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Eco Fashion Week Vancouver, 10th Ed. Highlights
Written by Eco Fashion World - Monday, 18 April 2016


Prophetik by Jeff Garner 

Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver has wrapped up its 10th edition with international designers, nationally streamed panel discussions and a final runway show erupting in a full audience dance party on the runway. Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver hosts a large community of conscious professionals and admirers alike, but this year there was an added presence of fashion industry professionals and known attendees of general fashion industry events at the events every night. This is what it is about... spreading awareness and inspiring action to collectively perpetuate a healthier fashion industry. 

A few Edition 10 Highlights:

Hosting over 300 people per show night, EFW’s sold-out runway shows showcased beautiful fashion from Vancouver to Nashville, New Delhi to London. Inspiring hair and makeup was provided by La Biosthétique and top quality hospitality was offered by The Fairmont Waterfront.

April 9th - Day One

Opening night was hosted at RYU (Respect Your Universe) – a beautiful storefront for a tailored technical athletic apparel brand, with 95% blue sign fabrics. A great way to introduce the concept of an individual eco recipe because though this brand doesn’t use recycled materials, their sustainability factor comes from durability, and longevity of wear.


Balmain contest
Balmain contest

April 10th – Day Two

Opening the shows with Chic Sheets – In partnership with the Fairmont Waterfront and Pacific Centre, 8 designers received a set of old bed linens from the Fairmont and boxes of dyes from Tintex to create one beautiful garment inspired by Balmain. Voting is live here: http://ecofashion-week.com/index.php/csvote/

Dahlia Drive and Reg Davidson closed the opening runway night with a necessary exploration of Haida culture and a tribute to the connection between the Japanese and the Haida people. With a full aboriginal model roster and Reg Davidson performing, this show started with gasps and ended with a standing ovation.


Ellen Legro

April 11th – Day Three

A collective runway with Ellen Legro, Mishel Bouillet and Tetyana Golota set the tone for the night with traditional roots in Golota’s Ukrainian roots, to the athletic dimension of Ellen Legro, and Models Own newest collection “Control” with clean lines and local pride by Mishel Bouillet.



Nadia Albano - Value Village

Eco Fashion Week's most anticipated shows presented in collaboration with Value Village followed: Thrift Style, where 3 stylists (Jason Pillay, Nadia Albano and Nathalie Rees) were given $500 to style a full 10 runway quality looks from Value Village. And finally, EFW finished off the night with the 81 lbs Challenge, formerly the 68lbs challenge, presented by Value Village.

EFW partnered with local school Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) to challenge design students, to create a full runway collection made only of materials from Value Village, which could no longer be sold. Under the supervision of three VCAD instructors and EFW alumni, Jason Matlo, Wen-Chee Liu and Glencora Twigg, these students gave life to dead materials, and created a 1920s inspired collection.



April 12th – Day Four

New bridal collection named Laudae birthed from celebrated bridal collection Truvelle hit the runway and flooded the room with modern romance. Following Laudae was Abel, a social enterprise fighting poverty through fashion and community development. Finally, wrapping up the first collective show, TildArt returns to Eco Fashion Week from London, UK, who uses bicycle parts to create dresses - both inspiring and just plain cool. Ethik and Sanskar explored different roots yet, with Ethik from Columbia, exploring the Wayúu people’s beauty and art, and Sanskar exploring the roots of the designer's Indian heritage through a display of traditional Indian textiles and textures.


Prophetik by Jeff Garner

The final runway night ended with an all-encompassing show by Prophetik by Jeff Garner, who returned to Eco Fashion Week with a bang. The show’s romance was perpetuated by a live band at the top of the runway and whimsical intimate looks. Upon the end of this show, EFW founder Myriam Laroche and EFW producer Nancy Bouchard led the crowd in converting the runway into a full dance party!

April 13th – Day Five

The heart of Eco Fashion Week is the educational series where EFW hosts industry leaders in discussing the tangible next steps to a healthier fashion industry, moderated, this year by ET Canada’s Erin Cebula. The First session hosted Tony Shumpert, VP of Recycling and Reuse at Value Village, Kyle Rudzinski, Sustainability Manager of Levi and Strauss Co., and Brock Macdonald, Vice Chair at the National Zero Waste Council and CEO of the Recycling Council of BC on the top of the Circular Economy.

The second session hosted Jenny Hughes, Founder of Me & You, celebrated local designer Nicole Bridger, founder of Future-ish Sean Schmidt and VCAD instructor Glencora Twigg, on the topic of redefining the future of manufacturing in North America.

April 14th – Day Six

Eco Fashion Week’s 10th edition wrapped up at XY YVR, luxury club in the David Village with full celebrations with designers, design team members, volunteers, designer's family and friends, and more. 


***Photo credit for all runway images to:  Peter Jensen



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