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Gazette Premium Content Earth to fashion fans: It's time for Greenies

By Jen Mulson Published: April 26, 2013

A night of fashion will all go back to the earth. Literally.

April is Earth Month, and Veda Salon and Spa will celebrate with its annual recycled fashion show and Greenie Awards. The proceeds will go to the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, which is rehabilitating the burn area caused by the Waldo Canyon fire.

One of the best parts of the 'green carpet event, ' as Carrie Perkins, CEO and co-owner of Veda, puts it, is the Greenies. Five local nominees in five categories, environmental organization, community, business, school and individual, were nominated by a Veda panel. Winners will be announced at the show Sunday at Stargazers Theatre.

'Our (Veda's) mission statement is to care for the world we live in and in the ways we give back to society, ' she said.

Each year, Veda selects a local environmental organization to support. Last year, the event raised $28,000 for the Catamount Institute. Last summer, as the stylists watched from Veda's University Village location, they saw the Waldo Canyon fire and knew their next fashion show event would be dedicated to helping the city recover from the fire.

'The institute is not only rehabilitating and creating infrastructures on the land, but they also work with water, ' Perkins said. 'They are concerned with rehabilitating the burn area by planting and stabilizing the ground. It resonated with our guests. There wasn't one person in the city not affected by it, physically or emotionally. '

Perkins and her team founded the April event five years ago. Stylists at the three Colorado Springs locations are invited to select a model or two and create their outfits and/or hair.

Amy Davis, a master stylist, educator and salon coach at the University Village location, has participated every year. This year, she created a dress out of magazines and newspapers.

'For me, it's creativity and stepping outside of the box and working with recycled materials, ' Davis said. 'I love to be part of the community, so this show helps as well. As stylists, it gets our creativity going. Typically, we don't get to do wild and crazy stuff all the time. '

Each model's outfit must be made from at least 50 percent recycled material, though most come in around 90-100 percent recycled, Perkins said. The fashion show is a competition, and stylists are judged on the amount of recycled material they use and also how well their message is tied to their overall work. First place wins $500.

The evening also includes musicians, drumming, fire and silk acts, a performance by CorePower Yoga and more.

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Jennifer Mulson may be reached at 636-0270.

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