Tuesday, 30 April 2013

EFW06 Review Day 3 War Paint Stole My Heart

Day three of Eco Fashion Week only built upon the momentum.

Again, these amazing photos are brought to you by Peter Jensen Photography.

Here are my favourite pieces from these amazing designers.

Starting with Sally Omeme

"Receiving no formal training in fashion design Sally Omeme learned to knit from her Mother in the early 2000’s. One year knitting 75 scarfs. It wasn’t until She attended the John Casablancas Institute in August 2011, her dream of becoming a knitwear designer was encouraged by her instructors. She knit her first collection for the John Casablancas Institute fashion show Empyrean on May 22, 2012.

As a newly emerging knitwear designer, Sally Omeme has bright hopes for the future. Never afraid to experiment using different fabrics. The entire collection for Eco Fashion Week has been created using second hand materials.

When not knitting, she continues to pursue her passion projects of writing, creating, working on photo shoots, and dreaming up other passion projects."

I am always at awe when people can take strings essentially and make them into clothing. It's especially amazing, when the pieces end up looking like these.

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Sally Omeme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Sally Omeme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Sally Omeme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Sally Omeme


Svensk

"SVENSK is an Eco Friendly Knitwear brand that was founded in 2008 by 19-year old Diana Svensk. All materials are Eco Friendly and produced in a sustainable way. The brand is currently sold in 12 countries, been featured in international magazines and won awards in Sweden for it’s work with combining fashion and design with sustainable thinking."

Her work is ever so playful and young. It reminds me of a carefree time, when all I had to worry about was nothing.

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Svensk

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Svensk

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Svensk

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Svensk

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Svensk

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Svensk

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Svensk

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Svensk

Evan Ducharme.

"He use all natural fibres in his collections, sourced from local suppliers, as well as a number of “eco” fabrics such as hemp, organic cotton, tencel. He also use reclaimed and repurposed fabrics, as well as fabrics that are considered “roll-ends” that will otherwise be thrown out and put into landfills. Also, He doesn't mass produce my collections, as everything is made-to-order and custom. These pieces are made either by himself or other specialized artisans in Vancouver (such as knitwear)."

I love the blend of thick knits and flowy pieces. This whole collection is extremely feminine and wearable. I would rock out any of these pieces.

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Evan Ducharme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Evan Ducharme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Evan Ducharme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Evan Ducharme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Evan Ducharme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Evan Ducharme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Evan Ducharme

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Evan Ducharme

Merely Me

"MERELY M.E. creates accessories and jewelry from at least 80% recycled materials (specializing in paper products and organic fabrics) and scrap natural fibers to create each piece’s structure. From recycled paper products, we are able to produce our packaging and mailing boxes that each piece comes in. Our dedication to “green fashion” is not only in our clothing, but in our outreach and education components as well. We have a recycle program for customers; fans of our social media accounts send us paper products and old t-shirts that we turn into new items. As a special thank you, we send free gifts made of recycled materials to our supporters. Nature, and especially my travels to other states and countries heavily influence how I design responsible clothing, accessories and jewelry. Nothing goes to waste: everything is re-shaped, upcycled and presented in a different way."

I love the feeling of pureness this whole collection evokes. Not just because it's mainly white, but the way they are put together. So airy, pure and heavenly.

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Merely Me

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Merely Me

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Merely Me

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Merely Me

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, Merely Me

Last but most definitely not least, my favourite designer of them all, War Paint by Stevie Crowne.

"=War Paint= fashion customization is a streetwear collection by newcomer Stevie Crowne that begins with existing items such as jackets, sunglasses, or hats archived from vintage & retail outlets. It is the added embellishments & applique that uniquely transform each item into a one-of-a-kind show piece. The vibe is rebellious and playful, with spikes & studs planted in pleasing designs and studs freshly dotting the landscape of items you thought you knew."

This kid is amazing! He takes thrifting to a whole new level by upcyling every piece of leather, varsity, and bomber jackets he finds from Value Village or Salvation Army.

After he is done "bedazzling" them, they are reborn in a way that will make you never want to buy new again.

This rock n' roll, Mad Max, post apocalyptical organized frienzy sings to me and make me want to abandon all rules and regulations and embrace anarchy.

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Eco Fashion Week, EFW06, Eco Fashion, Eco Designer, Runway Show, Vancouver Fashion, War Paint

Stevie, you are truly inspirational, can't wait to work together soon.




Monday, 29 April 2013

EFW06 Review Value Village Day

I can't believe it was a week ago that this has happened.

I was involved in such an amazing experience. Thank you Eco Fashion Week, thank you Value Village for giving me the opportunity to do what I do best on such a spectacular platform.

I was involved in the Thrift Chic Challenge presented by Value Village along side two other fashion talents.

Sara Gourlay, Sandy Joe Carpetz, and myself were all given $500 to style a collection of 15 outfits from head to toe using only items from Value Village.

Here are some of my favourite pieces from Sara's black and white, minimalistic and reworked collection. She really showed off the tailoring and cuts of each piece. These amazing photos are brought to you by Peter Jensen.

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by sara gourlay

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by sara gourlay

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by sara gourlay

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by sara gourlay

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by sara gourlay

Next up we have Sandy Joe. She also worked some DIY magic and made her own top and dress out of doylies, tapestry and table cloth. Man, these girls are talented.

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Sandy Joe Karpetz

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Sandy Joe Karpetz

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Sandy Joe Karpetz

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Sandy Joe Karpetz

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Sandy Joe Karpetz

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Sandy Joe Karpetz

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Sandy Joe Karpetz

I was the last of the three stylists, though those ladies should be called designers. Here is my year round styled out Blossom Parade.

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Jasmine Zhu

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Jasmine Zhu

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Jasmine Zhu

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, thrift chic challenge presented by value village styled by Jasmine Zhu

The headliner of the night is the amazing Kim Cathers.

She takes 68lbs of ordinary pieces of clothing from Value Village and turn them into magic. This year, the collection is reborn from men's suits.


Here are my favourite pieces from this collection, though I really wanted to pick every single piece.

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon


Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Eco fashion week, efw06, eco fashion, 68lbs challenge presented by value village designed by Kim Cathers Kdon

Never thought thrift can look so good eh?

Photo credits Peter Jensen