Vegetarian fashion designer Stella McCartney debuted her 2017 fall collection during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month. The designer unveiled a new vegan leather material—called “skin-free skin”—that she used throughout the collection of faux leather pants, coats, shirts, and suede handbags. “Until recently, I avoided using fake [leather] because it never looked luxurious enough,” McCartney said. “I am so excited that we have finally developed fabrics that look just as good as the real thing, and therefore genuinely pose a question to the industry about why anyone needs to use leather any more.” While McCartney’s lines are not always vegan—as the designer still uses wool and silk—she has been an outspoken advocate against fur and leather, and regularly partners with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to fight against animal cruelty in the fashion industry.
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