How to DIY a Pair of Celine "Big Bird" Heels
Jan 21, 2013 - by Fashion Indie
In which "I glue shit to shit", a favorite term of one of my DIY blogger friends, in hopes of receiving unparalleled street style fame.
Phoebe Philo is a designer who's is not afraid to take risks, or the heat that can come with them. Case in point, the furry shoes from Celine's Spring 2013 collection, which had editors questioning her sanity, comparing them to Big Bird and Cookie Monster, street style photogs wondering when someone would be brave enough to wear them, and bloggers on the fence if they loved them or hated them.
In my humble opinion, these shoes defy style, giving tired heels a new found fearlessness. I became obsessed. I search and sought and too this day haven't been able to find them, possibly because they were runway productions that would never see the light of retail.
So rather than spend a few years thinking about the shoes I'd never have (yes, I get that crazy over things I really, really want), I decided to try my hand at a little DIY. I took a trip to the NYC's Mecca of Do it Yourself, M&J Trimming, a place so iconic, it even made it into a Lady Gaga song, a destination she made regular trips too when she was creating her own looks, way before designers were tripping over themselves to dress her.
I walked their emporium of craft, making my way to their garlands and found a neon orange trim that just felt so right (although for a moment, I was tempted to pick up some deer fur trim inspired by Proenza Schouler's Fall 2012 collection of handbags). After, I headed over to Joe Fresh and found a pair of thick-heeled black suede shoes that I wouldn't feel absolutely horrible ruining, in the event that this whole experiment went to shit.
Finally, I got a started. Check out my four step tutorial below...
Take a look at the final project. My DIY Celines.
After creating them, I tested them out for my interview with Coco Rocha regarding The Face (be sure to try out for The Face Challenge to win a trip to NYC to shoot with Nigel Barker). Even though it was The Westchester Mall on a Sunday, I got photographed by two random photogs and a little girl who got so excited that she tried to pet them.
Also, a security guard asked if I was a model. I assumed she was blind.
Wearing an ALC skirt, Dolce & Gabbana top, Joe Fresh knit hat, and totally bootleg Celines
All supplies for shoes from M&J Trim