Cause célèbre: how the fashion crowd is tackling climate change
On Monday the Paris Climate Change Conference kicked off to much global news outlet-related fanfare. As the world's leaders unite to discuss what is arguably the biggest environmental concern facing us today, we take a look at what everyone else is doing for the cause.
We already know how 10,000 Paris protesters (including celebs like Vivienne Westwood, Marion Cotillard, Vanessa Paradis and even the Pope Francis) have responded to a ban on mass marches - with 10,000 silent, but deadly pairs of shoes positioned in Place de la République... but else how did the world's biggest style influencers react?
While the shoes were an eerily powerful statement, others have harnessed more social media-sharable ways to support the cause.
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While Hollywood has Leonardo DiCaprio, fashion always has almost always had the irrepressible Vivienne Westwood. Standing front and centre at London's #ClimateMarch last Sunday the activist spoke passionately in a video posted by Dazed, calling the world's politicans "total idiots" and saying "we've got no choice between a green economy and mass extinction."
Posted by Dazed and Confused Magazine on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
On the other side of the pond (or, perhaps just somewhere in cyberspace?) star photographer Mario Testino has built his own social media campaign, a virtual march dubbed #ClimateCatwalk (visit the website at climatecatwalk.com). With a central argument against fossil fuels and a push for "a true transition towards 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050" Testino's fashion catwalk asks people to film themselves walking and post the video to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #climatechange.
In true Testino style, he's already called on his model pals Lily Aldridge, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss to take part. Personally, we can't wait to watch the walk-offs unfold over social media.
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