Got the Lanvin, forgot the Acne

Got the Lanvin, forgot the Acne

The struggle to DIY sans sewing machine and time rages on, complicated by the fact that a possible iMac landing in the house might mean there isn’t the sufficient space for a sewing machine.  Therefore I can only prop this section of the blog up with easy DIYs that a monkey could do. Monkeys would certainly have a riot with these buttons which I’ve been holding onto since Paris.


They’re actually the buttons that have been used on the Acne x Lanvin collaboration that is still yet to drop in stores and online.  I’ve signed up to the waiting list for no particular reason other than curiosity as I have zilch intention of buying seeing as prices are something like $500-$1000 (and I can’t even have the pleasure of halving that figure to convert to GBP…damn you weak pound!).  Through a friend, I procured the buttons that are on the collection’s trenches and jackets and they have been sitting on my shelf since Paris Fashion Week, staring back at me taunting me as if to say ‘You’re a talentless lemon with fat fingers’. 

This lemon decided to play a little with the idea of the button’s provenance and tried in vain to find a suitable denim garment to make over.  Sadly, the high street is not feeling denim dresses/jackets/coats at the moment and vintage options were out due to lack of time.  In the end, I went for a one-shouldered black denim Topshop dress that has a slightly Lanvin-ish shape to it anyway with the ruffled shoulder. Smashed up cheap jewellery/belts from Primark provided extra decoration…

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Some stitches and glue later and see?  Monkeys AND lemons could do this…




(Vintage grey t-shirt, tights from Urban Outfitters, Lanvin shoes)


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  1. roxanne

    2008-11-25 at 5:11 PM

    “they have been sitting on my shelf since Paris Fashion Weekstaring back at me taunting me as if to say ‘You’re a talentless lemon with fat fingers’.”
    hilarious. the DIY turned out splendidly!

  2. Bouncing Evil Ginner

    2008-11-25 at 5:16 PM

    Good conversion!! I’d never dare with a topshop dress as they’re so expensive, but you’ve made it look better. Oh Lanvin, so so beautiful.

  3. alicepleasance

    2008-11-25 at 5:18 PM

    Amazing job! It looks wonderful!

  4. sugarxnspice

    2008-11-25 at 5:30 PM

    So talented, and too adorable, Susie!

  5. giancinephile

    2008-11-25 at 5:33 PM

    Now, I’m getting more motivated to embark on DIY projects of my own. haha

  6. KatGeorge

    2008-11-25 at 5:57 PM

    Susie you’ve insipred me to get of my ass and stop whining about lack of sewing machine.
    Right before I left Melbourne for London my mum bought be a brand new Brother machine for Christmas. The thing talks to you! Everything is electronic so chosing stitches etc was a dream… He was may baby and I miss him.
    Before that I had an old hand me down machine I inherited from my yaya (grandma) so I never realised how much more difficult shopping is without a machine to come home to! I don’t really have the budget to take everything to a tailor, so shopping has really become limited for me.

  7. Hannah.

    2008-11-25 at 6:04 PM

    But could a monkey/ lemon make it look as good?

  8. jennine

    2008-11-25 at 6:05 PM

    wow! you look so lovely in that light! and the bedazzlement! it’s amazing. well done.

  9. juliet

    2008-11-25 at 6:15 PM

    That dress don’t look like this lemon could do it, looks gorgeous!
    juliet xxx

  10. selina

    2008-11-25 at 6:16 PM

    ooo lovely, i love the mish mash, plus the huge ruffle, the dress is great!

  11. sara

    2008-11-25 at 6:19 PM

    Wow, Susie! This looks fantastic!

  12. Catalina

    2008-11-25 at 6:30 PM

    I love it!
    Damn, woman, I’m scared to see what you can create WITH a sewing machine.

  13. Bella

    2008-11-25 at 6:49 PM

    This is amazing!

  14. lisa

    2008-11-25 at 6:52 PM

    It looks fantastic! I don’t think a monkey could’ve done what you did with such a great aesthetic eye.

  15. jeanie

    2008-11-25 at 7:12 PM

    thats so cute i wish i could diy properly my feeble attempts aren’t nearly as good as yours x

  16. KD

    2008-11-25 at 7:22 PM

    Talentless? Pshaw! That is one cool DIY right there!

  17. winnie

    2008-11-25 at 7:34 PM

    Honestly, you could put your hands to anything and it will turn out amazing. I really love it!

  18. KD

    2008-11-25 at 7:56 PM

    P.S. Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I have a random question for you: what do you think of these?
    I love them for travel, lounging, etc. but I just wanted to hear the Great One’s opinion.

  19. KD

    2008-11-25 at 7:56 PM

    Gah!!! Sorry, I didn’t mean the heels, I meant these pants:
    Haha, can you imagine “lounging” in those heels? Sorry for comment spam.

