For Season 11, Eco Fashion Week crossed once again into the US to celebrate fashion innovation in Seattle, WA. To complement the talent in Seattle, EFW showcased Vancouver designers and stylists, and featured designers from the Pacific Northwest, New York, Montreal and as far as Kenya, Australia and Indonesia.
The fashion industry is the second most polluting, next only to the oil industry. EFW’s mission is to find solutions towards a more responsible and sustainable fashion industry, through championing innovative designers, collaborating to help other labels become more sustainable and discussing how to work together in achieving these goals.
November 2nd – Runway Shows
The first evening of runway shows featured three collective shows with designers from the Pacific Northwest, New York and Kenya. Celebrated Seattle designer Fioravanti kicked off the show with an elegant collection layered with complementary textures and flattering silhouettes and we loved the silhouettes, layering, and the fabric choices.
November 3rd – Runway Shows, Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1 presented by Value Village
The final evening of shows started with Vancouver based eco-designer Nicole Bridger and Seattle upcycled bridal wear by Kimmi Designs.
The night concluded with Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1, a 10-person collective show presented by Value Village. Runway Reimagined illustrated the average amount of textile waste a single North American produces each year – 81lbs. Five stylists and five designers were tasked to create mini runway collections from 8.1lbs of second-hand clothing from Value Village. Collectively, 81lbs of textile was represented on the runway and inspired a full house to rethink and reuse their consumption patterns. Stealing the show was a vibrant eclectic collection from Vancouver stylist Jerome Insorio. With a personal passion for luxury fashion, vintage and thrift store chic, his collection had a ‘Hollywood starlet gone mad’ edge that made it very editorial.
November 4th – Eco Fashion Week Collective Conversation Presented by Value Village
Closing the week was EFW’s Collective Conversation Presented by Value Village. Industry professionals took part in an all-day dialogue that featured sessions focused on solutions towards a more responsible industry. Topics included innovations in sustainable fashion, the ways brands can shed more awareness of clothing and sustainability with consumers, and the importance of rethinking and reusing clothing and textiles.
About Eco Fashion Week
Launched in Vancouver in 2010, EFW has successfully showcased 10 editions, featuring hundreds of designers and stylists from around the globe. As a non-profit organization, EFW’s mission is to present the solutions and innovations which work to develop a more sustainable and responsible fashion industry. The fashion industry is the 2nd most wasteful industry in the world, which has jeopardized the health of people, resources and ultimately our planet. EFW is here to showcase that fashion does not need to be fast, wasteful or harmful and incite change.