Being Green Has Never Been So Fashionable
by Holly Tsang
Apr 21, 2009 | 3934 views | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend | print

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The Second Annual Queens is Green Fashion Show was held at Green Space dance studio in Long Island City on Saturday, and featured 13 local designers who captivated Queens residents with apparel, jewelry, and handbags made from sustainable or repurposed materials.

The event was hosted by Lynn Serpe and Robin Sklar Nelson, founders of Triple R Events: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, a group that highlights aspects of green living by organizing free events like the fashion show.

"What we try to do is let people know that eco-fashion is hot, it's here, and it's happening in Queens," said Serpe, a Green Party member who prides herself on both voting and living green.

Sasha Vetrov showcased his Junk Star Collection, a variety of dresses made from pieces of deconstructed T-shirts.

Asked if city people have been receptive to his recycled-clothing concept, Vetrov said, "It's original to buy something made out of T-shirts...I think it's very New York."

Justin Zimmer, who owns a design company called First Floor Down, prints unique graphics on 100 percetn organic cotton.

"Some people are definitely greener than I am, but every little bit helps," he admitted.

It probably doesn't hurt that organic cotton gives his pieces what he considers the softest feel a cotton T-shirt can have. Doing good never felt so good.

The Queens is Green Fashion Show was judged as a competition based on the criteria of creativity, "greenness," and overall look. Kiri Thompson of kirstinflo made her debut last year with tote bags, but she stole the show with this season's line of colorful sundresses fashioned out of vintage men's dress shirts.

As the winner, Thompson will be featured in an upcoming issue of Ins&Outs magazine. She hopes the opportunity will make it easier to find her niche market of eco-conscious fashionistas, something she has struggled with a bit.

"I've mostly focused so far on the making side because that's what I do, but I'm looking to market myself more and hopefully grow the business," said Thompson.

Serpe said attendance at this year's show has increased since the last, with a large turnout from young people, who tend to take more of an interest in fashion. She pointed out, however, that the show draws a diverse crowd as well as many creative types.

"Eco-fashion has come a long way since drawstring hemp pants," said Serpe. "Saving the planet in style has never been easier."

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