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Repurposing Men's Shirts at Eco Fashion Week Australia - Jun 12, 2018 - 12:47:50 AM

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Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) is now accepting submissions from designers around the world to create one unique look using men’s shirts for the return of the Upcycling Challenge by Marilyn R. Wilson. Accepted submissions will be featured on the runway at the second annual event in November, in two states: Nov. 4 – 10 in Port Douglas, Queensland; and Nov. 15 – 21 in Perth, Western Australia.

The Upcycling Challenge provides an opportunity for sustainable designers to gain international attention, and to encourage designers who are currently not using sustainable practices to give it a try. The Challenge also promotes EFWA’s mandate to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle garments rather than have them sent to a landfill. Note – this challenge is only open to ‘new submissions,’ and former participants are excluded...

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Slow Fashion is Moving Fast in Australia - Mar 17, 2018 - 12:00:54 PM

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The Bahamas Weekly is pleased to be sponsoring the second annual Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) which will expand to two states in November, 2018, taking place in Port Douglas, Queensland from Nov. 4 –10, and Perth, Western Australia from Nov. 15 –21.

The week-long events will feature local and international designers who practise sustainable, local, and ethical production, either by recycling or upcycling, or by using organic and natural materials which do not leave a carbon footprint...
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South Asian Fashion Week brings opulence into mainstream - Feb 28, 2018 - 12:09:44 PM

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Rich fabrics, ornate beading, intricate embroidery and bespoke cuts will dominate the runway at the first South Asian Fashion Week (SAFW) from March 2 to 4, 2018 in Coquitlam, British Columbia.

“Cultural appropriation is a hot button issue, especially in fashion. At SAFW, we want to give everyone the permission to freely explore wearing traditional South Asian apparel. Guests can support our incredible community of local South Asian designers and retailers by investing in made-to-order pieces that can add a touch of opulence to anyone's wardrobe,” says co-founder Cindy Khella...
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Madame Adassa to show Empress Warrior Collection - Feb 20, 2018 - 10:19:25 AM

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MADAME ADASSA is the talk of the city as Fashion Designer, Marsha Vacirca presents her captivating collection at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2018 Season (VFW). The featured brand is mostly couture, fusing European and Caribbean influences; a celebration of the designer's cultural background. While the brand's collection was launched as an ode to her grandmother, it's also a celebration of all things woman.

Vancouver Fashion Week is the fastest growing fashion week in the world and the only industry event that actively seeks out to showcase international award-winning designers from over 25 global fashion capitals.
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Islands of the World Fashion Showcase presents "Paradise Takes A Bite of The Big Apple" - Feb 7, 2018 - 4:26:22 PM

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In recognition of the Tenth Anniversary of the premiere of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, the organizers will host the event in New York City on 1st and 2nd November 2018 under the theme “Paradise Takes A Bite of The Big Apple”.

Designers based in or with origins in the island-nations around the globe will be featured in the historic venue of 4 West 43rd Street in a mosaic of fashion and culture, fusing creations from resort and urban to red carpet and destination bridal fashions. Since its inception in 2008 the event has been hosted in Nassau, Bahamas, and featured 75 designers representing 18 island-nations and 3 non-island countries. The designers to be selected to present at the New York event will be those who have shown themselves ready for a global commercial presence...
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Cardellicious and Cardell McClam Sail Away Charity Fashion Event - January 7 - Jan 4, 2018 - 9:43:08 AM

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Cardellicious and Cardell McClam present, Sail Away on Sunday, January 7 at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau featuring The Sailor Boy 2018/19 Collections.

‘The sands and yeasty surges mix
In cave s about the dreary bay,
And on thy ribs the limpet sticks,
And in thy heart the scrawl shall play.’ - Alfred Lord Tennyson
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Bahems Footwear Debuts at The Island House - Dec 22, 2017 - 8:18:08 PM

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All Nathan Arnett wants for Christmas is to have his new shoe line, Bahems sell out when it debuts Saturday, December 23, at The Island House.
 
“Christmas is the time to make dreams come true,” said Mr Arnett, a marketing executive who spent two years perfecting his Bahamas designed, people inspired, espadrille style footwear.
 
