Upcycled Designs Heat Up The Runway! (Pics)
This spring season, fashion is all about rich colors and textures, feminine laces, floral prints, drapey mini-dresses with lots of movement, and of course, saving the environment. “Eco Fashion” is a hot topic these days, with more designers than ever sourcing their materials from organic and sustainable producers. I love that we have so many more options for buying consciously created clothing. [Some of my personal faves are Nicacelly, Juleselin, and Deux fm. 😉 Word up sistas!]
Yet, I still think that the most eco-friendly fashion uses recycled and scrap materials (zero carbon footprint!), which is why all of my whimsical, one-of-a-kind, handmade garments are re-born from “upcycled” vintage fabrics and excess material, turning them into something new and glamorous. Not wanting to waste even a scrap of fabulous found fabric, I’ve been making cute eco-friendly headbands, earrings, belts and more out of the leftovers.
Sometimes I completely dismantle a vintage garment and use the fabric with my own patterns, and other times, I let the old shape of the piece inform what the new garment will become. Making clothes by hand is always an adventure, and I love that I am never quite sure how the finished product will turn out. Each individual piece is as unique and loved as the woman who wears it!
Check out the pictures from my most recent fashion show in San Francisco, hosted by Wingman Fashion TV, with photos by Hoggarazzi. Thanks Shannon and the amazing hair and make-up team for all your hardwork!
To see more of my eco-designs and artwork, check out my website;-) www.rachelzart.com
Rachel Znerold is an artist and independent fashion designer living the good life in San Francisco, CA.