The British designer and animal-rights advocate champions fabric that looks and feels like leather - but isn't

Stella McCartney has long been a vocal supporter of animal rights, particularly when it comes to her own fashion practises and those of the industry in general. For example, having long chosen to work with vegetarian substitutes for leather and fur for accessories, McCartney has most recently turned to a newly developed fabric which she refers to as "skin-free skin", an animal-free alternative to leather that looks and feels like the real thing.

Incorporating leather and suede-like fabrics into her Autumn Winter 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection as shown in Paris earlier this week, McCartney explained her excitement to reporters backstage. "I am so excited that we have finally developed fabrics that look just as good as the real thing, and therefore genuinely pose a question to the industry about why anyone needs to use leather any more."

Clearly ecstatic at finally finding a luxurious alternative to the supple, premium feel of real leather, the designer dotted the material across dresses, coats, jackets and trousers sure to delight vegans, animal lovers and discerning, apolitical fashionistas alike. 

Guilt-free chic? It’s possible, says Stella McCartney