Recreating that Chanel Paint Splatter Look

So it seems I am having a moment with big fun colourful patterns - you'll see in a few upcoming outfit posts by the way! This post totally relates to this fact, but also to the fact that some of my readers would like some cheaper shopping options on Fashion Blender. I just recently asked my readers what they thought of my blog in a survey. If you haven't answered it please answer it HERE. Thanks so much everyone!!

While I was hunting around for something to challenge myself with for my readers sake I found that the latest Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Splatter Print items had hit stores. If you remember, I wrote a Favourite Moments of Paris Fashion Week Post in which the Chanel Revolution Show featured? There was lots of press surrounding this show, but I am sure you all heard about that...

First off I have to say that I am in love with the Proenza Schouler black and white large pattern below. This coupled with the fact that the Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Splatter Pattern items would be pretty easy to replicate got me thinking about creating my own paint splatter item. AND this would also mean I could create something that looked as good as those coveted Chanel pieces on a budget.

Lets look at the Chanel runway show below first. You can see in photo two and three below that Karl has included lots of clashing prints along with bright colours. This makes both these outfits quite bold - you can wear everything together to be daring OR like I will probably do - choose one item to feature. I want to take a bit of a break here to point out that in photo three, the model is dragging her expensive jacket on the ground! Its cuffs are all dirty. Oh the horror.

Fast forward to trying to find pictures of Chanel Paint Splatter items so I could recreate my own... There are like over 400 pages on purseforum dedicated to Chanel Espadrills!! I also found the prices for the Chanel Splatter bag and the Chanel Splatter shoes and decided that I would definitely make my own!

So. How am I going to do that? Painting leather shoes is pretty easy. First you need to prep leather by removing existing polish and coatings with acetone (NOT nail polish remover). Next you'll need to paint (OR SPLATTER) your leather shoes with acrylic paint specially designed for leather. Finally you'll need to seal your outstanding DIY job with an acrylic finisher for a gloss or matte finish.

- Buy your acetone at a hardware store.
- Angelus Leather Paint (link at bottom of post)
- Your chosen shoes
- Angelus Acrylic Finisher or Angelus Duller
- Protective clothing, newspapers to cover your surface, paintbrushes, cotton buds AND
- Your creative mind!

Next question I had was how to make my paint spatter? I suggest experimenting on paper first. You'll need to water down your paint and since every brand of paint is different no one paint to water formula will work. Another variable in the equation is you - you'll throw the paint around differently to your neighbour... (More on this when I actually create my DIY project). Generally, a coarse bristle brush or even a fan brush gives some nice results. I was even thinking of trying a drinking straw!

Keep your eyes on the blog to see my DIY project come to life in the following weeks.

Don't want to make your own? Check out the cool KENZO espadrilles I have handpicked for you below!

What do you think of DIY projects? Have you created something yourself? Do you like the Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Paint Splatter look? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all.

Proenza Schouler Pre Fall 2015 Monochrome Large Pattern

Proenza Schouler Pre Fall 2015 Monochrome Large Pattern

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Coloured Splatter Print

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Coloured Splatter Print

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Print

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Print

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Bag In Boutiques Now

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Bag In Boutiques Now

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Bag & Espadrilles In Boutiques Now

Chanel Spring Summer 2015 Monochrome Splatter Bag & Espadrilles In Boutiques Now

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Got the Blues for My ELLERY Shirt

I hope you are all well? I have been super busy this weekend with Japanese language study, clients and homework. However it is unseasonably warm today so I headed out in my lovely ELLERY Shirt that I purchased to wear to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Sydney. I love a classic cotton shirt, however this blue ELLERY number is a bit of a twist on a classic due to its interesting silhouette. I love trying new combinations I have to say.

I have also been busy with my latest collaborations - the last of which was my Emma & Roe collaboration SWEET TREATS. I wore a lovely Country Road White Cape Coat. A lot of you asked where you could buy it. So let me share the link with you. You can shop online on the Country Road website HERE. I realised, with the exception of a few outfits lately, I have been wearing a lot of blue. So I will make an effort in the next few outfit posts to steer away from blue - maybe some green and red??

This outfit I am carrying my classic Chanel handbag - I am on the hunt at the moment for a bright pebbled blue bag. Maybe a Proenza Schouler PS11 or a Céline Edge Bag. However I am yet to find the perfect bag. You may all be aware I am very particular when it comes to large ticket items. I spend quite a while researching because I know I will have them for a long time - this is how it should be. How many of you own a PS11? or a Céline Edge Bag? What about other styles? Which bag is your favourite?

My trusty White Burberry Wedge Heels have come in handy yet again because I wanted a white focus in this outfit. I have to say I really love how Wesley Taylor helped me photograph them in this outfit post. Check out the lovely texture we used in photo 3 below to make them shine. A great pair of black work pants are essential in any wardrobe - these Céline pants are my favourite because I got them on sale AND they are an interesting shape.

Finally, I'd like to ask a huge big favour of all my readers. I would like to ask if some of you would fill in a survey for me. If you are interested please contact me via my contact page or email me on kiri@yanchenkodesigns.net. It would be a huge help!

Photos by Wesley Taylor.

What do you think of this outfit below? Which handbag is your favourite? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all!

ELLERY Australia Blue Cotton Shirt, Chanel Bag, Céline Pants

ELLERY Australia Blue Cotton Shirt, Chanel Bag, Céline Pants

ELLERY Australia Blue Cotton Shirt, Céline Pants & Sunglasses

ELLERY Australia Blue Cotton Shirt, Céline Pants & Sunglasses

Céline Pants, Burberry Wedges

Céline Pants, Burberry Wedges

ELLERY Australia Blue Cotton Shirt, Chanel Bag, Céline Pants & Sunglasses

ELLERY Australia Blue Cotton Shirt, Chanel Bag, Céline Pants & Sunglasses

ELLERY Australia Blue Cotton Shirt, Chanel Bag, Céline Pants & Sunglasses, Burberry Shoes

ELLERY Australia Blue Cotton Shirt, Chanel Bag, Céline Pants & Sunglasses, Burberry Shoes

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Do It Yourself! Furry Friends

DISCLAIMER - DON'T WORRY - I've picked faux fur accessories!

