The fact of the matter is, we all love to have a good time, and we (mostly) all hope to do some good in the world while we’re here.
On June 16th, RuckusRoots succeeded in throwing an event that achieved both of those things, a party with a purpose, if you will. TRASHion Show, a fundraiser and fashion show featured clothing made from creatively recycled materials, took place at Wild Honey Studios in downtown Los Angeles benefitting RuckusRoots’ award-winning program, TRASHformation.
With over 10 designers showing around 50 looks, the runway was filled with pieces that were not only beautiful, but also inspired onlookers to think about how trash can be turned into treasure. I was amazed by the creativity of the designs featured in the show. For example, the top image is of an outfit created from leather that was taken from a couch found in a dumpster. The second image is of a dress made from trash found on the beach. The third is a piece made out of old CD inserts and recycled paper and the fourth dress was created out of an old WWII parachute!
The designers behind these awesome TRASHformations were Susan Spehar of Paper Botanicals, Marina DeBris of Washed Up, Taryn Hipwell of EcoDivas TV, Vanessa Bonet of Psycho Girlfriend, Jamia Weir of Art Girlsy, Kate Havens of Ant Farm LA, Robin Banks of Art Customs, Victor Wilde of The Bohemian Society.
My inspiration for throwing this event was not only to raise money for RuckusRoots’ programs, but also to remind people that what we throw away is only garbage if we think it is. I believe that this kind of mental shift is required if we’re going to begin to live sustainably as a society—I want to initiate a paradigm shift in how we think about and use our dwindling resources.
Thankfully, sponsors like Elemental LED, Flying Dog Brewery and KORK Kitchen LA make achieving that goal a little easier. And a very special thanks to our musical talent Michal Menert of Pretty Lights Music, Ryan Nelli and Erinn Bone.
I’ll be sure to post a link to the video once we have it edited—until then you can see even more pictures of TRASHion show on the RuckusRoots Facebook page!
Thanks again to everyone who participated in TRASHion Show and to all those who helped make it such a special night for all!
Thanks to Dan Krauss for the images, featured designs by Art Customs, Marina Debris, Paper Botanicals and The Bohemian Society.