Luiz Valenzuela, Spring/Summer 2011, The GreenShows, New York Fashion Week, New York Green Fashion Week, New York Eco-Fashion Week, upcycled fashion, upcycled clothing, recycled fashion, recycled clothing, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, sustainable style, ethical fashion, eco-fashion shows

TREASURE FROM TRASH

Inspired by trees, nature, and his grandfather’s commitment to recycling, Luis Valenzuela’s wearable masterpieces have an ethereal, regal quality that is even more impressive when you realize they’re derived from secondhand materials.

Through skilled draping and seaming, Valenzuela transforms waste materials into wearable couture.

Through skilled draping and seaming, the Venezuela-born designer transforms waste materials (some of which he salvaged from friends’ apartments) into wearable couture, such as curve-accentuating bodices made from pleated lampshade covers and sparkling, tiered gowns sewn from tufted black tulle and rogue chandelier crystals. The show wasn’t all fantasy, however. Many of the first looks, including an adorable full-bodied skirt worn by a pint-size model, could easily be whisked off the runway and into the streets.

+ Luis Valenzuela