Pay Half Trimmings

Pay Half Trimmings

I do realise that the title of this post sounds like a subject line in a spam email but bear with me.  Actually come to think of it, thanks for bearing with the irregular posting times (thanks to the GMT for closing the gap on the time difference…woohoo!) and the *hangs head in shame* dusty emptiness of the DIY category. 

I realise 'lack of time' is a ropey excuse but I'm still hoping free time will come into my possession.  That said, having spent four days observing fashion professionals who work for companies like Lanvin, Raf Simons, Hermes etc  conducting Masterclasses at the Arts of Fashion event here in Philadelphia, I definitely come away with the conclusion that my own hands are limited in their ability because someone up there did not gift me with nifty and nimble fingers.  It's not even really about fashion school training (which I also lack of course…) but these people, who in their working hours and hours outside that, are constantly generating ideas and experimenting in fabrications, shapes and techniques and happen to be naturally gifted with having fashion eureka moments pretty often.  When they're working with the students who are taking their classes, I often hear sentences that start with "Maybe we could try this…?" and the results are more often than not, spot on.  I'm most definitely happy to be the observer of this idea generation rather than the idea generator…

Take these black pumps from Payhalf.  I went on a bit of a long winded excursion to buy them for the Arts of Fashion show tonight as they are being used to accessorize the Bag Pocket Masterclass conducted by Anthony Vaccarello and Arnaud Michaux.  They just took one look at them and with the trimmings lying around on the table knew what to do with them…

On goes the black fringe running along both sides of the pumps…




…and a feather boa trim is cut up to stick onto the back of the shoes…




Left to my own devices and I might have gone about these two dead simple tricks in a really long and roundabout way… I'll stick to typing and making really good banana and walnut cake…


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    2009-10-28 at 12:49 PM

    wow what a fantastic and simple idea, definitely want to try the fringing one

  2. Alice Le

    2009-10-28 at 1:19 PM

    I love the fringe trim…

  3. Sally

    2009-10-28 at 2:00 PM

    Both are brilliant. And seem like they’d be simple enough DIYs … though looks can be deceiving!

  4. Nicole

    2009-10-28 at 2:57 PM

    I love, love, love the shoes. They would make a really good diy if I were way more talented.

  5. Nathalie

    2009-10-28 at 6:00 PM

    I love the fringe and would love to try it. I think I’m going to dust off the glue gun now–though I think will end up pretty messy.

  6. Suzanne

    2009-10-28 at 6:25 PM

    wow, love them!

  7. Kirsten

    2009-10-28 at 8:42 PM

    soooo cute!!! im going to be doing some DIYing very very soon!
    {uninhibited fashion}

  8. Karina

    2009-10-28 at 9:13 PM

    Amazing! Definitely going to try sprucing up some pumps later on.

  9. Anna

    2009-10-28 at 9:45 PM

    love the fringing! very cool. need some excuse to try it…

  10. mayk

    2009-10-28 at 9:55 PM

    amazing. simple and effective.

  11. Mumbling Elf

    2009-10-28 at 10:21 PM

    God that fringe is divine! Not sure about the boa thought, I’d probably leave a trail of feathers in my wake…

  12. renéesturme/blog

    2009-10-29 at 1:13 AM

    would never have expected this to look that good.

  13. Jean Barrett

    2009-10-29 at 2:44 AM

    I love love love your blog. I was wondering, as a former resident of Philadelphia, if the shoes are from Payless not Payhalf, if in fact you got them there?
    Regardless, the trimmings are brilliant and fun.

  14. WendyB

    2009-10-29 at 5:32 AM

    I love that fringe….

  15. le blog de leen

    2009-10-29 at 9:53 AM

    these shoes are quite amazing

  16. sacs à mains

    2009-10-29 at 1:44 PM

    Doux… original… sympa….


    2009-10-29 at 2:30 PM

    I feel a halloween project with fringing looming – Fab!

  18. yan

    2009-10-29 at 7:45 PM


  19. yan

    2009-10-29 at 7:47 PM

    love the fringe tho….keep inspiring…love your work n admire your determination my sweetie….

  20. Snapshot Fashion

    2009-10-29 at 8:28 PM

    LOVE them!!!

  21. Audrey

    2009-10-30 at 2:04 PM

    I wore those shoes! And wanted to keep them!

  22. All Women Stalker

    2009-10-30 at 3:00 PM

    Haha the title does sound like a loan spam thing. 😀 But those look lovely. Not for wearing on rainy days, though.

  23. louboutin

    2009-10-31 at 1:01 AM

    a bit too messy for me…

  24. The Style PA

    2009-10-31 at 10:13 PM

    I have a pair of plain black shoes that could do with an update. Thanks for the ideas…

  25. mary beth

    2009-11-01 at 2:04 AM

    Those fringe heels are divine!

  26. Sian :)

    2009-11-01 at 6:04 PM

    an awesome idea; i feel some DIY’ing coming on!

  27. leah

    2009-11-02 at 11:13 PM

    amazzzzing! I want to do that straight away!

  28. Miriam

    2010-04-19 at 5:14 PM

    I love first shoes. BesT!!!

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