Middle Of The Week, DIY Chic August 31, 2011 AndrewBui DIY; all you need is a vision and some gluestick! Supermarkets across New York were busy restocking shelves in the wake of Hurricane Irene. People bought out all sorts of supplies and non perishable food to last them the days following the hurricane. But buying tomato paste and soup cans wasn’t the only way to prepare for the end of the world. The do it yourself fashion, DIY fashion movement has taken hold in the streets of New York and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere at least until the world is actually over. Whether its styles inspired from the third world, or apocalyptic chic, DIY fashion appears in many versatile and constantly changing and evolving forms. This anti fashion sure makes a statment and at very little cost, too. A few tips from some of these DIY fashionistase: 1. Affordability! Save that money for an exit visa! Don’t kill that budget. Remember it’s all going to get cut up and recreated in another form whether its into another shirt, or into a pair of pants, a scarf, or some intricate hat. 2. Raid the back of your closet, your mothers closet, and your grandmothers closet. There may be some great stuff that needs some DIY attention or an updating. Never throw away those throwaway items. 4. Hit up thrift stores and utility shops. Not only do they hold possible DIY diamond in the roughs, there is plenty of material you can experiment with. 3. Be careful with the scissors and needles. Your look should be more Alexander Wang and not your neighborhood homeless person. Moon, (right) is wearing a DIY denim shirt which she cut the shoulders and adorned with sequins. Her pants are a couple size bigger so that she can create that harem look. Drea, (middle, left) is working a denim work vest that she purchased from a bushwick thriftsore and her inner hood shirt is from a Salvation Army. Her boots from the army supply store. The aftermath isn’t just the name of a rap album; it’s fashion.