Fashion week season has begun, and London is the second city to premiere the Spring fashions of 2018. Fashion week started this morning, and it started with a noteworthy protest from PETA, an animal rights organisation. 8 women representing PETA stood topless outside Store Studios in London in protest against the use of animal fur, shearling and leather in fashion.
PETA is known for its extreme protests and making bold statements with their campaigns.
These body positive women painted the words “wear your own skin” on their chests and backs in an effort to urge designers and fashionistas to steer away from creating and wearing clothing that is not animal friendly.
Already this year, Michael Kors and Gucci have recently vowed to not use fur in their collections.
This is not the first time PETA has protested at London Fashion Week: last year, a group of girls dressed in black lingerie and crocodile masks protested the harvesting of exotic animal skin for fashion. They held signs shaped as handbags that read “Animals die for exotic skin.” PETA has hundreds of articles and videos that expose the cruel animal tactics that fashion brands use to harvest fur, leather, skin, and wool that aim to persuade companies and consumers to avoid non-vegan fashion trends.
PETA is not the only group that is protesting London Fashion Week. Plus-sized social media influencers and diversity campaigners dressed in lingerie paraded outside London Fashion week to bring awareness to the fact that there is minimal representation of curvy, diverse, and plus sized models at the event.
Fashion Week clearly has a lot of changes to make. The media attention the protesters are getting is nearly as much as the actual fashion at the event!
We cannot wait to see the fashion in store this week in London, hopefully some more brands will be showing more inclusion and activism!
Featured Image Source: www.peta.org.uk
Lisa Morgan Simon is a relocated Jersey Girl living in Boston, Massachusetts. She is in her fourth year at Northeastern University, studying Marketing and Media Production. In addition to working with Society19, Lisa also fulfills her dream of producing live television by working with GoNUxstream, helping broadcast division 1 sports at Northeastern. When she’s not updating Society19’s social media, broadcasting, or writing articles, she’s likely rock climbing in some foreign country. Lisa is a fake vegan but a real queer Gemini with a huge love for animals, Rihanna, and the outdoors.