Eco Fashion Week Season Three Kicks Off Wednesday

Titania Inglis Spring/Summer 2012; Image: Evan Browning

Now in its third season, Eco Fashion Week has proven it has the prowess necessary to be a wardrobe staple in the Vancouver’s event closet. The three day parade of environmentally-friendly frippery launches Wednesday, Oct. 5, with a press conference by EFW president Myriam Laroche. Eco Fashion Week shows and soirees continue into the wee hours of Friday, Oct. 7, with a closing party at Fortune Soundclub.

As usual, EFW combines runway shows with presentations, educational talks and mini-conferences on the topic of sustainability, environmental awareness and best practise methods in eco-conscious clothing design and production.

New highlights include The Window, a pop-up eco-boutique at 142 Water Street, that provides a sneaky peek at Spring/Summer 2012 looks, plus heaps of rockin’ Fall/Winter 2011 items from designers like edgy, retro Gypsy Market Vintage and Gastown-based swimwear label Daub + Design. The Window will be open for DJed shopping Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7pm-9pm, Thursday Oct. 6, from 5pm-9pm, and Friday Oct. 7, from 5pm-9pm.

Runway shows this season take place at Gastown’s Storeyum, but don’t expect the same crowd as last season. The hot sheet of local and international participants is far from static. While certain established Vancouver-based designers like Jason Matlo will not show this time around, American eco-icon Jeff Garner has returned to Vancouver to showcase his menswear and womenswear collections for the grand finale catwalk event.

Notable womenswear only shows include Nicole Bridger, named Canada’s First Eco Designer of the Year in 2010 by  Fashion Takes Action. Bridger shows Oct. 6 at 8pm. Up-and-coming, Brooklyn-based newcomer Titania Inglis is another talent to watch and will show after Bridger on Thursday. Inglis describes her wearable, monochrome line as a study of contrasts: tough, yet feminine; modern, yet rooted in traditional handwork.

For menswear-only shows, insider fashionistos are all atwitter over LRMA Clothing—think uptown-smart menswear— who takes the catwalk 7pm Oct. 7.

Tickets for the shows are $20 online and $25 at the door. Find the full schedule on the EFW website. Eco Fashion Week is still looking for volunteers to assist with event coordination. Email if you’re interested in pitching in.

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