just like they did in Seattle. A smile, good posture and comfortable shoes are a good start.
"Grunge & Glory"
Vogue US December 1992 by Steven Meisel
Featuring mostly grunge inspired pieces by Marc Jacobs (for Perry Ellis)
Just when I think I could need any more clothes, then this hits my screen. DIY lace commando mask!! O M G. I have to have one. With out any proper function, just so I can say that I have one and wear it to a costume party. Covering up your face is a big catwalk trend now, you know. Blame the house of Margiela for that..
I have teamed up with Varusteleka For Women to bring you a refashioning competition, open for everyone and anyone. This is your mission, to refashion and customize the über manly camo patterned BW service shirt. The bad news is that it it a butt ugly shirt, but the good news is that it is cheap! Buy one or 20. You can order your materials via Varusteleka or buy them at your local army surplus shop.
I love to use mass in my projects so I really recommend looking for options to cut these up and build them to something new, an evening gown for example. Think outside the box. What could it be? A cape, jacket, vest, romper, dress, skirt..? Dye, cut, rip, spray, stud, chain, print, add lace / leather / denim, what ever! Show them what you´re made off.
I will be judging the competition with Varusteleka, so if you want to do something to my liking, look up everything I´ve ever posted about shirts. We will choose the winner and you guys will get to pick the runner-up. The winner will receive a feature in my blog and a 100 euro and 50 euro gift card to Varusteleka online shop. Perfect opportunity for you guys to get your hand on some rare Finnish and Swedish army surplus that you can´t find in most US army shops!
To enter, take a few pictures of your project (could be about styling, tutorial steps of the making of phases, details and an overall picture of someone wearing the piece) and send a picture of your entry project to this e-mail: roni(a)varusteleka.fi. All entries must be sent by August 22nd. The winner will be chosen by the end of August and you´ll have a week to vote for your favorite project.
(I originally posted this tutorial back in 2010, but since I think it´s a good project, REPOST.)
For the Jan-Feb issue of MissMix magazine OutIN Palsta I made a tutorial for celebrity photo and cardboard clothes hangers. We all have our idols and style icons, and now you can have them wearing your clothes. I sure love to see Johnny Depp wearing my shredded Marimekko tees. I bet these kind of hangers look way better and more attactive also at craft fair booths (and even indie clothing shops) than cheap basic hangers! Here´s how these are done.
YOU´LL NEED / TARVIKKEET:
celebrity magazine clippings / friend photos
Spray Mount photo sprayglue (15 hanger = 1 can)
marker and pencil
INSTRUCTIONS: / TYÖVAIHEET:
Find photos of your friends or celebrity magazine clippings. Front face shots only, sizing minimum 8 x 8 cm (3 x 3 inches). Printed online photos don´t do for this project as their resolution is not high enough.
Etsi lehdistä kasvokuvia, jotka on kuvattu edestä. Kuvat voivat olla myös valokuvia sinusta ja ystävistäsi. Niiden olisi hyvä olla vähintään 8x8cm kokoisia. Netistä tulostetut kuvat eivät tähän projektiin oikein käy sillä niiden resoluutio ei riitä suurentamiseen.
STEP 2. Cut the background out. Enlarge photos first to A4 and then to A3 with a copymachine. Try to get the head as natural size as possible. Shoulders should almost fit paper. The final copy ratio in these photos was about 350-400% depending on the original image size.
VAIHE 2. Leikkaa tausta pois. Suurenna kasvokuvat kopiokoneella ensin A4 ja sitten A3-kokoiseksi niin että pää on mahdollisimman luonnollisen kokoinen, mutta että olkapäät mahtuvat malkein kuvaan. Kopiosuhde näissä oli n. 350-400 % alkuperäisestä kuvasta.
Cut the cardboard slightly wider and much taller than your photocopy. Spray both surfaces and glue on the image, as close to the top as possible.
Leikkaa pahvilaatikosta A3:sta pidempi ja leveämpi pala ja liimaa kuva valokuvaspraymaalilla pahville, mahdollisimman yläreunaan.
Cut out the extra cardboard over the head and shoulders. The bottom can stay as it is as it will be hidden inside the garment. When done, cut shoulders rounder.
Leikkaa pahvin reunat pois aloittaen olkapäistä. Pyöristä olkapäät. Kuvan alareunan voi jättää leikkaamatta koska se jää vaatteen sisälle.
Draw the hanger hook first with a pencil. Start by scetching the hole in the middle of the forehead so that the hanger will be in balance. Check that the hanger hook opening is big enough to fit the clothng rack before cutting. Mark and cut with a carpet knife.
Hahmottele henkarin koukun kaari ensin lyijykynällä ja sitten tussilla. Henkarin keskiosan tulisi ulottua keskelle otsaa jotta henkari roikkuu mahdollisimman suorassa. Tarkista että henkarin aukko on niin suuri että se mahtuu vaaterekillesi.
The hanger hook is easier to cut out if you first cut it from the right side and than from the back side. After the first one is done you can use it as a stencil for the following hangers.
Koukun keskiosa on helpompi saada irti henkarista, jos leikkaat kaaren ensin oikealta ja sitten alapuolelta. Seuraavien henkareiden koukkukaaret voit jäljentää käyttämällä ensimmäistä henkaria mallina.
Don´t worry if the edge does not come out perfectly finished and even! This is trashion, not rocket science..
Ei haittaa vaika henkarin reuna jäisi hieman epätasaiseksi.
Use highlight markers for makeup.
Voit halutetssasi lisätä henkareihin väriä aleviivaustusseilla.
"Nicolas Grigorian graduated in fashion design from The Tbilisi State Academy of Arts in 2008. His first collection was shown at Tbilisi Fashion Week (A/W 2011-12) as a newcomer, where he had became the one of jury’s favorites and was advised to sell his collection in shop alongside such a well known fashion brands as Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens, Margiela.. etc. He is the winner of the "Be Next" fashion design contest 2012."
I just can´t get over how amazing that first leather jacket is.
Geometrically placed gold colored studs placed underneath the top leather surface and cut open.
The Christian Dior Summer 2004 collection is one of my oldest inspirations that just does not get boring to me. The Marlene Dietrich styling and corset hemmed skirts are timeless. My upcoming DIY fashion book will feature a tutorial on how to make one of these gorgeous skirts for yourself.