What NOT to Wear to London Fashion Week

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Five models stand with handbags dripping with “blood” to highlight why exotic skins have no place on the catwalk.

Protest against cruel exotic skins

The graphic protest on Bond Street, taking place the day before London Fashion Week gets into full swing, was a plea for fashion to be beautiful, not bloody.

Exotic skins protest Bond Street

Optimized-Fashion Week 2015 individual

Tens of thousands of crocodiles, alligators, snakes, eels, kangaroos and other animals are killed for their skins every year. Often, they’re kept on crowded factory farms for their entire lives before being bludgeoned to death or skinned alive.

A recent PETA exposé of farms that supply crocodile and alligator skins to Hermès-owned tanneries documented that alligators on one farm had their necks sawn open. Some of them were still alive and moving minutes afterwards.

Our message to designers, fashionistas and kind people everywhere is to steer clear of shoes and accessories that are stained with animals’ blood.

Instead, opt for chic, ethical non-animal fabrics that are available from the many brands that have sworn off exotic skins – from Stella McCartney to Topshop.


  • carolyn commented on September 17, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Hope we can stop the cruelty

  • Anna Ann commented on September 17, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Hermes turns you bloody ugly !

  • Anne commented on September 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm


  • Margaret Boyle commented on September 17, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    I see abuse… STOP!! Let’s make a change!!

  • deborah whittle commented on September 22, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    No one, NO ONE needs fur except the animal it grew on, how would we feel if pigs started wearing Human skin???

  • Lisa McComb commented on September 23, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Would want these people (who purchase, and insist fur and leather products are chic) to experience a simulator type effect of the last moments of an animals life to get as near the sensations and pain these creatures endure before dying. That would likely change their way of thinking. Or, before purchasing this item, the customer would be required to view an hour of these crowded farm warehousing animal killings .

  • Arlene Esculano commented on December 19, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Please the suffering that we make these poor animals go through to obtain their skin, is horrific and we must stop killing them for our own pleasure, animals are not ours to use, eat or to dress.. so we must ban all of the killing we constantly do to all innocent animals! It seems that until there isn’t one left, we humans won’t stop why a should a we be su ignorant to do that?

  • Amanda commented on March 11, 2016 at 10:51 am

    What handbag are the models carrying?

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