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YOU'RE INVITED, NYC: FASHION, FOOD, & FARM ANIMALS <3 April 23 2013
SO FIRSTLY- Farm Sanctuary is honoring me, WHAT! On Saturday May 4th, we're recreating the New York Fashion Week show of which CNN said on CNN Breaking News-- "Animal Free Clothes Make Runway History" and US News & World Report told the world, "No one missed the leather- or the fur." Farm Sanctuary is one of my favorite favorite nonprofits, their sanctuaries in Watkins Glen, NY and in California are heaven on Earth- a place where animals rescued from the hell of factory farming in America can live out their lives together, in the sunshine. If you get the chance to go, GO. The sanctuary gives people a chance to meet animals like those killed in the billions every year in the United States alone, so that hopefully many will choose differently after spending time with these beautiful souls.
THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY.
Here's the invite below for the show May 4th in NYC! Please come and support Farm Sanctuary!!
Buy your tickets to my Fashion Show for Farm Sanctuary HERE, also featuring accessories by Brave GentleMan, Love is Mighty, Matt & Nat, Hair by Salon Champu, and Makeup by the Body Shop-- all vegan, cruelty free of course! Food by Jay Astafa (below) & Desserts by Fran Costigan.
Also the food will be super delicious h'ors dourves by Jay Astafa, the chef behind the insane vegan menu at Three Brothers. He's also having an incredible pop-up restaurant this Thursday & Friday for two days only! It's almost sold-out! I'll be there Thursday in the kitchen, if you come please stop by to say hi.
YOU GUYS. It's an all vegan 8 course tasting menu including DRAGON CARAMEL POPCORN (yes please!) and a Cheese Plate including aged cashew cheese & brie, strawberry rhubarb compote, orange scented vegan honey with rosemary almond crackers. ARE YOU SERIOUS, JAY! And how old are you? Geez, we all better get moving on our own talents.
More about the Pop Up (from Sparrow Media)
While most NYC vegan attractions revel in their unique abilities to create replications of meat and dairy dishes through the use of soy and wheat-based analogs, jay kitchen will revisit the roots of vegetarian sensibilities and present dishes that celebrate the vegetables themselves. Astafa honors the fact that it was these same soy-heavy vegan comfort foods made 3 Brothers a destination restaurant for vegans across the country, gained him a cult following, and earned him features in The New York Times, and CBS Nightly News, but he also is eager to show the world that vegan fine dining is not only possible …it can also be an amazing experience. Those dining at the jay kitchen pop-up will experience an 8-course tasting menu with brilliant displays of spring vegetables, hand-made cashew bries, butters and pastas (with gluten free options), braided with modern culinary techniques like Astafa’s balsamic caviar (a molecular gastronomy creation) and playful highlights like “smoking” liquid nitrogen infused caramel corn balls (a testimonial to Astafa’s youth amidst a sophisticated dining experience). For dessert courses Astafa will be collaborating with his close friend, vegan pastry chef, Dani McGrath.
TICKETS FOR JAY KITCHEN ARE HERE: http://jaykitchenpopup.eventbrite.com/
Hope to see you Thursday (or the 4th!, or (crazy idea) BOTH)!!
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, VAUTE founder
VAUTE at New York Fashion Week- YOU'RE INVITED! January 31 2013
YOU GUYS!!! (So many exclamation marks I know!)
I'm SO beyond excited/scared/excited to announce that we're doing our first solo show at New York Fashion Week, as the first all vegan label to show at NYFW! And we made the official Fashion Week Grid (Scroll down to the grid- see that teeny tiny type on Wed. February 6th, 11:30-12:30? That's us. Eep.) I'm so excited to have the chance to show the industry that there's no reason to wear animals.
I've had my outerwear & tee line for a few years now, but this past year I've been working on research & development of my first full RTW line, including tops, satin dresses, skirts, pants, and sweaters- made from the latest in vegan and eco fabrics some which have never been shown before or used before in production. This includes luxe organic cotton velvet that's quilted with recycled Thinsulate for colorful whimsical coats with details of metallic vegan leather made of all recycled fibers, printed organic blouses, 100% recycled satin pants, waxed canvas skirts & pants, and more... Including some mens too!
