This femme floral frock is a one-of-a-kind Clossette original refashioned from a dress from the 90s. I cut away a heart shape from the front of the dress, creating a negative space that I filled with some sheer tulle left over from Sandy’s bridal shower tea party. The re-design was inspired by a somewhat unlikely source – a futuristic office design that transformed two plain Jane old houses into a dynamic office by cutting away bits and pieces of the original structures. Sometimes subtraction is way more effective than addition, you know?
Material: Recycled polyester dress, sheer tulle
Condition: Gently worn/almost new
We are coming into fall now, and the super bright jeans aren’t really for fall. I love this dark red print for fall, and black for me is an all around seasonal color. I love to make my own clothes and I want to be a fashion designer so this is like a serious start for me. My parents don’t like that I LOVE revamping my clothes, but I can’t help it. I know that I’ll make money off of this one day. I already sell some bow ties and jewelry that I make. Great start right. So For this project I’d suggest that you try black pants for bleaching, but you can use black jeans if you’d rather chose to use fabric paint which I’d suggest silver.
We want to thank every single one of the Clossette readers who entered our Chanel sunglasses giveaway, but in the end, there was one who went way above and beyond with a whopping 112 likes on her comment.
A recently completed silk top straight from the Clossette studio. The front panel was cut from a luxurious Chanel scarf dotted with subtle magenta stars that burst into a trail of golden CCs. The back is made of a fine mesh material that looks light pink in some lights and white in others.
– Handcut and handmade from recycled materials
– Size S
– Navy silk with a pattern of magenta and white stars and gold Chanel logos
I still love this top so much that I’m not ready to part with it unless it’s to the right buyer. Email me at email@example.com if you’re interested!
If you happen to see any stray copies of the December Vogue left on newstands, pick it up because there’s something in there that you want – a super chic black and gold Chanel holiday card emblazoned with the #5 on the front and “A drop of No 5 and nothing else” scribed on the inside. But that’s not all. The intricate card is also strung with 5 delicate strands of gilded Chanel sequins in the shapes of perfume bottles, snowflakes and CCs. Of course the card is lovely to look at just as it is, but I know what I was thinking as soon as I opened mine up – DIY time! Read on to see how I transformed a few rows of the sequins into a glamorous Chanel charm bracelet.
Even though I’m the kind of woman who would pull a splinter out of my finger and save it for a later project, I’m also a clutterphobe who lives in a tiny 500 sq. ft apartment with limited storage space. That’s why, while I’m ashamed to admit it, I actually thought about discarding the tiny bits of navy silk I had leftover from my Chanel scarf refashion. But then I thought – are you mad, woman?! That scarf cost me a small fortune, so throwing those pieces out would be like throwing away dollar bills. For weeks, I tried to think of a little accessory that would do the lovely gold logo-emblazoned fabric justice and I think I finally found it my newest creation – this tiny glass bottle pendant. The bottle charm can actually be uncorked, which is how I filled it with a circle of the silk and a handful of tiny opalescent beads. This would be a cute way to display any other meaningful bits and baubles you might have that are too small to make into anything else. Enjoy!
The dog days of summer may be gone, but a classic pair of sunglasses is chic even in the cooler weather – and that’s especially true when they’re Chanel (and doubly true when they’re FREE!) That’s right, if you’ve always wanted your own pair of Chanel shades, it’s your lucky day because we’re giving one from our own closet away to a very lucky reader and it could be you. By the way, we know that different shades complement different face shapes, so the winner will actually be able to choose between two different Chanel styles. Sunglasses not your thang? We’ll also be giving away this adorable Clossette Chanel charm necklace, a brand new Bebe charm bracelet and a gift certificate for a box of two dozen liquor-infused bite-size cupcakes from Smashed Sweets. Yum!
