Under a grand glass dome ordinarily housing a skating rink, earth-conscious style mavens converged at Robson Square in Vancouver for the sixth season of Eco Fashion Week.
The globally lauded event, founded by Myriam Laroche, teaches us that sustainable fashion isn’t merely about hippies, hemp, and earthy colours. The colourful collections presented by 25 designers and stylists boldly struck down the stigma with towering heels, salacious lace, glimmering jewels, and studded leather.
We are proud to provide our guests at OPUS Hotel with so many eco-friendly features, and it was a no-brainer that we would strongly support the event. As a sponsor of EFW, we were honoured to have our vivid OPUS throne in such a place of prominence amongst the white seats flanking the runway. From our perch, we watched model after model slink and strut in clothes by such designers as Bhana, Couture Therapy, and War Paint.
One of the most impactful segments was the Value Village Thrift Chic Challenge on Monday night. Three stylists were given $500 to spend at the thrift shop to produce 15 outfits. The sartorially enthralling results made us want to skip to the closest used-clothing store to create our own runway-worthy wardrobe for the cost of one pair of designer shoes.
Stylist Sara Gourlay presented a collection that emitted an air of the occult with a black and white palate of finds quite possibly from a 90s supermodel’s closet. She was followed by Sandy Joe Karpetz, who paid ode to chic grannies around the world with red velvet, crochet, lace, and fur. And Jasmine Zhu combined a rich array of patterns that gave us the power to feel textures with our eyes. The talented stylists resuscitated discarded clothes proving that one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure.
Congratulations to all the organizers at Eco Fashion Week for another memorable season and for instilling the importance of protecting our earth.
Runway photos courtesy of Peter Jensen.
~ Sandra O’Connell