An Ethical Fashion Revolution Changing the Industry and Celebrating the Creatives Embracing Cruelty-Free Practices


Los Angeles, California (October 21, 2019) — Vegan Fashion Week returned to Los Angeles from October 10-15th. This season’s theme, “Fashion is Activism,” explored the challenges surrounding ecological and climate change through the lenses of fashion, creativity, ethics, ecology, science, technology, and legal practices.
The relationship between fashion, factory farming, and climate change cannot be ignored. Vegan sustainable fashion is the ultimate answer to climate change and waste pollution. I created an inclusive and collaborative movement dedicated to redesigning the industry and the consumers’ daily habits” says Vegan Fashion Week creator and animal rights activist, Emmanuelle Rienda.

The Second Edition officially launched with an Awards Night & Fundraiser at the Theater at Ace Hotel on Thursday, October 10th, a night of celebration, music, and fashion with recording artist and actress Kate Nash and Vōx. Celebrities such as Mena SuvariMobyEmily DeschanelPersia WhiteChristine Elise McCarthyMelanie Liburd, and British actor Elliot Knight were in attendance to support this conscious soirée designed to empower vegan creatives changing the industry, to raise funds to support the growth of the movement, and to work towards the recognition and protection of fundamental animal rights.

Vegan creatives were awarded in 9 categories: Photographer – Parker Day, Designer – Nicole Blue, Hairstylist – Thomas Silverman, Stylist – Tara Swennen, Model – Marquette Fullow, Makeup Artist – Madrona Redhawk, Artist – Constantin Le Fou, Fashion Activist – Caroline Lanau-Imbert, and Vegan Icon – Kate Nash.

Following the opening soirée, industry professionals and fashion lovers were invited to the LA Fashion District to experience the Vegan World on October 14-15, the very first vegan fashion trade show in the world. This 50,000 sq. ft experience took place in the penthouse of the California Market Center during the LA Market. The Vegan World promised to be an inclusive platform of education, discovery, and collaboration, showcasing an entirely cruelty-free experience from the fashion we wear, the beauty we put on our skin, and the food we eat. It encapsulates a world where ethics and trends intersect as a creative ode to the end of animal exploitation and a celebration of human evolution.

Highlights included a runway show by New York designer ENDA, and a collective runway with a selection of international designers committed to embracing cruelty-free practices including Manon Planche, Erika Maish, Nicolene Hansen, Boy Kloves, Minttu Melasalmi, Mayd in Chyna, Lo Neel, Donnant Donnant, HFS Collective, Jeane & Jax, Malaika New York, Plural, Glancez, Vegan Tiger, Irina Tosheva, Tin Haus, wastedLA, Koi Footwear, and Dr. Martens.

The Vegan World hosted the second edition of The Future of Fashion conference, which featured designers, scientists, policymakers, and editors discussing the most critical issues facing the fashion industry and emerging alternatives to leather, down, wool, and silk. Speakers included Caroline Love, Associate Producer, The Game Changers; Mickey Suzuki, Director of Development, Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP); and Vicki von Holzhausen, Founder and Designer, von Holzhausen. This season’s partners and sponsors included Maria Nila, True. Makeup. Freedom., Manic Panic, LiveKindly, and Miyoko’s.

For more information, visit and discover the full program with all participating brands.

Photo credits: 1, 2 (Loli Laboureau) 3, 4 (The Hendrys)