Ending the week in STYLE!

30 Nov

Who said upcycled fashion can’t compete with the high street, take a look at the photos from our Watch Your Waste weeks fantastically fashion forward finale! 

The fashion show was a FREE event for all Greater Manchester residents and was held on the 26th November at Salford University.

Upcycled colour block dressvintage lace dressvintage dress

The upcycled range is all made from recycled textiles and there were lots of original vintage finds too. Local designers including Tracey Cliffe @lovemeagain and a fantastic charity called TRAID who fundraises by collecting the UK’s unwanted textiles, were responsible for all the fashion on the night. How great do all the girls look ? The vintage collection was inspired by the 1940s as you can see below and there were some really quirky props too!

 the models in 1940s inspired looksOn the night there were over 70 items of clothing on display on the catwalk some of which you can buy direct from the designer who has an online shop and the prices are really reasonable for one-off unique pieces.

There was lot’s people could get involved in, alongside the show,  one fashion savvy mum from Manchester said of the event “I took my two daughters to the fashion show, we were shown how to make a beaded bracelet from strips and we bought hair adornments made out of scrap fabric. My teenage daughter was so inspired she could not wait to get home to find one of her dad’s old t-shirts that she can make into a dress!”

There were also interactive displays on reducing food waste, a virtual pre-loved living room, to showcase the quality of second-hand furniture collected by furniture re-use organisations and one lucky individual Catherine Dunne, a teacher at Salford University won a vintage shopping spree with designer and stylist Tracey in the free prize draw on the night.

Catherine Dunne prize winner

The fashion show was the ultimate ending to a great week of FREE activities all aimed at practical ways people can reduce their waste at home.

9 Sew Good Workshops allowed those who attended the opportunity to learn key sewing skills whilst updating their wardrobe.  Old pre-loved items of clothing were transformed into something new.  I personally rescued a dress that had come into contact with bleach and will be wearing it with pride at my office christmas do’, whilst others in my class turned trousers and tops into skirts, whilst other items were customised by adding a new twist, a material bottom and bow on a child’s denim skirt and ‘pouffy’ sleeves being removed and turned into a tie to give shape to an unworn blouse.

transforming an old unwanted top

Transformed the old top into a new skirt

Nutrionist, Elizabeth Wells taught 9 classes  helping the people of Greater Manchester to make the most of their leftovers at the Love Food Hate Waste Cookery Classes. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the class as food was made and enjoyed on the night, the chicken carcass was slow cooked and turned into a tasty broth whilst fridge leftovers whipped up into a tasty frittata. Did you know you can swap the potato for grated courgette!

Tasty chicken broth made from leftoversLeftovers FrittataPreparing the leftovers for the frittata

Did you miss out on the events this year don’t worry there is still plenty you can do at home to waste less, check out our reduce and re-use pages for more information. Also don’t fret Watch Your Waste Week will be back next year, so watch this space.

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