2.08.2009

Balmain Bonanza

Perusing Net-A-Porter.com the other day, I fell in love with what I thought was a studded Balmain blazer. Not that I had the extra $5,000 lying around, but I wondered why a blazer - albeit Balmain - was several thousand dollars? A closer glance and some research turned up the blazer's counterpart. This was actually a jacket constructed out of what appeared to be the smoothest, softest leather I'd ever seen on a pixelated screen. Don't get me wrong, the leather is gorgeous, but I actually liked the notion that this leather jacket had been masquerading as a neat little blazer punked out with studs. The rock-n-roll vibe is a bit more ironic on a stereotypical workplace item. With studs popping up everywhere these days, I thought the trend had just about overstayed its welcome. However, there's no one quite like Christophe to transform tacky bling and cliché 80s silhouettes into something fabulous.


What You'll Need:
Blazer
Black or silver studs (about 150 medium sized)

Seam ripper

Pliers


Studs seem to be all over the blogging world, so I don't want to be too redundant by explaining the process again. See this bag and these shoes for a detailed lesson. The design on this blazer entails three rows of studs covering the entire lapel and wrapping all the way around the back of the neck. Make the row closest to the inside of the blazer about four extra studs longer than the second row.
The second row will be three-four studs longer than the third row (and so on). If your jacket has a wider lapel, keep adding rows until you hit the outside edge.


Throw on with cigarette pants and structural heels for that avate-garde Parisian feel or over a silk dress for a night out on the town.

xx,CC

26 comments:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I love it! Especially over cig pants with heels. SO into all the rock-inspired clothing out there right now. Thanks tons for the idea, I'll be linking.

a.mi said...

I've been silently reading your blog for a while and I love all your dyi's! Keep it up! :D

maddie said...

this is so cute, perfect!

Luna Supernova said...

ohmygosh!!! thankyou so much for this tutorial, your blazer looks fantastic, i am DEFINATELY giving this a go!

hande's closet said...

ohhh god what an amazing insprition!!i have to try this !!

modediktat said...

THAT'S SO CREATIVE!!! First visit on your blog (followed the link from Brook and Lyn) - and just found such an amazing idea!
Great look and wonderful blog! I'll visit often! xx, Sofie

Anonymous said...

Good job! I have like a billion leftover studs from various projects. I should try this on something.

la petite fashionista said...

amazing! i need to go get materials & hold a giant stud crafting sesh one weekend!

DIANAB. said...

OMG i love this!!! balmain is freaking amazing. done and done. i'll do it and post and let you know that i copied you!
haha

Ginnifer said...

I plan on embracing it this year actually. Lots of candy and cupcakes for me!

I love your blog, & thanks for replying

Dane said...

Aww, I love your blog! Very inspiring. Im gonna add you on my blogroll cause Im a big DIY-er too. =)

brittany said...

amazingamazingamazing! im gonna have to try this out

CalamityJem said...

Another brilliant DIY effort :)

Noel said...

You are BRILLIANT. I feel like your blog is a God-send :-P.

spabeachresorts said...

happy valentine's day, dear! have lots of fun.

mysterycreature said...

Greta post - make do and mend is the sesnible way to create really cool clothes without too much dosh!

I'm planning to update my plain yellow bertie shoes with a tribal theme - just because I can!

Syana said...

i never thought of using black studs before! they look so chic, I'll order some asap to pimp my blazer!

Passion4Fashion said...

Love your site... can't wait to try some of these ideas! Thanks

Mads said...

I love Balmain too! I love your blog makes me want to DIY everything too!=)

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Anonymous said...

its supposed to be avant garde.

Leather Blazers said...

nice post love reading it.

Elliott Broidy said...

Great fashion style!

Leather Jacket Brown said...

Great outfit collection!! Awesome & cool!

Anonymous said...

very nice.




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