I was asked by the Humane Society of the United States to be a Judge for their annual fashion student competition, Cool Vs. Cruel. I swung by Showroom Seven yesterday to have a peek at the finalists' entires and pick my 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, who all based their work on four inhumane designs by Zac Posen, Giorgio Armani, Burberry Prorsum, or Thakoon:

Choosing the winners was difficult, because I could see all the effort and love that went into each garment. When talented students go out on a limb to both challenge industry ignorance and heartlessness as well as take an ethical stand, I want to award them all! The whole rack looked incredible, and it took me well over and hour of deliberation as I inspected the construction, aesthetic, functionality, and even made the lovely ladies at Showroom Seven put on some of the garments.

Visit the Art Institute's competition page and view last year's winners, and join the Cool vs. Cruel Facebook page for the latest updates and happenings.