Daily Covet: Raquel Allegra Cocoon Tie Die Top

A few months ago I got very into the shredded shirt trend.  I do love the look of something slightly deconstructed, but the draw for me was more the process and ceremony.  I would carry my rags and threads around like knitting.  At night I’d sit cross-legged on the couch, elbows resting on butterfly knees, fabric draped before my eyes, running my fingers swiftly through strings like a crazed spider mistress un-weaving a web, hours at a time.  In a very short period, I produced a closet full of half shredded and cobwebbed shirts.  As a matter of pride I held strictly to DIY shredding – nothing purchased that way.

I think I found the exception: the Raquel Allegra Cocoon Tie Dye Top, available at Assembly New York.


I instantly fell for the palette of bleached cream and dove grey and the way the shredding makes the pattern dip and droop.  The whole thing has the feel of a street urchin gone couture.  I’d wear it with jangling gypsy jewelry, in the summer with sandals tied in overlapping straps of leather, a slip underneath and feathers in my hair; in the winter waffle-knit leggings, big bathrobe sweaters and fingerless driving gloves revealing chipped manicures (I’m picturing Essie Chinchilly, matte).

This penniless urchin can only dream of $715 distressed tee.  Maybe I’ll take a bleach bottle to my next creations.

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2 Responses to Daily Covet: Raquel Allegra Cocoon Tie Die Top

  1. Becca says:

    I love that you DIY it. I can get on board with the trend, but I really loathe the idea of paying tons of money for an unraveling shirt. I’ve been wanting to do some dying of my own lately, but I lack the space to really do it. And I know myself, if I tried to do it in my apartment, I’d end up making a huge mess and dying a whole bunch of unintended things in the process. Maybe over the winter when I visit my family at home in Flordia I’ll give it a try. Have you ever bleached or dyed clothing before?


    • holleigh says:

      Every summer I swear I am going to tie-dye, but I’ve yet to follow through. Bleach seems mildly more realistic. I did once spray paint stencils on sweatshirts and wallets in my bathtub, but I was living in Allston at the time. That’s just what you do when you live in Allston, I think. Mess is no issue.


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