D.I.Y. Your Own Missoni, Burberry and Margiela

Design loving bloggers and their latest low impact, low price projects.

The Twitterverse went wild Wednesday morning when Target announced Missoni as their latest designer collaboration. It’s set to launch September 13th and promises to be one of their largest collections ever, featuring over 400 pieces, including clothing, dinnerwear and bedding.

Missoni for the masses? I have to confess I felt a pang of regret at the news, because while most shoppers are only too happy to get a look for less, and fashion retailers are keen to capitalize on a winning idea, I decided a couple of years ago that my wardrobe would be sourced as sustainably as possible. That means, for me, forgoing the temptations like Lanvin for H&M (a true test), and embracing the creativity and courage of my conscious convictions.

Perhaps you’re picturing a cheaply made, acrylic (shudder), knit Missoni top in your shopping cart and thinking the same. When you can’t stand another high-meets-low creation from a mass-market retailer, how are you going to get a designer concept look for less?

Allow me to introduce some of my favorite design loving bloggers and their latest low impact, low price projects. In the spirit of fashion’s new D.I.Y. ethos, their eye for a translatable idea is the perfect example of the web-obsessed world of fashion, concurrently serving eco interests.

Erica Domesek, the founder of P.S. – I Made This, describes her doable step-by-step guide DIY site as “A movement. It’s a call to action to reimagine, reuse & reinvent.” Her convincing replica of Burberry’s studded gabardine trench was truly resourceful, using chopsticks to recreate the studs. Chinese for dinner will never be the same again.

Runway DIY’s uncomplicated guide to updating a thrift-bought Baja Hoodie was in homage to Proenza Schouler’s hit-of-the-season: a beaded Baja Sweater. The site’s creative force, the mononymously named Arianna, presents fresh, straightforward projects that capture the latest trend’s coolest design detail or two.

For Virginie of Virginie Peny: Couture and DIY, enjoying fashion is a “self-made experience.” Her tutorials illustrate her unique take on exploring fashion media for personal inspiration. I loved her basic jersey tee interpretation of a slashed Maison Martin Margiela sweater from a recent edition of French Elle magazine. Too busy to slash your own? Every one of Peny’s DIY projects are available for purchase.


Rowena Ritchie

Rowena is EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.