Fashion Revolution Week | DIY Luxury Fashion

In celebration of Fashion Revolution Week, I joined forces with The Conscious Closet to create a short photographic series showcasing how you can recreate and be inspired by your favourite high fashion looks by shopping recycled! All clothing was sourced and styled from The Conscious Closet. I've shared each look below and included how we upcycled items to match the looks we were recreating. 

Look 1: Chanel

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Outfit details:
All clothing and accessories sourced from The Conscious Closet. We did have to do a bit of upcycling – daggy trim from the jacket cuffs and hem were removed, edges frayed. Skirt was cut and hemmed on the diagonal while a faux Chanel trim (ribbon) was added. The belt was too big so an extra hole was punched, before adding some chanel-esque jewellery and flowers… and, VOILA!

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Look 2: Balenciaga 

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Outfit Details:
The whole outfit was sourced from clothing at The Conscious Closet and the only thing we needed to change was the pants as the ones we found were too large. In this case we took in the waist band of the pants. 

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Look 3: Louis Vuitton

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Outfit details:
It was so much fun to upcycle this faux leather jacket using iron on jewelled motifs. We cut the motifs to create our own pattern and ironed them on being careful using a pressing cloth. We quickly knocked up a little black velvet collar tie, added some Zara white pants and a Witchery shirt and hello Louis Vuitton chic!

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Look 4: Bally

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Outfit details:
We loved the colour palette in this campaign and recreated the look using a Gorman jumper, upcycled Asos leather jacket, Condotti pants, Max & Co Italian leather boots and a gorgeous little tan leather vintage bag. All we had to do was hem the pants to that (kind of awkward) 7/8 length, and added a sheepskin collar which can be added on or off depending on your mood!   

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What looks would you like to see me recreate?? I can see this being a fun ongoing project! 

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Em xx

Murder Mystery Dinner Party game & my 30th Birthday

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday with a Murder Mystery dinner party game. I've been wanting to play one of these games for years. The particular game we played was called "The Brie, the Bullet & the Black Cat", set in 1942 Casablanca. The guest of honour was to have been France's greatest living mime artist, but he fails to arrive, and has been murdered! Everyone at the dinner party is a suspect. Aim of the game is to investigate who of your dinner companions is the murderer.

It was a fabulous excuse to get dressed up, and act out in each character - here are my friends and family in their amazing outfits. I was so impressed with the effort everyone went to. Aren't they great? Big props to my mom who decorated the dining & sitting rooms, and organised ALL of the food, as I wasn't available during the day (sorry I don't have any photos)! 

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Of course the majority of my outfit was thrifted. Months ago I found this stunning fur at the local Sacred Heart Mission op shop. On the same visit, I also found a vintage black feather hat (seen on my friend Lara in the selfie). Both pieces were so fabulous I took them home, I knew there would be an excuse to wear them one day. Plus, I feel like I could get away with the black hat as a winter hat; I'm determined to try to bring it into the modern age as an everyday piece. Watch this space. 

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Here I am in my full 1940s outfit (apologies for photo quality). The dress ($10) was from Sacred Heart mission op shop South Melbourne, and the fur ($15) was also from Sacred Heart but their Prahran store.  The fur has these really cool backpack-like straps, put your arms through them and voila it won't fall off! Earrings were also a thrifted pair; the shoes were the only item I had bought new. A Kate Spade pair I found at a clearance store on a trip to the US. You may not have noticed but it was 30 degrees Celsius (that's 90F) so the fur didn't last too long!  My hair was curled a lot more but the heat and humidity ensured that didn't last long. 

Have you ever gone to a murder mystery party? If so, what did you like about it?

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Em xx