Eco Fashion Week changes it up for 2016

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Vancouver’s annual sustainable fashion event is now in its 10th edition and Eco Fashion Week continues to raise global awareness for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable consumption.

Eco Fashion Week Kicks It into high gear

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Press Conference 2016 | Alfonso Arnold for Eco Fashion Week

Running from April 9 to 14, EFW is venturing beyond the ballroom at the Fairmont Waterfront, to various locations around the city including RYU in Kitsilano, the Waterfall Building in False Creek, and Mercer Creative on Granville Island.

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Eco Fashion Week 2015 H&M Conscious Collection | Eco Fashion Week

This year’s event will feature local and international designers in partnership with pre-loved fashion heaven Value Village, the impeccable Fairmont Waterfront, with hair and make-up creativity by cruelty-free line La Biosthétique led by Marc Riese.

The opening night will be hosted at ​RYU (Respect Your Universe)​. This innovative and environmentally responsible athletic brand will present an insider’s view of athletic wear development evolution–understanding the purpose of athletic apparel and the practice of sustainable development.

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Stylist Dominique Hanke and 68 Pound Value Village ‘Mean Girls’ Collection from 2015 | Eco Fashion Week)

The ever popular and entertaining Thrift Style Challenge is back and is definitely the most anticipated of the runway shows. Three stylists – Nadia Albano, Nathalie Rees and newcomer Jason Pillay – will be given $500 in Value Village gift certificates to create ten runway-worthy outfits using only gently-used clothing from the racks of Value Village stores.

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81 Pound Challengers for 2016: Nadia Albano, Nathalie Rees and newcomer Jason Pillay. (Alfonso Arnold/Eco Fashion Week)

Sadly, the 68 Pound Challenge has been re-named the 81 Pound Challenge, sponsored by Value Village, to reflect the growing amount of waste the average North Americans throw away each year. The change up this year is all the participants are fashion students from Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) mentored by three established fashion professionals and VCAD teachers Jason Matlo, Wen-chee Liu, and Glencora Twigg.

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The Eco Fashion Week Team with VCAD judges | Alfonso Arnold | Eco Fashion Week

The runway collections will be held at the Fairmont Waterfront and the line-up promises to be creatively diverse with designers from New Delhi, Nashville, London, and more. This year’s focus is will on celebrating the origins and roots of the sustainable fashion industry. Internationally renowned Jeff Garner of ​ Prophetik designs​, traditional garments from New Delhi by ​Sonam Dubal​, and a celebration of Aboriginal history by Wendy van Riesen​ in collaboration with Haida artist ​Reg Davidson.​

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Chic Sheets Challenge in conjunction with Fairmont Waterfront 2015 | Eco Fashion Week

Also, returning is the creative Chic Sheets challenge with the theme “Celebrating 70 years of Balmain”. Attendees learned last year that the hotel industry goes through tons of bed linens each year and EFW has created a contest in which eight designers, including Tammy Joe (Young Oak), and Kim Cathers (Project Runway Canada) to transform the used linens from the Fairmont Waterfront into editorial worthy looks inspired by Balmain that will be displayed at CF Pacific Centre shopping mall.

Eco Fashion Week would not be complete without education. Besides runway shows and recycling contests, informative panels and events on will be hosted by local personalities, such as Fiona Forbes (Shaw TV) and Erin Cebula (Entertainment Tonight Canada). Special guests include Nicole Bridger, John Fluevog, Kyle Rudzinski (Levi and Strauss Co), Tony Shumpert (Value Village, Jenny Hughes (Me & You), and Sean Schmidt (Future-ish).

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published in VancityBuzz.com)

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O’Gara LAFW Welcomes Vancouver Talent

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From the Opening Gala at prestigious Columbia Square on Sunset Boulevard to the legendary model Veruschka walking for designer Esther Perbandt, Los Angeles Fashion Week (LAFW) has grown dramatically – both in stature and reputation.

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Opening Gala runway performance | RicoMejia.com

Growing LAFW from an event with a troubled past to representing a new standard on the west coast, is thanks to Vancouverite Arthur ‘Tito’ Chipman.

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Arthur ‘Tito’ Chipman | RicoMejia.com

Arthur has assumed the helm as the Executive Producer of LAFW and after several years working at Vancouver’s own fashion week, he is more than comfortable calling the shots down south in the City of Angels. His right-hand woman is comfortably ensconced behind the scenes as Fashion Director and ensuring the show goes off without a hitch.

