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Theme of the Month: “Sporty Crystal”






TREND

Lean, mean running machines aren’t the only people allowed to rock the current activewear craze—the fitness cult has taken over the sidewalk just as much as the gym. Sporty elements were first spotted in streetstyle looks, and then they found their way onto the runway; but there’s also a serious health-and-fitness boom going on: gyms are opening everywhere, with personal trainers to the stars becoming stars in their own right. Think Jessamyn Stanley, on a mission to challenge body stereotypes; Hannah Bronfman, whose mantra is “strength, confidence and a thirst for purpose”; and Joe Wicks, on a mission to transform people’s attitudes towards food and exercise. This new breed of “enter-trainers” motivate, inspire and empower their legions of fitness fans via sophisticated social media networks.
In all this, fashion cred is, of course, everything, and it couldn’t be easier: From a simple pair of gym pants jazzed up with crystals, to funky bracelets that shimmer alongside your Fitbit, to glittering armbands that hold your music, getting the look is as simple as adding a touch of sparkle.

TECHNIQUES

Swarovski’s Hotfix technology makes it easy to apply crystals using an ordinary iron—but make sure it has no steam holes, as water vapor will spoil the result. Once heated, the glue on the reverse of the crystals binds to the surface of the receiving fabric. Flat Backs Hotfix and Transfers are particularly suited to ironing onto items such as T-shirts and jeans.
Place the piece of clothing on a flat surface; set the iron to a moderate 120ºC–170ºC (250ºC–340ºF)/ between one and two points/ the silk/wool setting. Consider using thick paper to protect the item from indentation marks caused by pressing down on the crystals; turn the item inside out, then lower the iron directly onto the transfer and press without moving it. Let it cool before carefully removing the transfer paper.

SPARKLING INSPIRATIONS

Check out our board on Pinterest to get into the mood for this month’s special theme.

Designs

The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s ‘Sporty Crystal’ theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll bring you a new design, so stay tuned.

  • Portable Music Player ...

  • Bracelet Sparkling Sca...

  • Sport Pants Graphic Line

  • Nail Design Sporty Cry...

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