I recently had the pleasure of attending one of the most amazing runway events I’ve ever attended and it was right here in Orlando. On Saturday, February 4, Sea World hosted a runway event Trash 2 Trends to benefit Keep Orlando Beautiful. Thirty four designers took on the challenge of using only recycled/upcycled materials to create their designs.
I was absolutely mesmerized by the creativity. It was beyond what I ever expected. I would have never thought old hotel room keys, CDs, VHS tapes, Diet Coke cans, plastic grocery bags, corks, and toilet paper holders could ever transcend into such amazing creations. There were countless other recycled materials used as well, but the list could go on forever. Basically, whatever you might find it in the landfill was fair game.
There were so many beautiful designs, but here are a few to give you an idea of the creativity. All photos courtesy of TK Photography.
One design that was a huge hit with the audience was made to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting – Love Conquers Hate. On each feather you can see the name and age of every victim. This design won “Best Use of Materials.”
To create this fun dress the designer loomed together plastic grocery bags. This design won the “Ready To Wear” award.
I love this design made from wax paper and old flowers. The designer was inspired by Alexander McQueen.
If you are old enough to remember VHS tapes, you’ll really love this next design. Who knew VHS tape could be used to make such a lovely dress.
Forget making bulletin boards and trivets out of corks – this designer made an entire dress out of recycled corks.
Finally, the best overall and audience favorite was this intricate design made from medicine bottles, wire, and toilet paper rolls to name a few.
Trash 2 Trends was sold out with approximately 400 people in attendance. Mark your calendars now so you can be a part of the amazing, creative runway event and help Keep Orlando Beautiful.