The holiday season is here and that can mean more social engagements requiring fancy duds. Most of us will be digging into the back of the closet to pull out that little black dress. It is a classic and timeless fashion piece but, often that look just appears common and tiresome. You can try to freshen up that dress with a few of the scarf tricks I shared in my post – Making Magic with a Scarf or 25 ways to wear a Scarf or you can take inspiration from Bolivian designer Marion Macedo; and start digging in your trash and recycling bin.
Ms. Macedo has been creating fashion from found objects for quite sometime. In the past she has used old paper like fabric; to construct garments and accessories that feature cutwork, ruffles and pleats. She also repurposed her husband’s old CDs, and has used discarded plastic bags (think plarn), and soda bottle caps in her designs.
Last week she held a fashion show in La Paz called “Recycle Yourself”. For the first time she received corporate sponsorship for her work; and as a result, many of the outfits were made with the products of the sponsors; giving a new meaning to the term “product placement”.
Most of the items are eccentric and impractical but, I like the fact that things destined for a landfill; had that journey delayed, just a bit, with a trip down the catwalk.
What do you think; fashion fabulous or fashion faux pas?
P.S. Check out the post on Thestreetwordiz Blog. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “protective gear”.