DIY Ideas from Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Spring/Summer 2013 Part 1

So as the whirlwind week of fashion, creativity, and inspiration draws to a close in New York City, I wanted to create my bi-annual rundown of trends that are on their way – and what you can start DIY’ing now!

Add some flowered fabric, cut into letter shapes and fused onto a basic white tee with its arms cut off like at 3.1 Philip Lim.

Take a cue from Alexander Wang and buy a white sheath 3 sizes too small.  Then cut apart and add clear plastic showing about 1″ through the cuts (so about 2″ wide plastic strips with 1/2″ wide underlap), and topstitch.

Mimic the pretty stripes in Alice + Olivia‘s coat with some free-handed fabric paint.

Add some ladylike lace or netting over a super-short sheath mini like at Calvin Klein Collection.

The jeweled collar trend is still going strong at Carolina Herrera; add decoration to your blouse’s collar with a ton of sew-on Swarovski stones and make a belt to match.

Bold printed shoes at Chris Benz are an easy DIY: just Mod Podge your favorite fabric over the toe-caps of a pair of brightly-colored T-strap heels.  (Bonus points for sewing up a pair of matching shorts!)

Embellish the sleeves of a cropped neutral jacket with sunbursts of hot-fix jewels like at Creatures of the Wind.

Make a beach cover-up (or bold dress!) with a scrap of satin or lightweight fabric, suspended from a thin twisted rope at your middle.  (Tuck under a matching sports bra or bralette for the full Cushnie et Ochs look!)

A simple dress with strategic cut-outs around the bust will make the perfect dupe of the piece at Diane von Furstenburg.

Make an elasticized bralette like at Edun by adding some bits of elastic and 2 metal rings to some fabric scraps (or cut up an old triangle bralette from your lingerie drawer!)

The sporty wedge sneakers from Jil Sander Navy are so easy to DIY: just paint a stripe across a plain pair of white sneaks!

The bow-pattern top and cardigan from Kate Spade New York are super-cute, and totally DIY’able with the sewn-on addition of little black bows.  (Or fused applique!)

The opening piece at Kimberly Ovitz looked like a snipped-apart maxi-dress (just raw cuts at the neckline), accessorized with double steel bangles at the upper arms.

DIY a Marc Jacobs-style tee with the addition of some black Duck Tape in parallel stripes on the front.

Part 2 coming soon!

All photos from; composites by me.


1 Comment on DIY Ideas from Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week (NYFW) Spring/Summer 2013 Part 1

  1. Genevieve
    9.15.2012 at 11:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Thank you Carly, there are some really good ideas in your selection. I just got a piece of black lace & might do winter version of the Calvin Klein dress.
    Always a delight coming to visit your blog,
    Genevieve recently posted..Lacy necklace / collier en dentelle


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