Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1 inspires people to Rethink, Reuse.

See what three Pacific Northwest designers did with one month and 81 lbs. of unsold Value Village clothes.

SEATTLE - Thursday night, Eco Fashion Week and Value Village presented Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1 at the Canvas Event Space. The show features designers and stylists from many corners of the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on local Seattle talent.

The mission of  Runway Reimagined: Project 8.1 is to display environmentally friendly and chic looks created entirely from secondhand pieces found at Value Village stores. 

"You don't have to use your time and whole wallet to buy a new wardrobe," said the Value Village's CEO Ken Alterman.

The 10 participants were limited to using 8.1 pounds of textiles each for their mini-collection, in total representing the 81 pounds of textile waste produced by one North American each year. 

"For the first time we will see on the runway what 81lbs of textile looks like," said President of Eco Fashion Week, Myriam Laroche.  

Designer Tina Witherspoon says she wishes people were more eco-conscious and bought less while keeping things for longer. 

"I would say if you are not used to buying recycled or, 'thrifting', as we call it in the biz, the first thing you should do is look for things that fit your shape or a little bit bigger because you can always have them tailored."

The overall goal of the event is to inspire people to employ the conscious consumption philosophy, "Rethink, Reuse."  

"I'm here to take these pieces and create something new," said participating stylist Mark Humpherys.  "I hope that what I send down the runway inspires people to think differently about what they have in their closet and how they can wear pieces."

Thursday night Eco Fashion Week events also featured the Pacific Northwest designers Kimmi Designs, Nicole Bridger and Canting Hijau.

Kimmi Designs presented a gorgeous bridal line, while Nicole Bridger showed off more "ready-to-wear" pieces and Canting Hijau stunned the crowd with his line celebrating Indonesian cultural heritage.

Friday, November 4, Eco Fashion Week and Value Village also hosted, "EFW Collective Conversation," a day of open dialogue between fashion and retail industry leaders, government officials, and engaged consumers, to discuss the obstacles to and opportunities for sustainable fashion. The event took place at Impact Hub Seattle in Pioneer Square.

Copyright 2016 KING


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