The world’s first ever vegan fashion week recently took place in Los Angeles, with the event celebrating innovative, cruelty-free design and textiles.
Led by fashion stylist and animal rights advocate, Emmanuelle Rienda, Vegan Fashion Week occurred from February 1 – 4, and culminated in an exclusive runway show.
The event introduced fashion industry insiders to ‘pinatex’, an eco-friendly vegan leather made from pineapple leaf fibers. Textiles made from apple skins and melted corn also appeared on the runway.
A wide range of designs were showcased, including everything from formal gowns, to biker jackets and faux-leather dresses.
Los Angeles seemed to be a natural choice to host this world-first event, with the city recently banning all sales of fur – along with foie gras and animal-tested cosmetics.
The creators of Vegan Fashion Week plan to make this unique event international – and hope to launch a sanctuary for animals typically exploited by the fashion industry.
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In other fashion news, leading designer Victoria Beckham has announced that she’s ditching exotic animal skins from her collections.
Whilst the luxury brand was already fur-free, Victoria Beckham will now cease to use alligator, crocodile, ostrich and snake skins.
The move follows a long-term campaign by PETA – with other high-end brands such as Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and Diane von Furstenberg also banning exotic skins from their designs.
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