Lately the great attention that fashionable people, among them young actors, stylists and others, and a major article in the New York Times has highlighted the beauty without cruelty movement. Vegans don't want to wear, much less eat anything that harms animals, and their numbers are growing. The market for cruelty free products has grown exponentially, and now can support sites and stores that exclusively offer new and stylish fashions and cosmetics. Now, probably because the demographic of the vegan subculture is comprised of the young adult fashion forward crowd, designers like Stella McCartney and others are creating for this market. Indeed, there are more and more designers and stylists who are vegetarian and vegan themselves. Maybe more in Britain and California than in NYC; but NYC has a number of fun new stores, especially on the Lower East Side, offering fashionable vegan wares. As far as perfume and cosmetics go, those who have been making natural and organic perfumes all along are the natural choice for those who put their money where their mouth is, so to speak. There are sites that offer everything from belts and shoes to nail polish and mascara. As I have written of previously (in my Halloween post) it seems the goth subculture is also very interested in the vegetarian/vegan cosmetic beauty products, ironically enough. The blood thirsty and tough image belies a very soft hearted interior.
Above, Jean Marais as the Beast in La Belle et la Bete by Jean Cocteau