In the immediate wake of the down-on-NYFW post I wrote yesterday comes an example of fashion I feel good getting excited about.
Vegan Fashion Week was held from February 1—4 at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and California Market Center in Downtown LA. The event gives an empowering platform to conscious brands and designers to showcase game-changing fashion.
Vegan designers and activists were invited to showcase innovative, cruelty-free, and sustainable collections. They offered an inspiring look into a future—a place where compassion is the industry norm.
Groundbreaking textile solutions were presented, including Piñatex® pineapple leather (woah!), apple leather, eco-friendly faux fur by Ecopel®, faux wool, and more. If you’ve never heard of some of these, you’re not alone—but how exciting. And you know I love faux-fur! 😉
Designers included Dr. Martens, Matea Benedetti, Noemie Devime, Altiir, Bayem, Ecopel, Enda, New Rock, Mink Shoes, Mistohn, Sarah Regensburger, Chloe Trujillo, Vegan Club, WastedLA, and Arsayo.
Apparently, the event was such a success that Vegan Fashion Week creator Emmanuelle Rienda is already preparing for next season’s showing: “I am on a mission to challenge the fashion industry at its roots until cruelty-free is the norm.”
Here are some looks from the runway & a few snaps backstage.