Eco Fashion Week, presented by Aveda, kicked off last night with their official VIP launch at the Aveda Institute and the after party at Lamplighter in Gastown. The next few days will see a selection of the best eco-designers from around the world coming together to showcase their latest collections of environmentally friendly, trend-setting fashion. Eco Fashion Week focuses solely on environmentally friendly designers and practices.
There is a growing shift in the fashion industry to include the well-being of the environment into its practices and Vancouver has become widely known as a haven for independent designers who are committed to using recycled, organically grown, and locally produced fashion. There are various ‘Eco Criteria’ in place to help the fashion week organizers screen their participants, including Organic/Natural Textiles & Materials, Recycled/Reborn, Vegan/Animal Free/Cruelty Free and Resource Efficiency.
Twenty-two designers will be debuting their Fall/Winter 2011 lines on the runway this week. Some of the designers include Vancouver-raised Nicole Bridger with her label NBD, Jeff Garner with his label Prophetik from Tennessee, Kim Cathers who was a finalist on Project Runway Canada with her label Kdon and Sofia based out of Victoria.
The final day will see a tradeshow plus some very informative free seminars including sessions by Dr. Rick Smith from Environmental Defense Canada, Michael Smith from Sears Canada and Scott McDougall from Terrachoice. Visit the Eco Fashion Week website for information on how to sign up to attend the sessions.
The majority of the fashion shows are being held in the historic Salt Building. Eco Fashion Week runs until Friday, February 25. Tickets to shows are $20 and include entry to the official after party on that particular day.