As one of the world’s largest sustainable fashion events, ECO Fashion Week continues to raise global awareness for social, environmental and economically sustainable practices this April 19 to 24. Now in its ninth season, EFW will feature a main runway designed by renowned architect Michael Green, hair and make-up by La Biosthétique and will host brands like H&M, SAVERS Value Village, international designers from Croatia and Germany and renowned local designer Jason Matlo and Evan Ducharme.
Under the guidance of president and founder Myriam Laroche, ECO Fashion Week has put together a line-up of exciting fashion events including the exclusive H&M Spring Launch of the 2015 Conscious Collection, the Thrift Chic Challenge & 68 LBS Challenge and the Waterfront Kimono Contest. H&M will also speak to their Garment Collecting Initiative which is a global movement that encourages customers to bring unwanted garments of any brand and in any condition to H&M stores to be given a new life.
The Thrift Chic Challenge is a trend-focused event featuring three local stylists: Lucy Yun, Dominique Hanke and Megan-Magdalena Bourne. The stylists will be given a $500 allowance to create ten runway-worthy outfits using only gently-used clothing from Value Village.
The 68 LBS Challenge features Carlie Wong, established Canadian designer and Project Runway Canada Season 1 alumnae. Carlie brings her strong couturier skills to this challenge and is tasked to create a brand new collection from sixty- eight pounds of gently-used clothing from Value Village. 68 pounds is the amount of clothing and textiles the average North American throws away each year!
The Waterfront Kimono Contest addresses the fact that the hotel industry goes through tons of bed linens each year. EFW has selected 8 emerging designers to transform the used linens from the Fairmont Waterfront hotel to design fashionable, functional and editorial worthy kimonos. After EFW, the kimonos will be exhibited at Pacific Centre for the public to enjoy and discuss.
Also included in the week is a Zero Textile Waste Forum co-hosted by Metro Vancouver and Fashion Revolution Day co-presented with the Vancouver International Film Festival.
For more details, schedules and tickets visit Eco Fashion Week.
(This article written by Helen Siwak was originally published in VancityBuzz.com).