Orlando’s Trash 2 Trends hits fashion runway
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January 24, 2014By Kevin Spear, Orlando Sentinel
Models in Orlando will strut down the runway next month in outfits tailored from fishing line, citrus bags, ham adidas predator mered strips of beer cans and garbage bags.
The fashion show will feature what’s called haute trash, trash walking and trashion, and it’s all for a good cause: Keep Orlando Beautiful.
“I wanted to make something beautiful out of something in our daily lives,” said Krystol Pineda, who attends International Academy of Design Technology in Orlando and took five weeks to dye and sew used mops into surprising elegance.
The Feb. 1 event is not a novel concept. The California based Haute Trash Artists Collaborative has been putting on such shows for 20 years and is getting ready for one in Missouri.
“Junk to Funk” in Portland creates avant garde fashion out of trash to “get adidas predator people to think differently about waste.”
“Trashion usually refers to ‘making something from nothing’ for aesthetic purposes, not for practical use,” Wikipedia states.
Jody Buyas, coordinator of Keep Orlando Beautiful, a non profit p adidas predator rogram administered by the city, said the Trash 2 Trends show came out of brainstorming for a fundraising theme. A staffer recalled a similar event in South Carolina.
“It brings together art, fashion, recycling and the environment,” Buyas said.
Marcy Singhaus, a longtime designer of theatrical costumes in Orlando, has a pattern “in my head” that will assemble scraps bedazzled with sequins, rhinestones and beads.
Her model for Trash 2 Trends is brother in law and actor Sam Singhaus done up in his alter ego character of Miss Sammy.
Marie Stevens will feature electronic waste. She has collected old CDs for weeks and now has “Oh, wow, a lot! Hundreds.”
After softening them in hot water, adidas predator she cuts the discs to shape and glues or sews them into a fish scale pattern for a futuristic, fairy tale impression.
“I hope it looks really cool on the runway, but it’s not something you would wear unless don’t want to sit down,” Stevens said.
Kelly Anne Salazar actually wants to create discomfort. She is working with electronic cables, trash bags, plastic bottles and acrylic paint to convey “frenzy” and “suffocation,” and how technology flows “through our veins like a virus.”
Lisa Rosario put glam into recycling cardboard. She peeled apart boxes to get to their corrugated insides, which she painted to come out like leather and stitched onto muslin to create a two piece ensemble.
Kyla Swanberg scissored open hundreds of soda and beer cans, cut them into strips and subdued their sharp edges and bends with a mallet. In her studio, she is weaving the hammer dimpled shapes with thin aluminum wire into a dress.
“Recycling needs to be trendy,” Swanberg said. “When I go to friends’ homes and they say ‘we don’t recycle,’ I’m like, really?”
The fundraiser decked out as social commentary will be held at Orange Studio on Mills Avenue. General admission is $30, and a VIP ticket for $55 gets a seat at the catwalk and a couple of drinks. For more information: