Reader, I confess: when it comes to DIY fashion I’m a tough cookie to persuade. The heartbreaking realisation that the latest catwalk item you covet is way out of your budget (unless you exclude paying this month’s rent), is a feeling I know all too well. Yet somehow it’s never enough to inspire me to pick up a craft kit and try myself. However, New Year means new collections, so who knows? Maybe this year’s upcoming Fashion Weeks will see me shopping for needle and thread, as opposed to even more new threads. To inspire, here are a few trends from three high-end designers we can expect to be hitting shops soon – along with the option to try recreate the look yourself, or buy a high street version.
Spanish Style – Oscar de la Renta
Oscar de la Renta, the label where the dresses of dreams come to life. Spring 2016 is a Spanish inspired affair, complete with deep Mediterranean reds, luscious lace and flamenco style florals. Red features prominently, which being a rich shade for Spring, is made more delicate by the addition of lace, small beading and just the right amount of skin.
Try: Fashion your own flamenco flower accessories, perfect for clipping into your hair, or pinning to a crisp white shirt. Tutorial here: Link
Buy: Coast know a thing or two about dress making, so play it safe with this red lace number. Olé!
Buy Now: Link
To Dye For – Thakoon
The Thai-American designer Thakoon Panichgul brings an exotic vibrancy to his 2016 collection. Vivid splashes of colour were the result of intricate dye work. And it was everywhere – on denim, on silk, on dresses. Dye, it seems, is having a bit of a moment.
Try: Dip dye isn’t just for the kids of the 70s – have a go here for a modern rework of the ‘colours combined’ style. For your dye tutorial see the Link
Buy: Don’t fancy risking staining your hands, the bathtub or anything in the vicinity of a drip-drying tee? Get your dose of dye at Urban Outfitters instead.
Buy Now: Link
She Sells Sea Shells – Dior
D for Dior, D for Dependable – no matter what trends come and go, Dior will always be there for the ladylike among us. And the Spring 2016 range by the French maison had a seaside feel to it, namely the scalloped hem that adorned shorts, skirts and for the brave, crop tops.
Try: Think of the soothing sounds of the sea, and follow this simple pattern for a chic shift dress, complete with scalloped hem and sleeves. If you feel inspired to make one click here.
Buy: Haven’t got quite enough dollars for Dior? No worries, head to Mango and see their version of scalloped edges, with this lace blouse.
Buy Now: Link
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