You may have already noticed that I have a slight obsession with Jil Sander? Not that I can afford much from the collections but I do like the minimalist aesthetic as well as their ‘classic pieces’ that they are able to create each season ( the market bag, the beanie, the bubble gum maxi skirts).
This season I was also in love with THE earrings (seen above.) They remind me of 80s clip-on earrings that I used to think were funny in my mom’s jewelry box. I like them because I feel like they are something you can wear with a plain outfit to dress it up a bit and make it a bit trendy, sadly I cannot afford to spend between $1,500- 10,000 on a pair of earrings at the moment. This is why I was beyond excited when I saw these clip-on earrings (remember those?) below at HM for £3. My friend Julia said that she would like them if they weren’t clip-ons but really thats my favorite part! What do you think?
It was only last ss2011 that the Jil Sander’s market bag was all the craze (good and bad) and now for their SS 2012 collection Jil Sander has done it again (via Stephen Jones), This time with a beanie. When I first saw the beanie worn by Bryanboy and Anna dello Russo I was angry that people would pay so much money for a beanie with a piece of net on it but then again I am conflicted. I love the simple modernist design brought about by Raf Simmons and I really do consider it art (in a sort of DIY ready-made way) however since the piece is not singular I don’t know if a mass produced item that could be more cheaply made is worth $450+-. I know this is on the verge of becoming ‘what is fashion?’ babble so I will compromise by making my own in hommage to Jil Sander for just under £5. Here are the steps:
oversized beanie in whatever color you want ( I got mine for £2 on ebay)
net or veiling for millinery in same color as beanie ( I bought a meter for £2 on ebay)
a needle and thread (in the same color as beanie)
1.) Start by grabbing the end of the net and placing it on the back of your head.
2.) Wrap the net around your face so that you meet the back of the net. Keep Hold of this spot because this is where you will cut.
3.)Cut length wise
4.) Wrap the cut net around your head and find the center top of your head like below. This will be where you cut horizontally.
5.)Cut of the horizontal part of the net that you just measured.
6.)Put on the beanie to the place where you want to wear it. 7.)Wrap the cut net around your beanie and adjust it how you like it. It should be just below the bottom lip line and loose around this area.
8.) Sew the back area in the middle with just one stich.
9.)Since the thread of the net is very thin you will sew around it like below.
10.)Put the beanie on and touch the center of your head this is what you will sew down.
11.)Put the beanie (now sewed on front and back) and hold down the left and right hand top sides that need to be sewed and do this.
12.) Et voila you are done!! Now you can parade around like me (very man repeller)! What do you think about the beanie in general (Mine or JIl Sander’s)? Would you wear it? Would you pay the price?
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Remember back in February when I did this post on a DIY Jil Sander Market bag and it was just taking a plastic bag. Well today I saw an old woman carrying what looked like a floral fabric Jil Sander bag and I was instantly convinced I was going to make one! I remember seeing this post by Style Hurricane and went back to it for inspiration. I took some fabric that I was going to use to make a skirt and made this bag using these instructions! It was actually super simple (besides a couple of fights with the sewing machine) and you can even sew it by hand. I might take style hurricane’s suggestion and make a leather one as well. I will “model” this for you later when I can convince my bf to take a picture of me! What do you think?
Jil Sander SS11
Step 1) Get your self a plastic bag in a bright color
Step 2) Throw your all your stuff in it = )
Okay all jokes aside I really do love Jil Sander’s Market bag in clear orange. But for those of us who can’t afford it at the moment ($179) you really can just use a plastic bag and be “fashionable.” Finally there is an excuse to use that wonderful plastic bag they give you at your local international market! See my “creation” below.