Fashion People 'Heartless': Stella McCartney

Designer wonders why the rest of the industry is still using fur and leather
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2009 10:59 AM CDT
British fashion designer Stella McCartney reacts after the presentation of her Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2010 fashion collection, Monday Oct. 5, 2009 in Paris.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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(Newser) – One of fashion’s most famous vegetarians, Stella McCartney talks—a little bit about her rise from “nervous” young designer to successful businesswoman, but mostly about the fashion industry’s lack of eco-consciousness—to the Guardian on the heels of her Paris show. “I think people in fashion are pretty heartless,” she tells Jess Cartner-Morley. “I find it astounding, because fashion is supposed to be about change—I mean, we're supposed to be at the cutting edge!”

“I’m not saying I’m perfect,” says McCartney, who champions fabric alternatives to leather and fur. “I try really hard, but if now and again I have to dye a bag using chemicals that are not as low in environmental impact as I'd like, in order to get a brighter color, then I will do that.” And bright colors it was in Paris, notes Hilary Alexander in the Telegraph. McCartney moved "into The Tropics" with a "fireworks parade" of pinks, yellows, and blues.