Years ago when one heard the words fashion and vegan in the same sentence; an image of celebrities doused in red paint came to mind. Fashion veganism has come a long way since then, and now making its debut in a more tasteful way. But many people are often confused about what fashion veganism actually is. There is a major misconception that the term vegan only refers to the food we eat; all other use of animal byproducts as well such as suede, leather, fur and silk refers to it.
The city of West Hollywood has recently left many retailers unhappy after banning the sale of fur clothing within city limits. Stores on Melrose Place such as Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera all fell victims to the ban, bringing the city one step closer to a go green lifestyle.
So where can we find this vegan clothing? Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, offer some options; websites such as Shopbop.com also sell a variety of vegan clothing that is totally trendy and adorable for animal lovers to buy. Stella McCartney, a lifelong vegetarian only uses animal friendly fabrics in her collections.
But vegan fashion is now making its way down the runway as well. Jean Paul Gaultier has collaborated most recently with Melissa Shoes to create a vegan friendly stiletto. Dior has also jumped on it after custom designing shoes for Natalie Portman, an outspoken vegan and PETA supporter.
As I am far, far away from being a vegan on all departments, I try my best to purchase faux fur items and stay clear of full fur products. I can’t live without fashion, there is nothing I love more than a new bag or pair of pumps but I have a very special place in my heart for animals, besides all my careers, I’m a frustrated vet. I hope that a balance for luxury and animal friendly fashion is in the works. Fashionistas are always looking to make a statement; might as well make it stylish and eco-friendly at the same time…right?