So you've seen them everywhere - those fur pieces that you just love but you are not sure how to put them into your wardrobe? Since it is getting cooler in Sydney now I decided to write this post as the wind is pretty freezing here at the moment.

First off let's look at some street style. To be honest, all the fur street style photos I am finding come from Europe. Yes, London was much colder than I thought it was going to be. However, many people say to me that this was just because I flew from Sydney when it was 35 degrees. I am not sure I believe them. Maybe it is because they are used to the cold like I get used to our hotter days? Or maybe it is because they are wearing some stylish furry accessories and a big colourful furry coat?

The easiest thing to do to add fur to your wardrobe is take a hint from Anna Dello Russo in photo 2 below, wear a fur charm on your bag. It adds a bit of fun and some colour. EVERYONE is going crazy for Fendi Fur Bag Charms at the moment (see photo 4 below). But what if you don't have that kind of money?! I know I don't; the Fendi Fur Monster Charm for your Handbag went for over $1000AUD on mytheresa.com! Plus if you wanted a Karlito - that sold for over $1500 on Farfetch.com! I am used to things like this selling out. Because of this and the price they sell at, it means I have to get crafty OR look on eBay and/or Etsy. I found that eBay was out because the lovely little critters are now too expensive as they are a hot item. Check out the prices HERE! Can you be sure they are authentic?? So I moved onto Etsy to help support local artisans. 

How else can you add a bit of fur to your outfit? In Australia we don't really need to walk around in a fur coat. So I won't be giving you all links to fur coats that are on my wishlist. Because honestly I don't really need one. The closest I have is a rabbit fur and cashmere coat that I bought in Shanghai from Burberry straight off the runway.

My go to shopping destination is Shopstyle.com - so I looked up fur on their website. Check out a few of my picks under all the street style below. HAPPY SHOPPING!

DISCLAIMER - DON'T WORRY - I've picked faux fur accessories!

Do you own any fur? Where about do you live? Is it cold enough to need a full fur coat? Comment at the end of the post I love to hear from you all!

Milan Furry Street Style, photo Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

Milan Furry Street Style, photo Vanni Bassetti/Getty Images

Milan Street Style, photo buro247.com

Milan Street Style, photo buro247.com

Furry Street Style, photo WhoWhatWear

Furry Street Style, photo WhoWhatWear

Fendi Furry Charms on the Runway

Fendi Furry Charms on the Runway

Furry Street Style, photo youqueen.com

Furry Street Style, photo youqueen.com

Furry Street Style, photo styledumonde.com

Furry Street Style, photo styledumonde.com

Furry Street Style

Furry Street Style

My Faux Fur Picks

Boohoo Faux Fur Wrap, $30AUD

Boohoo Faux Fur Wrap, $30AUD

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Sweet Treats; Emma & Roe

The NEW Wild Hearts Collection

First of all - I'd like to say a big HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the mums out there as it is Mother's Day today. It is such a lovely day for it in Sydney today, however it is a little bit cold out of the sun. Make sure you rug up warmly when you step outside! I am in a coat today as you can see below.

I'd like to introduce my next collaboration, it's with Emma & Roe by Michael Hill! I was super exited to work with Emma & Roe especially since their Wild Hearts Collection is very unique and edgy. You may remember me mentioning that I love brand with a story? Well Emma & Roe jewellery helps you tell your own story. Designed by you, for you, Emma & Roe stunning charm jewellery lets you express your unique personal style, your way. You can create pieces as distinctive as you are, layer charm bracelets together to make a serious style statement or construct an individually inspired piece that helps you stand out from the rest. At Emma & Roe, you’re the designer.

I was able to pick my own unique set from the NEW Emma & Roe Wild Hearts Collection - there are over 680 exquisite charms, along with matching bracelets, stoppers and safety chains in silver, gold, diamonds, leather or handcrafted Italian glass that you can choose from. Plus there are new items constantly being added so you can add to your own little story!

Sometimes it's easy to get lost in the amount of combinations available when you shop online. Don't worry though; creating your own look using Emma & Roe Wild Hearts pieces is as easy as 1, 2, 3! 

1.Take one 6mm magnetic clasp, leather wrap bracelet in your chosen colour. You can pick 41 cm wraps or the extra long 61 cm length that gives you more room to add your personal touch. 

2. Add your own assortment of bold new sterling silver sleeve, dangle or button charms – choose whatever speaks to you. The Emma & Roe Wild Hearts Collection features strong, confident shapes that are on trend. Don’t forget to include a few dangles and buttons beautifully embellished with cubic zirconias for extra sparkle.

3. Mix and match them all together and – Hey sister! – You’ve got instant street style cred!

You can see from the photos below that I picked a pink and black combination. First I chose a black leather double wrap bracelet HERE. Then I added a pink leather multi-strand bracelet for some colour. Then I picked a black cubic zirconia sterling silver dangle charm and a pink sterling silver dangle charm to complete my look.

I've chosen to wear my bracelets with an all white winter look so they stand out. My cape coat is from Country Road and my white dress is from Scanlan Theodore. Do you like my new Moschino iPhone 6 case? Plus my Chanel sunglasses and Louboutin heels finish this outfit off.

Have you heard of Emma & Roe? Do you have a charm bracelet? And what do you think of wearing all white? Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you all!

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