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Day 2 of Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver
Written by Jessica McIlroy - Tuesday, 23 April 2013


Sandy Joe Karpetz (Photo credit: Peter Jensen) 

The second day of Eco Fashion Week this season was actually the first day of runway shows, and following the format of past events, was the Value Village sponsored Thrift Challenge day. The first runway show was the Thrift Chic Challenge where three stylists are given a $500 gift card for Value Village, only two weeks before the show is scheduled, and challenged to create an innovative collection.  The stylists did very few alterations to the clothing they selected, instead showcasing pieces through their creative ability in putting together the looks.


Sara Gourlay (Photo credit: Peter Jensen)

The first stylist, Sara Gourlay (co-owner of FATE Vintage), created a collection of black and white pieces that were very minimalist, yet mixed with blocked textures and sheerness. Sandy Joe Karpetz from Edmonton, Alberta and the blog The Pretty Secrets, put together a very contrasting collection of bold prints, patterns, and colors. Pieces varied from crocheted to suede, and you really felt she was searching for textures. The third stylist took another completely different approach to her challenge and created a collection based on the four seasons. Jasmine Zhu of the blog Posing in Vintage pulled an extensive range of looks from deep colors and layering, brocade, leather, to brights and feminine detail.


Kim Cathers (Photo credit: Peter Jensen)

The second runway show of day two was the return of the 68 pound challenge by designer Kim Cathers. 68 pounds being the average amount of textiles entering the landfill each year in the USA, per person. Kim was once again challenged with creating her collection, called Waltz: Following Instinctive Knowledge, using 68 pounds of textiles from Value Village, this time the goal was to only use men’s suits. She ended up using suits and men’s sweaters, and creating a beautiful collection of unique and one-of-a-kind pieces. The challenge highlights not only her design creativity but also her amazing garment making skills. Pieces looked deconstructed, yet tailored at the same time. She used all pieces of the suits, making a skirt from shoulder pads and a dress from interfacing and lining. The collection was once again a fantastic example of the many ways to upcycle unwanted garments.


Jasmine Zhu (Photo credit: Peter Jensen)

Jessica McIlroy is a sustainability consultant with extensive experience in the renewable energy industry, climate change policy, gender equality and community development. She has worked for a number of non-profit associations and is the founder of the BC Women in Energy Network. Jessica is also working to increase the sustainability of the garment and textile industry, working as the Chief Awareness Officer for Eco Fashion Week, and contributing eco fashion pieces to online publications. Jessica holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, an MBA in Executive Management, a certification in Climate Change Decision Making, and has completed The Accountability Project Sustainability Practitioner Course.     



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