Stella McCartney Says Fashion is "Getting Away with Murder"

Stella McCartney Says Fashion is "Getting Away with Murder"

The designer did not hold back in her talk at the London College of Fashion last night.

The designer did not hold back in her talk at the London College of Fashion last night.

Text: William Defebaugh

Last night, Stella McCartney gave a talk about sustainability at the London College of Fashion. A famous advocate for both the environment and animal rights, McCartney did not pull any punches in her latest lecture, holding the fashion industry accountable for its egregious crimes against our planet and its inhabitants.

“Fashion really is getting away with murder,” said the British designer. “Fashion is one of the most harmful industries on the planet, and I think people are a little more aware of that now.”

McCartney's own luxury vegan brand has become synonymous with sustainability in fashion, widely praised for its progressive alternatives to using animal products, and its subtlety in doing so (McCartney has boasted in the past that many women walk into her store purchasing pieces without even realizing that they are vegan).

Specifically, the issue of fur is a hot button issue for the designer, who continued to encourage other companies to ban the practice: “You really can’t tell the difference [between real and faux fur]. There’s no reason to kill 15 million innocent creatures.”

To consumers, McCartney offered the following advice: “Be mindful of your consumption. I think the one thing we’ve forgotten is that we make the choices. 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?”

Go backstage at Stella McCartney's Spring 2017 show below

Credits: Cover photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images. Stella McCartney Spring 2017 photos by Schohaja

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