It’s a simple slogan that implies strength, empowerment, and hard work. Kenya’s Ethical Fashion Africa, a program which was developed by the UN’s International Trade Centre empowers African women who are living in some of Kenya’s poorest neighborhoods, to work and earn fair wages. It’s quite symbolic that 2 powerful women who have worked hard for the ethical fashion world – Vivienne Westwood and Stella Mc Cartney are key supporters of this program. This collaboration and cooperative support moves Ethical fashion from being a simple term, to a term that will change the way we create and operate new enterprises. It is even more significant that women like Stella Mc Cartney, Vivienne Westwood, Safia Minney, and several others are the spear-heads of these movements that empower women all over the world, something definitely to be celebrated on International Women’s Day.
British fashion designer and animal rights activist, Stella McCartney, has joined forces with PETA to launch an anti-leather campaign just in the eve of fashion week in both New York and London. McCartney’s views are featured in a short clip by the designer herself, hoping to educate the public of the cruelty and suffering that takes place behind the fashion industry. McCartney state’s “As a designer, I like to work with fabrics that don’t bleed; that’s why I avoid all animal skins. 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.” The graphic video has been posted on PETA’s website. It’s an in-depth video demonstrating the cruelty cows endure both in North America and over-seas simply to obtain leather. The graphic images definitely make you think twice before buying those cute black leather boots you were dying to have. This video will hopefully open the eyes of those who are uninformed of the cruelty that takes place behind close doors. Fashion is a statement that expresses your inner self but it should not come at the cost of another’s suffering. Stella Mc Cartney is a true inspiration to the ethical fashion world because she stay’s true to her values. We hope other designers will follow in Mc Cartney’s foot steps and make more ethical decisions when designing their new fashion lines.
It was announced end of 2011 that in the midst of all this economical turmoil, Stella Mc Cartney is up 34%. A hot item of her collection was this little black dress featuring a sheer cutout dazzled with polka dots. This dress was seen on Kate Winslet and made famous in magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar (January edition). Stella Mc Cartney is definitely an inspiration to all where ethics and high fashion are never compromised!