Unlike the hoity-toity fashion weeks of other cities, EFW invites citizen participation; eco fashion depends on informed consumers. There are two free events for the public: the Vintage Runway Show on April 10 at 7:00 pm and the Eco Fashion Panel, which takes place on the runway on April 11 at 4:00 pm.
Find out more about the designers showing at EFW Season 04, plus free and ticketed runway events, after the jump.
About ECO Fashion Week
If you aren’t familiar ECO Fashion Week (EFW), founded by Vancouverite Myriam Laroche, it began in 2009 when this fashion industry insider took a look at how the multi-billion dollar fashion industry contributed to global warming, and decided to do something about it.
The result is EFW, which is held twice a year in Vancouver, Canada’s greenest city, and attracts a pretty impressive round up of local and international designers. The designers make clothing using a variety of eco friendly practices, including minimizing textile waste and using organic, sustainable and natural, fibres.
Learn more about EFW from our EFW Season 03 coverage.
Designers at EFW Season 04
The biggest name at EFW this season is Prophetik designer, Jeff Garner – a long time EFW supporter. In addition to a runway show, Garner will auction off one of two dresses worn by Esperanza Spalding (pictured above) at the 2012 Oscars on eBay.
This season’s runway events will also feature designers from Sweden, Poland, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Seattle and Vancouver. One of my favourite Vancouver newcomers is Lindsay Walsh of Standing Armed. Walsh designs from her studio perched between Gastown and Chinatown, not far from the popular doughnut upstart, Cartems Donuterie. Her designs showcase the sophisticated ease of the Vancouver woman, using all natural fibres.
Attending EFW events
The public are invited to two free events: The Vintage Runway Show on April 10, at 7:00 pm – a joint production by EFW and Value Village. The public is also invited to the Eco Fashion Panel, hosted by Laroche, which takes place on the runway on April 11 at 4:00 pm. Tickets to the remaining runway shows are available for $20 plus fees, online through TicketsTonight.ca.
If you do attend an event, make sure and bring your pre-loved clothing. During EFW, large bins will be strategically placed around the venue for all attendees to donate their to Value Village.