I can’t tell you how excited and honored I was when House of Glam was kind enough to invite us to join their Eco Fashion in the Park event at Highbridge Park in Washington Heights. So you can imagine my dismay when I told friends about it and some of them expressed their concern that people in less gentrified areas of the city may not know about eco-fashion and that our booth might be a total failure. I admit that where I live in Queens in a mostly Asian community, any mention of sustainable fashion would be met with total confusion. There are a few thrift shops, but if you tried to look for a store like Kaight where ethically made, sustainable clothing is sold exclusively, you’d have more luck finding an icicle in Hades. Still, I had a feeling that my friends were wrong about Washington Heights. First of all, they were holding an eco-fashion event there so I figured there had to be some sustainable fashion following. Secondly, it really bothered me to think that some people consider green fashion to be something that is strictly for well-to-do (and predominantly Caucasian) hipsters and yuppies. That simply isn’t the case!
A big electronic hug to everyone who made it out last Sunday to our Clossette pop-up swap shop at the 14th St. Y! We learned a lot, gave out a ton of (non-alcoholic) cupcakes and made a bunch of new pals. In related news, my mom texted me a few hours ago saying that she “saw her back for one second” on NY1 News. I get a lot of cryptic texts like this from her so I checked it out and lo and behold, her back (along with the rest of our pop-up booth) made a one second appearance on NY1’s coverage of the event. Albeit a humble,tiny, miniscule, lil’ snippet, it was exciting to see! Check it out the whole news story on the OPENgreenHOUSE here.
New York Fashion Week may be ending in a few days but the sartorial fun has just begun because the first ever Clossette Swap Shop will be popping up this Sunday, September 18th at the 14th Street Y’s annual openGREENhouse! Just think – you can trade in that pair of heels that you bought but never wear for a tailored fall bag or that pencil skirt that used to fit you way back when for the perfect pair of blue jeans. Just bring in all of your clean, preloved clothing, shoes and accessories and let the swapping begin! We’ll also be selling designer goods from our own closets from as low as $10, so there will be plenty of sustainable shopping going on punctuated by bites of Smashed Sweets’ intoxicatingly yummy liquor-spiked cupcakes. And don’t forget to stop by all of the other openGREENhouse booths to sample the freshest local treats and refreshing drinks, and pick up a goodie bag along the way too.
Have a stained shirt or pair of pants that you wish you could wear again? Bring it over to the Clossette booth and we’ll fix it right up for you with our iron-on repair art or take your own DIY repair kit home with you. We’ll also be having a sweet raffle with some killer prizes – details to come soon – so stay tuned!
Clossette’s Fashion Week Pop-Up Swap Shop at the 14th St. Y’s openGREENhouse WHEN: This Sunday, September 18th, 2011 WHERE: The 14th St. Y 344 East 14th Street New York, NY 10003
As a writer for a sustainable design website I get to look at cool solar powered bags all the time, but because I’m a writer, I’m also too poor to afford most of them (cruel irony!). But then I thought hey, what is a solar bag really than a nice purse, backpack or tote with a solar panel attached? I could probably whip one up using a bag I already have myself, no? So that’s exactly what I did, and so can you. Read on for the DIY instructions.
Having received several comments remarking on the fact that the Eat Your Heart Out dress looks weird or confusing just lying on a bed – duly noted people! – I decided to showcase it on an actual person. Apologies in advance for the fact that that person is me. On that note, anyone lookin’ for a modeling gig that pays zero dollars?
Totally unrelated topic, but also totally post-worthy, we finally checked out the rooftop bar at the Ravel Hotel in LIC. Despite the rather awful, and I mean terrible, reviews, I actually had a great time and the views are unlike any I’ve ever seen from this side of the river. As you can see from the photos below, you’re literally RIGHT under the 59th St., Queensborough, Ed Koch, whatever you wanna call it, bridge, and there’s a futuristic retractable roof that makes the space really unique. Plus it’s right next to a simply breathtaking ivy-covered brick building that I’m totally going to write up for Inhabitat NYC. The food? Meh. But who is really going here for the food anyways? I definitely recommend it for an engagement party – the prices are (ever so slightly) more reasonable than a city rooftop bar and it’s just nice to be off the beaten path, you know?