With the announcement of major design houses like Gucci, Hugo Boss, Armani, Yoox, Net-a-Porter going fur-free, it is evident that cruelty is no longer en vogue. Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri stated that “Being socially responsible is one of Gucci’s core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals.”  A huge step in the right direction in an industry built on the art of the show and not so much on the social responsibility that comes with it.

Designers like Stella McCartney have been fur-free for years. As the daughter of THAT McCartney, she has always held true to her beliefs and exuded a cruelty-free lifestyle. Her line has thrived, and early on understood that consumers in today’s market wanted to be socially and environmentally responsible.

With major players like these taking the charge of keeping cruelty out of fashion, it is reasonable to believe that fur will be a thing of the past. As it should. There’s no need to traumatize you with the abhorrent realities of animals that are used in the fur trade. There are enough sites that do that. The hope is that the growing popularity of luxury brands will set the standard for all that is fashion will come to terms with their role in social responsibility, that animals being exploited for the sake of fashion, or beauty, for that matter, will come to an end.

With advancements in technology and textile production, there really is no reason to be subjecting animals to the cruel end they face in the name of fashion. Synthetic materials can be dyed, treated and construed as the feel and look that realistically mimic the look of fur, minus the cruelty.

Real or Fake?

The Federal Trade Commission gives the following advice when authenticating that your purchase is cruelty-free—or not:

  • Separate the fur and look at the base. Fake fur usually has mesh or threaded backing, while real fur usually is on a backing of skin or leather.
  • Look at the tips of the hairs. The tips of faux fur don’t taper (unless they’ve been sheared or cut, tips of animal fur taper to a fine point like a sewing needle or pencil).

One of the reasons that I was so attracted to Pevonia Botanica, is the compassion they have for animals. I have always been conscientious as to where my fashion has been sourced, so it only made sense that I was that diligent regarding the beauty products that I used. Pevonia products not only boast some of the latest science on the market regarding skincare, but they are also cruelty-free. I mean, did you really need a bunny to tell you not to put skin cream in your eye? I didn’t think so.  Social and environmental responsibility should be the metric that we hold our choices to in the marketplace.

To live the most ‘beauty.full’ and authentic life; be mindful of your choices and embrace compassion on all fronts.

One of the best things about fall, outside of Starbucks release of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, is that it is boot season! While watching the fall shows, I couldn’t wait to dust off my vintage Brazilian suede lovelies that I bought a few years ago. Being that the fall shows are shown in March, I had a few months to wait—and the wait was grueling. All I could think about were these amazing shoes I saw strut down the runway. Fashion’s key message seemed to be this ‘Warrior Chic” style dressing that I covered in my last blog, and footwear seemed to follow its cue. How they arrived there is not how you think. After viewing the shows from key design houses like Alexander McQueen, Chanel, and Balmain; each translated this look in very different ways.

Here I have compiled the top five boot trends for fall:

Fall 2017 Fashion

Trends and Colors to Keep You Looking Fierce All Season Long

As the late, great Bill Cunningham once said, “Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life”. And no truer words have been spoken. My whole life, fashion has been a refuge for me as well as a creative outlet. Fashion can convey so much about you with you having to say a word. It is essentially your calling card allowing you to be whoever that you want. Growing up, I have always looked up to and emulated strong women both personally and stylistically.

The Art of Style: High-Low Dressing

Fashion. It’s something that has consumed me my whole life. One of my earliest memories was my delight on Christmas Day, opening a box to learn that I was gifted a year’s subscription to Vogue. I was six. And beyond any Nintendo or other hot gifts of the era that I received that year—that one was my favorite. And I think that is where the love affair began.