This week, history was made. A 100% vegan label showed at New York Fashion Week for the first time. Vaute Couture, created by vegan and long-time animal lover Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, launched in 2008. With a line of stunning high-end winter coats, Vaute Couture was an instant game changer. No more hemp or flimsy eco-unfriendly poly blends. These coats are made from super warm, waterproof, environmentally sound, and of course 100% vegan materials.
At the fashion show, Vaute Couture debuted Hilgart’s first-ever ready-to-wear line showcasing dresses, skirts, tees, sweaters, blouses, pants, leggings, and don’t forget her oh-so-popular coats. There was even something to entertain the fashion indifferent: adorable adoptable pups in bow ties from The Humane Society of New York and Bad Ass Brooklyn Rescue who were led or carried by the models.
On Vaute Couture’s blog, Hilgart says her line is inspired by 1990’s Japanese cult classic cartoon Sailor Moon “whose fit & flare, in-your-face style I’ve always been in love with but, even more, whose story of an ordinary earth girl saved by a magical cat to become a soldier of love & justice for all beings of the universe, makes me, um, pretty happy.”
Apropos of its inspiration, the show featured cutesy dresses with heart cut-outs, big hair styled with bows by Salon Champu, glittery makeup by DeVita, and sparkly shoes from the Love Is Mighty collection. The new Vaute Couture line also features harder edged motorcycle jackets, waxed pants, and jumpers in neutral and dark colors. My favorite was a pair of recycled blue satin pants paired with a black waxed canvas jacket. It’s great for an elegant day-to-night style and is the perfect combination for a soldier of love & justice. Check out the looks below and let us know your favorites!
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