Since Spring 2021 fashion weeks worldwide are produced using limited-capacity or outdoor runway shows, filmed presentations and virtual apparel exhibitions using digital models, Vegan Fashion Week founder and producer Emmanuelle Rienda went through production of the October show. Instead, Rienda is set to unveil her next new venture to promote vegan work in the fashion industry.
“People are tired of suffering, drama, pain and their lives are torn apart. I want to convey a message and a dream that people can start doing something positive, ”explained Rienda. “It’s not about judging – it’s about the problem of animal exploitation that’s directly linked to the pandemic, and this is how you can start moving forward, be creative, and still love life with beauty and compassion.”
On October 15th, Vegan Fashion Week announced the launch Vegan Fashion Library. Debuting online and within 2,000 square feet of space in downtown Los Angeles, this initiative is dedicated exclusively to vegan designers and created as a space to support ethical art. For Rienda, an ethical approach to fashion is not limited to cruelty-free items. Its mission is to promote vegan clothing that is also more environmentally friendly.
“It’s not just about animal-free. It’s also about scraping plastic and [toxic] chemicals, “he said. “Trying to be green and affectionate.”
With this mission, Rienda realized that there were some uncomfortable areas that she had to go through to make progress. This includes examining resources that are not vegan but a byproduct of his more wasteful consumption tradition when he chooses to include brands that are a source of skin waste, which would otherwise be destined for landfills. Even though all the products displayed in the showroom are animal-free to create a completely vegan space, Rienda is still willing to work with certain brands that carry animal-free products, in addition to other items that utilize leather waste, but are committed to being environmentally friendly. practice and the goal of creating a cruelty-free world.
“My goal is to show that Vegan Fashion Week is an open-minded person, and we want to include people who have a sustainable approach and use waste,” said Rienda. “The goal, of course, is to go beyond the industry with this vegan innovation to stop producing any skins. The message is, right now, in the world we live in, there is waste. It’s a cruel process, but the waste is there. “
Although the online site is accessible to the public, the on-site showrooms feature clothing, shoes and accessories that are only displayed for fashion industry professionals. Retailers and stylists looking for more ethical options to dress up clients for award shows, photo shoots, or film sets can make promises to see cruelty-free, greener work, relying on fabrications consisting of materials such as apple, cactus skin and pineapple; vegetable wool; and peace silks. Respect the guidelines of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rienda has provided roadside pick-up and return.
“I want a space where people can touch the material and they can find the designer. I am sad that the industry is completely virtual, ”said Rienda. “It’s something I’m trying to change because fashion is still an art form and we need to touch on materials. We need color and sensation. If done in a safe environment and respecting the guidelines, you can live again. We feature designers from around the world who are promoting new ways to produce ethically. ”
With the launch of the Vegan Fashion Library, Vegan Fashion Week showcases the work of ethical designers including Benedetti Life; Bohema; End, which rely on vegetable dyes including turmeric and rose; Victory baby, which uses a cruelty-free wool alternative Weganool; Julien Esteves Berthier; The Sweet TraveLife; Sylth Virago; and Sylven New York. Later, Rienda will unveil different areas within the showroom to create a complete vegan lifestyle concept space to illustrate the potential for an ethical and cruelty-free life.
“We will create the first full vegan home with designers providing vegan furniture. There is a kitchen for vegan food and, in the bathroom, we will activate with a beauty brand, ”explained Rienda. “We’re not talking about big companies. We are talking about individuals who create from their hearts for a better future. Before doing business, it was about compassion, and it’s real. “
Additional information regarding the Vegan Fashion Library can be found at veganfashionlibrary.com.