  20. susie_bubble

    2008-11-25 at 8:00 PM

    KD: LOVE the Chronicles of Never pants
    LOVE LOVE the Pierre Hardy cube shoes…
    LOVE LOVE LOVE them both together!

  21. susie_bubble

    2008-11-25 at 8:01 PM

    I like lemons…and being one too…
    Thanks for the comments guys…apologies for the sleepy expression in the last pic… I did mean to keep the peepers open…

  22. Carrie (T.D.)from Paris;)

    2008-11-25 at 8:03 PM

    recession make creative ppl !

  23. lopi

    2008-11-25 at 8:36 PM

    Wow! I hadn’t realised how big those buttons were when I saw that first picture, but damn! Those are some HUGE buttons! Congratulations on using them too. I’d be to scared to do anything with something baring the name of Lanvin!

  24. Paloma

    2008-11-25 at 8:37 PM

    gorgeous! How the hell to you have time to do so many things. Are you only one person? Do you ever sleep?

  25. Brigadeiro

    2008-11-25 at 8:44 PM

    Absolutely gorgeous & inspirational! And I love the last shot!

  26. Laia

    2008-11-25 at 9:33 PM

    I love everything about this!!!

  27. alixrose

    2008-11-25 at 9:34 PM

    Wonderful job Susie. I love the dress to begin with but the addition of the baubles makes it a must have… awesome!

  28. Anonymous

    2008-11-25 at 9:54 PM

    you are so cute!!!!

  29. fashion herald

    2008-11-25 at 9:57 PM

    great diy, i love what you did.

  30. WendyB

    2008-11-25 at 10:06 PM

    Great work. Love it.

  31. enc

    2008-11-25 at 10:19 PM

    Well done, Susie!

  32. Girl Harry

    2008-11-25 at 11:06 PM

    Inspiring, and the result is very you,
    ever wondered what that dress would look like, with a shoulder one shoulder strap Tee under it, that climbs the other shoulder ?

  33. Janavi

    2008-11-25 at 11:24 PM

    You did a fabulous job on the dress!!! You don’t give youself enough credit!!!!!!!!


    2008-11-25 at 11:27 PM

    It looks so good..professional!
    And your face in the second pic is so angelic, with the sun coming across your face
    laura xx

  35. ash

    2008-11-25 at 11:39 PM

    the buttons are gorgeous. nice score. and the end product is fantastic.

  36. Alicia/InstantVintage

    2008-11-25 at 11:41 PM

    Love it! You did an amazing job.

  37. Daphne

    2008-11-25 at 11:55 PM

    Wow! You did a terrific job. I am going to have to try this….

  38. fiona

    2008-11-26 at 2:20 AM

    Such a pretty result!
    By the way, would you mind doing a sort of outfit breakdown for this post?
    Your tights and shoes go fantastically with the revamped dress.

  39. Sunset

    2008-11-26 at 3:36 AM

    WONDERFUL job! That piece is amazing. And holy crap, those buttons look like ornaments.

  40. Sister Wolf

    2008-11-26 at 5:39 AM

    are you actually getting younger??

  41. DIXY

    2008-11-26 at 6:08 AM

    I LOVE YOU!!!

  42. Songy

    2008-11-26 at 8:36 AM

    That is a perfect amount of bling. Wish we had a shop like primark.

  43. Mia

    2008-11-26 at 12:58 PM

    Pure love!

  44. Linda

    2008-11-26 at 1:14 PM

    hey susie,
    This model from crazy vintage look like you!!!I thought it was you at first 😛 u guys got the same pose!

  45. nabila

    2008-11-26 at 1:23 PM

    and you’re so cute…

  46. Anonymous

    2008-11-26 at 1:49 PM

    Where did you get the shoes that you wearing with the DIY adorned denim ruffle dress?

  47. susie_bubble

    2008-11-26 at 2:05 PM

    Just edited the post to include clothing credits….the shoes are from Lanvin…bought them at a sample sale…

  48. Fajr

    2008-11-26 at 3:39 PM

    A great DIY! It adds a much need sparkle to the dress, which I love by the way!

  49. J

    2008-11-27 at 12:36 PM

    It appears you have lost weight…

  50. Nicole Then

    2008-11-27 at 3:13 PM

    I absolutely love that. Thank you susie for sharing!! Now I wana try…

  51. Chic Looks

    2008-11-27 at 4:59 PM

    This is fantastic!! I cant get over the image of a “lemon with fat fingers” haha!!!

  52. Rosy

    2008-11-28 at 4:10 PM

    Love what you’ve done with that dress so much. That outfit is so perfect x

  53. Imelda M

    2008-11-29 at 1:05 AM

    Between your lemon fingers and my cucumber fingers we’re on our way to making a zesty salad…loves what you did with those buttons.

  54. Aysha

    2008-11-30 at 9:52 PM

    love it! u just inspired me to gem up!
    check my blog..

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