More "Ethical" Fashion Nonsense
Hollywood star - and lifelong vegetarian - Natalie Portman has collaborated with the New York shoe boutique Té Casan to create a gorgeous limited edition collection, entirely free from leather or any other animal products. The range includes ballet flats and faux-patent Mary Janes. Rumours have also reached our ears that Té Casan might be opening in the UK soon, for which we have crossed our fingers. In the meantime, they do ship internationally, though beware customs charges. It used to be easy to spot ethical fashion from its mass-produced counterpart, but no longer - collections like this are desirable and will sell on their own merits regardless of their ethical credentials. If only more celebrities or fashion designers would follow suit and produce ethical collections for fashion-led stores … “As a vegan, it’s been challenging finding designer shoes made of alternative materials”, says Portman herself. “This collection offers a great selection without compromising quality or style.” Portman is also donating 100% of her pay cheque to a charity dedicated to environmental preservation. ~ Kate CarterAre you kidding? I came across this image and blurb in The Guardian today in the "Life & Style" section. I actually arrived there following a link promising to explain to me why it is that Hilary Clinton dresses like, well, ... like a 60 year old woman. That is another matter. But this little tidbit, which actually reads as though it were co-written by Portman's publicist and the shoe company's advert department, is meant as news?!? Poor Natalie. "As a vegan," she just can't find a pair of $250 pumps that don't include any animal products.
The real story ought to be why anyone ought to care about Natalie's dire predicament. I didn't know who Natalie Portman is so I looked her up. Apparently she is just another rich, vapid actress, selling bad films and, now, expensive shoes that make her feel better. So these shoes contain no animal products. Great. What sort of chemical footprint is created in manufacturing them just so as to accommodate Natalie's moralistic sensibilities? And how many people can afford these shoes anyway? How is this "ethical living"?