Summer's coming. Couldn't you stand to have some whimsical sunglasses in your life?
In honor of the Met's new Costume Institute show, "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations," I set about finding a DIY project inspired by the late, great Italian designer. (I've already done one inspired by Prada.) Elsa Schiaparelli was known for her eclecticism and references to (and collaborations with) contemporary artists. She moved in Surrealist circles and collaborated numerous times with her friend Salvador Dalí. Schiaparelli was up on all the newfangled technologies, like zippers, and she had a love for nontraditional design elements. She mixed the mundane with the luxurious in ways that remain surprising — like an embroidered evening jacket whose buttons looked like locusts, a gown where the metal zipper was the focal point, and not something to hide under a lapped seam, or a day dress made from a fabric printed with images of seed packets. She was witty, but she was also making an argument for enlarging the culture's definition of beauty in clothing and of what counted as high-end. She also made some really bad-ass sunglasses, which this week I decided to replicate. Here's how you can, too. This project is fun — and the best part is, it's easier than saying "Surrealist Schiaparelli sunglasses" three times quickly.