The FIRST event of the first ever Alaska Fashion Week was a mixer/film screening of RiverBlue. In the beginning we thought we'd rent out a theater, but with COVID looming, the nearest theater closed its doors for good. With a limited budget we got creative, scouring for a cool spot to set up couches and a projector, boho style. Lucky for us, we happened to know a guy...
What I loved about this event -
This was the first time Weekend Pass holders were getting together, and the first time the three of us got to go enjoy our own doings. I was definitely eager, because while I had messaged with these people for the better part of a year, I had actually never met most of them in person. Most of us didn't watch the film, instead we chatted, sharing stories over mini charcuterie boards and enjoying each other's outfits and company.
RiverBlue Takeaways -
- 1800 gallons (on average) of water is used per single pair of jeans made with current practices
- In under regulated countries, the communities have a joke about the upcoming Western World's latest trends based off the color of the river because dyes are simply dumped into surrounding watersheds
- Chemical processes for denim designs like textures, fading, bleaching, distressing, are in a constant outflow into watersheds that cause carcinogenic pathogens that directly impact farmers and ecosystems
- There are enough jeans in circulation for every person on earth to have 2 pairs
- There is hope, new technology allows for laser cutting, bypassing the chemical distressing of denim
- Where denim is manufactured has a direct impact on social wellbeing and the planet
- Shop for brands that have sustainability practices in place
See you at next year's event!
All photos are by Kylee Watts Photography based in Juneau, Alaska.