My show is sponsored partially by the amazing Humane Society of the United States, because they work so hard to educate the fashion industry about the cruelties of fur and using animals in fashion. If you haven't seen their video by Woody Harrelson yet, here it is. Also sponsored by our awesome makeup team doing all vegan makeup from DeVita, & amazing hair will be by Champu Salon in NYC, who uses all vegan products. Cutest sweets designed just for the show in my fav flavors (like matcha & strawberry) are being whipped up by noneother than the grossly talented Danielle Konya and her Vegan Treats team. I LOVE her (is an understatement)... plus music spun by DJ Diggy Lloyd, her cuteness will also stun you.Oh & adoptable puppies dogs (might) be on site as a few of the models? We'll see! Sh!
SO- the most important news of all- I WANT YOU TO COME! Fashion Week is an industry thing... it's for editors and buyers, that's why it's on a weekday during the day (Sorry the show is daytime, but since it's 11:30-12:30 so if you work in the city, maybe you can take an early lunch?). BUT, what would I be without you guys? How could we be showing the world that people care about animals and not wearing them if not for you? So please- if you can make it to NYC for the show (this coming Wednesday February 6th, 11:30am-12:30pm), then you can get exclusive tickets one of two ways://HOW YOU CAN ATTEND VAUTE'S FIRST SOLO FASHION WEEK SHOW//
1. Post a photo of yourself wearing anything VAUTE (now through Sunday 10pm EST)... a tee, a necklace, a coat, or at the store! If you already have a photo, or want to take a new one- whatever you'd like. Then post & tag us (Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook, @VauteCouture) with why you're excited about us showing at fashion week! Or maybe a favorite quote that helps you keep going when life's not so fun/easy/... or just a heart? haha Then send the link to your post (or if it's on FB we'll see it on our page, so just let us know that's you!) to KristinaVaute@Gmail.com with your email address & full name. We'll pick our favs to put on the list at the door, and we'll get you the full invite. Make sure you can be available for the show in NYC at 11:30 on 2/6, oh and you can bring a friend/coworker if you'd like but no need to! (Most people go solo to Fashion Week events.)
2. Stop in to see us at the shop this weekend! We love seeing you!! Starting tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday- we're open 1-8pm each day, and we'll hand you an invite. We're at 234 Grand Street (& Driggs), in Williamsburg Brooklyn between the Marcy JMZ, Bedford L, and Metropolitan G, and across fro the new Williamsburg Cinemas and near lots of yummy vegan food! So stop in, say hi, and say you'd like to come! We have lots of new tops too in that aren't on the site yet so you can check those out if you'd be so inclined.
Can't wait to see all of your faces (in photos and in person!) And if
you can't make it to the show but want to post- you'll get $10 off any
thing (we have a ton of new tops we are posting in a week or so as soon
as I get a breather from all this fashion week crazy), just send us the
link to KristinaVaute@gmail.com, and you can use it once throughout
2013. (If you've already posted before just send us the link!)
Okay now check out the calendar & the inspiration below... and hope we will see you there!
The collection is inspired by Sailor Moon- whose fit & flare, in your face style I've always been in love with- but even more, whose story of an ordinary earth girl saved by a magical cat to become a soldier of love & justice for all beings of the universe- makes me, um, pretty happy.
Here are some Sailor Moon quotes that I'm freaking out over (a little bit, okay a LOT):
"I told you... That I would protect everyone." -Sailor Moon
"If you have a little more courage than normal people, anyone can be a soldier. If you have a caring heart for others, anyone can be a Messiah. Even if your heart becomes evil, please don't forget that we'll take care of you. And we'll definitely help you!"
"Hi! As long as a bad guys appears in this world, I can reach you like pizza delivery! I am the agent of love and justice, Sailor Moon!"
How true is that?! Oh Sailor Moon, I want to be you when I grow up.
Oh hey! Here's a preview of one of the dresses (with detachable bow) in the first stage of the development process- in the practice fabric.
Okay so back to work... I hope this post made sense, because I'm pretty sure my brain isn't half right at this point (dear naps, I would love if we could get back together, mmmk? thanks!)
Sending hugs! Thanks always for the amazing thoughtful kind words- it really keeps me going (way more than you know).
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (heart you guys!!)