At another sold-out Palmer Square Fashion Show emcee Robin Vitale (who is also senior director for advocacy at the American Heart Association) opened the show by encouraging attendees to do as they did at Fashion Night Out, one of the top events at Fashion Week in New York, this year: embrace the economy and celebrate creativity with the fiscal yet fashionable dollar. She then introduced Yamina Crosland, a client of Dress for Success and a working mother with a three-year-old, in clothes by Banana Republic and Nine West shoes, and explained that 100 percent of the show’s proceeds are given to Dress for Success Mercer County, a nonprofit that provides women in need with new or gently used suits for job interviews.
Vitale promised the audience a show filled with plenty of this season’s classic trends: “jewel tones, everything gray, the white shirt, the cable sweater, the boyfriend jacket, the LBD — little black dress, and the fall fashion essential — boots.”
The show-stealer was TerraCycle, the company that first brought you fertilizer made from worm poop and now makes over 100 products from kites to skunk odor remover — all from recycled waste. Dan Quintero, the company’s publicist, modeled a one-of-a-kind jacket made from Doritos chip bags. We later learned that there really is only the one jacket — made by TerraCycle’s own product designer, Lori Anselm. We later learned that the company is planning to send it to Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” in the hopes that he’ll wear it on the air.
Theresa Gregory, an account manager with TerraCycle, wore a dress made entirely out of Starbucks Coffee packaging, made exclusively for her by Grace Hahn. The bags were cut into strips to give the bottom of the dress a feathery look, to complement the sleek, stiff bodice. A gaggle of kids modeled messenger bags and backpacks made from Capri Sun Cooler and Oreo packaging. TerraCycle, which has a new storefront at 63 Palmer Square West, has collected over 370,000 Doritos bags and has raised more than $226,000 for charities through its various programs.
Being green is great, but the woman sitting behind me wanted to know, “What did they put on the models’ hair to make it so shiny?” We asked Salon Pure of Palmer Square, who did the models’ hair, and they said they used a number of Paul Mitchell products including Dry Wax, Thicken Up, Quick Slip, and of course a product called the Shine.
P.S. The boutique Zoe was sorely missed this year.