ECO Fashion Week invites Vancouver to occupy the runway at 2 free events, April 10-12

Vancouver’s ECO Fashion Week is back April 10-12 and this season the runway shows will take place in a dramatic, new venue: the Robson Square rink oval.

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.

Esperanza Spalding in Prohetik by Jeff Garner at the 2012 Oscars. Photo credit: EFW

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.

Vancouver-based Standing Armed. Photo credit: Standing Armed

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

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.

ECO Fashion Week runs April 10-12 at Robson Square. More info on purchasing tickets is available here.

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