Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver is on now, April 9 to 14. You may know that I am all about the thrift and treasure hunt, so this event spotlighting the challenges of a creating a closed-loop, sustainable clothing industry is right up my alley. It features not only hugely popular runway shows of eco-conscious designers, but also includes public engagement in panel discussions about eco fashion.

Highlights of the event include:

  • Thrift Style Challenge: three stylists create individual 10-piece runway collections with $500 of Value Village clothing; (Apr 11, SOLD OUT)
  • Street Chic Challenge (held Apr 9): eight designers transformed donated hotel sheets into Balmain-inspired pieces, which are on display at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel on April 11 and 12, and Pacific Centre Mall, April 14 to 30; and
  • 81-pound Challenge: design students give new life to 81 pounds of clothing, which is how much the average North American tosses into landfills every year. Yikes! (Apr 11, SOLD OUT)

Tickets are still AVAILABLE for the runway shows at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel on April 12, tickets here, and the Collective Conversation on April 13 at the Waterfall Building. The CC will be moderated by Erin Cebula of Entertainment Tonight Canada, and features panelists from Levi and Strauss and Value  Village, as well as local designers. There will also be a special interview with John Fluevog. Check HERE for details and tickets.

The Eco Fashion Week website has a complete rundown of what’s going on. It’s still not too late to join!