Photos pinched from Lauren Gantner.
This past Saturday I attended the Second Runway ’09 fashion show at the Goodwill store & Warehouse off of University in St. Paul. It was packed in there come showtime with standing-room-only and apparently it was sold out to legal capacity. All of the designs shown where donated by the designers for an auction immediately afterward. Rumor has it that the gig raised a crapload of cash for the organization. It was a good time had by all, it was especially great because the stipulation for the designs is that all 20 selected designers had to use only goods purchased from Goodwill Stores to promote going green and sustainable lifestyles.
Hence the reason for this post. Since I can remember I get sweaty palms and my brain’s synapses fire rapidly with ideas for stuff to re-purpose immediately upon entering any thrift store, it just makes sense. Inspiration is everywhere but it’s there in piles of it at any thrift store – GET IN THERE. The designer’s clothes themselves were very cool, a smattering of a lot of different styles. My friends Tim & Thom Navarro had incredible pieces and theirs were obviously my favorites. Look for them to break out in 2009 and become a household fashion name synonymous with green ethics and killer designs. They also have a new website launching this year. I’ll post when it launches.
On a side note: I always thought Goodwill was just another religious-based organization similar to the Salvation Army. However, I was surprised to find out that it’s proceeds go towards helping put disadvantaged folks and folks with disabilities back to work. I can definitely get with that.
Mark your calendars for 2010’s Second Runway show and be sure to check Goodwill’s site for similar fun events throughout the year.
– Keep on thriftin’