Credit: Raphael Mazzucco | Model: Elyse Levesque

Vancouver's inaugural Eco Fashion Week set to make sustainability a fun and glamorous affair to remember


Ecofashion has been valiantly fighting its way through the stigma of being a plain afterthought languishing in the periphery of the fashion scene, making great headway in garnering a wider and wider following by discerning shoppers.


Vancouver Eco Fashion Week


September 27–30, 2010


And it's about to rocket to a whole new level as Vancouver's first-ever Eco Fashion Week hits runways September 27–30.


Next week, the hottest Canadian and international ecofashion designers and industry professionals will converge in Vancouver to celebrate and demonstrate the increasingly crucial role of natural, organic fabrics and ethical practice in producing trendsetting style. And our city is ready to put on a great show.


There are plenty of exciting events on offer both for the public and those in the trade. Check out our complete Eco Fashion Week guide!

If you want to see Canada's top ecofashion designer in action:


Nicole Bridger at Vancouver Eco Fashion Week

Nicole Bridger Fashion Show

Vancouver designer Nicole Bridger was recently named the top ecofashion designer in Canada by Fashion Takes Action. Fresh off a promotional tour in New York, Bridger will be showing off her Spring/Summer 2011 collection in high style.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | 8:30 p.m. | Creekside Community Centre | Tickets (limited space for the public!): $20


If you love chic and cute local eye candy:



Left to right: kdon, Nixxi, Lav & Kush


Nixxi / Kim Cathers / Lav & Kush Fashion Show

Nixxi, Kim Cathers (kdon) and Lav & Kush are three Vancouver labels that take ecofriendly design to a chic and street-savvy level. The flirty, fun pieces with interesting texture make for great everyday wear that stands out from the everyday.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | 8:30 p.m. | Creekside Community Centre | Tickets: $20


If you want to be schooled and inspired:


Dr. Andrew Weaver on calgaryherald.com

(Image: calgaryherald.com)


Keynote address by Nobel Prize winner Dr. Andrew Weaver

Professor at the University of Victoria School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Dr. Andrew Weaver is an authority on climate change studies and shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. As fashion is a multi-billion-dollar industry whose manufacturing practices have a huge impact on the environment, Dr. Weaver's insights will no doubt pack a strong motivational punch.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | 10 a.m. | Creekside Community Centre | Tickets: $40


If eco-luxe is your thing:



From the Red Jade fall/winter 2010 collection


Lara Presber / Red Jade / Peridot Kiss Fashion Show

With the exquisite tailoring of Lara Presber, the luscious elegance of Red Jade and the delicate charm of Peridot Kiss joining forces, expect urban sophistication and luxurious flair to burn up the runway at this show.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010 | 7 p.m. | Creekside Community Centre | Tickets: $20


If you think the boys are missing out:


Eden Organic Menswear at Vancouver Eco Fashion Week

Eden Organic Menswear Fashion Show

The girls won't be having all the fun! Check out Eden Organic Menswear, a line of casual chic eco-clothing from Brazil that uses 100 percent organic and natural materials. In Canada, it is distributed by Green Sapphire Imports. If the name sounds familiar, it's the same company who has introduced us to the stunningly beautiful eco-jewellery line by Patricia Moura.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010 | 7 p.m. | Creekside Community Centre | Tickets: $20


If you want an inside look at the industry:


Summer Rayne Oakes at Vancouver EcoFashionWeek

Eco-model Summer Rayne Oakes

Author, activitist, model, TV personality and all-around stylish global citizen Summer Rayne Oakes will speak on "Eco-Trends: The Art & Science of Sourcing Sustainably," drawing on her extensive experience in the business of marrying style and substance.


Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 10 a.m. | Creekside Community Centre | Tickets: $40


If you want to party like a rock star:



Eco Fashion Week Green Carpet Closing Gala, feat. K-OS

Simply put, this is going to be one kick-a$$ after party! Close out the fabulous week of festivities with a bang: Come mingle with Vancouver's stylish ranks and Eco Fashion Week's special international guests. Oh, and K-OS is going to DJ. (I know!!?!?!!)


Thursday, September 30, 2010 | 9 p.m. | Club 560, 560 Seymour St, Vancouver | Tickets: $30 | Details


Win a VIP all-access pass!

As a media sponsor of Vancouver Eco Fashion Week, Granville is giving away a VIP all-access pass that will let you be a part of all the shows and festivities.

Enter the draw now >


Davinia Yip


Davinia Yip enjoys discovering new things, especially ones that she can eat or wear. She feels lucky to be living in Vancouver, and even luckier to be able to write about it from time to time. Twitter