The Very First Vegan Fashion Week in Los Angeles

The Very First Vegan Fashion Week in Los Angeles

On the first weekend in February I attended the very first Vegan Fashion week hosted by the California Central Market in downtown Los Angeles. The event was organized by Emmanuelle Rienda ,and featured a talented group of vegan fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.

The hot question of the night was, “ Are you Vegan?”. I responded with the truth, I just started to make the switch in January and I am becoming more aware of my diet but overall failing. We met non-vegans to people who have been vegan for 20 years! Everyone was kind and generous with tips and tricks to make the switch easier. The hottest tip was to cut out one thing at a time. Cut milk, then cheese, then pork, then, beef, etc. Until it becomes natural. When it comes to cruelty free living, my clothing and beauty choices come more naturally then food. Everyone was supportive. We all have to start somewhere, right?

I enjoyed refreshing vegan drinks (did you know not all alcohol is vegan?!) by Cafe Gratitude + Fair Vodka and fancy appetizers ( like egg halves that were actually tofu!) before the show began.

Saturday night was the fashion show and the next day they held panels and a lounge for 1 on 1 time with the brands. Luxury bags, upcycled accessories, note pads made from plastic bags, vegan condoms (YES!) by GLYDE ,and art. There wasn’t a booth I wasn’t impressed by!

The pile of fabric photographed is an art installation called Trash Queen by Nicole Blue. Made up of scrap fabric, guests were invited to “adopt” a fabric to give a new life to. I gravitated toward a artisan tea company called Pao Tea and my friend Mikayla fell in love with a pair of bloomers by Anastasia Bones.

I am very much looking forward to future conscious events like these but more importantly, when transparent and planet focused brands are the norm.

Click the brand names in the photo descriptions for links.

Follow Vegan Fashion Week on Instagram.

Read more articles on this event by the New York Times and Nylon magazine.

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Blogger Vik Margarita at Vegan Fashion Week

Blogger Vik Margarita at Vegan Fashion Week

Wearing  Siizu  exclusive poncho for  CauseBox

Wearing Siizu exclusive poncho for CauseBox

Model wearing  MINK shoes

Model wearing MINK shoes

WastedLA  white jacket crossing paths with another model (designer not found)

WastedLA white jacket crossing paths with another model (designer not found)

Jacket by Nicole Blue aka  WastedLA

Jacket by Nicole Blue aka WastedLA

Enda  statment coat

Enda statment coat

Vegan Fashion weeks closing look. Red dress by  Matea Benedetti . Followed by capes from  Chris Stylez  brand  Mistohn .

Vegan Fashion weeks closing look. Red dress by Matea Benedetti. Followed by capes from Chris Stylez brand Mistohn.

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Trash Queen art installation at Vegan Fashion Week

Trash Queen art installation at Vegan Fashion Week

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Does it #SparkJoy ?

Does it #SparkJoy ?

Goldrad  bags made from bottles

Goldrad bags made from bottles

Accessories by  Accoutrements LA

Accessories by Accoutrements LA

Earrings by  Accoutrements LA

Earrings by Accoutrements LA

Rack of heavenly apparel by  Blue District

Rack of heavenly apparel by Blue District

Textures and prints by  Blue District

Textures and prints by Blue District

Shoes by  Manavai

Shoes by Manavai

Recycled glass bottle jewelry from  CLED

Recycled glass bottle jewelry from CLED

Recycled glass bottle jewelry from  CLED

Recycled glass bottle jewelry from CLED

Statement pieces by  APRL

Statement pieces by APRL

Artisan tea by  Pao Tea

Artisan tea by Pao Tea

The future is cruelty free.

XO, Vik

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