Paul Wesley may feast on woodland creatures as reformed vampire Stefan Salvatore on “The Vampire Diaries,” but off-screen, he’s much more concerned about animal welfare than his vamp counterpart. Welsey and his “TVD” co-star (and off-screen wife) Torrey DeVitto have been confirmed as the hosts of The Humane Society of the United States’ H-Couture 2012.
The swanky fashion show, which will be held at a private estate in Brentwood, CA on Saturday Sept. 22, will feature high fashion for men and women, designed specifically not to be harmful to animals. “Conscious couture,” if you will.
“We are excited to be hosting the first ever H-Couture event on behalf of The Humane Society of the United States because we both support events that promote compassion for animals,” Paul says.
“Fashion should be fun, and I don’t see how wearing animal fur can be anything other than cruel and unnecessary,” agrees Torrey. “This event will show that anyone can be fashion-conscious without animals having to pay the price.”
In addition to hosting the show, Paul and Torrey are launching the No Fur Pin campaign, to invite fellow celebs to make a pledge not to wear fur.
“We’re delighted that Paul and Torrey are on board for our first major fashion event. Designers and their celebrity clients are key to setting new trends that can affect societal values, and supporting fur-free fashion can help prevent the suffering and save the lives of millions of both wild caught and captive-bred animals,” says Beverly Kaskey, senior director of The HSUS’s Hollywood Outreach program.
Proceeds from H-Couture 2012 will go toward encouraging awareness, exposing major retailers that carry fur but falsely claim that it’s faux, and educating design students on alternatives to fur.