June 16th, 2011 | By | 3,273 Comments

5th Annual Billabong Design for Humanity Runway Show

A Video and Photo Re-Cap of Billabong’s Design for Humanity 2011…
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Paramount Studios, Hollywood CA- Once again, the event known for both giving, and exposing, back, didn’t miss a bikini-clad beat. For the 5th year, Billabong’s Design for Humanity 2011 delivered an eclectic mix of head-turning bikinis, original artwork, and folk-tastico tunes from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros that, somehow, tied the proverbial dreamcatcher feathers together. Contrasting the an abundance of beer foam-dipped staches and gratuitous man tanks was the ever-popular swim runway show- a sneak peak into Billabong designers’ imaginations, as well as a taste of what’s to come next year in swim. This years show was a full on walk-off of fringe and sequins, topped-off with crochet and sueded trims.

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Once the runaway show ended, jaws were picked up off the floor, and dancing shoes distributed, the tunes started flowing. The line-up included blues/soul/garage rock from Hanni El Khatib, avant-pop from The Hundred In The Hands, gritty, psychedelic rock & roll from B.L.O.R.R., and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros brought it all home.

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To top the tomfoolery, every ticket, bikini and beer (don’t worry- we drank/donated one for you) went to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation- non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools. We’ll cheers to that!

More photos after the jump….

Edward Shapre and the Magnetic Zeros (thanks to our frineds at Kustom for the photos!)

Edward Shapre and the Magnetic Zeros (thanks to our frineds at Kustom for the photos!)

Backstage at Edward Shapre

Backstage at Edward Shapre


Edward Shapre at Billabong's Design for Humanity

Edward Shapre at Billabong's Design for Humanity


SWELL crew at Billabong Design for Humanity

SWELL crew at Billabong Design for Humanity


SWELL ladies at the show

SWELL ladies at the show


Billy 'Ask-a-Dude' (and friends) at Billabong Design for Humanity

Billy 'Ask-a-Dude' (and friends) at Billabong Design for Humanity

Want more?
Check out Billabong swim styles influenced by last year’s Design for Humanity
Watch last the 2010 Design for Humanity Runway Show

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