I’m a die hard Value Village fan. Boutique VV is where I go to think, to unwind, to savour the treasure hunt. Naturally, the Evan Biddell for Value Village show at last week’s Toronto Women’s Fashion Week, was high on my list of must-see shows. So I was very excited to see what a high fashion designer could do with 81lbs from VV.
In partnership with EcoFashionWeek, Evan Biddell was tasked with reimagining for the runway 81 lbs of VV finds. I sat down at the show thinking…
Will he re-style?
Will he re-cut?
Will this look like Macklemore’s Thrift Store video?
After an excellent video that gave us a peek into Biddell’s process, this was the first look that came down the runway.
Bold, edgy and unapologetic.
Boutique VV like I’d never seen before.
I loved the leather fringe motif (I may or may not have rocked a leather fringe jacket in my highschool years) that played down the back of jackets and tossed from skirt hems.
The trench coat re-cut as wide leg trousers was brilliant - one classic made into another.
Laced pant legs, sparkle tops, leather ascots and that unapologetic tiger dress.
Thrifted and sexy are definitely not mutually exclusive.
Maybe it was the wildly confident strut of the models (Stacey McKenzie!), but I couldn’t help but cheer.
This Collection made me proud to be a dedicated Boutique VV shopper. Seen through the eyes of a designer, second hand clothing wasn’t second-rate. It became the cutting edge of ethical luxury and a demonstration of serious creativity.
Photo Credits: Raymond Chow for CanadaWears.ca and EcoFashionWeek
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