Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Eco Fashion Week Vancouver

Last night was the opening party and today marks the start of Eco Fashion Week Vancouver! I am sad that I could not be a part of this fantastic event this fall, but it was not possible for me with ecocessories just getting back into the swing of things after a break for my wedding this summer. However, I am excited to share with you some of my favourite eco fashion designers that will be showing their clothing collections this week at the event, as well as some influential eco fashion speakers that will be hosting seminars this week too.

{Cardigan Wrap by Nixxi}

Nixxi has been a long time favourite of mine. Designer Jada-Lee is an expert at fusing contrasts of structured lines versus casual drapes, and redefined classics with edgy cuts. I love the asymmetry of some of the pieces in the Nixxi collection, and the choice of eco-friendly fabrics including organic cotton, hemp, bamboo, soy, lyocell, organic wool, silk, and linen. The great thing about Nixxi clothing is that it can be personalized to suit your style by adding a few accessories, such as a statement ecocessories necklace. See Nixxi tonight at 8:30pm at the Creekside Community Centre.

{Integrity Top by Nicole Bridger}

I first learned about Nicole Bridger when this motivated designer won Canada's first ever Eco Fashion Designer Award from Toronto based Fashion Takes Action. Her story is heartfelt - she credits a split from her husband and the healing process thereafter as inspiring her label. Even the tags on her pieces communicate the emotion that went into designing this line, which feature the words I Am Love. These words are meant as an affirmation of her commitment to take care of the earth's people. The Nicole Bridger collection includes everything from your basic tanks and tees for layering, to unique styles such as my favourite for Fall 2010, the Healing Cardigan. See Nicole Bridger on Wednesday night at 8:30pm at the Creekside Community Centre.

{Bamboo Dress in Ocean by Lav & Kush}

Lav & Kush is a sustainable clothing line that boasts flirty feminine styles in soft buttery fabrics that flatter most body types. Carefully placed details such as gathers, pleats and ruffles contribute to the unique pieces that define this collection. Designer Amanda Saxena has a commitment to supporting non-profits with the sale of her designs, including PETA, David Suzuki Foundation and BCSPCA to name a few. Sexy styles in the Fall 2010 collection truly represent the line's slogan "The Flirt of Sustainable Fashion". See Lav & Kush tonight at 8:30pm at the Creekside Community Centre.

{Eco Model and Environmental Activist, Summer Rayne Oakes}

These are just a few of the designers with runway shows during Vancouver Eco Fashion Week and you can find the whole schedule on their website here. In addition to the designers, the Vancouver Eco Fashion Week team has lined up a speaker series, featuring one of my favourite eco fashion influencers, Summer Rayne Oakes. Summer Rayne is a model-activist who seamlessly combines her environmental vision with her modeling career. Summer Rayne uses the fashion industry as a platform for environmental activism as has successfully been named the world's first eco model. Hear Summer Rayne speak this Thursday at 10:00am at the Creekside Community Centre.

If you are lucky enough to be in Vancouver to attend these events, enjoy! And if you aren't, please support these amazing designers when choosing your wardrobe this fall (all collections are for sale online and at boutiques across Canada). It is imperative that we all become more aware about where our clothing is made, and what it is made of. In fact I just watched a video yesterday about the cotton fields in India, and if you have 10 minutes to watch, this is a worthy video to help us understand the cycle we are up against.



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