Part DIY, Part Punk, Safety Pins Are Our Accent du Jour

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Safety pins are the ultimate symbol of fashion and function. Who can't remember using them to either make something or to skirt a major wardrobe malfunction. Whatever their use, safety pins are on the fashion come-up. The spring 2010 Vena Cava show presented a full on safety-pin vest, while Christopher Kane used the slick pins to add subtle shine to the Versus collection. Style bloggers-turned-DIYers Denise Lai and Pelayo Diaz took a recession-friendly approach and added the household adornments to basics (Pelayo will make one for you!). And if crafting stuff isn't your specialty, you can throw on a necklace or pair of earrings courtesy of Marc Jacobs or Giles & Brother.

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Above, from left: Vena Cava's spring 2010 show, photo via Style.com; a DIY safety pin necklace made by style blogger SuperWowOMG.

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Above, from left: Style blogger Pelayo Diaz in a safety pin tee of his own creation; Versus by Versace spring 2010 show, photo via Style.com.

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Above: Marc Jacobs Safety Pin Necklace, about $470 , available at Brown's Fashion.


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Above, from left: Vena Cava's spring 2010 show, photo via Style.com; a Moschino-inspired DIY by style blogger Brook & Lyn.


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Above, from left: Versus by Versace spring 2010 show, photo via Style.com; Giles & Brother Safety Pin Studs, $78, available at Shop Bop.


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Above: A detail of style blogger Brook & Lyn's Moschino-inspired DIY safety-pin-collar jacket.