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!