For the 7th season, Vancouverites gathered last week for Eco Fashion Week, a five day long fashion event that celebrates and encourages a marriage between the style savvy and the environmentally conscious. I was lucky enough to attend a handful of shows; here are some highlights from the week!
In their own words, Eco Fashion Week founder and Quebec native Myriam Laroche and her team are: “Informing and inspiring the fashion-conscious, and sustainable-minded, alike, in a way that harmonizes beauty and the environment.”Did you know that the average person disposes of 68lbs of clothing and textiles each year? For the past three seasons, Eco Fashion Week invites a local designer to create a collection from 68lbs of textile and clothing waste. Symbolically, this show represents taking a stand and consuming less. Designer Evan Ducharme elevated the materials and created a wearable and elegant collection. What a great mix of menswear inspired looks and feminine flowy silhouettes! The monochromatic tones tied it together perfectly.
Eco Fashion Week not only features ready to wear designers, but also stylists and local second hand shops. It makes for an eclectic week.
I loved designer Couture Therapy’s hits of leather and voile, mixed with natural, effortless silhouettes.
Vancouver design team twigg&hottie celebrated 10 years in the business and ended the week with a special anniversary show! These ladies pride themselves on making comfortable, stylish and eco friendly clothing. They have been a staple to the Main St. shopping district for a decade, and they are here to stay!
One of my favorite runway shows was filled with carefully curated vintage pieces put together by Hey Jude. This specially selected vintage collection can be purchased through local pop up shops or on their online store. This show proved that second hand pieces can be integrated into a modern wardrobe and still remain on trend.
In the same vein, the Young Oak collection showed us another great juxtaposition between menswear inspired garments and feminine layered looks. Very impressive, considering all looks are vintage and reworked pieces.