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Beacon Features: Green fashion hits the runways

By Margot Bevanda
Contributing Writer

Fashion has always been a major influence on people’s lives. Who doesn’t love fashion? Personal style is a characteristic all individuals live by every day to feel comfortable and fabulous.

Throughout the years, fashion has changed in many different ways, and due to the ongoing concern of keeping our planet safe, the trend of “going green” has taken a whole new meaning within the fashion industry.

“Designers, manufacturers, growers, retailers and consumers of clothing recognize the enormous global consequences of conventional clothing industry practices and the force of change is gaining momentum,” said an article on www.greenlivingideas.com. “Earth-friendly fashion made from alternative materials is on its way to the ‘in crowd.’”

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Garbage Gone Glam presents recycled fashion

By Margot Bevanda, Contributor

Last night, the doors opened at 6 p.m. at the Porsche dealership on Okeechobee Boulevard for a fashion show promoting environmental and recycle awareness: Garbage Gone Glam, featuring clothing made from recycled materials.

The show began at 8 p.m. and was hosted by Kristen Alyce and supported by: Mother Earth Solutions, Braman Porsche, Boca Tanning Club, Blue Martini, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Atlantis Payment Gateway, Apricot Lane Boutique, Anthropologie and First Green Bank, among others.

All of the proceeds from the show were given to Resource Depot, a charity that creates and gives out recyclable products to the community. Because the Fashion Show was a non-profit organization, even the models were not getting paid and volunteered for free.

Displayed on the runway were four different collections by: Rapunzel’s Closet, Francesca’s collection, Kristen Alyce and NY Fashion week designer Sararose. Rapunzel’s Closet carries clothing for children, and down the runway came adorable kids strutting their stuff to support the environment.

Each collection displayed different hair, makeup, walking pace and expression in the face. Francesca’s collection contained separate pieces of clothing with a modern day look for the hair and makeup.

Alyce’s “Garbage Gone Glam” consisted of all recyclable material made into dresses, with the models’ hair and makeup looking “bright and wild.” Plus, her models walked on their toes without shoes on.

Sararose’s collection had a couture appeal with the use of browns and blacks made from linens and table cloths transformed into dresses. Her models’ hair was big with black lips and dark eyes.

The runway was outside the dealership with a good amount of people attending. All of the guests seated received a green giveaway bag which contained “goodies” from the sponsoring companies.

“For the past year, I have been saving all kinds of recycled wastes,” Alyce said. “Items like bubble wrap, receipts, cardboard, water bottles, bar coasters and other materials.”

Her vision of bringing awareness and putting on this event came true that night. What a spectacular show!


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Local events: Miami Fashion week opens today

Written by Staff contributor Jen Herring.

The newest international clothing designs can be seen from March 19 through March 22 at SOHO Studios in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. The week includes eclectic food, music, models and 60 designers.

Many Latin celebrities are expected to attend the fashion event such as Grammy Award winning singer Albita, Miss Espana 2006, singer Ricardo Montaner and many others. Other recognizable names include Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza and Miss USA Crystle Stewart.

“Also joining the 2009 line-up is special guest designer Agatha Ruiz De La Prada, whose exuberant, brightly colored creations garnered her the 2004 fashion Oscar in Italy as best foreign designer,” according to miamifashionweek.com.

As a MFW custom, concluding the night with the Miami Moda and Music Awards® is a must, and will feature global recording artists. Award presenters include Vincent de Paul from the movie “Poseidon,” and Angelica Celaya from the original cast of “Hairspray,” just to name a few.

Top media reps expected to attend are CNN, Miami Herald, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue France and many others. Hmmm…do you think they forgot to put PBALocal on the list? Maybe next year!

The International Culinary Arts Pavillion was recently added to the event’s line up as well. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy foods from around the world, inspired by the diverse cultures of the fashion week designers. Want to indulge in cuisine created by Miami’s top chefs? Tickets are $20 at the door for the Culinary Arts Pavillion.
Dj Irie will be kicking off the 11th annual Miami Fashion Week (MFW) at club Mansion tonight, which features collections by Pascal Joel Weber, Mariano Lumbi and Glavidia Alexis.
Attendees can get tickets for $25 per fashion show and can be purchased at http://www.miamifashionweek.com/tickets.

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Beacon reviews New York Fashion Week

This article originally appeared in The Beacon student newspaper on March 2, 2009.

By Jen Herring and Marissa Barkey

Editor’s Note: Contributing writer Marissa Barkey attended this year’s Fashion Week allowing her to give her firsthand report.

Thrifty fashion has hit the “Big Apple.”  This year’s Fashion Week arrived on a budget. The economy being in recession, it was natural to expect a toned down Fashion Week this spring. Fewer designers showed fewer outfits, fewer models on the catwalks and fewer lavish parties. Several of the biggest “fashionistas” were thrown into a bit of a  financial crisis.

Michelle Obama made a statement by being a “no-show” a Fashion Week, despite the presence of her newly endorsed designers, Jason Wu (inauguration ball gown) and Narcisco Rodriguez (election night dress).  The first lady chose not to attend fashion shows because some people can’t even afford to shop for clothes at Target, let alone a $20,000 gown. Instead, she chose to stay home with her children at the White House and celebrate Black History Month. She also made plans to speak on issues  that matter more to people than fashion.

Photo by Marcio Madeira via Style.com

Photo by Marcio Madeira via Style.com

The New York Fashion Show
After years of fashion shows around the world, New York holds the title of being the fashion center of the world by bringing together local and global designers from around the globe.

Some of the fall 2009 collections show that downsizing is the trend this season on and off the runway. There are a lot of tight leather pants on the horizon and leggings with little “witch booties.” There has also been a mature look on New York’s fashion runways this season: pencil skirts skim the knee, blouses aren’t transparent, and coats and jackets have understated details that convey the working man or woman. Continue reading

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