DIY: Balenciaga's "Must Have" Scarf

As we understand it, the Palestinian "keffiyeh scarf" was co-opted circa 2004 by St. Marks hipsters to make some sort of a political statement. Then
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As we understand it, the Palestinian "keffiyeh scarf" was co-opted circa 2004 by St. Marks hipsters to make some sort of a political statement. Then
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As we understand it, the Palestinian "keffiyeh scarf" was co-opted circa 2004 by St. Marks hipsters to make some sort of a political statement. Then it became a horribly misguided cliché, and we were ready to see it gone from politicos and hipsters alike - but then we noticed it on the Balenciaga runway. And then again on Style.com's list of must-have accessories. So we did the only thing we could: we decided to co-opt it for a DIY to make a new statement: Fashion is fun.... You'll need: A keffiyeh scarf (We got ours on St. Marks for 8 bucks). Paint pens in various colors (We stuck to Balenciaga's color scheme and got black for outlining). Newspaper, old magazines, or some other kind of liner. Total cost-- around 17 dollars. Step one: Fold the scarf diagonally twice so that you end up with a triangle, and then lay it on a flat surface. Step two: Lay newspaper or some kind of liner underneath the very top layer so that the ink doesn't bleed through. The great thing about the scarf's size is that you can just flip it over to another side if you mess up. Step three: Get creative with the paint pens. We used a Marimekko print as inspiration and took it from there. Step four: Add a second layer of paint to allow the colors to pop, and wait about 15 minutes to let everything dry. Take it out and spread your own message of peace, love, and fashion. --KEVIN KHUONG

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Behati sports the Balenciaga version...

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Here's our DIY interpretation...

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On Kevin, the fabulous intern...

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And on Faran!