British designer Stella McCartney was presented with an award on Monday evening in New York in recognition of her pledge not to use leather and fur in her designs.
“It’s not just because I don’t eat animals or that I think that half a billion animals a year shouldn’t be killed for the sake of fashion,” McCartney said recently. “It’s because I also believe very much in the connection between fur and leather and the environment. There’s a huge connection. Now, I think more and more people will start to take notice of that — the use of water for tanneries, the chemicals that are used — there’s a huge impact environmentally.”
The award was given to her at the Natural Resources Defense Council’s 11th annual “Forces For Nature” benefit in New York City, hosted by Alec Baldwin. Friends and family on hand to celebrate the occasion with her included Paul McCartney (with Nancy Shevell), Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jeff Koons, Andre Balazs, Seth Meyers, and Graydon Carter.
Speaking at the event, Stella said, “I don’t want people to buy my boots because they’re not leather. I want them to want the boots.”
And indeed they do! Evidence of her tremendous popularity as a designer will be on display this Tuesday at Neiman-Marcus in San Francisco, where Stella will be making an appearance at an invitation-only event, which promises to be packed. Boots, shoes, bags, perfume and of course clothes, clothes, clothes – anything Stella does is a big hit here!