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:
Black or silver studs (about 150 medium sized)
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.