Keesha Miller and Karissa Burrows of Eco Chic show off their winning designs at a previous Eco Runway event which took place in March. *Photo supplied
Keesha Miller and Karissa Burrows of Eco Chic show off their winning designs at a previous Eco Runway event which took place in March. *Photo supplied

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14: Fashion and trash become one on Friday at ecoRunway.

The fashion show will be held at Bermuda High School for Girls. It features nine teams who have been preparing two designs for the past six weeks.

It is open to the public and will be held the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7pm.

Profit will go towards the school’s financial aide programme.

The teams of students have created two designs, one Avant Garde and one ready-to-wear.

A press statement said: “The catch is that they had to be made of at least 50 percent recycled or found materials.

“The teams paired up with fashion mentors in the community and had six weeks to complete their collection.”

Mentors for the fashion show include Jacqui Neath Myrie from AS Cooper, Heather MacDonald and Gelena Thompson from Atelerie, Maritza Sequeros and Zoe Williams from Calypso, Oneka Benn Schwartz of Design Pretty, Leilah Musson of French Connection, Jenia Thompson of Lovit, Alexandra Arruda of Max Mara and freelance designer Lyn Winford.

Organiser Jennifer Burland Adams said: “This competition combines creative arts, fashion and environmentalism in a unique way.

“The students are responsible for all part of the process - concept and design, execution, model search, styling and runway music.

“We’d like to thank all of our mentors and judges for supporting The Bermuda High School and our student’s evident creative talent.”

One of the competitors, Reem Bushara, 15, said: “It’s been a great experience. The most challenging part was how to make recycled materials look fashion forward but, by working with my team and mentor, we found a creative solution.

“My favourite part was collaborating with my friends and mentor on a school project that allowed us to think outside the box.

“We all love fashion so we were able to share ideas and brainstorm.

“Our final idea is inspired by the island, the sea specifically. We are excited to share it on Friday.”

Last year the show was sold out and honoured with an environmental award by the Bermuda National Trust.

This year guest judges are Amir X, Jennifer Johnson Porter and Delight Morris.

Tickets for the event are $10 for students and $20 for adults.

A Champagne reception, which includes VIP eco RUNWAY tickets, champagne, canapés and a chance at a champagne-themed door prize are $50.