The term “ethical clothing” has become the buzz word among today’s fashion conscious set, but for those who are still a little fuzzy regarding what it means, here are some factors to consider.
Is the object of your fashion desire produced: a) via eco-friendly, humane conditions that adhere to fair trade certified standards while also safeguarding the rights of workers? b) with pesticide and chemical-free, sustainable fibers or repurposed materials? c) without the use of animal products (including skin, fur, etc.)? d) in a way that honors age-old artisan techniques?
If you can say ‘yes’ to any of the above, then congratulations — consider yourself a budding ethical fashionista!
Deserving serious kudos in that department (for putting her money where her mouth is) should probably be 25 year old British singer and famed vegan Leona Lewis, who has reportedly shelled out $262,500 of her own money for an entirely ethically produced wardrobe that she’ll be sporting during her first concert tour, dubbed Eyes Extended.
Not bad for the rags to riches winner of the third season of The X Factor — the British equivalent of American Idol – and personal Simon Cowell mentoree.
Her 16 date Labyrinth-inspired concert tour, already in progress, will feature the natural beauty sporting a bevy of custom-made frocks crafted by fellow Brit Antonio Berardi whose designs have become a huge favorite among Gwyneth Paltrow, Eva Mendes, Jessica Alba, Madonna, Penelope Cruz, Victoria Beckham and Kylie Minogue among others.
Meeting “the highest animal welfare standards”, one can only presume that Lewis’ concert outfits will boast suede, leather and fur free alternatives given her outspoken stance on the topic: “When I see people wearing fur it makes me so sick. Especially when I see young singers doing it – that sickens me. At my first photo shoot they had feathers and fur there and everything. I had to make it so clear that I just do not go there.”
For all of the die-hard Leona fans out there, here’s a sneak peek at what you can expect — this video clip captures the songstress during her Sheffield performance on May 28, 2010!