Summer has always been a time for a focus on fashion on Lopez Island. Many Lopezians fondly remember SWAP’s sold out Trashion Fashion Shows and many will remember last year’s Sustainable Fashion week last July. As part of LSWDD’s “Year of Reuse” this year’s Sustainable Fashion Week is July 20-27, 2019.
The kick off event began at Vitas on Saturday, July 20th from 5:30-8 pm.
Outdoor Fashion design expert, Tracy Cottingham gave a short update on the cutting edge of sustainable fashion trends from an industry insider perspective. On the local front, LSWDD’s Nikyta Palmisani delivered an entertaining update on LSWDD textile reuse and recycling.
A curated fashion show featured stylist created couture from local spaces that offer fashion forward clothing reuse and consignment: DeJaVu Consignment, the Lopez Thrift Store, the Take It or Leave It, and Pachamama Apothecary. Fabulous models showed off haute fashion combinations, while MC’s representing each business educated and elucidated the audience on the value of vintage, consignment, second hand and reused fashion.
The evening ended with a Shirt to Skirt parade hosted by SWAP.
Here are some great photos from the event: