I DIY: Ballinciaga

Leandra Medine | May 29, 2013

Who needs real rings when we’ve got band-aids aplenty?

Do you ever get caught in the black hole of sales and find that you can’t pull yourself out even in spite of your having successfully convinced yourself that you really, really, really don’t need anything? That just happened.

I blame Net-a-Porter. That magical “End of Season Sale!” e-mail dropped around 8AM and then paralyzed me for the subsequent hour and change. I’ve even been able to conclude–care of my browser’s impaired ability to successfully click through to see the Christopher Kane, Saint Laurent and Chloe sale pages–that web sale shopping really isn’t all that different from sample sale shopping IRL.

In fact, it may be worse. Why? Because even from potential miles away and in the comfort of your own solitude, you can discernibly detect the exact same levels of passive aggressive, unilateral oneness from contending shoppers. Which brings me to a safe place: the stuff that’s not on sale–and more specifically the accoutrements of Balenciaga’s S/S 2013 collection.

Remember those holy-bad-ass, adjustable gold rings? I ask if you remember because they sold out so quickly, you may not. It occurred to me while playing with band-aids (yes, band-aids) a few weeks ago that just because I couldn’t indulge in the forlorn rings of Ghesquiere’s mental objects did not mean that I couldn’t practice some (stealth) creativity and create my fleeting own. (Fleeting because the moment my hands contact water, they are kaput.)

So I wrapped ten Muppet Band-Aids across my ten fingers and finally concluded that I am ridiculous. I have to wonder now if it’s plausible–nay, respectful, that I even call this a Balenciaga DIY. Maybe BalenciHAHAHAHAHDGHSHJGHJHA is more appropriate.

Get the look yourself because it’s easy and cheap and so damn weird!

Runway photos via Vogue–I’m not wearing a shirt. I am wearing an Acne blazer, Alexander Wang jeans and Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy heels.

  • http://nothingtowearnovello.blogspot.ca/ JennyNov

    that damn sale sucked me in as well…almost lost my job this morning

    • anna

      scandinavians think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

      It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..

      In scandinavia people think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

      It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..

  • Selena Aponte

    Net-A-Porter’s sale was pure bullshit. On a brighter note, the Barney’s sale was magical! So glad I waited for the Isabel Marant sandals to go on sale, bought 2 pairs for the price of one

  • rhodawong

    i obviously like your version of the rings better!


  • Reptilia

    Hahahahaha sooo funny! Balenciaga DIY!!



  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    I managed to avoid the sale (not having money helps me avoid a lot of things), but I might not be able to avoid the allure of wearing a bunch of Dora band-aids. 🙂

  • http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/ Nomadic D.

    You are hilarious. This just made my day.


  • Ana

    Hahahahahaha this s nek level leandra.

  • Deanna G.

    Yes, the band-aids most definitely have the same effect!

  • http://twitter.com/_TheBlab Labériane Ponton

    haha you are the best !!!


  • http://alcessa.wordpress.com/ alcessa

    You are not.

    Wearing Kim Kardashian pregnancy heels.

    Hers are full of swollen meat someone forgot to dispose of before passing them on. The previous victim?

    (looking gorgeous again)

  • jack

    love your idea 🙂


  • http://www.farandwildjewelry.com/ abigail lind

    i think kim k might need this tutorial for her toes.


  • L

    The KK Preg/Givenchy heels…too good, MR.

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    I was paralyzed by the sale as well.


  • Nico
  • The Fashion Fraction
  • Oliver Lips

    Hahaha Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy-heels! 😀
    But you look great anyway. Did you go on the streets like this?


  • AF

    OMG we just need a little of imagination right? LOL


  • http://twitter.com/MoiContreLaVie Caity

    Love this! And those rings are AMAZING! I got the Asos versions… 🙂

  • monkeyshines

    brilliant inspiring pieces!


  • Look Sharp Sconnie

    now that you’ve covered klutziness, can you make hobbit-esque nails cool too?

  • http://twitter.com/affecteepar Anna Guseva

    Love the way you are joking around the sale stuff, after all the only thing which is needed after long evening searching for a right pair of something on the web is a good damn joke.


  • Claudia

    That would be one hell of a easy DIY 🙂



    Sales at Net-A-Porter are still pretty expensive for me =S

    OASAP GIVEAWAY (Free Clothes)

  • Aubrey Green

    I LOVE Band-Aids and your bra.

  • a.n.a.l.u

    I love it, i think i am going to choose the same solution, especially because after too many computer and cellphone hours my fingers need some extra help.


  • http://www.lucidnewyork.com HandmadeJewelrybyLucid

    I love these rings so much and your jeans rock!

  • Elizabeth

    this cracked me uppppp… and now, I have to shop sales!!!


  • ellen

    haha, your rings- clever clever! Love this outfit on you really! Is that bralet from Maison Close?? Think so, love it! Have it in the dark gray.


  • Lia Crowe

    Thank you for being super weird

  • http://thebrownsugarbeauty.blogspot.it/ brown244
  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    Those band aids will make for some interesting conversations with friends. And will probably get your guy friends to bash on you on repeat. so cute! 😀


  • jaclyn

    lol I have a list of things I need! and when that list finishes I am on to the next- never ending cycle. Oh and that sale lord knows its danger! this time around I didnt even open my email- just deleted it. Call me disciplined. on another note, I will try band-aids on these fingers.

    check my blog:http://stylevolver.blogspot.com

  • The Style-o-Meter

    Really funny ! I love the idea!


  • Andrea

    “Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy heels.” That’s why you are my favorite.

  • http://rxxjstinne.tumblr.com/ yeahokaycool

    So glad your toes are not suffering from those Kim Kardashian heels. I can’t look at lucite shoes without thinking of Kim. It’s ruining life.

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Yet another exhibit of how, in the end, our style choices are rooted very much in the actions, influences, etc of our childhood(s). I’m so pulling out the colorful band-aids aka going to my 5 yr old neighbor’s house and taking a few of the Ariel/Mulan/Belle ones.

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    P.S. I love to see those Alex pants still in action. And THIS goes back to that post you did on collections that are just so hard to see go. I just love when things are so intertwined like this. Small world, really.

  • sandra

    who makes the cute bra? would also love info on those necklaces your wearing!

  • lu

    “and kim kardashian pregnancy heels”
    you seriously crack me UP

  • Cassandra

    Magnifique! Sue Ellen Mischke!

  • nathalie

    Hahhhahah je ne suis pas sûre qu’à Paris tout le monde comprendra, ce degré d’humour, et encore moins dans le département finance!

    S’il y en a avec des chiffres et des formule excel, peut-être que ma boss ne me virera pas! …

  • catmoscow

    I like it, great idea!

  • Christina Wonsbeck

    Everything just looks great on you!!!

  • Jacqueline Nooner

    OMG I love you! I’m laughing so much at the big hard post up pic!

  • Sylvie

    Freaking awesome!!!

  • ela’s world
  • Pilisstyle

    Kardashian’s pregnancy heels? Is that even legal?

  • sketch42

    You look damn good with no shirt on. And those shoes…. whew. Cant even think of anything to say other than I’ve googled “Kim Kardashian feet” more than a few times this week.

    • Leandra Medine

      THAT IS A MIRAGE. I do not look particularly good with no shirt on but have just realized that I’ve basically stopped wearing them. Thanks for eliciting a story idea, N-dawg

  • Virginia Ibarra

    Kinda cute, kinda funny but definitely and statement piece haha!