Posts Tagged ‘fur in fashion’


Last week fashion brand Gucci announced that they will no longer use fur in future collections. The official comment from the company was – It’s not modern.

c13c28c6e72f13f53196076b39897233--lucy-lucy-i-love-lucyFor sure it’s not! No matter how old or young you are, nothing says “stodgy old lady” more than a dead fox or mink or rabbit dangling off a shoulder. Now, having said that I will add that lately some designers have been using dyed fur in bright colors and that definitely is modern. But faux fur works just as well. In fact, didn’t faux do it first?

With this decision Gucci joins Calvin Klein, Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger.

I’m thrilled that Gucci is taking such a stand and I hope it’s the beginning of a permanent shift away from fur in fashion.



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Animal rights activists from the Brigitte Bardot Foundation protest Lagerfeld's use of fur.

Animal rights activists from the Brigitte Bardot Foundation protest Lagerfeld’s use of fur.

It was my way of highlighting Karl Lagerfeld’s incoherence – he bends over backwards for his cat but doesn’t care an ounce for all the animals sacrificed for his collections, for this most futile and vulgar of fashions. Fur is not luxury: it is an industry of death and suffering. We must boycott fur coats, as well as all the accessories. It is unbelievable that in 2015 this is something we have to fight for, when it really should be obvious to all.

Brigitte Bardot, French actress and animal rights activist.

Ms. Bardot is speaking about the open letter she sent to Karl Lagerfeld’s cat after the designer’s all fur collection for Fendi at the recent Paris couture fashion shows.

(I love the fact that Ms. Bardot turned the tables on Lagerfeld by doing what he does and use his cat as a marketing tool.)

Thank you, Ms. Bardot for shaming Lagerfeld and for bringing this important issue to worldwide attention.

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Wildlife Rescue Center in MO uses fur coats from Born Free USA fur drive to help orphaned baby animals Photo credit to Kim Rutledge

Giving fur back to the animals. This makes me smile.

Born Free USA is delighted to report that the Fur for the Animals Coat Drive has been a big success. The drive has brought in close to 30 pieces of fur, all of which are now being put to good use. As we see in this photo from The Wildlife Rescue Center in Missouri. Word has it that these orphaned baby cottontails haven’t budged from their fur nest.

It’s not too late – the Born Free USA Washington DC office is still collecting through June 30th.

Mail or deliver to: Born Free USA, 2300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.


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untitledFur is so cheap these days that furriers have resorted to paying designers and celebrities to use it, but its cheapness is reflected in the world of Kardashian freebies and the shallowness of the wearer.

– Ingrid E Newkirk, founder of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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