Aspiring designers and upcycling contestants rip, tear, staple and sew their way to create fashion-forward streetwear from everyday items in Fuse TV's newest high-stakes competition show, "Upcycle Nation.”
The show is executive produced and hosted by Karrueche Tran, who brings along expert judges Jérôme LaMaar and Peder Cho.
“‘Upcycle Nation’ is not only fun to watch, but it also shows people how to be more innovative with their wardrobe," Tran explained.
In each episode, three contestants, with 24 designers in total, display their talent by transforming discarded items like old Oreo bags into a new couture handbag. Contestants from around the country compete in two high-stake challenges to win a cash prize.
One contestant to be excited to watch is New York-based upcycle artist Jonas King. The 18-year-old doesn't believe in trash and uses where he's from to create pieces while spreading the word about conscious fashion consumption.
Upcycled clothing has become an emerging trend providing consumers with solutions to overproduction and overconsumption through sustainable fashion choices.
LaMaar says upcycling is the next wave, and this show will shift the conversation around competition shows.
"Upcycling is the next wave. What's so great about upcycling is that it is very accessible to everyone and is ethical. I believe this show will shift the conversation around what competition shows could become," LaMaar said.
“Upcycle Nation” airs on Wednesdays.