For Immediate Release:
27 April 2018
Group Commends Brands That Have Made Big Statements for Animals This Year
Sydney – As more consumers than ever demand ethical clothing and accessories for which animals weren’t beaten, slaughtered, or skinned – as well as materials that are kinder to the environment – PETA’s inaugural Fashion Awards are recognising the luxury labels and independent designers making a statement for animals.
The winners include Perth-based celebrity favourite Zhivago, which is named Most Animal-Friendly Label for becoming a 100 per cent vegan fashion house; Camilla and Marc, an Australian fashion label worn recently by Meghan Markle, which is awarded Best Wool-Free Coat for creating a gorgeous wool-free knit and Sans Beast, former Mimco Creative Director Cathryn Wills’ innovative skin-free vegan leather accessories label, which bags the award for Best Vegan Accessories. And the Best Fashion Trend of 2018? Well, that goes to the fall of fur, of course, as over the last 12 months, Versace, Gucci, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Donna Karan, and John Galliano joined the likes of Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood, and other fashion giants in declaring themselves fur-free.
“It’s never been more stylish to dress with a conscience,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Today’s designers are embracing ethical and eco-friendly materials, because the future of fashion clearly lies in compassionate clothing.”
Other winners include Beyond Skin for Best Winter Boots, Unreal Fur for Best Faux-Fur Brand, Ivory & Chain for Best Leather-Free Coat, Frankie and Co for Most Sheep-Friendly Knit, and Tamara Leacock, designer at REMUSE, as Designer to Watch.
For more information on each category and to see the full list of winners, please visit PETA.org.au.