Written by Michelle Kretzer
fur protest at New York Fashion Week got legs when Kimora Lee Simmons stopped by. Russell
Simmons' Global Grind website tweeted
a lovely picture of the demonstration with a shout-out to Kimora and PETA. The fashion designer
last showed off her heavenly gams for us in an ad asking people to "be an angel
on Twitter, Rosie O'Donnell
made us all jealous with a picture of her delicious vegan lunch.
gearing up for his fashion
week runway show, cruelty-free designer John
Bartlett told one reporter, "I go crazy when I see people talking about how much
they love their dog but they still wear fur—much of the fur that's coming from China is from cats and dogs."
will fall head-over-leather-free-heels for Nicole Richie's new clothing line: It will use faux fur and fake leather.
in New York for fashion week are no doubt seeing horses being forced to pull
carriages around the city's hot, congested streets. But the horses have a new
advocate: Randall, of "that
crazy honey badger" video fame, has a new viral
video just for the horses.
Boss's daughter is speaking up for horses, too. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
is reportedly a big Bruce Springsteen fan, so Jessica Springsteen is calling on Christie to sign a bill that would ban horse slaughter in the
some tea and pastries with your alt rock? Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is opening a tea shop in
Chicago that will offer "vegan pastries from all spheres ."
keep up with what your favorite celebs are doing for animals, follow @PETA on Twitter.
Fashion Week hasn't even started yet, but already up-and-coming British
designer George Nemsadze's dress
made of nori (the seaweed paper used
in sushi) is getting media attention. Our thoughts? Love it!
again, seaweed, schmeaweed—PETA's been
making clothes out of lettuce for years:
well as out of cucumber and kiwi:
© Photo: Ricardo Sanit-Cyr, Stylist/makeup artist: Isabella Scott, Splurge Studios Production
© Photo: www.sebreephoto.com, Hair: Lorenzo Martin for True Beauty, Makeup: Mitzi Spallas for Cloutier, Dress: Mia Gyzander Costumes, Inc.
© Le Studio (Paris) Design, Daniel Jasiak, Photography: Martine Houghton
seaweed dress is a thousand times prettier (and more eco-friendly) than the
foul-smelling clothes that designers have made out of milk or meat, and with the increasing
demand for animal-friendly
clothes, vegan clothing lines
are set to knock our succotash socks off.
During New York Fashion Week, thousands
of style editors from around the world scurry between runway shows in cabs—that's
why PETA planned to run Stella McCartney's new leather exposé on the city's
unavoidable video screens in taxis. We're no strangers to having our ads banned,
so we've kind of grown thick skin about it, but we weren't prepared for the
lightning-quick rejection that VeriFone Media gave us. It seems the company
only wants to run consumer promotions, not cautions.
"As a designer, I like to work with
fabrics that don't bleed; that's why I avoid all animal skins," Stella
says in the video, which spotlights animal suffering and the human health risk
and environmental impact of leather tanneries. "Please join me in
exploring the huge variety of fashionable shoes, belts, purses, and wallets
that aren't the product of a cow's violent death."
We're disappointed that the advertising company told us
to take a hike, but we're launching the video for Fashion Week anyway. Check it
some überhip cruelty-free fashions with
PETA's style guide.
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Animal-friendly is the new black, as evidenced by all the good news in our latest edition of Internet Soup. Enjoy!
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Maybe vegan Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning performance in Black Swan inspired us. PETA supporters took the use of fur in Paris Fashion Week collections into their own toe shoes with a demonstration that was visually stunning. To pointe out how animals killed for their fur are bludgeoned, electrocuted, and skinned alive, a dancer wearing a fur coat was sniffed, stalked, and "bitten" by other dancers portraying the animals she was wearing, and then her limp body was carried away.
The ballet, which featured dancers from Cirque du Soleil, Mozart, and Dracula, was performed outside the historic ballet venue Paris Opéra just after Stella McCartney's fur-free fashion show. The group drew a huge crowd and gave a convincing portrayal of why people should pirouette away from cruel fur.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
PETA's party for New York Fashion Week was a smashing success, even by Fashion Week standards. Hosted by Project Runway's Tim Gunn and Olivia Munn, the celebrity guests included Taraji P. Henson, Joan Jett, reality stars Lo Bosworth and Stephanie Pratt, and fashion designers Todd Oldham, John Bartlett, and Marc Bouwer, plus many others. They all partied at Stella McCartney's chic New York City boutique while listening to tunes spun by DJ Lady Bunny and munching on delicious vegan hors d'oeuvres.
Tim, looking dashing as always, screened the riveting anti-fur video that he narrated for PETA and spoke about how killing animals for their fur is never in fashion. "I'm on a campaign to get as many fashion designers as possible to stop using it," said Gunn. "I'd just like to sit with them and have a talk and ask, 'Is it really necessary?'" And when Tim Gunn talks about fashion, people listen.
Henson, the latest beauty to bare it all for animals, unveiled her sexy new ad and told the party attendees that she stopped wearing fur after channel-surfing and coming across the "I Am an Animal" documentary about PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk. What she saw changed her entire perspective on fur, and she resolved to help others see the light."You don't have to kill an animal because you want to be hot and fly," she said. And she promised the crowd to keep on pushing to get fur off the streets.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
When we heard about the fur that was featured in the William Rast runway collection—backed by Justin Timberlake—at New York Fashion Week, we all said, "WTF?!" (Why the fur?!) The mother-loving chart-topper would support the beating, electrocuting, and drowning of animals for a fashion line that has previously used only faux? It just didn't make sense—which is why we asked J.T. himself if there would be fur in the William Rast retail collection.
Well, Colin Dyne, the CEO of Justin's fashion house, just confirmed to PETA that there will be no real fur in the collection, just some fake fur fringe on some of the shoes. His response made it pretty obvious which collection we'll be (sexy) backing in spring. Phew.
Written by Logan Scherer
We told you we'd be back. After nixing plans to protest Vogue's Fashion Week party out of respect for our pal Charlize Theron, we showed up at last night's "Fashion's Night Out" event at Macy's to make sure that villainous Vogue editor Anna "Nuclear" Wintour never forgets that animals often remain alive after being skinned for their fur:
Written by Amy Elizabeth
And it's all because friends don't protest friends.
No, we haven't suddenly made amends with Anna Wintour. It's longtime PETA friend Charlize Theron who has us putting the kibosh on our protest plans.
Charlize will be on hand at Vogue's Fashion Week party on Thursday to sign copies of the magazine's September issue. But while Charlize may be gracing the cover of this notoriously furry magazine, the Oscar-winning actress wouldn't be caught dead in fur.
The PETA pal even wore our "Fight Breedism" T-shirt to her Vogue interview.
Don't worry—we'll still be making sure that ol' Anna hears from us. She and fellow fur fiend Michael Kors will be putting in an appearance at Wintour's "Fashion's Night Out" event at Macy's … and so will we.
Written by Amanda Schinke
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