Vancouver Eco Fashion Week — the city’s only fashion week emphasizing environmentally friendly and responsible styles — kicked off its seventh season last week with a thought-provoking show from local designer and social entrepreneur, Nicole Bridger.
Not your traditional Fall-Winter 2013 collection, the 30-minute show You Are Not Alone instead set out to challenge the audience’s perception of how we judge others and apply social norms that separate us. Using male and female models with androgynous features to showcase the womenswear collection, the audience was taken on a reflective journey.
Bridger’s show also challenged standard fashion show protocol by allowing the models to interact with one another. Instead of staring blankly into the audience and strutting past each other on the runway, models paused, exchanged looks, touched hands and connected, bringing the title of the collection to life.
You Are Not Alone features loose separates, skin-pleasing fabrics, and traditional fall colours such as deep greens, jewelled purples, and rich blues. All of Bridger’s pieces are made from ethical materials like modal fleece, tencel denim, and silk georgette, which also create comfortable, forgiving silhouettes. Flowing jersey dresses, cashmere sweaters, cuffed trousers, and ruched skirts were seen throughout the entire collection, with an emphasis on solid colours and minimal print.
Embracing androgyny and individuality, La Biosthetique created beauty looks that challenged society’s idea of what it means to be a man or a woman. Using a black and taupe makeup palette, models sported confident, textured, short hair combined with striking eyebrows and smoky eyes. Minimal shine and colour was used, emphasizing the distinctive features of both the individuals and the clothing.
For more information on Eco Fashion Week and responsible, sustainable fashion, visit ecofashion-week.com. For more on Nicole Bridger, visit the store at 2151 West 4th Ave. in Vancouver or NicoleBridger.com.
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