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?
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.
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