Fashion Takes Action

Eco-Couture in Toronto

After faithfully carting around cloth bags, recycling and composting, getting my news online, and reducing my daily energy consumption where possible, the last spot left in my home needing a green makeover is my closet. I know just where to head for inspiration: Toronto's second annual Fashion Takes Action gala this Saturday at the Distillery District's Fermenting Cellar.

With models strutting their stuff on the runway, a few big name designers and a frenzy of frocks backstage, the Fashion Takes Action show will seem like any other fashion event - with a few notable exceptions. Every garment shown will be made from recycled, sustainable and earth-friendly fibres, and organizers Kelly Drennan and Katie Lister are making sure the event itself leaves a low carbon footprint. This year's theme is Midnight in the Garden.

An impressive lineup of design talent is taking part, including Thien Le, Project Runway Canada winner Evan Biddell, Eugenia Leavitt, Thieves, Damzels in this Dress and others (for the complete list, visit Fashion Takes Action). A handful of Canadian celebs will take their place among professional models on the runway (including City TV's Liz West, Mary Kitchen of Fashion Television, Hills Aftershow host Jessi Cruikshank, and Juno nominee Tara Sloane).

Also taking place on Saturday is the Sustainable Style Show, featuring eco-friendly wares from fashion and beauty vendors. Both events will raise funds for Environmental Defence and Fashion Takes Action.

What: The Sustainable Style Show, 10-5; Fashion Takes Action's Green Gala, 8-12
Where: Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
When: Saturday, November 8
Ticket Info: www.fashiontakesaction.com

Photos from TorontoStreet and static416 on Flickr.


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