“Come get trashy with us,” is Lonnie Hanzon’s pitch for his upcoming inaugural Trash Fashion Show benefit for the GLBT Community Center of Colorado. “Come look at our junk,” he implores. The Lakewood-based artist and immersive-events designer has no doubt stored up an arsenal of tongue-in-cheek invitations to buy tickets and come join him for a “trashay down the runway,” but his real hope is that the event speaks for itself.
Equal Threshold"), there’s the charitable cause attached: “The Center is best known for PrideFest, but they also have six or seven programs that are so important to the community, and that’s part of this, too,” he notes. “We’d like to see more support for these programs tailored to elders, youth and more.” Funds will also help beef up PrideFest.
And then there’s the conservationist angle, which became more apparent to Hanzon while working at the environment-friendly Houston Zoo, where he mounts a holiday Zoo Lights display every year: It’s just plain shocking to him how much trash we actually throw away, and trash fashion is his way of introducing slow fashion and other concepts born of environmental awareness to an audience. “I’m blown away to learn that fast fashion makes up the third-largest landfill product,” Hanzon explains. “We’re consuming more and more goods that don't last, so we throw them away. Companies like H&M were caught shredding metric tons of stuff every year that will never go away, and then the microfibers get into our landfills and then into our fish.”
The results will be unveiled on June 9 at the Exdo Event Center, where the designers will compete for campy awards in six categories, sending models down the runway in trashy fashions, with hair by El Salon and makeup by Cha Cha Romero. And the gala event has even more to offer, with host Dixie Crystals of Drag Queen Story Time fame at the mic, and performances with something to please everyone, by a pole dancer, Indy Fire Boylesque and Vivienne VaVoom.
Come show some pride and get trashy with the Center: The Trash Fashion Show debuts on Saturday, June 9, at 8 p.m. at Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street. Doors open at 6 p.m. for VIPs and 7 p.m. for general admission, and a dance party follows at Tracks at 9 p.m. Purchase tickets, $25 to $125, online at Eventbrite. Find more details at the Trash Fashion Show home page.