TRASH BIN TO CATWALK
Hairstylists find inspiration for fundraiser
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 picatic.com/ 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.