By Maya McCarthy on November 13th, 2012
Eco Fashion Week S/S 2013 in Vancouver will take place October 16 – 19, 2012 at Robson Square. The event will bring together some of the world’s top ethical fashion designers for an inspiring week filled with exciting events, stylish fashion shows and informative seminars. Celebrating its fifth season, Eco Fashion Week has become recognized as one of the leading sustainable fashion events in the industry. Founded by one of Canada’s fashion industry leaders, Myriam Laroche created Eco Fashion Week as a means to promote more responsible ways to design, manufacture, distribute and sell clothing. “Eco Fashion Week is going into its second year and fifth season with an incredible program that we are all really proud about,” says Myriam Laroche, founder of Eco Fashion Week. “With a growing consciousness and consumer interest in sustainable clothing, we are poised to host our most successful event yet.” Some of the events taking place during Eco Fashion Week include:
Eco Fashion Week Opening Event and Nicole Bridger Runway Show, October 16, 7:00 pm
The kick off to Eco Fashion Week this year promises to impress and inspire with an opening presentation by Dave Olson, locally based HootSuite’s VP of Community and social entrepreneur with his own line of eco-bags and clothing. Nicole Bridger will complete the evening launching her fall/winter 2012 collection titled “Kali” in a spell-bounding choreographed event by Heather Laura Gray.
Thrift Chic – Value Village Runway Show, October 17, 7:00 pm
Each year, 90 million pounds of clothing end up in landfill sites around the world. To help remove the stigma that is sometimes associated with purchasing second hand or thrift clothes, Value Village has partnered with Eco Fashion Week to create a special runway show. Stylists Nicolette Lang-Anderson, Tony Vu and Mimi Lauzon, founder of Fashionilla.com, will each be given a $500 budget to buy clothes and style 10 to 15 looks for what promises to be an impressive show.
68-Pound Challenge with Kim Cathers, October 17, 9:00 pm
Kim Cathers is returning to Eco Fashion Week in collaboration with Value Village to take on a 68-Pound Challenge. 68 pounds is the amount of clothing and textiles that the average North American throws away each year. Cathers will breathe life into her unorthodox romantic signature style by turning 68 pounds of dead stock into runway worthy fashion. The collection will be the closing act for an entire day of reworked and restyled inspired runway shows.
Ethical Textiles and Manufacturing Practices Seminar with Tara Sawatsky from Canopy, October 19, 2:00 pm Canopy is an award winning environmental not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s forests, species and climate. Increasingly, virgin forests around the world are being processed to make an array of fabrics. Canopy works with hundreds of the forest industry’s consumers, including designers and major clothing brands, to help shape their purchasing policies for a variety of forest products, and provide them with the knowledge they need to meet their business goals and protect our forests in the process. Atelier B. Fashion Show, October 18, 6:00 pm One of five Quebec designers being featured at Eco Fashion Week, Atelier B. was an idea conceived by Catherine Métivier and Anne-Marie Laflamme. Bringing a new-found sense of fun to the workshop, the designers have a philosophy of ethical production and are continually moving forward with their research and innovation. Inspired by industrial design and production, each piece is simple and minimalist. With their high quality and subtle design, the collections are intended to be timeless. For more information and tickets to Eco Fashion Week, visit