More than just a passion for fashion: Greenhouse and Lovechild unite for the voiceless                                                                            

A delightful evening with decadent canapés, divine cocktails and a gorgeous fashion show was held at organic plant-based restaurant and bar The Greenhouse Factory last month.

The clothes were stunning, talk was deep and everyone there was there for similar reasons; a passion for fashion and using fashion to help animals, to make fur history and to be a voice for the voiceless.

Local artist Sarah Frank was a fitting choice for opening the event with soulful sounds and passionate vocals and The Greenhouse was buzzing with ladies stylishly dressed to kill, sipping cocktails and nibbling plant-based organic canapés that simply melted in your mouth.

The fundraising fashion, food and cocktail event marked the one year joint anniversary of Lovechild and The Greenhouse Factory and was sponsored by Lush Cosmetics and Pana Chocolate raising funds for animal charities; The Association For The Protection of Fur Bearing Animals, Free Hearts Animal Sanctuary and Guardians of the Voiceless India.

There was an emotional response when Abbey Jones, founder of Lovechild – the first online cruelty free fashion boutique gave an inspiring speech asking us to imagine being born without a voice, how it would feel if our rights were taken away and if we were branded as a product that people can survive without.

Local store Lush representative Marisa Malouf talked about their policy against animal testing, their involvement in permaculture projects and offering a Young Innovative Scientists Award to encourage the discovery of new ways to test cosmetics.

Other speakers included Essena O’Neil, an 18 year old blogger sensation who touched on speciesism, spoke about the movement and how being ‘cruelty free’ isn’t just a nice thing to do – it’s plant-based living with many positive health benefits as well.

The main message of the night ‘It’s cool to be kind’ highlighted compassionate living for people and animals adopting a cruelty free lifestyle by supporting cruelty free fashion, cosmetics and food.

The show was impressive. On the runway were some beautiful eye catching pieces by international cruelty-free labels including Vaute Couture, the first all vegan label to show at New York Fashion Week plus Delikate Rayne, Kerol D, the Greenhouse Factory fashion line and LA designer Bruce Heart.

The handmade goodie bag by Lyloh Sarongs with a printed message ‘Peace For Animals Too’ was a really lovely touch. It contained Boxed Water Is Better water, organic handmade cacao chocolate which was devoured very quickly, a cute choker necklace by Seventh Sun, Lush products and more.

The highlight for me, other than the sensational raw tacos that sent electric joy permeating throughout my entire body, was the shared passion in the room of young ladies and a few gents some as young as 15 who love fashion and are on a mission to become a voice for animals.

I can only describe the event as pure elegance and class and a genuine contribution of local individuals and businesses towards an evolving cruelty free movement. My hat goes off to all involved, what an exquisite event with such an important message delivered well.

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