Myriam Laroche poses with models wearing her Value Village vintage collection.  Photo by Damian O’Farrill, Illussion Ambar Films. Courtesy of ELLE Mexico

 Could you create a runway collection with just $500 worth of clothes from
Value Village? Three stylists did just that for the opening show of
Vancouver’s Fall/Winter 2012 Eco Fashion Week. Sarah La Greca, Deanna Palkowski and Myrian Laroche (who is also the president and founder of Vancouver Eco Fashion Week) scoured the racks of donated clothing to find, and then combine, on-trend pieces for fall. La Greca and Palkowski started the show off with a simple assortment of
vintage separates (think knitted and lace tops in
pastel hues paired with slip skirts and silky trousers) followed by shimmery gold and silver metallic pieces mixed with black. When a velvety, crystal-encrusted black coat came onto the runway, my seatmate leaned over to say “Wow, I’m going to have to make a trip to Value Village.” It was a sentiment heard many times throughout the evening.