Consumers have power over fashion houses, says Stella McCartney

Powerhouse fashion designer Stella McCartney isn’t afraid to express her opinions, and earlier this week she told a large crowd at the London College of Fashion what was on her mind.

“Fashion really is getting away with murder,” she said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “There needs to be more systems in place, more vigorous testing, and as a customer you can do that, you can challenge the people who are making your fashion.”

McCartney has famously refused to use fur, as well as other animal products, in her popular fashion lines, earning her the love of many compassionate fashionistas around the world.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that McCartney told the crowd, which included the CEO of her lines parent company, that asking questions is the way to improve the standards of the industry.

“Be mindful of your consumption,” McCartney was quoted by the Hollywood Reporter. “I think the one thing we’ve forgotten is that we make the choice. I think it’s really important to know what you’re consuming, to ask questions, to reduce your meat intake, to look at how you’re living your life and how that has an impact on the environment. Ask questions, ask big corporations why they are using materials like PVC, and why did that watch cost three pounds, what the hell happened from A to Z there?”

The Fur-Bearers are glad that designers like Ms. McCartney are out there spreading the message of compassion – and we hope you will, too.

Inset photo by Foreign & Commonwealth Office (CC)


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