Lexus knows how to ‘be car chic’ with car parts fashion challenge

Lexus knows how to ‘be car chic’ with car parts fashion challenge

The Lexus Fashion Workshop recently challenged four top-notch designers to combine the ultimate in cars with the ultimate in fashion. Drawing inspiration from a completely disassembled Lexus CT hybrid, the designers forged beauty out of more than 2,000 unrecognizable parts and pieces of the 90 percent recyclable car.

According to the automaker’s news release, the four pieces will be highlighted in a six-page spread in the January 2012 issue of Vogue magazine. Feasting your eyes on editorial photos not enough? The collection will be on display at the end of this week during the prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach show. Learn more on their website here.

Vice president of Lexus marketing, Brian Smith, had this to say about the initiative: “Merging the worlds of luxury automobiles, art and fashion is another example of how Lexus is ‘Engineering Amazing’ or maybe more appropriately, ‘Engineering Unexpected’,” he said. “We were able to challenge four designers to turn one of our most progressive hybrid vehicles into innovative fashion pieces, inspiring the designers, and the world, to see things differently.”

Now that is how to be car chic!

Here’s a video from VogueTV that describes the initial challenge. Scroll down to see the final product.

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“Environmental Crown of Virtue”—A truly head-turning piece designed by Moss Lipow using a transmission starter and exhaust manifold gasket.

“The Valve Collection”—Designed by jewelry creator Eddie Borgo using valve lifters, crank bearings and hose clamps.

“Nomadic Sanctuary”—A sleek trench coat, shorts and clutch designed by John Patrick, featuring floor mats made from plant-based plastic, sustainable sound-dampening material, wire harness, leather seat covers and cargo covers.

“The Luna Shoe”—Created by Alejandro Ingelmo using armrest leather trim and clear plastic tubing.

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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.