6 Sustainable Brands We Loved At The Very First Vegan Fashion Week

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Ethical and eco-friendly fashion we can all get behind

This past weekend, Los Angeles—arguably the vegan capital of the U.S.—was home to the world's very first Vegan Fashion Week. It was here that global fashion brands—along with innovators in the realms of beauty and food—gathered not only to celebrate a world that is moving toward a cruelty-free future but one that strives to be sustainable and eco-conscious, as well.

Some of our favorite well-known cruelty-free brands were involved: Models were made up in full Kat Von D Beauty, while many feet were adorned in Dr. Marten's line of vegan leather combat boots. And, most importantly, some of the most innovative eco-conscious, cruelty-free fashion labels—some you may not already be familiar with—showcased their latest collections, proving that animal by-products certainly aren't a necessity when it comes to luxury clothing and accessories.

And remember: Just because a fashion label is cruelty-free and vegan doesn't necessarily mean it's good for the environment. The colorful faux fur coats and vegan leather jackets you'll find everywhere from fast-fashion retailers to some contemporary and luxury labels are, a lot of the time, made from polluting—even toxicsynthetics, which can end up being just as, if not more, harmful to the planet than using real fur and animal skins.

That's why Vegan Fashion Week founder and creative director Emmanuelle Rienda focused bringing together brands that also work to make sure they're minimizing their carbon footprint as much as possible. Saturday's runway featured pineapple-derived leather, shearling and furs made from organic cotton and recycled plastic, and other luxurious, yet conscious, materials.

As fashion—and the world—continues to take greater part in protecting our planet, it's clear that Vegan Fashion Week is on its way to becoming much larger and widespread than this past weekend's festivities.

Below, get to know six labels that took part in the very first Vegan Fashion Week who consider veganism and sustainability to be core pillars of their brand story—which, I think we can all agree, is the future of fashion as a whole.

Mateja Benedetti

Photos courtesy of Matea Benedetti

Slovenia-based fashion designer Mateja Benedetti is no stranger to the world of sustainable fashion design. In her 20-plus years of experience, she's experimented with various environmentally friendly textiles, using materials derived from fruit (such as apples and pineapples), wood, and recycled plastic bottles to bring her visions to life.

It wasn't until 2014 that she launched her first eco fashion line, Matea Benedetti, which earned a spot as one of the 20 most promising eco-friendly clothing brands in the world via Vogue Italia. By 2017, she was one of five finalists at the Green Carpet Award event up for the coveted Oscar of Fashion. Now, she's shown her latest collection at the very first Vegan Fashion Week, which consisted of various laser-cut gowns derived from apple skin—a truly breathtaking example of how high fashion doesn't have to harm the planet.

Next for Benedetti? A new line, BENEDETTI Life, which will showcase its Spring 2020 collection at September's Milan Fashion Week.


Photos courtesy of Enda

Designer Ran Enda's venture into vegan fashion began with her personal journey into veganism, which began after she moved to New York from Japan. "It was shocking to learn about factory farming in the meat industry, and [it] led me to an overnight transition into vegan[ism]." However, it wasn't until working with fabrics such as leather, fur, and silk for a major American fashion label that she realized she needed to carry out this lifestyle beyond food.

Thus, she eventually left to launch her very own label, ENDA. Enda not only uses cruelty-free fabrics to create her downtown-cool collection, but she practices sustainability in other angles within her process. For example, the brand has recently launched a Take Back Program, where customers can return older products for store credit—and keep pieces they no longer wish to wear out of landfills.


Photos courtesy of Altiir

If you're as much of a fan of the classic leather biker jacket as you are of sustainability, then Altiir is the brand for you. Inspired by the anti-establishment, rock 'n' roll culture of the '60s and '70s London, creative director Timothy Turner-Sutton uses vegan and eco-friendly materials such a Piñatex, a leather alternative derived from pineapple leaf fiber, and sustainable "shearling," made from organic cotton, to create vintage-inspired pieces for the punk at heart.


Photos courtesy of Mistohn

When musician Christopher Allen, better known as Chris Stylez, went vegan nine years ago, he took this lifestyle beyond just what he ate. From there, Mistohn, his luxury fashion label, was born.

Currently, Mistohn is an offering of unisex capes. Utilizing environmentally friendly fabrics such as Piñatex, each cape is handmade with the utmost precision and care.


Photos via @wastedLA Instagram

Los Angeles-based wastedLA is all about turning trash into treasure, promoting the use of upcycling as a solution to combatting the wasteful habits of industry and consumers. Founder and designer Nicole Blue creates truly artful pieces, from streetwear-inspired puffer coats made from plastic takeout bags to Western-inspired vests made from fabric scraps and recycled contact lens cases.

However, while wastedLA was a major player in the very first Vegan Fashion Week, not all of Blue's products are technically vegan. While she's against the use and generation of new animal products—such a leather, fur, and down—she will rescue those products headed to landfills to prevent them from going to waste, so you might find them in her designs. "Our sustainability efforts hope to inspire people to be more conscious of not just what they buy, but also what they throw away, and the implications of the waste they generate," says Blue.


Photos courtesy of Ecopel

Faux fur has certainly been on the rise over the past decade or so, as more and more consumers begin to shy away from purchasing and wearing real fur. However, there's the valid argument that many of the synthetic materials used to create faux fur materials are just as harmful to the environment as the production of animal-based furs.

That's where Ecopel comes into play. One of the biggest faux fur producers out there, it's been creating and supplying faux fur for more than 300 brands, including luxury fashion houses, over the past 15 years—and over time, it's worked at becoming more and more environmentally friendly. Recently, the brand has started offering a teddy faux fur that's made from recycled plastics. They also will be launching the first-ever range of bio-based faux fur before 2020. Additionally, it's working on a waste regeneration process. "As the leading company in faux fur, we're willing to show the way forward and make a positive contribution to the fashion industry," says the brand's communication manager, Arnaud Brunois.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)


This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.


Photo by Darren Craig

It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.


Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.