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.
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.
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.