The bridge at HighBridge Park has been reopened for pedestrians and bicyclists after 40 years. To celebrate this reopening Fashion Stylist Gina Constanza of House of Glam had the genius idea along with Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez of what better way to celebrate than with a Eco Fashion in the Park. More than 150 models including some children who will be model ushers. I am more than excited to share this with my readers since my two children Jemil Castillo and Jesslyn Castillo will be part of this group of model ushers.
This is a free event for the community! There will be a clothing swap boutique followed by the fashion show. The models will walk ¼ of a mile long runway crossing from the Bronx side to Manhattan. This is an Eco- friendly fashion event like you have never seen before.
WHO: Gina Constanza from House of Glam and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez
WHAT: Eco Fashion in the Park: Fashion Show and Clothing Swap Fun.
A Historic Event: 1/4 mile long runway never been done before, models will walk over the High Bridge. Designers slated to present are Iliana Quander from amparo 3, Tom Sohung, Sarah Bacchus and Martin Polanco.
Clothing Swap Boutique: At the clothing swap we will have information on recycling and where to donate your unwanted clothes and shoes. Everyone in the community can come and swap their gently used clothing among each other in a posh and organized manner. A stylist and a tailor will be on site to help you restyle your new finds or old clothing that may need a little tweaking and beautifying. We will have a bin for unwanted clothing and shoes that it will be donated to wearable collection.
WHEN: Sunday, August 2nd, 2015, from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Clothing Drop Off will start at 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM, Green Carpet from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, then the Fashion Show will be around 3:30 PM, Clothing Swap starts at 5:00 PM.
WHERE: Highbridge Park.
The bridge area. (Enter by 172st Amsterdam ave. and go down the trail towards the bridge.)
WHY: To inspire and ignite awareness around the issues on Eco-friendly fashion and how to empower the style and its sustainability as a lifestyle. Reducing our carbon foot print one stitch at a time.
The dream of being able once again to walk over the High Bridge has moved toward realization. By summer 2015, the bridge will be rehabilitated and reopened for pedestrians and bicyclists and this event will be part of that historic event.
This one-of-a-kind fashion show will feature independent designers whose purpose is to inspire and create awareness around the issues of Eco-friendly fashion and how to empower its sustainability as a lifestyle.
Stats: The U.S. EPA estimates that textile waste occupies nearly 5% of landfills space. 3.8 Billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) is recycle each year, that’s only 15%. That leaves 85% of textile in our landfills! If we start in a domestic level we can help keep textile going into our landfills.
About Eco Fashion in the Park:
Founded by Gina Constanza in 2011, Eco Fashion in the Park is a community event that supports sustainable fashion, also called eco fashion. It is a part of the growing design philosophy and trend of sustainability, the goal of which is to create a system that can be supported indefinitely in terms of environmentalism and social responsibility.
Highbridge is New York’s oldest standing bridge and the most celebrated part of the famed Old Croton Aqueduct. It provides a quarter-mile of new space to play, exercise and enjoy the outdoors, opening a park that has been closed to the public for more than 40 years, connects directly to more than 125 acres of parkland (in Manhattan and the Bronx) with paths, lawns, natural areas, baseball fields, basketball courts, a mountain biking course and the Highbridge Pool and Play Center, adds a new section of the New York City Greenway, so that pedestrians and bicyclists can travel between boroughs on an auto-free route, and preserves an important historical structure that tells the story of New York City’s past. By summer 2015, the bridge will be rehabilitated and reopened for pedestrians and bicyclists. The reopened High Bridge will be an essential link in New York City’s expanding waterfront Greenway. It will allow Bronx residents to reach the Highbridge Recreation Center, and Manhattan residents to reach the Harlem River shoreline. Planned improvements will make the bridge more accessible and safe. The rehabilitation will follow historic preservation principles to restore the architectural details of this landmarked structure for public enjoyment.
About Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez:
Ydanis Rodriguez is a Democratic New York City Council member from the borough of Manhattan and the Chair of the Higher Education Committee. He is very progressive on issues of immigration reform, police brutality, tenants’ rights, workers’ rights and affordable housing. He is known outside of New York City for his arrest at an Occupy Wall Street rally in November 2011. In New York City he is most known for his advocacy of Public Education and the work in his northern Manhattan community.
Many sponsors have joined this event, along with great music, designers and special guests you don’t want to miss this!