“Bahems was created for the everyday person,” the 27-year-old noted. “The Bahamas inspires me and sparks my creativity...
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Fashion Week Goes Eco, Aussie Style - Nov 30, 2017 - 8:07:30 PM

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Fashion Gets Ethical Down Under...


Australia could well be leading the way in the slow fashion movement. With a promise to deliver sustainable fashion to Perth on a global level by promoting and showcasing ethical designers and artists, the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) did just that from November 23 to 27 in Fremantle at Victoria Hall. And, it did so to rave reviews from all those in attendance.

Created by Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, the founder of Australia’s first internationally recognised organic fashion label, Green Embassy, the five-day event had over 44 designers which included 11 international designer shows...
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Eco Fashion Week Australia to Highlight Environmentally Conscious Fashion - Nov 13, 2017 - 9:41:28 PM

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Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) will make its exciting debut on the 23rd of November and run through to the 27th.  The Bahamas Weekly is a proud sponsor, and co-founder, Ms. Robbin Whachell will be on location. Be sure to like The Bahamas Weekly's Facebook page to see photos from the event.

The inaugural event will be held at the historic Victoria Hall in Fremantle,  a port city in Western Australia that’s part of the Perth metropolitan area, and is known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and remnants from Australia’s days as a British penal colony...
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Eco Fashion Week Australia Attracts Zero-Waste Designers - Nov 11, 2017 - 9:17:32 AM

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Designers who have a passion for creating a world where garments have a clean and positive story to tell are set to converge Down Under from November 23 - 27, 2017 for the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA).  Park of the eco mindset and mandate is a "zero-waste" policy for most eco designers.  Well-known Indian designer, Shravan Kumar says he's looking forward to raising consumer awareness in this area and feels draping is one of the best ways to achieve material usage.

EFWA writer, Marilyn Wilson asks Kumar about his upcoming appearance at Eco Fashion Week Australia this November...
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Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 18 Schedule Released - Sep 17, 2017 - 5:30:01 PM

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Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 18 is set to be the best yet, and now you can see exactly who is showing and when on the VFW SS18 Schedule to plan your perfect week. The event can be viewed globally on livestream.

Kicking off with the Opening Gala on Monday the 18th, guests will be privy to a handful of designer previews and full lines by local brand Aiki District , Australian designer, Charly Thorn and Nozomi Kuwahara from Japan.

Tuesday’s guests will see an eclectic mix of young first timers and VFW veterans hit the runway. These will include Chilean designer, Paulina Cañas and her label...
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Korean designers represent in an international Vancouver Fashion Week SS18 - Sep 1, 2017 - 8:27:07 PM

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This season of Vancouver Fashion Week is set to be the most international yet. Vancouver will play host to over 80 designers from 20 countries from the 18th - 26th of September.

Among those to represent their countries are a group of talented designers from Korea. Their work has been seen in shows in Germany, France, China, Japan and now Vancouver Fashion Week have the honour of showcasing their works. Choi Boko, MEZIS and L by L are amoung those that will be hitting the runway with their lines for SS18...

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Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade - Aug 12, 2017 - 9:33:46 AM

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Impressionist painter Edgar Degas is well known for his late 19th century paintings of Parisian dancers and racehorses. What he is perhaps less known for is his fascination with the quotidian details of modern life in the French capital, including high fashion hats and the women who crafted them.

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, currently on show at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, explores this infatuation which inspired a visually compelling body of work that subtly documents the effect that hat-making had on turn of the century Parisians, from working women to high society men and everyone in between...
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American designer, Jeff Garner to take Prophetik to Eco Fashion Week Australia - Jul 30, 2017 - 11:24:43 PM

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The sustainable couture fashion line, Prophetik designed by Jeff Garner of the United States will be seen on the runway at the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Austratlia taking place in Perth from
November 23 - 27, 201. The week-long event will take place in Western Australia and will feature designers who practise sustainable, ethical production, either by recycling or upcycling, or use organic and natural materials which do not leave a carbon footprint.

