How did you first get involved with Eco Fashion Week? Is there an application process?
There is no application process. The stylists are selected through the Eco Fashion Week team. I met with the creator and founders of Eco Fashion Week when I attended last year’s season and while I was at a fashion conference in Seattle earlier this year. I remember when I first heard about the Thrift Challenge. I loved the concept behind it and since then, have always been interested in participating in it. I didn’t think I would ever be able to showcase a collection and have it live on a runway! I’m so excited and nervous.
How are you preparing for the Thrift Style challenge?
What are some challenges you face while preparing for the Thrift Style?
There are a few challenges I’ve faced but nothing that has took me over the top. I love facing new challenges so my plan for this was not to plan anything haha. If that makes sense. I’ve been thrift shopping for quite some time now and what I’ve learned is that you can’t go in with an expectation. I know some people would sit at home, brainstorm, create a concept board, and go from there, but I literally just took my wallet and myself. It’s just the way I wanted to work. I went in with a blank mind and had some sort of that I wanted to use as an idea and just explored various Value Village locations. I went in and filled up carts of clothes, and then would narrow down to the pieces I would actually wear. Another challenge is shoes which I’m still working on completing. You aren’t given model measurements right from the beginning since the casting doesn’t happen till closer to show dates, and everyone’s shoe size is different. The challenge here is that I want to have a cohesive collection of shoes, but we’ll see what I end up with.
Do you have any tips and tricks for someone who wants to start thrifting?
Eco Fashion Week is a week where the fashion-conscious and sustainable-minded get informed and inspired through speaker seminars, industry panels, and collaborative fashion shows. This event runs from April 9th to the 14th at the Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver BC.