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

(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!”

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“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. (Read more Stella McCartney stories.)

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