The following is an interview with Jeff Garner by Marilyn Wilson:
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Founder of Eco Fashion Week Australia hopes to inspire designers - Jul 13, 2017 - 4:00:52 AM

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Designers who have a passion for creating a world where garments have a clean and positive story to tell are set to converge Down Under from November 23 - 27, 2017 for the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA). The week-long event will take place in Western Australia and will feature designers who practise sustainable, ethical production, either by recycling or upcycling, or use organic and natural materials which do not leave a carbon footprint.

Founded by Perth-based Australian eco fashion designer and visual artist Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy, Zuhal has taken her passion for slow fashion to a new level with the creation of this first of its kind fashion event for the region. After traveling the globe and showcasing her own lines in locations as far away at Canada, Kuvan-Mills is setting her sights on promoting and showcasing Australian and international sustainable artists and designers in her beloved homeland...
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Make Do and Mend - Fashion Flashback - Jul 7, 2017 - 6:11:23 AM

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Eco fashion takes me back to my childhood and wartime/postwar time in the UK. Dresses were taken apart and re-sewn with a bit of extra fabric creatively added, or they were made into rag rugs. Hand knitted sweaters were carefully picked undone, the yarn washed and reused for something different. There was a “rag and bone” man who took his horse drawn cart through the neighbourhoods once a month to pick up discarded items and recycle them.



“Recycling” was the way of life at that time out of necessity. But it wasn’t called recycling. Everything was cherished and re-used or repaired. There were no new items available. Brown paper bags were taken back to stores for reuse, milk bottles and pop bottles were all picked up by the delivery guy, and taken back to the dairy or pop company to be washed and reused...
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Bahamian eco designer to present in Australia - Jul 3, 2017 - 1:47:38 PM

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Bahamian luxury “slow-fashion” leather goods brand Willique merges sustainability with style, and Bahamian designer Anya Pratt has announced that she will be presenting her Willique line at the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia in November 2017.

Willique – the London based luxury leather, bespoke handbag brand is fast establishing an international reputation for craftsmanship and design, whilst championing the idea that luxury too can be part of the slow fashion movement...
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Bahamian fashion designer showcases in China - Jun 2, 2017 - 2:40:02 PM

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Award-Winning Designer Theodore Elyett Wows with Junkanoo-Themed Fashion Collection in Asia


Nassau, Bahamas - More than 300 spectators sat expectantly in the Grand Ballroom of the world famous Kerry Hotel in Beijing, China. Every eye glued to the runway, award-winning Bahamian designer Theodore Elyett, a fashion maestro, brilliantly translated the magic and splendor of Junkanoo into a 10-piece avant garde collection themed, “Junkanoo: Bahamian Opulence” for a crowd of diplomats, business executives, fashion and film industry consultants and Bahamians studying in China...
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Designer Call for Inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia - May 31, 2017 - 5:10:30 PM

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Fashion gets ethical Down Under...


The question, “What are you wearing?” is taking on a new meaning as we become more cognizant of fabrics, how our clothing was made, and where our clothing ends up after we’ve worn it - most often, only once. With fashion as the world’s largest polluter, not to mention one of the least ethical trades, each of us should start thinking about what’s in our closet, and how we can reduce and reuse.

Designers who have a passion for creating a world where garments have a clean and positive story to tell are set to converge Down Under from November 23 - 27, 2017 for the inaugural Eco Fashion Week Australia (EFWA)...
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The Colour of Love at Islands of the World Fashion Showcase - May 26, 2017 - 11:30:03 AM

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The seventh edition of Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, under the theme “The Colour of Love”, took the audience on a romantic journey to an idyllic destination island wedding, featuring apparel and accessories from underwear, swimwear, casual and resort wear, to evening dresses, suits and bridal gowns, accentuated by exquisite jewelry. Owen Bethel, producer of the event, described it as a “mosaic of fashion, art, and culture, depicting a sophisticated island lifestyle, or designs for the sophisticated urban castaways.”

The ambience of the romantic garden setting in the Humidor Piazza at Graycliff Hotel provided a complementary environment for a night of dazzling elegance...
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