Monday, 14 April 2014

Vancouver Eco Fashion Week 08

I am very excited to share the news of the 8th edition of Vancouver Eco Fashion Week with you guys.

This year, the format of this amazing event has been revamped and I can't wait to see what is in store.

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From April 27th to April 29, it will be three action packed days.

Eco Fashion Week Remix - Obakki, Value Village, Holt Renfrew & H&M Are At The Forefront.

Educational Series - H&M’s first appearance at Eco Fashion Week
Hosted at SFU Woodward’s in Gastown - April 27th, 12pm - 4pm
Pierre Börjesson, H&M ‘s Senior Sustainability Specialist, will speak to the H&M Garment Collecting Initiative - A global initiative that encourages customers to bring in unwanted garments of any brand and in any condition to H&M stores to be given a new life. As EFW’s Keynote Speaker, Börjesson will be joined on the schedule by Vancouver designer Jason Matlo, Maureen Dickson of Slow Fashion Forward, Value Village Chief Marketing Officer Karin Koonings and more.
Presented by Eco Waste and Bullfrog Power, EFW’s seminars use an interactive approach to empower fashion professionals and the public by opening up a discussion and offering solutions to shift the apparel and textile industries towards more responsible practices.

Followed by my favourite events.

Thrift Chic Challenge & 68 Pound Challenge Presented by Value Village

Hosted at The Fairmont Waterfront - April 28th
5:00 pm Opening Cocktail 7:00 pm Thrift Chic Challenge 8:30 pm 68 Pound Challenge
Thrift retailer Value Village returns to present the fifth edition of the Thrift Chic Challenge - a trend-focused event where three stylists are given a $500 allowance to create ten runway worthy outfits using only gently-used clothing from Value Village. For the first time, local stylists had the opportunity to submit their portfolio to Eco Fashion Week to win one of the three designer spots. The top ten looks were judged by a team from Value Village, West Coast Editor of Fashion Magazine, Joy Pecknold and fans of Eco Fashion Week via Facebook. Following the judging the scores were tallied to select the three stylists who made the cut - Lauren Clark and Lyndsey Chow of Hey Jude, Jerome Insorio and Ghazal Elhaei– to take on this season’s Thrift Chic Challenge. Young Oak designer Tammy Joe is the new talent behind Value Village’s 68 Pound Challenge. Sixty-eight pounds is the amount of clothing and textiles the average North American throws away each year and serves as the inspiration for this fashion challenge - creating a brand new fashion-forward collection from sixty-eight pounds of reworked clothing from Value Village.

Finally,

Charity Shopping Night at Holt Renfrew to Feature New H Project Showcase and Fashion Show by Obakki
Hosted at Holt Renfrew - April 29th, 7pm - 10pm
Eco Fashion Week concludes with a Charity Shopping Night at Holt Renfrew, featuring a Fashion Show by luxury label, Obakki, whose Spring Summer 2014 collection is carried at Holt Renfrew as part of H Project. H Project is a shop of extraordinary products with extraordinary stories, curated by Alexandra Weston, Director of Brand Strategy, who will also be in Vancouver for the event and speaking for H Project’s newest concept “Uncrate India”. A portion of the nights proceeds will go to The Obakki Foundation, Obakki's philanthropic counterpart, that focuses on providing clean water and education in Africa.

I am proud to be attending such a meaningful event right in the heart of Vancouver. Fashion covers a huge part of our lives, the textile industry has tremendous impact in almost everything. As earthlings, we should strive to minimize the impact.

If you want to learn more about eco fashion alternatives and how looking great doesn't have to come at a grave price.

Buy tickets online here.

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Green Embassy :: Organics and Eco Fashion is Empowering



I was very excited to attend the Green Embassy show at Vancouver Fashion Week.

From the images on the website, I knew I was in for a treat. Then seeing these visions glide down the runway was even more amazing.

Thanks for the photos Kuna Photography Group.

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I also had the honour to interview the beautiful designer.

