The inaugural Vegan Fashion Week has wrapped up in Los Angeles, with a showcase of gorgeous designs in a host of vegan-friendly fabrics to rival to leather and fur.
Pineapple and apple leathers were a fruity highlight – demonstrating that there are alternatives to animal-derived materials that aren't plastic.
Designers and brands whose work hit the LA runways – with Moby, Mena Suvari and Harley Quinn Smith in attendance – included Vegan Club, WastedLA, Arsayo, Dr Martens, Matea Benedetti, Noemie Devime, Altiir, Bayem, Ecopel, Enda, New Rock, Mink Shoes, Mistohn, Sarah Regensburger and Chloe Trujillo. Make-up artists and hair stylists used vegan products from Kat Von D Beauty and Giovanni Cosmetics respectively.
"I created a collective runway with curated designer pieces from across the globe to show vegan alternatives that are ethical, sustainable and elevated," says Vegan Fashion Week creator Emmanuelle Rienda. "We showcased Piñatex pineapple leather, apple leather, eco-friendly faux fur by Ecopel, faux wool, cork exotic skins and more."
"After a very successful launch, I am already planning the next vegan fashion week in one of the biggest fashion destinations of the world. I am on a mission to challenge the fashion industry at its roots until cruelty-free is the norm."