Sewing machines at the ready! Fashion and Textiles students from Milton Keynes College are going green for intu Milton Keynes’ eco weekend on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March.
Talented students will be demonstrating ways of refreshing the wardrobe in ‘The Denim Upcycle’, from 11am – 3pm both days. The Denim Upcycle gives the annual intu Milton Keynes eco weekend a stylish fashion twist and rounds up Fashion Month, taking place throughout March across all intu shopping centres.
Upcycling is one of the hottest trends in fashion; using old, unwanted clothes to create something new – Topshop does it with its Reclaim to Wear range and H&M has a garment recycling scheme. Upcycling is a great way to reuse and repurpose old clothes that may otherwise waste away in the bottom of a wardrobe and the fashion students are here to show visitors how.
Martin Hindson, General Manager at intu Milton Keynes, said: “It’s a pleasure to team up with the college and give the students a place to showcase their skills, as well as encourage the people of Milton Keynes to reduce their footprint and reuse old clothes rather than discard them.”
Nicola Ahmed, Fashion and Clothing lecturer at MK College, said: “The students have such creative ideas when it comes to upcycling and they can’t wait to share them with the public. The Denim Upcycle will be fashion forward, on trend designs that you’ll be excited to try out at home.”
The theme of fashion month is ‘let your true colours shine’ and to celebrate, intu is running an instagram competition. Shoppers simply share their style featuring their colour of the moment; just pout, pose and post, tagging @intuMiltonKeynes on Instagram and using #intuColours. There is a fabulous prize bundle on offer, just visit the competition page on the intu Milton Keynes website to find out more.
There is also a Clothes Amnesty taking place until the end of March. Shoppers are invited to bring their old, unwanted or unworn clothes to the shopping centre to be donated to local charity, Open Door. The donation station is a giant Perspex cube located on Central Boulevard.