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August 28 2014

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Humane League

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When the crowd includes Vanessa Traina, Richie Rich, Victoria Bartlett, and Maroon 5′s Mickey Madden among its diverse lot, you might be worried that fur would fly—but last night’s annual Cool vs. Cruel benefit, thrown by the Humane Society of the U.S. to support animal-friendly designers, was the rare fashion party where that wasn’t a concern. All were gathered to toast this year’s Compassion in Fashion Award winners, designer Charlotte Ronson and Paper magazine editorial director Mickey Boardman. “Fur was just something that I made a decision not to touch on,” Ronson said simply about her design ethics, and accepted her honor sans speech. Boardman, on the other hand, joked onstage that he would pull an “Adrien Brody and Halle Berry” acceptance kiss on Humane Society presenter Pierre Grzybowski. (He got away with a peck on the cheek.) Art Institute of Vancouver student Ingrid Bergström-Kendrick took home the Cool vs. Cruel design competition grand prize, a five-day internship with staunch anti-fur advocate Victoria Bartlett during New York fashion week. Her winning dress, in gray felt, emulated the volume of fur with a built-up shoulder. ANTM judge Nigel Barker was enthusiastic about adding young designers to the anti-fur list. “I’ve been campaigning against the seal hunt since I was seven years old in England,” the photographer and budding documentary filmmaker said. “Being humane isn’t just about being in vogue; it’s a way of life.”

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/WireImage

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