Swinging it Around

Swinging it Around

The reasons for my reposting an outfit that has actually been on the blog before are as follows…

a) I needed to tell you that this pic was taken in the corridor of my hotel in Milan, the Brunelleschi aka as a 70s/80s retro haven where smoked glass, sponge effect wallpaper and plastic jacuzzi tubs live on.  I've found my Milan go-to hotel…

b) I needed to expand on the Sarah Frances Kuhn DSLR camera strap that I briefly mentioned in my D&G window post (a video on everyone's window dress up antics is up…)



Yes, fashion bloggers have mostly become a DLSR toting bunch.  How else to get that streestyle photo pre-requisite amount of blurry DOF in the background of pics to make the main subject seem sharper but to get ye yourself a shiny DSLR with a decent lens…?  Well, I haven't figured out how to use a camera properly but I'll tote one around anyhow and Sarah Frances Kuhn, previously Teen Vogue's accessories editor, has been making camera straps for a while in collaboration with Dana Lorenz of Fallon, and both have embarked on a blogger series of straps designing ones for the likes of Facehunter, Phil Oh of Streetpeeper and Tommy Ton of Jak and Jil… and err non-streetstyle me who carries around a DSLR for jokes.  I picked out the leather for the strap and the fabric to be interwoven with the chain and here it is in its polka dot and pale pink glory. 


I was thinking affixing it to the camera and swinging it about wouldn't be 100% secure but with a few knots and a metal toggle, all is fine.  I believe there are different toggles for different cameras depending on the weight of it. 


I had it on during Milan to test it out and got quite a few people asking about it proving just how lacking DSLR's are in the accessorising department.  Yes, cameras need cute outfits too…

Picture 12 Hanneli

Oh, and if you're not a DSLR-er, the straps can also be used with a variety of cameras should you need a strap for your err… Boots disposable camera…?


Now what leather whizz will whip up some amazing leather cases that will fit zoom lenses and fixed 30mm/50mm ones….? 


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  1. Angeles

    2011-03-07 at 11:56 PM

    Great and stylish! I’m thinking something cool for my camera, that it’s a good idea! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. amalie

    2011-03-08 at 12:12 AM

    those camera chain straps are awesome! craving one like that for my camera nooow.
    lovely outfit too, i love your jacket!

  3. olive

    2011-03-08 at 12:25 AM

    Nice straps, it looks match with your outfit ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Caroline

    2011-03-08 at 12:30 AM

    Oh I love this! It makes your camera look like a purse. I have a Cannon T2i and would definitely use such an amazing strap…

  5. Olivia

    2011-03-08 at 12:46 AM
  6. Kit

    2011-03-08 at 1:01 AM

    OMG I must get one for 4 of my cameras!
    Thanks for sharing Susie.

  7. Shini

    2011-03-08 at 1:24 AM

    I was soo tempted after talking to Phil during LFW but kinda scard the chain would bump into the body and create dent/scratches… How does it look in that aspect?

  8. Brigadeiro

    2011-03-08 at 3:07 AM

    Oh my! Am running, not walking to Sarah Kune’s blog/website! I absolutely hate the strap on my dslr, and this is infinitely brilliant! Thanks for sharing Susie!

  9. Brigadeiro

    2011-03-08 at 3:18 AM

    PS. Oops, Kuhn not Kune, sorry!
    PPS. I have the same concern as Shini above…

  10. Lyana

    2011-03-08 at 3:42 AM

    Brilliant! It’s about time to embrace the fact that DSLRs are here to stay and fashion bloggers need to flaunt those with pride ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Lucinda

    2011-03-08 at 3:53 AM

    Is that an Arnsdorf trench? Very sweet outfit. As superfluous as it sounds, I think I need one of those DSLR straps though I’d also be scared about it scratching the lens.

  12. sayablack

    2011-03-08 at 7:17 AM

    I want those chain straps!!!

  13. Nicola Searle

    2011-03-08 at 9:26 AM

    The best looking camera bags have to be the canvas and leather Billinghams http://www.billingham.co.uk/acatalog/index.html
    In the states, the wedding photographers go crazy over neoprene Shoot Sacs:
    I’ve yet to find an all leather camera bag that I like. I suspect it would be too heavy.
    But I haven’t seen any camera straps as cool as yours!

  14. brandy

    2011-03-08 at 11:01 AM

    I’d never seen these fancy camera straps until I saw you carrying them around, they’re really nice…especially compared to my one which screams CANON CANON. I’m vegetarian though so need to find a leather alternative! Thanks for always posting such cute new things ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. michele

    2011-03-08 at 12:46 PM

    This is soo great! I’m gonna get a DSLR for jokes too! And it would be awesome to have one of these!

  16. K A R O B A R O

    2011-03-08 at 1:35 PM

    I’m in love with your coat and the camera straps!

