CrownKeepers and the City of Charlotte's Solid Waste Services department present REPURPOSED: An Upcycled Fashion Show + Auction. The event is designed to encourage local residents to upcycle as a way to reduce waste.
The more than 800,000 residents of the City of Charlotte generate 1,600 pounds of garbage per person, per year. This causes a series of issues as garbage, in landfills, creates methane gas, which in turn, fosters air, soil and water pollution. More, there is a direct relationship between the health of the environment and personal health. Globally, 25% of all death and disease burden can be attributed to chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes, as well as kidney disease. These diseases and infirmities can be caused by polluting our air, water and soil sources. And, it is for that very reason, we continue to focus on reducing the waste we send to landfills.
REPURPOSED: An Upcycled Fashion Show + Auction will feature looks from a variety of designers and showcase how upcycling can reduce waste and improve your personal health. Through the fashion show, local designers will select 'trashed' materials then upcycle them into fashionable clothing and furniture.
REPURPOSED: An Upcycled Fashion Show + Auction occurs during Charlotte's fashion week to engage and inform a diverse audience about the importance of reusing, upcycling and composting. To further the impact, Hip Hop Caucus, Pop Up Produce and Sustain Charlotte--all with environmentally-focused initiatives--will benefit from the show and auction.
This event is being sponsored by the City's Solid Waste department as part of their Healthy Communities program. Through Healthy Communities programming people learn how proper waste management can decrease cancer, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and diabetes. Via this initiative, it is being made apparent that upcycled fashion has the ability to save lives and increase quality of life.
A BENEFITING ORGANIZATION: SUSTAIN CHARLOTTE
Sustain Charlotte is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, engaging and uniting citizens to solve Charlotte’s sustainability challenges. We inspire choices that lead to a healthier and more vibrant community for generations to come.
For additional information, please visit: Sustain Charlotte
HOST: STACEE MICHELLE, E! News Style Contributor
Stacee Michelle hasn't worked a day in the last eight years. She hasn’t taken a day off either. The Seattle native has conducted celebrity interviews on red carpets as a fashion correspondent. Created custom looks for photo shoots and fashion shows as a wardrobe stylist. Penned beauty blogs and contributed to fashion magazines. Forecasted trends as a retail apparel buyer. Moonlighted as an art director. And even graced the catwalk as a runway model. For the last 8 years, Stacee Michelle has explored nearly every professional facet of fashion. But none of it has ever felt like work.
Stacee Michelle’s keen fashion sense manifested before she was old enough to buy her own clothes. The youngest of three, Stacee was often the recipient of hand-me-down ensembles from her older sister. In order to make them look new, she had to be creative. As a result, Stacee developed a distinctive personal style all her own. Turning worn pieces into one-of-a-kinds evolved into a passion that’s driven her ever since.
Since childhood, Stacee has been enamored by the idea of turning her passion into her profession. After graduating from Winston-Salem State University in 2007, she did just that. A charming beauty with a background in journalism, Stacee carved her niche as a fashion correspondent, conducting celebrity interviews at red carpet events nationwide. It didn’t take long for her charismatic personality to open doors. The Charlotte resident quickly went from conducting Q&A’s with local business owners and haberdashers in Queen City to interviewing A-list celebrities in the Big Apple during New York Fashion Week.
When it comes to magnetic on-air presence, some people just have it. Stacee Michelle is one of those people. Her bubbly personality coupled with intimate product knowledge and perspective on fashion industry trends makes her an up-and-coming triple threat. Stacee has routinely been tapped by national television networks, including FOX 46 and BET, to serve up her opinion on fashion trends, beauty tips and seasonal must-haves. She has also taught courses on merchandising, retailing and buying to students at Johnson and Wales University, Davidson College, and the Art Institute of Charlotte, among others.
When Stacee Michelle isn’t talking about fashion she’s writing about it. A regular contributor to several lifestyle and fashion magazines, the fashion insider has rubbed shoulders with style icons Diane Von Furstenberg, Tracy Reese, Michael Costello, Trina Turk, June Ambrose and more, picking up invaluable advice and inspiration along the way. But nothing is more gratifying than sharing how-to’s and tidbits she’s learned on her website--www.stacee-michelle.com.
Whoever coined the phrase ‘a jack of all trades is a master of none’ never met Stacee Michelle. A skilled multi-tasker, Stacee has systematically indoctrinated herself with nearly every facet of the fashion industry. Her future is bright. And Stacee exudes the quiet confidence of someone who knows she’s on her way. The hard work it’ll take to get there--well, that’s the easy part. In fact, she’s looking forward to it. For Stacee Michelle, fashion never feels like work.
VENUE: LaCa Projects
A BENEFITING ORGANIZATION: POP UP PRODUCE
Our mission is to empower families and individuals to grow their own food, while educating them on the benefits of fresh produce. With every Fresh Start kit purchase, a kit will be donated to someone who lives in a food desert district and/or attends a Title 1 urban school.
For additional information, please visit: Pop Up Produce
MUSIC DIRECTOR: DJ SPK
DJ SPK is an Open-Format DJ, producer and creatpr/content curator for StereoTypez. She has solidified a host of gigs nationally including the Big Beat Fest, Microsoft Store DJ, and being RAW Artists' resident DJ for Charlotte. As a Promotions Coordinator and DJ for Radio One's 92.7 The Block and Old School 105.3, DJ SPK is quickly establishing herself as a tastemaker in Charlotte's music scene. SPK is also the host of StereoTypez Radio for W646 QCB digital radio, and Production Director for Freedom360Radio.com.