In May, Gucci launched its DIY service, which offers customizable men’s tailoring, unisex jackets and shoes for guys and gals alike. The whimsical embellishment options are evidence of trailblazing Creative Director Alessandro Michele’s wish to show his clientele that “the way you dress is an expression of your personality, and that men and women should feel genuinely free to enjoy self-expression.”
According to a 2013 report from consulting firm Bain & Company, DIY-able offerings speak to fickle millennial minds. “As a growing consumer force, young shoppers demand more individualized products than their older counterparts—they’re not a one-size-fits-all generation.” To both Michele and Bain & Company, we say — duh.
Gucci is far from the only fashion house that has tapped into our need for unique touches. The Marc Jacobs Spring 2016 collection was bursting with crafty patches. Vetements’ updated vintage jeans flew off the shelves thanks to subtle yet innovative angled hems and reworked pocket designs. Yes, we want our 90s minimalism — but we want an edited version. Give us an asymmetrical hem or an inventive cut-out over standard Seinfeld fare any day.
Now, for those blessed with that elusive DIY gene, more power to you. This season’s various arts-and-crafts-inspired denim trends are just begging to be reproduced at home (for a fraction of the cost). For those of you who just know you’ll rue the day you dared to wield that seam-shearing X-Acto knife yourself, however, we’ve taken out the guesswork/handiwork. Click through the slideshow below for standouts from each DIY denim category and, for the more intrepid, tips on how to personalize your own wardrobe.
Start by cutting the hem of the garment wherever you like — the messier the better. Run it through the dryer a few times to enhance your frayed edges.
Wåven Elise Overall Top, $78 at ASOS
AG Jeans The Phoebe, $255 at AG Jeans
Levi’s The Black High Rise Short, $177 at Re/Done
Break out your old enamel pin collection or seek out the of-the-moment accessories online and get puncturing. Keep ’em clustered and remember: More is more.
Marc Jacobs Embellished Denim Jacket, $810.99 at Farfetch
DEERDANA Prince Pin, $18 at PINTRILL
Inner Decay RIP Feelings Pin, $10 at Inner Decay
Proceeds from the sales of Rialto Jean Project support innovative art therapy programs at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Also, each pair is one of a kind, so that steep price point is more than justified, we’d say. If you want a pair of Blake Lively’s blossom-covered blue jeans at a more affordable price, however, grab some boyfriend jeans, a paintbrush and the acrylic and fabric paints of your choice and summon your inner Bob Ross.
Rialto Jean Project RJP x Blank Denim Distressed Skinny Jeans, $148 at Shopbop
Rialto Jean Project One of a Kind Hand-Painted Cherry Blossom Vintage Boyfriend Jeans, $250 at Lane Crawford
Forever 21 Wish Dream Hope Boyfriend Jeans, $145 at Forever 21
This one’s a breeze — simply grab an X-Acto knife and cut along the inner pocket seams.
Alexander Wang Frayed Striped Tank Top, $285 at Alexander Wang
Urban Renewal Remade Pocket Shift Short, $69 at Urban Outfitters
Vetements Blue Drop-Pocket High-Waisted Straight-Leg Jeans, $1,450 at Lyst
Take a razor and make a few artful slashes at the knees or thighs for a DIY destroyed denim look. Fray the slits with your fingers, if you’d like.
Topshop Moto Super Rip Bleach Mom Jean, $80 at Topshop
Or, for a more avant-garde look, remove entire sections of fabric.
Y/Project Cut-Out Trousers, $415 at Opening Ceremony
Levi’s Wedgie Fit Jeans, $128 at Levi’s
If your needlepoint skills are up to snuff, outline your design, grab a needle and thread and go wild. (Don’t forget to try on your denim before you begin drawing, so you have a sense of the 3-D effect!)
Gucci Embroidered Denim Jacket With Shearling, $4,950 at Gucci
Stella McCartney Janelle Embroidered Denim Skirt, $378 at Matches Fashion
Bliss and Mischief Chamomile Denim, $478 at Bliss and Mischief
Reinforce your tired denim pieces with strategically placed patches to turn your legs into collages of coolness. Step 1: Make sure you’re wearing the number while you mark where the patches will go. Step 2: Using a hot iron, lightly go over the patches until they are one with the denim. For patches of a more delicate nature (e.g., material), put a cotton shirt between the add-on and the iron to keep your accents fresh as can be.
Topshop Moto Raw Hem Badge Mom Shorts, $68 at Nordstrom
Aries Kurt Lilly Jeans, $294 at Opening Ceremony
Zara Shorts With Patches, $35.90 at Zara
We’d advise you to leave this kind of patchwork to the professionals. It’s just too involved. If you want to hop on the 70s resurgence trend, however, grab a pair of flares, measure about 8 inches on the outer seam and use fabric scissors to cut along that line. Slit hems showcase your DIY chops and your shoes.
Steve J & Yoni P Side Slits Wide Leg Cotton Denim Jeans, $405 at Luisa Via Roma
Zara Slouchy Patchwork Jeans, $29.99 at Zara
Victoria, Victoria Beckham Patchwork Denim Mini Dress, $470 at Net-a-Porter
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Friday afternoon, Tony Stewart told the world that he is unhappy with his life as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver.
