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A Trend to Recycle

October 29, 2009

Tonight I’ll be celebrating the opening night of Rock Fashion Week in Los Angeles at the Gen Art “Fresh Faces in Fashion” Show, which will be held at the esteemed Peterson Automobile Museum. Plastics Make It Possible, a program sponsored by the plastics industries of the American Chemistry Council, has partnered with Gen Art to create a unique experience showcasing how plastics and recycled plastics are helping to literally and physically mold the future of fashion and design.

Steve Russell, vice president of the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council, said, “Plastics and couture might not seem like an obvious fit, but the fact is that plastics have played a very large role in fashion for decades. Without plastic, we wouldn’t have faux fur, and skinny jeans wouldn’t have their stretch. Plastics also provide women with comfortable, smooth support under their favorite looks.  We’re thrilled to partner with Gen Art to highlight how plastics inspire designers’ imaginations and allow artists to create pieces that are cutting-edge, on trend, chic, affordable, and even eco-friendly.”

Entering its 12th year, the “Fresh Faces in Fashion” Show traditionally draws over 1,200 attendees and has launched the careers of leading designers like Zac Posen, Rebecca Taylor, Shoshanna and Milly. A star-studded (complete with a Wrecked Stellar) after-party will take place in a specially designed plastic-themed lounge after the show.

In an ever-changing world, this partnership speaks volumes to where we are headed and where we need to be. It also spoke to me and made me think about how plastic has played a part in my own world of fashion. I immediately conjured up fond memories of watching my mom make one-of-a-kind pins out of Friendly Plastic– she’d use metallic colored plastic sticks and soften them in warm water. She’d then mold them into abstract shapes and attach a pin, creating this elaborate work of art. Being the crafty woman that she is, my mom had also cut fringe strips on Western-style scarves and looped the fringe through pony beads. I used to tie her creations around my neck so that the beads were prominently displayed in front. And now years later, I’m looking forward to seeing plastic displayed front and center again tonight and plan to post photos of what I see in my next post!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Roosty permalink
    October 29, 2009 1:56 pm

    Oh my gosh! I want your mom to make me a scarf with beads so I can dance around in it!!!

    Thank goodness plastics make skinny jeans possible 🙂 Please post some cool pics from the show.

  2. October 29, 2009 2:01 pm

    Sad that it is so hard to recycle in LA. Where I come from, all you have to do is bring your bottles to the grocery store and there are recycling centers built in. Anyway, it is good to see that people have at least found uses for plastics other than land fills!

  3. October 29, 2009 2:13 pm

    Have you decided what you’re going to wear? I can’t wait! 😀

  4. Jill permalink
    October 29, 2009 2:14 pm


  5. October 29, 2009 2:18 pm

    Looks like a great event!

  6. Mel permalink
    October 29, 2009 2:51 pm

    WOW!!! Please post pictures!!!

  7. Melissa permalink
    October 29, 2009 3:08 pm

    Have fun! Can’t wait to see pics!

  8. October 29, 2009 3:10 pm

    lucky girl!

  9. Jamie permalink
    October 29, 2009 5:03 pm

    Rad event! Can’t wait to see the photos!

  10. October 29, 2009 5:09 pm

    I just love upcycled pieces!!

  11. Dino permalink
    October 29, 2009 6:28 pm

    Hope the show goes well, sounds very cool. Maybe they will be smart enough to get you up on the catwalk. Better work on your walk.

    I want to say one word to you. Just one word. Plastics.

  12. October 30, 2009 8:17 am

    Sounds like a fantastic event! Can’t wait to see your coverage and pics of this. Oh and I’m also eagerly awaiting your Halloween costume pics 😉

    Loved your outfit in the last post by the way… that gilet is hot! And hope you’re feeling less sick as well. I’m on my way to recovery! Wishing you a lovely weekend 🙂

  13. October 30, 2009 9:51 am

    Hi darling!

    Fantastic post!


  14. October 30, 2009 3:17 pm

    Sounds great! ANd it’s for such a great cause:)

  15. October 30, 2009 4:25 pm


    My Blog “The Stiletto Effect” and CHANEL are GIVINGAWAY one “Chanel Le Vernis # 479 Kaleidoscope (Limited Edition)”.
    Being a Limited Edition this colour is already out of stock, so maybe this will be the only way to get one!

    To enter just visit
    Good Luck!

    Susana R.

  16. October 31, 2009 5:22 am

    wow, that sounds absolutely interesting, hope you can make some pics 🙂

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