Laguna Lovely: Recycled Fashion Show

The Festival of Arts tradition spotlights togs made from "reclaimed, reused, or recycled materials."

DRESSING A BIT DASHINGLY... to attend the Pageant of the Masters or stroll through the Festival of Arts is a sartorial summertime thing. After all, a guest wants to rise to the creative occasion with their own look, and a fluttery hemmed dress or colorful pair of trousers can help the attendee complement the art (and vice versa). But the long-running Laguna Beach festival really revs into cool clothing gear come the middle of August, when one of the most offbeat events on the Festival of Arts calendar arrives. It's the Festival Runway Fashion event, a daytime fashion show that's full of fun and memorable togs. But those outfits worn by the models aren't simply off-the-rack creations, ones you can find in stores. They're made from...

"RECLAIMED, REUSED, AND RECYCLED MATERIALS": You just might see a shirt comprised of old CDs, or a top made from dry-cleaning bags, or wire hangers, or another object you'd never imagine seeing as part of an ensemble clothing piece. The fashion show, while fun, is also a potent visual reminder about not immediately chucking the stuff in our life, but perhaps finding a fresh role for it. And it is a tribute to the inventive designers who take part each year. The date for 2016? It's Saturday, Aug. 13, in the afternoon, with actor Joely Fisher hosting and model Kim Alexis serving as a celebrity judge. As for catching the Festival Art Show, or Pageant of the Masters, while calling upon the lovely beach-close burg? Both warm-weather classics wrap up on the final day in August.

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