There is so much I could write about the beauty that is Eco Fashion Week. Sometimes the magnitude of the beauty that I witness there is so stunning that words truly escape me. This year’s display of ethical, eco-conscious and sustainable fashion was no exception.
Eco Fashion Week Founder and all around Girl Boss, Myriam Laroche is so near and dear to my heart. I have huge admiration for her passion, creativity, generosity and commanding leadership abilities. Eco Fashion Week is what it is, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious celebrations of art, beauty and sustainability, because of her nurturing.
Throughout the last years six years that I have been attending EFW, I have spoken at their educational seminars on ethical fashion from a human rights perspective, opened the shows as a runway model and covered the events as a TV host in media. There is so much that I can write on what I witnessed over the last few days but I hope the highlights of my experience will do justice to all that has transpired on this standout runway.
Balmain Chic Sheets presented by Fairmont Waterfront
First up on Eco Fashion Week, Day One, was the presentation of Balmain-inspired gowns made from recycled ben linens provided by the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver. Eight designers were tasked with the challenge to breathe new life into these linens, rescuing them from a landfill fate. Absolute artwork was created! Here are my favourites:
Trust the team behind Eco Fashion Week to inspire us to think differently about ethical gowns and redeem beauty from the discarded.
Dahlia Drive: Ravens, Eagles, Polka Dots
I raise my hands in honour, respect and awe…and still have goosebumps over the Dahlia Drive presentation. It was more than just a runway show, it was everything that I long for fashion to be: beautiful, ethical, respectful and powerful!
In collaboration with Haidi artist Reg Davidson, Dahlia Drive creates clothing from discarded white curtain sheers and slips. While the full collection had a very clear emphasis on traditional Haida artwork and storytelling the Yukata or Japanese summer kimono was an added tribute to the Japanese/Haida connection.
It was so stunningly beautiful to see strong, First Nations women walking the runway and holding up the culture and heritage of their ancestors. Far too often, native women are grossly misrepresented by cultural appropriation on runway stages and it brought tears to my eyes to see beauty, strength, tradition, and dignity honoured through this collection.
While the Haida art flows on the edges of the Japanese kimono, the resilience of the women’s warrior song and steadfast drums beat through the halls of Eco Fashion Week and I couldn’t help but be swept up in the turning tides of reconciliation upon the sacred soil that Vancouver’s city was founded upon.
It was a pivotal moment to witness in history.
If you’re following along on my Snapchat (misstarateng), you may have seen that I got a little carried away in all that Day One was at EFW. My lips have not stopped singing the praises of the EFW team and designers for truly bringing ethical and eco fashion to next level heights! The girls and I had an incredible at at Day One and I can’t wait to share with you all my memoirs from Day Two.