LAFW showcased some of the best award-winning talent from Los Angeles and all over the world including many emerging, established, and internationally renowned designers, such as George Styler, Marcelo Quadros, and Toit Volant.

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Designers George Styler, Marcelo Quadros, and Toit Volant | RicoMejia.com

Interview with LAFW’s Arthur Chipman

When did you make the decision to move and what was the impetus?

I decided to move to California just over a year ago. A big part of the decision was my love for the LA lifestyle, family residing nearby, and once in a lifetime career growth opportunities.

How are you enjoying the fashion community in LA?

The fashion community in LA is extremely diverse, very talented, and some of the most innovative risk takers I’ve ever met. I love it here. It’s really inspiring to be a part of this creative movement of fashion and art where even the big names like Tom ford, Saint Laurent, Burberry and more are choosing to show here, over other cities. It just goes to show the potential of what a city like LA has.

Why do you think Vancouver talent should venture out of their comfort zone (VFW, VALT, ECO) and hit a wider world market to achieve success?

For models and talent alike who choose to come south of the border, just know that with bigger risk comes bigger reward. So never fear the unknown as it could be the best thing to ever happen to you.

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Therés Amee, Samantha Sito, Tatianna Taylor-Tait, Jihan Amer RicoMejia.com

This season, recognizable Vancouverites were representing at LAFW. Therés Amee (host, actor, model, director), Samantha Sito (freelance style & entertainment writer), Tatianna Taylor-Tait (co-owner/designer at PaeganRitual.com), Jihan Amer (Wilhemina Curve Model and actor), and Yasmin Morshedian (MUAH at OWN Network).

Given that LAFW now boasts 40 worldwide collections, over 20,000 guests and has a social media reach of 50,000,000, is it any wonder why these women packed it up for a week and headed down to the sunshine? In the end, after all the runway shows are over, they returned to Vancouver wiser and definitely are sharing what they learned with their friends and associates.

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Therés Amee working with documentary crew at LAFW | Jihan Amer

For Therés Amee, being in front of the camera comes naturally so it was only fitting that she obtained a clothing sponsorship from local start-up MyModernCloset.com. Therés Amee had also worked with Arthur at VFW for many years, feels that the LAFW experience “Is always chaotic fun. Being a part of a Canadian innovation in the American fashion scene is a celebratory collaboration. There is so much Canadian talent that needs to be spread down south and recognized.”

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Jihan Ahmer on the runway | Therés Amee

Jihan, one of Canada’s top curve models, walked the runway in the ‘Efflorescence Collection’ for designer Jenine Nerecina and relished the experience. “I had the pleasure of walking for the breathtaking Cosmogyral show and I loved how Jenine showcased women of all sizes. The energy from the red carpet to backstage was surreal and proved to me that LA is where I need to be in order to be at the forefront of fashion.”

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Back stage at LAFW | Therés Amee

“I think that bloggers, writers, and individuals in fashion, regardless of where in the world they reside in, hit a point where they want to see what the culture of fashion is like and how fashion week is different from city to city, country to county. LAFW was a new experience, and definitely an exciting one and having familiar faces to share it with was the icing on the cake.” – Samantha Sito of Otisamantha.com

The next LAFW is in October 2016 and registration for designers is already available. Spread the word creative’s, we hear the weather is still very warm in LA in the fall. Umbrella’s not required!

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published in Vancitybuzz.com)

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Prouvé RAW Exhibition inspires with Unique Partnerships

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Following the success in 2011 of the Prouvé RAW crossover project between Vitra and G-Star RAW, the partnership was continued with the development of a second limited series: the Prouvé Raw Office Edition.

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Image | Michael Young of Millions of Pixels

This second crossover collection revives a series of chairs and tables originally designed by Jean Prouvé in the 1940s for the offices of major French industrial companies which launched in February during a private exhibit event at Inform Contract in Vancouver.

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Images | Michael Young of Millions of Pixels

Previously exhibited in New York and Los Angeles, the new collection includes a revival of a selection of furniture and lighting originally designed by Jean Prouvé.  More than 70 years after their initial creation, Vitra has reinterpreted Jean Prouvé’s furnishings in cooperation with the designer’s family in order to meet the demands of the modern office and its users – from increased human height to cable management.

Vitra developed colors and details in collaboration with art directors at G-Star. The ten-piece series brings a contemporary look to Prouvé’s designs while remaining true to the originals. Vitra will only be producing the Prouvé RAW Office Collection until the end of 2016.

