Posts Categorized: Recessionista

H&M X …Alexander Wang

Only three months after the launch, my Isabel Marant Pour shirt proved to be of Plus Poor quality, pardon my French. And just when I swore to myself I will never buy any guest designer collection again, Alexander Wang decided to work with H&M. What better way to end my collab addiction than with a few budget pieces from my fave New Yorker, November 6 will be the last time…I swear.

How To Bleach Paint A Zoe Karssen Tee


First of all all credits to Zoe Karssen for making these cool Rock ‘n Roll style tees. But when I saw a DIY on bleach painting I couldn’t think of any better design inspiration than her.


You’ll need: a cotton black tee, bleach, cardboard, a cardboard stencil, a cheap paintbrush, a spray bottle.

To paint a design; Protect your shirt on the inside with cardboard. Use some chalk to make a design than dip your brush in the bleach and quickly but carefully write over your design. Let dry and wash as normal.

To spray a design; Protect your shirt on the inside with cardboard. Cut out a stencil (moustache, bat or star) in cardboard, than lightly(!) spray over the area you do want to bleach out. Wait 5 minutes before deciding if more spray is needed. Let dry for 20 minutes before removing the stencil and wash as normal.

Tutorial borrowed from A Beautiful Mess



Bash Or Budget; Ankle Strap Platform Sandals


Just because we skip the ugly shoe trend doesn’t mean we skip the comfort of platform sandals. Both with ankle straps, both in good quality (patent) leather and both with an edgy white accent. Which does your budget allow; Alexander Wang Kia or Doc Martens Aggy? Whatever you choose, they’re perfect Summer city wear with black shorts and white shirts. Image borrowed from Ssense


How To DIY A Chanel Graffiti Backpack


Remember that time when backpacks were called BacSacs and subway trains and stations were bombed with pieces by Keith Haring or Lee? One of the most iconic bags in the Art trend this Spring is the Chanel graffiti backpack.

Since no eighties girl would be fooled by the $3400 (!) price tag, it was only a matter of time before the web was bombed with cool DIY’s. Follow these steps by ChicCheat, be prepared to get messy and you’ve got your own Bricolage,  which means DIY in French so Karl should have seen this coming.

Choose a normal size or a mini version, which is great for the coming Summer Festival season. To avoid a shameless copy and make the bag more personal, I’d suggest you use your own initials and hometown instead of CC, Rue Cambon, Paris.

If your totally NOT in the mood for a crafty Sunday, try a vintage search for an original canvas and leather BagSac backpack now before prices will reach the sky as backpacks are making a serious comeback.

Streetstyle image borrowed from Le 21éme