MAPLE LEOPARD: How Ecofashion is Reinventing the Runway

Monday, December 7, 2015

How Ecofashion is Reinventing the Runway

Good Morning,

Reimagine the Runway: I was Invited to an exciting ecofashion event last Wednesday, held in the heart of Pioneer Square. The Seattle show was presented by Savers Value Village, in partnership with Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver. What an inspiring show! The creative talent displayed was  jaw dropping! Oodles of clothes were given new life!

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Carlie Wong, a designer from Vancouver B.C. was given the challenge of reinventing 68 lbs of used clothes into a designer collection. This is the amount of textiles thrown away each year, by the average American.  She is the Creative Director and designer of Carlie Wong Designs and was a contestant in the first season of Project Runway- Canada

 Wow! I was in awe of  what she came up with . This evening wear collection is so chic, and on point. I think sustainable fashion is the way of the future, and I look forward to seeing more of it. Some fast fashion retailers are getting involved with this movement as well.  H & M is a leading retailer that has made a commitment to reusing and recycling previously owned clothes.  You can drop any clothes you no longer need at their stores, to give them a new life.

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 Stylists Alyssa Blanco and Karla Ortiz  were also part of this challenge. They were given 750.00 each to go shopping at Value Village and find pieces to style into a collection of looks for the show.  The retro "Mad Men" look seemed to be the recurring theme with these pieces.








 I really connected with many of these styles- they took me back to my childhood and teen years.  The  60's and 70's decades have come back with a big bang in the fashion world, and I am so looving it! I hope this post has inspired you to reuse, recycle, and reinvent clothes you already have. Maybe a  purchase from thrift store will be on your agenda soon!  Do you prefer to purchase your outfits new, or from thrift stores?

This show inspired me greatly to sew more and do some reinventing/designing!  I hope your week is amazing and full of holiday excitement!  


                                                         xo VALERIE 



13 comments:

  1. Love how eco fashion is growing; we need more fashion designers like Carrie!

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    1. Hi Agy, yes it is getting more popular, I hope to do some designing like this myself!
      Thanks for stopping here!

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  2. Great summary of this fun event Val! I found it inspiring, and really fun hanging out with you!

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    1. Thanks Angie..I always enjoy hanging with you..my fashion show buddy..ha! I am sooo disappointed in my camera.these pics did not turn out so great. I need a class on how to use it!

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  3. Looks like a fabulous event Val. I enjoyed many of the looks.

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    1. Thank you Natasha, great to see you stop by again...take care!

      Valerie

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  4. This is fabulous! I agree with you that sustainable fashion is on the come up. What beautiful work, and it looks like you had fun!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Regina, yes I had a blast, so much inspo there!

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  5. Thanks for sharing. I really like all these pieces.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    1. Thanks Amy, there were so many fabulous pieces...have a great day!

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