Animal rights advocates protest designer Victor dE Souza's use of horse drawn carriages for his fashion show. Alicia Powell reports.
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Fashion and PETA collided on the streets of New York City as designer Victor dE Souza used his new collection to make more than a fashion statement.
The American designer chose to debut his new line in horse drawn carriages, which has become a hot button issue in the city since the election of new Mayor Bill de Blasio, who supports ending the decade long tradition.
Models were met with angry protesters as they arrived and held signs expressing support for the tradition.
dE Souza, who touts Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Madonna as past clients was not present for all the ruckus but fashion fan Denise Butler came out specifically for the show.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) Denise Butler, New Yorker, saying:
"I'm all for it, I hope they do it again and I'll be here rain, sleet, snow whatever."
While California tourist Don Wise who stumbled upon the event called the commotion crazy.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) Don Wise, California tourist, saying:
"I understand why the people are protesting out there because of the animals, them being hot. But I don't really have a problem with it."
But in the end it was all about fashion, which shocked Irene Wise.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) Irene Wise, California tourist, saying:
"Oh well, that's very strange. But after all this is New York."
Victor dE Souza held a traditional runway show immediately following the outdoor presentation.
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