Eco Fashion Week – My Sister’s Closet

My Sister’s Closet, a fun and funky Yaletown Boutique selling pre-loved and vintage garments, is also a social enterprise of Battered Women’s Support Services and holds a very special place in my heart.

BWSS’s amazing staff and volunteers work tirelessly helping women in crisis situations. They create programs focused on educating youth and changing society’s attitudes toward violence. I can’t say enough good things about this organization, the strong, magnificent women involved in it and the beautiful sisterhood they’ve created.

In addition to all of this, My Sister’s Closet Boutique is as eco-fashion friendly as it gets. They sell only gently used or vintage items and they do it with flare and style. It’s always a pleasure and a treasure-seeking adventure to spend a little time at the shop.

I was looking forward to their runway collection, Sisterhoood Swagger, expecting it to be really interesting and creative. The collection, however, was beyond all of my expectations. Uber-fabulous.

If I wasn’t already a big fan of thrift shopping, this collection of amazing outfits would have definitely turned me into one…

Eco Fashion that is also creating a better world for us all. Brava!

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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.

Eco Fashion Week

Eco Fashion Week opened with a runway show of beautiful reworked, recycled and vintage outfits. The looks were created by the budget conscious fashionista’s go-to store, Value Village. I loved the concept of showcasing vintage and pre-loved clothing with such eclectic outfit combinations hitting the runway.

Photo by Daniel Jolly

Photo By Daniel Jolly

Photo by Daniel Jolly

Photo by Daniel Jolly

Photo by Daniel Jolly

Photo by Daniel Jolly

After the first runway show we headed to the Media Lounge and had a wine break with organic Como Sur pino grigio. Then off to the Designer Showcase to view the goods. While visiting the showcase I found a few accessory designers that were exceptional:

ARM CANDY by SNG Imports. Handbags using all recycled materials. These fab, one of a kind bags are handmade in Mexico with love.

http://www.sngimports.com/index.html

BITRU FARIEL JEWELLERY

http://www.bitrufariel.com/home.html

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Words cannot do this jewellery justice. The most imaginative materials (dyed pumice stone, shell casings etc.) are used to create these pieces and they are truly works of art. Hand made by artist Natalia. Stunning!

Last but not least, Vancouver handbag designer Fiveleft stood out from the crowd with beautifully textured leather and unique designs.

http://www.fiveleft.ca/

All in all, a fun and glamorous night. And, a wonderful reminder that it’s easy be stylish and eco-friendly at the same time!