Hairstylists find in­spi­ra­tion for fundraiser

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The old say­ing that one per­son’s trash is an­other per­son’s trea­sure has been taken quite lit­er­ally at The Room Hair De­sign.

For the fourth year run­ning, sa­lon owner Alison Borowko and her staff are part of Cat­walk For Wa­ter, an an­nual fundraiser fash­ion show that show­cases de­signs made from garbage and re­cy­clables.

This year’s event, the sixth an­nual, takes place Sun­day at the Tur­vey Cen­tre in Regina.

“We look at garbage now and we’re like, ‘Oh, that’d be cool,’ ” said Borowko. “In­spi­ra­tion kind of comes from ev­ery­where, but mostly garbage.”

The Room is one of five sa­lons in­volved in the event — Perime­ters Stu­dio, Pura Vida Hair Co., Daniel Christo­pher and Fin Sa­lon are the oth­ers. All are af­fil­i­ated with Aveda, an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly cos­met­ics com­pany.

Each stylist cre­ates an out­fit ac­cord­ing to their sa­lon’s “trash­ion” col­lec­tion theme.

“The bar keeps get­ting raised more and more ev­ery sin­gle year; it’s not just some big poofy avant­garde-look­ing dresses made out of news­pa­per com­ing out any­more,” said Borowko.

“We’re def­i­nitely do­ing a lit­tle bit more sto­ry­telling and get­ting even more cre­ative.”

Last year, one of the de­sign­ers cro­cheted a gar­ment made of film from an old cas­sette or video tape, while Borowko’s team cre­ated out­fits from hair-dye boxes.

This year, Borowko’s de­sign in­volves mak­ing pa­per flow­ers from a book that was des­tined for the bin.

Since hairstylists are the event’s cen­tral cre­ators, ex­pect to see some im­pres­sive hair­styles on the mod­els, too.

Cat­walk For Wa­ter is an Avedaled fundraiser for the non-profit Wat­eraid, which pro­vides clean wa­ter to de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. The cur­rent ini­tia­tive is fo­cused on two com­mu­ni­ties in Mada­gas­car. In ad­di­tion to Wat­eraid, some pro­ceeds from the event will sup­port breast can­cer screen­ing re­search since Oc­to­ber is Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month.

While Cat­walk For Wa­ter en­cour­ages peo­ple to think about eco-friend­li­ness, Borowko does so ev­ery day as The Room is a Green Cir­cle Sa­lon.

“We re­cy­cle al­most ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing that comes through our sa­lon, so we might take out one small gro­cery bag of garbage ev­ery two or three days. We re­cy­cle ev­ery­thing from our foils to our left­over colour,” said Borowko.

It’s not just some big poofy avant-garde­look­ing dresses made out of news­pa­per com­ing out any­more.

“Ev­ery sin­gle lit­tle bit of plas­tic that we can’t re­cy­cle through the City of Regina re­cy­cling, we also send off to Green Cir­cle.”

Doors open for the Cat­walk For Wa­ter event at 5 p.m. with sup­per at 5:30 p.m. and the run­way show be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m.

There will be a cash bar and en­ter­tain­ment.

Tick­ets to the run­way show are $50; for a meal and the show, tick­ets are $75. They’re avail­able through pi­ event15335063779987 or at the par­tic­i­pat­ing sa­lons.


For the Cat­walk For Wa­ter fundraiser, de­sign­ers cre­ate pieces out of bro­ken jew­elry and zip­pers, old cloth­ing and the tabs from cans of cat food.

A model wears a tube top made from in­ner tire tub­ing, tied with old rope and de­tailed with tele­phone wiring. The pants are made from a up­side down men’s shirt.

This model wears a kilt-in­spired bot­tom made from three old men’s shirts re­designed, con­nected and de­tailed with bro­ken zip­pers and shoelace ties.

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