At Eco Fashion Week, Value Village shows that thrift is the new black

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There was also some fun 70s glitter and gold lame, which needs to be styled with purpose, to ensure it doesn't age the person wearing it. 

The show finished with a fabulous red and black smoking jacket, paired with cropped red pants (below left).  A perfect demonstration of how a single impact thrift item can be incorporated with today's trends.

Eco Fashion Week Founder Myriam Laroche took a different approach with bold outfits meant to inspire our imaginations.  She mixed bright colours for  unique and impactful effects. 

She demonstrated how people can wear traditional items in new ways. Scarfs were worn in at least a dozen unique ways, including as tops, a skirt and ankle accessories.  Lingerie was worn as dresses and tops.

A long traditional tartan skirt (below right ) was worn as a dress, tied up under a blazer with a scarf, and just a peak of a lacy slip peaking out the bottom.

All the fun accessories, including those worn traditionally as earrings, shoes, handbags, necklaces, pins and feetless tights were all Value Village.  But I have to admit: my favourite outfit of the night was the scarf worn as a top, tied with another scarf (below, centre).  Initially worn under a red cardigan, when the cardi was removed the backless impact of the top was revealed.

It is unlikely that I could ever pull off most of Myriam's outfits in my real life. But they gave me great ideas of how I could incorporate a great thrift item or two into my existing wardrobe, without breaking the bank.  I just need to think outside the box.

The Value Village runway show was followed by a show which incorporated the launch of F as in Frank's new SNAP line - 100 per cent recycled and made in Canada.  Their vision of repurposing vintage clothing was a revival of an early 1970s free spirited, with just a bit of prairie girl style.  There were lots of light denims mixed with plaids or pretty florals, all in earthy colours.

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