University of Fashion Attends Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week

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University of Fashion founder Francesca Sterlacci and U of F team member Emma Windsor-Liscombe recently attended Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver where they witnessed the meaning of “Fashion For Life, Not For Waste.”  Emma’s first-hand coverage of the 8th Edition of the event follows…facebook_profile
Eco Fashion Week is the brainchild of Vancouver-based Myriam Laroche.  In an exclusive U of F video, she describes why she created this important event and how she continues to inspire the clothing industry to find their own eco-recipe, no matter the size of the company.  This season, Eco Fashion Week started with a series of informative seminars, with keynote speakers such as Jigme Nehring, owner of Mine and Yours Boutique, and Pierre Borjesson, Senior Sustainability Specialist at H&M. The week culminated in two days of fashion shows in which local designers were challenged to transform 68 pounds of unwanted clothing into a runway worthy collection.

Jerome Insorio

Jerome Insorio

In collaboration with Vancouver thrift shop Value Village, Eco Fashion Week designers re-styled and up-cycled clothing and materials.  Designers revealed how easy it is to dig through wardrobes, racks, shelves and thrift shops to create an individualized style as opposed to purchasing new clothes which show a more dictated style.  A host of talented designers presented impressive work – one of which was Jerome Insorio, who transformed used clothing into something hip and wearable. Insorio took a minimalist approach, which resulted in a presentation of outfits suited for a variety of body types and tastes.

Young Oak

Young Oak

Designer Tammy Joe of Young Oak went above and beyond the “68 pound challenge” to not only restyle used clothing, but to also reassemble the pieces she found, turning blankets and duvets into elegant dresses and trousers.

Obakki

Obakki

In the spirit of eco-friendly dressing, Treana Peake, founder of Vancouver-based Obakki, presented her modern and stylish collection which sells in retailer Holt Renfrew’s ‘H Project‘ department – an entire department dedicated to sustainable design.  The Obakki brand gives new meaning to “investment dressing,” as Treana believes that all clothing purchases should “give back.”  Inspired by this notion, Treana created the Obakki Foundation, a registered charity that provides clean water and education in Africa. Obakki absorbs all the administrative fees of the charity which means 100% of Obakki Foundation’s public donations to go directly to its charitable initiatives.

Vancouver’s Eco Fashion Week was both inspiring and enlightening. Being eco-fashionable is a much easier task than one might expect.  At the University of Fashion, we encourage you to repurpose your old garments by using our videos to inspire you to drape, pattern and sew old into brand new.  We hope to see more designers taking on this challenge as well as the motto “Fashion for Life, Not for Waste.”  -Emma

Myriam Laroche

Myriam Laroche

Eco Fashion Week

Eco Fashion Week 2013

 

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Kara Laricks is a regular contributor to the University of Fashion. She’s also a New York based women's wear and accessories designer. As the first winner of NBC's Fashion Star, Kara has designed collections for H&M, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her masculine meets feminine line, Kara Laricks, debuted at New York Fashion Week in 2012 and her S/S 2013 collection sold exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kara's designs have been featured on the Today Show and HBO's True Blood as well as covered in Women's Wear Daily and on Style.com. Kara holds Master's degrees in both Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas and in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art in San Francisco. An educator turned designer, Kara is dedicated to supporting emerging designers and inspiring others to follow where dreams lead.