RTE star Emma Power says working with Junk Kouture prompted her to cut back on buying new clothes


RTE 2fm star Emma Power said working with Junk Kouture has caused her to cut back on buying new clothes.

Junk Kouture is a fashion competition for post-primary schoolchildren where contestants design, create and model clothing made from recycled items.


Emma introduced Junk Kouture alongside his girlfriend Laura FoxCredit: instagram
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Emma said she was “blown away by the level of talent and creativity”

This year’s panel consisted of new judge Roz Purcell, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage, Louis Walsh and former winner and fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin.

Attendees also had the chance to chat with Junk Kouture presenters Laura Fox and Emma Power.

Since working with Junk Kouture, Emma has made a conscious effort to cut back on buying new clothes and reuse what she has in her wardrobe.

She told the Irish Sun: “The dress I’m wearing for the final is a few years old and has been worn a few times. In the past I would have rushed to buy a new dress for the final. changes, we can make a big difference.

“I think people have become more aware of fast fashion and its impact on the environment. I think we’re still learning, but it’s so much easier to get informed with so much information so readily available now. .

“I think the younger generations are more aware because they learn about it in school, which is fantastic. Junk Kouture has taken a step ahead in so many ways as she focuses on sustainable fashion. for 11 years now. “

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Commenting on this year’s redesigned competition, Emma said: “Covid has forced Junk Kouture and many other companies to re-evaluate and adapt and I think they have done a great job.

“Before Covid, the regional Junk Kouture shows were held in venues across the country, with the last show taking place at the 3Arena, Dublin. We were very lucky that the five regional live shows took place in early March 2020, but unfortunately due to Covid Restrictions the 3Arena Grand Final has been canceled.

“As soon as that happened, Junk Kouture hatched a plan to turn the finale into a TV show on RTE 2, ensuring that every finalist got the opportunity to showcase their creations in the final. Since then, they’ve done it all. in their power to ensure that the competition continues.

“By adjusting, Junk Kouture was able to continue to help young people create and design, giving them something positive to focus on during an extremely difficult time.

“It wasn’t just the Junk Kouture team that had to adapt, all of the young participants had to adapt too. So much work, effort and time went into creating these designs. The restrictions made it even more difficult by forcing students to work on it – zoom in rather than in person.

“Despite these restrictions, the students have created so many amazing designs that I can’t wait for everyone to see them.”


Emma and Laura were approached by Junk Kouture founder Troy Armor to work as co-hosts, and Emma said: “Within 5 minutes of meeting the team and hearing about Junk Kouture, we knew that we wanted to be involved. “

The duo were “thrilled” that their buddy Roz joined them for the contest and the cookbook author turned out to be a huge hit with the young contestants and other RTE staff.

Emma said: “I loved working with Laura and Roz this year. We were already friends before we started working together so it was very easy to work with them both.

“Laura and I have worked together at 2FM for a few years now and she’s one of my closest friends, so we’re used to working together. We also host a podcast together called ‘My First Ride’. launched ten episodes earlier this year and we’re busy working on some new episodes now, so let’s get going now!

“Roz is a perfect fit for Junk Kouture because she is so passionate about sustainability. We were delighted when they announced that she was joining us.

“He’s a lovely person and very craic too. We had so much fun working together on the final.”


Emma recounted how she and Laura have been “completely blown away by the level of talent and creativity this year”.

She added: “Honestly, the designs wouldn’t be out of place on a catwalk in Paris or Milan.”

Describing the materials she would use if she were to design an outfit for Junk Kouture, Emma said the chocolate wrappers would be a must to represent her “chocoholic” nature.

She said: “I’ve thought about it so many times and I can never decide. I love music, so I should probably include CDs for that reason, and they look cool when the lights are on.

“I’m like a magpie, I’m drawn to shiny things. I have plenty of shiny old props lying around the house that I would use too.

“I have lots of old pairs of heels under my bed that I wouldn’t mind doing something cool with.

“Chocolate wrappers should make an appearance because I’m a chocolate junkie and would probably add a few empty packages of sparkling jellies for good measure.”

The Grand Finale powered by RTE is broadcast this evening at 7 p.m. on RTE2 and the RTE Player.


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