SIGNING UP: Nicole Miller, Reem Acra and Yigal Azrouël are just saying no. The designers — as well as Lela Rose, Vena Cava’s Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, and Maria Cornejo — are just some who have signed the petition for Too Precious to Wear, the coral conservation campaign. The designers have pledged to protect and save coral reefs, which are at risk of being depleted in nature, and to publicize the campaign, which has presented the Coral Reef Conservation Act to Congress. Dawn Martin, president SeaWeb, the ocean conservation organization which launched Too Precious to Wear in 2008, said, “Corals have been used for centuries in jewelry and decorative objects. But corals can never be replicated.…But thanks to the efforts of the committed designers taking part in New York Fashion Week, we are experiencing a sea-change in the fashion industry as they are declaring that corals are indeed too precious to wear.” Designers will be handing out leaflets at their shows with information on the cause.
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