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Day 3 of Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver
Written by Jessica McIlroy - Wednesday, 24 April 2013


Sally Omeme (Photo credit: Peter Jensen) 

Day three at Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver was a busy one, packed with 9 runway shows. The evening was dominated by knitwear, with both classic and innovative pieces, and strong tailoring for Fall/Winter.

The evening opened with Bhana Design Company, by designer Trisha Rampersad, showing a collection embodying the power of women.  Pieces were mostly monochromatic, greys, blacks, and browns. Feature pieces were body hugging dresses, oozing with sensuality.


Couture Therapy (Photo credit: Peter Jensen)

Couture Therapy is a new line by a local BC designer, who focuses on the use of natural fibers and upcycled fabrics. The collection was again very feminine, but differed with the use of lace and strong red fabrics. The pieces were sexy and elegant, but were reminiscent of Fall/Winter collections from last year.


Things switched gears with the new-comer Stevie Crowne, a fashion student in Vancouver, who has started an upcycled collection of mostly jackets, hats and sunglasses. His collection, War Paint, is of pieces he finds in thrift shops, altered and embellished, and reflecting a rebellious feel. Studs, camo, leather, and rock-and-roll definitely reigned!


SVENSK (Photo credit: Peter Jensen)

The second set of runway shows started with SVENSK, a knitwear brand by Swedish Diana Svensk. The collection was colorful and playful with a wonderful mix of texture.

Recent design school graduate Sally Omeme showed another knitwear collection, using entirely second-hand materials. While the collection was all knitted as a technique, it definitely broke away from the mold of what most people think of as knitwear. This was due to the use of the different fibers and textiles. She closed her show with a gorgeous knitted ball gown with a full crinoline skirt.


Evan Ducharme (Photo credit: Peter Jensen)

Evan Ducharme is another small collection designer using natural, organic and re-purposed fabrics, and channeling a 1940’s sophistication. His collection was one of the ones people were most excited to see and it didn’t disappoint. Pieces were elegant and graceful; my favorite was a long, blush colored dress, with stunning draping and flow.

The final set of shows for Day Three began with New York-based MERELY ME by Madera Elena. Her pieces have a very natural and organic feel, and give a feeling of channeling the American desert. The shapes and tailoring were unconventional, creating a more layered and textured look with a lot of interest for the eyes.

RISE Upcycling was back again this season, but with a very different collection. RISE is a designer collective; young local designers and artists create pieces from second-hand clothes, with varying degrees of alteration. This season’s collection was more mature and tailored than the collection from EFW05 last October. It was great to see the diversity in their designers and pieces.


Elroy (Photo credit: Peter Jensen)

Closing out the evening was Elroy, from designer Leanne McElroy, her first showing at Eco Fashion Week.  Accompanied by a live musician, the collection featured patterned Scandinavian-style knitwear paired with classic skirts, pants and dresses. The color palette was warm, and everything was very wearable.

Overall the evening showcased some amazing diversity in knitwear, great new-comers to Eco Fashion Week and the design world, a nice balance of some men’s wear, and a general feeling that strong femininity is definitely on the rise.




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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