PETA UK Vegan Fashion Awards 2014
Hot on the heels of London Fashion Week and following the success of our first-ever Vegan Fashion Awards last year PETA brings you the most desirable cruelty-free clothes and accessories on the market today – from great-value, high-street finds to dazzling designer options.
Compassionate consumers are changing the face of fashion in 2014, from convincing dozens of retailers to ditch angora wool to creating a growing demand for clothes that look gorgeous without causing animals to suffer. Leather, fur, wool, silk, down and exotic skins look set to go out of vogue for good, thanks to the variety of fabulous cruelty-free fabrics available this season, leaving the ethical fashionista spoilt for choice!
Here are our winners, as chosen by our celebrity judge, the unerringly chic Louise Redknapp!
Beyond Skin Bessy Faux Patent Shoes (£79)
These super-cute handmade flats from vegan company Beyond Skin are kind to your feet as well as to animals and will add a delightfully feminine touch to whatever you're wearing.
New Look Cut Out Lace Up Shoe Boots (£24.99)
Turn heads and rise above cruelty with these striking rounded-toe stilettos – they look equally stunning worn with skinny jeans or bare legs.
Wills Faux Suede Derby Shoes (£65)
The ultimate everyday pair, these smart shoes will go with anything and everything, allowing the compassionate modern man to step out in style, come rain or come shine.
Ted Baker Jerro Mini iPad Case (£79)
Make sure your precious electronic items travel in style – and are easy to spot – with this fun and durable floral sleeve made from printed vinyl.
Taeseok Kang Shopping Paper Bag (£600)
Classic design meets innovative new fabrics in this spacious bag crafted from beautiful 100 per cent faux leather. It's a wardrobe staple for any style-conscious girl.
John Lewis Dalaman Briefcase (£59)
A must-have for any self-assured man about town, this professional-looking pleather briefcase makes the right kind of statement – it's attractive, and no cows lost their skin to make it.
Miss Selfridge Collarless Neon Zip Coat (£55.30)
Transform yourself into an icon of sophistication with this chic wool-free number, which gives an up-to-date twist to a classic, clean and elegant silhouette.
Vivienne Westwood Printed Jacket With Neon Trim (£545)
You can't go wrong with this cheerful urban jacket from British fashion legend Dame Vivienne – it will protect you from the elements in impeccable style.
Stella McCartney Jacquard Jumper (£340)
Casual yet luxurious, this irresistible pale-pink jumper leaves angora rabbits and sheep jumping for joy – and you looking pretty as a picture.
Marks & Spencer Cashmilon V-Neck Jumper (£15)
As easy on your wallet as it is on animals, Cashmilon is a wonderful cruelty-free alternative to cashmere that is ultra-soft and warm. This jumper is a wardrobe basic that will never let you down.
Topshop Snake Frame Purse (£16)
This handy little purse will be an asset to any handbag, and it pays tribute to the beauty of snakes while leaving them in the jungle, where they belong.
Topman Leather Look Weave Emboss Wallet (£10)
With its "fooled you" faux-leather texture, this nifty embossed wallet from the high-street favourites fits neatly in your pocket – and is also refreshingly affordable!
Next Black and Stingray Asymmetric Keeper Jeans Belts (£8)
Glam up any outfit with these glitzy gold-buckled statement belts, which do so much more than just keep your trousers up!
ASOS Chino Belt With Map Print (£10)
Buckle up! This worn-look tan belt has old-world charm, thanks to the subtle atlas print detail on the inside – not to mention the absence of dead animal skins in its production.
Most Talented New Designer:
Young Cornwall-based designer Alice Vandy is at the forefront of original fashion that combines exciting innovation with rock-solid ethical principles. Her collections, with their bold, exotic prints and bright colours, are often inspired by the beauty of animal skins but are guaranteed not to use them. Instead, Alice embraces figure-hugging synthetic materials and techniques such as digital printing to create vegan clothes that are always eye-catching but never cruel.