GREEN EMBASSY is Australia’s first internationally recognized organically certified fashion label. As a company they believe that sustainability should be at the heart of their business and of the fashion industry. With a strong focus on a modern minimalist feel along with practicality, eco-conscious consumers flock to the line. Zuhal herself find daily inspiration for her artisan line through mature textile crafting traditions, and the beauty lurking in the Australian Outback. Each and every garment easily shows her responsibility toward living sustainably, organic architecture, and art. GREEN EMBASSY uses only the finest materials such as 100% certified organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and organic natural fibers. The brand recently had a successful show for EcoLuxe London for London Fashion Week 2014, and is also participated recently in a Seattle for the “Everybody Every Body Fashion Show” where the debut of their Night in The Bush Collection took place. GREEN EMBASSY is also slotted to present in a New York eco fashion show for May.

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is the true modern renaissance woman. This debut fashion line is her new baby born from her love for textile art. Like a true artist, she is not bound by one medium and soon exploded into fashion with her artfully crafted pieces. Zuhal's line aims to celebrate every woman and make us feel capable and strong when we don on these pieces. The most amazing part of her story is the fact that she has only been doing this for a few months! Her collection has already jetsetted around the world at different fashion weeks. Speaks volumes to the caliber of her work.

“Vancouver Fashion Week has been very successful, and has even extended their six-day events to a seven-day run.” States Designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills. “I’m very happy to have GREEN EMBASSY be a part of it. I want women to know that their art piece garment is as earth-friendly as possible, and that they can definitely wear stylish yet guilt-free fashions. My hands have touched everything which makes every garment haute-couture and unlike any other.

I absolutely love the fact that this whole collection is certified organic and eco friendly. She has over 50 alpacas and all the threads are made from their fur harvested cruelty free. No additional dyes are used the colors are the original colors of the alpacas. Zuhal also advocates zero waste, her piece that closed the show is actually made from left over material. When she told me that I almost fainted in disbelief! We need to do more to help reduce the amount of textile waste created in this world.

Zuhal is an absolutely incredible woman, her warmth and insight has really inspired me to live even more eco-friendly. In the world of convenience and fast fashion, when we spend $10 on a piece of clothing, who really pays the price? Powerful and thought provoking quote from her is where I will be leaving off this post. I hope we can all do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle.


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Monday, 17 March 2014

Green Embassy at Vancouver Fashion Week



Vancouver Fashion Week will be underway very soon.

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I am extremely excited to be attending the Wednesday shows and cover Green Embassy.

GREEN EMBASSY is an organically certified artisan clothing brand created by Australian Artist and Fashion Designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills. GREEN EMBASSY is designed, knitted, spun, felted, stitched and embroidered from scratch at her sun-drenched farm in the Western Australian bush. GREEN EMBASSY combines the lack of eco-consciousness missing in the fashion industry with timeless designs, luxury organically certified materials, traditional handmade techniques, and elaborate art into fashionable, wearable pieces. With a unique mission to provide women with one of a kind garments that are both high quality and sustainable, it is easy to see why GREEN EMBASSY is a highly coveted brand. GREEN EMBASSY will be presenting their Haute Couture women’s line of handmade, one of a kind pieces that retail between $2000 and $15,000.

I am extremely excited to see what this great line has to offer.

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I have been waiting to see a couture green fashion line.

Green Embassy at Vancouver Fashion Week

Very excited to see how these items will glide down the runway.

Green Embassy at Vancouver Fashion Week

GREEN EMBASSY is Australia’s first internationally recognized organically certified fashion label. As a company they believe that sustainability should be at the heart of their business and of the fashion industry. With a strong focus on a modern minimalist feel along with practicality, eco-conscious consumers flock to the line. Zuhal herself find daily inspiration for her artisan line through mature textile crafting traditions, and the beauty lurking in the Australian Outback. Each and every garment easily shows her responsibility toward living sustainably, organic architecture, and art. GREEN EMBASSY uses only the finest materials such as 100% certified organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and organic natural fibers. The brand recently had a successful show for EcoLuxe London for London Fashion Week 2014, and is also participated recently in a Seattle for the “Everybody Every Body Fashion Show” where the debut of their Night in The Bush Collection took place. GREEN EMBASSY is also slotted to present in a New York eco fashion show for May.

For more information on GREEN EMBASSY visit http://greenembassy.com.au/

The show will take place on Wednesday, March 19th 2014 at 6:30 PM at 50 E Pender St. Vancouver Canada

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