Sunday, May 10, 2009

Recycled Rules the Runway


"Someone's trash is always another's treasure."  

St. Vincent de Paul took this to heart while hosting the 4th Annual Discarded to Divine event on May 7th, 2009 in San Francisco.

And what a turnout it was!  A lively, eclectic, fashion forward crowd was energized to see fashion innovation at its best, and more importantly came together to support those less fortunate.

Utilizing recycled materials from donated clothing at St. Vincent de Paul,local designers and students (from the Academy of Art University and FIDM) created updated looks for auction.

A few crowd favorites were the "Ode to Spring" boots by Nancy Dong, made from discarded leather.  Reminiscent of the Nancy Sinatra days, these white boots with 'peek-a-boo' cutouts, silk ribbons, flowers, and beads were a steal at $250!  

The raincoat dubbed "Le Plastique Fantastique" made exclusively from Fiji water bottles had me wishing for rain.

Project Runway designer, Sweet Pea, made an appearance with her luxe cocktail dress made from a Vintage Oriental coat.

Winning the highest bid at $700 was a gorgeous silk drape coat that had everyone in awe.  With styling similar to that of Oscar de la Renta meets Elie Saab, it's hard to believe this beautiful creation was made from recycled silk dupioni pants.

Even more amazing is that the FIDM graduate, Joseph Singh, only began designing two years ago!  And to think this was the first time he'd ever presented...But three months and 250 hours of design work brought his vision to life.

 "If you think you can't, you can", he says.  Spoken like a true designer.

 




3 comments:

Joseph said...

Hey Anisa, it was a pleasure meeting you that evening in May at the Discarded to Divine event. I look forward meeting you in future. If you have any questions or comment my email is Joseph@josephsingh.com. Im currently working on a collection for F/W 11/12 which is set to debut in Feb 11. Talk to you soon!

-Joseph Singh

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Izzy said...

It is time for society to think of nature, and we as lovers of fashion now more than ever we must be in harmony with the environment, so I congratulate the creators of the eco-friendly fashion!

Izzy Mayok

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