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Steve Bonini of G-Star | Michael Young of Millions of Pixels

G-Star RAW was founded in 1989 and remains driven by a philosophy of “Just the Product”. With this dedication to quality and progress, the brand represents the forefront of the denim industry, inventing the ‘3D Denim’ approach to jeans construction in 1996, with the creation of the G-Star Elwood, G-Star now offers a wide range of apparel, accessories, footwear, and eyewear, alongside its jeans core.

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L-R: Paul Sjaarda, Cliff Rullow, Adrian Parra | Michael Young of Millions of Pixels

In the Words of the Prouvé Family

“My father would have appreciated the new energy that this cooperation brings to his designs. He always wanted things to look fresh and new,” says Catherine Prouvé, daughter of Jean Prouvé.   “It’s wonderful to see how the collaboration between Vitra and G-Star RAW gives a new feeling to the collection, and that individual pieces are returning to the office – the place for which they were originally designed.”

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Made of steel and solid wood, the tables, chairs and cabinets of the Prouvé RAW Office Edition bear witness to a bygone industrial age. Using leather and heavy-duty fabric upholstery materials, in industrial shades of green, all details pay tribute to the furnishings’ original use and environments.

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Kyle Postmus & Chase | Michael Young of Millions of Pixels
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L-R: Jessica MacDonald, Emma Sims, Kate Snyder | Michael Young of Millions of Pixels
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CW: Chad Falkenberg & Kelly Reynolds; Geoffrey Erickson & Nancy Bendtsen; Josh Olson & Meriah Schultz; Alda Pereira & Peter Wachowich | Michael Young of Millions of Pixels

Take an outing to Inform in Railtown and visit the Prouvé RAW Office Collection Exhibit but make sure to make an appointment! Monday to Friday, 9-5pm until March 31st.

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The tiniest party-goer | | Michael Young of Millions of Pixels
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Crazy 8’s Film Event Delivers

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Last November over 179 people went short-film crazy, created video pitches, and applied to Crazy8s 2016.  The next step had 40 pitches selected and these were presented to a live panel. From these pitches, twelve semi-finalists were chosen to move forward into the story editing round, where they were paired up with professional story editors who help them craft their scripts.

Based on the final script, six of these projects are selected for production.  Those six filmmaking teams are given a whopping $1,000 cash plus services provided by a host of sponsors which included these heavy hitters – Telefilm Canada, Creative BC, IATSE Local 891 and DGC BC, and SuperChannel.

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The joy of Crazy8s expressed | Brenda MacDonald

Crazy about the Crazy8s

Crazy8s is an annual 8 day filmmaking challenge and since 1999, Crazy8s has given opportunities to 91 filmmakers and their teams of producers, writers, cinematographers, art directors, editors, composers and cast to produce fully funded, professional short films and present them to an audience of film professionals (as well as non-professionals) in Vancouver and around the globe.

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Creating and working with a team | Brenda MacDonald

It has become the place to discover new talent, provide valuable on-set training and give opportunities for filmmakers to create work that can be used to launch their careers in the film industry. Since the beginning, including crew and performers, Crazy8s has provided working opportunities for over 2,200 people. That is amazing crazy and so is the epic screening event!

This year, the 8 days of production ran from February 12 to 19 and the awesome Gala screening took place on Saturday, Feb 27th at the Centre for the Performing Arts downtown with an epic after party at Science World.

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Film people looking great! | Brenda MacDonald

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New to background work, I was asked by Yogi Omar of InspirationALL Talent to volunteer in the church wedding scene in ‘Meet Cute’, which he was producing. (Oddly enough, the last movie I had a role in was in was in 1999. Tail Lights  Fade had me playing a Slurpy vandalized bride in a church scene with Brekin Meyer and Denise Richards).

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Intermission | Brenda MacDonald

The movie’s screened were period piece A Family of Ghosts (Shannon Kohli, Director & Writer), kick-ass Grocery Store Action Movie (Matthew Campbell, Director), female serial killer led I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them (Joel Ashton McCarthy, Director), surrealist Iteration 1 (Jesse Lupini, Director), bisexual beauty Meet Cute (Patrick Currie, Director), and the biological clock ticking comedy Trying (Shauna Johannesen, Director and Writer).

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All ready for the Science World after party| Helen Siwak

Visit the Crazy8s 2016 page for credits and summaries of all movies and until next year Vancouver!

 

 

 

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