World introduced to first ever vegan fashion week

Fashion model posing for cameraThe 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.

Vegan Fashion Week was also featured in The New York Times, and attended by celebrity guests (such as prominent vegan and award-winning musician, Moby.)

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.

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.

Cover image: Stock from Pexels

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