You don’t have to be in Toronto—or, for that matter, New York, London or Paris—to take in a catwalk. You do have to be in Vancouver to participate in the well-heeled event that is Eco Fashion Week.
Check out other fashion shows that have sprung up around Canada. The designers, collections and models they showcase are a dynamic, inspiring and passionate lot, as these up-and-coming events prove.
Join H&M and EFW for their exclusive opening event for the Conscious Exclusive Collection. For every bag of clothes you donate, you’ll receive a ballot to enter to win tickets to the opening event on 4/19 at Fairmont Waterfront!
Donate between now and 4/13 at any H&M location in BC.
Eco Fashion Week
Fashion, while lucrative, is the one of the most environmentally damaging industries in the world. Believing that we can look good and still be good to the environment, Myriam Laroche launched EFW almost six years ago. Thousands of sustainable-minded fashionistas, stylists, VIPs and photographers descend twice annually upon Vancouver to promote, discover and celebrate innovative and eco-conscious designers and collections from around the world. But if you think eco-fashion is just about hemp clothes, think again. Eco fashion covers not just organic materials but also fair trade, sustainable production, environmental and animal welfare—subjects that are addressed during EFW’s free seminars.
More than just a catwalk event, FAT celebrates fashion in all its forms: on the runway, through live music and dance performances on stage and on film, as well as through photography exhibits and art installations. Held every April in Canada’s fashion capital, the event welcomes thousands of guests as well as 200 local and international designers and artists in an effort to explore a new era of clothing—from street wear to avant-garde collections and experimental ideas—and to redefine the fashion experience. Fashion Art Toronto takes place April 21-25, 2015.
Black Fashion Week
Following on the chic heels of Black Fashion Week Paris, 2013 saw the debut of the Montreal edition, which celebrates and promotes ethnically diverse fashion in Canada. Organized by Senegalese designer Adama Paris, the three-day event has featured homegrown and French designers as well as models from such diverse backgrounds as Senegal, Jamaica, Haiti and Cameroon. This year the expertly choreographed catwalks, which took place inside the transformed Church Saint Jean-Baptiste in the heart of the city, wowed audiences and proved that black is the new white. Black Fashion Week Montreal goes down May 28-30, 2015.
National Aboriginal Fashion Week
Debuting only a year ago in Regina, this event has helped bring into the spotlight Canada’s emerging and established aboriginal fashion designers. “We are letting the world know that we are here and we are beautiful and very creative,” said Linsay Willier, an aboriginal model and runner-up on Canada’s Next Top Model, at the 2012 premiere. The three-day event fuses fashion and music from Native artists and designers from across North America. Check out their Facebook page.