Flashback to 1999, I was at university and my go-to look were my customised flares, you see my bought Topshop beauties weren’t quite big enough, so I added in a flash of yellow fabric for added swish, oh and some stars up the side just for the hell of it. I’m sad that I couldn’t find a pic of this uber-fashionable, more likely cringe-worthy moment to share with you all.
There’s something about a casual sunny Sunday with brunch plans with my husband that just calls for Converse. They just yell casual, comfortable and yet when they are covered in leather sequins you can also feel stylish.
A few weeks ago I was invited down to the Oxford Street Schuh store to customise my very own pair of Converse, which might I add are my very first pair ever, crazy right I have so been missing out as they are so comfortable.
As part of the Converse Represents campaign, Schuh’s windows were transformed into a pop-up creative studio, which allowed customers that had bought a pair of Converse to either get them studded, inked or laced up.
I was invited to test out the service and oh my what choice there was, so much so that they had to have iPads on hand to showcase all the crazy designs you could have inked on your Converse – everything from Union Jack flags to iconic London Routemasters, to animals, floral patterns and basically everything in between.
I went for the classic black high tops as I really wanted to stick to a classic minimal look. There were some people who were going crazy and studding the whole shoe, but I decided to keep mine simple and went for small round silver studs that mirrored the lace holes, a star stud in the Converse logo and of course I had to get statement laces, more purple than pink but they sadly didn’t have neon pink. One last touch that I couldn’t resist was getting my blog name inked on my heels. So as well as having my own personalised nail varnish I also now have my very own Fashionista Barbie Converse and I love them.
The Converse customisation lab is all packed up, which is a shame as honestly it was so much fun designing my own, but don’t worry if you missed out as there are so many YouTube videos out there to inspired you and help you do your own DIY customisation. I am actually thinking of buying a white pair and having a go myself, all I need to do is pick up studs, funky laces and a fabric pen!!!
Batman and Spider-Man have not only taken blockbuster success this summer at the cinema, but it seems that fashion has taken note and been inspired, as comic book and pop art-inspired pieces have started hitting the shops.
For me it all began with 3.1 Phillip Lim’s stunning pre-fall 2012 collection filled with graphic prints, including that incredible Break Up PVC pouch that has caught ever fashion editor’s attention. From there Lazy Oaf designed a batman collection, Zoe Karssen added some bat-appeal to her t-shirts, and even the king of fun jumpers Markus Lupfer added comic book lingo to his uber-cool signature sparkles, and it seems everyone has produced a cat ear headband in honour of our favourite female superhero/villian, Catwoman.
There are so many cool comic book pieces that it was hard to choose just 15, but I have brought you my favourites below:
1. Lazy Oaf x Batman – Crop Shirt In Bat Print, £60 at ASOS
2. Zoe Karssen – Heavenly Pink Bat Tee, £60 at Donna Ida
3. 3.1 Phillip Lim – The Break Up PVC and Leather pouch, £345 at Net-a-Porter.com
4. Lulu Guinness – Black Kooky Cat Lily Tote, £50
5. 3.1 Phillip Lim – Ka-Pow T-Shirt, £160 at Matches
6. ASOS Cat Ears Lace Headband, £8
7. Markus Lupfer – Ka-Pow! Sequin Jumper, £300 at My-Wardrobe.com
8. Maison Michel – Yoko Embellished Cat Ears Headband, £660 at Net-a-Porter.com
9. Model’s Own WAH Nail Wraps Pow, £7
10. ASOS – Cat Face Jumper, £32
11. Markus Lupfer – Black Cat Sequin Jumper, £299 at My-Wardrobe.com
12. Lazy Oaf Batman Backpack, £55 at ASOS
13. ASOS Premium Spider Jewel & Spike Necklace, was £50 now £37.50
14. Wonder Woman Converse, £50 exclusive to Schuh
What do you think of the Superhero trend – will you be working any of the pieces above? I think the ASOS cat jumper might have to be my first purchase – so cute and very similar to the Markus Lupfer one.