Photographed by: Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Eco Fashion Week, presented by Value Villiage, is just a few weeks away (April 9 – 14) and I’m am SO excited!!  The organizers have planned five days of fashion, education and creativity that will encourage public dialogue aimed at providing information on the challenges, opportunities and innovations facing the sustainability of the garment and textile industry.  It’s a plaform for new designers and stylists to debut their talents and a place for us to celebrate some the experienced veterans in the fashion industry. 

I am honored to be one of the three stylists taking part in the “Thrift Style Challenge” on Sunday April 11 at Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver.  Each stylist recived a $500 budget to create an entire runway collection using carefully gathered Value Village pieces.  From mood boards to music, model castings and our cleaver imaginations, we each managed to pull together ten head-to-toe outfits using only thrift items, and I can’t wait to showcase my collection!

I spent some time in Value Village curating my collection (and shooting some content for the show with Shane Morgan) and here’s a little behind the scenes look at my shopping experience…

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

  Find the Find:

Inspired by my 5 favorite Cities (Paris, Florence, New York, London and San Francisco), my collection combines the charm, romance, art, diversity and beauty of each City.  It’s feminine, romantic, eclectic and gypsy-esq.  It’s extremely wearable and relevant to the trends we’re seeing on the runways of our favorite international fashion houses such as Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci.

I spotted this dress below, made from this gorgeously detailed and colorful tapestry fabric.  I immediately feel in love with it I knew I had to somehow incorporate it into my collection.  This piece reminds me of  19th Century French tapestry art, as well as a famous brand of Italian porcelain called Capodimonte .  I don’t want to give too much more away so if you want to see the rest of my finds, you’ll have to make it to the show (Squeeee!… I can`t even contain my entusiasm right now!).

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Nadia Albano, Value Village, Eco Fashion Week, Daniela Ciuffa Photography

Well that was fun!  And the best part is that I still have $150 left over – YAY!  On a serious note, I hope this has inspired you to take the thrift store challenge yourself and find some incredible treasures of your own.  The advantage of thrifting is that we can help reduce the amount of waste that goes into our landfills.  Our donations support local and international non profit organizations, by way of community building and provides economic support to developing countries.  It’s a win/win all around and Value Village taking great effort to create an impact!

If you want to learn the do`s and don`ts on thrifting, you should take a minute to read a post I published previously on my blog called “Popping Tags”,  I think you`ll find it very helpful!

To register for any of the Eco Fashion Week events, click HERE.

Have a great weekend!