Photographed by: Peter Hensen

Eco Fashion Week, presented by Value Village, wrapped yesterday…and I gotta tell you , I’m feeling the withdrawl already!  I spent the past week with some of Vancouver’s most incredibly creative, inspiring, innovative and out-of-the-box thinking designers who have one common goal in mind; creating sustainable, eco-concious fashion that harmonize beauty and the environment.  Myriam Laroche, Eco Fashion Week founder and Presindent, was at the helm of this spectacular event and was gracious, calm and oh so charmining every step of the way.

Myriam Laroche, Eco Fashion Week, Presindent

To kick off the fashion shows, we saw gowns constructed out of recycled linens donated by Fairmont Waterfront Hotel at the “Balmain Chic Sheets”.  Then  Carolyn Bruce Design worked with with glass, semi-precious beads, eco-friendly recycled and re-purposed materials to create gorgeous custome jewellery.  Dahlia Drive inspired us with her gorgouse clothing cunstructed from discarded white curtain sheers and slips, which were silkscreened with Haida art.

Eco Fashion Week, Balmain Chic Sheets, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Balmain Chic Sheets, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Next we met emerging designers of  VCAD (Visual College of Art and Design), as they showcased at the Value Village for the “81 lbs Challenge”. Students recunstructed and repurposed 81 lbs of clothing into a beautiful, wearable, unique and one-of-a-kind collection!  Well done guys! (high fives all around!!)

Eco Fashion Week, 81 Pound Challenge, Value Village, VCAD

Eco Fashion Week, 81 Pound Challenge, Value Village, VCAD

Eco Fashion Week, 81 Pound Challenge, Value Village, VCAD

Eco Fashion Week, 81 Pound Challenge, Value Village, VCAD

The show that was near and dear to my heart was the Value Village’s “Thrift Style Challenge”.   Stylists Natalie Rees, Jason Pillay and I were given the challenge of creating a full 10 look collection using only thrifted items from Value Village.  Each of our collections were completely different from the other and were all very well received by the audience (thank you!).  Erin Cebula, from ET Canada, was on-site covering the entire event and was kind enough to include us in her segment on ET Canada, Thursday evening.  How exciting! Thank you, Erin – xo.  Click HERE to watch.

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Nathalie Rees, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Nathalie Rees, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Jason Pillay, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Jason Pillay, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Nadia Albano, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, Thrift Style, Nadia Albano, La Biosthetique, Gianluca Cescon

And for those of you who missed the show, here’s a full look at the collection that I presented, which was inspired by my 5 favorite cities (Paris, London, Florence, New York and San Francisco).  I wanted my collection to evoke a feeling of depth, maturity and playfulness; world travel, femininity, sexiness and strength.  To me, style is all about #NadittudeTM and being gracefully bold!

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

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Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

Nadia Albano, Eco Fashion Week, Value Village, La Biosthetique, Peter Jensen Photography

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who participated in Eco Fashion Week, Value Village and everyone who helped make this event so wonderful!  THANK YOU to Myriam for inviting me to be part of this special and very important event!  Hat’s off to Value Village for partnering with us and inviting me to “take over” your instagram account; that was fun!  Huge gratittude to the everyone at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel for being so hospitable and providing such a great experience.  To all the event partners and everyone backstage (ie. dressers, producers, makeup and hair artists, photographers, models, organizers, and caterers), I appreciate your hard work and dedication to helping make this event come to life.  And of course, I’m sure I speak for everone when I say, thank you to everyone for coming out to watch and support us all with our creative journey into sustainable fashion and style!

BIG LOVE and happy weekend!  Ooh
and don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Westender to read our Spring Style Fashion “Dos and Don’t’s” feature written by Niki Hope!

xo