Are you still looking for a New Year’s Eve outfit? Search no more! A stylish ensemble is probably already waiting for you in your own closet. With some small modifications or extra accessories, your 3-year old LBD* can look brand new again. The same recycle principle, but in a slightly more glamorous way, was put into practice by the organizers of the “Second hand, Second life” Fashion show in Brussels.
Loyal readers of this blog already know: we are a fan of the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle theme. That’s why we wanted to shed some light on this great initiative of the Belgian organization “Les Petits Riens/Spullenhulp” (site in French and Flemish only). Their mission is to fight poverty and exclusion by helping people in need and providing them with clothing, housing and food. The fashion show, which already celebrated its 11th birthday this year, collects funds to finance all these activities.
“Les Petits Riens/Spullenhulp” was one of the first to show everybody the possibilities of second hand clothing and furniture. A fashion show that demonstrates how trendy recycled clothes could look is therefore the perfect event to showcase what the organization is all about. 15 designers and 14 stylists, among which Edouard Vermeulen, designer of the famous brand Natan, took the challenge of creating a fashionable outfit while only using second hand clothes. The results were amazing. The cutting edge silhouettes walking on the catwalk showed the audience how a touch of creativity can turn old-fashioned clothes into breathtaking creations. There is no doubt: giving a second life to used items is trending at the moment.
Inspired by this action we challenge you to find something old and turn it into something new for New Year’s Eve. Don’t we all have some items in our closet we forgot about? Or some items that could use a little pimping? One thing is clear. Don’t ever throw clothes in the garbage when you don’t wear them anymore. Bring them to a local charity so that they can be distributed to people who can use them. Who knows, you might see your old jeans turn up in a high-end fashion show.
*LBD or Little Black Dress (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_black_dress) for those of you not yet introduced to the subject.