commonthread: diy bensimon event

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you'll know that I started it with predominantly DIY tutorials. Although I don't get to do it as often anymore, it is still my first love and that is precisely why I didn't pass up the chance to have fun with a pair of Bensimon sneakers during the DIY event held yesterday at the newly opened CommonThread boutique in Power Plant Mall.

DIY events are rare but they always prove to be loads of fun. You just don't get to show off your creativity but it is also often a laidback and casual experience. A chance to get to know a product's potential while catching up with friends over snacks.

Yesterday was no exception when they converted the Common Thread store into a a pseudo art school complete with long picnic tables loaded with all kinds of art materials and staff from Craft Manila to supervise the stylish guests.

I was given a pair of plain white sneakers to work first I wanted a gray or black pair but they were all out in my size so....

I stared at my sneakers for a few minutes and spied on what the others were doing...
Most were either bleaching or embellishing with glitter and colored paint.

You all know that I'm not really much into color and I wanted something unique yet wearable so I decided to stick to my usual palette of black and white + marry Bensimon's philosphy of being "Perfectly Imperfect" into my design.

This is what I came up with...a perfectly imperfect brushstroke designed shoe.

I love it now but don't get me wrong, halfway through the process, I had my doubts and felt like I just butchered a perfectly decent pair of sneakers and turned it into what a bum's costume may look like. :P

Just like me, it grows on you (ha-ha). And I love how literally perfectly imperfect it is.

You just can't go wrong.

  • The process is easy. Pick up a dry brush, dip in paint, shed off excess of scrap paper, dry brush your shoe, let dry. 

To transform it further into a more of a designer/couture/high fashion piece, I decided to add 2 red buttons in a lopsided manner for drama and effect: I think that pop of color makes a bolder statement. When I get tired of the buttons, I can easily snip them off :P

What do you think? :)

Make your own or watch out for new designs of Bensimon Sneakers in the upcoming months at all CommonThread Boutiques (greenbelt 5, power plant mall), Rustans (gateway, makati, alabang, shangrila), Center Of GRavity (burgos circle, bgc and centris), Shoe Salon (glorietta 3, power plant mall, shangrila, trinoma), shoe thing (bgc, eastwood, greenbelt 5).

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ava te-zabat said…
San ako nakatingin?? hahaha! Love yours momma! naturally creative!;)