Sunday, August 30, 2009
Do it Yourself Fashion, Recession-Style
Nancy Brenner buttons it all up...
When In Style shows how to make your own studded headbands and rhinestone barrettes, when Vogue's September issue features Jason Wu giving sewing lessons, and when The front page of the NYT screams, "Consumer Thrift in U.S. May Last After Recession," you know the DIY trend is coming to you.
So how can a New York lassie get on the bandwagon? Start strong at M&J Trimming, the Sixth Avenue trimming mecca, where you can choose from satin ribbons, shiny patents, satins, ruffles, lace and gemstones piled from ceiling to floor. Lusting after a metallic studded leather cuff? For Do-It-Yourself instructions see blog.mjtrim.com/2009/04/21/diy-embellished-leather-cuff. Looking for embellished leg wear at an affordable price? Go to http://blog.mjtrim.com/2009/08/18/latest-trend-embellished-leg-wear for DIY leggings.
Explore trimming boudoir Pacific Trimming where you can find metallic chains to make your own version of the Jennifer Lopez's Michael Kors chain necklace look featured in this month's In Style magazine. Choose sequins, appliques, resin cords, rhinestone belt buckles, Swarovski crystals, suede fringe, embroidered velvet ribbons, or glittery elastics that could be turned into a belt. Update your handbag handles with chains. Grommets for your gloves or try a touch of eye-popping neon in the mini-rooms that make up this emporium since this store offers options for many moods.
Starting from scratch? Try A.K. Fabrics for fabric to make a retro looking velvet strapless dress. Then head to 62 year old Steinlauf & Stoller, purveyors of grommets, corset supplies, boning, shoulder pads and mod zippers.
Many of these establishments cater to both retail and wholesale. Check individual stores for hours; a few are open on weekends. Not all have websites. Even for those that do, nothing can replace the inspiration acquired in an in-person visit. Tassels anyone?
1008 Sixth Avenue
218 West 38th Street
Steinlauf & Stoller
239 West 39th Street
Daytona Braids & Trimming
251 West 39th Street
Ric-Rac, Metallics, Novelty Cluny Laces, Cordedge, Sequins, Passementries
269 West 39th Street
Buttons, trimmings, zippers, yarn & knitting supplies
228 W. 39th Street
Sequins, beads, feathers, chains, novelties, stones
257 West 39th Street
wool, silk, cotton, velvet