As busy shoppers try to get the best sale bargains last August 2, 2014, we decided to turn our favorite pastime into something more beneficial to the society. Together with the Philippine Red Cross volunteers, we spent our day going through the racks of pre-loved items prepared by Aid Couture to raise calamity funds for when disaster strikes.
The Glorietta Activity Center was filled with an array of clothing prepared by Red Cross and Ariel.
Also present at the opening were designer Happy Andrada and Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, Richard Gordon.
With numerous calamities hitting our country each year, the Philippine Red Cross receives around 18 tons of old clothes as relief donations. However, this vast amount they are generously given also include items that are not suitable for calamity victims’ everyday wear–items like long gowns, party dresses, and formal suits. Instead of letting these good pieces go to waste, they team up with Ariel to create a unique fund raiser, which taps in local stylist and designers to sort and style the clothes before they are sold to the public.
The beautiful Angel Jacob hosted the program and also donated a some of her own clothing.
We join in on the program last Saturday, held at the Glorietta Activity Center, as we helped out one shopper, Me-an Marqueda, pay it forward by styling looks for her to try on with items we fished out of the racks.
We found this great floral dress that had a '90s feel to it. it was a little bit loose so we gave it shape by tying a plaid shirt around her waist. We felt like her neon shoes already worked with the look.
The striped skirt is from Zara, which we fished out of the celebrity donations area. We wanted the look to be clean, which is why we paired it with the oversized knit sweater.
Me-an mentioned that she's a fan of colors and prints and it just so happened that we found this pastel sweater with unicorns on it. This time, we wanted to go preppy so we layered it over a men's buttondown and used it as a dress. To complete the make over, we gave her a flob (fake long bob) by tucking her tresses inside the sweater.
Wrapping up the day, we were more than happy not just to have been able to help Me-an pick outfits but also a whole lot more Filipinos with our purchases.
Till the next Aid Couture!