Eco Fashion Week 2013

What is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day? Attending the opening night of Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week 2013, of course.

Founder Myriam Laroche took the stage and began the evening by explaining the philosophy behind EFW and how this amazing movement came about. Our dashing mayor, Gregor Robertson, was also on hand to speak of the importance of consumer choices in creating a sustainable society that is gentle on our earth. Until educating myself, through EFW, I had no idea how polluting the textile industry actually is. Our love of more, more, more combined with highly disposable fashion has created a very toxic environment around the world. Since so many of our garments are made in Asia, the situation is particularly grave there. Please see article here.

Okay, now that we all know why it’s so important to adjust our disposable fashion mindset, it’s time to check out the goodies on the EFW runway.

A unique fashion challenge from Value Village Thrift Shop is launching the shows and I couldn’t wait to see the styles. Three local stylists were given $500.00 and the task of creating collections using only pre-loved or vintage items from Value Village. This challenge involved no sewing, just styling and the results were so lovely. The dazzling outfits showed us just what can be done with creativity and vision when thrift shopping.

A little later in the week Hey Jude rocked the runway with their collection of gorgeous vintage pieces:

And, last but not least, The Jewels!

World Hippie Originals is a collective of environmentally conscious designers and artists . These pieces will add drama and vibrant colour to any outfit.

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Isla Found is owned by a trio of Vancouverites, Toni, Rashni and Lindsay, and is an elegant, timeless collection inspired by the designer’s travels.

Eco Fashion Week 2013 was chock full of creative, talented designers/stylists and has left me very inspired to keep the eco spirit alive for my future fashion choices. After all, our world depends on it.

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