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In Australia you can count on any number of spiders invading the common household, but one of the most common of all is the aptly named Black House Spider. If you are a citizen of Australia, then you are likely used to seeing these little monsters, but if you are living anywhere else, then these spiders will likely frighten even those who are not chronic arachnophobes.
These spiders are just under an inch in length and have about a one and a quarter inch long leg span. They are not terribly large, but they are very unsightly. These spiders are often found near a light source since their prey, which include flies, moths, beetles, and mosquitoes, often gather around bright lights. These spiders are able to survive for about two years, and can even become the prey of other spiders or parasitic flies.
Simply finding one of these spiders is a sign that they are likely infesting whichever location that they are found in. Although these spiders are not aggressive and therefore not inclined to bite humans, they can cause unpleasant symptoms in anybody bitten by one of them. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, sweating, and even skin lesions, so if you are traveling to Australia, then beware of these guys.
Is there a kind of spider that you often see in your home? What kind of spider is it and what do you do when you see one?
Before I left for Utah last week, one of the stories that we were watching closely was a daring and risky evacuation flight to the South Pole. At the time, all we knew was that a staff member at the Amundsen-Scott research facility had taken ill, and the situation was so desperate that two Twin Otter Aircraft has been scrambled from Kenn Borek Air in Canada to evacuate them. While it took some…
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Here's why the Supreme Court ruling on Obama's executive immigration actions has a huge effect on the next president
The Supreme Court’s decision blocking President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration could have a far-reaching impact on both the November election and the next president.
In a 4-4 Thursday decision, the Supreme Court left in place the decision of a lower court in a case involving Obama’s plan to shield millions of immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation. The lower court ruled in United States v. Texas that the executive actions were an overreach of presidential power.
The case came down to whether jurists believed that Obama’s plan was simply his outline of how he planned to enforce existing immigration policies, which is within his purview, or whether his executive actions were actually the creation of new legislation, which would not be. Obama’s executive actions, outlined in 2014, aimed to focus deportation efforts on criminally engaged immigrants while providing relief to those who reside in the country illegally but are otherwise law-abiding and meet certain qualifications.
“The way I think about this whole case is that it’s really an example of a president trying to push the envelope as to where the outer-boundaries of his power are,” David Primo, associate professor of political science and business administration at the University of Rochester, told Business Insider.
“You can make the argument that, had President Obama simply started informally enforcing the law as he outlined in his executive orders, this wouldn’t have been challenged,” he later added. “But the fact that he codified them, he wrote an executive order saying the law should be enforced as such. I think is why it became problematic.”
Another caveat to the decision is that, since it was split 4-4, the court made no determination on what is the appropriate scope for a president to use executive action. That, Primo said, makes it much more likely that the court will look to take a case involving the use of executive power in the near future to help settle the issue.
With that in mind, it could play a role in what both presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump attempt to do along the lines of using executive power. Push the boundary a bit too far, and either president could see their executive powers limited by a Supreme Court decision shortly thereafter.
“You can imagine if it’s a President Trump vs. a President Clinton, the desire to find out where that line is could be very different,” Primo said.
The specter of another case involving executive actions could also play a role in the kind of justice a Clinton or Trump chooses to nominate for not only the seat that is currently vacated after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year, but future seats that are sure to open up within the next four years.
Had Scalia still be on the court, the decision would have almost certainly been 5-4 in favor of affirming the lower court’s decision. Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the void in March, but it’s unlikely he will receive a vote ahead of the November election.
“You could imagine that pivotal member of the court is going to establish precedent on this,” Primo said. “So it’s certainly conceivable that we could have a case, and so it could be the case that the next president says ‘you know, I don’t want to find out where the line is cause I might be wrong or if it surprises me, I will lose power I thought I had.'”
“So the next president might get up to that line that seems to exist and not try to find out exactly where the line is, so to not draw a constitutional challenge,” he continued. “Because if the Supreme Court doesn’t get a case, it can’t act.
Of course, since the decision not only has to do with executive powers, which might not be a wedge issue in November, and does have to do with immigration, which will be, the decision is going to have a big impact on the election.
“This was President Obama’s sort of last stand on immigration and he lost,” Primo said. “Now immigration is essentially dead until the next session of congress. This will mobilize both sides of the issue.”
Clinton and Trump both fired off responses to the decision, with Clinton calling it “unacceptable” and Trump assuring followers that the ruling “kept us all safe.”
“Today’s 4-4 Supreme Court ruling has blocked one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President,” Trump said in a statement. “The executive amnesty from President Obama wiped away the immigration rules written by Congress, giving work permits and entitlement benefits to people illegally in the country.”
“This split decision also makes clear what is at stake in November,” he continued. “The election, and the Supreme Court appointments that come with it will decide whether or not we have a border and, hence, a country.”
But Trump, who has proposed building a massive border wall along the US-Mexico border in addition to ordering the deportation of millions of immigrants who are in the country illegally, may see his immigration plans hindered by the court’s decision. If the border wall, for example, were to be enacted through executive action, it could be the exact kind of move leading to a constitutional challenge and a Supreme Court case soon after.
The issue goes to the next level with this decision, because it makes it clear you need to have Congressional buy-in to get immigration reform,” Primo said. “This is going to move the immigration issue front and center.”
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