World First: LA Announces Vegan Fashion Week

by: Rosie Dalton | 5 months ago | News

Image: Gigi Hadid carries a dog on the runway for Tod’s fall-winter 2018. Image source

The past twelve months have been pretty momentous for ethical fashion, as sustainability tipped into the mainstream, more major brands committed to reducing their impact, and fashion weeks lifted their game by banning fur. But we were yet to see an international fashion week go 100% vegan –that is, until now. In a world first, LA has just announced its inaugural Vegan Fashion Week (VFW), which is set to kick off next month.

This follows the city’s progressive steps to ban the sale and manufacture of fur last year. And, according to the event’s founder and animal rights activist, Emmanuelle Rienda, it is the next natural step in fashion’s journey towards a more humane and responsible future. “I want to ignite conversations and debates within the industry by educating, elevating, and drawing connections between our most important values: our respect for human life, animal rights, and the environment,” Rienda said of the fashion-meets-activism project.

The four-day event is set to kick off on February 1st in the California Market Center and aims to end all forms of animal exploitation in the fashion industry. Opening with a soirée inside the Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles, VFW will present guests with a climate-centric speech by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Robert Lempert. Which will be followed by runway presentations from a selection of conscious designers and an exhibition on the evolution of vegan fashion.

Meanwhile, the vegan lounge at VFW will serve up vegan delicacies, prepared by chefs from around the world. And, with a view to travel to other cities in the future, we can only hope that Vegan Fashion Week – or at very least its influence – will soon make its way to Australian shores as well.

Via The Independent


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