In aid of a DIY fashion 'How-To' I was doing for The Mancunian fashion section, and in lieu of two previous raucous nights of dancing and bad behaviour, Saturday evening was spent with my nearest and dearest, homemade Thai red curry and a packet of 'Smoke Grey' Dylon dye.
I realise its level of student cliché is only akin to that of baked beans, neon paint and Jeremy Kyle; but try not to immediately scoff at the power of the humble tie dye. A delightfully simple and inexpensive way of rejuvenating tired, forgotten and unloved garments that doesn't have to leave you looking like a crude, Halloween hippy. Subtle shades and more subdued patterns render the look decidedly more wearable, and it's not just one for the girls: flashes of the tied and dyed have been seen recently on the high street (as always, horrendously overpriced) at American Apparel and notably on the runway at the JW Anderson Menswear S/S show at London Fashion Week.
|JW Anderson Menswear S/S 11|
|Once Upon A Time there was a plain white t-shirt|
|One ball of string and about fifty knots later, 'Manil' the cloth man is born..|
|...providing endless hours of entertainment|
|The proposal that full submersion or 'drowning' Manil was met with outrage and uproar from all assembled|
It was a tearful goodbye..
of my hands from a pinky-white to a faded, inky grey