  17. mariya

    2011-03-08 at 3:03 PM

    hi nice post thanks for sharing the information

  18. Faiza

    2011-03-08 at 4:09 PM

    Your camera strap is beautiful! What a great idea. Love your jacket too. Thanks for sharing…;)

  19. Denise

    2011-03-08 at 4:10 PM

    Now I should be loving that camera strap but I’m very uneasy about it and not completely clear as to why. Maybe it’s the idea of the thick chain around my precious can’t-afford-to-replace equipment. And I guess I don’t see my DSLR as an accessory.
    But I don’t mind seeing that outfit again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. steffy

    2011-03-08 at 5:52 PM

    adorable, the shoes are to die for! and you look amazing ๐Ÿ™‚
    <3 steffy

  21. Brandon Acton-Bond

    2011-03-08 at 9:18 PM

    You know what? This strap looks farrrr sturdier than the strap that came with my dslr. Which btw snapped after only a few wears!? Terrible! Oh and I’m making a bag for my camera this semester. If it doesn’t look too terrible I may even post it.

  22. Villedela

    2011-03-08 at 9:22 PM

    So much texture and layering with that outfit. I covet your bangs!

  23. Clairey

    2011-03-09 at 1:56 AM

    Love the camera straps, I think I’m going to have to make one. And the outfit post is fab! x http://bloggamonsta.blogspot.com/

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    2011-03-09 at 10:15 AM

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  25. Sarah @ The Dreamery

    2011-03-09 at 12:42 PM

    Fantastic idea – you are absolutely right about lack of fab accessories for DSLRs. Love the Arnsdorf trench.

  26. callahan

    2011-03-09 at 4:30 PM

    Not one for knowing what to do with one of them ‘technical’ looking camera’s i wouldnt mind having that swinging of my shoulder, ever if it is on a Boots disposable! x

  27. carolyn

    2011-03-09 at 9:11 PM

    these camera straps are awesome – are they comfortable? i would love to get one for a gift.

  28. Stacey Kelly

    2011-03-09 at 11:05 PM

    definitely loving those camera straps. such a great idea.

  29. waen

    2011-03-09 at 11:20 PM

    ohhh this is awesome :)) i luv it….i jst got my new G12 and i ll defo make a strap for it…u inspire me alot..cheers

  30. redpassion

    2011-03-10 at 1:24 PM

    wow is a fantastic innovation ๐Ÿ™‚ i lovely http://redpassioncy.blogspot.com

  31. Elina S.

    2011-03-10 at 4:33 PM

    I am a photographer and I would never chain metal on to my camera. Fashionable, yes maybe, yet why would I compromise damaging my camera, the thing I earn my money with, for fashion?

  32. susie_bubble

    2011-03-10 at 4:52 PM

    To answer Elina/Shini’s questions, I have another question, why would the chain be coming into contact with the camera body? I hang the chain around my neck and when I lift up the camera, I’m holding onto the body and part of the chain?
    When I hang the camera on one shoulder (like when I’m on the go…) then the camera is suspended from the chain and again, not touching the chain…
    A bit confused here…
    Unless I take the chain off my neck very hastily which I can’t anyway because the camera body is too heavy for me to just fling it about, then I don’t see how the chain would come into contact with the body in a way that would damage the camera…?
    Am I missing something here? What wild and violent movements do people do when using their camera? That said, I am of course an amateur so I’m not a professional… so perhaps others can enlighten me as to the risks of the straps…

  33. Swan

    2011-03-11 at 5:46 AM


  34. Swan

    2011-03-11 at 5:49 AM

    Hmmm, that shazam was for the coolness of the camera strap, and outfit. Not the dialogue about the strap. Not that I don’t like dialogues. I guess I let me cameras go pretty naked.

  35. Kit

    2011-03-11 at 7:34 PM

    It won’t do any damage when the chain is round your neck and shoulder, what Shini meant was what if you place the camera in a bag with chain strap all mooshing, moving and shoving around in the bag….just a question whether it would cause any scratches esp on LCD screen. Camera body is precious.

  36. waen

    2011-03-12 at 12:12 AM

    i made a strap for my camera already :))
    i cover the camera when its in the bag so the chain wont damage or scratch it, but when i hav the strap i rarely put the camera in my bag anyway. so, its not the prob for me.

  37. Megan

    2011-03-14 at 1:22 AM

    ahhhh such cool chains! <3

  38. Dressingyouup

    2011-03-14 at 11:18 AM

    wow what a brill idea.
    Helen, X

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    2011-04-07 at 9:45 AM

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  40. Nike Air Max

    2011-05-17 at 11:18 AM

    Great post! I really liked the video with the cool software for playing guitar… gotta get me one of those…

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    2011-05-28 at 6:56 PM

    Fantastic idea – you are absolutely right about lack of fab accessories for DSLRs. Love the Arnsdorf trench.

  42. kamagra

    2011-07-27 at 2:21 PM

    Hello, Such a wonderful blog i ever read. Please keep posting good blogs.
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  43. Kamera tilbehโˆšโˆr

    2011-10-19 at 4:59 PM

    I liked this outfit and the way of enhancing Sarah Frances Kuhn DSLR camera strap…its amazing…Great post! I love that you really emphasize being unique when you write your blog posts.

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