Designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (featured as one of our Heroines for the Planet!) has been making covetable, ultra-warm vegan coats for a few years now, so it was so exciting to see her launch a full line for Fall/Winter at fashion week. The first all-vegan show at NYFW, Vaute Couture‘s fabrics are also eco-friendly and low-impact, including organic velvet, organic moleskin, 100% recycled closed-loop zero-waste satin, printed organic cotton shirting, organic cotton sherpa, organic cotton fleece, waxed canvas made in upstate New York, bamboo jersey, washi paper knits, a metallic vegan leather made from recycled fibers and knits made with organic cotton fiber.
And everything was made in NYC’s garment district (save for the knit hats, which were made by Eleanor DuFault in Maine.)
Partners included The Humane Society of the US, Farm Sanctuary, PETA and PCRM. And pooches, who walked the runway, were available for adoption through Badass Brooklyn Rescue.
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Organic velvet coat with sweet star detail buttons!
On him, an organic velvet Whitman coat with organic sherpa turtleneck and waxed pants. On her, Meow or Never organic sweatshirt with ramie leggings.
Organic starshine velvet fit-and-flare dress
Recyled satin magical heart dress with detachable bow (in the back).
This organic Elephant print shirt – might be my fave piece.
Organic velvet overalls with organic star party blouse (on her).
An asymmetrical line and full collar adds glam to this coat.
A beautiful knit ensemble, with embroidered star detail across the bosom. Milky way washi sweater dress made from handknit organic cotton fiber.
Love that the hood here is detachable.
Who doesn’t love a purple organic velvet jacket?
Sweet waxed motorcycled jacket and bright (recycled satin) pants combo for women; eminently wearable.
“Meow or never friends forever!”
Love the back detail on this dress (Organic starshine velvet fit-and-flare dress, shown previously).
Backstage with pooches (which were up for adoption)!
Close on hair and makeup.
The Humane Society was a supporter of the show.
Vaute Couture designer, Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart.
Cobalt moleskin pants, organic star party button-down and Unisex Washi cardigan.
Hats by Elenanor DuFault.
Cute organic star party prints on shirts for men and women.
Jacket detail – love those star sleeves!
Related: New York Fashion Week Greenshows: Vaute Couture F/W 2010
All images by Starre Vartan.