Recycled Fashion at Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

Festival of Arts Fashion Show in Laguna Beach

Festival of Arts Fashion Show in Laguna Beach

Every summer the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach holds its annual Fashion Show and I always look forward to attending. I’ve been to a lot of fashion shows but this is one of my favorites. Why? It’s because of the artist creative and dramatic designs using recycled materials – paper/shopping bags, tissue papers, CD’s, cardboards, shrink wraps, and a lot more. In the past, the events were hosted by a number of celebrated public figures such as former supermodel and co-host of Hallmark’s Home and Family, Cristina Ferrare; Golden Globe nominee, also best known for her role in the 90s TV show Ellen, Joely Fisher . This year the Festival Runway Fashion Show was hosted by the vivacious and talented Entertainment Anchor of Good Day LA, Amanda Salas. Being her first time at the Festival of Arts Festival Runway Fashion Show, I asked Ms. Salas to share her thoughts on the event. “Laguna Beach has always been a beautiful artistic community but the festival of arts is that next level it’s like something I haven’t seen before and I’m taking it all in.”

Amanda Salas Entertainment Anchor of Good Day LA with the judges

Amanda Salas Entertainment Anchor of Good Day LA with the judges

Congratulations to all the winners:

  • Most Creative Concept – Artist Kate Cohen. The skirt was constructed of 63 recycled bags. The logos were meticulously measured, trimmed and folded for accurate positioning, to cascade over one another.
Most Creative Concept Festival of Arts Laguna Beach

Most Creative Concept

  • Most Innovative Use of Materials – Painter Kirsten Whalen. The main materials used were old window screens. Needless to say, window screens are used for keeping bugs out of your house, and what is it that draws them to the window…light. So model is protected from the bugs that fly at night by her dress of window screens. Other materials used were sockets, wires, cords, old light bulbs and other fittings.
Most Innovative Use of Materials - main materials window screens

Most Innovative Use of Materials – main materials window screens

  • Most Exciting Ensemble with Wow Factor – Mixed Media Artist Carolyn Johnson. The artist was accompanied by her dog Dexter. main materials used a large parasol. other materials included PVC piping, cardboard, volleyball net, packing materials, Perrier bottles and CD’s.
Most Exciting Ensemble with Wow Factor

Most Exciting Ensemble with Wow Factor

  • Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation – Jewelry Designer Adam Neeley. This read carpet glamazon gown is made of more than three hundred cans of La Croix water. Adam cut cans into colorful sheets and them shaped them into thousands of bubble shaped domes shining with more than 3000 individual aluminum domes.
Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation

Most Glamorous & Elegant ‘Red Carpet’ Worthy Creation

 

Mom, Amanda Salas and yours truly

Mom, Amanda Salas and yours truly

 

Social media expert Ted Nguyen and my mom

Social media expert Ted Nguyen and my mom

Recycled bags

Recycled bags

 

Decker the dog, expert on the runway

Decker the dog, expert on the runway

 

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